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Area youth honored at banquet

Two area youth and a Weyauwega business were honored during the Waupaca-Waushara Holstein Breeders Association’s annual meeting.

Seth Bauer was recognized as the Outstanding Holstein Boy, while his cousin, Katie Bauer, was named the Outstanding Holstein Girl.

Seth is the 16-year-old son of Frank, Jr., and Ruth Bauer. He attends Iola-Scandinavia High School, where he participates in football and weight lifting.

He is an active junior Holstein member, having attended the annual Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention, where he competes on the Dairy Bowl team.

He plays a role in the day-to-day operation of his families’ farm, Sandy-Valley Farms.

Katie is the 15-year-old daughter of Patrick and Tammy Bauer. She is a sophomore at Iola-Scandinavia High School, where she plays trombone in the high school band and has been a member of the I-S Swim Team for six years.

She currently serves as secretary for the Peterson Mill 4-H Club and is a member of the Scandinavia Lutheran Church, where she helps her mother teach the third-grade class.

Katie has gleaned success in showing her cattle at the Waupaca County Fair, District 7 Holstein Show and at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair.

As a Waupaca County Dairy Judging Team member, she qualified for the state competition twice and placed first in the District Area Animal Science Days Judging Contest in 2010.

Katie is the team captain of the Waupaca-Waushara Junior Dairy Bowl team. For the past several years, she has attended the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention.

An avid deer and turkey hunter, Katie works on the family dairy farm, Sandy-Valley Farms.

Also at the meeting, Grady Auer, co-chair for the 2012 Wisconsin Holstein Association Convention, gave members an update about the upcoming convention.

Spielgelberg Implement Inc. earned the association’s Friend of the Holstein Cow Award at the organization’s Dec. 12 annual meeting in Waupaca. In making the presentation, Justin Hintz, president of the Waupaca-Waushara Holstein Association, said that through the years, Spiegelberg Implement has graciously supported the organization.

He said Spiegelberg offers an annual $1,000 calf grant scholarship to a junior member to assist him financially in the purchase of a registered calf in the Calf Opportunity Sale.

Hintz said Spiegelberg has also made a financial commitment toward the 2012 Wisconsin Holstein Convention, which will be held Feb. 24-25.

The 2012 State Convention is being hosted by the Waupaca-Waushara Holstein Association.

Highlights will include the annual meeting and banquet, dairy bar, educational seminars, entertainment, a sale and a woman’s program.

The event will also include farm tours to Sandy-Valley Farms, B-Long Holsteins, the Bruce and Brenda Long family farm in New London, as well as to Royola Holsteins, which is owned and operated by Tom and Shari Anderson and Justin Hintz, Ogdensburg.

Those interested in helping to organize the 2012 Wisconsin Holstein Association Convention may contact Auer at 920-538-1183 or co-chair Willis Gunst at 920-858-9367.

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