Meritorious Service Award
Bernard Monson, Gowrie, Iowa
During classification conferences in 2003 and 2004, discussions on memorable cows and herds spiked interest in finding a way to preserve Brown Swiss history and memorabilia.
Bernard Monson was enthusiastic about organizing a group of people that might support and work toward that goal.
On July 23, 2006 in Dubuque, Iowa, the first organized meeting took place. Bernard chaired that meeting and the group drafted a proposal to create a Brown Swiss Historical Society. Bernard was selected as the first President of BSHS. Bernard’s enthusiasm and leadership has led the Society in recognizing Master Breeders, publication of the BSHS Chronicle, creation of a museum at the National Office and development of a history of the breed.
Bernard has also contributed greatly to the Association, by serving as Brown Swiss Association President (1974-1979), District 6 Director (1964-1970), and later classifier and area representative.
Bernard was owner of Meadow View Farm, first becoming partners at age 16 with his father, Clyde, and full owner upon his father’s passing in 1976.
Two famous Meadow View bred animals were Meadow View Destiny and Meadow View Jerami M. In the early days of World Dairy Expo, Bernard enjoyed showing Schulte’s Sunwise Pat who was crowned Grand Champion at the Central National 3 years in a row, 1971, 1972, and 1973. She was also a 5-time All-American.
At the 1969 National Show, a new class was initiated entitled “Special Production Class”. The trophy was sponsored by Meadow View Farm. After four years, it was renamed the “Meadow View Trophy” Total Performance Award. It was sponsored by Meadow View Farm through 1982.