2018 Annual General Meeting Info!



Country Roads Holstein Club Awards


Some of the Highlights from awards night!

-De Wildt Dairy receiving the trophy for Most Improved Rolling Herd Average
-Skycrest Holsteins 2017 CRHC breeder of the year
-Tiara Meier receiving the Arie Moes Memorial Scholarship
-Chad receiving recognition for receiving the Andrea Crowe Achievement award

Full Results Below!


Holstein Canada Young Leader Program Application Deadline


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Holstein Canada is pleased to offer a National Holstein Young Leader Convention program to Holstein enthusiasts aged 19-30.

The agenda for the program is developed around Holstein Canada’s Annual Holstein Convention which will be held in Quebec City, Tuesday, April 10 to Saturday, April 14, 2018

The program involves presentations, farm tours, on-farm workshops, and participation in activities such as the Master Breeder Gala and the Annual General Meeting. The Young Adult program offers an excellent opportunity for young leaders to network; learn from experienced and like-minded Holstein breeders; and visit different regions of Canada.

Completed application forms must be returned to the Holstein Branch office by Monday, January 8, 2018.



2017 Breeder of the Year Nominees

Congratulations to the 2017 Breeder of the Year nominees!

The Provincial winner will be awarded at the Annual General Meeting February 8-9, 2018 in Olds, AB.

Country Roads Holstein Club​- Skycrest Holsteins​ (Crest Family- Athabasca, AB)
Norther Alberta Holstein Club- New Mars Dairy (Schrijver Family- Millet, AB)
Central Alberta Holstein Club​- Chubanna Holsteins (Wildeboer Family- Lacombe, AB)
Southern Alberta Holstein Club​- Benthem Dairy (Van Benthem Family- Innisfail, AB)
Green Acres Holstein Club​- Pol Butte Holsteins (Van Den Pol Family- Coaldale, AB)

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Get ready for Christmas!

Find something for the farmer on your list at the ALBERTA HOLSTEIN STORE!

Shipping from Millet, AB


NEW: Alberta Holstein Store!


Welcome to the ALBERTA HOLSTEIN BRANCH online store…a webstore dedicated exclusively to the promotion of the Assocation brand to its members and Alberta Holstein enthusiasts! Need something in a hurry for a guest or judge? We will have something to fit the bill from apparel to giftware…all featuring the Alberta Holstein Branch brand!


Each garment or item will somewhere feature the famous Wild Rose Logo and the True Type Holstein head that people immediately associate with World-Class Holsteins, a progressive Dairy industry and world-renowned hospitality. You have the opportunity on many items to include your logo and then decide on a location and color option for the AHA logo.


What a great opportunity for you to, not only invest in some promotional apparel for your own herd or business but also support your Provincial Holstein Association at the same time! 5% of all sales (pre-tax & shipping) will go directly back to the Alberta Holstein Association and used for the many events and programs that they support and implement.


Agritising Solutions would like to thank the Alberta Holstein Association for the opportunity to implement this program for it’s members and we are making every effort to make this easy, affordable and successful! Agritising Solutions is based in Ontario, but we have strong Alberta connections! Owner, Wendy Weir spends a considerable amount of time in Alberta at numerous dairy functions. She can be reached at wendy@agritisingsolutions.com Billing inquiries can be directed to Kim Murphy in our Ontario office and she can be reached at kim@agritisingsolutions.com Our Ontario location is open Mon – Fri 9:00am – 4:00pm EST.
We are excited to add to our team Linsey (Chalack) Whalen as customer support and she will be working from her home location in Millet, Alberta and will be available each day from 9 – Noon MST. Linsey is no stranger to the Alberta Holstein Industry as a member of the Chalack Family from Wendon Holsteins in Innisfail as well as an official Holstein Judge and a 4-H Leader. Linsey can be reached at linsey@agritisingsolutions.com
We will also inventory a modest amount of product in Alberta for immediate shipping when someone is in a pinch for a quick gift, Linsey will be able to get that out quickly for you!


Some folks like to touch and feel things…and that is ok!! To allow you to come and see the products “live”, we will bring the shop to you! Come and see us at several Alberta events throughout the year such as Westerner Dairy Showcase in Red Deer, Alberta Holstein Branch Annual Meeting, Alberta Dairy Congress and others! Follow the Alberta Holstein Branch on Facebook for dates!


Wendon Holsteins named 2017 McKown Master Breeder


Wendon Holsteins named McKown Master Breeder

The ninth annual Robert “Whitey” McKown Master Breeder Award will be awarded to Wendon Holsteins of Innisfail, Alberta, Canada. This honor will be presented at the 51st World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. The prestigious award recognizes a well-managed breeder and herd that has been successful at showing and judging, and it emphasizes all qualities of the Klussendorf Award, including ability, character, endeavor, and sportsmanship.

Established in 1976, Don and Wendy Chalack combined their interests and passions to form their prestigious herd featuring 65 milking Holsteins and a small herd of purebred Black Angus on 900 acres just outside of Innisfail. Don and Wendy farm with their son-in-law Scott Hastie and daughter Jillian and their children, Marshall and Maddyn. Oldest daughter Linsey and her children, Paige and Nathan, help out when they can, and both children are involved in 4-H. In July 2016, Don and Wendy’s son, Logan, lost a battle with cancer and was known for his love of breeding and marketing cows. Fortunately, Logan’s wife, Charity, and daughter, Chloe, live close by to the family.

Starting with a 50-cow tie stall operation in 1976, the herd recently converted to a 60-cow free stall robot barn in 2015 with 12 tie stalls for show cows. The original tie stall barn is now a more efficient and spacious calf barn. The herd is 90 percent homebred with a classification breakdown of 24 Multiple Excellent, 15 Excellent, 62 Very Good, and six Good Plus cows. Their current rolling herd average is 27,557 pounds of milk, 4.0 percent fat, and 3.3 percent protein.

Wendon Holsteins has bred 14 All-Canadian nominees as well as received two Holstein Canada Master Breeder shields in 1995 and 2008. They have also been honored with the Small Business of the Year Award in 2000, Alberta Breeder of the Year Award in 2004, and the County Farm Beautification Award in 2012.

Don served as the Alberta Holstein president in 1989 and 1990 and as a director on the Alberta Holstein Branch from 1980 to 1992. He was also one of the founders of the Western Canadian Classic program 33 years ago. In addition, Don joined with a few neighboring herds in the early 1980s to bring the first show string from western Canada to World Dairy Expo. Passing on their love for cattle and hard work ethic, their three children were a part of dairy and beef clubs and the Western Canadian Classic junior show. Don has judged shows in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Columbia. Logan and Linsey also gained their official judge’s status from Holstein Canada.

Their breeding philosophy is based on breeding cows with deep pedigrees and show type. Wendon Holsteins has bred 55 Star Brood cows (13 of those being greater than 4*), 102 Excellent cows, and 391 Very Good cows. The Wendon prefix has also won numerous recognitions in the All-Canadian contest with two winners, two Reserves, six Honorable Mentions, and four more nominations. In addition, they have bred one All-American winner.

Prominent cow families include Wendon Triump Alaska EX-91 2E 4*, Wendon Gibson Prudence EX-92 5E 5*, Wendon Starbuck Renette EX 3*, Wendon Triump Divine EX-94 4E 7*, and Tolamika Goldwyn Mercedes EX-94 2E. Wendon Goldywn Allie EX-95 2E, daughter of Alaska, gained popularity after winning first-place 5-year-old at the Royal Winter Fair and World Dairy Expo in 2012, as well as All-American and All-Canadian for owners Ferme RayDor.

With a strong flush program, Wendon Holsteins sells embryos, females, and bulls each year. They market their high-quality herd through print advertising, a farm website, and Facebook page. The Chalack family is the epitome of dedication, strength, and a love for cattle that make them a deserving winner of the McKown Master Breeder Award.

Past winners of the Robert “Whitey” McKown Master Breeder Award include: Ferme Jacobs Inc., Cap-Santé, Quebec, 2016; Walk-Era, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., 2015; Pond View Farm, Danville, Vt., 2014; Quality Holsteins, Vaughan, Ontario, 2013; New Windsor Farm, New Windsor, Md., 2012; Moondale, Monona, Iowa, 2011; Snider Homestead, New Enterprise, Pa., 2010; and Windy Knoll View, Mercersburg, Pa., 2009.

The Robert “Whitey” McKown Master Breeder Award was made possible by the family and friends of the 1992 Honorary Klussendorf honoree. McKown joined the Holstein World staff in 1956 and became widely respected as he traveled nationally and internationally, reporting on shows, sales, meetings, and other Holstein events. The 1987 National Dairy Shrine president also developed MooKown Holsteins in Belleville, N.Y. McKown had a great admiration for the farmer breeder.

The Klussendorf Association, considered by many as the Hall of Fame for dairy cattle exhibitors, began in 1937 in memory of Arthur B. Klussendorf, who was considered to be an outstanding dairy cattle showman of his time. Each year, the Klussendorf Association votes to add a new dairy cattle exhibitor to its ranks with lifetime membership for their cumulative work, including ability, character, endeavor, and sportsmanship.

Photo caption:
The entire Chalack Family keeps Wendon Holsteins running smoothly. Shown (L to R) are: Scott Hastie with his wife, Jillian, and son, Marshall, kneeling in the foreground; Wendy and Don Chalack; Linsey and Shawn Whalen, with children Paige and Nathan standing in front; Charity and Logan Chalack, who is holding daughter Chloe. Since this family picture was taken in 2015, Maddyn Hastie was born on July 5, 2016.

Story by:
Corey Geiger
Klussendorf Memorial Association
28 Milwaukee Ave. West
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
(920) 563-5551 ext. 120 – phone

2017 Directors & Committees

Alberta Holstein Directors
Front Row: Benita Hummel, Orville Schmidt, Bob Reck, Dale Bienert, Amanda Hehli, Sue CrestBack row: Joop Garretson, Willem vander Linde, Larry Arvey, Tim Hummel, Joe Folkerts, Andrew Wildeboer, Lee Simanton

President: Bob Reck, Past President: Dale Bienert, Vice President: Willem Vanderlinde,
National Director: Orville Schmidt, Secretary/ Treasurer: Benita Hummel

President: Bob Reck, Past President: Dale Bienert, Vice President: Willem Vanderlinde,
National Director: Orville Schmidt, Secretary/Treasurer Benita Hummel

Treasurer: Benita Hummel, President: Bob Reck
Committee Chairpersons

Joop Garretsen: Sue Crest, Lee Simanton, Benita Hummel

Willem Vanderlinde: Tim Hummel, Sue Crest, Joop Garretsen, Joe Folkerts, Larry Arvay

Andrew Wildeboer, Orville Schmidt, Tim Hummel, Willem Vanderlinde, Joe Folkerts

Sue Crest: Lee Simanton, Joop Garretsen, Larry Arvay

Lee Simanton: Joe Folkerts, Willem Vanderlinde, Andrew Wildeboer

FIELD SERVICE REP: Willem van der Linde



2016 Branch Awards

The 2016 Branch Awards were presented at the Annual General Meeting on February 17th in Westlock, AB.

Mosnang Holsteins took home a double win with Breeder of the Year and Cow of the Year with Mosnang Lightning Bolt EX-92-2E 1*.  Heini & Ruth Hehli along with their son Markus and his wife Amanda (and 10 month old twins Sawyer & Georgia) were on hand to accept the awards. 2016 highlights for Mosnang included: 17 VG 2 Year Olds, 4 new EX cows, 14 Superior Production awards, 4 Longtime Productions awards, 5 Star Brood Cow awards, involvement in Alberta Milk, Holstein Canada, Alberta Holstein Association, 4-H, WCC & Westerner Dairy Showcase. Congratulations to the Hehli family!

Full writeup on Mosnang Holsteins.

President Bob Reck also presented Dale Bienert  with the 2016 Marj Atkins Achievement Award for his lifetime involvement with the Holstein breed.

Check out the Branch Awards tab on the website for more details on these awards.


2016 Annual Report

The 2016 Annual Report is available for all of our members!