The Delaware County Dairy Banquet was held in Manchester on Saturday night.
The Delaware County Dairy Promoters switched things up a bit this year as the event returned in person for the first time since COVID-19 began two years ago. Silent and live auctions were held to support Maquoketa Valley FFA’s Dairy Judging Team, who will be going to Switzerland this year – over $6,000 was raised for those students’ trip. And Dueling Pianos entertained the crowd, who also gathered for dinner, awards and the crowning of royalty.
Sydney Demmer was crowned the 2022 Delaware County Dairy Princess, with Dannielle Burkle crowned Alternate. Anna Zumbach was crowned Little Miss Squirt, with Trent Knipper named Little Mr. Herdsman.
The Distinguished Dairyman Award was presented to Wayne and Lisa Westhoff, while the Young Dairy Family Award went to Chris and Michelle Klostermann. R&W Transport (Randy and Wendy Burgfield) were honored with the Delaware County Dairy Service Award and Kalvin Orcutt was given the Delaware County Exemplary Dairy Employee Award. And this year’s Golden Butterknife Award was awarded to Olive That Deli.
And several dairy producers were recognized for their excellence. Awards for the top five herds in Delaware County were presented to Ronnebaum Dairy, Mormann Dairy LLC, Tom & Cherrie Engelken, Terry Deutmeyer and Kruse Dairy Farm LLC. Delaware County’s cow recognition awards for High 305 Milk Record went to the Tom & Sara Kruse family for Ayrshire and Milking Shorthorn, Tom & Cherrie Engelken for Brown Swiss, Kruse Dairy Farm LLC for Holstein, Carroll Hilltop Dairy for Guernsey and Kunde Jersey Farms for Jersey. Carroll Hilltop Dairy received Delaware County’s Most Improved Award and Mormann Dairy LLC received the Low Somatic Cell Count Award.
photos courtesy of Delaware County Dairy Promoters