Gunsts earn national award at National Holstein Convention in Appleton
Cathryn and Christopher Gunst, the 12-year-old twins of Willis and Carla Gunst, Pine River, earned a National Star Performer Award at the National Junior Holstein Convention, June 24-28 at the Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton.
To earn the award, their cow, Booth-Star McCuttchen Serenade produced over 31,000 pounds of milk, 1100 pounds of fat and 900 pounds of protein during her 305-day lactation as a two-year-old. She was only one of 10 animals from around the United States to earn the award.
They also participated in the folding contest display and took part in the many activities offered during the convention such as a tour to the Green Bay Zoo and the Farm Discovery Center in Manitowoc.
Cathryn and Christopher help on their family farm, Wilstar Holsteins, consisting of 60 milk cows and over 80 head of registered Holsteins. On the farm, they help with milking, feeding calves, cleaning calf pens, setting up the milk house and other farm-related chores. They recently dispersed their herd in May.
Both are involved in 4-H, where they have served as reporter and participate in a variety of community service events.
As members of the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, they are on the dairy bowl team, participated in the essay and speaking contest and the craft, art and photography contest. They enjoy showing their cattle at the local county fair, district show, state show and World Dairy Expo.