2016 Activity Report – Interlake Holstein DairyClub
Jan 28 – Annual Seminar in Teulon. “Making GoodSilage Great” was the topic for the day. In the morning Alexis Arthur, who is the Canadian Corn Seed Rep forThunder Seeds, spoke on field aspects, rates, depths etc. In the afternoon we had a Producer Panel withChad Andres, Andy Platt and John Georgison participating. There were approximately 50 producersattending along with our exhibitors.
Feb 25 – Annual Meeting at MacDon. 30producers met at Leo’s Sales & Service for coffee & donuts complimentsof Leo’s and a chance to meet the staff. From there we carpooled to MacDon Industries in Winnipeg. They allowed us the use of their meeting roomat 590 Moray to have lunch. The annualmeeting was held after lunch while everyone enjoyed their desserts. We were joined there by a few more producersand when the meeting was done, we all went across the street to 680 Moray for atour of their plant.
March 10 –Classification Clinic at Park Dairies. 25 people attended the classification clinic with classifier Rob Mcouatleading the discussion. After theclinic, lunch was served in the garage.
March 31 – AnnualTour – Approximately 50 people started the day off by touring DivorneFarms at Haywood. They recently built anew barn where they are milking 270 cows with 5 Lely robots. A valmetal automatic bedding system wasinstalled along with a trioliet auto feeding system (1st in Canada,2nd in North America). Lunchwas served at the farm, catered to by Haywood Cafe. From there everyone headed to Itzke RiverFarms at Marquette for a tour of their state of the art planting and greenhouseoperation. They are a family owned andmanaged business farming 1200 acres and grow a variety of crops such ascabbage, corn, cucumbers, celery and cauliflower.
April 7 –Selection Clinic at H6 Dairies – Henry, Claudia Hueging and family. About 35 people attended the clinic. There were two classes of milking cows with 4cows in each class. No animals were intheir working clothes and in their stalls. An official judge was present to provide instruction and to officiallyplace each class. Coffee & donuts inthe morning and lunch from Subway was provided.
April 15 – AwardsBanquet at Balmoral. Eightypeople were on hand for our awards banquet in Balmoral. The evening began with a full course mealcatered by Blue Skies Catering, followed by a two clown comedy routine toentertain the young and the “young at heart”. They stayed afterwards to make balloon animals for the kids. The Theo Holtman Dairy Industry Award waspresented to John Bannister, followed by the rest of the productionawards. The evening ended with thesilent auction draw.
July 28 – AnnualPicnnic – Attendance was down at our picnic which was held at GrenkowFarms. This was due to the weather. Everyone was finally able to get in the hayfield. We enjoyed the meal catered to byDanny’s Whole Hog. There were the usualbouncy slide and horse drawn wagon rides, but this year we had a couple ofspecial guests. Batman made anappearance to hang out with the kids and two very talented clowns who did anamazing job of face painting.