60 years of DHIA celebrated at Dairy Princess banquet
By Tawny Michels
ZUMBROTA – 2014 Goodhue County Dairy Princesses Krystin Anderson of Vasa, Mikayla Piller of Kenyon, and Samantha Keller of Lake City were crowned on April 5 at the Stary-Yerka VFW Post 5727 in Zumbrota. Before last year’s coronation only one candidate was crowned, but in 2013 this was changed and all candidates are now named Dairy Princesses. “We crown them all as equals because they all do the same thing throughout the following year,” explained Lindsay Finnesgard of the Goodhue County Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA).
Farmers from around Goodhue County gathered at VFW to celebrate 60 years of the Minnesota DHIA and to honor the 2014 Goodhue County Dairy Princesses. The night began with a banquet for DHIA award recipients, past and present Dairy Princesses, and their families. It concluded with a brief overview of the past 60 years of DHIA in Minnesota and honoring the past ten years of Dairy Princesses.
DHIA award winners
Top Five Herds in Goodhue County
1. Larry Lexvold Family, Goodhue
2. Firschen Brothers, Lake City
3. Crazy Daisy Dairy, Kenyon
4. Hernkes Dairy, Cannon Falls
5. Opsahl’s Holsteins, Goodhue
Top Milk Quality Award
Crazy Daisy Dairy, Kenyon
Premier Dairyman (Best three-year rolling herd average)
Fitschen Brothers, Lake City
Before crowning this year’s princesses, 2013 Dairy Princesses Rachael Rostad of Zumbrota, Nicole Hinsch of Goodhue, and Libby Mills of Lake City talked about what they had been up to over the past year of their reign. This included school and daycare visits to teach children about where their dairy products come from and about dairy farming.
This year’s Dairy Princesses take their responsibilities very seriously and expressed their gratitude at being chosen for this honor. Mikayla Piller said, “I am excited to be an advocate for Goodhue County dairy farmers and I look forward to educating the public about the nutritious products that they buy.”