July 5, 2019
When the organizers for the Iowa Holstein Association’s District 1 Holstein Show needed high-speed internet and WiFi at their event, they turned to Alpine Communications for a local, reliable connection.
The Iowa Holstein Association’s District 1 Open and Junior Holstein Show was held at the Clayton County Fairgrounds in National, Iowa on July 2, 2019. Producers from Clayton, Fayette, Winneshiek, and Allamakee counties showcased their registered Holstein dairy cows.
District 1 Holstein Show Program Coordinator, Erin Hunt of Elkader, described how the internet is an important resource for the organization and success of their regional event. “We use Facebook and email to communicate with our members to prepare for the event. There is a lot of paperwork that needs to be completed before the show for both the entrants and organizers. This year, members completed all but one registration online,” she shared.
Alpine Communications High-Speed Internet and WiFi were crucial for checking in cattle. Committee members used broadband for tracking data on the animals, sending live show results to the Iowa State Holstein Association, and communicating between committee members.
“It seems like we are always finding new ways to use technology,” said Hunt. She continued, “It’s convenient that all the information we need is online and available to us at the click of a button.”
As a lifelong dairy producer, Erin Hunt understands the importance of promoting, merchandising, and breeding registered cattle. Regional events build community among their fellow Holstein producers and industry partners.
“The show attracted people from all over the country including agriculture businesses and banks. They attended the show out of a genuine interest in the breed and to support their clients,” said Erin.
The Iowa Holstein Association’s District and State shows bring buyers from other states. “These events create many opportunities. They improve the producers’ marketing of their animals and the genetics of the cattle. There is potential for animal sales at the shows,” noted Hunt.
Technology plays a huge role in modern dairy operations from monitoring herd health to boosting milk production. Access to broadband enables producers to adopt the technology, which can transform their operation, improve farmers’ quality-of-life and bottom line.
Alpine Communications values dairy producers, especially those who are customers, friends, and neighbors. They appreciate the opportunity to provide high-speed internet and WiFi at the District 1 Holstein Show. As a champion for rural connectivity, Alpine takes this role seriously. Share your technology stories.