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Ayars Provides Keynote Speech at All-Breeds Convention

Recently, Dairy Extension and Teaching Specialist, Bonnie Ayars, provided the keynote speech for the 2019 Minnesota All Breeds Dairy Convention. Ayars spoke during the All-Breeds Banquet about "true grit".

Ayars has previously been honored as the Ohio Agriculture Woman of the Year, the World Dairy Expo Woman of the Year, and earned the Hoards Dairyman Distinguished Service Award to Youth. She and her husband, John, have been inducted into the Ohio State Dairy Science Hall of Service and the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame. They were also awarded the American Guernsey Association’s Distinguished Service Award. John and Bonnie, along with sons Lucas and Eli, own and operate Ayars Family Farm, which has been a family farm since 1972. Bonnie's responsibilities for Ohio State include assisting with dairy science courses and serving as coach of the Ohio State Collegiate and Ohio 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging teams.

The Houston County Holstein Club hosted the 2019 Minnesota All Breeds Dairy Convention on March 1-2, 2019 at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, Onalaska, WI. The theme of the convention was “7 Breeds by 7 Rivers.” Around 140 people were in attendance throughout the convention.