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Karyn Shauf named Dairy Woman of the Year

MADISON, Wis. -- Karyn S. Shauf of Indianhead Holsteins, Barron, Wis., has been named Dairy Woman of the Year by World Dairy Expo. She and three other honorees will be introduced as outstanding dairy leaders at the Dinner with the Stars gala on Wednesday, October 2, in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center (AEC) in Madison. Dinner with the Stars includes a reception at 5 p.m., sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. The Dinner with the Stars banquet at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by the award presentations, sponsored by American Live Stock Insurance Co. and Select Sires, Inc.

The sign at the entrance of the tree-lined driveway of the Shauf family farm is a large welcome placard that reads: “Indianhead Farm Founded on Great Families.” This mantra seems to be fitting for both Karyn and Bob’s family as well as the world-renown cow families that have been developed in their 110-cow registered Holstein herd. Karyn’s dedication to her family, farm and community is evident in her achievements as recognized by the global dairy universe.

As a youngster, Karyn followed in her grandfather’s footsteps at his well-known Holstein operation, Clinton Stock Farm. But her real catalyst into agriculture and agriculture promotion occurred when she became Alice in Dairyland in 1977 while attending college. Her experiences as Wisconsin’s agriculture ambassador in that role provided her a sound foundation to become one of the leading ladies in dairy promotion in her community and beyond.

Indianhead Holsteins, Ltd. has become globally recognized for its great cow families that compete well in the show ring. The farm is comprised of 1000 acres of crops and the purebred herd, requiring 12 employees.

In addition, over several years, Karyn, and her family at Indianhead Holsteins, have become known around the world as host to more than 50 international college student trainees from countries including England, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Japan and Mexico. They also operate a separate livestock bedding business and produce alternative fuel from canola seed grown on their farm. Karyn is the partner and business manager for all three enterprises.

Always volunteering for opportunities to promote agriculture, Karyn has served as president of the Barron County Farm Bureau for the past five years. She just completed a multiple year commitment on the Wisconsin Farm Technology Day Executive Committee for host, Barron County. She has also been a member of the Barron County Ag Promoters, a Wisconsin delegate to the National Holstein Convention and chairman of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Market Development Committee.

Karyn and Bob, the parents of four sons, are recipients of the Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer Award as well as the National Outstanding Young Farmer Award in 1987, sponsored by the Jaycees. They have been recognized as the Wisconsin Holstein Distinguished Young Breeder and an Elite Breeder by Holstein USA. The State of Wisconsin bestowed the Governor’s Export Achievement Award for their sale of Holstein embryos across the globe.

World Dairy Expo Dairy Woman of the Year is sponsored by Merrick Animal Nutrition, Inc. and Orion Energy Systems.