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      14 BC HOLSTEIN NEWS ❆ CHRISTMAS 2020 BC Branch News
  BC Branch Holstein
 Association of Canada
Directors for 2020
PRESIDENT’S REPORT
 President
Angela Hamming
6905 68 Street, Delta, BC V4K 4E2 • Ph: 604-818-7113
• Email: pahamming@dccnet.com
Vice President
Carl Barclay (LFV)
12420 Blackstock Street,
Maple Ridge, BC V2X 5N6
• Ph: 778-875-3709
• Email: carlbarclay@hotmail.com
BC Branch Secretary/Treasurer
Joan Wikkerink
847 Garnett Road, Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L3 • Ph: 250-743-8690 Fax: 250-743-8691
• Email: bcbranch@telus.net
National Director
Ben Cuthbert
13750 Adshead Road, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1H6 • Ph/Fax: 250-245-3299
• Email:b.cuthbert@telus.net
Directors:
VANCOUVER ISLAND
Ridley Wikkerink
3920 Lefran Road, Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L4 • Ph: 2250-920-9347 Fax: 250-743-9700
• Email: rwikkerink@shaw.ca
Thomas Cuthbert
13750 Adshead Road, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1H6
• Ph: 250-618-5551 Fax: 250-245-3299
• Email: canadarocksathockey@hotmail.com
Luke Van Huizen
4440 Koksilah Road, Duncan, BC V9L 6N2
• Email: luke_rockycrestholsteins@hotmail.com
NORTH OKANAGAN
Brian Hamming
9344 Hwy 97N, Vernon, BC V1H 1W9
• Ph: 250-545-0865 Fax: 250-545-7565 • Email: bandjhamming@shaw.ca
Sydney Fox
5179 Pringle Road, Westwold, BC V0E 3B1 • Ph: 778-220-2518
• Email:sydney.fox494@gmail.com
FRASER VALLEY
Angela Hamming (R/D)
6905 68 Street, Delta, BC V4K 4E2 • Ph: 604-818-7113
• Email: pahamming@dccnet.com
Carl Barclay (LFV)
12420 Blackstock Street,
Maple Ridge, BC V2X 5N6
• Ph: 778-875-3709
• Email: carlbarclay@hotmail.com
Lexi DeJong (CFV)
33775 Aish Avenue, Abbotsford, BC V4X 3R2 • Email: lexidejong09@gmail.com
Greg Hessels (R/D)
4844 – 112th Street, Delta, BC V4K 3N3 • Ph: 778-991-0840
• Email: hesgenholsteins@gmail.com
HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
Box 610, Brantford, ON N3T 5R4
Ph: 519-756-8300 Fax: 519-756-5878
or 519-756-3502 (Performance Records)
HOLSTEIN CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2020
VANCOUVER ISLAND HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
Pete VandenDungen, Duncan
Ph: 250-701-1468
Secretary:
Cindy Wikkerink, Cobble Hill
Ph: 250-743-2430 Fax: 250-743-6822
RICHMOND-DELTA HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
Alan Hessels, Delta
Ph: 604-501-1487 Fax: 604-590-2437 Secretary:
Celine Hessels, Delta
Ph: 604-501-1487 Fax: 604-590-2437
LOWER FRASER VALLEY HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
Kevin Antonsen, Aldergrove
Ph/ Fax: 604-856-6650
Secretary:
Carl Barclay, Maple Ridge Ph: 778-875-3709
CENTRAL FRASER VALLEY HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
Kelwyn Hoeppner, Abbotsford
Ph: 604-217-5996
Secretary:
Amanda Luymes, Abbotsford Ph: 778-549-0563
UPPER FRASER VALLEY HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
TBA
Secretary:
Ashley Vander Kooi, Chilliwack Ph: 604-792-8400
NORTH OKANAGAN HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
Brad Carlson, Salmon Arm
Ph: 250-517-0932
Secretary:
Corissa Haambuckers, Enderby Ph: 250-540-2962
Angela Hamming
President
We look forward to serving our membership in 2021 and if you have anything you would like to bring forward, please feel free to contact anyone on the BC Branch.
As Christmas draws near, I hope you are able to reflect on the things that matter the most...I wish you all a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!
Ben Cuthbert
National Director
Nadine Laity
BC Branch Princess
The BC Holstein Branch announced the 2020 Cow of the Year recently, awarding the honour to WILLSWIKK DUPLEX DION EX-95-4E 1*. Bred by the J.W. Wikkerink family of Cobble Hill and owned by Cindy Wikkerink (Wikkshaven Holsteins) of Cobble Hill, Dion is total performance cow with a deep, home-bred pedigree. Her five closest dams are all home bred Excellents and combine for 60 brood stars! Dion’s daughter, WIKKSHAVEN ATWOOD DAPHNE 2E, makes seven generations of Homebred EXinarow!
Dion has nine VG (or better)
Reflection: At this time of year, one may have a chance to do some reflecting on the year that has passed. There might have been goals set at the start of 2020 which you can check off as accomplished, still in progress, or not going to happen. Whatever your case may be, I’m confident that we can all say 2020 was a year like no-other!
As I reflect on 2020, there are a few things that come to the forefront. First, we can be very proud of the industry we are a part of! Our supply-management system was put to the test, especially at the start of the pandemic. Our BCMMB did a great job keeping us informed of production measures and navigating through the decreased demand for certain dairy products and the increased demand for other dairy products. Second, a possible silver lining of the pandemic is the heightened awareness of the need for a secure, safe, local food supply. BCDA was instrumental in keeping us up to speed on the protocols on farm and continuing a
great marketing campaign to the broader community to reassure British Columbians that BC dairy farmers will continue to provide healthy, safe dairy products to their homes. Thank-you to all!
At the start of 2020, the BC Holstein Branch had plans (goals) which unfortunately had to be abandoned due to Covid restrictions. As we wrap up the year, we are still constrained by Covid restrictions – which forced our annual AGM on November 25 to be conducted virtually, like so many other industry meetings. While in-person gatherings are still preferred in our dairy community, technology has proven very helpful to remain operational digitally.
BC Cow of the year results are in and the winner is WILLSWIKK DUPLEX DION! Congratulations to Wikkshaven Holsteins, Cindy Wikkerink of Cobble Hill!
The BC Branch is hoping to resume regular activities in the new year, as restrictions will allow.
  NATIONAL DIRECTOR’S REPORT
   As we pause and reflect on the past nine months, if there was ever a time to ponder what we can be thankful for as dairy producers, this would be the time. Despite the challenges that Covid-19 brought, most of us safely continued to milk the herd, plant and harvest crops and maintain our operations.
Likewise, the business at Holstein Canada carries on within the new normal work environment, requiring social distancing and other health department directives. Most of the employees continue to get HC work done from home offices. The ongoing and ever-changing provincial health regulations must be monitored daily to ensure the safety of clients, classification and field staff when on farm.
The core business of Registrations and Classification as well as Animal
Assessments have gained much of the ground lost due to shut down from March to June. Registrations and Classifications are down 6% and 18% year over year. proAction assessments are above the 2019 actuals to date.
Holstein Canada continues to monitor our position on Branch and Club activities and exhibitions during the pandemic. The Board of Directors revised the position on member activities, Branch events and shows. HC supports events and gatherings that fall within the health regulations within the jurisdictions where the event is being held. For Branch and Club meetings, Holstein Canada can provide the virtual tools and technology needed to convene from home.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
 BC BRANCH PRINCESS REPORT
  As the days get shorter, farm work seems less and less appealing, especially with the cold. Something I look forward to is the holiday season and the joy it brings. It’s been a strange year with so many events cancelled, but nonetheless I have enjoyed at least holding the title of BC Holstein
Princess. I hope everyone is staying safe and enjoys Christmas the best they can!
Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas with peace and joy – may the New Year bring us market strength, trade stability, continued good health and enthusiasm for the work we all enjoy in the dairy industry!
    daughters out of 10 with six more daughters on the way.
Her accomplishments are impressive:
• 1 Superior Lactation
• 8yr 365d 16,712kg m 769kg 4.6% f 612kg 3.7%p (BCA: 294-363-333)
• Long-time 80,000kgs and adding
• Four Top 3 show placings
Cindy shares this about her special cow: “Dion has been a favourite for a long time, being shown every year since being a calf. She has scored EX 95-4E and has made over 82,000 kg of
milk in six lactations so far and is pregnant. She is following in her grandmother Della’s footprints and now has daughters of her own doing extremely well. A family that
combines type, milk and longevity!”
Congratulations to the J.W. Wikkerink family, Cindy and Dion for winning 2020 BC Cow of the Year!
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