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Danhof gets Thomson Memorial Award

MADISON, Wis. -- Jason Danhof of Waukon, Iowa, is this year’s winner of the A.C. “Whitie” Thomson Memorial Award. It was presented to him by the Whitie Thomson family during the 47th World Dairy Expo, which marked Danhof’s 25th consecutive year as an Expo participant. The award honors the herdsman/showman who exhibits exemplary leadership and sportsmanship throughout the show. Danhof was selected because he treats his fellow Expo exhibitors with integrity and friendliness, resembling those characteristics of A.C. “Whitie” Thomson.

Danhof grew up on his family’s Guernsey Farm near Marshfield, Wis. The oldest of three children, his parents, Tom and Renee Danhof, exhibited Guernseys at the Minnesota State Fair, World Dairy Expo, North American International Livestock Exposition, as well as local and state shows. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998 with a degree in dairy science.

While exhibiting at the World Dairy Expo, Danhof has come away with class winners in three breeds, including the 1996 grand champion Guernsey of the Junior show, Dannys Frank Peaches.

For over 25 years, Danhof has immersed himself into all aspects of the dairy industry, becoming internationally recognized as a premier dairy cattle developer. He has worked with many top registered dairy cattle breeders throughout the U.S., as well as breeders in 16 countries. He also works with several artificial insemination organizations and many other merchandizing professionals throughout the world.

Although Danhof got his start in the industry with Guernseys he purchased his first Holstein heifer while in college. His first home-bred Holstein, Dannys Milan Jill, won the Wisconsin State Show as a 5-year old and went on to be classified Excellent-94.

In 2008, he married Sheri Regan. They have one son, Zachary, born in February of 2013 and a stepdaughter, Alexus. Working closely with Sheri’s home farm, Regancrest Holsteins, Inc., they have managed a series of successful consignment sales. Under the Danhof prefix they have bred over 70 animals and own over 300 head in various partnerships.

Danhof can be described as a humble, driven professional always striving to accomplish goals and provide value to clients. He enjoys working with youth and has assisted at judging and fitting clinics nationally. He is always willing to take time to teach youth and others within the industry about fitting and marketing while sharing his passion for the dairy industry.