DCHA announces leadership class, scholarship winnerPrint
Five dairy calf and heifer raisers from across the country have been selected to participate in the 2012 Dairy Calf & Heifer Association (DCHA) Leadership Program. DCHA partners with Merck Animal Health to provide education and leadership development training for leaders in the dairy calf and heifer business.
“These individuals are making a commitment to be leaders,” said Eugene Myatt, DCHA past president from Glasgow, Ky. “They bring a new level of excitement to our organization and industry. I look forward to watching them grow as industry leaders and as business people.”
The leadership class attended the DCHA Conference in Visalia, Calif., in March and will attend World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., in October. In conjunction with these events, a program is developed for the leadership class and DCHA board. Rodger Wasson, owner and president of Wasson & Associates, a consulting firm for agri-food industries, led a workshop focusing on leadership and board training during the March leadership session.
“We are excited to sponsor the DCHA Leadership Program again this year,” said Jeff Baxter, senior marketing manager for Merck Animal Health, which has sponsored the program since 2009. “This group has stepped up to represent the nation’s farmers and ranchers. Our industry only will get stronger as the class members apply these leadership skills on their farms and ranches, as well as in their communities.”
Class members will put their leadership skills into action by participating on a DCHA committee and various other association programs and activities during the year.
“The class gets involved right away. The direct involvement with the board and on committees broadens their experience,” said Myatt.
2012 DCHA Leadership Class
The following individuals have been chosen to participate in the 2012 DCHA Leadership Program. They represent several regions of the country and several types of dairy calf and heifer businesses.
Abbie Heid is the calf and heifer manager for Hunter Haven Farms in Pearl City, Ill. She has worked on the 800-cow dairy for six years, raising calves from birth to six months. The dairy primarily raises registered Holsteins with some Swedish Red and Jersey crosses. Heid grew up on a 100-cow dairy and has a degree in animal science with a dairy emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She also raises steers on a 200-acre farm with her husband, Shawn.
Donald Jensen is the heifer manager for Lawnhurst Farms LLC. He and his sister are the fourth generation on the family’s 1,200-cow dairy farm in Stanley, N.Y. In addition to raising replacements for Lawnhurst, Jensen custom raises heifers for a neighboring 700-cow dairy. Jensen manages many of the dairy employees and cares for 1,500 replacements at a time, ranging from wet calves to bred heifers. Jensen returned to the farm in 2010 after he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Cornell University.
Wyatt Morgan oversees the operations on Crestview Calves Inc., a 20,000-head bull ranch; Magicview Calf Ranch LLC, an 8,000-head custom heifer ranch; and Riverview Calf Ranch LLC, a 2,500-head overflow ranch for Crestview. Morgan works with each ranch manager and handles hedging commodities and cattle sales. He has been with the Jerome, Idaho, organizations for six years. He studied agricultural business at Utah State University.
Ryan Mortensen is the general business manager for Fullmer & Mortensen Cattle Company, in Nampa, Idaho. The company raises 19,000 Holstein calves from birth to five months of age for 25-30 dairy farms. Mortensen grew up on a farm and has been involved with the cattle industry his entire life. He worked on his father’s feedlot to put himself through college at Boise State University.
Dustin Vincent is the manager at Big Sky Dairy/Big Sky Calf, in Gooding, Idaho. The 16,000-cow dairy is considered a thought-leader in the Magic Valley. Vincent is very interested in getting involved in industry-related organizations, especially DCHA. He said that managing the calves, heifers and dry cows has empowered him to take on more leadership roles. Participation in the Leadership Program will support his continued learning and involvement at Big Sky Dairy, but also in the community and dairy industry.
DCHA Announces 2012 Scholarship Winner
The Dairy Calf & Heifer Association’s Board of Directors has selected Elizabeth Quinn, an undergraduate student majoring in animal science at Cornell University, as the 2012 DCHA
Higher Education Scholarship recipient.
Quinn, daughter of DCHA members Sean and Sandy Quinn, Sunset View Farm in Schaghticoke, N.Y., grew up on her family’s 2,000-head custom heifer raising farm, feeding calves when she was five years old and getting involved with herd health by the age of 10.
When she is not at school she continues to assist with management responsibilities at the family’s heifer and dairy facilities.
“My roots run deep in agriculture, and I will continue to put my best foot forward in my efforts to keep the dairy industry thriving,” said Elizabeth. “The citizens of the world rely on agriculture to live. It is so important that we stand by our industry, educate the consumer and be open to new technologies to make farming more efficient. It is inevitable that the industry will change with time, and we’ll have to produce more food with less land and fewer animals. It’s a matter of embracing those challenges and taking them on with full force.”
Quinn is a member of New York Farm Bureau-Young Farmers & Ranchers Program, DCHA and CUDS. She will use the $1,000 DCHA scholarship to further her studies during the 2012-2013 academic year at Cornell University.
For information on the 2013 DCHA scholarship program, visit the DCHA website, www.calfandheifer.org, or call 877-HEIFERS.