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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 2021 Recipients

2021 Herds of Excellence Recipients
LARGE HERDS (500+ herd size division)

Bomaz Inc
The Zwald Family, Hammond, Wisconsin
92.9% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 85.6
Milk: 32,882  Fat: 1,319  Protein: 1,046
Four Year Honoree

Siemers Holstein Farms Inc.
The Siemers Family, Newton, Wisconsin
98.5% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 84.8
Milk:  35,865  Fat: 1,511   Protein: 1,100
Six Year Honoree

 

MEDIUM HERDS (100 to 499 herd size division)

Koepke Farms Inc.
The Koepke Family, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
100% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 84.9
Milk: 35,002  Fat: 1,433  Protein: 1,060
Five Year Honoree

Koester Dairy Inc.
The Koester Family, Dakota, Illinois
98.8% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 85.0
Milk: 35,221 Fat: 1,465  Protein: 1,110
Six Year Honoree

 

SMALL HERDS (10 to 99 herd size division)

B-Long Holsteins
Bruce, Brenda & Bret Long, New London, Wisconsin
100% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 88.2
Milk: 35,059   Fat:1,377  Protein: 1,122
Eleven Year Honoree

Ever-Green-View Holsteins, LLC
The Kestell Family, Waldo, Wisconsin
97.7% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 88.6
Milk: 40,588 Fat: 1,698  Protein: 1,267
Twelve Year Honoree

Doorco Holsteins
Dan, Julie, and Austin Vandertie, Brussels, Wisconsin
100% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 88.4
Milk: 35,466  Fat: 1,397  Protein: 1,085
Five Year Honoree

Show-Mar Holsteins
Mark Brantner and family, Evans City, Pennsylvania
100% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score - 89.5
Milk: 36,662  Fat: 1,622  Protein: 1,141
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
2020 2101 2102 to 2724
2019 2043 2044 to 2620
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.