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President's Perspective

Hello Iowa Holstein Friends,

  Summer sped by quickly. I hope everybody has enjoyed their county fairs, and made happy memories with family and friends.

The National Holstein Convention took us to Lexington, Ky, the beautiful bluegrass state. We were able to take in the beauty and history of thoroughbred horses by visiting Keeneland Racetrack, and

a couple of the many expansive and well-manicured horse farms. Sheri Danhof, Dan Moon and I served as delegates, representing Iowa. As usual, the Junior teams from Iowa were competitive. We hope, in the future, Trent Henkes considers another run for The National Holstein Board of Directors, as he was a very viable candidate from Iowa, and made many new acquaintances.

  The Iowa State Holstein show was held in Manchester this year. The weather, the attendance, and the quality of cattle were great! We were able to honor, John Hoeger and family, personally, with The Distinguished Service Award. Thank you to all who volunteered to make the show a success!!

In August, we headed to Farnear Holsteins, for the Iowa state picnic, where we were fortunate to have a slight break from the extreme heat of summer. The state-of-the-art-facilities, cattle, and the hospitality and great meal, were impressive, as expected! Thank you to Tom and Rick Simon and families, for hosting this annual event!

Again, next year, we will need everybody willing and able, to participate, on our committees, to continue our success. If you have a preference, would like to switch, or know which committee you

want to serve on, let me know.

  Congratulations and Good Luck, to Ashley Elsbernd, and Elizabeth Fossum, our new Iowa Dairy Royalty! Also thank you to Brynlee Volker, Iowa Holstein Princess, and Naomi Scott, retiring Iowa Princess and past Iowa Holstein Princess, for all there help throughout the year!

As fall approaches quickly this year, we hope God rewards us with a bountiful harvest, even though most of Iowa had a lack of rainfall this summer. Have a safe harvest, and take time to enjoy the

beauty of nature! See you at World Dairy Expo!


Your President,

Walt Wessel


Walt Wessel, President

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