April 24, 2018

RWDCA Seeks Annual Award Nominations

The Red and White Dairy Cattle Association is currently seeking nominations for the annual awards presented at the National Red & White Convention.  The Convention will be held in St Charles, IL on June 19-20, 2018.  For more information on the convention please see
Nominees are sought for the following awards:
Larry Moore Master Breeder Award: Presented to a person who is a member of the RWDCA, who has done an outstanding job of breeding a herd of Red & White cattle, supported RWDCA programs and endeavored to promote and advance the Red & White cow.
J.P. ‘Doc’ Ostrander Young Breeder Award: Presented to a person who is a member of the RWDCA, who has done an outstanding job of breeding a herd of Red & White cattle, supported RWDCA programs and endeavored to promote and advance the Red & White Cow. 
Junior Breeder Award: Presented to a person who is a member of the RWDCA, who has done an outstanding job of breeding and developing a herd of Red & White cattle, supported RWDCA programs and endeavored to promote and advance the Red & White cow. Recipient must be no more than 21 years of age. 
Don Albrecht Distinguished Service Award:  Presented to a person that has contributed greatly to the success and promotion of the Red & White cow. Award in memory of Don Albrecht who contributed greatly to the betterment of the RWDCA until his untimely death. 
Gary Mayhew Keystone Award:  Award to recognize grassroots members who have given dedicated support to the Red & White breed and the RWDCA. Award in memory of Gary Mayhew who strongly promoted Red & Whites and provided service to the RWDCA and RWDCA members. 
All nominations should be sent to the RWDCA Office, by May 1, 2018.  Previous award recipients are listed on our website:
The RWDCA strives to encourage and promote the progressive breeding and development of superior Red & White Dairy cattle providing breeders with information, programs and services to help track, evaluate and improve the breed from one generation to the next.  Visit for more information. 








June 7-9, 2017

2017 National Red and White Convention Review- Kasson, MN


The Red and White Dairy Cattle Association held it's annual convention last week, June 7-9, in Kasson, Minnesota.  


The awards banquet was held at Events by Saker, on Thursday June 8th.  A presentation of the History of Red & Whites, was given by Ron Eustice.  Ron's presentation was followed by the award portion of the banquet. 


Three, One thousand dollar scholarships were awarded this year to, Carley Krull, Lake Mills, WI, Sabrina Long, Sugar Grove, PA and Hannah Nelson, Ellsworth, WI.  


The Junior essay contest winners were in the Junior Division, Campbell Booth, Plymouth, WI.  The winner of the Intermediate Division was Hannah Hensel, Pittsville, WI.  


The Junior Photo Contest was won by Elizabeth Acel, Guys Mills, PA.  


Two very qualified ladies were in contention for the title of 2017 National Red & White Queen, 2016 National Red & White Queen, McKenna Coffeen announced Katie Thompson, Plainview, Minnesota, as the newly crowned queen!  


The Don Albrecht Distinguished Service award was awarded to John Schmitz, Eden Valley, MN,This award is presented to a person that has contributed greatly to the success and promotion of the Red & White cow. The award is in memory of Don Albrecht who contributed greatly to the betterment of the RWDCA until his untimely death.


The Larry Moore Master Breeder Award is presented to a person who is a member of the RWDCA, who has done an outstanding job of breeding a herd of Red & White cattle, supported RWDCA programs and endeavored to promote and advance the Red & White cow, this year's recipient was Stranshome, Owatonna, MN. 


The JP 'Doc' Ostrander Young Breeder Award was presented to Ryan Griffin, Thief River Falls, MN.  This award is presented to a person who is a younger member of the RWDCA, who has done an outstanding job of breeding a herd of Red & White cattle, supported RWDCA programs and endeavored to promote and advance the Red & White Cow.  


The Junior Breeder Award is presented to a Junior member of the RWDCA, who has done an outstanding job of breeding and developing a herd of Red & White cattle, supported RWDCA programs and endeavored to promote and advance the Red & White cow. This year's recipient is Britney Hill, Bristol, VT.  


The Gary Mayhew Keystone Award was awarded to both Ron Eustice and Bob Eustice.  This Award is presented to a person who is a member of the RWDCA, who has done an outstanding job of breeding and developing a herd of Red & White cattle, supported RWDCA programs and endeavored to promote and advance the Red & White cow.   This award is presented in memory of Gary Mayhew who strongly promoted Red & Whites and provided service to the RWDCA and RWDCA members.


The RWDCA Board of Directors welcomed Jason Miley, West Salem, OH and Pam Morse, Troy, PA.  Retiring from the board this year is Mike Brown, Coalville, UT.  


All participants at the Junior portion of the day at Little Valley Dairy, were entered to win a calf, along with other prizes.  The calf was donated by John Bierbaum, Bob Eustice, Ryan & Karen Griffin, Arnie & Kris Gruenes, Spencer & Stacy Hackett, Keith & Kay Mahoney, Todd & Jean Pollema, Tracy Schaefer, Karla Smieja, Andy & Sue Steinhagen and Matt & Polly Timmer.  Winning the calf, was new RWDCA Junior member, Monica Evers, Kellogg, MN.  


The RWDCA strives to encourage and promote the progressive breeding and development of superior Red & White Dairy Cattle by providing breeders with information, programs and services to help track, evaluate and improve the breed from one generation to the next.


July 7-9, 2016

2016 National Red and White Convention Review- Westminster, MD

Thursday, July 7

Convention officially started on Thursday as attendees traveled Maryland, and toured the beautiful farms across the state. The farms that hosted tours during the day were: Glamour View, Palmyra Farms, Savage-Leigh Farm, Locust-Ayr Farm, and Spungold Farm. Attendees were able to see numerous All-Americans and All-American nominees on these tours and were able to engage with Red and White Breeders from across the country. In addition to touring farms, adult attendees were able to travel to, and tour the numerous wineries and fruit farms that Maryland has to offer.

Thursday evening, everyone ended their day of touring at Glad-Ray Farm, owned by Jim and Sharon Keilholtz. Red and White enthusiasts got a "Taste of Maryland" for dinner that night. From hard shell crabs to shrimp, and potato salad to fresh fruit pies, all in attendance were plenty full by the end of the night.

Earlier in the evening, the Red and White Queen Candidates completed the interview portion of their contest. They then, after dinner, were asked to introduce themselves to the convention, as well as answer an impromptu question. This year we had two very qualified candidates vying for the crown, Hayleigh Geurink from Michigan and McKenna Coffeen from Wisconsin.

Friday, July 8

A group of around 30 attendees boarded a bus to head to our Nation's capitol, Washington D.C. Upon arriving to D.C. we first traveled to the World War II Memorial. We then stopped and walked to see the Lincoln Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial. As the day went on, we not only got to experience Washington D.C. in the fullest, but we got to experience Maryland weather to the fullest. With it being as warm as it was, it was a unanimous vote to stay on the bus in the air conditioning and travel past a few other memorials. After we finished traveling to memorials, we stopped at the Ronald Regan Building for lunch on our own. After lunch, the group then traveled to Arlington National Cemetery. We were able to honor those who have fought for our county and for our freedom. Most attendees made the long walk to the top of the cemetery to witness the changing of the guards at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After, many proceeded to the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame and Memorial Site.

After a long bus ride back, everyone got ready for the banquet which was hosted by CJ and Tanya Miller of Pheasant Echo's West Farm. After a delicious meal, the awards portion of the banquet began. The banquet started with the presentation of the 25 and 40 Year Member awards. Dennis Gransee and Marvin Covert were in attendance to receive their 40 Year Member awards this year. We then heard from our retiring Queen, Carley Krull about her year. She also presented the 2016-2017 Queen title to McKenna Coffeen. The next award the was presented was the Larry Moore Master Breeder Award which was presented to Jason and Donna Myers. Following, Ryan Shank was the recipient of the J.P. "Doc" Ostrander Young Breeder Award. We then went on to present the Junior Breeder Award to Katelyn Nolt. Our 2016-2017 RWDCA President, Mike Brown, was presented the Don Albrecht Distinguished Service Award. Last but most certainly not least, Dale and Deanna Bendig were recognized and presented the Gary Meyhew Keystone Award. Congratulations to all award recipients! Each award is an incredible accomplishment. During the banquet we also recognized our retiring RWDCA President, Jake Skinner, for his outstanding dedication to the association. The scholarship recipients were also announce for the 2016 Red and White Scholarship. They were: Kayla Umbel, Ben Buske, and Colton Gregory. Congratulations to all of the award recipients.

The New Board of Directors Members were also announced at the banquet whom are, Rodney Bonhoff, Doug Lyons, and Jeremy McChesney.

To end the banquet portion of night, Dennis Gransee invited RWDCA Members to the 2017 National Red and White Convention which will be held in Rochester, MN, June 7-9

After the banquet was over, the RWDCA hosted a Fun Auction with proceeds going to the Maryland Red and White Association and the Red and White Dairy Cattle Association. Many beautiful items were donated, including items like a hand-crafted table and chairs, a hand-made red patterned quilt, a hand painted ammo box, as well as many other Red and White centered donations!

Saturday, July 9

On Saturday morning the National Convention Sale was hosted by Pheasant-Echo's Farm, the Stambaugh Family. Attendees started arriving early that morning for a guided tour of their farm and a complimentary breakfast sponsored by Finch Services, Inc. The sale was coordinated by MD-Hillbrook Sales & Service. The sale averaged just over $4,500 on 80 full lots.

The RWDCA would like to the Maryland Red and White Association for hosting the 2016 National Red and White Convention. It was a beautiful area with beautiful cattle and people. We would also like to thank the sponsors and people who made donations to the convention this year! Also, a big thank you to all of the host farms that allowed for Red and White enthusiasts to tour their farms, as well as to host farms of the meals and sale! The 52nd National Red and White Convention was a success thanks to all of you! Please join us next year in Rochester, MN, for the 53rd National Red and White Convention, June 7-9! 

June 23, 2016  

RWDCA Names Sell as Promotions Manager

The Red and White Dairy Cattle Association announces that Mandy Sell, Watertown Wis., has been hired as their Promotions Manager. Her primary role with the association is to support the Board of Directors of the RWDCA in carrying out the mission, goals and objectives of the Association. She will also serve as the official Executive Secretary of the RWDCA and will represent the Association at a wide variety of events. She will directly plan and manage all promotional activities for the Association, including the official publication, The Red Bloodlines, and all other communications activities including digital/social media.

No stranger to Red & Whites, Sell grew up on her family’s Registered Red & White dairy farm, Sellcrest Farm, in Watertown, Wis. Sell currently serves as the President of the Wisconsin RWDCA and the Wisconsin PDCA and Secretary of the Dodge County Dairy Youth Advisory Committee. She serves on the Dodge County Holstein Breeders Board, is the Co-Chair of the District 8 Holstein show, a chaperone for Dodge County Dairy Youth at the Wisconsin State fair and is the Advisor to the Dodge County Junior Holstein Association.

Sell will start her position with the RWDCA on June 23rd.  The RWDCA strives to encourage and promote the progressive breeding and development of superior Red and White Dairy cattle by providing breeders with information, programs and services to help track, evaluate and improve the breed from one generation to the next.

July 24, 2015- 2015

2015 National Red and White Convention Review

The 2015 National Red & White Convention was held in Decorah, Iowa in the beautiful rolling hills of Northeast Iowa from July 14-16, 2015.


The week started on Tuesday, July 14 with farm tours. We were able to visit four different farms in Northeast Iowa. The day started at Lyons Holsteins (Doug & Lynnette Lyons Family) of Castalia, Iowa which is home to 125 registered Holsteins, 58 cows and 67 heifers, with all being Red or Red Carriers except for 29 head. Doug is currently serving as RWDCA Board of Director. Our second stop was to Henkeseen Holsteins (Trent & Leslie Henkes Family) of Luana, Iowa. At Henkeseen, they milk 65 registered Holsteins where one-fourth of them are Red and White. This is a 6th generation family dairy farm. The third stop of the day was to Rolling Prairie Guernseys (Dan & Ann Walther Family) of Garnavillo, Iowa. This Guernsey herd is the oldest active Guernsey herd in the state of Iowa. The Walther family milks 200+ registered Guernseys in a double 12 DeLaval parlor which was built in 2004. Our final stop of the day was to Regancrest Farm of Waukon, Iowa. Sheri Regan-Danhof welcomed the group. Regancrest was established in 1951 and are currently milking 800 cows. Tuesday ended with a meal hosted by Doug & Lynnette Lyons family.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015 was a big day as it was the 2015 National Red and White Convention Show. 25 beautiful Red and Whites paraded in the ring for official judge Hank Van Exel of Lodi, California. Junior Champion of the Junior Show went to Straussdale BAR Dreamy-Red (1st Fall Calf) for Mariah & Carly Strauss of Lake Mills, WI. Following in reserve was Lyons-DL Crown Georgene-Red (1st Winter Calf) for Michael Lyons of Castalia, IA. Junior Champion of the Open Show went to Oakfield ABS Emelia-Red-ET (1st Spring Yearling) for John Diersen of Caledonia, MN. Reserve Champion honors went to Straussdale BAR Dreamy-Red. Intermediate Champion of the Junior Show was awarded to Lyons-DL Chger Twizzler-Red (1st Senior-Three-Year-Old) for Michael Lyons and Reserve Champion went to Paulinn PSC Meme 919-Red-TW (2nd Senior-Three-Year-Old) for Alan Kruse of Dyersville, IA. Rounding out the young cow classes, Intermediate Champion went to Willow-Marsh Sundance-Red (1st Senior-Three-Old) for Norman Nabholz of West Union, IA and Reserve went to Lyons-DL Chger Twizzler-Red. Senior Champion of both the Junior and Open Shows went to Rosedale 2 Hot 2 Handle-Red (1st Four Year Old) from Carley Krull of Lake Mills, WI and Reserve went to New-Star ADV Hillary-Red (1st Aged Cow) from Jennifer Huhe of Cresco, IA. Grand Champion of the Junior Show was also presented to Rosedale 2 Hot 2 Handle-Red and Reserve went to Lyons-DL Chger Twizzler-Red. Grand Champion honors of the Open Show was presented to Willow-Marsh Sundance-Red and Reserve went to Rosedale 2 Hot 2 Handle-Red. Premier Breeder and Exhibitor banners were presented to Lyons Holsteins of Castalia, Iowa.


Wednesday evening ended with the Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet. Guest speakers for the annual banquet included Chrisitna-Joh. Paulsen-Schluter (President of European Red Dairy Breed), Graeme Hamilton (President of Australian Red Dairy Breed) and David Pierson (President-Elect of National Dairy Shrine).


At the annual banquet all of the awards were presented to 25+ year members, 40+ year members, All-American and Junior All-American winners, Essay Contest Winners, the RWDCA Awards and many more. 25+ year members include Stephen Collins, Albert & Mary Etta Lenkaitis, Brian Campbell, Rod-Er-Dic Farm (Roger & Paul Meyer), Dean & Julie Milz, Glen-Toctin Farm, Jim & Cheri Summerfield, Antrim Spring Farms (Rodney Crider), John & Vicki King, Jr., Charles Garrison, Robert Prueter, and Ray Hess. 40+ year members are Jerry & Lyle Fraaza, ABS Global Inc., the late Juanda Prelle, and Dennis Bressner.


The Junior Essay Contest winners were announced and Hannah Hensel of Pittsville, WI was the winner of the Junior division and Sarah Thomas of Pittsboro, NC was the winner of the Intermediate division. The Albrecht Memorial Scholarships were presented to Mikayla Bailey, Ashley Mohn and Hannah Van Dyk. The 2015 National Red and White Queen was crowned and we are pleased to announce that Carley Krull of Lake Mills, WI will represent the RWDCA this next year. Taylor Jirousek of Owatonna, MN was announced at the 2015 National Red and White Queen Alternate.


The 2015 Breeder awards were presented at the end of the night. The Don Albrecht Distinguished Service Award was presented to Gary Janssen of Illinois, the Larry Moore Master Breeder Award was presented Cleland Holsteins of Wisconsin, the J.P. "Doc" Ostrander Young Breeder Award was given to Matt & Mandy Nunes of Wisconsin, the Junior Breeder Award was presented to Michael Lyons of Iowa and finally the Gary Mayhew Keystone Award was presented to Jerry Good of Michigan.


The final item at the banquet was the announcement of the new RWDCA Board of Directors. Gary Janssen was elected for another term, Sarah Wendorf and Bonnie Van Dyk both of Wisconsin are newly elected Board of Directors.


The last day of the 51st National Red and White Convention concluded with the National Red and White Convention Sale. Scott Courtney of Courtney Sales was the sale manager whereas Roger Turner read pedigrees and Chris Hill was at the gavel. The sale averaged on 72 live lots, $3.425. Top seller of the day was Lot 13 at $12,200: Ms Roll-N-View Althea-Red-ET VG-86 (Special Effect-P from a VG-87 Shottle out of Apple EX-96-3E-DOM) She was consigned by Lee Emerson and Nick Raggi, Delaware and purchased by Milk Source, LLC of Kaukauna, Wisconsin.


The RWDCA would like to thank all who was involved with the 2015 National Red and White Convention especially Doug & Lynnette Lyons, Trent & Leslie Henkes and Glenn Ohloff. We really need to thank all of the sponsors and donors because without you this convention would not have been a hit! The RWDCA would like to invite everyone to the 52nd National Red and White Convention which will be held in Westminster, Maryland during the days of July 7-9, 2016. 


February 19, 2015- A New Office, A New Beginning

Madison, Wisconsin- As of February 9, 2015, we are pleased to announce the Red and White Dairy Cattle Association has moved to Madison, Wisconsin. With this move comes exciting changes and opportunities. The office is right down the block from the Dane County Regional Airport and only minutes away from hotels and restaurants. This will allow meetings to become better accommodated. Also, in Madison are the Alliant Energy Center grounds where World Dairy Expo, Midwest Spring Red and White Show, and Wisconsin Championship Show will be held.

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, we will be holding an Open House at the office from 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m which is the night before Midwest Spring Red and White Show. Again on Wednesday, September, 30, 2015 we will host another Open House at the office which is the night before the International Red and White Show. Time to be determined.

We look forward to the new opportunities and changes this move will bring. For further details, please contact the Red & White Dairy Cattle Association at 2317 International Lane Suite 219 Madison, Wisconsin 53704; Phone: 608-289-8586 or 608-790-5595; Fax: (608) 299-0800; Email: or; Website:


July 29, 2014- Celebrating 50 years: 2014 National Red and White Convention Highlights

Elkhorn, Wisconsin - The National Red & White Association hosted the 2014 National Red & White Convention, “Celebrating 50 Years” July 22-26 in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The Convention began by members meeting the Canadian Red & White convention chairs for an evening hospitality. On Tuesday was the first day of farm tours where members visited Sexing Technologies, April-Day and Fertile Ridge Dairy, and Briar Holsteins, Wednesday entailed farm tours at Frozene Farms, Maple Lawn Farm, Rosedale Genetics, and Sellcrest Farm, Thursday was the last day of tours hosted at Holbric Holsteins, Luck-E Holsteins, Golden Oaks Farm and Sunshine Genetics, Friday was the 50th National Red & White Convention Sale, followed by the annual meeting and awards banquet and Saturday was the National Red & White Convention Show.

Tuesday morning started the convention off with three tour stops. Each of these farms focus heavily on special traits of the Red and White breed. Sexing Technologies Inc. goals are producing Sexed Sorted Semen and opening up markets for themselves and their customers around the globe to such places like the European Union and China. The second farm was a two-part stop at April Day Holsteins which focuses on breeding elite registered Holsteins while integrating high genomics and the polled gene into their herd. Embryo's that are harvested from April-Day are then transferred to their partnership with Fertile Ridge Dairy, a commercial dairy operation, where they calve in these embryo calves. Some of the prominent cow families at April-Day include the Ruby WINE family along with descendents from the Roxy and Redwing families. The third farm visited on Tuesday was Briar Holsteins. All of the cattle at Briar are either red or *RC and many carry the polled gene. They breed for longevity, type, production, and cow family as they use genomics and health traits for sire choices.

The second day of convention entailed tours of elite dairy herds with Red & White cattle tracing back to well known bloodlines. First stop was Frozene Farms, Rick and Linda Frozene, who have bred many All-Americans and All-American nominees and have exported many embryos. They have reduced the herd size but still have great passion for their cows. Next stop was Maple Lawn Farm where their motto is "breed for type and feed for production." They are currently milking 365 head with many All American Nominees in the herd. There have been many prominent cows bred with the L-Maples prefix such as L-Maples RM Pepper-Red EX 94 a 5 time All American Nominee. The third visit of the day was to Rosedale Genetics which was established in 2001 and owned/operated by Mark and Nicky Rueth. 80% of the Rosedale herd goes back to Mark's frist purchase, the famous, Stookey EP BLACKROSE, EX-96. They also are home to the 2005 and 2007 WDE Grand Champion and only R&W cow to ever be named Supreme Champion at WDE in 2005, Lavender Ruby REDROSE, EX-96. Last, but certainly not least, the members traveled to Sellcrest Farm. It is a family operation that started 53 years ago when the red hair coat was not sought after in the dairy industry. They are home to Debbie-Red, a National Champion who was solely registered RWDCA only and C Blue Haven Rose Ned-Red, the first Red and White cow to ever be classified EX-96.

Day three wrapped up the last day of tours while the members traveled south to cross into Illinois. The first stop was at Holbric Holsteins which started striving to change their herd from grade to registered cattle in 1965. Now they have developed cow families such as Elginvue Regal Arlene-Red who has over 30 descendents that have been nominated either All-American or JR All-American. The second stop was at Luck-E Holsteins, started by Dennis and Beth Engel, who purchased their first registered Holstein as a wedding present in 1968. They currently have 117 cows classified in their 2nd lactation which average EX-90. They are working with full sisters Luck-E Advent Asia *RC EX-94 and Luck-E Advent Atlanta *RC EX-94 which are the dams of prominent young sires. The third stop was at Golden Oaks Farm established by the Crown Family of Chicago. The milk about 730 head with 120 of those being Red and White or *RC animals. One of the most influential cows for Golden Oaks was, Scientific Beauty Rae-ET-RC EX-90 from the Roxy family. Her daughter was an appealing Red who was polled, Golden-Oaks Perk Rae-Red-ET*PO EX-90. The last stop to finish up the tours was Sunshine Genetics. The farm specializes in housing and caring for elite donors owned by breeders from all over the world who focus on embryo and IVF programs.

Friday entailed the annual National Red & White Convention Sale, managed by MD-Hillbrook Sales & Service. The sale consisted of 93 lots which averaged just over $5,000. There was a great crowd of buyers and spectators present during the sale. Walking away with high seller honors went to Siemers Defiant Juby-Red-ET, who also was the 1st place summer yearling at the NY Spring Show in 2014, lot selling for $20,500 to Juby Partners of Maryland. Second high seller was, Curr-Vale Sym Avelene-ET*RC, selling for $18,000. She sold to Luke Coblentz of OH and is a +2316 GTPI Sympatico x Curr-Vale Observer Avon-TW*RC VG-85.

Following the sale, the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet took place at the Monte Carlo Banquet Room at Sperino's in Elkhorn,WI, Friday, July 25th with 200 members present. After the meeting dinner was served and was enjoyed by all members. It was the pleasure of this organization to award the work of its outstanding members who have invested in the betterment of the Red & White Cow. The 2014 National Red & White Convention Awards Banquet began with recognizing Mark Rueth of Oxford, WI was awarded the Larry Moore Master Breeder Award, Tom Lyons Jr of Westfield, IL received the J.P. “Doc” Ostrander Young Breeder Award and Cassy, Bryce, and Carley Krull of Wisconsin received the Junior Breeder Award. The Don Albrecht Distinguished Service Award was received by Kim Morrill of New York. Sellcrest Farm, Allen and Shirley Sell & Family, of Wisconsin were awarded the Gary Mayhew Keystone Award. The 2014 Junior Essay winners were in the junior division; 1st place Hannah Hensel, WI, 2nd place Ava Booth, WI and 3rd place Olivia Gries, PA. The intermediate division consisted of; 1st place Sarah Thomas, NC. In the senior division the winners were; 1st place Julianne Holler, PA, 2nd place Tyler Marotz, NE. The Albrecht Memorial Scholarships were awarded to Amber Gable, Lance Sexton, and Jordan Siemers. Katrina Nunes, hailing from Wisconsin was crowned the 2014-2015 National Red & White Queen and Anna Folgate of Illinois was selected 2014-2015 Alternate National Red and White Queen. 25-year members and 40 year members were awarded by Gary Janssen and Larry Olson. All-American, Junior All-American, and Superior Type Awards were presented to their recipients by 2013-2014 Red & White Queen, Cecilia Morse and 2014 Summer Intern, Michaela Ash. There was a new award created this year to award those Red and White cows that were not focused on showing but on the production end of the industry. The new Pinnacle Production Awards were presented as Top Milk 1st place: Dean-C-T Redlnr Dixie-Red-ET owned by Dominic Agresti-Assali, CA, Top Milk 2nd place: F-Jolin Persia 951-Red owned by Daniel L. First, MI, Top Fat 1st place: True-Blue Rampage 1860-Red owned by Gerald & Kevin Ihm, WI, Top Fat 2nd place: True-Blue Dagger 2085-Red owned by Gerald & Kevin Ihm, WI, Top Protein 1st place: Dean-C-T Redlnr Dixie-Red-ET owned by Dominic Agresti-Assali, CA, Top Protein 2nd place: True-Blue Rampage 1860-Red owned by Gerald & Kevin Ihm, WI. Members also recognized and thanked the retiring board members for their hard work and leadership; Mark Olbrich, IL, and Matt Lawrence, PA. New board of directors that were stated into office were; Mike Brown, Coalville, Utah, Jason Miley, West Salem, Ohio, and Jeff Winton, Mayville, NY. Anna Troester, assistant manager, was awarded for her hard work to help put the 2014 annual convention on while diligently working with the convention committee. RWDCA also hired a new General Manager to the team, Larry Olson.

A silent auction of donated items started Thursday afternoon and ended Saturday morning with the proceeds benefitting the RWDCA’s Junior Programs and the 50th Convention. The Scholarship Calf Raffle winner was drawn at the beginning of the 2014 National Convention Sale on Friday. The winner of the raffle calf was Kylie Greenfield. Thank you to Briar Holsteins for donating the raffle calf; Briar Outdone Madness-Red. In addition, a THANK YOU to all the donors, buyers and consignors of both the silent auction and cattle sale and to those who purchased raffle tickets. Your continued support towards the Junior Programs and the RWDCA is highly appreciated by the members of the Red & White Dairy Cattle Association.

A special thank you goes to the National Red & White Dairy Cattle Association, convention committee, and office staff for hosting a successful 2014 National Red & White Convention. Next year’s convention will be held in Decorah, Iowa from July 14-16, 2015.


May 28, 2014- RWDCA Welcomes 2014 Summer Intern

The Red and White Dairy Cattle Association is excited to announce that their 2014 summer internship position was awarded to Michaela Ash of Upton, Kentucky. During the course of the summer, Michaela's responisbilities will include assisting with publications, helping at the 50th National Red and White Convention and representing the RWDCA at various events.

Michaela was not raised on a family farm, but found her passion in the dairy industry about four years ago. Her high school agriculture teacher, Amy Olt, encouraged her to pursue dairy judging in 4H and FFA, where she did most of her practicing at Olt’s place, Rocky Run Farms. After a year of judging and practicing she asked Amy if she was able to attend a few shows with her and soon figured out that she was ready to start showing herself. The first cow that she bought in 2011 was a Red and White junior yearling Holstein that has had her heart from day one. She has bred and bought cows to start her own small herd, where her and her cows have been accepted as “part of the family” at Rocky Run Farms of Kentucky and River Bend Dairy of Tennessee for the past three years. She has actively milked and cared for show animals at these farms for the past three years.

Michaela is currently enrolled as a junior at Western Kentucky University where she is double majoring in General Agriculture and Communication Studies with a minor in Sales. She hopes to start graduate classes in the future and receive an M.A. in Organizational Communication. Her future career goals are to continue working in the dairy industry and be highly involved with promoting the Red and White breed. We are excited to be working with Michaela during the upcoming summer months!


August 19, 2013 - 2013 National Red & White Convention Review

Dunkirk, NY - The 2013 National Red & White Convention Dunkirk, New York in the beautiful Chautauqua County from August 13-15, 2013. It is looked at as a great success thanks to our hosts Darren and Heather Carlstrom, along with their friends and family. Chautauqua County is known for their production of grapes and dairy cattle along with more agriculture production and sales with vegetables, fruit, timber and maple products. With being located right near the northern part of Lake Erie the views are breathtaking to say the least.

The week started with business meetings for the Red and White Dairy Cattle Association Board of Directors and staff. As the week continued, the Carlstrom’s opened their farm to all with a welcoming barbeque to start off the week right. They also featured wine tasting, raffle and door prizes, along with good company to make everyone feel welcomed.

Continuing the week, the Carlstrom’s had planned a day of tours with goat milk fudge tasting at the Webb’s Candies. We saw the fudge being made through the viewing window and were able to make our own purchases in the gift shop and store area.

The next stop on the bus tour was Wall Street Dairy where they milk around 40 cows. The owner of Wall Street Dairy, Jeff Winton, gave us an introduction and welcome and explained to us the roots of Wall Street and how they got to where they are today. A cow that was featured at Wall Street and is having a huge impact on their successful herd of young cows is Spring-Fed Shark Attack EX-93-4E. Shark Attack will be 14 years old this year and has daughters on the farm by Sanchez, Goldwyn, Planet, Advent, Atwood, Alexander, Gold Chip and Braxton. Aside from the cows, Wall Street Dairy is beginning to look into cheese making by hiring a young lady to be the head and start to their cheese making process.

From Wall Street Dairy we traveled to Noble Winery where Wall Street Dairy sponsored and prepared a wonderful lunch for us. Not only was the food a hit, but the wine tasting was too. In 2006, Pete and Diane Noble started Noble Winery where they harvest their own grapes and produce a wonderful wine product. When approaching the winery, we were able to see all the beautiful grapes they raise and at the top of the hill the breathtaking view of Lake Erie. You can visit their website at and learn more about them and the wines they have available.

The next stop of our bus tour was to Chad Fredd’s farm, Grape-View Farms, where they milk with robotic milkers. Chad welcomed us along with his wife, Jill. The Fredd’s split us into groups to look at three different stations. One being the robotic milkers where we were able to watch a cow get milked by a robot. Another station was the calves where they were in group pens and fed on an automatic robotic calf feeder. All the robots were products of Lely. The last station was the tour of the free stalls and maternity pens. Chad then gathered us all together to answer any questions we had.

The last stop on our bus tour was to 21 Brix Winery which was started in 2011. At 21 Brix, we were able to tour the whole facility. We saw the wine barrels, vats for wine making and ended with wine tasting. At 21 Brix they explained they have been in the grape business for years and the wine business in the new and exciting part to the grape production. To learn more about 21 Brix and their specialty wines they have available, visit

To continue into the evening, we had our 49th Annual Banquet where we named many distinguished awards to breeders and youth from all over the county, as well as the new National Red and White Queen and 1st Alternate. Some of our award winners included: Mr. Jake Skinner of Mercersburg, PA as the award winner for the Albrecht Distinguished Service Award, Mr. Richard Green, Sr. of Middletown, DE as the Larry Moore Master Breeder Award recipient, Wayne Cyrus Conard of Sharon Springs, NY as the Junior Breeder Award winner and Darren and Heather Carlstrom of Sinclairville, NY as the Gary Mayhew Keystone Award winners. Another honorary award that was named was the 2013 National Red and White Queen to Cecilia Morse from Troy, PA and the 1st Alternate Red and White Queen to Rose Morian of Atlantic, PA. Also announced were the new directors and retiring directors. New directors include Dennis Gransee of Sanborn, MN and Doug Lyons of Castalia, IA. Retiring from the RWDCA Board of Directors are Dr. Kim Olson of Atwater, MN and Jennifer Keilholtz-Hill of Thurmont, MD. New officers of the RWDCA were announced. Jake Skinner of Mercersburg, PA remains as President, Mike Brown of Coalville, UT remains as Vice-President and Yvonne Preder of Plymouth, WI remains as Treasurer. Gary Janssen of Wauconda, IL was named the new Board Secretary. Welcome to our new directors and to our retiring directors, thank you for your years of service!

Our last day at the National Red and White Convention was watching the National Red and White Convention Sale that averaged $3,928.72 on 94 full lots, with a high seller of $15,700. The high selling lot was Lot #1, Palmyra M-O-M Manhattan-ET-RC, consigned by Chris and Jen Hill & Ryan Shank. She was purchased by Bovine Genomic Partners of Michigan. Chris and Jen Hill of MD-Hillbrook Sales and their staff allowed everyone the opportunity to get into the Red and White Breed during this event. Pre-Sale refreshments were sponsored by Wall Street Dairy, MD-Hillbrook and Hermann J. Weimer Vineyard.

Overall we were very pleased with our turn out of people and participation throughout convention. We thank Darren and Heather Carlstrom and their friends and family for a great convention. Also, we extend the invitation to all to attend the 50th Anniversary National Red and White Convention next year in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. We will be having tours along with a show and sale during next year’s convention that will be held July 22-26, 2014. We hope to see you in Wisconsin!


July 2, 2013 World Dairy Expo Online Dairy Cattle Entries Available Now

MADISON, WIS. – World Dairy Expo’s online dairy cattle entry system is now available to exhibitors wishing to make entries to this year’s show. The program utilizes the latest online registration technology while maintaining an easy-to-use and exhibitor-friendly system. The online entry system, 2013 Premium Book, and all accompanying forms can be accessed on the Dairy Cattle Show & Sales page at

The system allows exhibitors to enter their animals, purchase a tent and/or booth space and show season passes. Stalling requests, youth showmanship and fitting contest entries, Futurity entries and judge nominations can all be submitted using the online entry system. Exhibitors will be able to refer back to their entries after making payments.

Exhibitors entering online may take advantage of a $3 per animal entry fee discount when complete animal name, registration number and Animal Identification Number (AIN) 15-digit number information is provided. Pending information for these fields will not be eligible to receive the discount. Entries must be submitted and payment transaction completed by August 31, 2013. The discount is only offered with the initial online entry and payment. A refund for the discount will not be granted when further data is provided after payment. The entry discount is not valid with paper entry.

Premium Books have been mailed to recent years’ exhibitors. Request a printed Premium Book by contacting World Dairy Expo at 608-224-6455. Paper entry forms will still be gladly accepted again this year.

INITIAL ENTRY DEADLINE IS SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2013. You may use the online entry system and pay by credit card (online only) until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. All applicable fees apply for entries made after August 31. “Center of the Dairy Universe” is the theme for World Dairy Expo 2013, which will take place Tuesday, October 1 through Saturday, October 5 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. For show schedule and further information, visit


June 17, 2013 Northern Tier Black & White and Red & White Show Announced

Montrose, Pa. — The Northern Tier Championship Show, which will be held on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, 9:30AM, at the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fairgrounds, Meshoppen, Pa., will again host a Pennsylvania Championship show (open to PA residents only), and an open and junior Red & White show.

The Red & White show is open to all exhibitors regardless of state and will be recognized by the Red & White Dairy Cattle Association (RWDCA) when selecting their All-American and Jr All-American nominations. In order to show, exhibitors must adhere to the following RWDCA requirements: animals must have RWDCA registration paper, owners must be a member of RWDCA, animals must be true Red in color (questionable animals may submit genotype testing) and animals must carry 87% dairy bloodlines as designated by RWDCA guidelines. For more information or clarification contact RWDCA at (608) 676-4900 or

This year’s judge will be Garrett Sammons, Johnstown, N.Y. He owns and operates Stonecree Farms with his wife Ann and children, Clyde & Rachel. A long-time Red and White breeder, Sammons and family bred Stoncree Factor Festive-Red EX-93 3E, with 8 Excellent and 18 Very Good daughters. On the judging side, Sammons has judged numerous shows including the New York State Fair and Spring Junior Show, Associate Judge New York Spring International Holstein Show, State 4-H shows in Maine, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania. Sammons also serves as official judge for the New York PDCA judging conference.

Arrival time and check-in is by 7:30PM, July 31, 2013, which includes registration and health papers. Entries cost $8 per animal and must be postmarked by July 19, 2013. Entries received after this date will be $15 per animal. Send checks payable to the Northern Tier Championship Show and entry forms, available on PA Holstein Association’s Web site (, to David Castrogiovanni, 3621 Turnpike Rd., Montose, PA, 18801 or call (570) 278-3680. Please indicate on the form whether the entry will show in the PA Championship Holstein show or the Red & White show or both. Animals entered in both shows will be required to pay a double entry fee — one for each show. No supplies or bedding are provided.


June 6, 2013 RWDCA Announces New Additions to the Board of Directors

Dennis Gransee, D&D Holsteins, Sanborn, MN (RWDCA member since 1976)

Dennis Gransee is the owner of D&D Holsteins in Sanborn, Minnesota. He first registered animals with the RWDCA in 1975 and has registered over 500 head. His current herd consists of 56 cows and 86 head of youngstock with a herd average of 23,555M 878F 758P. He runs a one man operation with occasional part time help. Dennis is planning on having a dispersal sale on September 7th and keeping back many of the young stock to be embryo recipients. He owns and operates 97 acres (40 tillable for silage) and buys the rest of his feedstuffs. Dennis has classified with the RWDCA many times and was on the Red Express program. He has shown at the Minnesota State Red & White Show many times in his early years.

Doug Lyons, Lyons-DL Holsteins, Castalia, IA (RWDCA member since 2003)

Lyons-DL Holsteins in Castalia, Iowa is run by Doug Lyons and his family. They currently have 60 cows and 63 heifers with 70 Red and Whites and 16 Red Carriers registered with the RWDCA. The family was involved in the Red Express program and the herd is classified at least once a year through the RWDCA. Doug and wife Lynnette have two children, Carly (21) and Michael (18) who are active in the RWDCA having exhibited at National Shows. They have also exhibited their Red & Whites at county, district and state shows. The goals on the farm at this time include breeding more Red polled animals and utilizing genomics to breed for a beautiful, productive cow that they can build great cow families from.

Jake Skinner, Red-Crest Farm, Mercersburg, PA (RWDCA member since 1994)

Jake Skinner has been re-elected to the board of directors of the RWDCA. Jake's farm Red-Crest Farm consists of 150 head. He is currently serving as President of the RWDCA. The two years before this, he served as Treasurer. Jake has also served on the board in 2005-2006. In the past, he has been involved on the Breed Activities, Finance and Nomination committees. Currently, Jake is on the Executive committee. Jake has been involved in the All-American Dairy Show and the Premier National Junior Show by helping with sponsorships and other issues at the show. He has helped with a few National Red & White Conventions also.

The directors will take their new positions on August 14th at the RWDCA Annual Meeting that will be held in conjunction with the National Red & White Convention in Dunkirk, NY.


June 4, 2013 For the 1st Time in Switzerland a Red Holstein Cow Reaches EX 96!

Switzerland - She is big, she is powerful, she is Red, and she is Suard Jordan Irene-RED just recently scored at EX 96 (EX 97 Mammary) at 9 years old. Irene is making records in Switzerland. The first Red Holstein to be EX 96 points and she was also name Supreme European Champion Red Holstein Cow in 2013.

A little bit about the Red and White legend. She is a Ja-Bob Jordan-RED daughter from a Sayso-RED, then Jubilant Mingo-RED backed by a Caveman-RED. Unique!

Born December 3rd, 2004 she has her production record too:

2-09 306 days 8,633 kg milk 19,032lbs milk 4.05% fat 3.30% protein
3-10 338 11,389 25,108 4.45% 3.52%
5-04 271 12,219 26938 4.40% 3.32%
6-02 305 13,329 29,385 4.73% 3.39%
7-11 305 12,051 26,567 4.78% 3.25%

5 L. 337 12'032kg 4,57% F 3,42% Prot. 550 kg F 412 kg Prot.

5 Lact. 337 days 26'470 lbs milk 1'210 lbs fat 906 lbs protein

Total milk until today : 60'162 kg milk

Another place Irene shows impressive results is by having 19 calves born. She has 11 daughters, two of which are in milking form, and eight sons.

Her daughter may just follow in their mom's footstep as, Schrago Italia Indianna Red is scored VG 86 at 2 years old. Indianna Red was the highest classified 2 years in Switzerland in 2012. The other daughter is Schrago Burns Iris RF who is VG 85 at 2 years old. Irene could become a legendary brood cow for the Red and White Dairy Cattle breed yet.


May 31, 2013 Announcing the 2013 National Red & White Convention in New York

CLINTON, WI- The Red & White Dairy Cattle Association extends an invitation to all Red enthusiasts to attend the 2013 National Red & White Convention, hosted by the Darren and Heather Carlstrom in Dunkirk, New York “Fine Cows & Fine Wines, Both of the Red and White Kind.” Festivities are scheduled for August 13-15 in Dunkirk, New York. Mark you calendars to attend this year’s convention!

Tuesday, August 13th: The 2013 National Red & White Convention begins with the RWDCA director meeting. As convention attendees begin to arrive, registration will be at the Clarion Hotel and there will be time to socialize and explore the local sights. Also, plan to attend the "Kick-Off" Party at our hosts' farm, C & W Farms, LLC. There will be a Beef BBQ Dinner, Cheese and Wine Tasting, Raffle Giveaway, and the opportunity to get to know your hosts and see their cattle.

Wednesday, August 14th: Attendee registration continues at the Clarion. Board the bus at 8:00 a.m. from the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds to attend farm and wine tours. The bus will stop at Saxton Hill and Wall Street Holstein Farms and at Noble & 21 Bix Wineries. Also, a courtesy robotic milker tour from Chad Fredd is included with the tours. After the tours, the evening will include the annual meeting, banquet and awards at The Red House in Cassadaga, New York. Also be sure to watch the RWDCA’s National Red & White Queen contest that will be held during the banquet. Reserve your bus seat and meal soon! The costs of the Banquet and the Farm & Wine Bus Tours are both $15 each ($30 total) when paid by July 31st.

Thursday, August 15th: The National Red & White Convention concludes with the 44th National Red & White Convention Sale. At the sale there will be pre-sale refreshments sponsored by Wall Street Dairy and MD-Hillbrook, and will kick off the start to the select offering of 80 Red & Whites beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds. The 44th National Red & White Cattle sale will be managed by MD-Hillbrook; Chris and Jennifer Hill. An online catalog will be available for your viewing at The sale is featuring online bidding for the group of cattle featuring type, unique genomics, deep pedigrees and polled genetics. Also be sure to purchase your raffle ticket for the amazing opportunity to be the winner of choosing from 10 deep pedigreed heifers. Proceeds go towards the Red & White Albrecht Memorial Scholarship and the 50th National Red & White Convention. These are heifers that anyone would be happy to have bred or potentially own. Be sure to have the winning ticket to add one of these heifers to your herd!

Visitor Information:

Attraction websites: Convenient Airport: Hotels: Buffalo International Clarion Hotel
Marina & Conference Center 50 miles Comfort Inn

For more information, please contact: Darren Carlstrom; 2013 Convention Chairman, 3175 Hooker Rd, Sinclairville, NY 14782. Telephone number:( 716) 450-1658, or e-mail You can also stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook at:, and watching our website or calling our office (608)676-4900 or 4909. We hope you can come have a grand old time enjoying, "Fine Cows & Fine Wines, Both of the Red and White Kind" with us at this year’s National Red & White Convention in Dunkirk, New York!


May 28, 2013 National Dairy Shrine Announces 2013 Award Winners

Denmark, WI (May, 2013), National Dairy Shrine (NDS) is pleased to announce the winners of the Guest of Honor, Pioneer, Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder, Graduate Dairy Production and Progressive Dairy Producer awards for this year. These awards were designed to honor past, present and future dairy industry leaders that have contributed to strengthening and energizing the dairy industry.

Dr. Robert Cropp is the Guest of Honor, the highest award from the National Dairy Shrine. This award goes to an individual that has had a dramatic impact on the dairy industry and its future. Robert Cropp, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has had a preeminent role in creating industry knowledge on the economic impact of various changes in milk pricing and how the marketing & storage of dairy products has on those pricing mechanisms. His tireless monitoring of dairy supplies and reporting dairy marketing facts to the industry is exemplary. He was one of the true pioneers in the area of milk marketing and dairy economic analysis. Dr Cropp has been a featured speaker and contributor to numerous dairy organizations. He has served as a vital resource to numerous state and federal agencies focused on dairy policy.

The NDS Distinguished Dairy Cattle breeder is Berneta Gable from New Enterprise, Pennsylvania. Gable’s Guernsey herd carries the Snider Homestead prefix and is known worldwide for producing quality and sought after cattle. Berneta Gable has served on several national & regional Guernsey boards and committees. She has served on the American Guernsey Association board of directors and was President of Purebred Publishing. Her ability to breed top show animals as well as breed leading sires is legendary. Berneta has also been active in her local church.<