National Dairy Shrine Banquet at World Dairy Expo

Every year the National Dairy Shrine has an annual awards banquet highlighting the past, present and future of the dairy world. Students receive numerous scholarships, current dairy leaders are honored for their success and prominent dairy leaders are honored for their lifetime of work by their election into the National Dairy Hall of Fame.

The banquet is set this year for Thursday, Oct. 3 at World Dairy Expo.  The reception begins at 5:30 followed by the awards banquet at 6:30 in the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall on the show grounds.



The banquet reception starts approximately one hour before the banquet and allows for socializing and networking with other dairy enthusiasts as well as scholarship winners and honorees.

Tickets are $40 each and must be purchased by Sept. 25.  Links to a printable form and an online credit card order are shown in the links below or at the web site

Dairy Shrine President Larry Schirm of Laurelville, Oh., invites everyone to attend.  “The annual awards banquet is a highlight of the year for Dairy Shrine, combining recognition of our guests of honor with the awarding of over 30 scholarships to outstanding college students.”

Dr. Michael Hutjens

The Guest of Honor this year is Dr. Michael Hutjens, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois. He is an internationally acclaimed dairy cattle nutrition expert and esteemed educational communicator. This annual award recognizes a contemporary dairy leader for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the dairy industry.

The Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeders are the brother and sister team of Ralph W. Shank Jr. and Mary Shank Creek of Palmyra Farm, Hagerstown, Md. They are the first brother and sister breeder honorees in the 70-year history of Dairy Shrine. This award is presented annually to an active, progressive dairy producer who excels in the management of a dairy breeding herd based on sound business and genetic principles.

Ralph Shank & Mary Shank Creek

Cited as Pioneers this year are the following: Michael Barnes, (Blacksburg, VA), Virginia Tech Instructor and Dairy Judging Coach; Kenneth Butcher, (Fuquay Varina, NC), Dairy Records Innovator and North Carolina State Professor; John Clay (Raleigh, NC), Dairy Records Management Systems Director and DHIA leader; Dr. Sheila McGuirk, (Dodgeville, WI), Veterinarian and UW Vet School Instructor and mentor; and the late Larry Moore (Suamico, WI), Red and White Breeder and RWDC Association founder.

Dairy Shrine conducts its annual meeting open to the public to update the membership on NDS activities of the past fiscal year. Reports are given by NDS Directors on the accomplishments over the past year as well as plans for the future. A financial report is also given. The NDS membership then votes to elect the new members on the Board of Directors. This public meeting precedes the NDS annual reception and awards banquet.

Dairy Shrine Executive Director Dr. David Selner also encourages Expo goers to visit the National Dairy Shrine Museum at nearby Ft. Atkinson, Wis.

Selner explains, “Started in 1949, National Dairy Shrine, is a nonprofit organization honoring dairy industry leaders, encouraging future dairy leaders and recording dairy history at our Museum and National Dairy Hall of Fame not far from World Dairy Expo.”

Dairy enthusiasts are encouraged to become a lifetime member in the most important national organization honoring dairy leaders, preserving dairy history, and inspiring future dairy leaders.

Belonging to National Dairy Shrine is one of the best ways an individual can make a meaningful contribution to the betterment of the dairy industry. A one-time, lifetime membership fee of $50 supports National Dairy Shrine’s many worthwhile endeavors now…and for years to come.

Broad based support for the dairy industry

National Dairy Shrine brings together dairy producers, scientists, students, educators, technical consultants, marketers and others who share a desire to preserve our dairy heritage and keep the dairy industry strong. Founded in 1949 by a small group of visionary dairy leaders, National Dairy Shrine now has nearly 20,000 lifetime members that encompass virtually every facet of the dairy industry.

National Dairy Shrine missions

  1. To Honor Past and Present Leaders of the Dairy Industry in the National Dairy Hall of Fame to Inspire Future Dairy Leaders with scholarships & educational encouragements
  1. To Record Significant Dairy Events and Achievements at a Dairy Museum that provides education, historical preservation and an enjoyable visitor experience
  2. To Highlight the Dairy Industry’s Positive Contributions to Society.

If you have been involved in the dairy industry and want to give back to this great industry and provide a strong future, you should become a member of National Dairy Shrine.

Printable Ticket Order Form

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NDS Visitors Center at World Dairy Expo

National Dairy Shrine has a new gathering space at World Dairy Expo! Head for the 2nd floor of the New Holland Pavilion 1 (Barn 1) to our meeting area for a chance to learn more about National Dairy Hall of Fame Inductees, NDS scholarship recipients or just to catch up with NDS members.

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