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DAIRY NEWS – Katy Schultz of Fox Lake, Wis. was elected president of the Professional Dairy Producers® (PDPW) Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 year. Joining her on the executive committee are Janet Clark, Rosendale, Wis. – vice president; John Haag, Dane, Wis. – secretary and Jay Heeg, Colby, Wis. – treasurer.
Schultz owns Tri-Fecta Farms Inc. with her siblings Kari and Nick. Katy is the on-farm manager for daily operations, including livestock and employees. Clark and her husband Travis joined her family’s dairy, Vision Aire Farms, LLC in 2010. Janet manages the financials and calves. Heeg is dairy manager and human resource manager at Heeg Brothers Dairy LLC, which he owns and operates with brothers Mark and Gary. Haag owns and operates Haag Dairy, LLC, with his son Josh.
Other PDPW Board members include Dan Scheider, Scheidairy Farms, Freeport, Ill.; Ken Feltz, Feltz Family Farms Inc. and Feltz’s Dairy Store Inc., Stevens Point, Wis.; Corey Hodorff, Second-Look Holsteins, LLC, Eden, Wis.; Andy Buttles, Stone-Front Farm, Lancaster, Wis.; and Steve Orth, Orthland Dairy Farm LLC, Cleveland, Wis.
The newly elected advisor is Roger Olson, Zinpro Corporation. Joining Olson as advisors are Dr. Paul Fricke, Professor of Dairy Science and Extension Specialist in Dairy Cattle Reproduction, Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kurt Petik, Rabo AgriFinance and Andrew Skwor, MSA Professional Services, Inc.
The PDPW board, elected by fellow dairy farmers, meets throughout the year to plan activities and establish other ways to achieve their mission of building a better dairy industry. Each board member, who are also active dairy farmers, serves on boards and committees outside the dairy sector, as well.
PDPW is the nation's largest dairy producer-led organization of its kind, focusing on producer professionalism, stakeholder engagement and unified outreach to share ideas, solutions, resources and experiences that help dairy producers succeed.