GENEX is a cooperative business governed by a 13-member council consisting of dairy and beef producers from across the USA. Each council member represents a membership region.
Front (l to r): Terry Frost, Bobby Robertson, John Ruedinger, Harold House, Ronald Totten; Back: John Wayne Danielson, Kay Olson-Martz, Bill Zimmerman, Patrick Dugan, Jody Schaap, Lamar Gockley, Daniel Tetrault and Israel Handy
John Ruedinger, Van Dyne, Wisconsin
John is an owner of a progressive, third generation dairy in eastern Wisconsin. Ruedinger Farms Inc. is home to 1,350 cows. The dairy utilizes GENEX heat detection and insemination service and a variety of GENEX programs to mate, analyze and plan the future of the herd. John serves as President of the GENEX council.
Bobby Robertson, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Bobby and family raise cattle at Robertson Cattle Farms in Oklahoma. The family raises 500-head of registered Angus and Angus/Hereford commercial cattle and farms 1,400 acres. They use GENEX genetics and A.I. supplies. He has also been a member of the American Angus Association and the Northeast Oklahoma Angus Association. Bobby is the 1st Vice President on the GENEX council.
Harold House, Nokesville, Virginia
Harold represents Dutchland Farm, a family farm in Virginia that dates back to the 1880s. The farm consists of 350 Holsteins and 1,700 acres. Harold is a graduate of Virginia Tech University. He has served as a committee chair for the Farm Service Agency, a county agriculture advisory board member and a Virginia Holstein Association board member. He currently serves as the GENEX council's 2nd Vice President.
Ronald Totten, Stafford, New York
Ronald and family operate a 620-cow dairy called Hy Hope Farms Inc. and farm 1,800 acres. The dairy relies on GENEX genetics and A.I. service for the Holstein herd. The Tottens are involved in the local community including the area dairy days and welcoming tours from elementary students. Ronald currently serves as the GENEX council Secretary.
Daniel Tetreault, Champlain, New York
Daniel and his family operate Hidden View Farm, LLC, a 700-cow dairy in northeast New York State. The dairy relies on GENEX for genetics and A.I. service as well as herd management supplies. The Tetreaults also farm 800 acres. Daniel has served the ag industry on the board for Cornell Cooperative extension as well.
Lamar B. Gockley, Mohnton, Pennsylvania
Lamar and his family operate Willow Springs Farm LLC in southeastern Pennsylvania. He milks 100 Holsteins and has about 225 head total. He also farms around 275 acres. GENEX genetics and herd care products are used on the dairy. In his community, Lamar has served on his church board. Previously, he was also a Pennsylvania state FFA officer.
Israel Handy, St. Johnsville, New York
Israel is a dairy producer in St. Johnsville, New York. His dairy – Handy Hills Farm – is a 90-cow dairy. The Handy family relies on GENEX for semen, A.I. service and herd management products like calf coats and milking gloves. Israel has participated in GENEX governance since elected as a delegate in 2006.
Kay Olson-Martz, Friendship, Wisconsin
Kay and family farm 250 acres and raise 60-head of beef cattle along with steers and registered bulls in Friendship, Wisconsin. They use GENEX beef genetics and herd care products. Kay has held many community and agricultural leadership roles: Adams County board supervisor, township clerk, South Central DHIA president and Rural Electric Management Council board member.
Jon Wayne Danielson, Cadott, Wisconsin
Jon Wayne and family operate a 90-head herd of Holsteins near Cadott, Wisconsin, and farm 950 acres of corn, soybeans, oats and alfalfa. The Danielsons utilize GENEX genetics and A.I. service. Jon Wayne is a member of Foremost Farms Cooperative, Equity Cooperative and River Country Co-op and is active with the Chippewa County Holstein Breeders' Association.
Jody Schaap, Woodstock, Minnesota
Jody Schaap and family own Schmidt Dairy, Inc., an operation consisting of 350 milking cows and 225 steer calves. The Schaaps also farm 1,300 acres of corn, soybeans and alfalfa. Jody is active in her community as a fire fighter, first responder and basketball coach.
Bill Zimmerman, Foley, Minnesota
Bill and family own One Penny Ranch in central Minnesota, raising Charolais, Simmental, Angus, SimAngus™ and Lim-Flex® cattle and relying on GENEX genetics, chute-side A.I. service and custom semen collection. Bill holds master's degrees in animal breeding and genetics and business administration.
Terry Frost, Roundup, Montana
Terry and family own Frosty Creek Angus, where they raise 200-head of registered Angus utilizing GENEX genetics and chute-side service. Terry has been an active member of local and state Angus and stockgrowers associations and gained experience in cooperative leadership on his local electric cooperative board.
Patrick Dugan, Casa Grande, Arizona
Patrick and family operate Du-Brooke Dairy, a1,500-cow dairy in southern Arizona. Patrick is also co-owner of Dugan Brothers Harvest Company. He's an active member of the local community and agricultural industry, serving on boards for the United Dairymen of Arizona, the Dairy Council of Arizona, Farm Bureau and United Way.