January 17-18, 2020
Oasis Hotel, Springfield, MO

The annual meetings and Heart of America Dairy Expo will be held in Springfield this year.

So make plans now to attend the annual membership meeting. Some of the issues and events to be discussed are:

  • Joining in the Cornhole Tournament - FRIDAY EVENING!
  • Juniors are having a table to help the judging and raise awareness! Come help out!
  • Activities for coming year.
  • Selection of awards for 2019.
  • Convention and contests for 2020
  • Princess & Miss interviews
  • Awarding of state awards
  • Junior All-Missouri awards
  • Scholarship presentations
  • Election of 2020 officer team!

Our Friday night will look a little different than in past years. Instead of having our Pizza and Pool party this year we are going to join the adults for the awards, short movie, and participation in the Cornhole tournament. There are two categories for youth ages 16 & under. Family (one adult / one youth) and Youth (two youth). There will be prizes for the top 3 teams in each division. Come on out and show the adults how it is done!

You will need to pre-register for the tournament and bring a board if you have one available. See registration information below. Get your friends together and send in your entries by Jan 10 and and let's have some fun!

We look forward to a large crowd of juniors attending our meeting. This is the most important planning session the juniors have all year. So, be sure to plan on attending and don't forget to make your room reservations and lunch reservations. Call if you have any questions. See you in January!
To make hotel reservations contact the hotel directly:

Ramada Oasis Hotel & Convention Center
Request the Heart of America Dairy Expo room block.

Shannon Wilson-Kleiboeker & Katie Wantland, (417) 737-2876

Junior All-Missouri Awards - Cornhole Tournament!!

Join us Friday, January 17, at the Oasis Hotel for TWO Junior Events!

7:15 PM - All 2019 Junior All-Missouri Awards will be presented before the tournament, so come and support those who are honored and see if you might receive an award.

8:15 PM - Let's Throw some Bags!! Time to play. This is a time for the youth to socialize and have a little down time.

Jr. Convention Auction - Donations NEEDED!

Silent and Live Auction at State Convention - Friday evening, January 17

The juniors would be glad to accept any donations for either the silent or live auction held at 7:45 pm during the evening activities. Live auction around 7:45pm. Please turn in your items to Shannon Kleiboeker or Katie Wantland Friday afternoon. THANK YOU - Shannon!

Jr. All-Missouri Points

The points are in and calculated and the prizes are being created, so that can mean only one thing....

Letters will be going out to junior winners to notify them if they are going to be receiving any type of award at the state convention. We love to have everyone there to receive their award. So be sure to mark your calendars for January 17-18 in Springfield.

National Convention Teams and Competitions

Yes, I know it seems early, but...

Time to start thinking about National Convention, Pennsylvania! We will have sign-ups at State Convention for contests, or they can let me know at anytime if they are interested in competing. Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy, Folding Display, Digital Scrapbook, Public Speaking, and Banner.

So, be thinking if you are interested in participating or trying out one of these events next year at the National Convention. It takes time to study and prepare for your best performance in all of these competitions.

National Convention 2020 will be in Lancaster, PA from June 22 - 26. If you have any questions or are interested let Shannon / Katie know. See you there!!


Several activities are planned at our state convention. Make plans now to attend.

SCHEDULE: Friday Evening, January 17

  • 3:00 PM Hospitality room opens - Paradise Suite
  • 5:00 PM MHA Committee Meetings
  • 6:30 PM Meal with cash bar and 1930’s black and white John Deere comedy about an electric milker machine salesman called “Tuttle Tugger” starting the actor that played Dagwood Bumstead.
  • 7:15 PM Awards: Junior & Adult All-Missouri, Futurity and Cow of the Year Presentation
  • 7:45 PM Live Auction of donated semen and large items and silent auction for many fun items
  • 8:15 PM CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT: Teams will pre-enter (for board count). Categories and prizes for: adults, family (adult/youth), and youth (2 youth).
    Prizes for the TOP THREE in each division!

  • Juniors will be able to participate!
  • Inviting all other breeds and vendors to join in the fun!
  • SPONSORS:Sponsors include: Select Sires, Ray Schooley Semen Sales, Old Missouri Bank, Graber Metal Sales, D Bar J Trucking and Missouri Dairy Association!
SCHEDULE: Saturday, January 18

  • 9:00 a.m. Missouri Junior Holstein Association (MHA) Princess / Little Miss Interviews
  • 9:30 a.m. Missouri Holstein Association (MHA) Board Meeting
  • 10:00 a.m. Missouri Holstein Association (MHA) Annual Meeting
  • 10:00 a.m. Missouri Junior Holstein Association (MHA) Annual Meeting
  • 10:00 a.m. Trade Show Closes
  • 12:00 noon Luncheon and Crowning of MHA Princess / Miss, Scholarship Presentation and other awards.
We look forward to seeing you all in January! (We're always hoping for nice weather!) Sleeping room reservations may be made by calling the Hotel

Oasis Hotel & Convention Center
Request the Heart of America Dairy Expo room block.

Click on form to see and print


The Nominations are In...
AND JUNIORS can vote!

Now it is your turn to vote! So be looking for your December Pulsator newsletter. It will have the official voting ballot and instructions. You can also go to the home page and see each entry and their nomination ad. Remember each paid adult & jr member (Age 9 by January 1st) receives one vote. Nominees have been in the December issue of the Mid-States Holstein News and Pulsator Newsletter, so go back and check them out and send in your ballot!!

Voting will be taken either online, in person or by mail - Closes January 18.


Click on the Pulsator to view publication

December Pulsator Click on this link to open the pdf: May take some time to download.


Scholarships to Support Agriculture’s Future
A Comprehensive list by Hoard's Dairyman

Are you college bound next fall? Planning to attend graduate school to continue your education? Applying for scholarships to assist in funding your efforts can be well worth the time put into filling out the applications.

1. Where to find dairy scholarships?
The Hoard’s Dairyman list of scholarships is where I looked when I was a senior in high school. Also, check out your school or college’s department for scholarships the school gives out or knows of. The National Dairy Shrine awards scholarships for different career interests and for students entering college, in their undergraduate education, or in graduate school as well.

2. Pay attention to eligibility.
Most scholarships have specific guidelines on who can apply for them. This may include year in school, major, career interests, or an affiliation with a club or organization. Contact the scholarship coordinator if you are unsure if you are eligible.

3. Apply multiple times.
If you are not awarded a scholarship after applying, it won’t hurt to submit your application again next year! A few scholarships are renewable, so you might have to resubmit your transcripts or letter of recommendations to get the scholarship again.
By: Elise Regusci

Scholarships are a great way to pay for college. In the table below is a listing of scholarships available to youth majoring agriculture or with a dairy background.

To view a list of college scholarships click this link www.hoards.com/flex-312-College-Scholarships.html.


Holstein Foundation Launched Career Resources

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 24, 2019 – The Holstein Foundation launched career resources designed to provide basic knowledge in a wide range of careers relating to the dairy industry. They are ideal for use by all ages, from junior dairy project members or leaders seeking reference materials.

The mission of the career resources is to help youth find a dairy-related career path that suits them best.

“We set out to help youth understand the wide variety of career opportunities in the dairy industry,” says Holstein Foundation Programs Manager Jodi Hoynoski. “We plan to expand these resources in the future to help them get the job they want too.”

Currently, 10 careers are outlined to fit a wide variety of interests. The Holstein Foundation will continue to expand the careers profiles offered and provide more resources on things like resumes and interviews.

All career descriptions can be downloaded free of charge from the website in a PDF format. With questions, contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or kdunklee@holstein.com. Visit http://www.holsteinfoundation.org/education/career_resources.html to download online for free.


American Agri-Women Foundation scholarships

Various scholarships with differing deadlines

American Agri-Women is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women with more than 50 state, commodity and agribusiness affiliate organizations, united to communicate with one another and with other consumers to promote agriculture. AAW members have been advocating for agriculture since 1974

There are several different scholarships available. Each has a different entry deadline. Click on the following link to view foundation offerings. and Scholarship offerings

Select Sires Scholarship Opportunities

PLAIN CITY, Ohio - Select Sires Inc. has announced scholarship opportunities.

Information on scholarship Opportunities Deadline February 1, 2020

DFA Scholarships and Internships Available

DFA Foundation awards scholarships to three categories of students: SCHOLARSHIPS
Incoming freshmen: High school seniors or recent graduates who have been accepted to college
Undergraduate students: Students who are currently participating in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program
Graduate/professional students: Students enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program

Click on each Opportunity below to read summary, qualifications, application deadline, etc.

DFA Scholarship Opportunities Deadline January 15, 2018

DFA Internship Opportunities Varies



January 15 DFA Scholarship deadline

January 17-18 State Holstein Convention
Springfield, MO
Ramada Inn Oasis Hotel & Convention Center

January 18 Cow of the Year VOTING DEADLINE
Click here to Vote Online

February 1 Select Sires Scholarship deadline

February 1 State Fair Scholarship Due

February 1 2022 Futurity Entries Due
June 22 - 26 National Holstein Convention, Pennsylvania



Missouri Junior Holstein Association Officers
Lora Wright, President & Historian
11449 Lawrence 2220, Verona, MO 65769
(417) 743-2921

Blake Wright, Vice President
11449 Lawrence 2220, Verona, MO 65769
(417) 743-2921

Dalton Smith, Secretary
12300 Cty Rd 5300, Rolla, MO 65401
(573) 247-1864

Adeline Dickerson, NW Reporter
23737 Hwy HH, Unionville, MO 63565
(660) 748-5366

Roper Voskamp, SW Reporter
15658 Lawrence 1100, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712
(417) 235-4716

Amanda Brooks, SC Reporter
8613 Gourley Rd., Mt. Grove, MO 65711
(417) 259-3634

Case Melzer, WC Reporter
22215 S. Jefferson Pkwy, Harrisonville, MO 64701
(816) 289-3589

Sophia Geppert, Reporter
4728 Co Rd 240, Kingdom City, MO 65262
(573) 814-3148

Shannon Wilson-Kleiboeker, State Advisor
17077 Lawrence 1030, Wentworth, MO 64873
(417) 737-2876

Katie Wantland, Assistant Advisor
1491 Macedonia Rd, Niangua, MO 65713
(417) 872-5543


This is a statewide organization open to any boy or girl in Missouri under 21. It promotes Registered Holsteins and has 172 members. 
Dues are $5.00 per year per member. 
Click For Membership Form


  • Dairy Bowl, Public Speaking, Jeopardy, and building a banner for National Convention.

  • Judging at local, state and national levels.

  • Showing at local, state and national shows

  • Cow Camp


  • State Spring Show Awards

  • All-Missouri Junior Awards

  • Distinguished Jr. Member Award

  • Princess and Missouri Miss

  • Spring Show

  • Junior District Show Awards

  • All-Missouri

  • District Junior and Senior Member Awards

  • Princess Scholarship

  • Spring Classic Scholarship




  1. Selling the 100th Anniversary T-Shirts!



  1. Jr. All-Missouri Points:  Juniors voted to continue the point system. The points are as follows:
    District Show — 16
    State Fair — 20 points
    First junior animal exhibited by a junior in each open class receives full points, with following places decreasing by 2 points each.  Again awards will be given per child instead of per class, and one award will be presented for partnership animals.
  2. Jr. Membership Fees due March 15: Membership form on main page to print or in Pulsator newsletter. It is important for juniors also to get their state dues paid on time, with the correct address, phone number and email address. This is the information we utilize to contact you throughout the year regarding awards, programs, activities, etc. We do not want you to miss out on an event because we did not have your accurate information. State membership fees are due by March 15. If your household only has junior members (no adult membership) then you might want to consider adding a Mid-States Magazine subscription for $5. A great way to stay connected.



Call or E-Mail me any time if you have questions about 
Missouri Junior Holstein activities. 
My address is shannonkleiboeker@hotmail.com
My home address is:
17077 Lawrence 1030, Wentworth, Missouri 64873.
Shannon Kleiboeker 417-737-2876
State Junior Holstein Chairman


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