Dr. Leland Allenstein of Whitewater, Wis. received the 1999 Short Course Service to Agriculture Award at the annual Short Course alumni reunion, held in Madison at Jingles. He was recognized for his untiring and unselfish efforts to improve the health of Wisconsin dairy cattle.
Allenstein came to Wisconsin in 1950 after graduating from Iowa State University Veterinary school. Shortly thereafter he purchased the Whitewater practice where he has worked his entire life.
Allenstein has written a column for Hoard”s Dairyman magazine for more than 25 years, has volunteered at World Dairy Expo since its inception in 1967, has spoken at numerous breed association and twilight meetings and picnics, and in 1987 held a part-time appointment with the UW School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1991 he received the Distinguished Instructor award from the students in the school. During this time he also interacted with Short Course students on tours of the vet school and as a guest lecturer. In 1973 he was named the Wisconsin Veterinarian of the year, and in 1989 received the first Amstutz-Williams Award from the Bovine Practitioners Association – the highest award given by the association.
“Dr. Allenstein was honored for the countless hours he has put in above and beyond the call of normal professional practice,” says Short Course director Rick Daluge. “He has helped many Short Course alumni with their dairy herd health issues and touched many more through his articles in Hoard”s Dairyman and his talks around Wisconsin.”
More than 130 students usually enroll in Short Course. Students may choose from 45 agricultural production courses in specialties such as dairy farm management, beef/swine management, farm mechanics, farm service and supply, and crops and soils.