Grey Eagle, Minn.—Jeff and Korinna Rohde and Rohde Dairy warmly welcomed Minnesota Holstein Association members and Holstein enthusiasts to their farm on August 12 for the annual Holstein Field Day. Judging classes, socialization and a tasty fried chicken lunch made it a day everyone in attendance was pleased to be a part of.
Registration kicked off at 11:00 a.m. followed by lunch and the judging classes. Minnesota Holstein Association Executive Secretary Heidi Anderson and assistant Jill Butterfass greeted individuals as they arrived, handed them materials for the day and sent them off to tour the farm. As guests continued to register, Field Representative Steve Peterson commented “It sure is nice to have people who are enthusiastic about the Registered [Holstein] business.”
Currently, the couple is milking 60 cows and has 75 head of young stock. They milk in a tie stall barn that holds 46 head. Their newest venture on the farm is bull raising. Guests were able to view the bull shed that will be housing young bulls for AI contracts. However, for the day, this is where the judging classes were held. Attendees judged one class of heifers and cows while touring the dairy. One of their special cows, Glista was also on display for people to admire.
As mentioned before, the meal provided was delicious! Everyone heartily filled up on fried chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, bread and root beer floats. A special guest for the day was Holstein USA Field Representative Steve Peterson who visited with members and spoke to the crowd about happenings at the national level. Mike Sheehan, a member of the MN Holstein board, spoke about the upcoming State Fair and fall sale. Official judge for the classes was Glen Kurth. Prizes were awarded to the top individuals for both the adult and youth division. In the youth division first place was awarded to Santiago Tumberg, second place to Amanda Tumberg and third place to Corey Popp. In the adult division first place was awarded to Roxanne Pundsack, second place to Michael Sheehan and third place to Michael McAndrews. Thank you to all who participated in the contest.
We’d like to say thank you to the local businesses which sponsored the delicious meal and door prizes that were handed out at the conclusion of Field Day. Additionally, thank you to everyone who attended and took part in Holstein Field Day. The weather was beautiful, the day was a success and we look forward to next year!