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In an unprecedented move due to the current standings with COVID-19, the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association held the Annual Meeting on July 1-2, 2020 at the National office in Beloit, WI. The meeting was held with only Board Members and office staff in attendance. The Annual Meeting was held after the Summer Board monthly meeting with some in attendance at the National Office and others remotely in attendance. To make sure there was a quorum, ballots and proxies were mailed out to active National Members. The number returned to meet the quorum was more than doubled, far exceeding what was needed. Mitch Kappelman, Manitowoc, WI was in attendance to report from the Nominating committee. The Tally committee met June 29th consisting of Caleb Heck, Freeport, IL and Bryan Voegeli, Monticello, WI. They were assisted by Roger Neitzel, Allicia Horn and Norman C. Magnussen. Results were reported to the board of directors by Caleb Heck on July 2, 2020.

During the Annual Meeting, the next President of the National Board was announced, Tom Portner, Sleepy Eye, MN. Also elected to the board as Directors were: District I: Richard Hill, Cattaraugus, NY; District V: Laurie Winkelman, Appleton, WI; and Re-elected District VII: Roger Read, Lyle, MN. Stepping down from the President’s seat was Richard Sparrow, Owenton, KY along with VP Board Director District V: Dan Rieder, Monroe, WI. The following awards were also revealed:

2019 HERD AWARDS

Ira Inman PTPR Trophy for Group 1 (10-29 cows): Larry and Jennifer Meyer, Chilton, WI

Ira Inman PTPR Trophy for Group 2 (30-49 cows): Richard Sparrow & Family, Owenton, KY

Ira Inman PTPR Trophy for Group 3 (50-99 cows): Cozy Nook Farm, Waukesha, WI

Ira Inman PTPR Trophy for Group 4 (100+ cows): Dennis Mashek, Calmar, IA

Progressive Genetic Herd Award for Group 1 (10-29 cows): Joseph Ploeckelman, Athens, WI

Progressive Genetic Herd Award for Group 2 (30-49 cows): Clint & Carlton Miller, Spartansburg, PA

Progressive Genetic Herd Award for Group 3 (50-99 cows): Jeff Kennedy, Butler, PA

Progressive Genetic Herd Award for Group 4 (100+ cows): Double W Farm, Holyoke, CO

Protein Genetic Herd Award for Group 1 (10-29 cows): Travis Kamper, Riverdale, CA

Protein Genetic Herd Award for Group 2 (30-49 cows): Loehr Dairy LLC Mt. Calvary, WI

Protein Genetic Herd Award for Group 3 (50-99 cows): Cozy Nook Farm, Waukesha, WI

Protein Genetic Herd Award for Group 4 (100+ cows): Roger & Lori Read & Family, Lyle, MN

2019 Continuous Test Award – 60 years Gold Bar: Leon Button, Rushville, NY

2019 Continuous Test Award – 45 years Silver Bar: Switzer Tal Farm LLC, Prairie du Sac, WI

2019 Continuous Test Award – 35 years Silver Bar: Calvin Nisly, Partridge, KS

2019 INDIVIDUAL COW AWARDS

·2019 Living Lifetime Cow Award – ECM: Kaisers Ace Ola owned by Tom Kaiser, Cuba City, WI

oLifetime: 4,224d 2x 341,664m 14,305f 11,945p ECM: 388,353m

·J.P. Eves Trophy: Spring Acres Joel Petra owned by Tanner Mashek, Calmar, Iowa

o5-03 305d 3x 42,100m 5.7% 2,414f 3.5% 1,465p

·H.R. Searles Trophy: Jonlee Secret Langwathby owned by Dalton, Dillon & Breanne Freeman, Bremen, IN

o8-02 305d 3x 38,690m 6.3% 2,467f 4.0% 1,571p

·Protein Award: Jonlee Secret Langwathby owned by Dalton, Dillon & Breanne Freeman, Bremen, IN

o8-02 305d 3x 38,690m 6.3% 2,467f 4.0% 1,571p

·Top ECM (Energy Corrected Milk) Award: Jonlee Secret Langwathby owned by Dalton, Dillon & Breanne Freeman, Bremen, IN

o8-02 305d 3x 38,690m 6.3% 2,467f 4.0% 1,571p ECM: 56,617m

·White Cloud Award: Hilltop Acres Cad Angel owned by Dennis Mashek, Calmar, IA

o1-11 305d 3x 30,430m 4.6% 1,410f 3.2% 984p EMC: 35,737m

·Vernon C. Hull Total Performance Award: La Rainbow Bfly Sunkist ETV owned by Richard Sparrow & Family, Owenton, KY

o6-01 305d 2x 40,620m 3.4% 1,371f 3.3% 1,342p 273 Points

·Cow For All Seasons: La Rainbow Bfly Sunkist ETV owned by Richard Sparrow & Family, Owenton, KY

o6-01 305d 2x 40,620m 3.4% 1,371f 3.3% 1,342p ECM: 41,303m

The board also announced the 2019 Young Breeder Award Recipient, Mitch Kappelman of Manitowoc, WI. Minutes of the 2020 Annual Meeting along with the annual report for 2019 can be found on the website, www.brownswissusa.com.

The Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association was established in 1880, registers 9,000 animals per year and serves about 1,800 combined adult and junior members. All cattle in the registry descend from the initial importations of 25 bulls and 140 females from Switzerland, where the breed was developed around 4000 B.C. The world population of Brown Swiss is reported to be about 4 million, which ranks in the top two in world-wide population of dairy cattle. For more information about the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association, visit www.brownswissusa.com.