Young Cooperator Program

2016 YC Spring Conference Recap

The YC’ers toured the University of Wisconsin Dairy Research Center where researchers explained how their test kitchens develop dairy products that will achieve the desired results of various food manufacturers.

Friday night entertainment was several “Win It In A Minute” games. Roy Johnson, Parkersburg, Iowa, unwraps himself after the ‘mummy’ game.

Extremely mild February weather greeted the Young Cooperator conference in Madison, Wis. A busy schedule kept the young co-op members on the move, with an afternoon tour of the University of Wisconsin Dairy Research Center, participating in lively after-dinner entertainment, hearing a dairy futures update from Blimling and Associates, getting tips on updating their current dairy operation and receiving input on how to communicate and achieve a smooth generational transfer on their farm. A question and answer session was held with Acting Board Chair Tom Oberhaus, Waukesha, Wis., and Interim CEO Chris Hoeger. The weekend wrapped up with a motivational talk by Matt Booth on how to maintain a positive attitude when negative attitudes surround you.

2016 Outstanding Young Cooperator Contest Winner

Alex Holdorf

Alex Holdorf was named the 2016 Outstanding Young Cooperator Contest winner. Alex is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Platteville with a dairy science degree. He farms with his parents, Roger and Norma Holdorf, Walcott, Iowa, and has just accepted a position with Liqui-Grow in DeWitt, Iowa. Alex will join Dan and Jenelle Thorman of Dakota, Minn., in representing Swiss Valley Farms at the fall NMPF Dairy Summit in Nashville, Tenn.

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.

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