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Breeder of the Future Girl

Ninth grader Katie Migliazzo is this year’s recipient of the Breeder of the Future Girl Award. Katie’s current herd consists of 2 Regis- tered Holsteins, both bred by her, and both are milking cows. Te average milk production of the herd is 35,850 pounds of milk, 1,145 pounds of fat and 1,046 pounds of protein.

Katie Migliazzo

Katie is very proud of her home- bred cow, Migliazzo Offroad Brit- ney. She is one of the top produc- ing cows at Migliazzo and Sons

Dairy, with over 47,000 pounds of milk in a 393 day lactation. She is also proud of Migliazzo Mac Shonna. Shonna placed 3rd at the 2009 Merced County Black & White Futurity. Katie has participated in showmanship 6 times, never placing lower than 4th, and exhibited at the Merced County Black & White show, and the Merced County Fair.

Katie has been an excellent promoter of the Dairy Industry and Holstein breed, speaking several times on Te Holstein Cow, Real California Milk and

Breeder of the Future Boy

Tirteen-year-old Tony Lopes of Gustine is the 2010 Breeder of the Future Boy. Tony was raised on his parent’s grade Holstein farm, but has taken an extensive interest in breeding quality Registered Hol- stein cattle. Tony is a member of the Merced County Junior Holstein Association. In 2009, Tony was awarded the Young Breeder of the Future Boy.

Tony Lopes

Tony selected his first grade heifer from his father’s herd when he was six years old. From then on, Tony

has been “hooked on Holsteins”. After discovering registration and the Holstein Association, Tony has taken every opportunity to become involved, and had a great passion for Registered Holsteins. Tony’s herd today numbers 16 animals, with 12 carrying his Tall-TL prefix. His herd is on official DHIA test and classifies with the Holstein Association USA. Te herd consists of 5 milking cows, 7 heif- ers and 4 bulls. Tony has approached the Red market, as 5 of his animals are Red or Red Carrier. Prominent sires such as Bolton, Boliver, Talent, Dundee, Aspen, Debonair and Advent are a part of his herd today.

Today, Tony is using embryo transfer to grow his herd. He had the chance to flush one heifer, resulting in 2 Debonair heifers. He raises his calves in his grand- father’s calf barn, and then brings them back home to develop them further to join the milking string. Tony is particularly interested in developing his herd through using the best genetics. He searches every bull book and online proofs

52 California Holstein News Annual 2010 to find the best possible bulls to use in his herd, and matings for his cows.

Tony’s project is self sufficient, using the revenues from his herd to pay the costs associated with Registered Holsteins. He uses the revenues gain from cull cows, fair premiums, summer jobs, replacement heifer sales and even loans to pur- chase new cattle and genetics to grow the farm. He has even found a buyer for his bulls to be used as breeding bulls.

Showing is an important part of Tony’s project. He will compete at 4 shows this year, and in the future hopes to compete at the highest level at World Dairy Expo.

As a member of the California Junior Holstein Association, Tony has held the office of Reporter, attended Cow Camp, and the Planning Conference for the past 4 years. He has also been Vice President of the Merced County Junior Holstein Association. Tony has attended every state and National Convention since 2006. He is proudly a member of the first Champion Dairy Bowl Team from California in 2008, and won Jr. Dairy Jeopardy at the National Convention in 2009. He also won the Holstein Association Essay contest and Mating con- test in 2009, and placed 3rd in the National Public Speaking Contest.

Many other activities take up Tony’s time. He is an eighth grader, and member of the Westside 4-H group, serving as President and chairperson of many com- mittees. He has also been active in Record Book judging with Merced County 4-H. Tony also has an extensive list of awards in Dairy Cattle judging, placing 1st in several categories on many occasions. He is also a six-time participant in the Hoard’s Dairyman Judging Contest.

Congratulations to Tony on his success and good luck to him in the future!

Organic Milk. She has received an A+ rating on all three speeches. She also serves as a tour guide for school children and friends that visit the family dairy.

Katie hails from Atwater, California, and is a member of the St. Anthony 4H club. She has been a member of the club for 7 years, and not only has a dairy cattle project. She also has projects for Horses, Meat Goats and Rabbits. She is also the Greenhand Secretary for Buhach Colony FFA, and a member of the Creed and Best Informed Greenhand teams.

As a member of the California Junior Holstein Association, Katie has com- peted in Dairy Bow and Dairy Jeopardy at the state and national levels. She has also attended Cow Camp, and exhibited at local shows and county fairs.

Katie is also active at the family dairy, involved with feeding calves, and pre- paring animals for shows and classification. She discusses with her uncle about bull selections for her cows. Shonna has been bred to FBI to improve her depth of rib. Britney will be bred this year to a bull that can improve her udder depth.

Congratulations Katie on your award of Breeder of the Future Girl!

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