2021 Missouri State Holstein Convention

The Missouri Junior Holstein Annual meeting was called to order on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at 10:07 A.M. at Oasis Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield, MO, by President Case Melzer. There were 5 adults and 17 members present.

Sammi J. read the minutes from the 2023 meeting. Sammi J. made the motion to approve the minutes. Adeline D. seconded the motion. Motion Passed Katie H. gave the Finance Report. Sammi J. made the motion to approve the finance report. Amanda B. seconded the motion. Motion passed.

The points systems were discussed. Points come from the state Holstein show (open show). Adeline D made a motion to keep it the same. Brantly K. seconded. Motion passed.

Amanda, Sammi, and Case each gave reports about the 2023 National Holstein Convention in Lexington, KY.

The Dick Little Memorial Scholarship essay contest was discussed. Adeline D. made a motion to raise the scholarship to $1000. Harper V. seconded the motion. Motion Passed.

Fundraising was discussed. In 2023, we made $344 from the food booth at the All MO Heifer Show. Becky Dursts has offered to donate a calf for a calf raffle this year. The drawing will take place at state fair.

The 2024 National Convention will be hosted in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sammi J. motioned to pay each junior competitor $200 to complete at the convention. Hunter A. Second the motion. Motion passed.

Holstein’s futurity was discussed. Adeline D. motioned to continue to pay juniors $25 for participants. Amanda B. seconded. Motion passed. Amanda B. motioned to continue supporting Cow Camp by donating $100. Hunter A. seconded the motion. Motion Passed Molly M. made a motion to pay the junior advisor position $500. Adeline D. seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Results from the speech pre-qualifier for the National Holstein Convention in June 2024. The qualifier is Lily Bluel.

The new officer slate was presented:
President: Case Melzer
Vice-President: Sophia Geppert
Secretary: Sammi Justice
Southern Reporter: Brantely Keltner
Central Reporter: Molly Melzer
Nothern Reporter: Adeline Dickerson
Historian/Digital Scrapbook: Kason Wilson
Motion passed to accept the slate as is.

The meeting was adjourned and a group photo was taken.

New Jr Officers
Secretary, Sammi Justice; President, Case Melzer;
Reporters: Molly Melzer and Adeline Dickerson
Historian: Kason Wilson

Juniors attending state meeting


Jr All-Missouri awards were handed out Friday evening. Backpacks were the award this year.
I think all the kids will really use these!

Jr 3-Yr-Old Futurity
Princess Amanda Brooks, Diesel Dixon receives his 2nd place Futurity award money, 1st place Monique Turner award sponsored by Ray Schooley of ABS, Miss Lexi Angelo.


Missouri Distinguished Junior -Jr Division
Brantley Keltner, Willow Springs - Winner


2024 Missouri Holstein Miss
Lexi Angelo, Springfield, MO

2024 MO Holstein Princess
Amanda Brooks, Mountain Grove, MO


Emma Parrigon, Stotts City
Was the winning entrant in the annual Spring Classic Scholarship award.
This scholarship is given annually to an individual who exhibits excellence,
participation and enthusiasm in the dairy industry and the Missouri Holstein Assoc.
Emma was not present to receive award.


Having Fun
Adeline Dickerson and Mary Thomson are very competitive

The Swing
Mikala Angelo is focused

Juniors participated in the cornhole tournament again. They are very competitive and always have a great time. The youth had their own division with great prizes sponsored by Doug & Judy Thomas and Ray Schooley. We had five youth teams competing in the tournament.

The juniors also had some silent auction items during the evening, and we thank everyone who donated and bid on items.

Junior Division Winners
3rd: Molly & David Melzer; 2nd: Dalison & Brady Hostetler; 1st: Lexi Angelo & Faith Ling

Convention Photos
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2024 State Convention

Convention Report from Southern Junior Reporter

On Friday February 9th, we had the silent auction to benefit breed associations, Jr. members and Dairy judging team. We also had the awards banquet, during the awards banquet the Holstein Princess and Miss were named, All Missouri awards and distinguished awards were handed out. After the awards banquet we had the annual cornhole tournament. Everybody had great fellowship and fun. Saturday morning breed meetings were held. We made plans for next year and the National convention. By: Brantley Keltner, Willow Springs


Missouri 4-H Dairy Cow Camp Dates

Dairy Cow Camp Prepares Future Dairy Leaders

May 22-24, 2024
Lawrence County Fairgrounds, Freistatt, MO
Enter Early: MAX 40 CAMPERS!

Entry Deadline: May 1, 2024

We are looking forward to Cow Camp in 2024. The Committee has set the dates for the 2024 Cow Camp.

We will continue to hold camp at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds in Freistatt, MO.

We will also be continuing the new activities started last year:
1. The Missouri Heifer Sale: Our 4th year for the All-Breeds Tag Sale.
This tag sale will be held in conjunction with cow camp. Both youth and adults will be able to buy heifers and calves that are present at the cow camp. A tag price (starting price) will be placed on each animal and then those interested parties can bid against each other on the animals they are interested in. The sale will conclude on Friday, May 24. Purchased animals will automatically be entered in the show discussed below.

2. **Again This Year** Friday evening, 24th before sale @ 7pm. Serving a Tri-Tip meal. Tickets will be $12/person and $8 8 & under. Pre-purchase on show form or at the meal.

3. All-Breeds Youth show held on Saturday, May 25.
This event is separate from Cow Camp, but campers are able to show purchased animals or bring their own. All breeds show together in class.
Class Sponsors = $100
Entry Fee = $20 / head.

Details are being finalized on the entire event. Check back often for updates and entry information.

For financial assistance contact your county 4-H agent.
Entry deadline is May 1, 2024 applications available below.

Cow Camp Information Brochure

Health Form

Show Me Quality Assurance

The University of Missouri Food Safety curriculum, (Show Me Quality Assurance) will BE required in 2023 for 4-H members showing livestock at the Missouri State Fair.

Those attending Missouri 4-H Dairy Cow Camp will be certified in Show-Me Quality Assurance.

May 25, 2024, Freistatt, MO;
Judge: Lucas Clanton, Illinois

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FOURTH YEAR: The Missouri Cow Camp committee is again hosting an All-Breeds Youth Heifer Show on Saturday, May 25 at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds in Freistatt, MO.

*In-state and out-of-state residents exhibitors welcome
*Heifer show only
*Entry Deadline May 15
*Jackpot show with prize money
*All breeds will show together in class
*Any heifer purchased in the heifer sale on Friday, May 24
          will automatically be entered in show

See schedule below, complete list of rules and entry forms. For more information contact Karla Deaver, 417-466-3102 deaverk@missouri.edu.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 24
2:30 pm Cattle May Arrive at Grounds
7:00 pm Tri-Tip meal and Ice Cream - Tickets on Entry form: $12 / person and $8 - 8 & under. Or purchase that evening.
8:00 pm Missouri Holstein Semen/Fun Auction
8:30 pm MO Holstein Tag Sale Closes.

Saturday, May 25
7:00 am All cattle must be in place
10:00 am Heifer show begins with Spring Calves, Showmanship, Awards

Click below to print Rules and Entry Information.

Show Information, Rules, Schedule and Heath Requirements
Heifer Show Entry Form


National Convention Teams and Competitions

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

-Taking sign-ups for contests NOW! If you missed signing up at State Convention, please contact Bailey by March 31st if you wish to compete in any contests.

National Convention 2024 will be in Salt Lake City, UT from June 24-27, 2024. If you have any questions or are interested let Bailey know. See you there!!


Missouri Junior Holstein Memorial Calf Essay
Due: April 1, 2024

Great opportunity to get a calf!

Thanks to the generous donations from the Dick Little Memorial - along with other memorial donations from Ed & SueAnn Steele, Tim Ewing, and Dick Veraguth the Missouri Junior Holstein Associations would like to offer our Missouri youth a unique opportunity. We will be offering the “Dick Little Grant” which is to be used towards the purchase of a Holstein dairy heifer in the Missouri State Heifer Sale. The grant will be in the amount of $1000. Youth will be selected by a panel of judges based on their application and the essay they provide.

Click here for Entry Guidelines and Application Here.

Please contact Bailey Keltner with any eligibility or application questions at bskeltner@gmail.com


Judging Team - Seeking Sponsorships

2nd Place Overall - Missouri
Coach Karla Deaver, Molly Archer, Libby Shaver, Case Melzer,
Logan Archer, Coach Ted Probert.

The State 4-H Dairy Judging Program has once again landed at the top and qualified for a chance to dairy judge in Europe in 2024! The team will be doing fundraisers in the next few months. So, be sure to keep an eye out on how you can support them.

OR you can contact Karla Deaver or Ted Probert, Extension Specialists and make a donation directly to the team and this experience. Remember, your gifts are ALWAYS tax deductable. We encourage everyone to help continue this legacy as we promote the dairy industry and lifelong skills learned by all of the participants!

Karla Deaver, Youth Extension Specialist, 417.466.3102, deaverk@missouri.edu
Ted Probert, 417.718.1818, probertt@missouri.edu



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Chloe Collins, MU Extension Field Specialist in Dairy, will be leading an interest meeting on March 25th at 6PM (in-person in Wright County or via Zoom) about the potential for a dairy quiz bowl opportunity. Interested youth/families can rsvp for this interest meeting at: https://forms.gle/q3GDgZQNuaQwF6Qm7 or by using the QR Code on the attached image.

For more information contact Chloe Collins 417-349-4134 chloecollins@missouri.edu

Select Sires Internship Opportunities

PLAIN CITY, Ohio - Select Sires Inc. has announced several different internship opportunities at multiple locations

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

Information on all Internship Opportunities Deadline January 1, 2024

Corporate Communications Summer Internship Deadline January 1, 2020

Select Sires Veterinarian Internship Deadline January 1, 2020



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

Due: March 31, 2024

Don't miss this opportunity!

Midwest Dairy offers four $750 scholarships to students who are from dairy farms or currently employed on a dairy farm. Applicants must be considered or accepted as a full-time student at an accredited college. Former recipients of the scholarship may re-apply providing they remain eligible. Online applications must be completed by March 31, 2024 and can be found at www.midwestdairy.com/young-dairy-leaders/dairy-scholarships/ozarks-scholarships/.

Please contact Stacy Dohle with any eligibility or application questions at sdohle@midwestdairy.com


Dairy Shrine Scholarships

All Dairy Shrine scholarships and student awards are only for U.S. students attending schools, colleges or universities in the United States and majoring in dairy or other agricultural related fields.

There are many different scholarships available with different requirements.
Click here for Scholarship Information Deadline April 15, 2024

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.



March 25 Youth Dairy Bowl Informational Meeting

March 31 Midwest Dairy Scholarship deadline

April 1 Calf Memorial Essay Application Deadline

April 8-13 Southern Spring National, Stillwater

April 10 Southern Nat'l Youth Judging Contest

April 11 Southern Nat'l Junior Show

April 15 Dairy Shrine Scholarships Deadline

May 1 Cow Camp Registration Deadline

May 15 MO All-Breeds Youth Show Entry Deadline

May 20 Summer Pulsator Deadline

May 22-24 MO Dairy Cow Camp, Freistatt

May 22-24 Missouri Heifer Tag Sale, Freistatt

May 25 Missouri All-Breeds Youth Show, Freistatt

June 24-27 National Holstein Convention, Salt Lake City

July 1 Youth Transfer deadline for State Fair




2024 Junior Officer Team:
Secretary - Sammi Justice, President - Case Melzer
Reporters - Molly Melzer, Adeline Dickerson and Kason Wilson

Missouri Junior Holstein Association Officers
Case Melzer, President
22215 S. Jefferson Pkwy, Harrisonville, MO 64701

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

Sammi Justice, Secretary
1294 Schupbach Rd, Clever, MO 65631
(417) 880-0165

Brantley Keltner, Southern Reporter
2981 State Route P, Willow Springs, MO 65793
(417) 399-3098

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

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

Kason Wilson, Historian/Digital Scrapbook
4604 Lawrence 1040, Miller, MO 65707
(417) 459-8794

Bailey Keltner, State Advisor
2981 State Route P, Willow Springs, MO 65793
(417) 399-3098


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. Jr. All-Missouri Points:  Juniors voted to have All-Missouri awarded at the Missouri State show. This is the Open Show at Missouri State Fair.
  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 Pulsator subscription for $30. 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 bskeltner@gmail.com
My home address is:
2981 State Route P, Willow Springs, MO 65793.
Bailey Keltner 417-399-3098
State Junior Holstein Chairman


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