National Holstein Convention set for June 24 - 27

For the Basin Business Journal | June 9, 2024 1:00 AM

SALT LAKE CITY — Registration is open for the junior and adult National Holstein Convention, scheduled for June 24 through 27 in Salt Lake City. 

Events, contests and seminars are scheduled throughout the first three days of the convention, with junior contestants receiving their awards at the convention finale June 27. 

The first day features a number of events for junior participants, including the option to visit the historic This is the Place Park, highlighting Utah’s history. Adults and juniors also have the option of visiting the Richard W. Erickson Antique & Classic Power Museum.

The first day also includes an evening session for juniors, where they get a chance to hear from past Distinguished Junior Members, who will talk about what they learned from their experiences and how they use those lessons.

Junior participants hoping to qualify as DJMs will be interviewed the morning of June 25. The junior Prepared Public Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking contests are scheduled for June 25. A dairy knowledge exam is scheduled for that evening. 

Adult classes are scheduled all day June 25. “Holstein Horizons” speakers will be talking about dairy farm technology, dairy cattle genetics and on-farm processing, among other topics. A trade show is scheduled for June 25 and 26. 

First rounds of the Dairy Bowl contest is June 25. A contest for juniors, it’s designed to test their knowledge of the industry, from dairy cattle nutrition and calf health to food safety. The finals are scheduled for June 27.

A workshop and forum for juniors will be June 26.

The annual Awards Luncheon is scheduled for June 25; with awards announced for adults and youth. Awards will include adult Distinguished Leader recognition and the introduction of DJM semifinalists.

The annual meeting for Holstein Association USA will be June 26 and 27, with the opening session including the Star of the Breed and Herds of Excellence awards and recognition of 40-year members. Delegates will vote on the board of director and officer candidates June 27.