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A Tribute to Ken Schulte

Ken Schulte, 1941-2010Dr. Schulte served the dairy industry as a practicing dairy veterinarian and as a nutritional and management consultant for over 40 years. He did his undergraduate studies at South Dakota State University and was a graduate of the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine. On January 1, 1997, he left his dairy practice to found Dairy Production Services, Inc. a nutrition based dairy management business. In 2010 he became an independent agent for GPS Dairy Consulting. His deep desire to help others, along with his love of the dairy industry made him a true specialist in his field. He was a strong advocate for his profession serving on numerous boards. He was a member and past President of the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association and was honored by his peers by being named SD Veterinarian of the Year in 1995. He served as a member of the South Dakota Reserve Veterinary Medical Officer Corps, which is the state's emergency veterinary response team in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak or a terrorist attack. He also consulted with and held advisory positions for several dairy industry partners and was an active member of the AVMA and AABP. He made his home and raised his three sons in Milbank, SD where his wife, Jan, continues to reside.

Ken Schulte working with a clientTo honor Dr. Schulte's contributions to the dairy industry the Ken Schulte Leadership Achievement Award has been established. Each year a member of the GPS Dairy Team who exemplifies the same attributes, core values, and leadership that Dr. Ken Schulte had personified his entire career, including professionalism, commitment, passion, personal growth, courage, ability to inspire others, respect, and balance of family and career is recognized as a recipient. The award includes a hand-crafted pyramid expressing the same strength, honor, mission and purpose as that of the GPS Dairy Dimensions of Success pyramid. The award also includes a cash gift to celebrate the accomplishment with spouse or family.

We all thank Ken for his contributions to us, his customers and to the dairy industry.


Ken Schulte Leadership Achievement Award

2018 Award Winner:
Robb Bender

2018 Ken Schulte Award, Robb Bender

2015 Award Winner:
Sarah Daugherty

2012 Award Winner:
Don Deetz

Jim Barmore (left) presenting Don (right) the award.

The winner of the 2012 Ken Schulte Leadership Award was Don Deetz. Pictured is Jim Barmore (left) presenting Don (right) the award.

2011 Award Winner:
Sarah Daugherty

2010 Award Winner:
Marty Faldet



Team Impact Award

2018 Award Winner:
Bonnie Tapp

2018 Team Impact Award, Bonnie Tapp




GPS Dairy Tribute to John T. Pagel

"In one's lifetime you rarely meet a person that has influenced so many lives and has shaped an industry. Here's one man that has, JOHN T PAGEL." - Marty Faldet, GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC.

John will forever be remembered for his smile, leadership and the positive impact he had on our consulting group, his family, friends, community and entire dairy industry.

Special thank you to Dan Hagenow Video Creation, LLC for development of the video and to U.S. Farm Report and others that provided photos.

(Video tribute presented at the 2018 GPS Dairy Leaders Forum)


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