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Funeral Saturday for milk production pioneer John Selz

FAIRVIEW, WI (WTAQ) - Funeral services will be held Saturday in western Wisconsin for a pioneer in milk production.

78-year-old John Selz died last Friday at a hospice home in Marshfield.

He graduated from UW-Madison in chemical engineering, and returned to his family's Clark County farm in 1959 where he developed Joliam Holsteins. The herd became well-known for its high type and high production.

Selz was also a member of several national and state dairy groups, including the U.S. Animal Health Association. He was the president of both the National and Wisconsin Holstein associations, and was World Dairy Expo's "Dairyman of the Year" in 1996.

The Selz farm near Humbird has been in the family for 125 years.

Funeral services for John Selz begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Fairview.

Visitations are set for Friday evening and Saturday morning at the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta.