Cowsmopolitan was started in 2004 by Don and Carol Wright, and their daughters Lexi and Ella. Originally an advertising medium for Western Canadian purebred dairy breeders, Cowsmopolitan has grown into an internationally recognized, all-breeds dairy magazine. In March 2019, Julie Ashton and Kathleen O’Keefe purchased Cowsmo, along with HolsteinWorld and its business assets. Their passion for the purebred dairy industry is evident from their desire to continue the work the Wright family started 15 years ago. Cowsmopolitan will continue to be a leading media outlet for all dairy enthusiasts across North America.
Julie Drendel Ashton grew up in Hampshire, IL, on her family’s farm, Lindale Holsteins. They showed across North America and captured champion banners at National Holstein Shows across the Midwest. The herd was dispersed in September 2016, with her parents now raising heifers for local dairymen.
Julie is the past editor of HolsteinWorld and the Illinois Holstein Herald and currently owns julie lynn designs, a freelance graphic design company. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Animal Sciences with an emphasis on agriculture communications.
As owner of Julie Lynn Designs, Julie has worked with dairy breeders internationally to design magazine advertisements, show & barn signs, marketing materials, and websites.
Julie began working for Cowsmo in 2016, laying out the pages of the magazine. In 2017, her role expanded into a full-time position, working with breeders, covering events and managing most of the layout production of the magazine. She also contributed digital and print content. In her new role, Julie will continue to focus her time on the magazine and event coverage, will working with breeders to achieve their marketing goals.
Julie is married to J.W. Ashton, a grain farmer, and has two young boys, Jacob, 5, and Jared, 2. They have lived in Marseilles, IL, for the past 7 years.
Julie can be reached at 815-766-0045 or email@example.com.
Kathleen Glasshof O’Keefe comes to Cowsmopolitan with a career’s worth of experience in the registered dairy cattle industry. Most recently, she assisted Cutting Edge Genetics in Illinois with the logistics of their international embryo sales. Prior to that, she was employed as the US business manager for A.I. Total when the Netherlands-based A.I. stud expanded their offerings to North America in 2014.
Kathleen spent seven years as a Livestock Advertising Account Representative for HolsteinWorld, and previous industry experience includes working as a Regional Representative for Holstein USA, extensive administrative work with numerous sale managers and the production of hundreds of sale catalogs.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Kathleen was born and raised on Feather Field Farm in Thorp, WI where her family bred and developed a herd of high-type Registered Holsteins.
As co-owner of Cowsmopolitan, Kathleen will concentrate on business and administrative roles, as well as online content production, writing for the print publication, ad sales, and event coverage. Kathleen lives in Hammond, WI, with her 16-year-old son, Sean.
Kathleen can be reached at 715-563-1869 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NY & Texas Sales
Frank Putman, previously a long-time marketing specialist with the HolsteinWorld, actively works with breeders in New York and Texas. Frank facilitates print advertising plans, as well as website and online services in order to develop a complete marketing package for customers of all dairy breeds.
No stranger to the industry, Frank at one time owned and developed Park-Edge Holsteins in Ogdensburg, NY, which boasted 20 EX cows at the time of its dispersal. Since then he has served as the Merchandising Director for New York Holstein Association, and as a salesman for both Semex USA and HolsteinWorld.
“I always respected the passion and enthusiasm the Cowsmopolitan staff have for promoting the dairy industry. Helping clients develop cost-effective and customized marketing programs is what I truly enjoy doing, almost as much as seeing those same clients achieve success!”
He can be reached at 315.783.4790 or email@example.com.
Maria Noble is Cowsmo’s Eastern Sales Representative, covering most of Eastern USA, Ontario and the Maritimes.
Maria has been actively involved on her family’s Pennsylvania-based dairy, Nobledale Farm, where she is the eighth generation producer. At Nobledale, they raise 80 Registered Jerseys along with a select few Holsteins, and Red & Whites. Maria is very active in showing, manages the farm’s social media, and helps with day-to-day chores.
She has an associate degree in Agricultural Business from Morrisville State College, and desires to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Communications & Public Relations. Previous job experience as a sales intern for Northeast AgriSoulutions Force, based out of New York, along with her current involvement in the Pennsylvania Jersey Cattle Association where she serves as the Youth Program Director, are assets in her role with Cowsmo. Maria’s past experience as the 2012 Pennsylvania State Dairy Princess and 2016 National Jersey Queen makes her a great fit with the Cowsmo team!
Maria can be reached at 607-483-1413 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Website Manager & Canadian Sales
Melissa Lesy (Kemmere) grew up in Didsbury, Alberta on her family’s Dairy farm, Kemmridge Holsteins. The family farm dispersed in 2004. At the time of being dispersed the farm had bred 5 Excellent and multiple Excellents and 80% of the herd was classified VG.
Growing up she was involved in 4-H, attending various cattle shows, which led to the opportunity to show at the Hays Classic and the opportunity to represent Alberta at the Holstein Canada Youth Convention. She has also worked on cattle sale crews for many years.
Prior to Cowsmo, her career within the dairy industry started at Alta Genetics, as the Junior herdsperson in charge of the daily husbandry of the calves at their Mountain View Dairy farm during the summer of 2000. In 2006, she began her 8-year career at the company, starting in the collection facility working in the barns with the Holstein bulls and occasionally assisting in the lab. She eventually moved to the head office in Balzac, AB, to work in their Client Services Department.
She has worked for Cowsmo for 5 years, managing the daily website and social media content, assisting with show and sale coverage and handling Canadian Ad Sales.
Melissa has lived in Crossfield, AB, for the last five years, with her children, Rylan (8) and Presley (6).
Melissa can be reached at 403-607-9144 or email@example.com
UK and European Coverage
For the past 10 years, Katie Davidson has worked in the dairy industry, predominately in marketing and PR roles with Harrison and Hetherington Auctioneers and Mooandbaa, a PR and marketing business as well as managing pedigree clients, where she was editor of The Journal for Holstein UK. She has also worked for World Wide Sires as an evaluator for their mating programme, WMS.
Katie’s passion for cows started through her family’s Halmyre Urr Ayrshire herd and in the past two years has been a big part of her travels across Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
In Canada, Katie worked on farm and at summer and fall shows with Hodglynn, Quality, Sterling Park, Poelman, Eastside and Winright. While in Australia, Katie was part of the team helping Murribrook at International Dairy Week, Sydney Royal and Murribrook’s Bred For Success Sale 2017. She then helped the Arran Stud at New Zealand Dairy Event, before working on farm at Deloraine in the South Island.
Now returning home to help with the family ice cream business, Katie will be covering events for Cowsmopolitan in the UK and Europe.