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A.J. Quist Young Breeder of the Year Memorial Award Robert Teixeira


As Presented by Jim Quist


Tis award was established in 1957 to recognize young Registered Holstein Breed- ers for not only their ac- complishments but also their potential for a suc- cessful career in the Regis- tered Holstein business.


On a piece of paper stuck to a file cabinet near my desk is a four point reminder on managing a business; 1.) Make your business healthy, 2.) Offer something to peo- ple that they can’t get any-


where else, 3.) When you see something working somewhere else, extract the principle and apply it and 4.) Only purpose lasts…nothing should precede it.


Ah purpose…only purpose lasts…nothing should precede it. So what does that have to do with this award? Everything and here’s why.


A recent Global Workforce Survey polled more than 90,000 worker in eighteen countries found that a mere 205 were truly engaged in their work – heart and soul. Tink about it…that means the remaining 80% find work actually depress- ing. Wow, all the corporate slogans like leadership, difference, values, focus and efficiency that on the surface are great goals don’t really get the juices flowing, the blood pumping. Remarkable contributions are typically spawned by a pas- sionate commitment to values like truth, wisdom, joy, courage and honor. What were the ideals that inspired Michaelangelo, Jefferson, Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa to acts of greatness? Closer to home, what inspired the past re- cipients of this award like Maddox, Clark, Herzog, Nunes, Teixeira or Van Exel? I submit that a passionate commitment to purpose lies at the very foundation… the same commitment that provides the foundation for the 2010 ??? Young Breeder of the Year.


Let’s look at the record, the history, the performance of this year’s recipient.


Tis years award winner has owned Registered Holsteins since 1983…now num- bering 110 females and 10 males.


Bred and/or owned 60 All-California, Reserve All-California, Junior All-California and Reserve Junior All-California winners. Bred and/or owned 6 All-American Nominations and 1 All-American.


Bred and/or owned 11 Junior All-American Nominations with 5 being either All- American or Reserve.


Owned the Grand and Reserve Supreme Champion cow at the 2001 World Dairy Expo International Junior Holstein Show. Owned the Grand Champion cow at the 2001 California State Holstein Show.


He was honored as a 2003 Holstein USA Distinguished Junior Member Finalist. Was the recipient of the Merle Howard Outstanding Junior Exhibitor at the 2004 World Dairy Expo.


Recipient of the 2006 National Dairy Shrine Klussendorf Scholarship. He is a 2006 graduate of Cornell University. Bred 7 excellent cows with his own prefix.


At the same time the award winner has been quite active at the local, state, na- tional and even international level judging shows, competing in judging contests at the collegiate level and serving on committees.


A long illustrious list in a brief time span, but as the award winner puts it…he’s been at it since 1983, the year he was born!


Listen to what he wrote in his applications; “Since I have been able to walk and be outside with my father I have had a true passion for the Registered Holstein Cow and all that she encompasses. Te pure- bred Holstein industry has played an integral part in my development as a dairy farmer, a showman, a student and most of all a person. Te Holstein cow has brought me to places I had never dreamed of being, at such a young age. From all of my judging experiences and the opportunities of being able to judge overseas to parading Mascara under the bright lights of the colored shavings, the regis- tered Holstein cow and fraternity of people that she brings together brought me there and I am thankful for that.”


A passionate commitment to purpose, that is the intangible that jumps out from that statement.


Tis week I spoke with three individuals that expressed their delight that this award was being presented to our recipient. When I asked them to express into a few words how they would characterize our recipient, to a man it was respectful, humble, integrity, work ethic and eager to learn and eager to teach. One of the men said this, “if my son turned out to be like him, I’ll be a happy man.”


Join me in congratulating this year’s Young Breeder of the Year, the young man with the RJ-Tex prefix, Robert Teixeira!


Robert joins these past A.J. Quist Award Winners


1957 Melvin George 1957 Alvin Quist 1958 Maurice & Lindsey Ketscher 1959 Wackerman Brothers 1960 Bill & Libby Clark 1961 Norman & Freda Lucas 1962 Louis Aufdermaur, Jr. 1963 Bernard Souza, Jr. 1964 Doug Maddox 1965 Tom Nunes 1966 Art Avrit 1967 Tom Sawyer 1968 Paul Rollin 1969 Kip Herzog


1970 Louis Calcagno 1971 George Nunes 1972 Stanley Gomes 1973 Andy Hurtgen 1974 Mike Martin 1975 Vic Gouveia, Jr. 1976 Tony Bos 1977 Gilbert Teixeira 1978 Dino Ortega 1979 Joe Vieira 1980 Dan Ranney 1981 Louie Jr. and Leo Durrer 1982 Ralph Grossi 1983 Bill Genasci


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1984 James Quist 1985 John Honnette 1986 Frank Borba 1987 George McClelland 1988 Hank Van Exel 1989 Ken & Kathy Elliott 1990 Leo Langerwerf 1991 Dennis Areias 1992 Leroy Rocha 1993 Chris Hellwinkel 1994 George & Kelly Morasci 1995 Dino Miglazzo 1996 Joey Airosa 1997 Patrick Maddox


1998 Mike Mulas 1999 Joey Fernandes 2000 Chris & Agnes Sawyer 2001 Donald Rollin 2002 Tony & Janet De Mello 2003 Tony Borba 2004 Bill & Jennifer Silva 2005 Chris & Ellen Durrer 2006 Tara Davis 2007 Ryan Matheron 2008 Jon & Tami Tollenaar 2009 Lucas Deniz


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