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Wright County dairy ambassadors named
APRIL 5, 2010

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The annual Wright County Dairy Association Ambassador Gala took place March 27 in Buffalo with the introduction of four young women who will promote the county’s dairy industry.

First, the 2009 dairy princesses, Krista Nelson of Cokato, Jillian Koch of Winsted, and Kelsey Kolles of Otsego, said their farewells.

Then, Katie Davis of Cokato, Rebecca Groos of Howard Lake, Sabrina Kieser of Howard Lake, and Krista Lambert of Buffalo, were named ambassadors.

Also during the event, long-time princess coordinators Stacy Spurzem of Cokato, and Mary Lindberg, formerly of Waverly, were given Milk Pitcher Awards as this was their last year coordinating the event.

Mary Jo Lambert of Buffalo will be the new princess coordinator.

The following are the new Wright County dairy ambassadors.

Sabrina Kieser

Sabrina Kieser is the daughter of Jason and Kim Kieser of Howard Lake.

She is a junior at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School.

Why do you want to be a Wright County dairy ambassador?

I am involved in dairy production and realize its importance. I would like to promote the dairy industry within the area and inform the public about the many benefits that it provides to people.

Creating awareness among the people plays a large role in how successful this vital industry can be. Becoming a Wright County dairy ambassador is a fantastic opportunity to support the dairy industry.

On the farm you live or work on, how many cows are milked and what breed are they?

I am employed by Hoernemann Dairy that has about 200 milking Holsteins.

What are some of your responsibilities on the farm?

When working there, I am responsible for a variety of tasks. I help milk cows and clean freestall barns, holding pens, and the milking parlor.

I also feed and care for the calves. Ensuring a clean and safe environment, while caring for the animals, are things that I find enjoyable.

What is your favorite dairy product and why?

Milk!

It may be one of the most basic dairy products of all, but milk will always be my favorite. It comes in all kinds of different flavors like chocolate and strawberry. I have it with every single one of my meals. It’s refreshing no matter what time of the year it is and is also very good for you.

Do you have any hobbies or extracurricular activities or organizational involvement?

I am very active within my community. I am involved in FFA, band, softball, youth group, student council, National Honor Society, and prom committee at school.

When I am not occupied with these things, I love to be with my friends and family, show my Laker Pride, and serve my community.

Krista Lambert

Krista Lambert is the daughter of Gene and Mary Lambert of Buffalo and is a junior at Buffalo High School.

Why do you want to be a Wright County dairy ambassador?

I really enjoy being around people and I also love living on a dairy farm. I hope I will be able to promote the dairy community more with doing this. I want people to know that the products they are buying were made with the utmost care.

On the farm you live or work on, how many cows are milked and what breed are they?

We milk around 50 Holsteins twice a day, every day.

What are some of your responsibilities on the farm?

I feed grain to all of our calves and keep them bedded down. When I am done with that, I head down to the barn to help my dad with milking. We don’t have specific jobs; we all pitch in whenever help is needed, so I’m always given the chance to do all the chores a few times a week.

What is your favorite dairy product and why?

Ice cream. I have always loved eating ice cream! There are so many different kinds of it and it’s a lot of fun to make. My uncle still calls me his “ice cream queen.”

Do you have any hobbies or extracurricular activities or organizational involvement?

I have been involved in 4-H for 12 years of my life, and I am in SSU at my school. In the summertime, I love to go swimming whenever I can with my friends. I am also involved with the youth group at my church, and I work at Sterling Drug in Buffalo.

Katie Davis

Katie Davis is the daughter of Paul and Veda Davis of Cokato, and is a junior at Dassel-Cokato High School.

Why do you want to be a Wright County dairy ambassador?

I have always wanted to become a dairy princess, but since there isn’t any this year, I have decided to run for dairy ambassador.

On the farm you live or work on, how many cows are milked and what breed are they?

We have around 250 Holsteins.

What are some of your responsibilities on the farm?

Milk cows or feed calves.

What is your favorite dairy product and why?

Ice cream, because there are a lot of different kinds and different toppings

Do you have any hobbies or extracurricular activities or organizational involvement?

I have played piano for 11 years, am the Dassel-Cokato FFA reporter, and raise beef cows.

Rebecca Groos

Rebecca Groos is the daughter of Sean and Linda Groos of Howard Lake. She is a junior at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School.

Why do you want to be a Wright County dairy ambassador?

I would love to be a positive representative for all of the dairy farmers in Wright County.

The dairy tradition is strong in our county and can be portrayed through ambassadors and princesses. It would be great to visit schools, banks, or any other dairy endorsement and let people know the hard-working and honest people behind our products.

People can hear first-hand what it takes to work on a farm. Ambassadors can be encouragers for everyone to drink more milk and enjoy nature’s most perfect food.

Being an ambassador is the first step toward being a princess, which is a goal of mine. I also plan to remain actively involved in the dairy industry my whole life. This would be a great public opportunity for me to show pride in my beliefs by promoting our important industry.

On the farm you live or work on, how many cows are milked and what breed are they?

I live and work at Minkota Holsteins, which is my family’s farm. We are currently milking 165 registered Holsteins.

What are some of your responsibilities on the farm?

My two main responsibilities are parlor management and calf care.

While in the parlor, I milk cows, give shots, check for heats, and sort cows to the pens they need to be in.

Calf care is mainly managed in the calf barn, where I currently have 15 calves on milk. I also feed baby bottle calves, bull calves, and a few pens of older heifers.

I also do odd jobs that need to be done, such as power-washing the parlor or cleaning calf pails.

What is your favorite dairy product and why?

My favorite dairy product would have to be ice cream or frozen custard. I enjoy variety in my food. Ice cream has so many unique flavors to choose from, so it never gets boring to eat!

Do you have any hobbies or extracurricular activities or organizational involvement?

While at school, I am involved in track, FFA, National Honor Society, and student council. I am the president of the Sunrise 4-H Club. Also through 4-H, I take part in showing cattle at many levels, and participate in Dairy Knowledge Bowl.

I am also a member in the Minnesota Junior Holstein Association and attend the annual convention. At church, I am involved in youth group and will sing some Sundays for special music.


 

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