National Red and White convention features tours
The 2013 National Red and White Convention Dunkirk, N.Y., in the Chautauqua County Aug. 13 to 15 was a success thanks to hosts Darren and Heather Carlstrom, along with their friends and family. Chautauqua County is known for its production of grapes and dairy cattle along with more agriculture production and sales with vegetables, fruit, timber and maple products and is located near the norther part of Lake Erie.
The week started with business meetings for the Red and White Dairy Cattle Association board of directors and staff. As the week continued, the Carlstroms opened their farm to all with a welcoming barbecue to start off the week right. They also featured wine tasting and door prizes.
Continuing the week, the Carlstroms had planned a day of tours with goat milk fudge tasting at the Webb’s Candies.
The next stop on the bus tour was Wall Street Dairy where they milk around 40 cows. The owner of Wall Street Dairy, Jeff Winton, gave an introduction and welcome and explained to the roots of Wall Street and how they got to where they are today. A cow that was featured at Wall Street and is having an impact on their herd of young cows is Spring-Fed Shark Attack EX-93-4E. Shark Attack will be 14 years old this year and has daughters on the farm by Sanchez, Goldwyn, Planet, Advent, Atwood, Alexander, Gold Chip and Braxton. Aside from the cows, Wall Street Dairy is beginning to look into cheese making by hiring a professional to be the head and start to their cheese making process.
From Wall Street Dairy the group traveled to Noble Winery where Wall Street Dairy sponsored and prepared lunch. In 2006, Pete and Diane Noble started Noble Winery where they harvest their own grapes and produce wine. Their website is www.noblewinery.com.
The next stop was to Chad Fredd’s farm, Grape-View Farms, where they milk with robotic milkers. Chad with his wife, Jill, welcomed the group. The Fredds split us into groups to look at three different stations. One being the robotic milkers where we were able to watch a cow get milked by a robot. Another station was the calves where they were in group pens and fed on an automatic robotic calf feeder. All the robots were products of Lely. The last station was the tour of the free stalls and maternity pens.
The last stop on our bus tour was to 21 Brix Winery which was started in 2011. At 21 Brix,the group could tour the facility and see wine barrels, vats for wine making and ended with wine tasting. At 21 Brix they explained they have been in the grape business for years and explained grape production. To learn more about 21 Brix and their specialty wines they have available, visit www.21brix.com.
To continue into the evening, the group had hits 49th annual banquet where awards were presented and the National Red and White Queen and first alternate were named. Award winners included: Jake Skinner of Mercersburg, Pa., as the award winner for the Albrecht Distinguished Service Award; Richard Green Sr. of Middletown, Del., as the Larry Moore Master Breeder Award recipient; Wayne Cyrus Conard of Sharon Springs, N.Y., as the Junior Breeder Award winner; and Darren and Heather Carlstrom of Sinclairville, N.Y. as the Gary Mayhew Keystone Award winners. Another honorary award that was named was the 2013 National Red and White Queen to Cecilia Morse from Troy, Pa., and the first alternate Red and White Queen to Rose Morian of Atlantic, Pa. Also announced were the new directors and retiring directors. New directors include Dennis Gransee of Sanborn, Minn., and Doug Lyons of Castalia, Iowa. Retiring from the RWDCA board of directors are Kim Olson of Atwater, Minn., and Jennifer Keilholtz-Hill of Thurmont, Md. New officers of the RWDCA were announced. Jake Skinner of Mercersburg, Pa., remains as president, Mike Brown of Coalville, Utah, remains as vice president and Yvonne Preder of Plymouth, Wis., remains as treasurer. Gary Janssen of Wauconda, Ill., was named the new board secretary.
During the final day at the National Red and White Convention was the convention sale that averaged $3,928.72 on 94 full lots, with a high seller of $15,700. The high selling lot was Lot No. 1, Palmyra M-O-M Manhattan-ET-RC, consigned by Chris and Jen Hill & Ryan Shank. She was purchased by Bovine Genomic Partners of Michigan. Pre-sale refreshments were sponsored by Wall Street Dairy, MD-Hillbrook and Hermann J. Weimer Vineyard.
The 50th anniversary National Red and White Convention will be July 22 to 26, 2014, in Elkhorn, Wis.
Founded in 1964, the Red and White Dairy Cattle Association has been located in Crystal Spring, Pa., since 1975 and Clinton, Wis., since 2009. The RWDCA strives to encourage and promote the progressive breeding and development of superior Red and White Dairy Cattle by providing breeders with information, programs, and services to help track, evaluate, and improve the breed from one generation to the next. The association is based on the principle of an open herdbook and serves more than 1,300 members. For additional information, contact the RWDCA at 608-676-4900 or 4909 or visit www.redandwhitecattle.com.