for host, Barron County. She has also been a member of the Barron County Ag Promoters, a Wisconsin delegate to the National Holstein Convention and chairman of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Market Development Committee.
In addition to the purebred dairy farm, the Schaufs run 1,000 acres of crops. They operate a separate livestock bedding business and produce alternative fuel from canola seed grown on their farm. They have sold Holstein embyos across the globe and are known to compete well in the show ring. Their rolling herd average is an impressive 30,000 pounds.
But perhaps what has distinguished the farm — Indianhead Holsteins — the most has been its dedication to international agricultural students. Over the years, it has hosted more than 50 student trainees from countries including England, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Japan and Mexico. Each of the students lived with the Schaufs for three months or more and became “a part of the family.”
Among the most satisfying moments for Schauf was when she and her husband went on trips to Germany and Japan and ran into many of the former students they had hosted. It was rewarding to see the significant contributions that those people made in their own countries.
For Schauf, success is not measured in dollars, but rather in satisfaction. “Money doesn’t buy you happiness,” she adds.
She hopes the same opportunities — and chances for satisfaction — that she and her husband have enjoyed will be available for future generations of farmers who may not have large dairy operations, but rather small and medium-sized family farms like Indianhead Holsteins.
“I think the strength in the rural communities is based in multiple farm units,” she says. There’s a definite benefit to having a lot of strong farming units in a community rather than just a few that dominate, she adds.
DAIRY INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR: Ken Nordlund
Ken Nordlund came to the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 with the reputation of being one of the most innovative and influential dairy practitioners in the United States.
His passion to make veterinarians focus on preventing metabolic disorders and infections became well known. He has been instrumental in developing herd health management tools such as the Goal Form and Transition Cow Index® that assist veterinarians and cow owners in making objective evaluations of herd performance and identifying key economic opportunities.