National Dairy Shrine Announces Award Winners

9/14/2012 7:00 AM

DENMARK, Wis. — The National Dairy Shrine (NDS) has announced 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 dairy industry leaders that have already or will soon contribute to strengthening and enlivening the dairy industry.

Dr. David Galton 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. Galton, a professor at Cornell University, has had a dominant effect on the modernization and growth of the dairy industry in New York and throughout the northeast. He was the driving force behind the very successful development of the Cornell Dairy Fellows program which provides students with unique opportunities for becoming active members of the dairy production industry.

The NDS Distinguished Dairy Cattle breeder is James S. Huffard from Crockett, Va. Huffard’s Jersey herd carries the Schultz prefix and is known world-wide for producing quality and sought-after cattle. Huffard has served on several national and regional Jersey committees and was a leader in development of Dixieland Jersey Sires, Inc.

Through an anonymous selection committee, Don Seipt, George Opperman, James Baird, Francis Eustis and Dr. Charles Plumb were selected as National Dairy Shrine Pioneers.

Seipt, Easton, Pa., a well respected dairy leader, served as president of the U.S. Holstein Association during some of the toughest financial times of the association.

Opperman, Beloit, Wis., started out as a very successful Iowa Brown Swiss breeder, but also served as the Executive Secretary of the Brown Swiss Association for eight years.

Baird, Fort Atkinson, Wis., was the long-time art director for Hoard’s Dairyman.

Eustis, Cincinnati, Ohio, was also a world renowned artist. His artistic skill was utilized to develop custom resin cast true type models for the Brown Swiss, Holstein, Jersey and Guernsey breeds.

Plumb, Columbus, Ohio was the first professor of dairying at Purdue University in 1890.

The NDS Progressive Dairy Producers selected for this year are Matt and Katie Stoll in the small herd division and Todd Galton in the large herd division. This award is a $2,000 travel stipend to attend a conference or seminar to learn new techniques to improve their dairy business. The Stolls have an excellent herd of 220 Holsteins and Ayrshires in Cascade, Iowa. This young couple is very involved in the dairy community.

Diesel Hitt, Adams Center, N.Y., has been selected as the Graduate Dairy Production award winner. This award goes to an active dairyman who has graduated from college in the last nine years and has already demonstrated excellent dairy management ability and financial stability.

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