By Cheri Oechsle
The Ohio Holstein Association hosted their annual sale and meeting March 10 and 11 in eastern Ohio. The two-day event kicked off with the sale at the Holmes County Fairground in Millersburg, Ohio. Managed by the Ohio Holstein Association, Randall Kiko, Ohio Holstein Association president and auctioneer for Kiko Auctions cried the sale with Ted Renner reading pedigrees. The average on 67 head was $3,070. Topping the sale was lot 1, a December 2016 Triplecrown Gatedancer-ET daughter out of OCD Supersire 9882-ET VG-86. Selling as the highest GTPI daughter of her dam and sold to date in Ohio, Pine-Tree 9882 Gate 7345-ET was consigned by Matthew Steiner, Pine Tree Dairy of Marshallville, Ohio. The calf was purchased by Oakfield Corners Dairy of New York for $32.000.
Second-high seller of the day was consigned by Springhill-Joyride of Big Prairie, Ohio. Lot 2, Pine-Tree 6481 Jedi 7055-ET is an April 2016 Jedi daughter with +2771 GTPI out of S-S-I PT 8433 Milson 6481. Knocked off at $8,750, she sold to JoeAllen, Irvin and David Yoder of Georgia.
Following the sale, tours were hosted by the Langs of Springhill Farm in Big Prairie; The Hunsbergers of Gate-Way Holsteins in Shreve and Ron Grosjean Farm and Museum of Wooster. That evening the District 7 Holstein club hosted a dinner at the Ohio Holstein Association office prior to the Juniors heading to the Acres of Fun where they roller skated, played laser tag and arcade games.
Saturday morning the Ohio members gathered for their annual meetings and awards banquet. During the annual meeting officers were elected and a presentation heard on the Secure Milk Supply Plan. The 2017 officers of the Ohio Holstein Association are Paul Haskins of Butler, president; William Indoe of Lodi, vice president; Suzy Lora of Salem, secretary and Lisa Mangun of Burbank, treasurer.
Following the annual meeting many members were honored. Joe Miley of West Salem, was presented the Distinguished Service Award and his wife Diana Miley was presented the Ohio Woman of the Year award. Rudy Kiko of Carrolton was presented the Junior Buckeye Breeder Award while Dean Zimmer of Marietta was named the Senior Buckeye Breeder. Junior members receiving awards included Korey Oechsle, Van Wert, and Emma Mathews, New Vienna, who were named the Outstanding Distinguished Junior Member Boy and Girl. Emma Mathews also received the Memorial Award Scholarship; Hannah Dye, Beloit, the Esther Welch Ag Communications Scholarship; Ella Jackson, DeGraff, the Joanne Bickel Memorial Scholarship and Macy Conrad, New Holland, the Ohio Holstein Women’s Scholarship. Victoria Deam, Sugarcreek, was crowned the Ohio Holstein Queen.