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Star of the Breed

The Star of the Breed award will recognize one cow annually that has excelled in the show ring and the milking barn.

To be eligible for the Star of the Breed award, a cow must place in the top five in her class at a National Holstein Show, be in a herd enrolled in the TriStar program and have an official classification score.

Once the eligible cows are determined, the following calculation
is used to decide the recipient:

Combined ME Fat and Protein
+
Age Adjusted Classification Score
x
(Breed Average ME CFP/Breed Average Age Adjusted Score)

 
2013 Star of the Breed

Bur-Wall Buckeye Gigi
2E-94
5-09 2X 365d 52,190M 3.9%F 2,040F 2.9%P 1,532P


Sire: R-E-W Buckeye-ET

Bred & Owned by:
Bur-Wall Holsteins,
Brooklyn, Wis.

Read more about Gigi

 

Flower

Idee Shottle Lalia
2E-94
5-03 2X 365d 48,240M 4.5%F 2,191F 3.1%P 1,484P


Sire: Picston Shottle-ET

Bred by:
Idee Holsteins of Hunter River,
Prince Edward Island, Canada

Owned by: Milk Source LLC,
Kaukauna, Wis.

Read more about Lalia

Previous Award Winners

2012 Star of the Breed

Siemers Alisha Gold Ava-ETS
2E-95
5-03  2X  365d  56,330M  4.1%F  2,301F  3.3%P  1,865P


Sire: Braedale Goldwyn

Bred & Owned by:
Crystal Siemers-Peterman,
Newton, Wis.

Flower

2011 Star of the Breed

Hazel-Bush Flap Flower
EX-92 (EEEEE)
4-05 2X 305d 49,810M 4.1%F 2,042F 2.9%P 1,436P

Sire: My-John Free Flap-ET

Owned by:
Beth Nelson, Blair, Wis.

Bred by: Hazel Bush Farms, Inc., Rice Lake, Wis
.

 

Flower
2010 Star of the Breed

Scarlet-Summer RB Gwendelyn
Excellent-94 2E (EEEEE)
5-00 2X 365d 58,270M 5.2%F 3,004F 2.9%P 1,677P

Sire: STBVQ Rubens-ET

Owned by:
Scarlet Summer Holsteins, Muncy, Pa.

Bred by: Scarlet Summer Holsteins, Muncy, Pa.

Gwendelyn
Previous Award Winners
2009 Star of the Breed

Eskdale Dundee Marcia Mona
Excellent-92 (VEEEE)
3-00 2X 365d 46,490M 3.8%F 1760F 3.3%P 1519

Sire: Regancrest Dundee-ET

Owned by:
Siemers Holstein Farms, Inc., WI

Bred by: Eskdale Dairy, UT

Eskdale Dundee Marcia Mona
   
2008 Star of the Breed

Stuewes FB Giddy-ET

Excellent-94 (EEEEE)
3-03 2x  365d  42,270M  5.6%F  2369F  3.3%P  1407P

Sire: Boulet Charles-ET

Owned by:
Andrew D. Stuewe, MN

Bred by: David Stuewe, MN

Stuewes FB Giddy-ET
   
2007 Star of the Breed

MS Crockettacres Monique-ET
Very Good-88 (VEEVV)
2-05 2x  305d  32,900M  4.5%F  1491F  3.6%P  1169P

Sire: Braedale Freelance-ET

Owned by:
Allison Stammen, OH

Bred by: Ferme Lesperron
& Crockett Farms Holsteins, Inc.,
Quebec, Can.

MS Crockettacres Monique-ET






Gold Medal DamSM

In order to be recognized as a Gold Medal Dam (GMD), a cow must qualify under the
following criteria:

 
A cow and at least three of her daughters must have been classified.
 
The cow herself must be milking in a herd participating in TriStarSM service option. TriStar published records are used in the evaluation.
 
Equal emphasis is placed on production and type. In addition, there is equal emphasis on progeny and dam performance.

  • Dam's age adjusted final score
  • Dam's average 2X 305 day ME production records
  • Average of daughters' age adjusted scores
  • Average of daughters' ME production records.
 
Separate cutoffs are determined by birth year of the dam. ME production will only be calculated on actual records of 270 days in length or greater for the cow and her progeny.
 
If the cow, herself, does not qualify on a mature equivalent basis, she may qualify on either one of the following lifetime credits:
  • 200,000 pounds of milk, or
  • 7,200 pounds of fat, or
  • 6,400 pounds of protein
 
Automatic evaluation is done twice a year for all cows 87% RHA or higher that were born in the past 25 years. The GMD award is permanent recognition.

Read more about the Gold Medal Dam in this article from the Holstein Pulse.

GOLD MEDAL DAM CRITERIA
Year
of
Birth
Dam
Milk
Cutoff
Dam
Fat
Cutoff
Dam
Protein Cutoff
Dam
AASC
Cutoff
Daughter Milk
Cutoff
Daughter
Fat
Cutoff
Daughter
Protein
Cutoff
Daughter
AASC
Cutoff
1980
21658
756
628
83
22158
776
643
83
1981
22202
775
643
83
22702
795
658
83
1982
22729
793
659
83
23229
813
674
83
1983
23166
808
671
83
23666
828
686
83
1984
23312
813
676
83
23812
833
691
83
1985
23705
827
687
83
24205
847
702
83
1986
24095
841
698
83
24595
861
713
83
1987
24400
852
707
83
24900
872
722
83
1988
24890
869
721
83
25390
889
736
83
1989
25200
880
730
83
25700
900
745
83
1990
25500
890
739
83
26000
910
754
83
1991
25800
901
748
83
26300
921
763
83
1992
26000
908
754
83
26500
928
769
83
1993
26300
918
762
83
26800
938
777
83
1994
26966
941
782
83
27466
961
797
83
1995
27243
951
790
83
27743
971
805
83
1996
27520
961
798
83
28020
981
813
83
1997
27798
970
806
83
28298
990
821
83
1998
28075
980
814
83
28575
1000
829
83
1999
28352
990
822
83
28852
1010
837
83
2000
28641
1000
830
83
29141
1020
845
83
2001
28931
1010
838
83
29431
1030
853
83
2002
29220
1020
847
83
29720
1040
862
83
2003
29509
1030
855
83
30009
1050
870
83
2004
29798
1040
864
83
30298
1060
879
83
2005
30088
1051
872
83
30588
1071
887
83
2006
30377
1061
880
83
30877
1081
895
83

 


Dam of MeritSM

In order to be recognized as a Dam of Merit (DOM), a cow must have a GTPI® or CTPISM exceeding year of birth cutoff and at least three offspring with a PTA for production and type; the GTPI or CTPI must be calculated using a required classification score.

Automatic evaluation is done twice a year for all cows 87% RHA or higher that were born in the last 25 years and milking in a herd enrolled in one of the TriStarSM service options. The DOM award is permanent recognition.

Read more about the Dam of Merit in this article from the Holstein Pulse.

DAM OF MERIT CRITERIA
Birth Year Dam's TPI Cutoff   Birth Year Dam's TPI Cutoff
1985 +1125   1997 +1505
1986 +1164 1998 +1553
1987 +1193 1999 +1602
1988 +1230 2000 +1658
1989 +1275 2001 +1713
1990 +1320 2002 +1769
1991 +1335 2003 +1824
1992 +1356 2004 +1880
1993 +1376 2005 +1935
1994 +1359 2006 +1991
1995 +1408 2007 +2046
1996 +1456   2008 +2102

Gold Medal SireSM

In order to be recognized as a Gold Medal Sire (GM), a bull must qualify under the following criteria:

 
Must meet the minimum TPI® level, which is updated semi-annually to recognize approximately 25
new bulls each year.

 
Minimum reliability of 90% for PTA Fat and PTA Type.

 
Must be free of undesirable recessive and enzyme deficiencies.

Automatic evaluation is done twice a year for all sires 87% RHA or higher. The Gold Medal Sire award is permanent recognition.


Elite PerformerTM










For a cow to qualify for the
Elite PerformerTM award, she must meet
the following criteria to be considered:

 
complete at least three lactations in a herd participating in Holstein Association USA's TriStar program, completing the most recent lactation in the past 12 months

 
87% RHA or higher

 
classified VG-85 or higher

Eligible cows across the country are ranked based on pounds of combined fat and protein per day in milk. The top one percent receive the National Elite Performer award. Those National Elite Performers are then removed from consideration and the top one percent of eligible cows from each of the nine regions are honored as Regional Elite Performers.

All cows currently enrolled in TriStarSM are automatically evaluated annually.

Elite Performer recognition is a lifetime award and is printed on a cow’s pedigree, found underneath her milk production records.

Read more about the Elite Performer award in this article published in the Holstein Pulse.


2014 Elite PerformersTM
 
View 2014 National Elite Performers    pdf file        excel file
 
View 2014 Regional Elite Performers    pdf file        excel file

 

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