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Herd of Excellence

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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 2018 Recipients

2018 Herds of Excellence Recipients
LARGE HERDS (500+ herd size division)

Co-Vale Holsteins
Bradley Cates, Preble, N.Y.
533 cows • 91.1% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 86.5
Milk: 31,164  Fat: 1,256  Protein: 970
Two-Year Honoree

Dinomi Holsteins
The Migliazzo Family, Atwater, Calif.
800 cows • 97.4% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 83.2
Milk: 35,344  Fat: 1,331  Protein: 1,129
Two-Year Honoree

Siemers Holstein Farms Inc.
The Siemers Family, Newton, Wis.
2595 cows • 97.5% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 85.3
Milk: 35,750  Fat: 1,389  Protein: 1,070
Three-Year Honoree

 

MEDIUM HERDS (100 to 499 herd size division)

Hilrose Holsteins
Joseph A. Brantmeier, Sherwood, Wis.
107 cows • 97.2% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 88.6
Milk: 33,420  Fat: 1,254  Protein: 1,001
Eight-Year Honoree

Jeffrey-Way Holsteins
Jeffrey A. & Kate Hendrickson, Belleville, Wis
101 cows • 92.1% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 90.1
Milk: 33,695  Fat: 1,256  Protein: 1,061
Four-Year Honoree

Koepke Farms Inc.
The Koepke Family, Oconomowoc, Wis.
312 cows • 100% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 84.4
Milk: 34,719  Fat: 1,430  Protein: 1,042
Two-Year Honoree

Koester Dairy Inc.
The Koester Family, Dakota, Ill.
343 cows • 96.1% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 85.1
Milk: 33,856  Fat: 1,343  Protein: 1,059
Three-Year Honoree

Maurer Farm
Charles M. Maurer, Chilton, Wis.
100 cows • 94.5% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 84.1
Milk: 32,734  Fat: 1,251  Protein: 998
First-year Honoree

Paradise-D Holsteins
Daniel J. and Nancy Pagenkopf, Lancaster, Wis.
133 cows • 96.4% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 85.0
Milk: 32,694  Fat: 1,359  Protein: 1,003
Two-Year Honoree

 

SMALL HERDS (10 to 99 herd size division)

Appealing Holsteins
S. Scott & April D. Cooper, Delta, Pa.
53 cows • 98.6% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 86.4
Milk: 37,484  Fat: 1,395  Protein: 1,127
Three-Year Honoree

Arethusa Farm LLC
George Malkemus & Anthony Yurgaitis, Litchfield, Conn.
31 cows • 82.9% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 89.3
Milk: 37,110  Fat: 1,349  Protein: 1,158
Two-Year Honoree

B-Long Holsteins
Bruce, Brenda & Bret Long, New London, Wis.
46 cows • 100% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 88.1
Milk: 35,341  Fat: 1,332  Protein: 1,092
Eight-Year Honoree

Darita Holsteins
Darrell & Bonita Richard, Goshen, Ind.
65 cows • 89.7% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 84.1
Milk: 34,402  Fat: 1,565  Protein: 1,067
First-Year Honoree

Ever-Green-View Holsteins, LLC
Thomas J. Kestell, Waldo, Wis.
70 cows • 93.8% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 89.1
Milk: 40,015  Fat: 1,592  Protein: 1,219
Nine-Year Honoree

Grafton County Farm
North Haverhill, NH
68 cows • 97.4% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 84.4
Milk: 33,970  Fat: 1,347  Protein: 1,051
Two-Year Honoree

Hill-Ton Holsteins
John W. & Evelyn A. Hamilton, Cuba City, Wis.
68 cows • 96.9% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 86.9
Milk: 35,181  Fat: 1,322  Protein: 1,082
Two-Year Honoree

 

     

 




Progressive Breeders' Registry

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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

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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
2018 2034 2035 to 2537
2017 1956 1957 to 2450
2016 1898 1899 to 2365




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