News Releases

Mattison Named National Dairy Shrine Guest of Honor - May 2020

National Dairy Shrine’s highest recognition, Guest of Honor, is being presented this year to Jay Mattison, CEO of National Dairy Herd Information Association (NDHIA) and a leader in the transformation and enhanced industry role of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding. Presented annually by National Dairy Shrine, the Guest of Honor award recognizes a contemporary dairy leader for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the dairy industry.

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David Patrick Selected as Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder - May 2020

David Patrick of Maple-Dell Ayrshires, Woodbine, Maryland, is National Dairy Shrine’s Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder Award recipient for 2020. This annual award goes to an active, progressive dairy breeder whose expertise in managing a dairy herd, based upon sound genetic and business principles, is a model for others.

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Barnum Honored with National Dairy Shrine’s Pioneer Award - May 2020

National Dairy Shrine is recognizing four respected men this year with their Pioneer Award. An award honoring an individual’s significant contributions to the dairy industry, they join a distinguished group of industry leaders whose portraits are displayed at the National Dairy Hall of Fame at the National Dairy Shrine Museum in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

Among the Pioneer honorees in 2020 is Harold J. Barnum (1902-1981), a leading authority on milk sanitation and the inventor of the Whirl-Pak® sterilized sample collection and processing bag which transformed quality assurance systems in the dairy and food industry.

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Bringe Honored with National Dairy Shrine’s Pioneer Award - May 2020

Four respected men are being honored this year with National Dairy Shrine’s Pioneer Award in recognition of their significant contributions to the dairy industry. They join a distinguished group of industry leaders whose portraits are displayed at the National Dairy Hall of Fame at the National Dairy Shrine Museum in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

Among the Pioneer honorees is Dr. Allan N. Bringe (1935-2018), a Dairy Extension Specialist and Professor for the Dairy Science Department at the University of Wisconsin (UW) in Madison, who helped drive the adoption of somatic cell testing by dairy producers.

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National Dairy Shrine to Honor Randy Geiger with Pioneer Award - May 2020

National Dairy Shrine is honoring four respected individuals with its Pioneer Award this year in recognition of their significant contributions to the dairy industry. Among the 2020 honorees is Randall A. “Randy” Geiger (1950-2019), the highly regarded dairyman and dairy cooperative leader from Reedsville, Wisconsin, who died last September. Geiger will join a distinguished group of industry leaders whose stories and portraits are featured in the National Dairy Hall of Fame at the National Dairy Shrine Museum in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

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Monke to Receive National Dairy Shrine’s Pioneer Award - May 2020

Four outstanding individuals are being honored with National Dairy Shrine’s Pioneer Award this year in recognition of their significant contributions to the dairy industry. The four will join a distinguished group of industry leaders whose portraits are displayed at the National Dairy Hall of Fame at the National Dairy Shrine Museum in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

Among the Pioneers being honored is Dr. Donald R. Monke of Plain City, Ohio, the respected veterinarian who helped open international markets for American dairy cattle genetics and whose work and research led to improvements in male bovine management and care during a 40-year career at Select Sires Inc.

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National Dairy Shrine Announces 2020 Dairy Hall of Fame Honorees - May 2020

Denmark, WI. - National Dairy Shrine (NDS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Guest of Honor, Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder, and Pioneer recognition awards. These awards were designed to honor present and previous dairy industry leaders that have contributed to strengthening and energizing the dairy industry. This year’s honorees will be inducted into the National Dairy Hall of Fame in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. More detailed informational news releases on each inductee will follow in the coming weeks.

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NDS Scholarship Applications Due April 15 - January 2020

The National Dairy Shrine is again looking for applications for its annual scholarship program. Applications are accepted from March 1 until the deadline of April 15. Official scholarship application award forms are available on the NDS web site, www.dairyshrine.org under the youth tab and then scholarship applications.

The National Dairy Shrine Student Recognition Program recognizes and rewards graduating seniors planning a career in the dairy industry. There will be a $2,000 cash award given to the top selection, a $1,500 award for second place, and three to seven $1000 cash awards depending on the number and quality of applicants.

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National Dairy Shrine Recognition Award Applications Due March 15 - January 2020

Denmark, Wis. – National Dairy Shrine is again seeking nominations for the dairy industries most prestigious recognition awards: Guest of Honor, Pioneer, and Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder.

The Guest of Honor is given to an active contemporary dairy leader for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the dairy industry. It has been awarded every year since 1949 when Dean H. Kildee was named the first Guest of Honor.

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National Dairy Shrine Elects New President and Directors - October 2019

At the 70th annual meeting of the National Dairy Shrine, Nate Janssen, Wheaton, Illinois was elected President of the organization. Meanwhile, Dr. Dennis Funk, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin was chosen as President-Elect. Elected to the Executive Committee along with Janssen and Funk were; Janet Keller, Oregon, Wisconsin, Tim Abbott, Enosburg, Vermont, Dr Matt Iager, Boonsboro, Maryland and immediate Past President Larry Schirm of Laurelville, Ohio.

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Iager Scholarships Awarded to Irwin & McGehee - July 2019

The National Dairy Shrine is pleased to announce two recipients of the 2019 Iager Scholarship. These scholarships were created by an endowment from the Charles and Judy Iager family of Fulton, Maryland. This $1000 scholarship is awarded annually to second-year students enrolled in a two-year agricultural school and pursuing a career in the dairy industry. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, leadership ability, interest in the dairy industry, and future career plans.

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National Dairy Shrine Announces Kildee Scholarships - July 2019

Denmark, WI. The National Dairy Shrine is pleased to announce the recipients of their Kildee scholarships for 2019. This scholarship has been awarded since 1950 to an outstanding graduate student in a dairy related field. Dean H.H. Kildee was a renowned educator at Iowa State University and this scholarship honors his great service to the future of the dairy industry.

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National Dairy Shrine Announces Lancaster Sophomore Scholarships - July 2019

Denmark, WI. The National Dairy Shrine is pleased to announce the recipients of the Mike Lancaster Sophomore Merit Scholarships for 2019. These scholarships are designed to encourage qualified sophomore status undergraduate students to pursue careers in the dairy industry or related occupations. This scholarship is named in honor of National Dairy Hall of Fame Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder and Klussendorf honoree Mike Lancaster.

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National Dairy Shrine Announces Core Scholarships - July 2019

Denmark, WI. The National Dairy Shrine is pleased to announce the recipients of the Maurice Core Scholarships. These $1000 scholarships are given in honor of Maurice Core, the long-time Executive Secretary of the American Jersey Cattle Association, and former Executive Director of the National Dairy Shrine. The funds for this award were donated by the friends of Maurice Core. The Core Scholarships are given to freshman status students working toward a degree in dairy/animal science or related majors and demonstrating growing leadership skills.

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Hagenow and Waldenberger Awarded McCullough Scholarships - July 2019

Ashley Hagenow of Poynette, Wisconsin and Kendra Waldenberger of Spring Grove, Minnesota, have been selected as recipients of the 2019 Marshall E. McCullough Scholarships given in memory of Marshall McCullough, the well-respected nutrition researcher and educator from Georgia. This scholarship is presented to two high school seniors planning to attend a four- year college or university to major in an agricultural communications field.

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DMI Awards Education & Communication Scholarships - July 2019

Denmark, WI. The National Dairy Shrine is pleased to announce the recipients of the NDS / Dairy Management Inc Education & Communication Scholarships for 2019. These generous scholarships made possible by Dairy Management Inc. and NDS to encourage students to pursue education or communication careers in the dairy product industry or related food industries. Major areas include Marketing, Education, Food Science, Nutrition (Human), Public Relations, Promotion, Social Media and Communications.

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DMI Awards Milk & Dairy Product Scholarships - July 2019

Denmark, WI. The National Dairy Shrine is pleased to announce the recipients of the NDS / DMI Milk and Dairy Product Scholarships for 2018. These generous scholarships made possible by Dairy Management Inc. and NDS to encourage students to pursue careers in dairy product or milk marketing, dairy product development and/or quality control or similar roles in the dairy & food industries.

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National Dairy Shrine Announces Merton Sowerby Junior Scholarships - July 2019

Denmark, WI. The National Dairy Shrine is pleased to announce the recipients of the Merton Sowerby Junior Merit Scholarships for 2019. These scholarships are designed to encourage qualified Junior status undergraduate students to pursue careers in the dairy industry or related occupations. This scholarship is named in honor of National Dairy Hall of Fame Pioneer and Klussendorf honoree Merton Sowerby.

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National Dairy Shrine Announces Student Recognition Senior Scholarships - July 2019

Denmark, WI. The National Dairy Shrine is pleased to announce the recipients of the Student Recognition scholarships for 2019. The Student Recognition program recognizes graduating seniors planning a career related to the dairy industry who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, academic ability, and a sincere interest in dairy cattle.

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National Dairy Shrine Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients - June 2019

Denmark, WI. The National Dairy Shrine is pleased to announce the recipients of the NDS scholarships for 2019. National Dairy Shrine will provide 40 scholarships worth $47,000 to students at their annual scholarship & awards banquet on Thursday, October 3rd in Madison, Wisconsin. This announcement highlights the scholarship winners so their friends and family can plan ahead to attend the NDS Awards Banquet. More detailed news releases on scholarship recipients will be published this summer as student recipient photos become available.

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Hutjens Named National Dairy Shrine Guest of Honor - June 2019

Dr. Michael F. Hutjens, internationally acclaimed dairy cattle nutrition expert and esteemed educational communicator, is being recognized this year with National Dairy Shrine’s highest recognition, the Guest of Honor Award. This annual award recognizes a contemporary dairy leader for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the dairy industry.

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Ralph Shank and Mary Shank Creek Earn 2019 Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder Award - June 2019

The brother and sister team of Ralph W. Shank Jr. and Mary Shank Creek of Palmyra Farm, Hagerstown, Maryland, have been selected as the 2019 recipient of National Dairy Shrine’s Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder award. They are the first brother and sister breeder honorees in the 70-year history of Dairy Shrine. This award is presented annually to an active, progressive dairy producer who excels in the management of a dairy breeding herd based on sound business and genetic principles.

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Clay to Receive National Dairy Shrine's Pioneer Award - June 2019

Dr. John S. Clay, Director of Dairy Records Management Systems (DRMS) at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, and a leader in the Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) records segment of the dairy industry, is one of this year's Pioneer honorees. A driving force in the dairy technology area, Clay has helped to bring dairy farming into the "computer age" by developing dairy herd management software and record analysis systems that have helped dairy producers to make more informed, cost-effective decisions on their farms.

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Butcher to Receive National Dairy Shrine's Pioneer Award - June 2019

One of this year's Pioneer honorees is Dr. Kenneth R. Butcher of Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, a man who devoted his entire professional career to the advancement and improvement of the Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) records segment of the dairy industry.

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Moore Honored with National Dairy Shrine's Pioneer Award - June 2019

Among the Pioneer honorees is Larry F. Moore (1907-1985), the noted Red & White Holstein breeder, entrepreneur, and visionary who lived at Suamico, Wisconsin. "A man decades ahead of his time," says Amanda Sell of the Red & White Dairy Cattle Association, Moore's lifetime interest in animal genetics and the interaction of recessive genes made him truly a "pioneer" in the Red & White Holstein movement.

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