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11 seek Iowa Dairy Princess crown

By Jean Caspers-Simmet
simmet@agrinews.com

Date Modified: 08/15/2013 12:39 PM

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DES MOINES —Eleven women are vying for 2013 Iowa Dairy Princess. The coronation, hosted by Midwest Dairy Association, will be at 8 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Media Center at the Iowa State Fair Cattle Barn in Des Moines.

Name: Nicole Engelken

Hometown and county: Earlville, Delaware County

Age: 18

Parents: Tom and Cherrie Engelken

Q: Describe your family's farm.

A: My family's dairy farm is special to me because my grandpa built the farm in 1956 and my dad and his siblings have grown up on the family farm just like my siblings and I have. My parents, Tom and Cherrie, two sisters Amanda and Amber, three additional employees Chad, Cory, and Mark, and I enjoy the various duties and responsibilities required to work on the farm. We currently milk 185 dairy cows in a double nine herringbone parlor twice daily. Our herd consists of multiple breeds which include mostly Holsteins, a few Red and Whites and one Ayrshire. Together, we crop farm 350 acres of corn and hay. My most important responsibilities on the dairy farm consist of feeding the newborn calves and milking cows. In addition, I tend to be helpful in any way I can on my family's dairy farm. Many times one will find me assisting with any of the odd jobs for instance, sorting cows, moving calves, cleaning pens, fixing equipment, and anything else in need of completion.

Q: What activities are you involved with with through school and community?

A: I graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School in the spring and will be a freshman at Iowa State University in the fall. Through school, I was involved in a variety of activities which included Teens Eliminating Lies and Teens Against Tobacco Use, Speech, National Honor Society, and Honor Roll. In addition, I am very involved in FFA. Outside of school, I am involved in Delaware County 4-H, Dairy Quiz Bowl, Dairy Judging, and Youth in Action. I have competed at state fair with dairy Judging and at the state Dairy Quiz Bowl for the past seven years. I am also a member of the Delaware County Dairy Council. I am Iowa Holstein Princess.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: My future plans consist of attending Iowa State University to receive a bachelor's degree in dairy science with an emphasis in pre-vet. Then I hope to continue my education by attending veterinary school to become a mixed animal veterinarian specializing in dairy.

Q: Why do you want to be Iowa Dairy Princess?

A: It would be an honor to be crowned the Iowa Dairy Princess because I believe I would benefit the dairy industry as a promotional role model who serves the dairy industry as a representative for communication events. Dairy products are essential throughout an individual's life span, so I find it most important to educate today's youth about 3-Every-Day of Dairy in their diet to build strong bones and healthy bodies. I find it rewarding as a dairy princess to represent the dairy industry and give back to the land I call home through promoting wholesome, nutritious, wholesome, nutritious, and delicious dairy products. The opportunity to represent the People Behind the Product is unique and beneficial in many ways. I am thankful I have had the opportunity to experience growing up on my family's dairy farm and find myself blessed in being able to enjoy dairy products on a regular basis as I understand the importance of dairy in one's diet. I display the passion, responsibility and dedication required to represent the Dairy Industry as the Iowa Dairy Princess and know I will strive for nothing less than my best.

Q: What is you favorite dairy product?

A: Chocolate and strawberry milk

Name: Kathryn Appler

Hometown and county:Clermont, Fayette County

Age: 18

Parents: Kent and Laura Appler

Q: Describe your family's dairy farm and/or the dairy farm where you work:

A: I am from Uluru Swiss Acres which is five acres and houses my show heifers. I am able to keep my heifers on our acreage and my cows are kept at the neighbor's house. Eric Anderson is our neighbor from Scenic Ridge Swiss and is like a second father. I help Eric as much as I can with chores and milking as I love visiting my cows as much as possible. Scenic Ridge Swiss currently milks seventy-five head and I currently own five of them. I help take care of all the calves at my house by feeding and watering. I am also the farm's professional name giver.

Q: What activities are you involved with through school and community?

A: I was involved in the arts choir, swing choir, madrigal, speech, Iowa Ambassadors of Music, and drama. I was also involved with sports including swimming, basketball, and track. I was also a member of Business Management Team and Food and Fitness Club. I was an FFA member and was an FFA Reporter 2013. I have been involved in 4-H for nine years. Through 4-H I have been involved in Citizenship Leadership Club, Citizenship Club, a youth rep on the Fayette County 4-H Foundation Board, Livewire Youth Council, Club Officer, Fayette County Council, Fayette County Council President, and a member of the 2012-2013 State 4-H Council.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: My future plans are to attend Coe College to major in Biology. I also plan to continue studying dairy judging in hopesof judgingagain on the colored shavings.

Q: Why do you want to be Iowa Dairy Princess?

A: I would love and be honored to be the Iowa Dairy Princess because I would be able to share my dairy story. I feel that I could finally give back to an industry that has helped me so much. Being able to represent the industry that truly changed my life would be very special. I would be able to inform the public about nutritious dairy products and I would be able to talk to kids and help them have a wonderful experience like I did.

Q: What is your favorite dairy product?

A: My all time favorite dairy product is chocolate milk. I love drinking a large glass of chocolate milk after a hard practice. It is great for muscle recovery and tastes great too!

Name: Brianna Lee

Hometown and county: West Union, Fayette

Age: 19

Parents: Darrell and Rhonda Lee

Q: Describe the dairy farm where you work:

A: Currently I am employed on two farms. The main farm I work on, we milk about 150 cows. I milk nights on that farm and currently three afternoons a week. This summer, since I am doing my internship there, I have also been helping with calf chores. The second farm has about 400 cows and I only do fill-in for milking. I also help with calf chores, as my mom is the herds person. Before I started milking for both of these farms I would relief milk with my sister for farms around the county. My parents also owned some cows with my grandparents but sold out before I started elementary school. Currently my parents both work for Prairie State Select Sires as technicians.

Q: What activities are you involved with through school and community?

A: At Northeast Iowa Community College, I am involved in the Dairy Science club and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I volunteer with Fayette County 4-H.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: I plan on transferring Iowa State after this next spring. Then I want to have a career in the dairy industry.

Q: Why do you want to be Iowa Dairy Princess?

A: I want to be the Iowa Dairy Princess because dairy has become my passion. This last year serving as the Fayette County Dairy Princess allowed me to share my dairy story with people across my county. I was also able to meet other dairy farmers with the same passion, and it really inspired me to want to share not only my story but the dairy industry's story.

Q: What is your favorite dairy product?

A: It is very hard to chose one, but when I do it is usually a glass of milk. I always grab a glass before going to bed and it always accompanies my favorite snacks.

Name: Heather Tauke

Hometown and county: Greeley, Delaware County

Age: 17

Parents: Tom and Joanie Tauke

Q: Describe your family's dairy farm and/or the dairy farm where you work.

A: I was born into a dairy farming family and was actively involved on the farm. I was always down in the barn helping my dad in any way I could from feeding calves, to milking and even record keeping. When I first started to do chores I started by feeding the calves. I began to milk cows in our 40-cow stanchion barn when I was in 4th grade. At the time we were milking 40 Holstein dairy cows and crop farming 180 acres. In the fall of 2012 my dad decided to sell the cows and become a crop farmer due to health issues. When he told me he was going to sell out in the fall, I went off into the community and was very fortunate to find two dairy farming families looking for employees. I began working for both farmers at the end of August 2012. I've been very active on both dairy farms by traveling down to Delhi milk cows for Bob and Nicci Freiburger. They are currently milking 90 cows in a double ten parallel parlor on a 260 acre dairy farm and raise their own replacement heifers. Also, I travel to Dundee, Iowa to milk for Chad and Jason Demmer. They are currently milking 180 cows in a double ten parallel parlor on a 300 acre dairy farm and raise their own replacement heifers. On both farms I prepare for milking, milk the cows and clean up after milking.

Q: What activities are you involved with through school and community:A: At school I am currently involved in NHS, FFA and FBLA. I am currently serving as our FFA chapter Vice President for the second year and I am actively involved in FFA competitions.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: I plan to attend either Iowa State University or University of Wisconsin- Platteville in the fall of 2014. I will be majoring in dairy science and plan to become a dairy nutritionist in the near future.

Q: Why do you want to be Iowa Dairy Princess?

A: I feel I can serve, promote and represent the Iowa dairy industry and teach others the importance of dairy in their every day lives, to be a spokesperson for the media and a positive role model for all ages.

Q: What is your favorite dairy product?

A: I enjoy all the wholesome, nutritious and delicious dairy products all the hard working dairy farmers help produce.

Name: Elizabeth Brehm

Hometown, county: Centralia, Dubuque County

Age: 20

Parents: Steve and Sharon Brehm

Q: Describe your family's dairy farm?

A: My parents own and operate a 300-acre dairy farm where we are currently milking 60 Holstein and Jersey-Holstein cows and raise our own replacement livestock. We also crop-farm corn, oats, and alfalfa.

Q: What activities are you involved with through school and community?

A: In the fall I will be in my third year at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where I am studying animal science with a minor in Spanish. At school I am active in the UW-P Collegiate FFA, Alpha Zeta Honor Society and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: After finishing my education at UW-Platteville, I am planning to pursue a degree in veterinary science.

Q: Why do you want to be Iowa Dairy Princess?

A: I would like to be the Iowa Dairy Princess because I love being able to share my knowledge of the dairy industry with those around me as well as to be able to promote an industry I am so passionate about, one which has taught me so much.

Q: What is your favorite dairy product?

A: My favorite dairy product is cheddar cheese.

Name: Celina Young

Hometown, county: Waverly, Bremer County

Age: 18

Parents: Jill Grabau and Greg Young

Q: Describe the dairy farm where you work?

A: Normally when I tell people that I am the Bremer County Dairy Princess, they are surprised to find out that I do not actually live on a farm. In fact, I live right in the middle of my hometown of Waverly. I had the wonderful opportunity about eight years ago to begin showing cattle for a local family, and I haven't stopped since! Cedar Spring Creek Dairy has 70 to 80 head of Guernsey dairy cattle that are milked in a tie-stall barn. I enjoy helping with all sorts of chores, from feeding calves to milking cows. For the past three years, I have also been employed at Kuker Dairy. Here I help to milk 30 head of Holsteins in a four-on-four tandem milking parlor, as well as caring for calves of all ages.

Q: What activities are you involved with through school and community?

A: When I am not spending time with my cattle, I enjoy riding my horse, reading, watching movies, and participating in several organizations. I am part of the Waverly-Shell Rock FFA chapter, Tri-Rivers Trendsetters 4-H club in Waverly, Bremer 4-HCounty Council, St. John's Church Senior Youth group in Waverly, and the Iowa Junior Guernsey Producers. I just graduated from Waverly-Shell Rock High School where I was active in Speech and Drama, Choir, Jazz Choir, FFA, and National Honor Society. I love to be active in my community, volunteering regularly at Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, Bartels Lutheran Home, and the Floyd County Historical Museum.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: This fall I will be attending Iowa State University to peruse a bachelor's degree in agriculture business and communications. In the future, I would like to work in the Iowa Department of Agriculture doing public relations work and speaking with people about the importance of the agriculture industry.

Q: Why do you want to be Iowa Dairy Princess?

A: I want to be Iowa Dairy Princess because I believe that the public needs a strong face for the dairy industry. I am very passionate about public awareness of agriculture and the dairy industry in particular. I would love to be able to take this opportunity to travel Iowa and help people not only understand the hard work thatdairy farmersdo, but understand why dairy is so important to their health.

Q: What is your favorite dairy product?

A: I love all dairy products because of their nutritional value and delicious taste, but if I had to choose one, I would say that I most enjoy a tall glass of chocolate milk after a long day working on the farm.

Name: Kelsey Peters

Hometown and county: Plainfield, Butler County

Age: 19

Parents: David and Barb Peters

Q: Describe your family's dairy farm?

A: I grew up on my parent's farm west of Plainfield where my dad raised grain and soybeans. My aunt and uncle, Dave and Pam Bolin, run a dairy farm in Clarksville where I found my first show heifer in third grade. Since then, I have raised show heifers on my parents' farm and fell in love with the dairy industry. I specifically enjoy working with my guernsey heifers and milk cows, which is why I ran for Iowa Guernsey Princess to share my passion and love for the breed.

Q:What activities are you involved with through school and community?

A: I am currently attending Wartburg College, majoring in elementary education. I participate in two educator's clubs, stay busy tutoring, and also stay active in the volunteer action center. I also have two jobs on-campus.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: I am looking forward to becoming a teacher of young students and passing on to them my knowledge of the dairy and other agricultural industries. I hope to continue living on a farm throughout my life.

Q: Why do you want to be Iowa Dairy Princess?

A: I would like to be the Iowa Dairy Princess because I have a passion for the industry and tend to do my best when faced with a challenge, such as promoting dairy to the entire state of Iowa. I feel that I will make a worthy candidate for princess and would be honored if I were to receive the title.

Q: What is your favorite dairy product?

A: My favorite dairy product is yogurt, all flavors! You can be sure to find one packed in my lunch almost every day!

Name: Samantha Costello

Hometown, county: DeWitt, Clinton County

Age: 17

Parents: Francis and Jackie Costello

Q: Describe your family's dairy operation.

A: My family raises show heifers. Once they have reached the full age we take them to my uncle's farm where he milks them.

Q: What activities are you involved with through school and community?

A: I attend DeWitt High School where I am involved in FFA, FCCLA, 4H, youth group, soccer, cross country and football stats.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: I plan on attending Iowa State University for a psychology major.

Q: Why do you want to be Iowa Dairy Princess?

A: I would like to be Iowa Dairy Princess so I can meet new people, experience new things and help to change people's views on the dairy industry.

Q: What is your favorite dairy product?

A: Ice cream!

Name: Caitlin Troendle

Hometown and county: Waterville, Allamakee County

Age: 18

Parents: Glenn and Brenda Troendle, Brad and Kim Yohe

Q: Describe the dairy farm where you work?

A: I work on my uncle Darrell Troendle's, "Troendle Valley Holsteins" farm where we milk roughly 130 cows in a double-8 parlor in rural Waterville. The farm has been in my family for 46 years. My duties consist of evening milkings, feeding calves, and other miscellaneous chores around the farm.

Q: What activities are you involved with through school and community?

A: 2013 Graduate from Waukon High School. I was active in the FFA and still currently am active in 4-H where I hold the position of treasurer. I am currently a member of the Waterville Fire and Rescue Department.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: I will attend Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, majoring in ag business, with a minor in ag financing.

Q: Why do you want to be Iowa Dairy Princess?

A: I would like to be Iowa Dairy Princess so I can continue to promote the dairy industry to young and old, and let them know dairy products are wholesome, nutritious, and yummy!

Q: What is your favorite dairy product?

A: My favorite dairy product is cheese. It comes in numerous color and flavors and can be eaten and added to any meal at any time of the day to get your essential 3-A-Day servings of dairy products!

Name: Mariah Schmitt

Hometown and county: Fort Atkinson, Winneshiek County

Age: 18

Parents: Carl and Terry Schmitt

Q: Describe your family's dairy farm.

A: Currently, I work on my family's dairy farm where we milk 50 Holstein cows and one registered Guernsey. On our farm it is a family affair and everyone gets involved with the day to day chores and responsibilities. We raise our replacement heifers, raise dairy steers until feeder size, and harvest 350 acres of corn, soybeans, alfalfa and oats. I take responsibility for the feeding and caring for our calves and heifers. I also assist with anything that needs to be done around the farm. I am also starting my own Guernsey herd that is housed with my parents' cattle.

Q: What activities are you involved with through school and community?

A: I graduated this spring from Turkey Valley High School. I was involved in FFA, softball, basketball, band, and volleyball. Outside of high school I am an 8-year member and 3-term president of the Turkey Valley Clovers 4-H group. I am also a member of the Winneshiek County Dairy Club where I show dairy cattle and dairy judge through 4-H. I am also involved in dairy judging as a member of South Winneshiek FFA dairy judging team. As a member of both teams I have won several individual and team awards, including first place team at state competitions for both 4-H and FFA. At the National FFA Convention last fall my team and I earned the opportunity compete internationally at the Royal Highland Show dairy judging contest in Scotland this past June.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: This fall I will be attending Iowa State University to major in dairy science and public service and administration in agriculture with the pursuit of working in promotions or advertising for an agriculture organization. One thing is clear and that is that the dairy industry has been a big part of my past and present and will definitely be a big part of my future.

Q: Why do you want to be Iowa Dairy Princess?

A: Every day I wake up to the sound of the milk pump humming, and every summer I get to smell the sweet aroma of fresh cut hay. There is no other way I would have chosen to grow up, and there is no other industry I am more proud to be a part of. By running for the Iowa Dairy Princess title, I will have the opportunity to give back to the industry that has molded me into the person I am today. It would be my honor and privilege to represent all the hard working dairy farmers from across Iowa.

Q: What is your favorite dairy product?

A: My favorite dairy product depends on what is going on. If I'm just waking up, I'm going to reach for a cup of yogurt. If I just pitched a softball game, my favorite dairy product is chocolate milk to help replenish nutrients. Or if it's a hot day, I'm going to reach for ice cream to cool me down. However, my favorite of all that makes these yummy dairy products possible would be the delicious, nutritious milk.

Name: Catheryn Lang

Hometown and county: McGregor, Clayton County

Age: 17

Parents: James and Theresa Lang

Q: Describe your family's dairy farm and the dairy farm where you work.

A: I live on a 50-acre, 15-cow operation. On my home farm, I am in charge of young stock and dry cows. The majority of my family's cattle are registered Milking Shorthorns that we show, sell and use for breeding. We raise corn, alfalfa and grass hay, as well as oats and oats hay to feed the cattle. As well as living on a dairy farm, I also work on an organic dairy operation. I work at PearlMaker Holsteins for Phil and Sharon Specht. There I milk the 110 registered Holstein cows four nights a week.

Q: What activities are you involved with through school and community?

A: I will be a senior this year at MFL Mar Mac Community Schools. I am involved in speech, drama , choir, show choir, 4-H, FFA, 4-H dairy judging, and showing my Milking Shorthorns at local, county, and state levels. I have been active in speech, drama, choir, show choir and FFA all 4 years of my high school career. I have been in 4-H since fifth grade and now serve as the president of my club. In addition, I have been competing in dairy judging and showing my cattle since the fifth grade as well.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: My future plans include attending Iowa State University next fall to begin my schooling for embryo transfer and artificial insemination. After college I have plans to own my own dairy operation and show cattle.

Q: Why do you want to be Iowa Dairy Princess?

A: Ever since I was a little girl, I have always dreamed of being a princess, but what little girl doesn't? The main reason that I would love to represent Iowa is my love of the dairy industry. I was born and raised in dairy. This is what I know and love, and I would greatly enjoy getting out to promote and educate the public about where their milk comes from and the people behind the scenes, the hard working farmers behind it all.

Q: What is your favorite dairy product?

A: My favorite dairy product is chocolate milk or pepper-jack cheese.