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January 2020
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  red bullet Holstein Association USA Updates Junior Transfer Deadline
  red bullet USDA Halts Animal ID Plan
  red bullet HAUSA Hosts Free Robotic Milking Seminar
 

Holstein Association USA Updates Junior Transfer Deadline

Brattleboro, Vt., January 21, 2020 — Starting with the 2020 show season, Holstein Association USA has changed the Junior transfer "received by" deadline to July 15 for both heifers and cows. In order to be eligible to participate in Junior Holstein Shows, the animal must be registered in a youth’s name by July 15.

Changing the transfer deadline to July 15 puts the date more in line with all of the other dairy breed associations. Allowing Juniors an extra month and a half to purchase their show calves provides additional marketing opportunities.

"We are excited with the Junior transfer date change which allows youth more opportunities to purchase show animals later in the summer," states Kelli Dunklee, youth programs specialist. "It is important to remember that this change only impacts Junior Holstein Shows — 4-H and other youth shows may have different deadlines."

This is a "received by" deadline — any ownership transfer not received by the Holstein Association USA office on or before July 15 will not be eligible for Junior Holstein Shows. Adding or dropping any owner after the deadline will disqualify an animal for Junior recognition. If there is a question as to whether a Junior ownership transfer has been completed, be sure to contact the Holstein Association USA customer service or visit www.holsteinusa.com to check the ownership status and ensure the transfer was received before the deadline.

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USDA Halts Animal ID Plan

Brattleboro, Vt., January 17, 2020 — On October 25, 2019, USDA abruptly halted its animal ID plan, and suspended the timeline it presented earlier in the year for the transition from metal ear tags to radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for cattle and bison.  That plan set January 1, 2023 as the date all animals moving interstate, and falling within certain categories, would require individual, official RFID tags. 

Although the Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) implementation plan has been withdrawn, USDA acknowledges the continuing need for a national animal ID plan and encourages the use of electronic identification for animals moving interstate under the current ADT regulations. 

Holstein Association USA urges RFID tags for members that have cattle moving interstate, are merchandising or showing cattle, or have on-farm management systems that utilize RFID technology.

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Holstein Association USA Hosts Free Robotic Milking Seminar

Brattleboro, Vt., January 7, 2020 — Robotic milking systems are increasing in the United States and have the potential to transform the U.S. dairy industry. These systems are changing the way dairy producers care for their animals.

Join Holstein Association USA on January 14, 2020 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Hartford, Conn. in the Charter Oak room for a Robotic Milking seminar.

This seminar brings together experts in the field to discuss optimizing robotic milking on a dairy and explore the opportunities and challenges in this growing technology.

The Robotic Milking Seminar will be from 12:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., lunch is included. The program includes a dairy producer panel and an industry expert panel. There is no charge for attendance.

Dairy Producer Panel
- Angie Facey, Bree-Z-Knoll Farm
- Mary Margaret Cole, University of Connecticut
- Brad Osborne, Osborne Dairy

Industry Expert Panel
- Adam Griffin, Sr. Farm Management Support Advisor at Lely
- Bill VerBoort, General Manager of AgriTech Analytics

At 10:30 a.m., Holstein Association USA will hold their 2020 Member Update Meeting, followed by lunch. All are welcome to attend starting at 10:30 a.m.

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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 approximately 30,000 members throughout the United States.