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For more information, please contact:
Susan Harlow
Communications Manager
800.952.5200 ext. 4165

This contest is meant to be fun and educational and to give Junior Holstein members an opportunity to analyze cattle, use genetic information, and express themselves in writing. Judges’ decisions are final and judges’ comments will not be released.

All entrants must be Junior members of Holstein Association USA.
Click here to download a membership application.

Prizes will be awarded in three age categories:

  Junior Division -9-13 years old, as of January 1, 2015
  Intermediate Division -14-17 years old, as of January 1, 2015
  Senior Division -18-21 years old, as of January 1, 2015

Entries must be received by September 1, 2015. Results will be posted on-line in mid-September.

ANIMAL INFORMATION

                     

 

Each age division has different entry guidelines. Please read the criteria for your division carefully before submitting your entry.

Junior Division Guidelines

1 Contestants should plan a mating for the cow provided base on her physical appearance, pedigree, and performance information. (See link to animal information above). Youth may choose any available AI bull as a potential mate for the cow. The goal is to create a functionally sound, profitable calf for your herd.
2. An essay, not more than 500 words in length, must be submitted, discussing why the particular bull was chosen as a mate for the cow. Essays will be judged on the reasoning behind the mating decision rather than the specific bull that was chosen (there is no one particular bull that will be "right"). Some criteria to consider are: genetic merit of the resulting calf, inbreeding levels, calving ease, and the expected phenotypic characteristics of the resulting calf. There are several resources available online free of charge that can help you in your research.

Intermediate Division Guidelines

1. Contestants should plan a mating for the cow provided based on her physical appearance, pedigree, and performance information. Alternatively, if the entrant chooses, they may plan a mating for a cow of their choice, following the guidelines of Rule No. 1 in the Senior Division. No extra credit will be given for using the cow provided or an animal of your own choosing. (See link to animal information above).
2. Youth may choose any available AI bull as a potential mate for the cow. The goal is to create a functionally sound, profitable calf for your herd.
3. An essay, not more than 1,000 words in length, must be submitted, discussing why the particular bull was chosen as a mate for the cow. Essays will be judged on the reasoning behind the mating decision rather than the specific bull that was chosen (there is no one particular bull that will be "right"). Some criteria to consider are: genetic merit of the resulting calf, inbreeding levels, calving ease, and the expected phenotypic characteristics of the resulting calf. There are several resources available online free of charge that can help you in your research.

Senior Division Guidelines

1. Senior Division contestants plan a mating for the cow of their choice.

  a. There are no stringent rules, but the cow should preferably be owned by the entrant or their family. Senior contestants may mate the cow provided for the Junior and Intermediate Divisions if they prefer. However extra credit will be given to those who use an animal of their own.
  b. The cow must be a Registered Holstein. Please submit the animal's registration number and full registered name with your entry.
  c. Include a photo of the cow, at least a side profile, with the entry. It does not have to be a professional photograph.
2. Contestants may choose any available AI bull as a potential mate for the cow.
3. An essay, not more than 1,000 words in length, must be submitted, discussing why the particular bull was chosen as a mate for the cow. Essays will be judged on the reasoning behind the mating decision rather than the specific bull that was chosen (there is no one particular bull that will be"right"). Some criteria to consider are: genetic merit of the resulting calf, inbreeding levels, calving ease, and the expected phenotypic characteristics of the resulting calf. There are several resources available online free of charge that can help you in your research. (See Essay Guidelines below)
  a. Senior contestants should include a statement that describes their personal breeding philosophy and their goal for this particular mating.
   
Essay Guidelines
1. Essay must be typed in 12-point font and double-spaced.
2. Please include a cover page that includes your name, address, phone number, and title of your essay.
3. The essay must not exceed the maximum number of words allowed for your division.
4. Only one essay may be submitted per contestant, and essays may only be submitted once.
5. Extra credit will be given to essays that include a list of materials referenced or pictures of the animals. These are not mandatory and do not count toward the maximum word count.
6. All essays will become property of Holstein Association USA and may be published online or in the Holstein Pulse, with credit given to the author.
7. By submitting an essay, the entrant agrees that they did all of the research and writing on their own, without the assistance of others.
   
Winning entries will be announced on the Junior Holstein website in mid-September. Awards will be given to the top three entries in each division.
   
Entries must be received by September 1, 2015.
Please email to sharlow@holstein.com or send to:

        Holstein Association USA
        ATTN: Susan Harlow
        1 Holstein Place, PO Box 808
        Brattleboro, VT 05302-0808

  Kindle Fire

 

Awards will be given to the top three individuals in each division. A grand prize winner will receive a Kindle Fire. All participants will receive a participation certificate.

Kindle Fire is a trademark of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Kindle devices are given away on behalf of Holstein Association USA. Amazon is not a sponsor of this contest.