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Wisconsin Ayrshire Grant Open for Applications
January 13, 2017

The Wisconsin Ayrshire Breeders’ Association (WABA) is proud to sponsor a farmer grant program, now in its second year! Wisconsin Beginning in Ayrshires Grant will help breeders establish themselves in this excellent breed.
The successful applicant will be awarded a $1,000 grant from WABA, which will be used to help purchase an Ayrshire.
The goal of this program is to show existing dairy producers the profitability of Ayrshires in their milking herd. Ayrshire dairy cattle are a valuable asset to every dairy farm. They have many positive attributes that are profitable for all types of operations, including: low somatic cell counts, higher pregnancy rates, trouble-free body composition, functional size, higher fat and protein percent, compete well in grazing and freestall set ups, and many other wonderful attributes.
Applicants for this grant can have owned Ayrshires in the past and be looking to expand their herd, or be a new breeder looking to buy their first animal.
The successful applicant will be awarded a $1,000 grant from WABA. This money will be given as a certificate, which can be redeemed with the purchase of animals at the annual Wisconsin Ayrshire Spring Sale. This year the sale will be held on April 15, 2017, at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Neillsville, Wis.
The winner of this grant will be also given a one year free membership to WABA, and assistance and information in the selection of their sale purchase.
The grant winner will be announced at the annual meeting in March. Their grant money will be given after successful purchase at the Wisconsin Ayrshire Spring Sale in April.
To qualify for the grant, a person must fulfill these stipulations:
• Actively engaged in farming
• Age 25 or older
• Interested in the Ayrshire breed
• Wisconsin resident
• Complete and submit an application
• Provide two references, professional and personal
• Attend Wisconsin Ayrshire Spring Sale
Past applicants are encouraged to reapply.

Applications can be found and downloaded on our Facebook page, Wisconsin Ayrshire Breeders’ Association, on the website. To have a paper copy of the application mailed to you, please call Richard at 715-307-0537. Applications must be returned by February 1st, 2017.
Completed applications should be emailed to, or mailed to Richard Franta, 1218 State Street River Falls, WI 54022. Please contact Richard with any questions about the program or application.

Application questions to fill out:


Phone number:
Tell us about yourself (your farm, your family, other activities):

What makes you interested in Ayrshires:

What changes/growth would you like to see on your farm:

If you are awarded this grant, what would you be doing with your Ayrshire herd:

What support would you like from the WI Ayrshire Breeders’ Assoc.?

Please provide two references (name and phone number). One being a personal friend or neighbor, the other being from a veterinarian or professional service.
Personal reference:
Professional reference:

Past applicants are encouraged to reapply.

Please returned completed form by February 1st, 2017 to or mail to Richard Franta, 1218 State Street River Falls, WI 54022. Phone number: 715-307-0537



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