I would like to introduce, 21 year old Julianne Holler from Sharpsville, Pennsylvania. Julianne is currently a senior at Thiel College where she is pursing a degree in Biology with plans to attend graduate school next fall while continuing to be involved in the dairy industry. While Julianne did not grow up directly on a farm, she has owned and been around cows her entire life. Her current herd includes 17 head, including: Red and White Holsteins, Black and White Holsteins, Guernseys and Brown Swiss. While pursuing her education, she milk at a local farm, Ridge Dell Holsteins and cares for her own show cattle on a daily basis. Julianne was involved in 4-H for 11 years and served as her club’s President, and Treasurer.
Julianne’s favorite dairy product is a tie between any type of hot, or melted cheese and ice cream! She admits that she is not a big fan of cold sliced, or cubed cheese, but if it is melted, the more, the better! As far as ice cream goes, she loves it all!
Julianne’s Story in her own words:
Who is your favorite cow?
I would say that my favorite cow is Maple Lane Miss Christmas, my first ever Guernsey. I invested in Miss Christmas when I was a senior year in high school, and she has led me to so many opportunities. She is the first animal that I ever took to World Dairy Expo, where she placed 4th in the junior show. I have two daughters out of her who are full sisters. Last year, her oldest daughter, Holler-Way Carolina girl was nominated honorable mention Junior All-American. This cow was a great asset to my herd, and I want to thank the late Bryan Wolfe for making her available to me.
What is the most rewarding part of production agriculture? Challenging?
I feel that the most rewarding part of production agriculture is the fact that I play a role in feeding the world. The most challenging part of production agriculture is losing one of the members of the herd. Some may say they are just a cow, but to me, they are part of the family.
Describe a typical/average day for you.
A “typical/average” day for me normally begins before sunrise, as I head to the barn to feed and milk my show cattle. During the week, I then proceed to college classes, and do chores once again in the evening. On many weekends, I care for my cattle morning and night, as well as I milk for a neighboring farm milking 100+. In between all of this, I must keep up on homework, as well as work individually work with my cattle for any upcoming shows. Although I don’t have much free time, when I do, I enjoy traveling, baking, and relaxing.
What are 3 things you want consumers to know about the dairy industry?
- Farmers genuinely care for their cattle
- All dairy products are wholesome and produced under great standards
- The dairy industry is a great industry to be a part of, with fellowship, networking, and genuine bonds.
Julianne, thank you for sharing your story with us!
Entire Women in Dairy Series:
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- Katie Boyke Grinstead of Vir-Clar Farm, WI
- Alicia Lamb of Oakfield Corners Dairy, NY
- Ysabel Jacobs of Ferme Jacobs, Canada
- Heidi Kovacs of Sugar Maple Jerseys, NJ
- Jolene Griffin, MI
- Melissa Woolpert of Country by Chance, VT
- Katie Sattazahn, PA
- Kim Bremmer of Ag Inspirations, WI
- Abigail Copenhaver of Farmstead Nutrition, NY
- Jodi Cast of JJC Jerseys, NE
- Amy Rowbottom of Crooked Farm Creamery, ME
- Britte Nooijens, Netherlands
- Julianne Holler, PA
- Cynthia Martel, VA
- Abby Swan of Kemridge Farm, WI
- Jamie Van De Walle, WI
- Joseta Halbur, WI
- Holly Smith, WI
- Jenny L. Baerwolf of Sassy Cow Creamery, WI
- Jenna Jongenotter, Canada
- Liz Neadow of Teacup Farm, NY
- Hannah Worden of Will-O-Crest Farm, NY
- Carla Wardin of Truth or Dairy, MI
- Amanda Freund of CowPots, CT
- Mandi Pacitti of Misty Brae Holsteins, Australia
- Jessica Chittenden Ziehm of Tiashoke Farm, NY
- Lisa Myers, MD
- Carissa Ann Tolzman, WI
- Danae Bauer of FarmGirl Photography, WI
- Ashley Kennedy of Messy Kennedy, MI
- Emily Lyons, Washington DC
- Joanna Rowher of Hollingstedt Schleswig Holstein, Germany
- Rita Mosset, ND
- Brianne Brown of Beslea Farms, Canada
- Pam Bolin, IA
- Janean Boss-Anderson, WI
- Jessica Peters of Spruce Row Farm, PA
- Amanda Williams, WI
- Trisha Boyce, PA
- Melissa Hanke, WI
- Tara Woyton, NY
- Melisa Konecky, NE
- Lizzie Frazier, NE
- Renee Norman-Kenny of Eat Farm Love, PA
- Amanda Killian of Dirt Road Holsteins, WI
- Kim Kester, WI
- Amy Ruegsegger, WI
- Alba Alvarez Nunez – Spain
- Emily Parker, WI
- Nicole Kearns, PA
- Cheyenne Ryzenga, MI
- Freynie Lancaster of Royalty Ridge, OR
- Maryanne Dudli, New Zealand
- Michelle, Keller, WI
- Ashley Abbott, VA
- Brenda Rudolph of Raising a Farm, MN
- Jennifer Heim, KS
- Janet Bremer of My Barn Yard View, MN
- Iris Barham Peeler, GA
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