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Jodi Raim Wright named a dairy industry leader

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Blake, Larry, Jodi and Lora Wright are pictured at an awards luncheon at the University of Missouri-Columbia campus in January.

Jodi Raim Wright has been involved with dairy cattle since her childhood in Cedaredge, where her family bred registered Holsteins at Raim Dairy. Recently, she was recognized for her extensive, exceptional and wide-reaching contributions to the dairy industry. She was the recipient of the Dairy Leadership Award from the Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors Foundation in Columbus, Mo.

Wright is executive director and secretary/treasurer of the Missouri Holstein Association. She is also the daughter of Lorence and Verla Raim, winner of many championships, including the 1995 World Production Leader Raim Mark Jinx 2E-91, who produced over 64,000 pounds of milk.

She earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Colorado State University, then went to work for the Holstein Association USA, headquartered in Brattleboro, Vt. She moved to Clever, Mo., in 1997 to marry Larry Wright, becoming a member of his family's Wrightvale Holsteins.

As the executive director of the Missouri Holstein Association, Wright manages the activities of the association, including sales, conventions, district meetings, district and state shows, field days and publications. She served as point person and publicity chair for the National Holstein Association's convention in 2012 -- one of the most successful conventions ever held.

Recently she has assisted in the development of the University of Missouri Extension's Women in Dairy program. She has written books, numerous articles and sales catalogs. She does freelance work for individual breeders, developing advertising and other components promoting the breeds. She created the website design for the national internet site, Dairy Agenda Today.

Wright was given the award from the MODHH Foundation because of her tireless work and contributions to the dairy industry in multiple endeavors such as creating websites, researching sires and cow families for herd biographies, open and willing personality, professionalism and leadership abilities.

In addition to helming the Missouri Holstein Association, she, along with her husband Larry and children Lora and Blake, operate Wrightvale Farm in Verona, Mo. They continue the prefix of Wrightvale originated by Larry Wright's father, George Wright, and now milk 60 head of registered Holsteins. They own 120 acres, farming a total of 260 acres without any outside hired labor. They market their cattle both nationally and internationally, selling a cow to Mexico last year.

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