Any youth 9-21 years of age who owns one registered Brown Swiss animal can become a junior member. Wisconsin Brown Swiss Junior Membership is $5/yr. Junior Membership allows youth to show at state shows, enter youth contests, become a junior officer, participate at junior outings/events and be eligible for the share a heifer program.
Congratulations to Junior Grand Champion, Emerson Brandenburg, Fort Atkinson, Wis.
President: Brianna Meyer, Chilton, Wis.
Vice-President: Matthew Thompson, Darlington, Wis.
Quincee Johnson, Evansville, Wis.
Secretary: Abby Meyer, Chilton, Wis.
Reporter: Shelby Knoble
Heidi Heller, Shawano, Wis.
01/25/2024 - The Queen form is now available.
01/25/2024 - The Share-A-Heifer forms are now available. Please consider applying for this year's opportunities!
The State Queen Contest
The Wisconsin Brown Swiss Queen represents the Wisconsin Adult and Junior Brown Swiss Association and promotes the Brown Swiss Breed at the state level. The queen is expected to educate the dairy industry and public on the advantages of the Swiss breed and products produced.
Requirements: The Applicant must be:
15-21 years of age and unmarried as of January 1, a paid junior member for the past two years and enrolled in 4-H or FFA Brown Swiss project for at least two years.
Queen Applications should be sent to: Heidi Heller
For questions contact Heidi at email@example.com, 715-304-9141.
Applications Due Feb. 24. To have the queen and princess attend events contact Junior Advisor Heidi Heller.
Queen & Reporter
Shelby Knoble, Fennimore
Hello! My name is Shelby Knoble and I am 18 years old. I am currently a Senior at Lancaster High School. I am excited to be serving as the 2023 Reporter for the Brown Swiss Junior Association. This year I will also be serving as the 2023 Wisconsin Brown Swiss Queen. My family and I own a 250 Holstein and Brown Swiss Dairy farm located in Fennimore Wisconsin. Where I also raise my own herd of Brown Swiss under the name S-B-S farms. As a family we own a large garden where we attend Dubuque Farmers Market every Saturday. Outside of school I am the President of the Potosi Happy Clovers 4-H club where I have shown Brown Swiss for the past 10 years. I have served as the Historian and Secretary for the Lancaster FFA Chapter where I have shown Brown Swiss for 3 years. I am also part of the Forensics team, Girls Basketball, Grant County Teen Court and the Grant County Livestock and Executive Board. Throughout the Brown Swiss Association I have met so many wonderful people, gained so much knowledge and last but not least learning leadership skills. I am looking forward to connecting with new people and creating events that everyone will enjoy. I am excited to have this opportunity!
Wisconsin Brown Swiss Junior Officer Profiles
Brianna Meyer, Chilton
Hello! My name is Brianna Meyer and I am 17 years old and a junior at Chilton High School. I am excited to be serving as the 2021 President of the Brown Swiss Junior Association! My family and I own and operate Jenlar Holsteins and Brown Swiss in Chilton, WI. I am a member of Chilton FFA, FBLA, Sources of Strength, National Honor Society, Band, Chilton Tip-Top 4-H, and am a company member at Makaroff Youth Ballet! I really enjoy exhibiting our cattle at various shows throughout the summer and fall and participating in other dairy activities. I am so thankful for the opportunities I have had from Brown Swiss and the lifelong friends I have made. I am looking forward to making this a great year with the Brown Swiss Junior Association!
Vice - President
Matthew Thompson, Darlington
Hello, my name is Matthew Thompson and I will be serving as the 2022 vice President for the Junior Brown Swiss Association. I am currently a junior at darlington high school. I spend a lot of my time on our family farm or with family and friends. This year I would like to get more juniors active in the association. Looking forward to a great year and we will see you all soon.
Abby Meyer, Chilton
The Youth Achievement Contest is open to Wisconsin Brown Swiss junior members 9-21 years of age. Named in honor of youth supporter Nelson McCammon, the contest includes arranging a scrapbook of a junior's acheivements, with finalists having the opportunity to speak about their experiences in an interview. Juniors are encouraged to compete until they receive an award as this contest is a great learning opportunity and develops essential communication skills!
2023 Grant Winners
(l-r) Peyton Voegeli & Danical Stello
Brown Swiss Youth Heifer Program (How to Apply)
Youth looking for support to purchase their first Brown Swiss should consider applying for the Nelson McCammon Youth Heifer Program offered by the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Association.
“The Nelson McCammon Youth Heifer Program helps youth interested in working with dairy cattle gain hands-on experience with high-quality Registered Brown Swiss, explains committee chairperson Josh Hushon. “By working with Brown Swiss through this program, our hope is that they will learn to appreciate the many outstanding qualities the Brown Swiss breed offers as the well as the camaraderie of those who own them.”
Award recipients will receive a grant for 50% (up to a $1,000 total) towards the purchase price of a Registered Brown Swiss female of any age. The program is intended to run for two years with the applicants being between the ages of 9 and 18 for cows and 9 to 19 for heifers as of January 1. Applicants must be residents of Wisconsin and become members of the Wisconsin Junior and the National Junior Brown Swiss Associations.
Since the project started in 2013, 20 youth have purchased Registered Brown Swiss heifers thanks to the generosity of long-time Brown Swiss breeder and youth supporter Nelson McCammon, who generously donated the funding for the program via his estate when he passed. Mr. McCammon was a mentor to many, and a past winner of the Klussendorf Trophy. Winners are presented at the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Annual Meeting. Applications and more information about this and other programs can be found at the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Association website at www.wibrownswiss.com or by contacting Josh Hushon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-342-0611.
About Nelson McCammon:
Nelson McCammon was born September 29, 1919 and passed May 21, 2012. He was raised on a diversified dairy farm in southwest Indiana. He graduated from Carlisle High School and attended Purdue University. He earned a Bronze Star during his four years of service in the 38th Infantry Div. of the U.S. Army while stationed in the Pacific, New Guinea, and the Philippine Islands. Nelson worked for the Curtiss Candy Company Dairy in Chicago for seven years. He mainly worked with their show cattle and became Herdsman for their Brown Swiss and Holstein Herds. He later managed Rolling Acres Guernsey’s in Illinois, CB Farms Brown Swiss of Connecticut and Indiana. Nelson was in charge of the show herds for Norvic Farm Brown Swiss in Lake Mills WI, as well as Cold Springs Brown Swiss, Monroe, WI, and Red Brae Brown Swiss, Eagle, WI. He and his wife Lois bought her parents farm in Clarno Township, Monroe, WI which he named Nelsland. There he bred and developed several All American winning Brown Swiss. In 1959, Nelson won the prestigious Klussendorf award which honors ability, character and sportsmanship in the dairy show ring. A mentor to many, Nelson was always willing to help youth interested in Brown Swiss. He spearheaded the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Breeders Share-A-Heifer program which gave WI youth practical experience with cattle. He also annually supported national youth involvement through the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders Association.