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Senior Breeder of the Year As Presented by Doug Maddox


Dennis & Kirsten Areias – Den-K Holsteins


As one of my granddaughters once said in describing a young man, “He’s the complete package.” So, too are Dennis and Kirsten and the Den-K breeding program. From cow families to A.I. to the show-ring , Den-K can compete with the very best. “Premier Breeder” and “Exhibitor” at both the California State Holstein Show and California State Fair, they have bred “All-California” and California Futurity winners as well as “All-Americans.”


Dennis has always been involved in leadership roles in our industry. He has served as a local school board member and past-president, past local and California State Association President, a delegate to the Select Sires Board for 19 years, and currently, sits on the California Dairies, Inc. (CDI) board of direc- tors. He and Kirsten have been recognized with the A.J. Quist Award in 1991 and were named “Farm Family of the Year” at the Merced County Spring Fair.


It has been my privilege to present the Senior Breeder Award now for several years.


It is our Association’s most prestigious achievement award. Tradition-


ally, the winner of the Senior Breeder Award is selected by an anonymous committee. Te committee this year is not anonymous as I sent out ballots to all past award winners. In fact, there were 22 in all.


Every year when I start my research on the accomplishments of our senior breeder award recipient, I am impressed with all that they have accomplished. Not in just breeding a great herd of cattle, but also their contributions to their communities and our industry. Tis year is no different, except to have ac- complished so much and still look so young, amazes me!


Tere are no specific requirements or applications as the winner should be known by all for their contributions to the breed, state, local and national associations, community service, and above all, a lifetime of achievement breeding and promoting Registered Holsteins.


First, let’s talk about the breeding program and the cows and bulls that are homebred. In fact, the theme for this herd is “Homebred Consistency.” An early homebred favorite was Den-K Pete Pride a Straight-Pine Elevation Pete daughter which was a state and national milk and fat leader. However, the cow family that stands out as one of California’s all-time greats is anchored by the foundation cow “Den-K Rudolph Cub Kiddy –EX-91-GMD” with 53,000 lbs. of milk and over 300,000 lifetime. Te Kiddy cow family is world-renowned. With sires in A.I. like Den-K Kirk Boy at Carnation, Den-K Cumulus at ABS and Den-K Marshall LL Laurin at Select, have already made the Den-K prefix legendary. Each year between 20-40 Den-K cows are on the locator list from Holstein Association USA. Almost 25% of the top 20 genomic CTPI cows in California carry the Den-K prefix.


A third generation dairy farmer, Dennis and Kirsten have been married for 33 years. Tey have four children: Sarah, Brannon, Sam and Will. Sarah, married to Mike, has three children (Emma, Jared and Sophie). Sam is the athlete of the family and is a personal trainer in Texas. Will and Brannon with his new wife, Jenna, are helping manage the farm. Together they make a great team. Den-K milks about 275 cows, 45 dry cows and 250 heifers. Te current herd average is approximately 28,000 lbs. of milk and 1,000 lbs. of butterfat. Ninety- five percent of the herd is registered and homebred.


However, we could just as easily give the award to Kirsten. She is the CHA Junior Association Advisor and coaches local and state Dairy Bowl Teams and Jeopardy participants. I quote your President, Jamie. “Because of Kirsten’s en- thusiasm and zeal for young people, our state is home to some of the finest Junior Holstein talent in the nation. Tough we don’t have the largest junior membership in the nation, our junior members are certainly a forced to be reckoned with . In California, it’s not about quantity of membership, but rath- er the quality, and our junior are second to none.” Our state was represented at the National Holstein Convention in Minnesota with a Dairy Bowl Team, three public speakers and eight Jeopardy contestants. Our Junior Dairy Bowl team was first in the nation!


Homebred bulls in A.I., cow families with national and international demand, elite genetics with high genomics and show-ring excellence to compete with the best, and you have a program that is the “complete package.”


Dennis and Kirsten are the epitome of what is special about our industry: a passion for the black and white cow, a love for young people and a special family that shares those same values. Truly, they are the “complete package.”


Congratulations to Dennis & Kirsten Areias, this year’s Senior Breeder of the Year Award recipient!


Dennis & Kirsten have joined this elite list of Past Senior Breeders…


1958 Chris Rasmussen 1959 E.E. Freeman 1960 Frank L. Pellissiar 1961 Earl & Marguarite Graham 1962 Hubert Kidd 1963 Frank & Adelia Hopkins 1964 Mark L. Borrer 1965 Max Herzog 1966 Frank S. Corda 1967 Wesley N. Sawyer 1968 James Reed 1969 Joe Trindade, Jr. 1970 Leo Hedegard


1971 Harold Schmidt 1972 Wallace Lindskoog 1973 Walter D. Ranney 1974 Henry Sterk 1975 Alvin Quist 1976 Hugh D. Good 1977 Harmon B. Toone 1978 Robert Selkirk 1979 Roy Boone 1980 Allen Johnson 1981 Frank Muther 1982 Tom A. Nunes, Jr. 1983 Amelio Curti


36 California Holstein News Annual 2011


1984 Kip Herzog 1985 Doug Maddox 1986 Joe Duarte 1987 Wilbur E. Gomes 1988 John Wackerman 1989 Anton Betschart 1990 Marvin Nunes 1991 Tom Sawyer 1992 Paul Rollin 1993 Emilio & Alvin Groppetti 1994 Frank Santos 1995 Dan Ranney 1996 Joe Airosa


1997 Paulo Bro Holsteins 1998 George & Mimi Nunes 1999 Bill & Giovanna Zinn 2000 Louis Aufdermaur 2001 Art & Connie Avrit 2002 Ed & Bettie Bracco 2003 Bernard & Freida Souza 2004 Gilbert & Linda Teixeira 2005 Bill & Libby Clark 2006 Leo & Louie Durrer 2007 Hank and Carolyn Van Exel 2008 Ed, Bill and Jim Genasci 2009 Jack Lerch & Larry Gerber


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