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Joseta Halbur
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Dairy Sanitation Division Manager
ANIMART, Inc.

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John Cope

Cumberland County’s John Cope has been named the winner of the 2010 Obie Award, the top honor of the All-American Dairy Show. Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding will present the award at the show’s “got milk?” banquet on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

Cope, of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, is a long-time leader in the Pennsylvania dairy industry and the state and national Holstein communities.

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For Charles Coblentz, dairy farming is the fulfillment of a boyhood dream.

“I can remember working for money when I was 5 years old,” Charles said. “Forty-seven years later I bought the farm that I picked cotton on.”

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Dr. Joe Gillespie 2010 DQC Veterinarian of the Year

Joe Gillespie, DVM, was honored as the 2010 Dairy Quality Center’s Veterinarian of the Year at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and Academy of Veterinary Consultants joint meeting. Merial, a world-leading animal health company, Duluth, and the Dairy Quality Center (DQC) co-sponsor this annual award, designed to recognize veterinarians who help dairy producers implement quality management practices within their operation.

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Dr. Ken Leslie AABP Mentor of the Year

In recognition of his commitment to the animal-health industry and for inspiring others in veterinary medicine, Ken Leslie, D.V.M., M.S., University of Guelph Ontario Veterinary College professor, received the Mentor of the Year Award from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) and Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. The Mentor of the Year Award honors individuals who have dedicated their careers to educating, mentoring and advancing the careers of students in the field of bovine veterinary medicine. Leslie was honored with a commemorative plaque during the AABP annual meeting Aug. 21 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also received an all-expenses-paid trip to next year’s AABP conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

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