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December 2013
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  red bullet Holstein Association USA to Host Member Meeting in January
  red bullet Holstein Association USA 2014 Show Judges List & Judges Conference Registration Now Online
  red bullet 2013 Pedigree Analysis of National Holstein Show Winners Now Available
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Board Meets in Chicago
November 2013
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  red bullet Holstein Association USA Announces New Hire and Promotions within Management Team
July 2013
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  red bullet New Holstein Haplotypes to be Labeled with August National Genetic Evaluation
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Holds Board Meeting during National Holstein Convention
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Holds 128th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis
  red bullet Youth Excel During National Holstein Foundation Contests
  red bullet Holstein Youth Shine During 2013 National Junior Holstein Convention Competitions
  red bullet 2014 Holstein Association USA Delegate Election Underway
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Recognizes Outstanding Junior Breeders
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Recognizes Six as Distinguished Junior Member Finalists
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Honors Accomplished Breeders and Industry Icons at National Holstein Convention
  red bullet 2013 Holstein Association USA Convention and 128th Annual Meeting Preview
May 2013
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  red bullet Seven Honored as Holstein Association USA's 2013 Herds of Excellence
  red bullet Junior Bred & Owned Cow Honored as 2012 Star of the Breed
April 2013
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  red bullet 2013 Holstein Association USA Junior Essay Contest Winners Announced
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Board Holds Spring Meeting
  red bullet 2013 Holstein Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists Announced
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Recognizes Young Distinguished Junior Member Finalists
February 2013
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  red bullet Holstein Association USA Accepting Orders for Genomic Testing Kits for Males
  red bullet Applicants Needed for Holstein Association USA Junior Advisory Committee Adult Representatives
  red bullet Schwartzbeck Named 2012 Overall Judi Collinsworth Award Recipient
January 2013
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  red bullet Holstein Association USA Reports Successful Year-End Numbers for 2012

Holstein Association USA to Host Member Meeting in January

Brattleboro, Vt. (December 9, 2013)…Holstein Association USA will host a member update meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Holstein Association USA headquarters, 1 Holstein Place, Brattleboro, Vt. Lunch will be provided and office tours will be given for all interested guests.

This is a new style of member meeting for Holstein Association USA, and will take the place of the traditional regional member meetings which have been held for a number of years. The Brattleboro meeting will be recorded and a video will be posted on the Holstein Association USA web site, giving all interested members an opportunity to hear the State of the Association address, a financial report, and an update on Holstein USA programs and services.

"Taking advantage of available technology will provide members with important updates about their Association, at the click of a button from the comfort of their homes. This new format will allow many more members to be updated on Holstein Association USA activities than ever before," says Jodi Hoynoski, Executive Director, Holstein Identification and Member Services. "We still plan to have a presence at a number of state meetings, but without having a meeting to host, we will be able to spend more quality time with members and take part in their planned activities."

With questions, contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261.

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Holstein Association USA 2014 Show Judges List & Judges Conference Registration Now Online

Brattleboro, Vt. (December 6, 2013)…Holstein Association USA's 2014 National and Qualified Judges Lists have been made available online at The two lists are comprised of individuals from across North America with a significant amount of judging experience, who have also attended a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference in the past three years and applied to be on the list. To view the 2014 lists on the Holstein Association USA web site, select "National Shows" from the main menu, then "National Show Judges Lists."

All individuals on the lists are approved by the Holstein Association USA board of directors each fall. All National Holstein Shows are required to choose their judge from the National Judges List, and nationally-sanctioned Junior Holstein Show judges and National Holstein Show associate judges must be selected from either the National or Qualified lists. State and regional-level shows are also encouraged to utilize the National and Qualified Judges lists when selecting judges for their shows.

Anyone currently on the list, or planning to apply in the future, must have attended and received a satisfactory rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference within a three-year period to be eligible. One conference will be held in 2014, in Columbus, Ohio, on March 27, in conjunction with the Mid-East Spring National Holstein Show. The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is open to anyone 22 years of age or older. Registration is required and can be done on the Holstein Association USA web site with a credit card. Pre-registration is $50, and closes two weeks before the conference, on March 13. Late registrants and walk-ups will be accepted for a $100 registration fee. View details and register for the conferences online at Tentative plans have been made for one judges conference in 2015, in Richmond, Utah.

For complete information about National Holstein Shows and Junior Holstein Shows, visit, and click on the National Shows button in the main menu. With questions, contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261.

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2013 Pedigree Analysis of National Holstein Show Winners Now Available

Brattleboro, Vt. (December 6, 2013)…Holstein Association USA has released the annual Pedigree Analysis of National Holstein Show Winners, following the completion of the 2013 National Shows. These lists are provided for Holstein show enthusiasts and aspiring breeders, providing an insider look at the genetics behind the cattle receiving showring honors at the highest levels of competition. The Pedigree Analysis of 2013 National Holstein Show Winners can be found at, under the Popular Lists section toward the bottom of the homepage.

Holstein females included in the analysis are those that placed in the top three in their respective age classes at a National Holstein Show this year, which included a total of 183 different heifers and 251 different cows.

The lists are updated each fall, following the last National Holstein Show of the year. Included are lists of Leading Sires, Leading Maternal Grandsires, and Leading Sire Stacks of National Show Winners. Each category features separate lists for heifers and cows, along with an overall list. In addition, viewers will find other information which may be of interest, such as average classification score for each class, and historical data from previous years.

2013 Results – Braedale Goldwyn Claims Leading Sire Title Once Again

For the fourth consecutive year, Braedale Goldwyn holds the top spot as the Leading Sire of 2013 National Holstein Show Winners, siring 25 heifers and 70 cows who placed in the top three of their classes, making him to top sire in both of those categories. Coming in the second spot is Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood-ET, who sired a total of 41 heifers and cows placing in the top three.

The Leading Maternal Grandsires lists saw some changes in rank this year, with Regancrest Dundee-ET claiming the number one position for 2013, found on the bottom side of the pedigree of 58 heifers and cows this year. Braedale Goldwyn ranks second on that list with 50 animals to his credit.

The combination of Braedale Goldwyn x Regancrest Dundee-ET easily tops the list of the Leading Sire Stacks of 2013 National Holstein Show winners, with 24 animals resulting from that combination. Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood-ET x Regancrest Dundee-ET was the second most common sire stack for winning heifers, and Gen-Mark Stmatic Sanchez-ET x Braedale Goldwyn holds the second place on the cow list, as well as second overall.

View the complete Pedigree Analysis under the Popular Lists section on the Holstein Association USA homepage, or go directly to

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Holstein Association USA Board Meets in Chicago

Brattleboro, Vt. (December 2, 2013)...The Holstein Association USA, Inc. (HAUSA) board of directors held their fall meeting in Chicago, Ill. on November 21-22. President Glen E. Brown presided.

The board approved the 2014 Management-by-Objective Business Plan and associated budget. The Business Plan forecasts growth in sales of Holstein Association USA's core products and services.

Members who participate in the popular Holstein COMPLETE® program and have 1,001 or more Registered Holsteins® enrolled will receive a reduction in the per cow fee. Beginning with the 1,001st animal enrolled, the per cow charge will be reduced from $8.50 to $6.50.

A new program will honor long-living, productive U.S. Registered Holstein® cows. This new designation in 2014 will recognize cows with high milk production, elite type, and long, productive lives – the type of cow every dairy producer would love to milk! Watch for more details in upcoming issues of the Holstein Pulse magazine.

Update on 2013 Business Plan through October 31st

Registrations were 290,931, which is similar to last year. Transfers totaled 103,478, an 82 percent increase.

Holstein COMPLETE® enrollment totaled 280,523 cows in 1,839 herds. This represents increases in both the number of cows and herds enrolled.

The HAUSA classification team evaluated 190,339 cows in our regular classification program. This represents a 2% increase.

AgriTech Analytics General Manager Bill VerBoort reported that October was a strong month. Cow records increased from 865,597 to 867,755, up 2,158 head. The number of herds processed rose from 584 to 587.

The Holstein Association is currently involved in two important research projects.
The first research update the board heard was the feed efficiency project for which the Association has provided type evaluation services on 431 cows. A preliminary analysis of the research, being conducted by several universities and the USDA, was presented at the recent 26th ADSA DISCOVER Conference in Naperville, Ill. The research will continue over the next several years.

Staff also reported on the Association-funded and directed research which is studying elite Holstein females. The project is intended to find haplotypes that are associated with their valuable and unique phenotypes. The criteria for an elite cow were 150,000 pounds of lifetime milk and classified Very Good (VG) or Excellent (EX). The first significant outcome is that 594 elite cows actually contributed to the August 2013 genetic evaluations. Holstein Association staff will continue to collect, analyze, and compile data for the study.

Committee Reports

The board heard reports from the Audit and Show committees.

From the Show committee, the board approved 2014 Spring National Holstein Shows in Columbus, Ohio, Stillwater, Okla., Jefferson, Wis., and Richmond, Utah.

The Summer National Holstein Show will take place in Columbus, Ohio and the 2014 Fall National Holstein Shows will be held at St. Paul, Minn., Puyallup, Wash., Springfield, Mass., Harrisburg, Pa., and Louisville, Ky. Included in the lineup is the 2014 International Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.

The board approved the committee's recommendations for the 2014 National and Qualified Judges Lists, which will be published on the Association's website in early December. The judges' conference next year will take place March 27th in conjunction with the Mid-East Spring Show in Columbus, Ohio.

Other Business

The board approved the release of 5,062 prefixes effective December 31, 2013. Since its inception in 2009, the board policy allows the release for reuse of a prefix after 20 years of non-use and makes it easier for members to acquire prefixes for their herds.

The list will be posted on the Holstein Association's website to give notice to membership. If someone wants to retire his or her prefix prior to the release date, they may request to do so for a $100 fee.

For more information contact Lindsey Worden, Executive Director, Holstein Genetic Services and Communications Manager, at 802.451.4096. For more information about any of the Association's programs and services, visit, or call Customer Service at 800.952.5200. For more information about ATA's products and services, visit

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Holstein Association USA Announces New Hire and Promotions
within Management Team

Brattleboro, Vt. (November 19, 2013)…Holstein Association USA is pleased to announce several updates to the Association's management team.

"These individuals bring dedication, expertise and talent to their respective positions. We believe our talent pool is unmatched in the pedigreed livestock industry," states Holstein Association USA CEO John M. Meyer.

Peter Cole has been named Executive Director of Holstein Association Dairy Policy, Industry Affairs, and Governance. Cole has been with the Association 15 years, most recently heading up the registry, quality assurance and customer service departments. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing and upholding Association policies and governance structure, as well as serving as liaison to other industry organizations. Cole holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College.

Jodi Hoynoski has been promoted to Executive Director of Holstein Identification and Member Services. Over her past 11 years with the Association, Hoynoski has worked in various areas, including serving as ID Programs Manager, State Association Liaison and Holstein Foundation Programs Manager. Her primary responsibilities include managing all of the Association's identification products and services, upholding high standards for customer service, and working with National Holstein Shows. In addition to her new duties, Jodi will continue her role as manager of the Holstein Foundation and primary liaison with state associations and delegates. Hoynoski is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degrees in dairy science and life science communications.

Dr. Tom Lawlor has been promoted to the role of Executive Director for Research and Development. Dr. Lawlor has been with the Association for the past 27 years and has led the Research and Development department for much of this time. In addition to his involvement with research, he plays a key role in performing genetic evaluations, working with dairy geneticists, collaborating on international projects and educating members about Holstein genetics. Dr. Lawlor holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Science in animal breeding and genetics from Montana State University, and a doctorate in animal breeding and genetics from Cornell University.

Richard Rogers joins the Association staff as the Executive Director of Information Services. He comes to the Association with a vast background and experience with technology, business process and application development. For the past 17 years, he has held various senior management roles within FUJIFILM and most recently at the headquarters of FUJIFILM Holdings North America Corporation. Rogers is responsible for managing the Association's programming staff, along with playing a leading role in software development and maintenance of existing technology resources. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Roberts Wesleyan College, and also completed the Wharton Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Rogers succeeds Bob Lester, who recently retired after seven years of dedicated service to the Association.

Lindsey Worden has been promoted to Executive Director of Holstein Genetic Services. Worden has been with the Association for over six years, serving as Communications Manager for the past five. In her new role, she will work with and lead a team that provides the dairy industry with programs, products, services, technology and leadership to enhance the genetics of the Holstein breed and provide valuable information to help Holstein breeders be more successful. Worden holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Dairy Science and Life Science Communications.

Holstein Association USA, Inc. provides products and services to dairy producers to improve genetics and increase profitability of Holstein cattle, ranging from registry processing and 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. For more information, visit

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New Holstein Haplotypes to be Labeled with August National Genetic Evaluation

Brattleboro, Vt. (July 31, 2013)…As the science of genomics continues to evolve and progress, new information is becoming available to help Holstein breeders make more informed mating decisions about their cattle. Inherited recessive effects on fertility and stillbirth have become much easier to discover by applying genomic methods to growing datasets from large populations. Following is new information that will be reported for all genomic-tested animals, beginning with the August 2013 national genetic evaluation.

Haplotypes Impacting Fertility

Two new haplotypes impacting fertility have been reported for Holstein cattle. They are inherited in a simple recessive manner, allowing breeders to easily include this information in their selection and mating decisions. One was discovered by AIPL, and the other in France.

"The discovery of these two new haplotypes causing the loss-of-function of an important protein involved in embryo survival is a credit to the ongoing genomic research program at USDA-AIPL and in other parts of the world," explains Dr. Tom Lawlor, Research Director at Holstein Association USA. "Prior to transmitting an animal's DNA to its progeny, a parent's chromosomes routinely will break and recombine in the process known as meiosis, creating sperm and eggs. Popular breeding animals will have many small sections of their DNA in the population. By routinely monitoring the frequency and occurrence of their haplotypes, researchers can determine if they are following a normal inheritance pattern, or if a particular haplotype may be harboring a lethal condition," Lawlor continued.

Each month, AIPL screens all haplotypes to check if both homozygotes are observed in one or more of the thousands of genotyped animals. If they are expecting to see a large number of homozygotes and none are observed, these haplotypes are flagged for further investigation. Given the heavy usage of some of our prominent Holstein ancestors, a second test involving conception rates and incidence of stillbirth from the mating of a carrier sire to the daughter of a carrier sire will be checked (VanRaden et al., 2011a). A statistical analysis is conducted at each step to be assured that a real biological effect is being analyzed. The use of bioinformatics can then be used to find the actual gene involved and the precise DNA change responsible for the loss-of-function.

Table 1: Locations and primary source ancestors of new haplotypes impacting fertility and stillbirth
Location (Mbase)
Birth year
FRA4486041658  Besne Buck
CAN264804  Thornlea Texal Supreme


Table 2: Current frequencies and effects of new haplotypes on fertility and stillbirth

1 The reported HH4 carrier matings and conception decrease are from French data (Fritz et al., 2013).
2 A genotyped embryo was homozygous and was implanted, but no pregnancy was detected 28 days later.

The frequency of HH4 carriers is 7.2% in France (Fritz et al., 2013) and could also be high in other countries that used many sons of Jocko Besne, a prominent carrier, but the frequency is only 0.7% in North America. No homozygotes were found in French genotypes even though 49 were expected; 0 were found in North America but less than 1 was expected. The frequency of HH5 carriers was less than 1% before 2000 but has increased rapidly to 5% because of one recent popular sire, the common ancestor for nearly all carrier sire by carrier MGS matings. Pedigree analysis and additional genotyping then traced the haplotype to an ancestor born six generations earlier.

Effects on conception rate for HH4 and HH5 are similar to those of previous fertility haplotypes (VanRaden et al., 2011b). The fertility losses from HH5 were estimated to all occur before 60 days of gestation; no estimates for HH4 are yet available.

These haplotypes can be discovered through all genomic testing options available from Holstein Association USA, and the results of these tests are used to designate animals as carriers or non-carriers. A complete list of tested animals (both males and females) will be available after August 13 on the Holstein USA web site (, under Pedigree Information > Genetic Codes/Traits, and will be updated regularly. Also visit the web site for more information about how the haplotype information should be used, and how to reduce the negative impact on your breeding program.

Additional Haplotypes Associated with Published Genetic Conditions Also Being Reported

Additional haplotypes associated with published genetic conditions will be made available with genomic predictions in August. Included are:
· HH0 – Haplotype associated with Brachyspina
· HHB – Haplotype associated with BLAD
· HHC – Haplotype associated with CVM
· HHD – Haplotype associated with DUMPS
· HHM – Haplotype associated with Mulefoot
· HHP – Haplotype associated with the polled condition
· HHR – Haplotype associated with red coat color

Breeders are encouraged to investigate the pedigree of the animal to ensure the transmission of the genetic condition is consistent with the haplotype result. Requesting the exact gene test for these conditions is advised, and is required to have an animal officially labeled as free or a carrier of the genetic condition.

With questions, contact Holstein Association USA Customer Service at 800.952.5200. Visit the Holstein Association USA web site at for the latest information about Holstein genetic testing services.

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Holstein Association USA Holds Board Meeting during National Holstein Convention

Brattleboro, Vt. (July 18, 2013)…The Holstein Association USA board of directors met July 7-8, 2013 in Indianapolis, Ind. President Chuck Worden chaired the board meeting held during the National Holstein Convention and Annual Meeting at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown hotel.

The board honored retiring President Chuck Worden of New York and Director Leroy Eggink of Iowa and recognized their contributions and service to the Association during a dinner on July 8th.

Update on 2013 Business Plan

During the meeting, staff presented updates on the 2013 Management-by-Objective Business Plan and year-to-date financials. Reporting on year-to-date Holstein COMPLETE® activity, 279,434 cows were enrolled. Compared to June, 2012, this is a gain of 1,739 cows.

The board heard a report on the feed efficiency research project for which the Association is providing Type Evaluation Services. The Classification team will be scoring herds participating in the project at Iowa State University, the University of Florida, and Virginia Tech during July and August. The study is being conducted by several universities and the USDA with support from the Holstein Association.

Staff reported enthusiastic feedback on an Association-funded and directed research project that is intended to find haplotypes of elite Holstein females that are associated with their valuable and unique phenotypes. The first significant outcome of this research is that genome samples from 620 phenotypically elite cows, owned by 354 Holstein Association members, will be contributing to the August genetic evaluations.

2013 Financial Update

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Barbara Casna presented the Association's consolidated financial statements through the end of May, 2013 and reviewed the reserve fund report for the same period. The Association and its subsidiaries show year-to-date net consolidated revenues of $452,000.

AgriTech Analytics (ATA)

AgriTech Analytics (ATA) General Manager Bill VerBoort reported June 2013 enrollment of 872,144 cows. ATA continues to expand the number of states it is doing business in.

Other Board Action

The board approved a new fee schedule for the family and non-family whole herd transfer of animals in a single account or herd to a single ownership. Significant savings will be realized in herds larger than 200 animals. Please contact Peter Cole at 802.451.4127 or Customer Service at 800.952.5200 for more details.

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Holstein Association USA Holds 128th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis

Brattleboro, Vt. (July 16, 2013)…Holstein Association USA members met for their 128th Annual Business Meeting on July 10 and 11, as a part of the 2013 National Holstein Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. President Chuck Worden presided over the meeting, during which members heard reports from the president, CEO and treasurer, discussed current issues relating to the breed and Association, and delegates elected new officers and directors to the board.

State of the Association

Members in attendance heard reports presented by President Chuck Worden and Chief Executive Officer John M. Meyer, highlighting current Association and industry issues, and discussing where the Association's sights are set for the future.

Worden began by reflecting on the opportunities he has had as an officer of Holstein Association USA to travel the world and see the influence U.S. genetics have on the global Holstein population. "These opportunities gave me the chance to see and understand how our GTPI® has become the 'gold standard' for genetic indexes around the world. It also made me realize how many of our friends and allies look up to Holstein USA for leadership." He continued, "As the largest dairy breed organization in the world, it is up to us to help raise all breed associations up and support their efforts to lead their dairy industries and serve their members. Establishing and maintaining the importance of breed organizations around the world helps strengthen us all."

Addressing the changing dynamics of our industry, Worden stated, "The use of genomics as a selection tool hasn't changed the need to collect large amounts of phenotypic data, but it may change what data is used and the way in which it is collected. We must work to preserve the system we have and find ways to protect our unbiased gold standard. Continuing to improve the quality of all data used in the system will help raise the reliabilities of our genomic predictions."

In his State of the Association address, CEO Meyer highlighted some key areas of Association performance in 2012. "The momentum of steady increases in registrations continues," Meyer reported. "Registrations totaled 362,669, up 2,520 over 2011 totals. It is interesting to note that ten years ago in 2002, we registered 315,488 head. Because of you and the world's most profitable cow, the U.S. Registered Holstein®, registrations have increased 47,181 in the last ten years."

The Holstein COMPLETE® program continues to expand," he continued. "Evidence of the ever-increasing popularity of COMPLETE is shown by the 281,359 cows enrolled, representing a ten percent increase."

Another exciting statistic reported was 2012's increase in members. "One of the best barometers for measuring the success of a member organization is to look at new membership growth. New adult membership rose by three percent, as we welcomed 629 new adult members, and junior membership increased by eight percent, as 966 juniors joined our ranks. These numbers bode well for the future of this great Association!"

Meyer closed on a positive note, saying, "When you get right down to it, the Holstein Association is not just a cow business; it is a people business. The majority of you have gained much more from the Holstein Association than is recorded on the dollar side of your own operation's ledger or that of your Association. Through the Holstein Association, you have gained friends you may have never met without your common interest in Registered Holstein cattle. Many of these special friendships will last a lifetime."

"You have gained fond memories of cattle, people, places, special events, national conventions, and experiences that are not available to the uninvolved," Meyer continued. "The greatest gain, however, might be in the personal satisfaction each and every one of you has from the knowledge that you have contributed to the well-being and improvement of the United States Registered Holstein herd, which is the most coveted in the world!"

Videos of the complete CEO's and president's addresses can be found online at

New Officers and Directors Elected

It was the responsibility of the delegate body to elect new officers and directors to fill six openings on the Holstein Association USA board of directors. Glen E. Brown, Utah, was elected president after completing a two-year term as vice president, and Gordie Cook, Mass., was the successful vice presidential candidate. Incumbents elected to a second three-year term on the board of directors include Peter B. Waterman, Maine, representing Region 1; Gayle Carson, Tenn., for Region 4; and Corey Geiger, Wis., in the At-Large seat. Elected to his first three-year term on the board was Mark Kerndt, Iowa, representing Region 6.

Resolution Adopted by the Membership

One resolution was put before the delegate body for adoption, in appreciation of the Indiana Holstein Association, and it was met with a unanimous round of applause.

"Whereas, the Indiana Holstein Association, in preparation for the Holstein Association USA, Inc. 128th Annual Meeting and National Convention, has organized a special week filled with activities that started with tours to outstanding Hoosier dairies, a popcorn farm, a cheese factory, and an RV factory, and has arranged for us to experience the famous Indy Victory Circle, where race winners celebrate with milk, and,

"Whereas, our Indiana Holstein Association hosts have been generous with their knowledge and time, and have been cordial, courteous, and kind,

"Now, therefore be it resolved, that the Holstein Association USA's Board of Directors, delegates, members, and staff congratulate the Indiana Holstein Association for their achievements this week and,

"Be it further resolved, that the Delegates of this 128th Annual Meeting and National Holstein Convention honor and thank each and every volunteer of the Indiana Holstein Association for making this an out-of-the-ordinary and extremely pleasant week!"

No bylaw amendments came before the delegate body this year.

The 2014 National Holstein Convention will be held June 25-28, 2014, in Dubuque, Iowa. For more National Holstein Convention coverage, visit the official Holstein Association USA Convention blog at Additional information will also be included in the upcoming Summer 2014 issue of the Holstein Pulse. With questions, contact Lindsey Worden by email or 800.952.5200, ext. 4096.

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Youth Excel During National Holstein Foundation Contests

Brattleboro, Vt. (July 16, 2013)…Youth were the stars of the show during the Holstein Foundation's National Holstein Dairy Jeopardy and Dairy Bowl competitions, held in Indianapolis, Ind., last week, as part of the 2013 National Holstein Convention. Over 180 youth from around the country participated in the two contests, most of whom qualified at the state level before moving to the national competition.

Dairy Jeopardy

Nearly seventy participants competed in the Dairy Jeopardy competition, divided into three age divisions; Junior, ages 9-13, Intermediate, ages 14-17, and Senior, ages 18-21. This competition for individuals is based on the popular television game show, featuring a wide range of dairy-related questions in a number of categories, from "Barn Babes," to "Dairy Stats," to "You Be the Judge." Following are the top three individuals in each age division.

Junior Division

1st: Connor Erbsen, Illinois
2nd: Ryan Allen, Maryland
3rd: Cynthia Hamlett, Iowa

Intermediate Division

1st: Travis Holtzinger, Pennsylvania
2nd: Jordan Siemers, Wisconsin
3rd: Sarah Thomas, North Carolina

Senior Division

1st: Tony Lopes, California
2nd: Philip Shanks, Illinois
3rd: Hayley Potts, Virginia

Dairy Bowl

In the National Dairy Bowl contest, four-person teams compete within two age divisions; Junior, ages 9-15, and Senior, ages 16-21. A total of 30 Junior and Senior teams participated this year, with 15 states sending teams in each division.

The Junior division championship came down to the teams from California and Iowa, with Iowa emerging as the victor in the final match. Team members included Nathan Arthur, Alyssa Dougherty, Amanda Dougherty and Mary Scott, coached by Heidi deGier and Jeff Hammerand. The runner-up California team members included Hayden Costa, Hayley Fernandes, Macey Pearson and Hannah Van Dyk, with coaches Kirsten Areias and Sarah Zonneveld. Rounding out the top five teams in the Junior division were New York in third, Illinois in fourth and Maryland in fifth.

The Senior division finals saw California squaring off against Illinois, with California claiming the championship. California team members were Ellorine Carle, Rocco Cunningham, Alex Gambonini and Taylor Pires, coached by Kirsten Areias and Lynn Cunningham. Representing Illinois were Levi Martin, Dylan Reed, Ryan Sheehan and Sarah Sheehan, with coaches Becky and Glen Meier. Other teams placing in the top five in the Senior division were Minnesota in third, Maryland in fourth and New York in fifth.

Sportsmanship awards are given to one team in each division who best exemplify the principles of courtesy, friendliness and team spirit throughout the competition. The Junior team receiving this award hailed from the state of Utah, with team members Ethan Brown, Seth Brown, Lexie Papageorge and Landon Schumann, coached by Justin Jenson. In the Senior division, the honor went to the New England team, consisting of Matt Fletcher, Rebecca Grover, Regina Grover, and Katherine Shaw, coached by Nicole Fletcher.

Dairy Knowledge Exam

The Dairy Knowledge Exam is open to any youth attending the National Junior Holstein Convention who wants to put their brain to the test with a 25-question written test. Like Dairy Bowl, youth are divided into two groups by age. This year, 282 youth completed the Dairy Knowledge Exam! The top three in each division were as follows.

Junior Division

1st: Hannah Van Dyk, California
2nd: Jordon Oellerich, Illinois
3rd: Hayley Fernandes, California

Senior Division

1st: Alex Gambonini, California
2nd: Sarah Sheehan, Illinois
3rd: Joey Adams, Iowa

For more information about Holstein Foundation youth programs, visit, or contact Kelli Dunklee, youth programs specialist, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124.

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Holstein Youth Shine During 2013 National Junior Holstein Convention Competitions

Brattleboro, Vt. (July 16, 2013)…Hundreds of enthusiastic Holstein Association USA Junior members ventured to Indianapolis, Ind., last week to participate in a variety of activities during the 2013 National Junior Holstein Convention. All contests are designed to help youth develop skills that will benefit them in future endeavors, and showcases their talents on a national stage.

Prepared Public Speaking Contest

Forty-nine youth participated in this year's prepared public speaking competition, broken into three age divisions. Following are the results from each division.

Junior Division (ages 9-13)

1st: Lora Wright, Missouri, "Robotic Milking Systems…Is this the Wave of the Future?"
2nd: Hanna Richman, New Jersey, "Hanna's Hybrid"
3rd: Caleb McGee, Pennsylvania, "Genomics"

Intermediate Division (ages 14-17)

1st: Allison Herrick, New York, ""Is Your Transition Program at Its Best?"
2nd: Skylar Clingan, Indiana, "Robotic Milking"
3rd: Hannah Van Dyk, California, "bST"

Senior Division (ages 18-21)

1st: Mallarie Stookey, Indiana, "The Dairy Industry"
2nd: Christine Leonard, Minnesota, "More than Manure"
3rd: Taylor Pires, California, "Diversifying & Using Social Media in the Dairy Industry"

Folding Display Competition

Fifty-five entries were submitted in this year's Folding Display competition. For this contest, participants create a free-standing display educating people about a dairy industry-related topic of their choice. Like the speech contest, youth are divided into three age divisions, and each division has two categories – Scientific and Creative. Youth do not have to attend the National Convention to enter a display and compete in this contest. Following are the results for each category.

Junior Creative Displays

1st: George Sebright, Pennsylvania, "Faces of the Farmer"
2nd: Kaylen Miller, Illinois, "Feed Scoop News"
3rd: Noah Iager, Maryland, "Cows are Real Athletes"

Junior Scientific Displays

1st: Jacy Smith, Washington, "Ringworm"
2nd: Hayley Fernandes, California, "Rotary Milking Parlors"
3rd: Cady McGehee, Florida, "Safely Transporting Milk"

Intermediate Creative Displays

1st: Emily Irwin, Illinois, "Experience the Power of Black and White"
2nd: Daniel Kitchen, Pennsylvania, "The Gee Whiz on Cheese"
3rd: Mary Ellen Sousa, New Jersey, "Genetically Polled"

Intermediate Scientific Displays

1st: Katie Osborne, Pennsylvania, "Bed Bugs – Environmental Mastitis Bacteria"
2nd: Cole Davis, North Carolina, "Embryo Transfer"
3rd: Brock Irwin, Illinois, "Total Mixed Ration"

Senior Creative Displays

1st: Jacob Shaffer, Pennsylvania, "Chocolate Milk"
2nd: Molly Elgin, Virginia, "Pathways to the Future"

Senior Scientific Displays

1st: Marcy Bartelheimer, Washington, "Mastitis"
2nd: Christina O'Brien, New Jersey, "Healthy Hooves, Happy Holsteins"
3rd: Ashley Mohn, Pennsylvania, "Brrr…It's Cold Out Here"

State Scrapbook and Banner Contests

The state scrapbook contest gives each state the chance to tell the story of activities and events their Junior Holstein associations take part in each year. Nine states submitted traditional scrapbooks this year, with Minnesota placing first, Florida in second, Iowa taking home third, Illinois in fourth, and Pennsylvania rounding out the top five entries.

The Digital Scrapbook division had 10 entries submitted this year. This division is judged on the same criteria as a traditional scrapbook, but entries must be presented on a computer, DVD player, or other digital format. Taking home first prize this year was Missouri, followed by Illinois in second, Iowa in third, California placing fourth, and Florida in fifth.

The state banner competition allows states to creative showcase their state pride, with nine entries submitted this year, displayed throughout the week at the Convention. First place in the banner contest went to Illinois, second to Florida, and third to Washington.

Junior Advisory Committee Election Results

Three new youth area representatives were elected to the National Junior Advisory Committee (JAC) during the National Junior Forum, held on the last day of the Convention. For Area I, Carissa Doody, Md., was elected to replace outgoing committee member Austin Schwartzbeck, Md. In Area III, Jordan Siemers, Wis., will take the place of Aaron Mitchell, Ill. For the At-Large seat, Sarah Sheehan, Ill., was elected to replace Taylor Pires, Calif.

The JAC is the governing body of the Junior Association and oversees the organization's activities. Youth committee members are elected by the Junior membership at the National Junior Forum, and members serve two-year terms. The committee experience helps youth learn more about their Association, while strengthening leadership skills.

Learn more about Holstein Association USA youth programs at

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2014 Holstein Association USA Delegate Election Underway

Brattleboro, Vt. (July 15, 2013)…Though the 2013 National Holstein Convention is barely in the books, the process of electing delegates for the 2014 Annual Meeting is already underway.

Important Deadlines

July 5 - Nominating petitions mailed to members
August 9 - Nominating petitions must be received by Holstein Association USA
August 16 - Deadline for nominees to withdraw names from the ballot
August 26 - Ballots mailed to members
October 11 - Ballots must be received by Holstein Association USA
November 1 - 2014 delegate election finalized

Members Ineligible to Serve in 2014

In accordance with Holstein Association USA bylaws, the following members will be ineligible to serve in 2014, having served three consecutive years as elected delegates:

Bill Genasci, California
Robert Miller, Illinois
Michael Todd Jones, Indiana
Elizabeth F. Bullard, Maine
Steven B. Keene, Maine
Robert J. Sheehan, Minnesota
Diane Ossenkop, Nebraska
William H. Peck, New York
Todd Mason, Oklahoma
Alan D. Hostetter, Pennsylvania
Duane N. Stoltzfus, Pennsylvania
Randolph K. Gross, South Dakota
Lynn A. Harbaugh, Wisconsin
James R. Rickert, Wisconsin

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Holstein Association USA Recognizes Outstanding Junior Breeders

Brattleboro, Vt. (July 15, 2013)…Holstein Association USA recognized several Junior members for their notable accomplishments of breeding and owning high performing Holstein cattle, during the recent National Junior Holstein Convention, July 7-11, in Indianapolis, Ind. Six different awards are distributed based on type and milk production, designed to reward and encourage Junior members to continue achieving high standards in their Registered Holstein breeding programs. Junior Holstein membership is open to any interested youth who is under 21 years of age.

National Breeder of an Excellent Cow

The Breeder of an Excellent Cow award is presented to Junior members who have bred and owned a cow officially classified Excellent on or after January 1, 2011. The 2013 recipients are: Kaicey Conant, Maine; Rachel Craun, Va.; Annie Dell, Md.; Aaron Doll, Pa.; Samantha George, Pa; Charles Hamilton, Wis.; Ashlie Hardy, Maine; Austin Head, N.Y.; Chelsea Jones, N.Y.; Zach Klinger, Pa.; Jessica Pralle, Wis.; Nicole Pralle, Wis.; Ryan Pralle, Wis.; Jocelyn Riser, Pa.; Ruben Schaapman, Ga.; Emily Shaw, Pa.; Rebecca Shaw, Pa.; and Charlotte Simpson, Pa.

National Breeder of a Multiple E Excellent Cow

The Breeder of a Multiple E Excellent Cow award is received by Junior members who have bred and owned a cow who has been designated with additional "E's" throughout her lifetime. Breeders earning the award this year include: Matthew Gray, N.Y.; Charles Hamilton, Wis.; David Hardesty, Jr., Va.; Chelsea Jones, N.Y.; Jordan London, Pa.; Sam McWilliams, Pa.; Rose Morian, Pa.; Hayley Potts, Va.; and Rebecca Shaw, Pa.

National Junior Progressive Breeder

The National Junior Progressive Breeder honor recognizes cattle bred by Junior members that meet high production and classification standards for their age group. Every cow qualifying receives a star and Junior members acquire a star for each cow they have bred which meets the criteria. Those accumulating five or more stars over their career are presented with a plaque during the National Junior Holstein Convention. 2013 is the twentieth year Holstein youth have had the opportunity to apply for this award.

Earning their first star are: Tiara Alspaugh, Pa., Benjamin Doll, Pa.; Jordyn Griffin, Md.; Laura Holtzinger, Pa.; Zach Klinger, Pa.; Ashley Mohn, Pa.; Jordon Oellerich, Ill.; Jacob Siemers, Wis.; Joshua Siemers, Wis.; Morgan Stump, Pa.; and Rachel Ulrich, Pa.

Two-star honorees: Aaron Doll, Pa.; Samantha George, Pa.;Matthew Gray, N.Y.; Rose Morian, Pa.; and Ruben Schaapman, Ga.

Three-star honorees: Katelyn Allen, Md.; Annie Dell, Md.; Dylan Frey, S.D.; Miquela Hanselman, N.Y.; Kayci Johns, Pa.; Emily Mikel, N.Y.; Travis Nelson, N.Y.; Nicole Pralle, Wis.; and Austin Vandertie, Wis.

Five-star honorees: Carissa Doody, Md.; Tyler Herrington, N.Y.; and Karch Manley, N.Y.

Six-star honorees: Emily Irwin, Ill. and Jordan Siemers, Wis.

Seven-star honorees: Hayley Potts, Va. And Jocelyn Riser, Pa.

Earning his ninth star is Jordan London, Pa.

Earning her eleventh star is Crystal Siemers- Peterman, Wis.

Earning his thirteenth star is David Hardesty, Jr., Va.

Earning her fifteenth star is Katie Osborne, Pa.

19-star honorees: Jessica Pralle, Wis., and Ryan Pralle, Wis.

National 30,000 Pound Cow Award

The National 30,000 Pound Cow award is presented to youth owning a cow who has produced over 30,000 pounds of milk in 305 days or less, between May 2011 and May 2013. This year's recipients are: Isaac Haagen, Pa.; Charles Hamilton, Wis.; Miquela Hanselman, N.Y.; Ashlie Hardy, Maine; Tyler Herrington, N.Y., Emily Irwin, Ill.; Chelsea Klinger, Pa.; Zach Klinger, Pa.; Bria Koester, Ill.; Karch Manley, N.Y.; Sam McWilliams, Pa.; Cody Miller, Pa.; Mitchell Musser, Pa.; Travis Nelson, N.Y., Jessica Nolt, Pa.; Kathryn Osborne, Pa.; Victoria Peila, Pa.; Amber Pownall, Pa.; Jessica Pralle, Wis.; Nicole Pralle, Wis.; Ryan Pralle, Wis.; Hannah Riser, Pa.; Jocelyn Riser, Pa.; Kalli Sherer, Ore.; Connor Siemers, Wis.; Jacob Siemers, Wis.; Jordan Siemers, Wis.; Josh Siemers, Wis.; Lauren Siemers, Wis.; Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Wis.; Katie Stewart, Iowa; Austin Vandertie, Wis.; and Nicole Wright, Wis.

National 150,000 Pound Cow Award

The National 150,000 Pound Cow award is earned by Junior members who own a cow who has produced over 150,000 pounds of milk in her lifetime. This year's honorees are: Heather Alspaugh, Pa.; Quinn Cashell, Pa.; Rebecca Davis, Pa.; David Hardesty, Jr., Va.; Ashlie Hardy, Maine; Austin Head, N.Y.; Cassie Head, N.Y.; Nicole Head, N.Y., Kathryn Osborne, Pa.; Tyler Sattazahn, Pa.; and Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Wis.

National 200,000 Pound Cow Award

The National 200,000 Pound Cow Award honors youth owning a cow who has surpassed the milestone of producing 200,000 pounds of milk in her lifetime. Receiving the award this year are: Austin Acel, Pa.; Tyler Herrington, N.Y.; Cody Miller, Pa.; Andy Pownall, Pa.; Jessica Pralle, Wis.; Ryan Pralle, Wis.; Zachary Stump, Pa.; and Tony Weier, Wis.

For more information on the awards, or to print an application, visit, or contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or by email.

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Holstein Association USA Recognizes Six as Distinguished Junior Member Finalists

Brattleboro, Vt. (July 15, 2013)…Holstein Association USA is pleased to announce that six youth have been recognized with the highest honor earned by Junior Holstein members, the Distinguished Junior Member finalist award. The finalists were announced on July 11 at the National Holstein Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

This year's finalists are: Rocco Cunningham, Calif.; Carissa Doody, Md.; Isaac Haagen, Pa.; Charles Hamilton, Wis.; Hayley Potts, Va.; and Michael Schmitt, Minn.

Twelve semifinalists were selected to interview during the National Holstein Convention. The finalists will receive annual renewed memberships to Holstein Association USA. The Distinguished Junior Member award honors Junior Holstein members, ages 17 to 21, who have excelled in their junior project work, involvement on their farm, and in their communities. For more information about the Distinguished Junior Member award, visit, or contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124.

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Holstein Association USA Honors Accomplished Breeders and Industry Icons at National Holstein Convention

Brattleboro, Vt. (July 15, 2013)…Holstein Association USA honored members during the closing banquet on July 11 at the 2013 National Holstein Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. These award recipients have all worked for the betterment of U.S. Registered Holsteins® and been involved members of the Association.

Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders

Chad and Amy Ryan of Fond du Lac, Wis., were honored as Holstein Association USA's 2013 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders. This award is given annually to a Holstein Association USA member or partnership of members between the ages of 21 and 40, recognizing the significant accomplishments of young Registered Holstein breeders, and their commitment to preserving the dairy industry and achieving excellence in their daily lives. Honorees receive paid travel and lodging expenses to the National Holstein Convention and a $2,000 cash award.

Ryan-Vu Holsteins consists of 95 Registered Holstein cows, milked twice a day in their tiestall barn. A Holstein COMPLETE® herd, the Ryans participate in the full spectrum of Holstein Association USA programs, which they feel help add value to their cattle and aid in their marketing efforts. They classify regularly and currently have a BAA of 111.9%, with 45 Excellent cows, 42 scored Very Good and three Good Plus, ranking them second in the nation for their herd size. The farm has received Progressive Breeders Registry™ recognition three years, have five cows who have earned Gold Medal Dam™ honors, and three Dams of Merit™. Chad's parents, Mark and Mary, are involved with the farm on a daily basis, and Chad and Amy are enjoying introducing their two young sons, Dylan and Cameron, to their dairy farming way of life.

Chad and Amy enjoy moderate-sized cows with a balanced combination of dairyness and strength, who are functionally sound and trouble-free. Their ultimate goal for each mating is to develop an Excellent cow who will produce over 200,000 pounds of milk. Thus far, they have had ten cows achieve the 200,000 pound milestone, including an Excellent-92 Maughlin Storm daughter who made over 400,000 pounds of milk in 12 lactations. They believe that working with strong cow families on both sides of the pedigree is key to developing a long-lasting productive herd of cows, and have invested in some of the breed's greatest cow families, using embryo transfer and IVF to more rapidly grow their herd.

Chad and Amy enjoy giving their time to a variety of activities, especially those that involve working with youth. They are coaches of the Fond du Lac county 4-h dairy judging team, and Amy volunteers annually at the International Junior Holstein Show as a ringperson. Both active with their county and state Holstein Associations, Chad was elected to the Wisconsin Holstein Association board in 2010, and is currently co-chairing both the Midwest Spring National Holstein Show and Scholarship committees. The couple says, "As our sons grow up, we always see Registered Holsteins playing a large role in our future, as we look forward to guiding them and offering them the same opportunities this industry has brought us."

Elite Breeder Honoree

Robert Miller of Mil-R-Mor Holsteins in Orangeville, Ill., was recognized as the 2013 Elite Breeder award honoree. The Elite Breeder award annually recognizes a Holstein Association USA member or partnership who has bred quality Registered Holstein cattle, improving the overall quality of the breed.

Miller and his wife, Kaye, established Mil-R-Mor Farm in 1962 in Dundee, Ill., where they farmed for over 40 years, when urban sprawl led them to relocate to their current facility in Orangeville, Ill., where today they milk 140 cows, housed in two tie-stall barns. It's a true family operation, with three generations of the Miller family involved in the day-to-day management of the farm.

The hallmark of the Mil-R-Mor breeding program is high-scoring, long-lived dairy cows with admirable milk production, a product of the breeding philosophy established by Miller over 50 years ago. Bob's ultimate goal is to breed cows who will classify Excellent and produce 200,000 pounds of milk with four percent fat, as that is the kind of cow he believes will make money for any type of dairyman. Their current BAA of 110.3 on over 100 cows ranks them in the top 200 in the nation, and on their last classification, they had 48 Excellent, 50 Very Good, and 15 Good Plus cows. The Mil-R-Mor prefix can be found on at least 14 cows who have produced over 40,000 pounds of milk in a single lactation, and at least 23 cows with over 1,500 pounds of fat. With over 2,000 Registered Holsteins bearing their prefix, 194 are classified Excellent. Miller has bred 18 Gold Medal Dams and 30 Dams of Merit, and over the years, Mil-R-Mor Holsteins has had at least four national and 25 state production record leaders.

Bob can be credited with discovering the renowned Glenridge Citation Roxy, and his success in developing the cow into a two-time Queen of the Breed and International Cow of the Year is a legend in itself. He came upon Roxy in western Canada while working as a livestock photographer, and knew she epitomized exactly the kind of animal he wanted to work with. A deal was struck, and Bob was able to seal his place in Holstein history. Roxy is the only 4E-97 cow who is also a third-generation 200,000 pound cow, and she was also the first cow to have 10 Excellent offspring. In total, she produced 16 Excellent daughters and four scored Very Good, with none lower. Roxy and her sister, Glenridge Emperor Rocket EX-96, were the All-American Produce of Dam in 1977, 1978 and 1979, and were later voted the All-Time All-American Produce of Dam. Many household names trace directly back to the Roxy family, including the prolific bulls Hanoverhill Raider, Comestar Lee and STBVQ Rubens, as well as the 2005 International Holstein Show Reserve Grand Champion Scientific Debutante Rae EX-92, and Lavender Ruby Redrose-Red 4E-96, Supreme Champion at the 2005 World Dairy Expo.

Bob has dedicated his life to the dairy industry at all levels. He has served the Illinois Holstein Association as president and vice president, and chaired numerous committees, as well as being a delegate to the National Holstein Convention several years. Travelling both in the U.S. and abroad, Bob has visited seven different countries, speaking about his breeding philosophies and Holstein cows. Holstein Association USA director and fellow Illinois Holstein breeder Boyd Schaufelberger provides these thoughts, shared by many who have had the privilege of making Miller's acquaintance, "Bob's character is beyond reproach. I have never heard his honesty or integrity questioned. He is generous with his time and known for his encouragement of others. Bob is very humble, friendly to everyone, and easy to talk to. His walk is energetic and his enthusiasm, contagious."

Distinguished Leadership Award

Horace Backus of Mexico, N.Y., was announced as the 2013 Distinguished Leadership award honoree. This award is given annually to an individual who has provided outstanding and unselfish leadership to the Holstein Association, or dairy industry as a whole.

Often dubbed "the dean of pedigrees," Backus is widely known and respected around the country for his remarkable knowledge of Holstein genetics and lifetime of experience in the dairy sales arena. He began working in his father's Backus Pedigree Office at age 15, and grew his experience until he stepped into the box as a pedigree reader for the first time ten years later, filling in for his father, R. Austin Backus, who had fallen ill. Following his father's retirement, Horace and his brothers formed a company to continue the sale and pedigree business with the same values and integrity their father had instilled in them. The business was sold in 1983, and Horace continued, as he does today, as a freelance pedigree reader. In total, he estimates he has read pedigrees at over 3,000 sales and assisted with the preparation of over 5,000 catalogs, each sale receiving the same special care and attention as the one before it.

Backus is also respected as an author, having penned several books throughout the years, telling the story of many prolific breeding operations, and providing his personal insights on the Holstein industry. His home office is a treasure trove of Holstein memorabilia, with each item carefully catalogued, doing his part as a true historian for the breed, preserving important pieces of breed history which might have otherwise been lost.

Horace and his wife of 61 years, Doris Anne, have three children, Harry, John and Kim. A natural leader, Backus has never shied away from becoming more involved with the organizations and causes he is passionate about. He has served as an elder and Sunday School superintendent at the Mexico Presbyterian Church and sat on the Mexico School District board of education for 10 years, serving as president for five. Horace was elected to the Holstein Association USA board of directors in 1987, a seat which he held until 1995, and has also been involved with the Association's audit committee, and served as a delegate for New York for several years.

His extensive service and lifetime dedication to the industry has not gone unnoticed, and Backus has been honored numerous times over the course of his career, including being named World Dairy Expo's 2010 Industry Person of the Year, and being inducted as an honorary member of the Klussendorf Association in 2003. This year, he was the first-ever recipient of the Pennsylvania Holstein Association's Distinguished Supporter Award. Former HolsteinWorld publisher Joel Hastings summed up the way many view Horace, saying, "A case can be made that Horace Backus, more than any other single individual, has contributed to the growth in value of Registered Holsteins throughout his career as a sales manager, pedigree expert, association leader and advisor to hundreds in the industry. He is the epitome of all that is positive in our business, knowledge, respect and enthusiasm, with unwavering integrity in every single instance."

See the Summer 2013 Holstein Pulse for more coverage of these honorees, and the 2013 National Holstein Convention, or visit to view videos of the award presentations. For more information about Holstein Association USA's annual awards, visit and click on Awards, then Individuals, in the main menu. With questions, contact Lindsey Worden by email or 800.952.5200, ext. 4096.

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2013 Holstein Association USA Convention and 128th Annual Meeting Preview

Brattleboro, Vt. (July 1, 2013)…Final preparations are being made to welcome hundreds of Registered Holstein® enthusiasts to Indianapolis, Ind., for the 2013 National Holstein Convention and Holstein Association USA's 128th Annual Business Meeting. Holstein Association USA and the Indiana Holstein Convention Planning Committee have worked to assemble a schedule of activities that will allow plenty of fellowship with other breeders and discussion about important topics facing our breed and Association. The 2013 National Holstein Convention takes place July 7-11 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown and Convention Center. Below are some highlights of the agenda; the complete schedule can be found at

Featured Speakers

Holstein Association USA is pleased to have two informative guest speakers on Wednesday, July 10. Both presentations will take place in the Marriott Ballrooms 5 & 6.

Dr. Gerard Cramer, associate professor at the University of Minnesota, will be talking about "The Role of Genetics in Foot Health Programs," during the Early Bird session, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota faculty, Dr. Cramer operated his own veterinary practice in Ontario, focused solely on providing hoof trimming services, monitoring foot health on dairies, consulting on lameness problems and conducting trimming courses and research. Before starting his practice, Dr. Cramer owned and operated his family's dairy farm.

Dr. Nate Dorshorst will provide the Annual Meeting Keynote at 1:45 p.m., speaking on "Added Value Opportunities with Advanced Reproduction in Registered Holsteins." Dr. Dorshorst was raised on his family's 50-cow Registered Holstein dairy in Wisconsin, and is currently a full-time ET practitioner with Lodi Veterinary Care. He helped to form the practice's Bovine Advanced Reproduction division, which includes a donor boarding program, beef recipient program, USDA-certified collection facility and an IVF program. Dr. Dorshorst became a partner in the practice in 2010.

Director Elections

Delegates will vote on a number of officer and director elections during the Annual Meeting on Thursday morning, July 11. Vice President Glen E. Brown, Utah, is the sole candidate for president, and running for the vice president seat are John Bierbaum, Minn.; Gordie Cook, Mass.; John C. Kalmey, Ky.; Robert Nigh, Wis.; and Hank van Exel, Calif.

In the director elections, candidates include incumbent Peter B. Waterman, Maine, for Region 1 and incumbent Gayle Carson, Tenn., for Region 4. For Region 6 director, declared candidates are Gale Hoese, Minn.; Mark Kerndt, Iowa; Phil Specht, Iowa; and Chuck Will, Minn. Incumbent Corey Geiger, Wis., is the lone candidate for the open at-large director seat.

Annual Award Recipients Announced

A perennial Convention highlight is the announcement of Holstein Association USA's annual award recipients. The 2013 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder, Elite Breeder, and Distinguished Leadership honorees will be unveiled during the final Convention banquet, taking place this year on Thursday evening, July 11.

Holstein Association USA staff will be blogging throughout the week with updates, pictures and video live from Indianapolis! If you cannot make it to the Convention this year, be sure to follow Holstein Association USA on Facebook, or visit for the latest updates, including junior competition results, award recipients, and election results. For complete schedule and lodging information, visit

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Seven Honored as Holstein Association USA's 2013 Herds of Excellence

Brattleboro, Vt. (May 21, 2013)….Holstein Association USA is pleased to honor seven U.S. Registered Holstein breeders as 2013 Herd of Excellence award recipients. The Herd of Excellence designation was introduced six years ago to honor dairymen who have bred and raised Holstein cattle that are consistently performing at the highest levels for them.

To be named a Herd of Excellence, herds must be 25 percent above breed average Mature Equivalent (ME) for milk, fat and protein; have classified within the last year and have an actual average classification score of 83 points or higher; have at least 70 percent of the herd homebred; and be enrolled in the Association's TriStar production records program.

This year's honorees include: David Bachmann, Pinehurst Farms, Sheboygan, Wis.; Tim Baker, Star-Summit Farm, Byron Center, Mich.; Joseph A. Brantmeier, Hilrose Holsteins, Sherwood, Wis.; Janice Jurbala, Spotlite-J Holsteins, Orangeville, Pa.; Thomas J. Kestell, Ever-Green-View Farms, Waldo, Wis.; Randy W. Kortus, Mainstream Holsteins, Lynden, Wash.; and Benjamin F. & Carolyn A. Turner, Maplelane-Manor Farm, Apulia Station, N.Y.

Read more about these outstanding breeder herds in the Spring 2013 issue of the Holstein Pulse, or at

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Junior Bred & Owned Cow Honored as 2012 Star of the Breed

Brattleboro, Vt. (May 21, 2013)…Holstein Association USA is pleased to announce Siemers Alisha Gold Ava-ETS, bred and owned by 18-year-old Crystal Siemers-Peterman of Newton, Wis., as the 2012 Star of the Breed.

This designation is given each year to one Holstein who is a "cow for all seasons," possessing both outstanding type and milk production. To be eligible for the Star of the Breed award, a cow must place in the top five in her class at a National Holstein Show in the award year, be in a herd enrolled in the TriStar program and have an official classification score. Once the eligible cows are determined, the following calculation is used to decide the award recipient: Combined ME Fat and Protein + Age Adjusted Classification Score x (Breed Average ME Combined Fat & Protein/Breed Average Age Adjusted Classification Score).

Crystal describes Ava as "a dream come true for me and my family." Born March 3, 2006, Ava has a pedigree to be admired by any Registered Holstein breeder. Sired by showring legend Braedale Goldwyn, Ava is out of a Silky Gibson-ET daughter of Tri-Day Ashlyn-ET 2E-96 GMD DOM, the result of some embryos Crystal's mother, Sherry, purchased as a foundation for Crystal's 4-H project. "I realize that many people spend their entire lifetime hoping to breed a cow like this, and I am thrilled beyond words to have had so many amazing opportunities by the time I was 17," said Crystal.

Ava is classified Excellent-95 2E, with a 96-point udder, earning a 50 in the breakdowns of Stature, Rear Udder Height and Rear Udder Width. With an illustrious show record, the cow has been nominated Junior All-American every year she has been shown. In 2012, she competed as an Aged Cow in the spring, placing second at the Midwest Spring National Holstein Show, and came back out in the fall as a 125,000 Pound Cow, placing third at the International Holstein Show. Just as impressive as her showring accomplishments is Ava's milk production ability; this past lactation, she made a 365-day record of 56,330 pounds of milk, with 4.1 percent fat (2,301 pounds) and 3.3 percent protein (1,865 pounds). In total, she has produced 168,680 pounds of lifetime milk, maintaining component levels of 4.1 percent fat and 3.4 percent protein.

Crystal has been active in a variety of Junior Holstein activities throughout her life, competing at the local, state and national level in shows and other Junior competitions. In 2011, she was honored as a National Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM), and is currently serving as the Wisconsin Holstein Association Princess Attendant. After graduating high school, Crystal plans to continue her education at the University of Minnesota. At their farm, the Siemers family milks more than 2,000 cows, averaging over 30,000 pounds of milk. Aside from the main dairy, they have a small farm which allows them to provide more individualized care for their show cattle and other select animals, as well as providing an opportunity for the kids to work hands-on with the animals.

For more information about the Star of the Breed Award, visit

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2013 Holstein Association USA Junior Essay Contest Winners Announced

Brattleboro, Vt. (April 6, 2013)…Holstein Association USA has finalized the results of the 2013 Online Junior Holstein Essay Contest! Open to any Junior Holstein member ages 9 to 21, the contest was divided into three age divisions, each with their own topic.

Junior Division (ages 9-13 as of January 1): In what ways do you educate your non-dairy friends and classmates about the dairy industry and benefits of consuming dairy products?
1st: Ava Booth, WI
2nd: Cole Booth, WI
3rd: Jacy Smith, WA

Intermediate Division (ages 14-17 as of January 1): Who is your role model in the dairy industry and what is one lesson you have learned from them?
1st: Tony Lopes, CA
2nd: Charlie Hamilton, WI
3rd: Elisabeth Regusci, CA

Senior Division (ages 18-21 as of January 1): Describe your vision for the dairy industry over the next decade, and the role you plan to play in it.
1st: Hayley Potts, VA

Hayley Potts was also selected as the Grand Prize winner and will receive a Kindle Fire for her efforts. Prizes were awarded to the top three youth in each age division. Read the winning essays online at, under the Fun Zone section!

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Holstein Association USA Board Holds Spring Meeting

Brattleboro, Vt. (April 2, 2013)…President Chuck Worden presided at the spring Holstein Association USA, Inc. board of directors meeting held in Windsor Locks, Ct., March 21-22.

The Business Plan portion of the meeting included results of 2012 objectives and updates on 2013 objectives. The board heard reports from the Audit, Genetic Advancement, International Marketing, and Nominating committees.

2013 Business Plan

Staff reported excellent progress in the member-initiated research project which focuses on the association of the unique genetics of long lived, high producing cows with functional type. Holstein Association members who are owners of qualifying elite cows will be receiving invitations to genomic test those cows for inclusion in the research. The study is being performed and funded by Holstein Association USA.

Another research project focuses on feed efficiency and will provide information about the relationship of feed efficiency to body size, mobility, and other functional traits. The research is being conducted by several universities and USDA. Members of the Association's Classification team are providing Type Evaluation Services to participating herds for this important project.

The Holstein Association launched a membership drive with a goal to gain 1,000 new adult members in 2013. State Holstein associations have received details on the campaign which will award the winning states $500 in each of three divisions.

Early first quarter member activity in the Holstein COMPLETE® program is solid. Enrollment totaled 277,160 cows, which is an increase of 3 percent over this time last year.

Committee Reports

The board of directors approved new genetic codes for polled animals as follows:

· PO Observed polled
· PC Tested heterozygous polled
· PP Tested homozygous polled
· TP Tested free of the polled condition (horned)

These codes will appear on Official Holstein PedigreesTM and official performance products.

The board approved a recommendation from the International Marketing Committee which requires parentage testing on 5 percent of all animals registered for export in one shipment. All testing costs will be billed to the exporter.

Upcoming Meetings

The next board of directors meeting will be held July 7-8, in Indianapolis, Ind. in conjunction with the Association's 128th Annual Meeting and Convention. The fall board meeting will take place in Chicago, Ill., November 21-22, 2013.

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2013 Holstein Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists Announced

Brattleboro, Vt. (April 2, 2013)…Holstein Association USA is pleased to name twelve semifinalists for the 2013 Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) awards. The Distinguished Junior Member recognition is the highest honor given to members of the National Junior Association, ages 17 to 21, demonstrating a lifetime of commitment to the Holstein breed and involvement in a variety of activities.

This year's semifinalists are: Michael Bahl, Dubuque, Iowa; Rocco Cunningham, Penngrove, Calif.; Carissa Doody, Union Bridge, Md.; Isaac Haagen, Howard, Pa.; Charles Hamilton, Cuba City, Wis.; Breinne Hendrickson, Belleville, Wis.; Chelsea Jones, Little York, N.Y.; Hayley Potts, Purcellville, Va.; Michael Schmitt, Rice, Minn.; Rebecca Shaw, Williamsburg, Pa.; Derek Wasson, Centre Hall, Pa.; and Kathryn Wendorf, Viroqua, Wis.

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.

"My love and involvement with the Holstein cow has shaped me into who I am today and without everything she gives me, I would have never met the friends I have met, had the opportunities I have had, or grown into who I am today," said 17-year old Charles Hamilton in his Story of Junior Project Work. "I owe almost everything in my life to my involvement in groups like the Junior Holstein Association, as well as my foster mother, the Holstein cow, and the nurturing world that surrounds her."

Twenty-year old Chelsea Jones wrote in her story, "My cows have helped me achieve many goals in and outside the showring and are one of my driving forces to continue a career in the dairy industry, as one day I hope to have a farm of my own where I will raise Registered Holsteins." She added, "I would also like to lease calves to kids who do not live on farms, such as myself, but have an interest in showing dairy cows. As I continue to grow and learn about the dairy industry, I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead for not only myself, but the youth involved in the dairy industry, and the Holstein breed."

The twelve semifinalists will interview at the National Holstein Convention, July 7-11 in Indianapolis, Ind., to be named one of six finalists. 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 DJM or other Holstein youth programs, visit, or contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or by email.

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Holstein Association USA Recognizes Young Distinguished Junior Member Finalists

Brattleboro, Vt. (April 2, 2013)…Eight finalists have been named in Holstein Association USA's annual Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM) competition. The YDJM recognition is the highest award given to National Junior Holstein members, ages 9 to 16, and honors their dairy project work and involvement with other agricultural and community organizations. The eight finalists will be honored during the 2013 National Holstein Convention, July 7-11, in Indianapolis, Ind.

The 2013 YDJM finalists are: Christy Achen, South Ambia, Ind.; Andy Dougherty, Epworth, Iowa; Evan Gunter, Asheboro, N.C.; Ross Laskey, Okeechobee, Fla.; Cole Leonard, Spottswood, VA; Austin Nauman, Norwalk, Wis.; Austin Schmitt, Rice, Minn.; and Cody Sears, Schenevus, N.Y.

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

"Dairy farming has been my greatest education and the Holstein Association provides me the opportunities to refine my life skills," wrote 16-year-old Christy Achen in her story of Junior Project Work. "I practiced teamwork while trying to get cows in the barn for milking with my brothers and sisters. I have acquired communications skills by educating my community through tours at my family's dairy farm. I have obtained confidence by putting these skills to the test while competing in competitions through the Holstein Association. Growing up as a dairy farmer provides endless opportunities to grow and learn and obtain the full potential that can only be gained through my involvement in the dairy industry and the Holstein Association."

"The Virginia Junior Holstein Association and Holstein Association USA have allowed me to meet new and different people and learn so much about the dairy industry," said Cole Leonard, 16, in his story. "From competitions like dairy jeopardy and Holstein dairy bowl, I have gained information I use on a daily basis to help me take care of our cows. When I attend events like the National Holstein Convention, I see, meet, and interact with other enthusiastic Holstein youth from throughout the country. Because of Registered Holsteins, I have learned and done many great things that otherwise would not have been possible."

For more information about YDJM or other Holstein youth programs, visit, or contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124 or by email.

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Holstein Association USA Accepting
Orders for Genomic Testing Kits for Males

Brattleboro, Vt. (February 26, 2013)...Holstein Association USA is accepting orders for genomic testing kits for males, with evaluations expected to be available starting with the April 2013 official evaluation.

The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between USDA and the Cooperative Dairy DNA Repository (CDDR, composed of seven A.I. organizations), which restricts breeders from receiving genomic evaluations on bulls, expires on Friday, March 1. Although the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) recently voted to charge a service fee for all animals being genomic tested, Holstein Association USA will not be charging any additional fees until defined mechanisms are put into place to account and collect such fees. Holstein USA will continue to charge the same fees for testing any Holstein, male or female. As a reminder, following are the Holstein USA's genomic testing fees for U.S. breeders:

GGP-LD (9K SNP Test): $45
GGP-HD (77K SNP Test): $125

Additionally, Holstein COMPLETE herds receive a 5% credit for any genomic tests ordered. Genomic testing forms and DNA samples should be received at the lab by March 1 for the best chance in being included in the April genetic evaluation. Visit for more information about our genomic testing options.

As more details become available, we will keep breeders informed by posting information on the web site, at To order genomic testing kits, call Customer Service at 800.952.5200, or email

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Applicants Needed for Holstein Association USA Junior Advisory Committee Adult Representatives

Brattleboro, Vt. (February 22, 2013)…Holstein Association USA is currently seeking applications to fill two open seats for adult representatives from Areas III and IV on the Junior Advisory Committee (JAC). The JAC is the governing body of the National Junior Holstein Association, serving as a sounding board for Junior members and advisors, and overseeing Holstein youth programs. Adult representatives bring valuable perspective and guidance to the committee. The current adult representatives from Areas III and IV will be completing their terms at the National Junior Holstein Convention this July. Applications must be submitted to Holstein Association USA by March 15, 2013.

Area III covers Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin; and Area IV includes Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Adult representatives are eligible to serve up to two two-year terms on the JAC. The committee meets annually, via conference call or in-person, to discuss Junior Holstein Association matters, and attendance at the National Junior Holstein Convention is mandatory, as the committee assists with coordinating events and carrying out activities. Travel and lodging expenses associated with serving on the JAC are covered by Holstein Association USA. This year's newly appointed representatives will start their official duties following the 2013 National Convention.

Ideal committee members will be knowledgeable about Junior Holstein programs; have a strong communication network with members in their designated area; must commit to attending designated JAC meetings; and must display the highest standards of ethics and commitment to youth programs.

Learn more about the JAC or download an application at With questions or for more information, contact Kelli Dunklee, youth programs specialist, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or by email.

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Schwartzbeck Named 2012 Overall Judi Collinsworth Award Recipient

Brattleboro, Vt. (February 22, 2013)…Austin Schwartzbeck of Union Bridge, Md., is Holstein Association USA's 2012 Overall Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Junior Exhibitor Award recipient. The Collinsworth Award is presented annually in honor of former Holstein Executive Director of Member and Industry Services, Judi Collinsworth. The award recognizes youths' work and involvement with Holstein cattle and dairy activities. Recipients are selected based on sportsmanship, herdsmanship and level of participation in Holstein activities. Schwartzbeck is the ninth youth to receive this honor, and receives a $500 scholarship.

"I feel very honored to be selected as this year's Judi Collinsworth Award winner," Austin said. "Winning this award greatly reflects on how much I love to show my Registered Holstein cattle and my participation in Holstein activities that I have learned so much from."

Schwartzbeck received the Collinsworth Award at the 2012 Premier National Junior Holstein Show in Harrisburg, Pa., where he has been an exhibitor for several years. The 21-year-old son of Gus and Lisa Schwartzbeck has enjoyed being involved on his family's Peace and Plenty Farm his entire life, in all aspects of the operation. Austin says his life's passion is breeding and exhibiting Registered Holstein cattle, and his ultimate goal is to pass the farm on to the fifth generation of farmers in his family.

Austin has been a very active member of both the Maryland and National Junior Holstein Associations, participating in a wide range of Junior Holstein activities. He has competed in both dairy bowl and dairy jeopardy at the state and national levels, and has received many accolades through the years, including Junior breeder of an Excellent cow, 2007 national Young Distinguished Junior Member finalist, and 2010 National Distinguished Junior Member semifinalist. He currently represents Area 1 on the National Junior Holstein Advisory committee.

One of Austin's proudest moments happened in 2011 when he won Junior Champion and Champion Bred and Owned Heifer at the International Junior Holstein Show in Madison, Wis., with his heifer, Peace&Plenty Asteroid Fishy. While he loves showing, Austin says it's not all about bringing home ribbons and trophies. "One of the most rewarding things I have learned through my years of showing Holsteins is the true value of family and friends in the dairy industry. Showing cows has brought about some of my closest friendships, and I have met countless friends and contacts from every region of the country as well as those in other countries."

Schwartzbeck is currently a junior at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, where he is studying dairy science. At college he is a member and has held leadership positions with the Dairy Club and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He judged for Virginia Tech at the 2011 National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo, where he was the ninth high individual, helping the team to an impressive second place finish.

One Judi Collinsworth Award recipient is selected at each of the four National Junior Holstein Shows. All winners receive a $250 cash award and are invited to apply for the Overall Collinsworth Award. Other winners from 2012 National Junior Holstein Shows include Briar Jeg, Chehalis, Wash., International Junior Holstein Show; Katie Muntz, Cynthiana, Ky., Grand National Junior Holstein Show; and Wilma Van der Laan, Frederick, OK, Southern Spring National Junior Holstein Show.

Applications for the Judi Collinsworth Award are available online at or at any of the 2013 National Junior Holstein Shows. For more information on Holstein youth programs, contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124 or by email.

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Holstein Association USA Reports
Successful Year-End Numbers for 2012

Brattleboro, Vt. (January 31, 2013)…Holstein Association USA is excited to report that 2012 was another solid year for U.S. Registered Holsteins and program activity, with interest in Registered Holstein cattle continuing to grow. CEO John M. Meyer reported in his State of the Association address at regional member meetings this winter, "Registrations at the end of last year totaled 362,669, up 2,520 from 2011."

"Looking down memory lane, 10 years ago in 2002, we registered 315,488 Holsteins," said CEO Meyer. "Because of you and the world's most profitable cow, the U.S. Registered Holstein, registrations have increased 47,181 in the last 10 years."

Furthermore, the Association identified 204,474 Holsteins last year through the Basic ID program, which is a stepping stone to full registry status. Animals identified with Basic ID are not eligible for Holstein USA recognitions or Official Holstein Pedigrees. Basic ID, combined with registrations, bring the total number of animals identified in 2012 to 567,143. "These numbers are good examples of how the market share of Registered Holstein cattle continues to expand from coast to coast," Meyer added.

Participation in the Holstein COMPLETE® program is also strong, with 281,359 cows enrolled in the program at the end of 2012, which is an increase of 10 percent over 2011 numbers. Holstein COMPLETE is the Association's premier program, bundling registrations, classification, production records, pedigrees, and other services together for one annual fee.

"We classified 228,541 cows in our regular Classification program," reported Meyer. "Through the SET classification program, 88,586 animals were appraised, which is a 3 percent increase in the number of cows over 2011."

The number of genotyped animals continues to increase annually. In 2012, 26,796 genomic tests were performed, compared to 19,474 in 2011, an increase of 7,322. "There is more genomic testing of Holstein cattle in the United States than there is of any breed of cattle anywhere in the world, helping to ensure the genetic superiority of U.S. Registered Holsteins," Meyer stated.

The increased interest in the Registered Holstein cow and her Association is evidenced by the fact that the Association welcomed 629 new adult members and 966 Junior members in 2012, which is a 3 percent increase in adults and 8 percent increase in Juniors.

For more information about Holstein Association USA or U.S. Registered Holsteins, visit A complete report on the Association's 2012 performance will be presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting, July 10
and 11, in Indianapolis, Ind.

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Holstein Association USA, Inc.,, 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.