Jerry Haas, past president of the Optimist Club of Bismarck, was recognized at the Dakotas-Manitoba-Minnesota District meeting as the Roger L. Haas Memorial Optimist of the Year award recipient.
Haas was active in recruiting new members, took the lead on new projects and helped initiate the club’s Easter egg hunt that took place on the Capitol grounds. He also helped increase community participation in the club’s Avenue of Flags and led efforts to create a pay-it-forward program for the Optimist gift wrap fundraising project.
Jahner gets award
Gerald Jahner, of Mott, is the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association's 2017 producer of the year.
Jahner was selected from among the producers belonging to the association who process records with the association.
Jahner and his wife, Mary, have been fastidious record-keepers, and the Cow Herd Appraisal Performance Software system the NDBCIA uses has played a key role in his herd improvements.
The NDBCIA award was based on the average number of cows calving in the first 21 days and pounds weaned per cow exposed for a 10-year average.
Jahner generally calves 120 to 130 cows. His CHAPS records indicate 82 to 83 percent of his cows calve in the first 21 days. He was as high as 94 percent in the first 42 days in 2015. He has a 60-day breeding season that starts about March 20 and ends by June 1.
The value of CHAPS records has been especially evident to Jahner in dry years.
"When we had to cut back the herd, we went to the records and looked at the old cows and then looked at the performance," he says. "CHAPS records have made it a lot easier to cull."
The North Dakota State University Extension Service helped start the NDBCIA and developed CHAPS with assistance from the association.