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New Directors Elected to World Dairy Expo Board
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/15/2012

The board of directors at World Dairy Expo have approved five new members to sit on its panel. During the group's annual meeting this month, Buster Goff, Callum McKinven, Paula Bovre, Jim Crowley, Jr. and Kate VandenBosch were elected to serve on the board.

Goff represents Dairy Farmers of America. He milks approximately 5,000 Holsteins and 2,600 Jerseys along with his wife and son in Hobbs, New Mexico. He is also a member of his county's water board and has been the recipient of the New Mexico Agriculturists of the Year, received the New Mexico Entrepreneurial Award and was honored by the College of the Southwest with the Free Enterprise Award. Goff replaces Les Hardesty of Dairy Farmers of America.

McKinven is currently in partnership at Lookout Holsteins & Jerseys in Canton de Hatley, Quebec, Canada. He has shown well-known heifers and cows to victory at major shows during his tenure, including World Dairy Expo. He is representing the Purebred Breeders of World Dairy Expo. Callum is replacing Gerald Bratland.

Bovre, representing the Wisconsin Holstein Association, is managing partner, with her husband, Rick, of the Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. in Fond du Lac. The Bovres have owned that business for over 30 years and Paula is also an agent for the Merle Howard Insurance Agency which specializes in livestock mortality insurance. She has served as Superintendent of the International Junior Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo from the inception in 2004. She also remains actively involved with her family's farm, Erbacres Holsteins. Bovre replaces Wallace Behnke.

Jim Crowley, Jr., as World Dairy Expo Dairy Cattle Show Superintendent board representative, joins the group and will also serve on Expo's Executive Committee. Crowley has served as an active volunteer at World Dairy Expo for many years. He replaces Bob Kaiser who retired as Dairy Cattle Show Superintendent.

VandenBosch is with the University of Wisconsin-Madison CALS, where she was selected recently as the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. VandenBosch headed the plant biology department at the University of Minnesota since 2001 and served as a faculty member at Texas A & M University for 12 years prior. She assumed her new role as dean at the UW-Madison on March 1 and will oversee the college's 19 academic departments, as well as coordinating the Cooperative Extension Service programs and director of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station. VandenBosch replaces Bill Tracy.

World Dairy Expo's board is composed of a variety of business professionals and dairy producers from the United States and Canada.


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