Indiana Dairy Producer Earns Production Honors
February 23, 2006

Four dairy producers were honored with awards as a result of high production records completed with NorthStar Cooperative’s DHI Services in 2005. The honors include awards for Progressive Dairy Producer of the Year, high milk production herd average, high dollar value herd average, as well as lowest somatic cell count herd average. Awards were presented at the NorthStar Cooperative District Stockowner meetings and DHI Local meetings.

Mike Oesch, Middlebury, Indiana, is the recipient of the Highest Protein Breed Herd by Dollar Value award. Oesch’s herd of 20 Jersey cows earned the award with a rolling herd average of 20,786 pounds of milk, 1,022 pounds of fat, 711 pounds of protein, and $3,690 dollar value.

Leon Van Loon, owner of Mibelloon Dairy in St. Louis, Michigan has been named NorthStar Cooperative DHI Services 2005 Progressive Dairy Producer of the Year. The award is given to the producer who’s herd shows the greatest increase in dollar value over the last five years. Mibelloon Dairy earned the award with an increase of 7,058 pounds of milk, 384 pounds of fat, 183 pounds of protein and $1,173 dollar value. Currently, the herd boasts a rolling average of 27,123 Milk, 1,062 Fat, 792 Protein, and $4,013 dollar value.

Tim and Sandy Ver Hage, Allegan, Michigan, are the recipients of the High 365-Day Dollar Value Holstein Herd Average award. The Ver Hage’s milking herd of 51 registered Holstein cows earned the award with a rolling herd average of 32,277 pounds of milk, 1,440 pounds of fat, 979 pounds of protein, and $5,152 dollar value.

The Highest 305-Day Milk Holstein Herd Average award was earned by David and Sally Bivens of Ladine Farms, Bellevue, Michigan. The Biven’s herd of 115 Holstein cows earned the honor with a rolling herd average of 33,284 pounds of milk, 1,106 pounds of fat, 945 pounds of protein, and $4,469 dollar value.

The award for the Lowest Somatic Cell Count Herd Average was earned by Ken Vanpolen, Marion, Michigan. The 131 cow Holstein herd earned the award with a Somatic Cell Count average of 76,000, while producing a rolling herd average of 21,463 pounds of milk, 868 pounds of fat, and 629 pounds of protein.

Owned by dairy and beef producers, NorthStar Cooperative, Inc. is a stock-based cooperative with annual revenues reaching nearly $16 million. NorthStar's services include A.I., DHI, herd management products and Johne's and Leukosis disease testing. NorthStar DHI Services currently works with more than 1,400 herds, representing over 233,000 cows in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin. Technicians provide on-farm sample collection and data entry, while samples are analyzed at one of two laboratories in Michigan and Wisconsin, and most records are processed through Dairy Records Management Systems (DRMS) in Raleigh, North Carolina. A complete summary of the 2004 year-end production results can be obtained by calling 1.800.631.3510.

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For More Information Contact:
Nicole Mackinder, Customer Service Team Leader/Promotional Events Coordinator
P O Box 23157, Lansing, Michigan 48909
Phone: 1.800.631.3510 (extension 622)
Email: mackindern@northstarcooperative.com