Junior Membership

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.

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Congratulations to Junior Advisor Heidi Heller the 2021 Service Award Winner.

Junior Officers

President: Brianna Meyer, Chilton, Wis.

Email: briannacows@gmail.com

Vice-President: Matthew Thompson, Darlington, Wis.

Email: mgthompson07@gmail.com

 Quincee Johnson, Evansville, Wis.

 Email: johnsqui000@ecsdnet.org

Secretary: Alexis Blankenburg, Platteville, Wis.

Reporter: Lila Kilsdonk, Seymour, Wis.

Email: lilakilsdonk2002@gmail.com

Junior Advisor

Heidi Heller, Cecil, WI

Ph: 715.304.9141

Email: luckymissy86@yahoo.com

 

Jr. Applications    &    Deadlines

Junior Membership

Youth Achievement

 February 10

 February 20 

 February 28

News

01/31/2022 - The Queen and Share-A-Heifer forms are now available. Please consider applying for this year's opportunities!

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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: Kara Kasten-Olson, W9123 Hwy QQ, Watertown, WI 53098

For questions contact Kara at : 608-445-2010 or email kara@sassycowcreamery.com

Applications Due Feb. 28. To have the queen and princess attend events contact Junior Advisor Heidi Heller. 

 

Queen

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Quincee Johnson, Evansville

Hello everyone! My name is Quincee Johnson and I am the 2022 Wisconsin Brown Swiss Queen! My family and I live on a farm near Evansville, Wi where we raise Registered Brown Swiss and the occasional Registered Holstein. I have been showing Brown Swiss heifers since I was 10 years old and have loved every minute of it! I am currently a freshman at the University of Wisconsin- Platteville where I am majoring in Agriculture Business with a minor in Marketing and Communications! I am excited to have the opportunity to represent the breed that has given me so much throughout my years of showing! I am looking forward to meeting everyone this year! Feel free to contact me through email at- quinceejohnson12@gmail.com

Wisconsin Brown Swiss Junior Officer Profiles

President

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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 

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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.

Secretary

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Alexis Blankenburg, Platteville

Hello, my name is Alexis Blankenberg and I am super excited to be serving as the Secretary of the Wisconsin Junior Brown Swiss Association! I am currently 16 years old attend Iowa-Grant high school as a Junior where I am involved in FFA, Forensics, music, and various other clubs and activities. Outside of school I am the president of the Dairyland Diamonds 4H club where I’ve been showing Brown Swiss for the past 10 years. My family dairy farm resides north of Platteville Wisconsin where just my dad and I milk 50 registered Brown Swiss and grade Holsteins. In the past few years we have converted our herd of Holsteins to mostly registered Brown Swiss. This year I am super excited to become more involved within the breed and become a contributing factor to the success in our organization. I look forward to communicating with many new people in the next year and creating relationships that will last me a lifetime. I am so appreciative of this opportunity and I can’t wait to see what the year brings!

Reporter 

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Lila Kilsdonk, Seymour

Hello everyone! My name is Lila Kilsdonk and I will be serving as the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Junior Association Reporter. My family lives on a hobby farm just outside of Seymour, Wisconsin, where we raise show heifers, sheep, and goats. I also have a cow housed at Random Luck Farm in Darlington. I am currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls where I am majoring in Dairy Science with an Agricultural Business minor. I have been showing Brown Swiss ever since I was nine years old and I am very happy I am able to give back to the junior association! This year one goal that I have is to have a lot of our juniors present at various junior activities. I look forward to having a great year, can’t wait to see everyone at shows! 

 

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!

Send completed applications to Heidi Heller Email: luckymissy86@yahoo.com by Feb.20. 

 
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2020 Grant Winners

(l-r) President Josh Hushon with Grant Winners and Junior Advisor Heidi Heller.
 

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 josh2632@yahoo.com or 920-342-0611. 

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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.