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Herd of Excellence

The Herd of Excellence Award was developed to recognize Registered Holstein breeders that have bred and developed excellent herds made up of cows with superior type and production. To qualify for this award, the herd must qualify under the following criteria:

 
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The herd must be at least 70% homebred.  
 
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The herd's milk, butterfat, and protein production must exceed the year's mature equivalent breed average by 25%.
 
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The average actual classification score of the herd must be 83 points or more during the award year.  

Read more about the 2014 Recipients

2014 Herds of Excellence Recipients

JEFFREY-WAY HOLSTEINS
Jeffrey & Kate Hendrickson, Belleville, Wis.
96.9% Homebred
Average Classification Score: 86.5
ME Averages: 33,854M 1,243F 1,054P
2-Year Honoree

EVER-GREEN-VIEW FARMS
Thomas J. Kestell, Waldo, Wis.
73.7% Homebred
Average Classification Score: 83.8
ME Averages: 36,256M 1,442F 1,099P
4-Year Honoree

DIRT-ROAD HOLSTEINS
Steve & Amanda Killian, Blair, Wis.
93.1% Homebred
Average Classification Score: 84.0
ME Averages: 33,179M 1,354F 1,106P
4-Year Honoree

LEXVOLD HOLSTEINS
Larry Lexvold, Goodhue, Minn.
80.0% Homebred
Average Classification Score: 83.7
ME Averages: 32,763M 1,225F 1,041P
1-Year Honoree

LONG-HAVEN FARMS, INC.
Scott & Doug Long, Clayton, Mich.
88.2% Homebred
Average Classification Score: 86.5
ME Averages: 33,608M 1,221F 1,055P
1-Year Honoree

     

 




Progressive Breeders' Registry

In order to qualify for the Progressive Breeders' Registy (PBR) award, a herd must qualify under the following criteria:

 
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Herd owner must be a member of both their national and state associations, and enrolled in the Deluxe or Premier TriStar options and Herd Classification programs.

 
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Percent B.A.A. for Herd Classification must be in the top 25% of herds classified during the 18-month time period just prior to March 1 of the current calendar year.

 
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Must have a minimum of twenty 87% RHA and higher cows in the milking herd, of which at least 75% bear the herd owner's prefix.

Automatic evaluation of all herds is done annually. The PBR recognition is given to approximately 10% of herds enrolled in the Deluxe or Premier TriStar options. TriStar Herd Mature Equivalent Lactation Averages are adjusted by each state's average production. A milk component cutoff is based on combined fat and protein, which is calculated by multiplying the milk cutoff by 3.6% for fat and 3.1% for protein, and totaling the two components.



Read more about the Progressive Breeders' Registry in this article from the Holstein Pulse.


Progressive Genetics Herds

In order to qualify as a Progressive Genetics Herd (PGH), a herd must qualify under the following criteria:

 
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Herd owner must be a member of both their national and state associations, and enrolled in the Deluxe or Premier TriStar options and Herd Classification programs.

 
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Must have a minimum of twenty 87% RHA and higher cows in the milking herd with CTPIs. No minimum requirement for number of young stock.

Automatic evaluation of all herds is done annually. The PGH recognition is awarded to the 500 herds with the highest average TPI for females in the herd, both young and mature. Animals used in the evaluation are derived from Genetic Herd Report and Youngstock Genetic Herd Report inventories.

PROGRESSIVE GENETICS AWARD CRITERIA
Year TPI Cutoff Range
2012   1586 1974 - 1586




Read more about the Progressive Genetics Herds in this article from the Holstein Pulse.

 

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