Holstein barn meeting and Springhill tag sale

By BARB LUMLEY Columnist Published:

The Ohio Holstein Association Winter Barn Meeting and Springhill Tag Sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and the Tag Sale will continue on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 1-5 p.m. A hamloaf lunch will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Nashville United Church on state Route 39 at the west edge of Nashville. Lunch reservations should be reported to the Ohio Holstein Association at 330-264-9088 or e-mail oholstein@embarqmail.com by Friday, Dec. 7.

Don Bennink of North Florida Holsteins will be the featured speaker following the luncheon. Bennink is a former New York attorney who gave up that life to become a dairy farmer. After graduating from Cornell, he started dairy farming by renting a 35-tie-stall barn in New York. In 1980 he moved his herd to Florida and has expanded to a 2,400-acre operation and a herd of more than 4,000 milking age Registered Holsteins.

Cattle comfort and herd health are very important to him. He has established himself as an industry leader around the world for his expertise on farming efficiency techniques and livestock genetics. His farm has developed more than 750 Excellent Holstein cows, consistently ranks on cooperative quality honor rolls, and received Premier Breeder and Exhibitor recognition. The farm is known for its intern program that invites international participants interested in dairy farm management to work and learn on the farm. He has been an early adaptor of monitoring technology and environmental protection practices, including research trials of drugs and additives with the University of Florida. He has received numerous awards, including the International Dairy Foods Association Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year Award in 2005 and World Dairy Expo Dairyman of the Year in 2010.

The Springhill Tag Sale will be held in conjunction with the luncheon and barn meeting. Springhill is owned by Chris Lang and Tom, Karen and Kendra Lang and is located at 7109 State Route 514, Big Prairie. The Tag Sale will feature registered Holstein cattle of all kinds to meet any dairyman's needs. There will be project calves for 2013, great pedigreed cows, Red and Whites, herd replacements and exciting genomics. Daughters will be offered from their top cows. There will be something for everyone. For information, contact Springhill at 330-378-4515; e-mail springhill@embarqmail.com; or Fax 330-378-4390. You can view their website at www.holsteinworld.com/springhill. The sales force includes Don Alexander, 304-376-1788; Ken Janes, 330-464-4134; Brian Garrison, 614-264-3240; and Glenn Sageser HAUSA Rep. 502-321-8670.

There will be food, fellowship, cow talk and great Holsteins. Make plans to attend and don't forget to call for luncheon reservations.

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