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Herd of Excellence

The Herd of Excellence Award was developed to recognize Registered Holstein breeders who have bred and developed excellent herds made up of cows with superior type and production. There are three herd size divisions that are based on the number of cows included in production averages for each herd. The categories are as follows: small herds (10-99 cows), medium herds (100-499 cows), and large herds (500+ cows).

To qualify for this award, the herd must qualify under the following criteria:

 
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The herd must have classified within the last year and have an average age-adjusted classification score of 83 points or higher.  
 
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The herd must be at least 70 percent homebred.
 
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The herd must be enrolled in the TriStarSM production records program.
 
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Additionally, qualifying herds must meet the following production criteria:
 
    bullet Small Herds - 25 percent above breed average Mature Equivalent for milk, fat and protein  
    bullet Medium Herds - 20 percent above breed average Mature Equivalent for milk, fat and protein  
    bullet Large Herds - 15 percent above breed average Mature Equivalent for milk, fat and protein  

Read more about the 2017 Recipients

2017 Herds of Excellence Recipients

LARGE HERDS

Bomaz, Inc.
Zwald Family, Hammond, Wis.
700 cows
99% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 84.6
ME Averages:   32,199M  Fat: 1,237F  1,023P
First-Year Honoree

Emerald Acres
Paul, Theo & Donald Ossmann, De Pere, Wis.
520 cows
93% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 83.5
ME Averages:   31,450M  Fat: 1,215F  949P
First-Year Honoree

Siemers Holstein Farms Inc.
Siemers Family, Newton, Wis.
2,400 cows
95.9% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 85.2
ME Averages:  36,851M  Fat: 1,376F  1,091P
First-Year Honoree

Sugar Creek Dairy LLC
Adams Family, Elkhorn, Wis.
630 cows
95% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 84.7
ME Averages:   32,322M  Fat: 1,330F  1,004P
First-Year Honoree

MEDIUM HERDS

Koester Dairy Inc.
Koester Family, Dakota, Ill.
300 cows
98.5% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 84.6
ME Averages:   33,789M  Fat: 1,311F  1,061P
First-Year Honoree

Mystic Valley Dairy LLC
Breunig Family, Sauk City, Wis.
390 cows
83.1% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 84.9
ME Averages:   33,119M  Fat: 1,291F  994P
First-Year Honoree

Paradise-D Holsteins
Daniel J. & Nancy Pagenkopf, Lancaster, Wis.
140 cows
93.9% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 85.3
ME Averages:  32,879M  Fat: 1,463F  1,007P
First-Year Honoree

SMALL HERDS

Appealing Holsteins
S. Scott & April D. Cooper, Delta, Pa.
66 cows
97.3% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 85.8
ME Averages:   34,490M  Fat: 1,332F  1,024P
First-Year Honoree

B-Long Holsteins
Bruce & Brenda Long, New London, Wis.
55 cows
100% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 87.5
ME Averages:   34,865M  Fat: 1,264F  1,057P
Six-Year Honoree

Bur-Wall Holsteins
Robert J. Behnke, Brooklyn, Wis.
60 cows
79.7% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 88.5
ME Averages:   34,590M  Fat: 1,268F  1,084P
Two-Year Honoree

Ever-Green-View Holsteins
Thomas J. Kestell, Waldo, Wis.
86 cows
90.3% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 88.3
ME Averages:   39,984M  Fat: 1,584F  1,218P
Seven-Year Honoree

Hilrose Holsteins
Joseph A. Brantmeier, Sherwood, Wis.
92 cows
89.5% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 88.9
ME Averages:   35,723M  Fat: 1,285F  1,047P
Seven-Year Honoree

Jeffrey-Way Holsteins
Jeffrey A. & Kate Hendrickson, Belleville, Wis.
85 cows
96.5% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 89.2
ME Averages:   34,097M  Fat: 1,287F  1,071P
Three-Year Honoree


     

 




Progressive Breeders' Registry

In order to qualify for the Progressive Breeders' Registry (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
2015   1816 1817-2256




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

 

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