Milk Source https://www.milksource.com Sustainability starts here. Mon, 13 Aug 2018 16:14:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Martha Classified EX-97, Youngest Cow to Reach Pinnacle https://www.milksource.com/martha-classified-ex-97-youngest-cow-reach-pinnacle/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:08:27 +0000 http://milksource.com/?p=11880 Story courtesy of Colleen Kottke, Wisconsin State Farmer KAUKAUNA – Musqie Iatola Martha has achieved what only six Jersey cows before her have been able to; and that’s to establish herself as one of the most elite cows of her breed — around the world. And at age of six, this northeast Wisconsin bovine beauty […]

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Story courtesy of Colleen Kottke, Wisconsin State Farmer

KAUKAUNA – Musqie Iatola Martha has achieved what only six Jersey cows before her have been able to; and that’s to establish herself as one of the most elite cows of her breed — around the world.

And at age of six, this northeast Wisconsin bovine beauty is the youngest cow to write that page in the official record books.

The American Jersey Cattle Association, the organization that officially determines the overall quality of the cow, today upgraded six year old Martha to the elite EX-97 score, making her the seventh Jersey in history to reach that pinnacle. There is no higher score.

The decision culminates a historic, three-year run in international show cow competitions during which Martha was named a three-time consecutive Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Supreme Champion, two time World Dairy Expo Reserve Supreme Champion and WDE Supreme Champion.

“I have said it before and I’ll say again, Martha is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ cow. I could spend the rest of my life trying to find an animal as amazing as her, and I wouldn’t succeed,” said Jim Ostrom, a partner in MilkSource Genetics, which co-owns Martha with Guatemalan businessman Fernando Jarquin.

In another first, Martha became the youngest cow — of any breed — to achieve that score.

In 2014, MilkSource Genetics made history when another cow — Blondin Redman Seisme — became the first Red & White Holstein cow ever to achieve an EX-97 score.

“It’s unbelievably rare and just as spectacular,” said MSG Partner John Vosters. “This feels like lightning striking twice.”

In recent years, more than 10,000 guests — including visitors from every continent except Antarctica — visited MilkSource Genetics with the intention of seeing Martha in person. Her international reputation has earned her the nickname “The People’s Champion.”

“This score reflects the professionalism and personal passion of MilkSource Genetics Herd Manager Eddie Bue, his wife and partner-in-cow-care, Mandi, and their entire team,” Ostrom said. “It is a privilege to work with them.”

To put Martha’s achievement into more accessible terms, she is to show cows what Hank Aaron was to baseball and Secretariat was to horse racing. “Simply stated, one of the best ever,” Vosters said.

In recent years, more than 10,000 guests — including visitors from every continent except Antarctica — visited MilkSource Genetics with the intention of seeing Martha in person. Her international reputation has earned her the nickname “The People’s Champion.”

“This score reflects the professionalism and personal passion of MilkSource Genetics Herd Manager Eddie Bue, his wife and partner-in-cow-care, Mandi, and their entire team,” Ostrom said. “It is a privilege to work with them.”

To put Martha’s achievement into more accessible terms, she is to show cows what Hank Aaron was to baseball and Secretariat was to horse racing. “Simply stated, one of the best ever,” Vosters said.

Her competitive highlights include:
 Supreme Champion, Royal Winter Fair, 2017
 1st Mature Cow, Senior Champion & Grand Champion, Royal Winter Fair Jersey Show, 2017
 Reserve Supreme Champion, World Dairy Expo, 2017
 1st Aged Cow, Senior Champion & Grand Champion, International Jersey Show, 2017
 1st Aged Cow, Senior Champion of Open Show, Grand Champion & Best Udder of Show, WI State Jersey Show, 2017
 Unanimous All-American Five-Year-Old, 2016
 Unanimous All-Canadian Five-Year-Old, 2016
 Supreme Champion Female, Royal Winter Fair, 2016
 1st Five-Year-Old & BU, Senior Champion, Grand Champion, Royal Winter Fair Jersey Show, 2016
 Supreme Champion, World Dairy Expo, 2016
 1st Five Year Old, Senior Champion & Grand Champion Female, International Jersey Show, 2016
 Unanimous All-American Four-Year-Old, 2015
 Unanimous All-Canadian Four-Year-Old & All-Canadian Champion Cow, 2015

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Martha Makes History at The Royal 2017 https://www.milksource.com/martha-makes-history-royal-2017/ Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:42:58 +0000 http://www.milksource.com/?p=10801 Musquie Iatola Martha has confirmed her legendary status by being named the three-time-consecutive Supreme Champion of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. “I’ll spend the rest of my lifetime and I’ll never find a cow like this again,” beamed MilkSource Genetics Partner Jim Ostrom. MilkSource Genetics also announced an ownership partnership for Martha with Fernando Jarquin of Finco […]

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Musquie Iatola Martha has confirmed her legendary status by being named the three-time-consecutive Supreme Champion of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

“I’ll spend the rest of my lifetime and I’ll never find a cow like this again,” beamed MilkSource Genetics Partner Jim Ostrom.

MilkSource Genetics also announced an ownership partnership for Martha with Fernando Jarquin of Finco Valparaiso &  Productos Valparaiso in Guatemala. “We are excited to work with Fernando to raise the international profile of this amazing animal,” said John Vosters, MilkSource Genetics partner.

Bolstering the celebratory atmosphere at Canada’s premier dairy show, Martha’s Holstein herdmate Co-Vale Dempsy Dina 4270-ET joined her on the podium after being named Reserve Supreme Champion of The Royal. 

Here’s a recap of our highlights:

Canadian National Jersey Show 

Musquie Iatola Martha won Supreme Champion, Grand Champion Jersey, Senior Champion & 1st Mature Cow

SV Colton Highway-ET named HM Champion Calf & 1st Summer Yearling

 

Canadian National Holstein Show 

TK-Plain-View Ripley captured 1st Five Year Old 

Co-Vale Dempsy Dina 4270-ET won Res. Supreme Champion, Grand Champion Holstein & 1st Four Year Old

Arethusa Daryl Sienna won 1st Senior Two Year Old

Treffle Chassep Doorman won 2nd Junior Three Year Old

 

International Red & White Show

Miss Apple Snapple-RED-ETS captured 2nd  Four Year Old

Heatherstone Redhot-Red won 1st Junior Three Year Old, Res. Int. Champion & HM Grand Champion

Strans-Jen-D Tequila-RED-ET captured XXXXXXXXX

Milksource Arman Carrot-RED won 1st Summer Yearling & HM Grand Champion Calf

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Martha Defends Jersey Crown & Other WDE 2017 Highlights https://www.milksource.com/martha-defends-jersey-crown-wde-2017-highlights/ Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:55:12 +0000 http://www.milksource.com/?p=10070 Solidifying her legacy as one of the all-time jersey cow greats to walk the Tanbark Trail, Musquie Iatola Martha captured the title of Grand Champion of the International Jersey Show at the 2017 World Dairy Expo for the third consecutive year. She also went on to be named Reserve Supreme Champion of the show after taking the 1st & […]

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Solidifying her legacy as one of the all-time jersey cow greats to walk the Tanbark Trail, Musquie Iatola Martha captured the title of Grand Champion of the International Jersey Show at the 2017 World Dairy Expo for the third consecutive year. She also went on to be named Reserve Supreme Champion of the show after taking the 1st & BU Aged Cow and Senior Champion honors.

Two of Martha’s Jersey barn mates also performed well in the International Jersey Show:

Edgebrook Tequila Madison-ET  was named 1st & BU Four Year Old & HM Senior Champion

Stonefront Getaway Mimosa took 5th Place Four Year Old

Other highlights from World Dairy Expo week, included:

International Red & White Show

Miss Apple Snapple-RED-ETS captured 1st & BU Four Year Old, Reserve Senior Champion & HM Grand Champion

Heatherstone Redhot-Red won 1st & BU Junior Two Year Old, Intermediate Champion & Reserve Grand Champion

Milksource Dimnd Dee-RED-ET won 1st Place Fall Calf

Strans-Jen-D Tequila-RED-ET captured 2nd Aged Cow & HM Senior Champion

Milksource Dft Lexus-RED-ET won 4th Place Junior Two Year Old

International Holstein Show 

TK-Plain-View Ripley captured 1st Five Year Old & BU, HM Senior Champion & HM Grand Champion

Treffle Chassep Doorman won 1st Junior Three Year Old & HM Intermediate Champion

Co-Vale Dempsy Dina 4270-ET won 1st Four Year Old, Reserve Senior Champion & Reserve Grand Champion

Lovhill Goldwyn Katrysha won 2nd 150,000 Lb. Production Cow

Arethusa Daryl Sienna won 4th Senior Two Year Old

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13 Awarded Milk Source College Scholarships https://www.milksource.com/13-awarded-milk-source-college-scholarships/ Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:59:08 +0000 http://www.milksource.com/?p=9921 Nearly $11,000 in college scholarships has been awarded to 13 students through the 2017 Milk Source Employee Family Scholarship program. Employees, their spouses or their children are eligible to apply for the scholarships, which have awarded nearly $35,000 in just three years. Students at five different UW Campuses, Fox Valley Technical College and colleges in […]

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Nearly $11,000 in college scholarships has been awarded to 13 students through the 2017 Milk Source Employee Family Scholarship program.
Employees, their spouses or their children are eligible to apply for the scholarships, which have awarded nearly $35,000 in just three years.
Students at five different UW Campuses, Fox Valley Technical College and colleges in Michigan, Kansas and Georgia all received awards this year.
“We are committed to helping our employees and their families get a strong education and help strengthen their families,” said Milk Source Partner Todd Willer, who along with co-partners John Vosters and Jim Ostrom all completed their education at UW-Madison in the 1990s shortly before forming their partnership.
Those who received scholarships from the program this year are: Maylene Beltran, Brice Clark, Alexis Duarte, Jonathan Duarte, Yael Gracia, Hailey Haen, Juan M. Moreno Meraz, Estephania Vargas Montoya, Ermith Ocampo, Daisy Quintero, Oscar Perez Sanchez, Gina Schmlaz and Sam Stern.

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Dairy Cares of Wisconsin Honored With State Fundraiser Award https://www.milksource.com/dairy-cares-wisconsin-honored-state-fundraiser-award/ Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:07:42 +0000 http://www.milksource.com/?p=9827 Our thanks to Wisconsin State Farmer for sharing the following story:  Jim and Annette Ostrom of De Pere, on behalf of Dairy Cares of Wisconsin, will receive the 2017 Wisconsin “Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award” for their efforts supporting Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The honor, selected by the Association of Professional Fundraisers, will be presented on […]

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Our thanks to Wisconsin State Farmer for sharing the following story: 

Jim and Annette Ostrom of De Pere, on behalf of Dairy Cares of Wisconsin, will receive the 2017 Wisconsin “Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award” for their efforts supporting Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

The honor, selected by the Association of Professional Fundraisers, will be presented on National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 15, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

Seven years ago, the Ostroms were among the founding members of Dairy Cares of Wisconsin, a non-profit organization that has since raised $847,000 on behalf of children and families facing medical crises. The group unites professionals from across the dairy and agricultural fields for an annual summer garden party to benefit the cause.

In 2017, Dairy Cares expanded its efforts by hosting the inaugural “Kickin’ It with the Cows” 5K/10K Run/Walk in De Pere. Initially hoping to attract 300 runners, the July 8 event drew more than four times that many participants.

“Annette and I are humbled to accept this on behalf of an amazing team of volunteers,” said Jim Ostrom, noting about 50 individuals serve on Dairy Cares’ organizing committees. “While we are happy to do our part for a great cause, our fund-raising successes have stemmed from the fact that many people are committing time and energy to help others.”

Ostrom serves as partner with Milk Source LLC, a group of Midwest-based dairy farms owned and operated by three multi-generational dairy farm families. Milk Source has earned international recognition for innovations in sustainable agriculture and community outreach efforts that support food pantries, veterans, education and local emergency service providers.

Denise L. Hajos, fundraising manager for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, said the Ostroms embodied four values at the heart of the medical center’s mission: Purpose, collaboration, innovation and integrity.

“Jim leads his volunteers by example. He inspires those around him,” Hajos said. “He motivates Dairy Cares volunteers to plan events that provide an experience for guests. Jim and Annette convey an important belief to these individuals: That the medical teams at Children’s would never cut corners in the care they provide, so an event supporting and representing Children’s should hold itself to the same standard. The Ostroms empower volunteers to see the big picture, while they are focusing on thoughtful details.”

Dairy Cares is wasting no time looking ahead to 2018: The 2nd annual dairy-themed fun run/walk is scheduled for Saturday, July 7, and the 8th annual Garden Party will take place shortly thereafter.

“Back when all of this started, we were just a group of Wisconsin dairy farm families who wanted to give something back,” Ostrom said. “When we started talking, we quickly realized that some of us were directly impacted by Children’s Hospital, and others all seemed to know someone else who was – a relative, a friend, a neighbor. It was a cause that we could have an immediate and positive impact upon.”

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin provides statewide care through 40 different locations. These various sites provide a range of specialized services, from dealing with childhood terminal illness and cancer to psychological disorders. Experts in premature birth, the neonatal intensive care unit is ranked top in the nation.

“The Ostroms’ and the Dairy Cares group’s dedication and contributions have supported the development of a state-of-the-art Simulation Center, which trains our providers and nurses for the critical skills needed to care for the children, both in Milwaukee, as well as the Transport Team that brings neonatal and pediatric critical care services to the child’s bedside in the community,” said Dr. Michael Meyer, medical director of Children’s Transport Team.

 

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MilkSource Genetics Cows Enjoy Strong Reclassifications https://www.milksource.com/milksource-genetics-cows-enjoy-strong-reclassifications/ Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:54:16 +0000 http://www.milksource.com/?p=9821 MilkSource Genetics is proud to announce new classifications for some of its showcase cows: Milksource Dfnt Lexus-Red-ET is now VG-88. Arethusa Daryl Sienna reached EX-90 right at 2 years old. Both Trefle Chassep Doorman and Heatherstone Redhot-Red (pictured) maxed out at EX-92. Miss Apple Snapple-Red-ET is now EX-93. And Underwood Dusk Jazz-RED reached EX-94. All the cows are currently slated to […]

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MilkSource Genetics is proud to announce new classifications for some of its showcase cows:

Milksource Dfnt Lexus-Red-ET is now VG-88.

Arethusa Daryl Sienna reached EX-90 right at 2 years old.

Both Trefle Chassep Doorman and Heatherstone Redhot-Red (pictured) maxed out at EX-92.

Miss Apple Snapple-Red-ET is now EX-93.

And Underwood Dusk Jazz-RED reached EX-94.

All the cows are currently slated to be a part of the MilkSource Genetics’s show string at the 2017 World Dairy Expo.

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‘Dairy Cares’ raises $207,000 for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin https://www.milksource.com/dairy-cares-raises-207000-childrens-hospital-wisconsin/ Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:01:53 +0000 http://www.milksource.com/?p=9420 Milk Source LLC is a proud sponsor of this year’s Dairy Cares of Wisconsin campaign on behalf of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. We lent our support (as well as some cows) to both the inaugural “Kickin’ It With the Cows” Run/Walk as well as the 7th annual Garden Party, which collectively raised $207,000 to help […]

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Milk Source LLC is a proud sponsor of this year’s Dairy Cares of Wisconsin campaign on behalf of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

We lent our support (as well as some cows) to both the inaugural “Kickin’ It With the Cows” Run/Walk as well as the 7th annual Garden Party, which collectively raised $207,000 to help children and families facing medical crises.

Since its inception in 2011, Dairy Cares has raised $847,000 on behalf of the medical center.

“We are all one degree of separation away from Children’s Hospital,” said Milk Source Partner Jim Ostrom. “We are proud to stand with so many others from within and outside the dairy industry in supporting this amazing cause.”

From left to right: Deric DuQuaine, Milk Source/Dairy Cares; Jim and Annette Ostrom, Milk Source/Dairy Cares; Dr. Michael Meyer, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; Laurie Fischer, American Dairy Coalition/Dairy Cares; Meg Brzyski Nelson, Children’s Hospital Foundation; and Julie Johnson DuQuaine, Dairy Cares.  Photo courtesy of Courtney E Dueppengiesser

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MilkSource Genetics Named “Premier Exhibitor” at State Holstein Show https://www.milksource.com/milksource-genetics-named-premier-exhibitor-state-holstein-show/ Tue, 11 Jul 2017 21:45:32 +0000 http://www.milksource.com/?p=9281 MilkSource Genetics was honored to be named Premier Exhibitor at the 2017 Wisconsin State Championship Holstein Show. The team was anchored by strong showings in multiple divisions, including: Trefle Chassep Doorman: Reserve Grand Champion, Intermediate Champion & 1st Jr. 3 Year Old. Strans-Jen-D Tequila RED-ET: Honorable Mention Grand Champion, Reserve Senior Champion & 2nd Place Aged Cow […]

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MilkSource Genetics was honored to be named Premier Exhibitor at the 2017 Wisconsin State Championship Holstein Show.

The team was anchored by strong showings in multiple divisions, including:

Trefle Chassep Doorman: Reserve Grand Champion, Intermediate Champion & 1st Jr. 3 Year Old.

Strans-Jen-D Tequila RED-ET: Honorable Mention Grand Champion, Reserve Senior Champion & 2nd Place Aged Cow

Arethusa Daryl Sienna: 1st Sr. 2 Yr. Old 

Milksource Doorman Chex-ET: 1st Winter Yearling 

Knonaudale Mudpie-ET, TK-Plain-View Ripley and Gaemenchet Sid Katia : 2nd, 3rd and 4th Place 5 Year Olds, respectively

Rubis Goldsun Lexie and Miss Apple Snapple-Red: 4th and 5th Place 4 Year Olds, respectively.

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MilkSource Genetics’ R&Ws Run the Table at State Show https://www.milksource.com/milksource-genetics-rws-run-table-state-championship-show/ Mon, 10 Jul 2017 21:23:01 +0000 http://www.milksource.com/?p=9272 MilkSource Genetics was named Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor at the 2017 Wisconsin State Red & White Championship Show. By the end of the competition, the farm had secured the Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, Honorable Mention, Senior Champion Bred & Owned, Senior Champion, Intermediate Champion, Junior Champion of the Open Show and Junior Champion of the […]

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MilkSource Genetics was named Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor at the 2017 Wisconsin State Red & White Championship Show.

By the end of the competition, the farm had secured the Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, Honorable Mention, Senior Champion Bred & Owned, Senior Champion, Intermediate Champion, Junior Champion of the Open Show and Junior Champion of the Junior Show.

The lineup was remarkable:

Strans-Jen-D Tequila-RED-ET: Grand Champion, Senior Champion & 1st Aged Cow

Heatherstone Redhot-RED: Reserve Grand Champion, Intermediate Champion & 1st Jr. 3 Yr. Old

Milksource Dft Lexus-RED-ET: Senior Champion Bred and Owned, Reserve Int. Champion & 1st Jr. 2 Yr. Old

Miss Apple Snapple-Red-ET: Reserve Senior Champion, & 1st 4 Yr. Old

Milksource Arman Carrot-RED: Junior Champion of the Open Show & 1st Summer Yearling

MS Director Lottie-RED-ET: Junior Champion of the Junior Show, Reserve Junior Champion of the Open Show & 1st Winter Calf

Underwood Dusk Jazz-RED: 2nd 4 Yr. Old 

Milksource Diamond Dee-RED-ET: 2nd Fall Calf

Meanwhile at the 2017 Wisconsin State Championship Jersey Show, Musqie Iatola Martha continued as a commanding show ring presence by garnering the Grand Champion title along with Senior Champion, 1st Aged Cow and Best Udder.

 

 

 

 

 

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