2021 Missouri State Holstein Convention

The Missouri Junior Holstein Annual meeting was called to order on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 10:07 A.M. at Oasis Hotel & Convention center in Springfield, MO, by WC Reporter Case Melzer. There were 5 adults and 17 members present. Katie H. read the minutes from the 2022 meeting. Katie H. made the motion to approve the minutes. Amanda B. seconded the motion. Motion Passed Katie H. gave the Finance Report. Katie H. made the motion to approve the finance report. Sammi J. seconded the motion. Motion passed.

The points systems were discussed. Points come from district shows and state fair (open show). Monique T made a motion to do away with district points and just use state points from the state Holstein show. Amanda B. seconded. Motion passed.

Blake, Sammi, and Case each gave reports about National Convention in Lancaster, PA. Blake received the NHWSO Scholarship and was National Young Distinguished Junior Holstein Member, Sammi placed 2nd in the Intermediate Speaking Division, and Sophia completed in the Intermediate Speaking Division. The Quiz Bowl did very well! Cobie K. was first place banned and Amanda completed in Jeporardy. We also have Blake on the JAC board.

Amy Jo gave her state fair report. Own by date changed, Parade of Champions, and a $500 scholarship.

Fundraising was discussed. Made $510 from the food booth at the dairy cow camp show. Monique T. made a motion to provide food for both Friday night and Saturday during lunch. Amanda B. seconded. Motion passed.

The 2023 National convention is to be hosted in Lexington, KY A motion was made by Adeline D. to pay each junior competitor $200 to complete at the convention. Monique T. Second the motion. Motion passed.

Holstein’s futurity was discussed. Sammie J. motioned to continue to pay juniors $25 for participants. Amanda B. seconded. Motion passed. Sammi J. made the motion to continue to support the cow camp by donating $100. Amanda B. seconded the motion. Motion Passed

Monique Turner made a motion for Shannon and Katie to continue to split the Junior advisor position and continue to pay them $500 that they will split. Amanda B. seconded the motion. Motion passed. Results from the speech pre-qualifier for the National Holstein Convention in June of 2023. Qualifiers are Sammi Justice, Sophia Geppert, and Case Melzer.

The new officer slate was presented:
President: Case Melzer
Vice-President: Sophia Geppert
Secretary: Sammi Justice
SW Reporter: Monique Turner
NE Reporter: Charlie Dickerson
WC Reporter: David Melzer
SC Reporter: Amanda Brooks
Historian/Digital Scrapbook: Sophia Geppert Motion passed to accept the slate as is.

The meeting was adjourned and a group photo was taken.


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

Kay Bacon & Mark Highfil Award
Presented the awards from State Fair to Sammi Justice.

Click here for a complete list of the Jr All-Missouri Awards presented


Missouri Distinguished Junior Applicant
Brantley Keltner applied - recognized for his hard work


Kylie Scrivner, Ava
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.
Kylie not present to receive award.


Having Fun
Kason Wilson and David Melzer very competitive

In the Hole
Addison Tharp and Brady Hostetler watched a bag go in the hole.

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 seven 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.


Missouri 4-H Dairy Cow Camp Dates

Dairy Cow Camp Prepares Future Dairy Leaders

May 24-26, 2023
Lawrence County Fairgrounds, Freistatt, MO
Enter Early: MAX 40 CAMPERS!

Entry Deadline: May 1, 2023

Don't miss this sale!

We are looking forward to Cow Camp in 2023. The Committee has set the dates for the 2023 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 3rd 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 26. Purchased animals will automatically be entered in the show discussed below.

2. **New This Year** Friday evening, 26th before sale @ 7pm. Serving a Tri-Tip meal. Tickets will be $10/person and $5 8 & under. Pre-purchase on show form or at the meal.

3. All-Breeds Youth show held on Saturday, May 27.
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 April 15, 2023 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.


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 Shannon by March 31st if you wish to compete in any contests.

National Convention 2023 will be in Lexington, Kentucky from June 23-27, 2023. If you have any questions or are interested let Shannon know. See you there!!


Missouri Junior Holstein Memorial Calf Essay
Due: April 14, 2023

Great opportunity!

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 dairy heifer in the Missouri State Heifer Sale. The grant will be in the amount of $500. 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 Shannon Kleiboeker with any eligibility or application questions at shannonkleiboeker@hotmail.com


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


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, 2023

Due: March 31, 2023

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, 2023 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

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 15 Missouri Holstein Assoc. Jr. Member Dues Payable

March 17 Southern National Entries Due
Click here for entry information

March 31 Midwest Dairy Scholarship deadline

April 3-8 Southern Spring National, Stillwater

April 5 Southern Nat'l Youth Judging Contest

April 6 Southern Nat'l Junior Show

April 14 Calf Memorial Essay Application Deadline

April 15 Dairy Shrine Scholarships Deadline

May 1 Cow Camp Registration Deadline

May 24-26 MO Dairy Cow Camp, Freistatt

May 24-26 Missouri Heifer Tag Sale, Freistatt

May 27 Missouri All-Breeds Youth Show, Freistatt

June 23-27 National Holstein Convention, Kentucky

July 1 Youth Transfer deadline for State Fair




2022 Junior Officer Team:
Vice President - Sophia Geppert; Reporter - Case Melzer, Adeline Dickerson;
Reporters - Sammi Justice, Amanda Brooks; Secretary - Lila Wantland; President - Whitney Yerina;

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

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

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

Monique Turner, SW Reporter
4538 E. Farm Rd 116, Springfield, MO 65802

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

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

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

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. Jr. All-Missouri Points:  Juniors voted to have All-Missouri awarded at the Missouri State Show. 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 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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