Dairy Appreciation Award
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Contact: Nicole Kast, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, 612-624-2268 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 Dairy Appreciation Award recipients announced
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (March 20, 2013) – The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) will honor Paul and Barb Liebenstein for their work and support of the dairy industry with Dairy Appreciation Awards during the Minnesota Dairy Health Conference at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott May 21-23. Paul and Barb Liebenstein will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the dairy industry and for supporting the CVM’s education and research missions.
Created by the college’s dairy production medicine group in 2011, the Dairy Appreciation Award is presented at the Minnesota Dairy Health Conference in May. Individuals are nominated for the award by members of the dairy production medicine group, and the 2013 recipients were selected by vote. The Minnesota Dairy Health Conference is an annual event to keep dairy veterinarians, dairy industry professionals, and dairy producers up-to-date on advancements in the dairy field. During the three-day event, nationally renowned speakers give presentations on the latest developments in dairy production science, health management, and food quality.
Owners of Wolf Creek Dairy in Dundas, Minnesota, the Liebensteins are first-generation dairy farmers. Paul, whose father was the county extension agent and whose mother was a German teacher, cared for a herd of dairy cows as a high school student. Barb grew up on a greenhouse and sod operation in northeast Minnesota before studying veterinary technology at the University of Minnesota, Waseca.
After graduation Barb worked at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine before she and Paul researched and developed the idea of a dairy parlor and free-stall barn with no insulation and plastic curtain walls. In 1994, after two years of planning, the Liebensteins went from 40 cows to 300, and three years later they added another 100 cows. Today, the Liebensteins and their employees milk 450 cows three times a day in a double-eight herringbone milking parlor.
The Liebensteins’ involvement in the dairy industry includes memberships in the Land O’ Lakes Cooperative, Rice County American Dairy Association, and Rice County Farm Bureau. Barb also serves on the Midwest Dairy Association State and Regional Boards, and they both are very involved in dairy promotion. Wolf Creek Dairy hosts 15-20 tours every year, educating and being educated about what is happening in the dairy world.
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