Cartoonist Leigh Rubin, whose panel “Rubes” is carried by The Modesto Bee and hundreds of other media outlets worldwide, has created an exclusive compilation of cow-centric cartoons to raise money for the National Dairy Herd Information Association Scholarship Fund.
“The Big Book of Moo” is a 160-page book containing nearly 300 cartoons and selling for $34.95 hardcover, $14.95 softcover. The NDHIA purchased a full print run (Rubin and a NDHIA spokeswoman did not know the size of the run) from the publisher and absorbed the production cost. That means the full price from each purchase will go to the scholarship fund.
Rubin spoke at the association’s 50th annual meeting in 2015 and was approached about creating the book. The 30-year cartoonist, whose sister is a veterinarian, said he understands the financial burden associated with undergraduate and advanced-degree education. “Creating ‘The Big Book of Moo’ is one small way I can give back to National DHIA and this worthy cause,” he said in a news release from the dairy group.
Minnesota diary owner-operator and NDHIA Scholarship Fund Chairwoman Holly Thompson said in the release that scholarships are important in offsetting the financial burden of higher education. “We’re excited about partnering with Rubin to boost the National DHIA Scholarship and potentially offer more scholarships in the future. Purchasing ‘The Big Book of Moo’ is a great opportunity for those who do not attend the National DHIA Scholarship Auction (the fund’s primary fundraiser) to support this scholarship fund and help students pursuing agricultural degrees.”
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Established more than 20 years ago, the National DHIA Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to full-time undergraduate students who have a family member affiliated with National DHIA. Earlier this year, National DHIA presented its first scholarships to dairy-focused veterinary medicine students.