2011 Leadership Class Members
The following six class members were selected to participle in the 2011 DCHA Leadership Program. They represent several regions of the country and several types of dairy calf and heifer businesses and include:
Brandon Andersen is the transition manager at Double A Dairy in Jerome, Idaho. With 12,500 milking cows, he is in charge of the hospital and fresh cow area at the dairy. He also manages the calving facility where 1,200 calves are born each month and where the dry cows are housed. He manages 15 people at both facilities. Andersen graduated from Brigham Young University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He is part of the Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers program and is active in his church.
Kate Fogler is a manager for Stonyvale Inc., in Exeter, Maine, a family dairy farm of nine family members. They milk 1,000 cows and raise all their calves and heifers. Fogler is the youngstock manager and oversees all the operations with the calves and heifers from birth through calving. She also is the daily operations manager and does all the record-keeping as well as the public relations work including farm tours, veterinary internships and collegiate projects. Fogler grew up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania and graduated from Cornell University in 1999 with a degree in animal science.
Jamie Franken helps manage City View Farms with his family in Sioux Center, Iowa, a heifer growing operation with 13,000 animals. He has a variety of responsibilities, including day-to-day operations, feed buying, managing the breeding and calf health, working with the nutritionist, setting up transportation for the cattle, maintaining records and customer relations. Franken has been a DCHA member for several years, is active in his church and participates in a local hunting and fishing organization.
Amanda Hackmann works at Longview Animal Nutrition Center in Gray Summit, Mo., a dairy nutrition research facility of more than 500 dairy animals. Her responsibilities include calf care, herd health, milking and feeding. She grew up and worked on a farm in Marthasville, Mo., where her dad raised replacement heifers. Off the farm, Amanda is involved in the Missouri Holstein Association and is an active member of her parish. Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in 2009 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Paul Jacobs is a partner in Jacobs Brothers farming operation in De Pere, Wis., a family business with his father, uncle and two brothers. They operate Green Valley Dairy, a 3,500-cow milking facility and 8,500 acres of crops. Paul raises all the replacement calves and manages more than 6,500 replacement heifers, steers and feeder cattle. He also is responsible for working with heifer and steer growers to ensure quality care of all livestock. Paul received a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from St. Norbert College. He is a member of DCHA and the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin.