YC Spring Break Will Be February 28 - March 1 in Dubuque, Iowa
The Swiss Valley 2014 Young Cooperator Conference heads back to Dubuque to the Best Western Plus off of Hwy. 20. Here’s some of the things going on at the YC Spring Break: *Tour Whitehill Cheese & the new dairy set up at S & S Dairy in Lancaster, Wis. *Get the low down on the ins and outs of exporting dairy products to foreign countries. *Learn more about dairy industry issues that will affect you in the coming year. *Get useful information on financial benchmarking in your dairy operation. *Be entertained at the YC banquet by "Die Laughing Murder Mystery." Mark your calendar and make plans to attend. Click here for your registration form. If you wish to apply for the Outstanding Young Cooperator Contest, click here for an application.
Great Turnout at 2013 YC Conference
Held for the first time ever in LaCrosse, Wis., this year's Young Cooperator conference in early March had a great turnout of enthusiastic attendees combined with interesting speakers and a great plant and farm tour.
The YC'ers traveled to Mindoro, Wis. to tour Swiss Valley's award-winning Blue cheese plant. Following this, a quick drive south to the outskirts of LaCrosse put the group on the Jeff and Johanna Berg dairy, where a robotic parlor had been installed a few months earlier.
On Saturday, social media was a hot topic as Midwest Dairy Association reps Sherry Newell and Samantha Carter, both from the Integrated Communications Department, presented a workshop on how to use available social media outlets to promote a positive image for dairy. Sherry and Samantha were pleased that several YC'ers in the room were already active bloggers.
Roger Williams, Consultant/Mediator and UW-Madison/Extension Emeritus, spoke to the group on how to shift the family farm between generations. One of Roger's biggest points to the YC'ers was to use "carefrontation" not "confrontation" when working with family members about transferring the dairy farm. Another speaker, Mark Morningstar from Blimling and Associates gave the YC'ers an entertaining and informative glimpse of how this year's global dairy markets were shaping up.
2013 Outstanding YC Contest Winners
At the 2013 conference, Andy and Jessica Schmitt of Fort Atkinson, Iowa and Emily Parker of Janesville, Wis. were chosen the 2013 Outstanding Swiss Valley Farms Young Cooperators.
Andy and Jessica farm with Andy's parents, Peter and Sue Schmitt of Fort Atkinson, Iowa, milking 70 cows. Emily Parker milks 100 cows on her parents' farm (Pete and Linda Parker) in Janesville, Wis.
2013 National YC Advisory Board Members
YC'ers Brent & Julie Koopmann of Epworth, Iowa represented Swiss Valley Farms on the national YC Advisory Board at the 2013 NMPF Dairy Summit in Phoenix, AZ this fall.
Who is a Swiss Valley Farms YC'er?Swiss Valley Farms members from 18 through 45 years old are Young Cooperators and are eligible to attend this two-day YC Spring Break. At this conference, equal time is devoted to educational seminars as well as fun and entertainment. Swiss Valley Farms brings in top notch speakers to address the YC'ers on a wide range of issues that affect their lives and their dairy operations. YC'ers from across the Swiss Valley Farms four-state area can relax and meet fellow co-op members, and discover common ground for interesting discussion.