Retiring from the board of directors are Phil Johnson, Holmen, Wis.; James Koser, Almena, Wis.; Ed Maliszewski, Arcadia, Wis.; and Harvey Phelps, Cornell, Wis.
Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) is a dairy marketing cooperative owned by 2,600 Midwest dairy farm families who operate farms in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. AMPI members own 10 manufacturing plants and market cheese, butter and powdered dairy products, serving foodservice, retail and food ingredient customers. In 2013, these dairy farmer-owners marketed 5.8 billion pounds of milk, resulting in $1.8 billion in sales for the cooperative.
AMPI Young Cooperators elect officers
Dustin Dobberstein of New Richland, Minn., is the 2014 Young Cooperator (YC) chairman for Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI). Fellow YCs elected the dairy farmer during the spring annual meeting of the Midwest milk marketing cooperative.
Dobberstein will be working with YC steering committee members to plan and host events throughout the year. Other members of the committee are: past chairpersons, Aaron and Jessica Radermacher, Brooten, Minn.; vice chairpersons, Jacob and Sarah Enter, Nicollet, Minn.; secretaries, John and Renee Kotek, Bangor, Wis.; and members-at-large, Derek and Marcie Peterson, Black River Falls, Wis.
The YC program provides educational and leadership opportunities to AMPI members age 40 and under. Looking ahead, AMPI YCs will be traveling to the Twin Cities on June 23-24 for the annual YC summer tour. The event will feature tours of the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota and AMPI’s independent milk testing lab, DQCI.
Two dairy veterinarians among Hall of Fame nominees
Five distinguished cattle veterinarians – including two dairy veterinarians – have been nominated for the 2014 Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame. The fourth annual Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at this year’s AABP Annual Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 18-20, 2014.
Dairy nominees include:
• John Dahl, D.V.M., of Waunakee, Wis., served in private practice for more than 20 years and worked for BouMatic for more than 10 years, advancing to serve as president. He then served as director of the teaching hospital at the newly established University of Wisconsin College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a past president of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medicine Association.
• Maarten Drost, D.V.M., is a world-renowned expert in bovine reproduction known for his ground-breaking work in embryo transfer technology, pregnancy recognition and fertility management. He’s worked in private practice and served as captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and on the faculty of both the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.