The Wisconsin Holstein Association will host the 2019 National Holstein Convention, June 24-27 in Appleton, Wisconsin. The 2019 convention is expected to be among the top attended gatherings of dairy farmers, youth members and industry representatives in the United States.
“This will be a cow convention as attendees will see some of North America’s best cows and discuss the latest research on dairy cattle genetics and have the opportunity to purchase some of the industry’s elite type and genomic animals,” said convention co-chair Corey Geiger.
In the spirit of the convention theme, the 2019 event will make a legendary leap by featuring the first National Genetics Conference in over five years. In addition, the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) will hold its 25th Anniversary Leadership Conference during the convention. The convention will also offer traditional favorites, such as educational seminars, a multitude of Junior Holstein contests, the National Convention Sale, and much more.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour some of Wisconsin’s finest Registered Holstein farms. The lineup includes a variety of dairying and breeding styles representing more than 50,000 cows.
Pre-convention tours will be held on June 24th featuring:
- Jenlar Holsteins, Larry and Jennifer Meyer Family
- Forest Ridge Holsteins, Kurt and Sarah Loehr
- Budjon Farms, Tom and Kelli Cull, and John Cull
- Rosendale Dairy, John Vosters and Jim Ostrom
Convention-Host Day tours will be held on June 25th featuring:
- MilkSource Genetics, John Vosters and Jim Ostrom
- Synergy Dairy, Jay and Heather Jauquet and Family
- Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center
- Siemers Holsteins, The Siemers Family
- Hilrose Dairy LLC, Joe, Andy and Jeff Brantmeier Families
“The tours highlight the wide scope of Wisconsin’s dairy industry,” said convention co-chair Krista Knigge.
“This includes Holsteins on farms with cross ventilated barns, free stall barns, robotic milking systems and tie stall facilities,” added Geiger. “With host day lunch served at the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center, convention go’ers will experience the country’s newest farm to fork consumer education center. This is a remarkable $13 million investment in Wisconsin agriculture.”
Sponsorship packages are available to help support this event and the more than 1,500 dairy farmers and industry members anticipated to attend. Trade show booths area also available for sponsors and non-sponsors. Visit the convention website for detailed information or contact Julie Larson at [email protected].
For more information visit the Wisconsin Holstein Association website at www.wisholsteins.com.