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Breeder of the Future


Alexandra Gambonini is the recipient of this year’s Breeder of the Future Award. Alexandra is a four- teen year-old ninth grader from Petaluma, California. She has been a member of the Redwood Empire Hol- stein Association for 8 years.


Alexandra Gambonini


Alexandra is the owner of an outstanding project herd of twenty-three Registered Holsteins. Alexandra’s herd


of Holstein’s has been growing since 1998. Her breeding project consists of one bull, eleven heifers and eleven milk cows. Alex- andra, with assistance from her dad, bred eleven of her twenty- three Holsteins, herself. Alexandra received her first calf from her father, in exchange for the ownership of the animal’s first- born heifer. Alexandra is very involved with the responsibilities of tending to her herd of Holsteins. Her duties include working on the dairy, naming new calves, registering animals, choosing mating bulls and vaccinating cows. She keeps her animals on her family’s dairy, which has been managed organically since 2007. In exchange for her animal’s milk, the dairy pays for the feed for Alexandra’s project herd.


Alexandra exhibits her animals at many county fairs, including the Sonoma-Marin Fair, the Sonoma County Fair, the Marin County Fair, the Mendocino County Fair, and the Redwood Empire Holstein Association’s Black and White Show. Alexan- dra has won many awards at these shows. She exhibited the Supreme Champion Cow at the 2011 Mendocino County Fair and had the Honorable Mention Senior Champion at the 2011 Sonoma County Fair. Alexandra has also received the 4-H Out- standing Registered Holstein Exhibitor Award.


Along with being active in the Holstein Association, Alexandra participates in many other extra-curricular activities including 4-H, FFA and Irish dancing. In 4-H, Alexandra has held the of- fices of Editor, Secretary, Vice President and President. She has participated in the 4-H County Presentation Day, Sectional Presentation Day and State Presentation. She is also very active in other 4-H projects such as swine, sheep, beef, dairy, holiday cookies and leadership. Alexandra is an active member of the Petaluma FFA Chapter and is part of the dairy project. Alex- andra has qualified to participate in the U.S. Western Regional Irish Dance Competition for 4 years.


Alexandra also has an impressive work ethic, when it comes to academics. She has been on the Honor Roll for five years, was student of the month for three years, and was a member of the National Junior Honor Society for two years. She has won several academic awards, including the Anna Bihn Leadership Award, President’s Award for Educational Excellence and cur- rently maintains a 4.143 grade point average.


When asked why she should be considered for this award, Alexandra responded, “I should be considered for this award because I love being involved in the dairy industry. I hope to create an even larger herd of Registered Holsteins and to breed animals that are good enough to compete in Madison, Wiscon- sin at the World Dairy Expo. Also, when I go to college, I hope to study animal science to become a large animal veterinarian specializing in dairy cattle or dairy science to be more involved in the industry that I love.”


Congratulations Alexandra on being named this year’s Breeder of the Future!


(1942-2012) 56 California Holstein News Annual 2012 caholstein.com


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