Dan Martins was the winner of Ralma Epic Camry in the Great Christmas Heifer Giveaway. Martins farms with his family, from left, Drew, Bailey, Coleen and Adam, near Luana, Iowa. They milk 150 cows. (photo by Kelli Boylen)
Dan Martins was the winner of Ralma Epic Camry in the Great Christmas Heifer Giveaway. Martins farms with his family, from left, Drew, Bailey, Coleen and Adam, near Luana, Iowa. They milk 150 cows. (photo by Kelli Boylen)
Congratulations to Dan Martins and his family who dairy farm near Luana, Iowa. Dan Martins won a yearling heifer, Ralma Epic Camry, from the Schmitt family farm in Rice, Minn. Camry will find a new home on the Martinses' 150-cow dairy near Luana, Iowa. Martins and his wife, Coleen, farm together with their two sons, Adam and Drew, who recently returned home to be a part of the farm. Their daughter, Bailey, who is a sophomore in high school, also helps and is a part of the farm. "You've got to be kidding me. I can't believe I won. It makes good news for a rotten year," said Martins, who was Christmas shopping with Coleen when he received the phone call that he had won the heifer. Martins was referring to the wet year in the field that caused his farm's crops to be behind one month.
Read more about the Martins family in this weekend's edition of the Dairy Star - Congrats Dan!

Congratulations to 4-year-old Lucey Minten from Perham, Minn. Lucey was the winner of this year's youth prize in the Dairy Star's Great Christmas Heifer Calf Giveaway. The four-year-old won the Red and White Holstein calf named Rocher Ladd Ruby-Red ET from Roger and Cheryl Arn's farm near New Glarus, Wis. Lucey's parents, Mike and Jen, milk 44 cows in a stanchion barn on their third generation dairy farm near Perham, Minn. Their herd consists of one-quarter Red and White Holsteins and three-quarters black and white Holsteins with a few Jerseys.
Read more about Lucey and her family in this weekend's edition of the Dairy Star - Congrats Lucey!