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Velmar Green named Dairyman of the Year

MADISON, Wis. -- Velmar Green of Green Meadow Farms of Elsie, Mich. is being honored by World Dairy Expo as Dairyman of the Year. He’ll be formally recognized on Wednesday, October 2, during Expo’s annual Dinner with the Stars.

Velmar Green has been an innovative leader in the dairy industry for over 50 years. After completing college, he and his brother, Duane, joined their father, Merle, in partnership on the family dairy farm. Since its beginning, Green Meadow Farms has been instrumental in providing leading dairy genetics, practical research application for universities and leadership in state and national organizations. Green Meadow Farms continues its legacy today as one of the foremost dairy operations in the country. The farm expanded early on to 1000 Registered Holsteins in 1960.

They have grown over the years and Green Meadow Farms is now home to 3750 milking cows maintaining a rolling herd average of 27,000 pounds. Currently, the herd size, including young stock, is 8000 head and they farm nearly 8000 acres of cropland.

Velmar’s son, Craig, and his wife, Darcy, recently became operating managers and majority owners of Green Meadow Farms Inc. The world-renowned dairy boasts one of the largest Registered Holstein herds in the United States. Their animals are in demand due to the high quality dairy genetics.

Velmar has a long history of exhibiting at national dairy shows. In more recent years, his daughter, Margie, and her family have exhibited cattle at WDE and other major shows.

The farm has been instrumental in research about animal nutrition, breeding and environmental issues. Green Meadow Farms’ “on-farm” laboratory provides important research findings in the dairy industry that benefit all dairy operations. In 2005, Green Meadow Farms opened an on-site teaching laboratory for students in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University, offering hands-on training.

Off the farm, Velmar served as the treasurer of Michigan Milk Producers Association for 36 years. In 2012, he was chairman of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Commission. He is a former chairman of the National Milk Producers Federation Animal Health Committee and has been instrumental in many national animal health issues. Further, Velmar also represented the dairy industry on the U.S. Animal ID Working Group Task Force.

Velmar’s list of recognitions include the Michigan State University Dairy Farmer of the Year, Michigan State University Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, Clinton County Farm Bureau Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award and Grand Marshall with his wife, Margaret, of the Elsie Dairy Festival. The couple has two children, Margie and Craig.

The Dairyman of the Year Award is sponsored by Animart, Dairy Herd Management, E-Zee Milking Equipment, LLC and Merck Animal Health.

Dinner with the Stars will be held at the Alliant Energy Center beginning with a reception at 5 p.m., sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. The Dinner with the Stars banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by the award presentations, sponsored by American Live Stock Insurance Co. and Select Sires, Inc.