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Engelken new Iowa Holstein Princess

By Jean Caspers-Simmet
simmet@agrinews.com

Date Modified: 03/12/2013 2:58 PM

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DUBUQUE, Iowa —Nicole Engelken, a senior at Maquoketa Valley High School, is the 2013 Iowa Holstein Princess. She was selected during last week's Iowa Holstein Convention held in the Hotel Julien Dubuque.

Engelken's parents, Tom and Cherrie, milk 180 cows near Earlville. She is head calf feeder and assists with milking. She is involved in FFA, speech and Teens Against Tobacco Use at her school.She plans to attend Iowa State University where she will double major in dairy science and pre vet.

"It will be an honor to represent my favorite breed, the Holstein," Engelken said.

Megan Rauen, daughter of Steve and Joanne Rauen of Farley and a senior at Western Dubuque High School in Epworth, was crowned alternate Holstein Princess. She is involved with Farnear Holsteins at Farley. She is vice president of the Iowa Junior Holstein Association .

The major topic of discussion during the association's annual meeting was the 2014 National Holstein Convention, which will be June 25 to 28 in Dubuque.

The event will bring Holstein breeders from throughout the United States and other countries to Dubuque.

"We're meeting in Dubuque this year at the Hotel Julien, we'll meet next year at the Grand Harbor Resort so we can all get a feel for what the accommodations will be like," said Iowa Holstein Association president Matt Hamlett of Strawberry Point. "A year from now we'll be doing a walk-through for the national convention."

Tours of northeast Iowa Holstein farms, a riverboat cruise, a family fun night at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, a trade show and the National Convention Sale at the Five Flags Center are among planned events. Junior activities will include the national speech, dairy jeopardy and dairy bowl contests.

"The committees have been working to make the 2014 convention something that participants will talk about for years to come," said Larry Landsgard, a St. Olaf dairy farmer and chairman of the National Convention Planning Committee.

The Iowa Convention Sale with Scott Courtney as auctioneer and Norm Nabholz reading pedigrees averaged $7,712.50 on 16 lots. Top-selling animal was MS Aderyn Mc Allie-ET 72127323 RC, consigned by Cross Genetics LLC of Crown Point, Ind. The heifer was purchased by Tom and Rick Simon of Farley for $31,000. Courtney Sales of Ridgeway was in charge of the sale.