Winneshiek Co. Dairy Banquet Saturday


Winneshiek Co. Dairy Banquet Saturday




Becky Walz
News Editor



The 51st Annual Winneshiek County Dairy Banquet will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at DeSales School in Ossian.

Following the banquet, the 2014 county and DHIA awards will be bestowed and the 2014 Little Miss Squirts and the Winneshiek County Dairy Princess will be crowned.

Tickets are available at the Winneshiek County Extension Office, from members of the Winneshiek County Dairy Promotion Board, or on the evening of the event.

Current Winneshiek County Dairy Princess Mikayla Lien will be crowning the newest Princess, Leah Elsbernd.

Leah Elsbernd, is the 18-year-old daughter of Gary and Marie Elsbernd of rural Calmar. She is a senior at South Winneshiek and has two brothers. Her fourth-generation family farm grows corn, oats and hay. The Elsbernd family also milk Holstein cows twice daily and sell its milks for Foremost Farms.

In school, Leah has been involved in volleyball, softball, FFA, trapshooting, and National Honor Society, as well as being active in her church. She also is a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Elsbernd will graduate in May 2014 and plans to attend Iowa State University to major in pre-vet animal science. She is employed on the family farm, where she is responsible for feeding calves and is a relief milker.

Little Miss Squirt

Another highlight of the evening will be the crowning of the Little Miss Squirt(s). Raegen Kime and Brooke Courtney will crown the new Little Miss Squirt(s), for which three girls are competing.

Ashley Elsbernd is the 9-year-old daughter of Peter and Kristi Elsbernd of rural Calmar. A fourth-grader at South Winneshiek Elementary, she has one brother and two sisters.

She helps on the farm feeding calves, chasing cows into the holding pen, and helps scrape stalls.

When she isn’t in school or busy on the farm she enjoys swimming, drawing, reading, horseback riding, camping, riding her bike, and rollerskating. She is a member of the Co-Champions 4-H Club and the Calmar Area Swim Team.

The family’s farm has 600 head of Holsteins and sell its milk to Foremost Farms.

Holly Schmitt is the 9-year-old daughter of Greg and Sara Schmitt of Waucoma. A fourth-grader at Trinity Catholic School, she has four brothers and two sisters.

In school Holly is involved as an altar server, song leader, Math is Magic, piano lessons, and Missoula Children’s Theatre plays. Her time outside of school is spent as a member of the Turkey Valley Clovers 4-H Club, Girl Scout Troop 702, Annie’s Dancers, Jung’s Tae Kwon Do, and the Calmar Area Swim Team.

She helps out on the family farm, Schmitt Dairy Inc., by feeding and bedding calves with her dad, riding in the tractor during chopping season and manure hauling, and helps feed steers on the farm.

Her hobbies include reading, art projects, baking, shopping, finger knitting, playing with Legos, and attending camps.

Schmitt Dairy operates 1500 acres and grows corn and alfalfa. The family milk 600 Holsteins and sells its milk to Foremost Farms.

Jacqlyn Schmitt, the 9-year-old daughter of Joe and Katie Schmitt, has two brothers.

She is third-grader at Trinity Catholic School and has participated in Missoula Children’s Theatre plays.

Jacqlyn enjoys playing the piano and drawing. She is also a member of Turkey Valley Clover Kids.

Her family milks 160 cows, sell its milk to Foremost Farms, and farms 240 acres of corn, alfalfa, and oats.

Jacqlyn enjoys helping feed calves and cleaning the parlor on the farm.

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