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The 3rd Mert Sowerby Intern is Kallie Baker from Plainview, Minnesota. She is a sophomore majoring in Animal Science at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She grew up on her family’s dairy farm in southeast Minnesota where they milk around 140 head of grade Holsteins as well as a few registered Brown Swiss. Growing up, Kallie was involved in 4-H and FFA where she exhibited dairy and beef cattle as well as rabbits at her county fair and the Minnesota State Fair. Upon graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school for something agriculture related, but is undecided on what area she wants to pursue. Kallie will start at the AGA headquarters on May 15.
The American Guernsey Association Board of Directors are pleased to announce that Douglas L. Granitz has been hired as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organization. He will be responsible for leading the American Guernsey Association (AGA), and its subsidiaries, through an exciting future of transition and growth. His duties will include helping to develop business strategies and plans, lead and motivate member engagement, oversee all operations and business activities of the organization, review all financial and non-financial reports with the Board of Directors and make high-quality investing decisions to advance the organization and increase profits. He will also enforce policies and guidelines, promote the breed and identify and develop growth opportunities for the organizations.
David Trotter, AGA President said, “We are excited about the experiences that Doug Granitz brings to AGA and strongly believe that we are heading in the right direction for the future of the Guernsey breed and membership with the management and leadership expertise he brings to the organization.”Read More
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The American Guernsey Association is seeking a passionate, proven and strategic leader to fill the position of Chief Executive Officer. The person for this position will direct the organization through an exciting time of transition and growth. Qualifications for this position will include, but are not limited to, a passion and dedication to the American Guernsey Association’s mission and strategic plan. Strong communication and business skills as well as demonstrated leadership and management skills are required. Click here for the complete CEO job description.
To apply, email your resume and cover letter addressing the responsibilities and qualifications list to Gloria.email@example.com. Please include your name on the subject line. All interested applicants must apply by midnight on Friday, December 2, 2016. Should you have questions about the role, call American Guernsey Association President, Dave Trotter 724-923-9611 or 2nd Vice President, David Coon 845-518-0732.
A strategic plan, per the request of the American Guernsey Association board of directors, was developed and presented to the AGA board at the annual meeting. A committee has been formed to further develop the needs of the Association and breed from this strategic plan. This committee, called the Strategic Plan Committee will, over the next several months, develop a recommendation to be presented at the winter board meetings for the future of the Association and breed. The Strategic Plan Committee is comprised of Gloria Basse, Emily Hartmann, Tom Ripley, Blaine Crosser, Dan Basse and AGA board representative and liason David Coon.
In light of the recent resignation of the executive secretary, the board has had several conference calls and discussions regarding the filling of that position as well as the planning committee. Currently there is no immediate hiring planned to fill the executive secretary position. The current staff and board will temporarily fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Based on the strategic plan committee’s recommendations at the winter board meeting and board’s review, further actions to move forward with hiring the proper personnel to advance the Association’s future will be determined.
During this interim time David Trotter will be available if needed, however, the three- member management team will be comprised of the current two members, Deb Hoffman, treasurer and office manager and Cheri Oechsle, Purebred Publishing managing editor and the nine-member board of directors. Any questions can be directed to Deb, Cheri or AGA President David Trotter, Purebred Publishing President Chris Lang, or any member of the board.
The AGA membership and Guernsey fraternity can be assured that the Association staff and board of directors will continue to conduct day to day operations, sales, publications, shows, the young sire programs, genomics and other services, as well as continue to maintain the records of the herd registry throughout this time.
Thoughts and suggestions are welcomed. Passionate employees are hard to replace, however, the interim time will be used to be diligent and patient to make the correct hiring moves and move our golden breed and membership forward.
The American Guernsey Association has accepted the resignation of Executive Secretary Brian Schnebly effective September 26. He has accepted a position as a Agricultural Technician Supervisor with the University of Maryland Dairy & Research Farm at the Clarksville, Maryland facility.
Brian was named the Executive Secretary in March 2014 when the AGA appointed the new management team style leadership. He has served the AGA in various capacities for approximately 16 years. He has been responsible for and served as an appraiser for both the AGA and joint appraisal program with the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association, the Ayrshire Breeders Association and the American Milking Shorthorn Society. He has served as manager of the Guernsey Marketing Service over the past four years, increasing embryo and live cattle sales both domestically and internationally during that time. He has handled the responsibilities of the records department, youth programs and other association programs as well as promotion of, and advancement of, the breed.
Brian grew up on Crown Stone Farm in Clear Spring, Maryland, as part of the eighth generation of dairy farmers. The farm is currently owned and operated by his uncle and two cousins. They currently milk 125 head of dairy cattle comprised of Holsteins, Guernseys, Jerseys and Brown Swiss. After graduation from the University of Maryland in 1999, he worked for the AGA as a programs coordinator until 2003. From 2003 until June 2005, he was herdsman for Shenandoah Jerseys in Boonsboro, Maryland. He returned to the AGA in July of 2005 as the program coordinator and has served the association in a variety of capacities since that time. He and his wife, Heidi, have two daughters, Grace and Claire and reside in Hagerstown, Maryland.
A reception in his honor will be held following the national show on Wednesday, September 21 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The AGA board of directors and membership wish him well in his future endeavors.
Allan S. Bentley, age 94, of Ames, died peacefully in his home Sept. 13, surrounded by his wife and family. A visitation will be 4- 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way, Ames, with an 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Monday, Sept. 19 at Napier United Methodist Church in Napier, Iowa. Burial will be held at Slater Cemetery in Slater.
Allan was born on March 15, 1922 on the family farm south of Ames, the son of O.R. (Russell) and Helen Bentley. He graduated from Napier High School in 1938 at the age of 16, and then Iowa State College with a BS in Dairy Husbandry in 1946. Beginning his career in Elkader, IA as the Clayton County Youth Assistant, he organized thirty-five new 4-H groups. While in northeast Iowa, he met Evelyn Allert, the love of his life. They married on September 5, 1948 in Giard, IA. Settling in Ames, Allan partnered with his father on Suneslope Farm, where they raised registered purebred Guernsey dairy cows. Installing one of the first milking parlors in the state allowed the operation to expand to 70 cows, milked twice per day. Allan’s numerous recognitions in the dairy industry included being named Distinguished Iowa Dairyman in 1964 and an Honorary ISU Dairy Science member in 1979. After retiring from full time farming in 1989, he and Evelyn enjoyed being in their new home and taking special trips.
Allan and Evelyn raised two sons and four daughters on their farm and encouraged and supported them in 4-H, school and church activities. Allan was also an avid Iowa State Cyclones fan.
With a lifelong love of music, Allan sang in church choirs, Ametones Barbershop Chorus, Ames Choral Society, Golden K Singers, and Songbirds. He was a member of the American Guernsey Association, Gideons, Golden K Kiwanis, and the Napier United Methodist Church.
Allan is survived by his wife Evelyn, his children, Denny (Julie) Bentley, Becky (Kim) Christiansen, Jane (Jim) Weaver all of Ames, Carol (Curt) Bentley-Iverson of Decorah, Mary (Maury) Wills of Adel, and Scott Bentley (Sarah Buob) of Madison WI, 16 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Vera Willhoit, Doris Cousin, and Donna Armburg.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to: Gideon’s, Hope Ministry of Des Moines, and Reach Beyond.
Online condolences may be directed to: www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
The 140th Annual Meeting of the American Guernsey Association was held during the National Guernsey Convention this past week in Bloomington, Minnesota. The Minnesota Guernsey Breeders Association hosted the event for over 200 attendees. Farms visited over the week included Breezy Point Farm owned by the Laska family; Whirlwind Acres owned by the Fritsche family and Up The Creek Guernsey Farm owned by the Andersons. Several Minnesota attractions were visited, as well as the Bonnie Mohr Studio.
The American Guernsey Youth Association also held its convention and annual meeting during the event. Highlights included the naming of the contest winners, including Laura Jensen of Comstock, Wisconsin, being named the National Outstanding Guernsey Youth. Stefani Evers of Corvallis, Oregon was crowned the 2016 National Guernsey Queen and Cara Trotter of Enon Valley, Pennsylvania was named the 2016 National Guernsey Princess.Read More