National Dairy Shrine Seeks Award Nominations

FORT ATKINSON, WI (January 13, 2021)—National Dairy Shrine is seeking nominations for the dairy industry’s most prestigious recognition awards: Guest of Honor, Pioneer, and Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder.

The Guest of Honor is given to an active contemporary dairy leader for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the dairy industry. It has been awarded every year since 1949 when Dean H. Kildee was named the first Guest of Honor.

Also each year, several living or deceased dairy leaders are honored as Pioneers by National Dairy Shrine for their service and leadership in the dairy industry.

Additionally, the Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder recognizes active, progressive dairy producers who, through their expertise in managing a dairy herd based upon sound genetics and business principles, serve as a model of success for fellow dairy producers throughout the country.

Jersey breeders and enthusiasts have been recognized many times throughout the years. Breeders honored as Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder are:

2018 – Randy & Jana Kortus, Washington

2016 – Bearl & Joanne Seals, Oregon

2015 – Ahlem Farms Partnership, California

2014 – Paul Chittenden Family, New York

2012 – James S. Huffard III, Virginia

2005 – Dr. J.J. Malnati, South Carolina

2003 – Bill, Barbara, and David Mason, Idaho

2002 – Walter and Sally Goodrich, Vermont

1999 – Robert Stiles Family, Virginia

1995 – John & Allaire Palmer and Robert & Laura Pike, Maine

1987 – John Bishop VI, Pennsylvania

1984 – C. Scott Mayfield, Tennessee

1981 – Mrs. A. G. Rankin and Sons, Alabama

1978 – Colonel and Mrs. H. George Wilde, Massachusetts

Portraits and accomplishments of all award honorees are on permanent display in the National Dairy Hall of Fame at the National Dairy Shrine Museum in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

Nominations or applications must be submitted on official forms by March 15. If you know someone who should be nominated for these awards, please visit the NDS website at and click on “Awards” and then “Adult Applications” to view a complete listing of each award form. Then you can download the application for the respective award desired.

The annual National Dairy Shrine awards banquet is scheduled for September 30, 2021 in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information please contact the National Dairy Shrine Office at National Dairy Shrine membership information is also available online at Dairy enthusiasts are encouraged to become a part of this important dairy organization to help honor our dairy heritage, inspire future leaders and promote the dairy industry.