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April 2018
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  red bullet Preparing for the Future: Holstein’s Young Distinguished Junior Members
  red bullet Best of the Best: 2018 Holstein Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists
 
March 2018
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  red bullet Holstein Association USA Announces New Production Records Program for Producers with
Robotic Milking Systems
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Launches Holstein Marketplace
 
February 2018
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  red bullet Holstein America: A Tribute to the Nation's Dairy Producers
 
January 2018
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  red bullet Holstein Association USA Judges Conference Registration Now Open
  red bullet Holstein America: All-new Television Series Broadcasts Feb. 8 on RFD-TV
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Recognizes Top BAA Herds
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Has Record Year
  red bullet Cattle Identification Database Price Change
 

Preparing for the Future:
Holstein's Young Distinguished Junior Members

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 18, 2018 — The National Junior Holstein Association is a dynamic organization for youth under the age of 21, with over 8,000 active members in 48 states. Eight finalists have been named in Holstein Association USA’s annual Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM) competition.

The YDJM recognition is designed to reward youth, ages 9 to 16, who demonstrate a firsthand working knowledge of the dairy industry. Applicants must participate in Registered Holstein®, dairy and other activities, be role models for other youth and good spokespeople for the dairy industry.

The 2018 Young Distinguished Junior Members Finalists are:

  • Eliza Endres, Waunakee, Wis., daughter of Randy and Karen Endres
  • Nathan Erbsen, Lanark, Ill., son of Carl and Becky Erbsen
  • Matthew Gunst, Hartford, Wis., son of Dennis and Nichole Gunst
  • Julia Heijkoop, Webster, Fla., daughter of Johan and Trisha Keijkoop
  • Hannah Hockerman, Westfield, Wis., daughter of Greg and Dawn Hockerman
  • Samantha Pitterle, Watertown, Wis., daughter of Mark and Val Pitterle
  • Audrie Risser, Lebanon, Pa., daughter of John and Alisha Risser
  • Blake Wright, Verona, Mo., son of Larry and Jodi Wright

Kelli Dunklee, Holstein Association USA & Holstein Foundation Program Specialist states, "One of the most important components of Holstein Association USA is its youth programs. The Young Distinguished Junior Member program, which began in 2004, recognizes the future of the dairy industry. This honor has become an extremely coveted award by honoring youth from across the country while drawing future leaders committed to Registered Holsteins."

Applicants for the YDJM award complete an entry book, which summarizes their involvement with Holstein cattle and programs, as well as other extracurricular activities.

The eight finalists will be recognized during the 2018 National Holstein Convention, June 29-July 3, 2018 in Acme, Mich.

For more information about the YDJM contest or other Holstein youth programs, visit www.holsteinusa.com/juniors, or contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124 or by email.

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Best of the Best: 2018 Holstein Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 17, 2018 — Semifinalists in the 96th Annual Holstein Association USA Distinguished Junior Member contest, a competition recognizing excellence in the Junior Holstein Association, are announced.

Established in 1922, this contest is the longest running Holstein youth program. The Distinguished Junior Member award is the highest honor given to members of the National Junior Holstein Association, ages 17 to 21, in recognition of a commitment to the Holstein breed and involvement in a variety of agriculture related activities.

The 2018 Distinguished Junior Members Semifinalists are:

  • Alexandra Gambonini, Petaluma, Ca., daughter of Frank and Stacey Gambonini
  • Daniel Kitchen, Danville, Pa., son of Randall and Patricia Kitchen
  • Haely Leiding, Fountain, Minn., daughter of Todd and Stacy Leiding
  • Kayla Leiding, Fountain, Minn., daughter of Todd and Stacy Leiding
  • Samuel Minch, Green Bay, Wis., son of Glenn and Shelby Minch
  • Austin Nauman, Norwalk, Wis., son of Danielle Nauman and Scott Stanford
  • Erin Norris, Westhampton, Mass., daughter of Karl and Lisa Norris
  • Joseph Opsal, Blue Mounds, Wis., son of Troy Opsal and Jane Sarbacker
  • Taylor Pool, Robesonia, Pa., daughter of David and Martha Pool
  • Nicholas Logan Potts, Purcellville, Va., son of Mike and Nancy Potts
  • Mary Scott, Westgate, Iowa, daughter of Mike and Kathleen Scott
  • Danielle Warmka, Fox Lake, Wis., daughter of Russ and Laura Warmka

Each of the semifinalists completed an entry book, detailing their Junior Holstein project work, involvement with their cattle, program participation, and school and community activities.

The twelve semifinalists will interview at the National Holstein Convention, June 29-July 3, 2018 in Acme, Mich. Six finalists are announced at the Junior Awards Luncheon on July 3 at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.

Finalists receive annual renewed memberships to Holstein Association USA. All Junior Holstein members, ages 17 to 21 are eligible to apply for the Distinguished Junior Member recognition.

For more information about the DJM contest or other Holstein youth programs, visit www.holsteinusa.com/juniors, or contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124 or by email.

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Holstein Association USA Announces New Production Records Program for Producers with Robotic Milking Systems

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., March 14, 2018 — Holstein Association USA is excited to announce a new program for producers with robotic milking systems who no longer are participating in traditional milk recording programs but still wish to have their production information published on Official Holstein PedigreesTM. Known as TriStarSM AMR, the goal of the program is to allow producers with robotic milking systems that are recording both milk weights and component data to have the information collected by those systems flow into the Holstein herdbook database. This program is an extension of HAUSA’s TriStar program, a longstanding service for administering production records, cow and herd genetic performance reports, and recognition.

“We're pleased to be able to offer a new service to dairies with robotic milking systems, so they can streamline their milk weights and component information to help them manage their herds,” said Holstein Association USA CEO John M. Meyer. “More cows are being milked with robotic milking systems every day, and our AMR program is just what their owners have been looking for, and we are happy to provide it. This program represents a new evolution in the dairy industry.”

TriStar AMR is only for herds who are no longer participating in DHIA milk recording programs; herds testing with DHIA are eligible for the traditional TriStar production records program options. Once enrolled, HAUSA and AgriTech Analytics (ATA) will coordinate with producers to receive data from their on-farm system, have it processed at ATA, and sent on to HAUSA for loading into the herdbook database.

Herds will have 305-day production records added to their Official Holstein Pedigrees as soon as the record is processed. Production records coming from these on-farm systems will be clearly labeled on Official Holstein Pedigrees with “AMR” printed in front of the record, in the area where TriStar level designations are typically printed.

The fees to participate in TriStar AMR are a $17 per month herd fee, plus $2 per completed 305-day lactation recorded that is loaded for Registered Holstein® cows, which covers data collection and processing by ATA, and loading into the HAUSA herdbook system. TriStar AMR is not included in Holstein COMPLETE®, and at this time, AMR records are not eligible for recognition programs.

To enroll in TriStar AMR or get more information about this new program, call Holstein Association USA customer service at 800.952.5200.

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Holstein Association USA Launches Holstein Marketplace

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., March 2, 2018 — Holstein Association USA is offering an opportunity for breeders to advertise Registered Holsteins® for sale via a page on the Holstein Association USA website. The development of the Holstein Marketplace comes at a time when Registered Holstein breeders are looking for quality genetics to help maximize their profitability. The new Holstein Marketplace provides easy, affordable advertising to help Registered Holstein breeders optimize their investment.

Classified ads may be submitted by using the form found on the Holstein Marketplace website, www.holsteinusa.com/marketplace. Complete the form and email the information to marketplace@holstein.com.

Ads are only accepted for Registered Holsteins. The advertisements are grouped into broad categories for Females, Breeding Bulls, Embryos and Sales/Dispersals. As a condition of advertising and potentially selling cattle through this service, sellers must agree to pay for the transfer of the animals, complete the transfer, and submit it upon completion.

Advertisements of up to 100 words will cost $25 per month. If the text is 101 words or more, the cost is $25 plus an additional 10 cents per word. For added value, breeders have the option of linking their advertisements to a genomic prediction or pedigree for $5 per animal. Links to a website or Facebook page can also be included in the ad. Advertisements will be invoiced to your Holstein Association USA account.

Requests to place advertisements will be accepted anytime. New ads will be placed on the Holstein Marketplace website the first business day of each month and all ads remain on the site until the last business day of that month.

Partial month advertisements are offered at the same rate. These ads will be uploaded to the Holstein Marketplace within five business days.

This new service helps further the popularity of the Holstein breed and provides another avenue to connect Registered Holstein breeders.

Visit www.holsteinusa.com/marketplace to submit an ad today. With questions contact, marketplace@holstein.com or call us at 802.451.4128.

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Holstein America: A Tribute to the Nation's Dairy Producers

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., February 9, 2018 — More often than not, a trip to the grocery store involves dairy products. Whether it's milk, ice cream, yogurt or cheese, most Americans consume dairy products every single day.

What is often taken for granted is the fact that an entire industry makes that purchase possible. It’s thanks to hundreds of thousands of dairy cattle and their caretakers who provide safe, quality products for consumers worldwide.

Holstein Association USA paid tribute to the iconic, black-and-white Holstein cow and the dedicated people who raise them in the premiere episode of Holstein America, which aired February 8 on RFD-TV.

Tune in or set your DVR to record Holstein America’s second airing at 5 a.m. CST Saturday, February 10 on RFD-TV.

Sponsored by Merck Animal Health, the hour-long program shines a spotlight on the nation’s Holstein producers — from California's lush central valley to the fall treetops of Vermont. The inspiring stories are available on the Holstein America landing page at www.holsteinusa.com.

Featured in the first-ever Holstein America broadcast are:

Mark Crave, Crave Brothers Farm LLC, Waterloo, Wis., shares how the family-owned operation at the heart of the dairy state relies on Registered Holsteins® to produce cheese for nationwide distribution.

Jonathan and Alicia Lamb, Oakfield Corners Dairy, Oakfield, N.Y., have built their family around their Registered Holstein herd, where they employ the industry's latest science and technology to drive progress.

Glen and Michael Brown of Brown Dairy Inc., Coalville, Utah, are experiencing urban encroachment around their family's dairy operation; however, they remain optimistic about their future thanks to Registered Holsteins.

Michael Santos, Terra Linda Dairy, Tulare, Calif., manages the breeding program for their family's fourth-generation dairy farm, and explains how the Holstein Association's Start-Up program has added value to their cow herd.

Andy Birch, Maple Grove Farm, Derby, Vt., says it had been nine years since cows were milked in the barn where he grew up. Now, he and his wife, Sarah, are back on the farm to make a life doing what they love: raising Holstein cattle.

Steve Maddox, Maddox Dairy, Riverdale, Calif., remains focused on genetics and continuous herd improvement on his family's large-scale Holstein operation in California's central valley.

Joey Airoso, Airoso Dairy Farms, Pixley, Calif., shares his family's commitment to quality cattle and milk products for five generations in the making. This segment was produced with our friends at Merck Animal Health.

Rick Adams, Sugar Creek Dairy, Elkhorn, Wis., says the opportunity to continue improving the performance of his farm with Registered Holsteins keeps him optimistic about the future.

Dallas Cornelius, Cla-Cor Farms, Easton, Mo., says the hope of a calf being better than its parents is the gratifying feeling that keeps him in the dairy business, and the Holstein COMPLETE® program contributes to that mission.

Harry and Lacey Papageorge, Pappy's Farm LLC, Farr West, Utah, share their family's inspiring history as Greek immigrants in the United States, living out their American dream while raising Registered Holsteins.

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Holstein Association USA Judges Conference Registration Now Open

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., January 30, 2018 — Registration is now open for the Holstein Association USA 2018 Judges Conference, to be held on Thursday, April 26, in Madison, Wisconsin, in conjunction with the Midwest Spring National Holstein Show.

The one-day conference will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Interested participants can register for the conference on the Holstein Association USA website with a credit card. The pre-registration fee is $50, which closes two weeks before the conference, on April 12. Late registrants and walk-ins will pay a $100 fee. To attend the conference, you must be 22 years old by the day of the conference.

The conference includes judging classes as well as cow-side classroom sessions. Participants will judge six high-quality Holstein classes, one of which will be assigned for oral reasons.

If you plan to apply for the Holstein Association USA Judges List in the future, you must first attend and receive a satisfactory rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference. If you are currently on the Holstein Association USA Judges List, you must attend and receive a satisfactory rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference every five years.

To register online, visit: www.holsteinusa.com/shows/judges_preregister.html. For more information, contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

Hotel accommodations can be made at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Madison Central, 610 John Nolan Drive, Madison, WI; phone 608-709-5050. Ask for the WI Dairy Showcase - Holstein room rate of $144/night plus tax, available until March 26, subject to availability.

Looking ahead, the 2019 Holstein USA Judges Conference will be held at the Ohio Spring Dairy Expo in Columbus, Ohio.

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Holstein America: All-new Television Series Broadcasts
Feb. 8 on RFD-TV

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., January 17, 2018 — It’s a convenience far too easy to take for granted. A quick run to the grocery store for a gallon of milk, package of cheese or quart of ice cream. Always available, always fresh.

An entire industry makes that purchase possible — hundreds of thousands of dairy cattle and their caretakers who provide quality products for consumers worldwide.

Holstein Association USA pays tribute to dairy farmers from coast to coast during the premiere episode of Holstein America, 9 p.m. CST, Thursday, Feb. 8 on RFD-TV. Mark the calendar or set your DVR to record this anticipated television broadcast.

“The Holstein breed’s story is among the most successful in U.S. agriculture — and it’s written by generations of passionate dairy producers,” says John Meyer, CEO of Holstein Association USA. “We’re honored to introduce these individuals and families in the Holstein America series.”

The hour-long program, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, shines a spotlight on the nation’s Holstein producers — from California’s lush central valley to the fall treetops of Vermont. Meet those who have dedicated their lives to U.S. Registered Holsteins®; each cow an improvement on the past.

“No other breed can do the things that the Holstein breed can do,” Meyer says. “That’s why it’s the world’s perfect cow.”

The iconic, black-and-white Holstein cow provides the world with high-quality, nutritious dairy products that are the cornerstone to most modern diets. Today, the breed accounts for more than 90% of milk production in the United States. Levels made possible thanks to continuous improvements in efficiency and productivity.

Like each distinctive animal, each Registered Holstein operation is unique. Each family motivated by their own goals and aspirations. In Holstein America, learn about modern-day dairy production and hear from those with a passion for the Holstein breed of cattle.

A few featured in the upcoming show are:

Crave Brothers Farm near Waterloo, Wis., a family operation that’s a key cheese supplier for Whole Foods Market; Maple Grove Farm in Derby, Vt., where a young couple labors long hours together raising Registered Holsteins®; Maddox Dairy near Riverdale, Calif., a large-scale operation at the heart of California’s central valley; Pappy’s Farm, Farr West, Utah, home to a family of Greek immigrants who are living out their American dream; and many more.

Again, join us for Holstein America at 9 p.m. CST, Thursday, Feb. 8.

RFD-TV is a leading independent cable channel available on DISH Network, DIRECTV®, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Spectrum, Cox, Comcast, Mediacom, Suddenlink and many other rural cable systems. Reference your local listings for more information.

After the show, visit www.holsteinusa.com to find a complete collection of the videos online.

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Holstein Association USA Recognizes Top BAA Herds

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., January 15, 2018 - Holstein Association USA has released the lists of the top Holstein Breed Age Average (BAA%) herds for 2017 classifications. The BAA value provides a way to compare the score of a herd average to the average of the breed, taking into account age of the animal and stage of lactation. Herds participating in the Classic or Standard options of the Holstein Classification program receive an overall BAA for the herd.

Several lists have been created to recognize members of all herd sizes and all areas of the country. Find the 2017 Overall Top 200 BAA Herds, Top 25 BAA Herds by Region, Top 25 BAA Herds by Herd Size, and Top 10 BAA Herds for Colleges & Universities on www.holsteinusa.com. To appear on these lists, a herd must have at least 10 cows included in the BAA calculation. If a herd classified more than once during the year, only the most recent BAA was considered for inclusion. All eligible herds are automatically evaluated.

The average BAA% for all herds in 2017 was 106.5. Six herds had a BAA of over 114.0, and Matthew T. Mitchell of Tenn. earns the recognition of having the highest BAA in the U.S. last year at 116.5 on 10 cows. Rounding out the top five include Milk Source LLC, Wis.; Eaton Holsteins, N.Y.; Michael J. Garrow, N.Y.; Michael & Julie Duckett, Wis.; and Timothy M. & Sharyn W. Abbott, Vt.

To view the complete list of 2017 Top BAA Herds under the Popular Lists section on the Holstein Association USA homepage, go directly to www.holsteinusa.com/programs_services/baa_lists_2017.html

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Holstein Association USA Has Record Year

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., January 4, 2018 – Holstein Association USA members set an all-time record by officially identifying 742,910 Holsteins in 2017. This is an increase of eight percent or 52,357 over the previous record set in 2016.

Registrations totaled 384,181 head, up 6,876 from 2016. Additionally, there were 358,729 animals identified through the Association’s Basic ID program, an increase of 45,481. The Basic ID program is a stepping stone to full registry status.

The popularity of the Holstein breed continues to escalate. Holstein Association USA CEO John M. Meyer states, “Dairy cattle breeders appreciate the superiority of Holstein genetics, and that there are more Holstein bulls to select from than bulls of all other dairy breeds combined. The continual outstanding growth of the Holstein breed speaks to the economic advantage dairies across the country receive by producing Holstein milk.”

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Cattle Identification Database Price Change

Brattleboro, Vt. (January 1, 2018) - For several years, the Holstein Association USA, Inc. has offered its Cattle Identification Database (CID) program. The CID program records breed composition and performance data for any breed or a combination of breeds.

Effective January 1, 2018, the price will increase to $10. The cost of a duplicate CID certificate will also be $10.

If you have any questions about the CID program, please contact the Association's customer service department at 800.952.5200.

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Holstein Association USA, Inc., www.holsteinusa.com, provides products and services to dairy producers to enhance genetics and improve profitability-ranging from registry processing to identification programs to consulting services.

The Association, headquartered in Brattleboro, Vt., maintains the records for Registered Holsteins
® and represents members throughout the United States. The Association is also leading the initiative for national animal identification through the National FAIR program.