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2024 Hellenbrand Lasting Legacy Award

We are excited to announce the winner and finalists of the 2024 Hellenbrand Lasting Legacy Award!

We surprised Wesley Winch from Fennimore, WI in his SWTC animal science class to announce he was chosen as this year’s recipient of a December Brown Swiss heifer calf from the 2017 WDE Brown Swiss Grand Champion Top Acres Supreme Wizard. The heifer is owned and bred by Wayne and Connie Sliker, Top Acres in St. Paris, OH.

Pictured are: Ryan Weigel, Wesley Winch, Linda Hellenbrand

Wesley is currently a senior at Fennimore High School, and is taking animal science classes at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. He also works as a hoof trimmer apprentice, and at his family’s Winch’s Pine Grove Farm in Fennimore, WI where the calf will reside. Wesley will be expertly guided by his designated mentor, Ryan Weigel, from Platteville, WI. Ryan is an Animal Science instructor at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College.

This year’s runner up was Mattea Quigley from Hastings, MN. The three finalists, Taryn Burns, Whiting, VT; Alex Roe, Monticello, WI, and Shelby Swanson, Hutchinson, MN. Each received a monetary award in recognition of their accomplishments. We thank all who applied this year and encourage you to reapply beginning October 1, 2024 for the 2025 award – a Red & White heifer from a WDE R & W Grand Champion owned by Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, WI.

The Hellenbrand Lasting Legacy Award (HLLA) will be 50% ownership in a calf, born from a recent World Dairy Expo breed champion. An aspiring and deserving high school student will have the opportunity to own, develop and show a valuable dairy calf. The award will conclude with the calf’s consignment to the World Classic Sale at World Dairy Expo. The awardee will receive half of the proceeds from the sale or, if the awardee chooses to retain the calf, the HLLA Board will help find a buyer willing to donate the calf back to the awardee. The 2024 HLLA will be a Brown Swiss calf out of Top Acres Supreme Wizard, the 2017 WDE Brown Swiss Grand Champion. Subsequent awards will be selected from other dairy breeds on a rotational basis.

The purpose of the award is to continue the legacy of Mike Hellenbrand and honor the work of Mike and his wife, Linda. This award is meant to present an opportunity to an interested and motivated high school student that might not otherwise be available. By participating in the experience of raising a dairy calf from a previous World Dairy Expo champion, nurturing her genetic potential, and presenting her in the show ring, it is hoped that the winning individual will become a working partner in raising, showing, breeding and promoting an animal with valuable breed-leading genetics.

Youth Winners





2023 Wisconsin Brown Swiss Queen

Hello! My name is Shelby Knoble and I am 18 years old. I am currently a Senior at Lancaster High School. I am excited to be serving as the 2023 Reporter for the Brown Swiss Junior Association. This year I will also be serving as the 2023 Wisconsin Brown Swiss Queen. My family and I own a 250 Holstein and Brown Swiss Dairy farm located in Fennimore Wisconsin. Where I also raise my own herd of Brown Swiss under the name S-B-S farms. As a family we own a large garden where we attend Dubuque Farmers Market every Saturday. Outside of school I am the President of the Potosi Happy Clovers 4-H club where I have shown Brown Swiss for the past 10 years. I have served as the Historian and Secretary for the Lancaster FFA Chapter where I have shown Brown Swiss for 3 years. I am also part of the Forensics team, Girls Basketball, Grant County Teen Court and the Grant County Livestock and Executive Board. Throughout the Brown Swiss Association I have met so many wonderful people, gained so much knowledge and last but not least learning leadership skills. I am looking forward to connecting with new people and creating events that everyone will enjoy. I am excited to have this opportunity!

2022 Ohio Brown Swiss Queen Cheyene Anders!

Cheyenne is 19 years old and from Knox County. In addition, Cheyenne is currently employed at Alden Farms and Springhill Holsteins, and Guernseys. Cheyenne has been raising Brown Swiss steers for the past 8 years and has been working exclusively with Brown Swiss cows and heifers for the past 4 years! Cheyenne has so much excitement and is eager to learn more about the dairy industry, especially the Brown Swiss breed!


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