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June 11, 2020


Great Lakes Belted Galloway Association Board Member Election

Terry Willis 

Because we had to postpone the 2020 GLBGA field day we are voting on the 3 board positions by electronic ballot.The following 3 candidates have been recommended by the GLBGA nominating committee.

John Hamm is a past GLBGA board member, after a short retirement from the board, he is returning to the serve on the board. John owns Wisconsin River Farm in Mauston, WI which has 31 cows and heifers to calve this spring, 20 steers and heifers in the feedlot and 2 mature bulls. John is also partner in Wisconsin River Meats. The processing plant is over 8,500 square feet and is equipped with the latest in meat processing technology. John has hosted tours and given educational seminars on meat quality, marketing, and processing. He has hosted 2 Belted Galloway carcass contests and field days and the BGS national field day. John can be seen catering Great Lakes events and donating delicious snacks for many other events. With his girlfriend, Mary Allison, they live on a small farm near the plant raising many other animals besides the Belted Galloway cattle. John is a marine corp veteran and has 3 children, Jill, Ken and Kyle who have all shown Belties and have helped in the business and the farm.

Scott Lohmann, a native to Sperry, Iowa, lives on the same farm that he was born and raised on. Together with his wife and two daughters, he operates a small crop and cow-calf operation, along with their sheep and horses. Shortly after Scott married his wife, they purchased their first two crossbred cows. In 2010, Scott and his family purchased their first Belted Galloway bull and their herd has continued to grow since. Scott enjoys taking his family to local and regional Beltie shows and helping promote the breed in their community.

Ellen Sims, I am the owner of HC Sims Farms LLC. My goal for joining the board of the GLBGA is to focus attention on the marketing and promotion of this truly exceptional breed. Their value is so much more than a pretty belt. I have focused on outstanding genetics, and performance in the field and show ring. My herd consists of about 135 head in Kentucky and Pennsylvania. I grew up surrounded by cattle, learning about them from my father. I want to build my herds to sustain our family’s continuing interest in farming. We are in our 4th generation now. If we protect these heritage genetics and creatively market our herds, I believe profitability will help others to sustain their family goals long term as well. My career was in teaching in a middle school, then educational consulting, and then a retail antique business. Throughout that time, I was involved with the farm. Upon retirement, I returned to my dream and selected Belted Galloways as my breed of choice. I have never looked back.

One vote per farm or family.  Must be a current GLGBA member for 2020 to vote.
You have the following choices:

  1. Do nothing, by not returning the ballot by July 20, 2020 deadline the GLBGA board will consider it a vote in favor of the 3 candidates recommended by the GLBGA nominating committee.
  2. Email your responses to Karen Kirschbaum, GLBGA Secretary, The Email message is formatted to enable a simple reply:
  3. Copy and print the information below and mail in your ballot to: GLBGA Election, 3931 Ridge Road, Kewaskum, WI  53040
Name or Farm  Name:

Check the first box for all three or select up to 3 individual boxes If you adding a write in candidate.
3 recommended candidates
____  John Hamm
____  Scott Lohmann
____  Ellen Sims
____  Write in name of Current GLBGA Member:





Liz and Jay Dausman, Countyline Belties, Pierceton, IN  

Liz’s story - May 29, 2020.  It was on Thursday, over 25 years ago that I saw a picture of a Belted Galloway in our area farm paper. I know it was Thursday because that is the day that paper arrives! Wow, that was it,  I was in love, and it was a mom and baby picture to top it off. Yep, I wanted one! But we were pretty busy raising and showing Quarter Horses. Once we started downsizing the horses and slowing down, we knew we would need a few more cows to keep the pastures mowed off and that week 2 unregistered Belted Galloway heifers became available. That was in August 2009.We had read about the breed’s great disposition but once they were on the farm and we had been around them awhile, we knew it wasn’t just a publicity gimmick to get people to buy them! By December we were the proud owners of 7 beautiful Belties. In March 2010 we decided on live cover over AI because all that we read it would be more efficient. It was hard to find a mature bull. Everyone had bull calves. After checking with a lot of encouraging Beltie breeders we found Southdown Unique at Sunnybrook Farms in Belvidere, IL. He was the last bull of breeding age available! What an amazing individual! He was “Unique” !!! His breeder Michelle Ogle had given him a fitting name. Yes he had that wonderful Beltie disposition but he had more, he was such a kind soul if that’s possible! Once our first calves were on the ground we were encouraged to show them and became more involved in promoting the breed and encouraging others to take that first step!

Jay and Liz were born and raised on farms in northern Indiana.  They are lifetime members of the American Quarter Horse Association.  After 40 plus years of breeding, training and showing world class performance Quarter Horses, they decided to downsize their horse operation.  Jay and Liz have since eagerly embraced building a top-quality Belted Galloway herd on their 100 acre farm.  Currently, they have 15 bred cows.  They plan to continue raising top quality cattle that best promote the Belted Galloway breed.  Jay and Liz were employed at RR Donnelley and Son Printing for 43 years before retiring in the fall of 2018. 




Still Scheduled

June 27, 2020

Midwest Classic Show
Pecatonica, IL
Register for the Midwest Classic Now!

World Beef Expo is still being Planned! Block you calendars for September 25-27, 2020.

Midwest Classic Show Update

 Status of the Midwest Classic on June 27, 2020
The fair board approved the show, but the Winnebago County Health Department  may still not allow it. We will not know until June 15th, 2020.   We need to continue planning. 
The form below can be easily filled out and submitted by clicking here

Choose one:

____ I was planning to show, but for the safety of my family I will not attend this year.

____ I WILL ATTEND June 27th.  Read instructions below.

Alternate date July 4th  the health dept may open the fairgrounds on July 1.

_____  IF moved to July 4th I would attend.



We need an idea of numbers and classes and to plan awards, please email entries now. If you are not sure how many you will enter or don’t want to fill out the entry at this time, email us a list: sex, age, division (or class #).  There will be some distancing and safety precautions we will need to follow; details will be supplied at a later date.
Even if the show is approved, if we don’t get 30 entries we may need to cancel the show.(DON’T SEND IN PAYMENT- SO WE DON’T HAVE TO RETURN CHECKS IF WE CANCEL) we will collect payment during check in at the show.  Please, if you send entries consider it a commitment to pay, we will be using entry money to budget the show.  You can get entry forms on line at: or contact 
Julie Willis  815-222-5470
Reminder to send in your dues and advertising for 2020
Please submit your dues for GLBGA Membership. This will be our final reminder. 
Heather Smith Thomas on Calf-hood Vaccination
 Calf-hood Vaccinations: Proper Timing is Crucial
The young calf’s temporary protection from colostrum antibodies begins to wane after a few weeks. Calves must then build their own immunities. Vaccinating at the proper time can help them create immunity. Vaccinating too soon, however, may not stimulate much immune response. If the calf still has maternal antibodies in its system, those antibodies tend to interfere with the calf building its own immunities. Its body sees no need to respond.
Tom Hairgrove, extension veterinarian with Texas A&M AgriLife, stresses the importance of talking with your local veterinarian to build a health plan that includes a vaccination program appropriate for your area. This may include pre-calving vaccination for cows, so they will have adequate antibodies in colostrum to jump-start immunity in their calves. The cows also need adequate nutrition to build colostrum.
The calves themselves should be vaccinated by the time their temporary immunity from colostrum wears off. Hairgrove says most calves are vaccinated at about 90 days of age, which generally works well to stimulate immune response. A few ranchers vaccinate calves at birth against certain scours pathogens, such as an oral E.coli vaccine, but this is a case-by-case program.
The age for routine vaccinations will vary, depending on ranch facilities and goals. There is still some discussion among veterinarians regarding timing. Hairgrove recommends discussing vaccine timing that is appropriate for your herd with your veterinarian who knows your ranch.

The age for routine vaccinations will vary, depending on ranch facilities and goals. There is still some discussion among veterinarians regarding timing. Tom Hairgrove recommends discussing vaccine timing that is appropriate for your herd with your veterinarian who knows your ranch.

“All too often producers want a canned program on what to give and when, and I can’t give them this,” he says. “I can tell them which diseases they should try to protect against, but how they do it will vary depending on their situation and expectations.”
It may make a difference whether you are in the seedstock business, or what your neighbor is doing. You can’t protect your animals with just a vaccine if the guy next door is trading cattle and bringing in new animals that may bring diseases with them. No vaccine is 100% protective. You need to take other precautions to prevent exposure to these diseases, or you may still have some issues.
Hairgrove recommends that at about 90 days of age all calves receive blackleg vaccine that would include protection against other clostridials (usually in a seven- or eight-way vaccine). In many regions ranchers need to include protection against “redwater” (Clostridium haemolyticum) in the clostridial vaccine. This can vary from ranch to ranch, depending on risks, including the presence of liver flukes that damage the liver and set up ideal conditions for infection with C. haemolyticum. These flukes are spread by certain snails.
“Use a clostridial vaccine that’s appropriate for your husbandry practices and your locality,” he advises. “In some areas, calves become infected with tetanus after castration, and if you use banding for castration, vaccination for tetanus is essential. Also make sure you booster vaccines properly. Many people vaccinate calves young, while they still have some maternal immunity, and don’t get adequate protection from the vaccine.”
Some producers also try to protect calves from summer pneumonia — respiratory issues in nursing-age calves.
“I’ve had producers tell me they had issues with this in the past, and then started adding Mannheimia-Pasteurella vaccines with their viral vaccines at branding, and felt it helps a lot. Vaccination seems to be most effective at this age rather than waiting until weaning. The vaccinations at weaning then act as a booster. I recommend giving those viral vaccines [providing protection against infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), bovine viral diarrhea (BVD), parainfluenza 3 (PI3), and bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BVSV)] at branding time, along with a mannheimia vaccine,” says Hairgrove.



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