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September 2022
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  red bullet Holstein Association USA Study Shows Clear Relationship Between Desirable Functional Conformation and Economically Important Traits
  red bullet Holstein Association USA and Western Kentucky University to Host Launch Event for WKU
SmartHolstein Lab
  red bullet Holstein Marketplace Sires Releases Top SimAngus™ bull for HOLSim™ Program
  red bullet Holstein America Broadcasts September 26 on RFD-TV
  red bullet Junior Holstein Members to Refine Professional Skills During Virtual Interview Contest
   

August 2022
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  red bullet Holstein Marketplace Sires Releases Trio of Exciting New Bulls
  red bullet Junior Breeders Recognized for Their Outstanding Registered Holsteins
  red bullet 2023 Holstein USA Delegate Election Underway
   

July 2022
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  red bullet Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship Awarded to Jacob Achen
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Members Gather for the 2022 National Holstein Convention
  red bullet Junior Holstein Members Engage in Friendly Competition
  red bullet Distinguished Junior Membership Competition Celebrates 100 Years
   

June 2022
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  red bullet Mitch Kappelman Chosen as 2022 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Announces 2022 Elite Breeder Award Recipient
  red bullet Collin Peterson Named Distinguished Leadership Award Recipient
  red bullet Holstein Association USA’s Research Grant Program Seeking Applications
  red bullet 2022 All-National Showcase Program Midseason Rankings Released
  red bullet New Recommendation for Mailing DNA Samples for Genomic Testing  
   

May 2022
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  red bullet Thirteen-Year-Old Cow Named 2021 Star of the Breed
  red bullet Eight Registered Holstein Herds Earn 2021 Herd of Excellence Distinction
   

April 2022
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  red bullet 2022 Holstein USA Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists Selected
  red bullet Holstein USA Recognizes Young Distinguished Junior Member Finalists
   

March 2022
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  red bullet Holstein Marketplace Sires Seeking Potential New Bulls
   

February 2022
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  red bullet Registration Open for 2022 Holstein Association USA Judges Conferences
  red bullet Holstein America Broadcasts February 10 on RFD-TV
   

January 2022
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  red bullet Holstein Association USA Announces Top BAA Herds
  red bullet Weaver Receives National Judi Collinsworth Award
 

Holstein Association USA Study Shows Clear Relationship Between Desirable Functional Conformation and Economically Important Traits


Brattleboro, Vt., September 30, 2022 — How does physical conformation relate to economically important traits in today’s dairy industry? A recent study completed by Holstein Association USA aimed to assess these relationships using linear classification data and DHIA production records. The dataset covered almost 20 years of data and includes over 1 million cows. The results of this study clearly show that cows with more correct, functional conformation live longer and produce more milk.

Linear type classification programs are well established as a method for assessing physical conformation of economically important traits. Cows with higher scores are closer to the ideal physical conformation for a Holstein cow.

Cows included in the analysis were split into quartiles, with an equal number of cows in each quartile (refer to Figure 1). First lactation cows in the top quartile for final classification score (final scores between 82 and 89 points) produced 1,537 pounds more energy corrected milk in 305 days than those in the bottom quartile (76 points and lower). Using a long-term milk price, of $20/cwt, this difference represents $307 more in gross revenue in their first lactation.

Figure 1: First Lactation 305 Day ECM by Final Score Quartile

Looking at lifetime energy-corrected milk (ECM), comparing the top quartile to the bottom quartile, the highest scored cows produced 13,389 more pounds of ECM across their lifetimes than cows in the bottom quartile (refer to Figure 2). Using a long-term milk price, of $20/cwt, this difference represents $2,678 more in gross milk revenue per cow over the course of their lives. Among individual linear classification traits udder and feet and leg traits were most corelated with milk yield and longevity measures. Additionally, when look at lifetime days in milk (DIM), cows in the top quartile for final classification score had 142 more lifetime DIM than cows in the bottom quartile.

Figure 2: Lifetime ECM by Final Score Quartile

This large dataset provides new insight into the importance of physical conformation to production and longevity. These results also show that linear classification does quantify economically important physical conformation traits well. As the dairy industry focuses sustainability, breeding cows that last longer is increasingly important. These results demonstrate the importance of selection for functionally correct dairy cows for dairy profitability.

If you are interested in seeing more information about individual traits, you can find a compete report with all analyses at www.holsteinusa.com/typematters. Contact Holstein USA Analytics and Innovation Scientist Jeffrey Bewley by email at jbewley@holstein.com or call 859.699.2998 for questions or further information.

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Holstein Association USA and Western Kentucky University to Host Launch Event for WKU SmartHolstein Lab


Brattleboro, Vt., September 27, 2022 — Holstein Association USA and Western Kentucky University are excited to officially launch the WKU SmartHolstein Lab on November 14, 2022. The launch will be held at the WKU Ag Expo Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky from 10 am to 5 pm central time. This event will provide a unique opportunity to see the latest in dairy technology, with over 30 working technologies on one dairy farm. Additional information can be found at www.smartholstein.com.

“We’ve spent the past year getting the WKU SmartHolstein Lab up and running by installing many different technologies, adding Registered Holsteins to the herd, and conducting research,” says Dr. Jeffrey Bewley, Holstein Association USA Analytics and Innovation Scientist. “Now, we’re thrilled to welcome you to the WKU SmartHolstein Lab to see the progress we’ve made, and learn more about the technologies we’re using here.”

In addition to exploring new technologies, visitors can view the 25 Registered Holsteins donated by Holstein breeders from around the country as part of the Send a Holstein to College program. Representatives from companies with technologies on the farm will be on-site to provide information about their technology offerings. The program will include a tour of the dairy, recognition of lab partners and donors, lunch, and a program featuring the latest in dairy technological innovations.

Registration for the WKU SmartHolstein Lab launch is $15 per person and includes lunch. Registration is open to anyone with an interest in dairy, and payment can be made at the event. RSVP to Jeffrey Bewley at jbewley@holstein.com or 859-699-2998 by October 30. The event will be held at the WKU Ag Expo Center, located at 406 Elrod Road, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The WKU SmartHolstein Lab, located at the WKU Agriculture Research and Education Center, is designed to be a research, development, and demonstration center for the dairy industry. The lab is a one-of-a-kind partnership between Holstein Association USA, Western Kentucky University (WKU), and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.

The mission of the WKU SmartHolstein Lab is to lead Holstein and dairy advancements through research, development, and outreach in technologies, analytics, and genetics. This endeavor provides students with unique experiential learning opportunities. The SmartHolstein Lab was established in 2021 as an easy-to-access demonstration and development farm to explore new technologies designed to collect novel phenotypic traits including wearable or indwelling sensors and milk-based biomarkers.

Contact Holstein USA Analytics and Innovation Scientist Jeffrey Bewley by email at jbewley@holstein.com or call 859.699.2998 for questions, further information, or to register for the event.

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Holstein Marketplace Sires Releases Top SimAngus™ bull for HOLSim™ Program


Brattleboro, Vt., September 21, 2022 — Holstein Marketplace Sires in excited to announce the release of IR PRIMETIME 712SM02001. PRIMETIME is a homozygous black, homozygous polled SimAngus™ bull, and the first HOLSim™ bull to be added to the Marketplace Sires line up.

HOLSim bulls like PRIMETIME are elite SimAngus sires with traits that will complement Holstein females for a more profitable terminal calf. SimAngus bulls combine the strengths of two breeds (Simmental and Angus), giving them an economic advantage and making them the sought-after breed for beef on Holstein breeding programs.

PRIMETIME is a superior bull that ranks among the highest HOLSim bulls available. He ranks in the top 5% of the SimAngus breed for several economically relevant traits, such as Calving Ease, Birth Weight, Marbling and Ribeye Area. He?s also ranked in the top 1% for Terminal Index. His Angus sire, G A R HOME TOWN, is recognized for his combination of breed leading carcass traits and pleasing phenotype. His Simmental dam, KBHR IR/JLN ASTORIA G119, is a great young donor with an elite genetic profile.

“PRIMETIME represents unparalleled opportunity to add efficiency, muscle, and marbling to every HOLSim calf he sires. Whether selling day-old beef on Holstein calves or feeding them through harvest, Primetime’s genetics are designed to enhance marketability and profitability,” says bull owner John Irvine of Irvine Ranch.

Located in Manhattan, Kansas, Irvine Ranch’s core business is providing beef genetics and customer service to a progressive and growing number of beef production enterprises. The herd’s genetic base has developed over several decades of disciplined and systematic selection for traits of economic value to their customers.

Purchasing semen from Holstein Marketplace Sires is simple. Order online or over the phone with your credit card and have semen shipped directly to your doorstep. Buy online by visiting www.holsteinusa.com/marketplacesires, click the red “Buy Now” button, fill in number of units you would like to purchase, and check out using our secure online system. Orders may also be placed by calling customer service 800.952.5200 or contacting a Holstein Association USA regional sales representative.

Contact Holstein Marketplace Sires Manager Timothy Ziemba by email at tziemba@holstein.com or call 315.730.3312 for questions, further information, or bulls to consider for the program.

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Holstein America Broadcasts September 26 on RFD-TV


Brattleboro, Vt., September 7, 2022 — Celebrating five years as the nation’s leading television broadcast highlighting the dairy community, Holstein America airs at 7 p.m. CST, Monday, September 26, on RFD-TV. The documentary series, produced by Holstein Association USA, pays tribute to dairy farmers and families from coast to coast.

"Every day, we are humbled by the work and dedication shown by Holstein Association USA members across the county,” says John Meyer, CEO of Holstein Association USA. “Each one has a unique story to tell, and we are honored to share a glimpse into their lives through Holstein America."

The September 26 episode begins at Holstein Association USA’s headquarters in Brattleboro, Vermont. Since 1885, the world’s largest dairy cattle breed organization has contributed to the progress of U.S. Registered Holstein® genetics and served generations of dairy producers. Holstein America host Michelle Davidson will tour the headquarters office and visit with staff members committed to their work at 1 Holstein Place.

From Pennsylvania to California, the program will highlight how Registered Holsteins support families and dairy farms of all types and sizes. Farm families will share what being involved in Holstein programs means to their farm’s next generation, and how they are carrying on the family legacy.

Traveling into the Midwest, Holstein America will explore dairy farmers’ commitment to improving environmental stewardship and bettering their communities. From the milking parlor to the showring, this episode will showcase why dairy farmers love the Registered Holstein cow.

The hour-long program, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, also explores programs and services offered by Holstein Association USA, including registration, classification, genomic testing and more.

Join us for Holstein America at 7 p.m. CST, Monday, September 26, on RFD-TV.

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

After the show, visit www.holsteinusa.com to find a complete collection of the Holstein America series. Also stay tuned to Holstein Association USA on Facebook and Instagram for more information.

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Junior Holstein Members to Refine Professional Skills During Virtual Interview Contest

Brattleboro, Vt., September 1, 2022 — Junior Holstein members are invited to participate in Holstein Association USA's Virtual Interview Contest. The contest provides an opportunity for youth to hone their resume writing and interview skills and receive feedback from agricultural industry professionals.

"This contest is extremely valuable to participants because it offers the opportunity to get real experience interviewing with businessmen and women in the agriculture industry," says Jon Chapman, 2021 Virtual Interview Contest participant from California. "The preparation, process of interviewing, and subsequent feedback has given me more confidence in my professional communication skills."

Youth will first submit their resume and cover letters for a mock scenario, and up to 15 applicants from each division will be selected for a virtual interview with a panel of three judges. Every individual who participates will be given written feedback on their cover letter and resume and those that reach the interview phase will receive written feedback on their interview, too.

The Virtual Interview Contest is open to youth ages 12 to 21 as of January 1, 2022. Individuals must be a Junior member of Holstein Association USA to be eligible.

Youth will be split into three categories based on age. Individuals in the junior division (ages 12 to 14 as of January 1) will apply for a mock scenario - chance to win a fall heifer Holstein calf from the 2021 World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion - Erbacres Snapple Shakira-ET. In the intermediate division (ages 15 to 17) contestant's mock scenario is an internship on a Holstein farm in another country. Finally, youth in the senior division (ages 18 to 21) will be applying for their first job in their desired career path after completing a post-secondary education.

"Through the interview I gained confidence and the ability to be myself, sharing stories and examples of why I would be a great candidate for a job position," says Joseph Real of Vermont, 2021 contest participant. "Having this wonderful experience will allow me to flourish in future interviews and be able to connect and network with industry professionals. I would highly recommend all youth take this valuable opportunity to challenge and set themselves up for future success!"

Cash prizes of $250 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place will be awarded in the junior and intermediate divisions. In the senior division, youth will be given cash prizes of $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place.

Entries for the Virtual Interview Contest are currently being accepted and interested youth should send a cover letter and resume corresponding to their appropriate age division to kdunlkee@holstein.com by October 1, 2022. Youth who make it to the virtual interview round will be notified in November with interviews to follow in December.

For more details on the content or how to apply, visit the Junior Holstein website or contact Kelli Dunklee at kdunklee@holstein.com or 802.451.4124.

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Three New Bulls Available Through Holstein Marketplace Sires

Brattleboro, Vt., August 23, 2022 — Three new bulls have recently been launched through the Holstein Marketplace Sires program, managed by Holstein Services, Inc.

“These bulls exemplify the ideals of our program, creating a breeder-to-breeder market for genetics,” says Timothy Ziemba, Holstein Marketplace Sires Manager. “The goal of our program is to help Registered Holstein breeders market their genetics to fellow breeders and create a group of deep pedigreed bulls that fill everyone’s needs. Our new bulls offer the highest levels of genetics from contract-free high GTPI and NM$ bulls to the highest available Red PTAT bull from a world-renowned family.”

Holstein Marketplace Sires provides a unique avenue for Holstein breeders to market their genetics. The bull owners retain ownership of the bulls, and the Holstein Marketplace Sires coordinates the marketing and sales. Launched in January of 2019, this program provides a new choice of bulls offered by breeders for breeders.

New Releases

BLUMENFELD NAVIGATOR-ET712HO01017 BLUMENFELD NAVIGATOR-ET

NAVIGATOR is bred and owned by Blumenfeld Holsteins LLC in Hawley MN. Navigator ranks amongst the most elite available bulls in the breed at +2973 GTPI®, +1209 DWP$®, +1070 NM$ and +1092 CM$. Navigator is a health trait superstar with a Productive Live at +6.8, DPR at +1.0 and SCS at 2.61. Conventional and sexed semen are currently available.

“Navigator exemplifies what we breed for every day – huge components, extreme Productive Life, positive fertility, and great udders, besides one of the most important traits for today’s industry – moderate frames,” said Brian Waldner of Blumenfeld Holsteins.

Sired by Peak Rayshen-ET, Navigator is from a GP-82 Rome daughter and then backed by 12 generations of VG or EX dams straight from the Wesswood-HC Rudy Missy family. Navigator’s pedigree includes seven cows in his maternal line with records exceeding 35,000 pounds of milk and 12 dams with over 1,000 pounds of fat. Navigator has a balanced proof with high components at 102 pounds of Fat and +0.27% Fat, Calving Ease at 2.1% and an Udder Composite at +1.16. To top it off, Navigator is also Beta Casein A2/A2!

SUGAR-C CAPTIVATING FABIO712HO01015 SUGAR-C CAPTIVATING FABIO

FABIO is bred and owned by Sugar Creek Dairy in Elkhorn, WI. He is sired by Larcrest Captivating-ET out of a GP-81 (at 2-02) Challenger. The next dam is a VG-88 Granite with records over 30,000 pounds of milk and 4.7%F. Fabio’s third dam is a Denver daughter scored EX-91 2E with records over 40,000 pounds of milk and over 1,200 pounds of fat and protein. The fourth dam is an EX Mccutchen with over 212,000 pounds lifetime milk. All four of these cows are currently in the herd at Sugar Creek Dairy, with his dam just fresh this summer on her second lactation.

Fabio is a well-rounded bull with extreme production traits at +1388 Milk, +93 Fat (+0.13%) and +58 Protein. His GTPI sits at an notable +2874, NM$ of +832, DWP$ of 924 and he is also Beta CaseinA2/A2. Fabio boasts a PTAT of +1.59 and UDC at +1.35. His linear profile indicates he will sire daughters who are strong, deep and open cows, with slight slope to the rump and some set to the legs.

“The productive life of Fabio’s family is tremendous. It really doesn’t miss, and they’re high performing. They’re consistent and easy on the eyes. His pedigree is unique, and it fits my breeding strategy,” says Fabio’s breeder, Rick Adams. Fabio is a great representation of what the Adams breed for at Sugar Creek Dairy.

GOLDEN-OAKS TANGO-RED-ET712HO01018 GOLDEN-OAKS TANGO-RED-ET

TANGO-RED is bred and owned by Golden Oaks Farm in Wauconda, IL. Tango-Red holds the title as the number 1 red and white Holstein bull in the U.S. for genomic PTA Type at a stunning +4.25 with an impressive Udder Composite at +3.08. Tango boasts linear traits of +5.15 for Rear Udder Height, +4.41 for Rear Udder Width and +4.12 for Fore Udder Attachment. 

Tango-Red’s genomic numbers are not surprising when looking at his pedigree.  He is an Altitude from a VG-86 Jordy daughter of the renowned Miss Pottsdale DFI Tang EX-94.  Tang was Reserve All-American Red & White Senior 2-Year-Old in 2016 and All-American Red & White Senior 3-Year-Old in 2017.  Behind Tang are four cows scored EX-92 3E, EX-91 2E, EX-93 3E and VG-87 followed by the household names of Ernest-Anthony SD Tobi-ET EX-96 3E DOM and C Alanvale Inspiration Tina EX-95 2E GMD DOM.  We are thrilled to give Red and White Holstein enthusiasts an opportunity to add a bull like Tango-Red to their breeding programs!

“Tango is true to our breeding program with his breed-leading type numbers, combined with his style and physical makeup,” says Lucas Moser of Golden Oaks Farm. “We feel Tango can add a lot to the type side of a herd and has great potential to make future show heifers and cows.”

All bulls offered through Holstein Marketplace Sires are free of any haplotypes impacting fertility.

Purchasing semen from Holstein Marketplace Sires is simple. Order online or over the phone with your credit card and have semen shipped directly to your doorstep. Buy online by visiting www.holsteinusa.com/marketplacesires, click the red “Buy Now” button, fill in number of units you would like to purchase, and check out using our secure online system. Orders may also be placed by calling customer service 800.952.5200 or contacting a Holstein Association USA regional sales representative.

Contact Holstein Marketplace Sires Manager Timothy Ziemba by email at tziemba@holstein.com or call 315-730-3312 for questions, further information, or bulls to consider for the program.

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Junior Breeders Recognized for Their Outstanding Registered Holsteins

Brattleboro, Vt., August 16, 2022 — Junior members from around the country who bred and own exceptional Holstein cattle have recently been honored by Holstein Association USA. The awards, based on both conformation and milk production, are designed to reward and encourage Junior members to continue their excellent Registered Holstein® breeding programs. All eligible cows are automatically screened for these awards on an annual basis.

National Junior Star Performer Award
The National Star Performer Award recognizes well-rounded Holstein cows with exceptional milk and component production, as well as admirable classification scores. The cow must be bred and still currently owned by their Junior Holstein breeder; have an RHA of at least 87 percent; be enrolled in Holstein Association USA's TriStar production records program; have a 305-day or less lactation completed in the last calendar year of at least 25,000 pounds milk; and be classified Very Good-85 or higher. Once the eligible cows are determined, they are ranked based on a formula: (Combined ME Fat and Protein + Age Adjusted Classification Score) x (Breed Average ME CFP/Breed Average Age Adjusted Score). Annually, ten cows are recognized with this honor, with the highest-ranking cow being designated as the National Junior Star Performer.

The 2021 National Junior Star Performer is SHOW-MAR STAR 1436 owned by Wesley Brantner of PA. Star is classified Excellent-90, and has a 305-day production record of 52,150 pounds of milk, with 2,084 pounds of fat and 1,604 pounds of protein.

Continuing, the top 10 winners of this esteemed award for 2021 are:

2nd place: SHOW-MAR RIE 1424, owned by Wesley Brantner, PA
3rd place: RYAN-VU DOORMAN MAITI-ET, owned by Dylan & Cameron Ryan, WI
4th place: RUMMAGE ATWOOD STARLIGHT, owned by Ryleigh Rummage, TN
5th place: MEIER-MEADOWS DOR CHARLOTTE, owned by Magen Busker, IL
6th place: SHOW-MAR DIAMONDBACK ROSE, owned by Wesley Brantner, PA
7th place: J-FOLTS BYWAY LENORE, owned by J. Isaac Folts, NY
8th place: NOR-BERT FEDEX ALEXIS, owned by Dalton, Dillon, & Breanne Freeman, IN
9th place: MEIER-MEADOWS DECEIVER GEM, owned by Rachel Busker, IL
10th place: SHOW-MAR CRUSH EVERYONE, owned by Wesley Brantner, PA

National Cream of the Crop Award
The National Cream of the Crop Award recognizes the top 75 Junior-owned Registered Holstein cows that have produced the highest combined pounds of fat and protein during a 305-day lactation. To be eligible for this award, cows must meet the following criteria: be owned by a current Holstein Association USA Junior member; have an RHA of at least 87%; be enrolled in the TriStar production records program; and have a 305-day or less record of over 30,000 pounds of milk completed during the calendar year. The entire lactation must be completed while the animal is under youth ownership. Once the pool of eligible cows is determined, cows are ranked on total pounds of fat and protein produced during the lactation.

First place in the 2021 Cream of the Crop award is SHOW-MAR KAY 1364-ET owned by Wesley Brantner of Pennsylvania.

Rounding out the top 10 Cream of the Crop winners for 2021 are:

2nd place: HILL-OVER AIRLIFT BUENO, owned by Alexander Burleigh, PA
3rd place: EK-STJ BRILLIANT-RED-ET, owned by Alexander Burleigh, PA
4th place: BRITE-SIDE ATWOOD BANNER-ET, owned by Abigal Busker, IL
5th place: LYN-VALE RAINY DAY-RED-ET, owned by Brianne Vandoske & Austin Radue, WI
6th place: SHOW-MAR KRACKLE 1400-RED, owned by Wesley Brantner, PA
7th place: NOR-BERT MERIDIAN MAKALA, owned by Dalton, Dillon,& Breanne Freeman, IN
8th place: SHOW-MAR RIE 1424, owned by Wesley Brantner, PA
9th place: SHOW-MAR SKY 1406 , owned by Dylan Brantner, PA
10th place: JEFFREY-WAY DENVER THADDEA owned by Brianne, Brooklyn, & Reid Vandoske, WI

Additional Junior Cow Awards
Other recognition Holstein Association USA Junior members can achieve include the National Junior Breeder of an Excellent Cow Award, which was awarded to 194 cows this year, and the National Junior Breeder of a Multiple "E" Cow Award, which 46 cows owned by junior members achieved.

The National Junior 200,000 Pound Lifetime Production Award was given to 11 different cows and their owners. An impressive 62 cows owned by junior members achieved requirements to win the 150,000 Pound Lifetime Production Award.

Congratulations to all the Junior members who received recognition for their outstanding Registered Holsteins. Find complete lists of all Junior award honorees at https://www.holsteinusa.com/juniors/index.jsp, under Junior Awards-Cows in the main menu.

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2023 Holstein USA Delegate Election Underway

Brattleboro, Vt., August 1, 2022 — Holstein Association USA's 2023 delegate election process is currently underway. Each year, members have the opportunity to nominate members from their state to serve as voting delegates at the following year's Holstein Association USA Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the National Holstein Convention. The 2023 Annual Meeting will be held in Lexington, Kentucky June 26 - 27.

Important Deadlines
Here are the important deadlines to take into account:
August 1 - Nominating petitions mailed to members
September 30 - Nominating petitions must be received by Holstein Association USA
October 14 - Deadline for nominees to withdraw names from the ballot
October 31 - Ballots mailed to members
December 30 - Ballots must be received by Holstein Association USA
February 1, 2023 - 2023 delegate election finalized

Typically, members become ineligible to serve as a delegate after serving as a delegate at three consecutive Annual Meetings. With the cancellation of the 2020 Annual Meeting, the clock re-set and all members are eligible to be nominated as a delegate for 2023.

With questions about Holstein Association USA’s delegate process, contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship Awarded to Jacob Achen

Brattleboro, Vt., July 22, 2022 — Holstein Association USA recently recognized Jacob Achen with the 2022 Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship. He is currently a partner in Silverstreak Dairies, LLC in St. Cloud, Minnesota and a manager at Benton Group Dairy LLC at Warren Dairy in Williamsport, Indiana. Jacob and his wife Jayne Esch live in Rice, Minnesota.

Jacob graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2013. While in college he took on leadership roles in organizations such as the Gopher Dairy Club and was active in dairy-focus activities including the dairy judging and dairy challenge teams.

Now, Jacob is pursuing an MBA from Indiana University and MS of Economics from Purdue University. “As the world continues to change and dairy farms are becoming fewer, it is going to take someone with good business sense to manage and operate a dairy for the future,” he says.

Jacob is also currently involved in two different dairy farms and applies the concepts he is learning in his classes directly to the operations. For example, he is focusing on team building and employee engagement, and has taken on the role of lead recruiter for the dairies he works with.

“I chose to pursue an MBA because I feel it is the best way I can help my dairies’ business, employee well-being, and the future vitality,” Jacob says. “I want to continue to learn and apply my knowledge of farm financials to my studies to better learn how I can help and grow each business. ”

About the Award

The $3,000 scholarship was established in 1984 by Holstein Association USA, Inc. to encourage deserving and qualified individuals with a bachelor’s degree in dairy production to obtain a master’s degree in business administration.

The scholarship program honors former Executive Secretary Robert H. Rumler. He led the Association for 25 years and believed U.S. agribusiness needs and deserves the best trained, most highly qualified leaders the nation’s educational system and practical experiences can provide. For more information about the Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship, visit www.holsteinusa.com and click on Awards.

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Holstein Association USA Members Gather for the 2022 National Holstein Convention

Brattleboro, Vt., July 13, 2022 — Holstein Association USA members recently experienced “Progress on the Plains” in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from June 27 to July 1, 2022. The 2022 National Holstein Convention drew over 1,000 adult and Junior members and Holstein enthusiasts from across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

“I think it’s important for our members to get together at events like this because we get to interact with each other,” says recently elected Holstein Association USA President, Jonathan Lamb.

There was plenty of opportunity for members to connect with one another throughout the convention. Members shared comradery and conversation with fellow Holstein enthusiasts at events such as Welcome Night and the National Sale. Attendees also heard an inspirational message from Chris Koch, a farm boy from Canada turned world traveler and motivational speaker.

Attendees dove into dairy farming in South Dakota during the Host Day Farm tours on Wednesday, June 29. Each option brought members to a variety of tour highlighting the vibrant dairy industry in the upper Midwest along the I-29 corridor.

“We were just exited to get ’em out, show them the landscape, show them the different dynamics, different herd sizes, on-farm processing to robotics to on-farm creameries, all the way up to 3,000 to 4,000-cow dairies,” says Darrel Rennich, 2022 National Holstein Convention chair.

The Data Innovations Summit held on Thursday morning featured dairy industry leaders who shared how data gleaned from the many innovations used on today's dairy farms can be better utilized to help maximize efficiency, results, and profitability.

“We are a very diverse organization, and it’s very important for every sector - every segment of the industry - to be present here,” says Rafael Lopez, Holstein Association USA member from Camuy, Puerto Rico.

136th Annual Meeting

A total of 95 delegates, from 40 districts were present. President Corey Geiger presided over the meeting, which kicked off Thursday, June 30. Members heard reports from the president, CEO, and treasurer on the 2021 performance of Holstein Association USA and impressive progress of the Holstein breed.

Members also engaged with top dairy research scientists during a panel titled, “New Research to Enhance Holstein Profitability,” during the Annual Meeting. The panelists all have research projects funded through Holstein USA’s Research Grant Program, and their projects have outcomes expected to benefit the Holstein breed.

Dr. Anna Denicol from the University of California-Davis presented her project, Breeding Holstein cows for heat tolerance using the slick hair gene. Next, Dr. Joao Paulo (JP) Martins from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shared his project, Identification of genetic and physiological aspects of double ovulation and twinning in Holstein lactating cows. Dr. Chad Dechow from Pennsylvania State University wrapped up the presentations with his project, Genomic evaluation of diet digestibility. The panel ended with a question-and-answer session.

The 2021 Herds of Excellence and Star of the Breed were also honored during the Annual Meeting, followed by the recognition of 141 members for achieving 40-year member status.

Directors Elected

Three members retired from Holstein USA’s Board of Directors this year, including Corey Geiger, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, outgoing President; John A. Andersen, Blackfoot, Idaho, Region 8; and John Marshman, Oxford, New York, At-Large Director.

A board candidate forum was held on Thursday afternoon, and elections took place on Friday morning. Re-elected for their second three-year term on the board were Robert (Bob) Webb, Plymouth, Wisconsin, representing Region 5 and Bill Genasci, Modesto, California, representing Region 9.

Jonathan Lamb, Oakfield, New York was elected as President and John S. Burket, East Freedom, Pennsylvania was elected as Vice President. Elected for three-year terms on the board were R. Joshua Wright, Jerome, Idaho, representing Region 8 and Jeff King, Schuylerville, New York, At Large Director.


Award Winners Celebrated

The 2022 National Holstein Convention concluded with the Progress on the Plains Celebration Luncheon. Members gathered to honor Holstein Association USA’s 2022 award winners. Receiving the highly regarded Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder award was Mitch Kappelman of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

The Bauer brothers/Sandy-Valley Farms from Scandinavia, Wisconsin received the well-respected Elite Breeder award, and the Honorable Collin Peterson of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota was presented with the prestigious Distinguished Leadership Award.

For more coverage from the 2022 National Holstein Convention, including recording of CEO John Meyer’s State of the Association Address and President Corey Geiger’s Address, visit Holstein USA’s YouTube channel or www.holsteinusa.com.

Next year’s 137th Holstein Association USA Annual Meeting and 2023 National Holstein Convention will be held June 23 – 27 in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Junior Holstein Members Engage in Friendly Competition

Brattleboro, Vt., July 12, 2022 — Holstein Association USA’s Junior members showcased their dairy knowledge during the 2022 National Holstein Convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Over 300 Junior Holstein members competed in contests, attended farm and dairy industry tours, and made new connections.

“It’s exciting to watch youth grow during National Junior Holstein Convention each year,” says Kelli Dunklee, Holstein Association USA Youth Programs Specialist. “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
Thirty-three youth members participated in the prepared public speaking competition. Speech topics ranged from “Holstein Sire Selection” to “Milk as a Sports Drink”. Following are the results from each age division.

Junior Division (ages 9-13 as of January 1)
1st place: Chloe Chapman, California
2nd place: Alison Gartman, Wisconsin
3rd place: Karley Rocha, California

Intermediate Division (ages 14-17 as of January 1)
1st place: Jenna Larson, Florida
2nd place: Sammi Justice, Missouri
3rd place: Zane Swattling, New York

Senior Division (ages 18-21 as of January 1)
1st place: Talia Priore, New Jersey
2nd place: Abby Stoltzfus, Pennsylvania
3rd place: Madison Sifford, Virginia

Folding Display Contest
Twenty-three entries were submitted in this year's Folding Display competition. Participants create a free-standing display educating people about a dairy industry-related topic of their choice. Youth are divided into three age divisions, and each division has two categories - Scientific and Creative. Following are the results for each category.

Creative Division
Junior Division (ages 9-13 as of January 1)
1st place: Kimber Hough, Pennsylvania
2nd place: Keelan Pavelski, Pennsylvania
3rd place: Emma Brown, Pennsylvania

Intermediate Division (ages 14-17 as of January 1)
1st place: Charlotte Quick, Pennsylvania
2nd place: Lemuel Coltrane, North Carolina
3rd place: Alex Empet, Pennsylvania

Senior Division (ages 18-21 as of January 1)
1st place: Kate Dyson, North Carolina
2nd place: William Coltrane, North Carolina
3rd place: Trevor Clapp, Connecticut

Scientific Division
Junior Division (ages 9-13 as of January 1)
1st place: Alex Schroeder, Minnesota
2nd place: Hannah Visser, Minnesota
3rd place: Rilen Wright, North Carolina

Intermediate Division (ages 14-17 as of January 1)
1st place: Jenna Larson, Florida
2nd place: Johanna Heijkoop, Florida
3rd place: Reese Burdette, Pennsylvania

Senior Division (ages 18-21 as of January 1)
1st place: Salem Sifford, Virginia


State Scrapbook
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. The books were judged on the cover, news clippings, photos organization, originality, and variety of activities.

1st place: Minnesota
2nd place: Iowa
3rd place: Michigan
4th place: New England

Digital State Scrapbook
This year marks the 12th time states have had an opportunity to participate in the Digital Scrapbook Contest. 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.

1st place: Florida
2nd place: Michigan
3rd place: Missouri
4th place: Virginia
5th place: New England

State Banner
The state banner competition allows states to creatively showcase their associations, displayed throughout the week at the Convention. Judges assess the banners based on promotion of state, Holstein related, attractiveness, originality, and overall appearance.

1st place: Missouri
2nd place: Florida
3rd place: Virginia

Mission Membership
One state is awarded each year for increasing their membership. The honor is calculated on a percentage increase from January 1 to June 1 of the convention year. Minnesota took home the honor this year.

NHWSO Awards Scholarships
 Two Junior Holstein members were awarded scholarships by the National Holstein Women’s Scholarship Organization (NHWSO) during the National Junior Holstein Convention. This year’s recipients receiving $3,500 scholarships were Blake Wright, Missouri, and Kiley Lickfelt, Minnesota.

New Representative Elected to Junior Advisory Committee (JAC)
One new youth representative was elected to the National Junior Advisory Committee (JAC) during the National Junior Forum. Caroline Arrowsmith from Pennsylvania was appointed to the Junior Advisory Committee for the At-Large position replacing Lora Wright, Missouri and Elizabeth Cashell, Pennsylvania will be the new Area I Adult representative replacing Dr. Robert Cloninger, Pennsylvania.

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.

For more information about Junior Holstein Association’s youth programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Kelli Dunklee, youth programs specialist, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or by email.

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Distinguished Junior Membership Competition Celebrates 100 Years

Brattleboro, Vt., July 6, 2022 — This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Holstein Association USA’s Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) award. Started in 1922, the DJM competition is the longest running contest and the highest honor given to a Junior Holstein member, ages 17 to 21.

“As we reflect back on the past 100 years of the Distinguished Junior Member competition, we see many past DJM finalists have gone on to serve Holstein USA and the dairy industry in significant ways,” says Kelli Dunklee, Holstein Association USA Youth Program Specialist. “We look forward to continuing this special tradition and developing future leaders.”

Holstein Association USA named six National DJM finalists on July 1, 2022, during the National Junior Holstein Convention Awards Banquet in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Congratulations to the 2022 Distinguished Junior Member finalists!

The 2022 Distinguished Junior Member Finalists are:

  • Ryan Allen, Jefferson, Maryland
  • Regan Demmer, Peosta, Iowa
  • Matthew Gunst, Hartford, Wisconsin
  • Hannah Hockerman, Westfield, Wisconsin
  • Brian McCullough, Juda, Wisconsin
  • Blake Wright, Verona, Missouri 


DJM judging is a two-part process. Youth members competing put together a book highlighting their Junior Holstein work, activities and projects, breeding program, and personal views. The Junior’s entry book is worth 60 percent of the final score, and the top 12 individuals are named DJM Semifinalists based on their book score.

Phase two of the contest takes place at National Junior Holstein Convention, where the semifinalists are interviewed by a committee of judges. The interview is worth 40 percent of the final score, and the six individuals with the highest combined scores are named DJM finalists.

Young Distinguished Junior Member Finalists

Eight Junior Holstein members ages 9 to 16 were selected as Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM) finalists. The applicants were judged on their YDJM books, which highlight their accomplishments and leadership with the Junior Holstein Association and beyond.

The YDJM finalists were recognized during the 2022 National Junior Holstein Convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Congratulations to these outstanding Junior Holstein members for their impressive accomplishments!


The 2022 Young Distinguished Junior Member Finalists are:

  • Isaac Folts, North Collins, New York
  • Sophia Geppert, Kingdom City, Missouri
  • Sophie Griswold, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
  • Elizabeth Gunst, Hartford, Wisconsin
  • Logan Harbaugh, Marion, Wisconsin
  • Jenna Larson, Okeechobee, Florida 
  • Madison Mowrer, Petersburg, Pennsylvania
  • Shelby Swanson, Hutchinson, Minnesota 

For more information about Holstein Association USA's youth programs, visit www.holsteinusa.com/juniors.

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Mitch Kappelman Chosen as 2022 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder

Brattleboro, Vt., June 23, 2022 — For the 2022 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder, returning home to farm was always a clear choice. Now, 30-year-old Mitch Kappelman manages his family’s dairy, Meadow Brook Farms. Because of his enthusiasm for dairy farming and the Registered Holstein® cow, Holstein Association USA is proud to honor Kappelman with the 2022 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder award.

Located near Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Meadow Brook Farms milks around 425 cows, three times a day, in a double-nine parallel parlor. The rolling herd average is just over 30,000 pounds of milk, with 1,230 pounds of fat and 927 pounds of protein. They are currently at 4.1% fat and 3.1% protein.

Through the years, Kappelman’s passion for agriculture was ignited as he competed in shows and activities like Dairy Bowl through the National Junior Holstein Association. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a degree in dairy science in 2013.

After working as a herd analyst for a couple of years, Kappelman followed his heart back home to the farm. “I loved the genetics side of things and working with other farmers, but there’s nothing like working with your own cows,” he says.

Today, Kappelman is involved in all of the day-to-day activities at Meadow Brook Farms, where his biggest priorities are managing employees and cow health. He is always striving for new genetic goals with his Registered Holsteins, while remaining focused on keeping cows healthy and comfortable.

Kappelman has taken on leadership roles in his local Manitowoc County Holstein Association, serving on the board for six years. He’s also a graduate of Class 10 of the Holstein Foundation’s Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI). As he looks ahead, Kappelman plans to continue his involvement in the dairy industry, both on and off the farm.

“To win this award means that I’m on the right track,” he says. “It means I’m doing good things, but that doesn’t mean I want to stop. I want to keep going, I want to do more, I want to be better. And I’m excited for where that future is going to lead.”

About the Award

The Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder award recognizes significant accomplishments of young Registered Holstein® breeders for their commitment to preserving the dairy industry and for achieving excellence in their daily lives. Mitch Kappelman will be recognized on July 1 during the 2022 National Holstein Convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Holstein Association USA Announces 2022 Elite Breeder Award Recipient

Brattleboro, Vt., June 21, 2022 — The Registered Holstein® herd at Sandy-Valley Farms in Scandinavia, Wisconsin, has achieved the sought-after balance of cattle with high type and genomic value. Their herd’s elite genetics have performed well not only at Sandy-Valley Farms, but also across the nation and throughout the world.

Holstein Association USA is pleased to honor the Bauer brothers of Sandy-Valley Farms with the 2022 Elite Breeder Award. The influence of their herd’s top-notch genetics on the progress of Registered Holsteins is a testament to their dedication and hard work over the years.

Although the family is no longer farming, the positive contributions Sandy-Valley genetics have had on the Holstein breed will leave a lasting influence. The four Bauer brothers — Frank, Patrick, David, and Greg — worked together to achieve their goals, along with Frank’s children, Danae and Ethan.

The familys commitment to breeding high-quality genetics led to much success for Sandy-Valley Farms over the years. “With the Registered Holsteins, there is tremendous opportunity to market your genetics,” Greg Bauer says.

This includes both cows and sires. Sandy-Valley developed an outstanding set of high index animals over the years, including two number one TPI® bulls, a number one CTPI cow, and a number one GTPI female.

Sandy-Valley Farms bred an impressive 107 Dams of Merit and 106 Gold Medal Dams, including 46 cows receiving both distinctions. They also bred 10 Gold Medal Sires and a total of 186 Excellent females and males. In 2019, Holstein International recognized them as number six on the “25 Most Influential Breeders of the Last 25 Years” list, as selected by their readers.

The Bauer brothers’ thirst for knowledge and determination to find the best mating resulted in a uniform group of cows with flawless udders, sound feet and legs, and solid production. “Our main goal was to breed a cow the commercial dairyman could respect and the type oriented breeder could admire," Bauer says. “We wanted our cows to fit both categories.”

About the Award

The Elite Breeder award is bestowed annually upon a living Holstein Association USA member, family, partnership or corporation who has bred outstanding animals and made a notable contribution to the advancement of U.S. Registered Holsteins. The Bauer family of Sandy-Valley Farms will be recognized during the 2022 National Holstein Convention July 1 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Collin Peterson Named Distinguished Leadership Award Recipient

Brattleboro, Vt., June 16, 2022 — For three decades, the Honorable Collin Peterson was dedicated to championing agricultural legislation in Washington, D.C. Known as the dairy policy expert in Congress, Peterson made significant contributions to the dairy industry through his selfless leadership.

Because of his efforts, Holstein Association USA is delighted to recognize former U.S. Rep. Peterson with the 2022 Distinguished Leadership Award. His dedicated service greatly benefited Holstein Association USA members, dairy farmers across the country, and the entire agriculture industry.

“I’m very flattered,” Peterson said about receiving the award. “I’m not sure if I deserve it, but I worked hard and did the best I could. We don’t have a perfect dairy program, but itA’s better than it was before I started working on it.”

Peterson, of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, represented the state’s Seventh District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served as a ranking member on the House Committee on Agriculture for five congressional sessions (2007 to 2011; 2019 to 2021) and was chairman three times (2005 to 2007; 2011 to 2019).

During this time, he worked on five farm bills, and was the driving force behind drafting three farm bills. Peterson initiated the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program that was included in the most recent farm bill. He used his vast knowledge to develop a solid safety net for dairy farmers.

Throughout his 30 years in Congress, Peterson worked with dairy farmers, local and national cooperatives and trade associations, and colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Alongside Holstein Association USA, Peterson was an advocate for national animal identification, and introduced the National FAIR Act calling for a mandatory national animal identification system to protect the health of our nation's herd.

Peterson was a key contribute and expert on anything dairy related on the House Ag Committee, and his initiatives have touched many different facets of the agriculture industry.

During his time in office, Peterson demonstrated the characteristics of a true leader as he carefully listened to farmers, gained a deep understanding of dairy policy, and used his knowledge to develop legislation that made a real difference. His unwavering efforts earned him the respect of farmers and fellow congressmen alike, and he was widely regarded as the go-to in Congress when it came to dairy and farm-related issues.

Peterson’s connection to agriculture traces back to his childhood growing up on his family’s farm. Although they did not milk cows themselves, he acquired valuable first-hand experience caring for animals and the land. Peterson worked with many dairy farmers during his time as a CPA in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, from 1968 to 1990. He got his start in politics when he served in the Minnesota State Senate for nine years, from 1977 to 1986.

“I spent a lot of time across the desk with dairy farmers, going back to the 1960s and 70s”, Peterson says. “I’ve been through a lot of the ups and downs of dairy. I got to know dairy farmers and their families, and I just admire their hard work. There is nobody that works harder than dairy farmers.”

About the Award

The Distinguished Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has made a career of providing outstanding and unselfish leadership for the betterment of the dairy industry. Collin Peterson will be recognized during the 2022 National Holstein Convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Friday, July 1, 2022.

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Holstein Association USA’s Research Grant Program Seeking Applications

Brattleboro, Vt., June 10, 2022 — Researchers are invited to submit applications for Holstein Association USA’s Research Grant Program. The program provides funding to universities and non-profits in the United States performing research studies that potentially enhance the profitability of Holstein cows.

Holstein USA is interested in research projects designed to advance the profitability and health of Registered Holstein cattle through genetics. However, research proposals focusing on other areas of improvement in Holstein cattle will also be accepted. The applications must include expected outcomes that would benefit the profitability of Holstein cattle. Executive summaries of each proposal are important to highlight how profit and well-being of Holstein cattle might be increased.

“Holsteins are profitable dairy cows, but the Research Grant Program is looking for innovative research that can enhance the success of the Holstein cow,” says Dr. Roger Shanks, Dairy Genetic Consultant, responsible for managing Holstein Association USA’s Research Grant Program.

Applications are due on or before August 15, 2022 and can be found on Holstein Association USAA’s website. Grants are expected to be funded within the range of $10,000 to $80,000 per year and grant durations are expected to be one to three years.

Five research projects have been funded since the program began in 2017. A diversity of projects have been funded with topics including inbreeding, twinning, dairy-beef, the slick hair gene to improve heat tolerance and genomic evaluation of diet digestibility in Holsteins.

More information about the grant guidelines and process, current projects, and applications can be found at www.holsteinusa.com/programs_services/research_grant. Contact Dr. Roger Shanks at researchgrants@holstein.com with questions or for more information about Holstein USA’s Research Grant Program.

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2022 All-National Showcase Program Midseason Rankings Released

Brattleboro, Vt., June 8, 2022 —Holstein Association USA’s All-National Showcase Program, started in 2019, is designed to add value to Registered Holstein cattle and reward their participation in National Shows. In each of the uniform show classes at all National Shows, the top 10 animals earning the most points will be recognized at the end of the show season in December.

Holstein Association USA has tabulated midseason rankings for 2022 following completion of the Spring National Holstein Shows. The top ten animals in each class from the midseason rankings can be found on Facebook. Full details on the All-National Showcase Program rules and point system can be found at holsteinusa.com/allnational

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New Recommendation for Mailing DNA Samples for Genomic Testing

Brattleboro, Vt., June 7, 2022 — Holstein USA staff has been hearing a growing number of complaints of delayed and lost DNA samples that have been mailed by USPS. Because of this, it is recommended that Fedex or UPS is used for all sample shipments, regardless of size. We also suggest shipping in a way that provides a tracking number. This should help ensure your samples arrive to the lab in a timely fashion, and can be tracked all the way from your doorstep until they arrive in the laboratory.

When mailing your DNA samples to Zoetis for genomic testing, please ensure you are using the updated address below:

Zoetis Genetics
Attn: Genetic Lab
333 Portage St
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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Thirteen-Year-Old Cow Named 2021 Star of the Breed

Brattleboro, Vt., May 16, 2022 — The Star of the Breed award was introduced in 2007 to honor an elite Registered Holstein® cow with outstanding production and exceptional type. With a classification score of EX-97 4E and lifetime production record of over 310,000 pounds of milk, the 2021 recipient embodies the award.

Holstein Association USA is delighted to recognize Blondin Goldwyn Subliminal-ETS EX-97 4E as the 2021 Star of the Breed. Subliminal is owned by Budjon Farms and Peter and Lyn Vail and was bred by Ferme Blondin in St. Placide, Quebec. Subliminal calls Budjon Farms in Lomira, Wisconsin home.

“The Star of the Breed award isn’t just about the cows that are champions, it’s about the cows that are well rounded, and I think she exemplifies that as well as any cow in the Holstein breed,” Tom Cull of Budjon Farms says about Subliminal.

Subliminal qualified for the award with her success during the 2021 show season, when she was named first place 150,000 Pound Cow and Grand Champion at the Midwest Spring National Show and second place 150,000 Pound Cow at World Dairy Expo. These impressive placings are just two of many showring accolades Subliminal achieved over the years.

During her award qualifying lactation, Subliminal produced 44,740 pounds of milk, 1,921 (4.3%) fat, and 1,366 (3.1%) protein. In addition to her extreme production and type, her owners appreciate Subliminal’s reproductive power and longevity.

Blondin Goldwyn Subliminal-ETS will be recognized during Holstein Association USA’s 136th Annual Meeting at National Holstein Convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota this summer. To learn more or register visit www.2022nationalholsteinconvention.com.

For the full story of Subliminal’s incredible journey, see the Spring 2022 issue of The Pulse. Select pages are now available online at www.holsteinusa.com under the Latest News tab.

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Eight Registered Holstein Herds Earn 2021 Herd of Excellence Distinction

Brattleboro, Vt., May 13, 2022 — Holstein Association USA’s 2021 Herds of Excellence recipients have bred and developed herds with superior production and type. Given annually, the award recognizes outstanding Registered Holstein® breeders who have achieved the best of both in one package.

“Hats off to the eight 2021 Herds of Excellence! The Brantner, Kestell, Koepke, Koester, Long, Siemers, Vandertie, and Zwald family herds provide excellent examples that show whatever you’re interested in breeding for, the Holstein breed has the diversity in genetics to accomplish your goals,” says Holstein Association USA CEO John Meyer.

The award is broken down into three divisions based on herd size, including the Large Herd Division (500+ cows), Medium Herd Division (100-499 cows), and Small Herd Division (10-99 cows).

This year’s honorees are:

Large Herd Size Division (500+ Cows)

Bomaz Inc. — The Zwald Family, Hammond, Wis.
92.9% homebred; Age Adjusted Classification Score (AACS) — 85.6 points
ME Production Averages — 32,882M 1,319F 1,046P
Four Year Honoree

Siemers Holstein Farms Inc. — The Siemers Family, Newton, Wis.
98.5% homebred; AACS — 84.8 points
ME Production Averages — 35,865M 1,511F 1,100P
Six Year Honoree


Medium Herd Size Division (100-499 Cows)

Koepke Farms Inc. — The Koepke Family, Oconomowoc, Wis.
100% homebred; AACS — 84.9 points
ME Production Averages — 35,002M 1,433F 1,060P
Five Year Honoree

Koester Dairy Inc. — The Koester Family, Dakota, Ill.
98.8% homebred; AACS — 85.0 points
ME Production Averages — 35,221M 1,465F 1,110P
Six Year Honoree

Small Herd Size Division (10-99 Cows)

B-Long Holsteins — Bruce, Brenda & Bret Long, New London, Wis.
100% homebred; AACS — 88.2 points
ME Production Averages — 35,059M 1,377F 1,122P
Eleven Year Honoree

Doorco Holsteins — Dan, Julie, and Austin Vandertie, Brussels, Wis.
100% homebred; AACS — 88.4 points
ME Production Averages — 35,466M 1,397F 1,085P
Five Year Honoree

Ever-Green-View Holsteins, LLC — The Kestell Family, Waldo, Wis.
97.7% homebred; AACS — 88.6 points
ME Production Averages — 40,588M 1,698F 1,267P
Twelve Year Honoree

Show-Mar Holsteins — The Brantner Family, Evans City, Pa.
100% homebred; AACS — 89.5 points
ME Production Averages — 36,662M 1,622F 1,141P
Two Year Honoree

The awards will be presented during Holstein Association USA’s 136th Annual Meeting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. To register for the convention or learn more, visit www.2022nationalholsteinconvention.com. Read more about the 2021 Herds of Excellence in the Spring 2022 issue of The Pulse. Select pages of The Pulse are available at www.holsteinusa.com under the Latest News tab.

About the Award

The Herd of Excellence designation honors Registered Holstein breeders who have developed Holstein herds that excel in both production and type. To be recognized with this accolade, herds must have classified within the last year and have an age-adjusted average classification score of 83 points or higher; have at least 70 percent of the herd homebred; and be enrolled in the Association's TriStarSM production records program. Additionally, qualifying herds must meet the following production criteria:

• Large Herd Division - 15 percent above breed average ME for milk, fat and protein
• Medium Herd Division - 20 percent above breed average ME for milk, fat and protein
• Small Herd Division - 25 percent above breed average ME for milk, fat and protein

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2022 Holstein USA Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists Selected

Brattleboro, Vt., April 12, 2022 — Twelve semifinalists have been named for Holstein Association USA's 2022 Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) awards. The Distinguished Junior Member award is the highest honor given to members of the National Junior Holstein Association, ages 17 to 21, in recognition of a commitment to the Holstein breed and involvement in a variety of agriculture related activities.

The 2022 Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists are:

  • Jill Allen, Jefferson, Maryland
  • Ryan Allen, Jefferson, Maryland
  • Elise Bleck, Glenbeulah, Wisconsin
  • Regan Demmer, Peosta, Iowa
  • Payton Erbsen, Lanark, Illinois
  • Jasenko Gavranovic, New Ulm, Minnesota
  • Matthew Gunst, Hartford, Wisconsin
  • Hannah Hockerman, Westfield, Wisconsin
  • Hannah Houseknecht, Columbia Cross Roads, Pennsylvania
  • Brian McCullough, Juda, Wisconsin
  • Jonathan McGee, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
  • Blake Wright, Verona, Missouri 

The twelve young adults were selected as semifinalists based on their firsthand working knowledge of the dairy industry and participation in Holstein, dairy, and other activities. The application process includes a resume, story of Junior Holstein work, essay questions, video elements, and more. Established in 1922, the DJM contest is the longest running Holstein youth program.

The DJM semifinalists will be interviewed at the National Holstein Convention being held June 27 to July 1, 2022, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Six DJM finalists will be announced during the Junior Awards Banquet on Friday, July 1.

For more information or to register for the 2022 National Holstein Convention visit www.2022nationalholsteinconvention.com. To learn more about the Young Distinguished Junior Members or Junior Holstein Association visit www.holsteinusa.com/juniors.

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Holstein USA Recognizes Young Distinguished Junior Member Finalists

Brattleboro, Vt., April 11, 2022 — Eight Junior Holstein Members have been selected for Holstein Association USA's annual Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM) competition. The Young Distinguished Junior Member award is the highest honor given to members of the National Junior Holstein Association, ages 9 to 16, in recognition of their accomplishments working with Holsteins, achievements and leadership in Holstein activities, as well as school and community involvement.

The 2022 Young Distinguished Junior Member Finalists are:

  • Isaac Folts, North Collins, New York
  • Sophia Geppert, Kingdom City, Missouri
  • Sophie Griswold, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
  • Elizabeth Gunst, Hartford, Wisconsin
  • Logan Harbaugh, Marion, Wisconsin
  • Jenna Larson, Okeechobee, Florida Chilton, Wisconsin
  • Madison Mowrer, Petersburg, Pennsylvania
  • Shelby Swanson, Hutchinson, Minnesota

The eight finalists were chosen by a panel of judges based on their knowledge of the dairy industry and participation in Holstein, dairy, and other activities. Their ability to be a good role model for other youth and positive spokesperson for the dairy industry were also taken into consideration.

The YDJM finalists will be honored during the Junior Awards Banquet at the National Holstein Convention being held June 27 to July 1, 2022, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

For more information or to register for the 2022 National Holstein Convention visit www.2022nationalholsteinconvention.com. To learn more about the Young Distinguished Junior Members or Junior Holstein Association visit www.holsteinusa.com/juniors.

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Holstein Marketplace Sires Seeking Potential New Bulls

Brattleboro, Vt., March 30, 2022 — Holstein Marketplace Sires, which provides a unique avenue for Holstein breeders to market their own genetics, is seeking potential new bulls for their line-up. Under the program, bull owners retain ownership of the bulls, and Holstein Marketplace Sires coordinates marketing and sales of the bulls’ semen.

Ideal candidates are genomic tested bulls with strong genetic merit and deep maternal pedigrees. Holstein breeders with interest in submitting a bull for consideration should email marketplacesires@holstein.com with the bull's name and registration number.

To see the current line-up of Holstein Marketplace Sires, visit www.holsteinusa.com/marketplacesires. The site features complete pedigree and genetic information with many generations of photos from their maternal lines, along with commentary from the bull owners.

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Registration Open for 2022 Holstein Association USA Judges Conferences

Brattleboro, Vt., February 25, 2022 — Registration is now open for the Holstein Association USA 2022 Judges Conferences. Individuals interested in attending can pick from two conference options in 2022.

The first conference will be held in conjunction with the Northeast Spring National Holstein Show at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, New York. The judges conference will start at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2022.”

A second conference will be held in conjunction with the Southern Spring National Holstein Show on Thursday, April 7, 2022. The conference will start at 1:30 p.m. and will held at the Payne County Expo Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Interested participants can register for the conference of their choice on the Holstein Association USA website with a credit card. The pre-registration fee is $50 and late registrants and walk-ins will pay a $100 fee. Pre-registration will close two weeks before the conference, on March 18 for the New York conference and March 24 for the Oklahoma conference.

Individuals currently on the Holstein Association USA Judges List must attend and receive a satisfactory rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference every five years. Those interested in applying for the list in the future must attend and receive a satisfactory rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference before submitting an application.

Participants must be 22 years old by the day of the conference to attend. To register online, visit www.holsteinusa.com/shows/judges_preregister.html. For more information contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200 ext. 4261 or by email.

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Holstein America Broadcasts February 10 on RFD-TV

Brattleboro, Vt., February 2, 2022 — Now in its fifth season, Holstein America will air at 9 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 10, on RFD-TV. The documentary series produced by Holstein Association USA is the only television program of its kind, paying tribute to the nation’s dairy farms and families.

“Through Holstein America, we are honored to share the heart and soul of the dairy business — its people, and their commitment to raising and caring for Registered Holsteins®,” says John Meyer, CEO of Holstein Association USA. “We hope you join us for their incredible story.”

The February 10 episode showcases the diversity of the U.S. Registered Holstein cow, and how she contributes to life in rural America and busy cities alike.

The journey begins at Rolling Lawns Farm near Greenville, Illinois, where a family’s
century-old operation partners with area restaurants and coffee shops to keep the farming tradition thriving. Holstein America reporter Bob Cervera joins Michael Turley of Rolling Lawns Farm for a tour around St. Louis to see how their dairy products are enjoyed by consumers each and every day.

The show will also feature dairy farms in California’s Central Valley, where they are caring for the cows and environment to provide milk and dairy products for people around the world. Just outside Mesa, Arizona, we meet a farming family at Arizona Dairy Company that's committed to genetic improvement, generation after generation. Then we travel south to Georgia, where Benjamin Newberry shares how farming and faith go hand-in-hand at Donacin Dairy.

The hour-long program, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, also explores programs and services offered by Holstein Association USA, including registration, classification, genomic testing and much more.

Join us for Holstein America at 9 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 10, on RFD-TV.

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

After the show, visit www.holsteinusa.com to find a complete collection of the Holstein America series. Also stay tuned to Holstein Association USA on Facebook and Instagram for more information.

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Holstein Association USA Announces 2021 Top BAA Herds

Brattleboro, Vt., January 7, 2022 — Holstein Association USA recently released the lists of top Holstein Breed Age Average (BAA%) herds for 2021 classifications. Members utilizing the Classic or Standard options of the Holstein Classification program receive an overall BAA for their herd. The BAA value provides a way to compare the score of a herd average to the average of the breed, taking into account the age of the animal and stage of lactation. The calculation puts cows of all ages on the same playing field.

“We were thrilled to see our Holstein classification program have a strong participation year in 2021,” said Lindsey Worden, Executive Director, Holstein Genetic Services. “The member herds appearing on any of these recognition lists should be commended for their work in breeding durable and functional Holstein cows.”

A total of 982 herds had a BAA value eligible for inclusion on these lists, and their herd BAAs averaged 107.5. The average number of cows included in the BAA calculation for those herds was 68, and herds must have a minimum of 10 cows included in the calculation to be eligible for the list.

Triple-T Holsteins of Ohio earns the honor of having the highest BAA in the U.S. last year, with a BAA of 116.0. Completing the top five spots on the overall list are Matthew T. Mitchell, Tennessee; Conant Acres Inc., Maine; Eaton Holsteins, New York; and Prestige Genetics, Illinois.

Lists are broken down in several different ways to recognize members across the country with herds of all sizes. Lists of the Overall Top 200 BAA Herds, Top 25 BAA Herds by Region, Top 25 BAA Herds by Herd Size, and Top 15 BAA Herds for Colleges & Universities can be viewed at www.holsteinusa.com. Find the page under the Popular List section on the homepage or directly at www.holsteinusa.com/programs_services/baa_lists_2021.html. Congratulations to all herds on these lists!

More information about BAA and how it can be used to help benchmark your herd and breeding program can be found in the Fall 2021 issue of Holstein Association USA's publication, The Pulse. The article can be viewed directly at www.holsteinusa.com/pdf/pulse/pulse_2021_fall.pdf.

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Weaver Receives National Judi Collinsworth Award

Brattleboro, Vt., January 5, 2022 — Madison Weaver of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, is the 2021 recipient of Holstein Association USA's National Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Junior Exhibitor Award. The Collinsworth Award is presented annually in honor of the Association's former 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, participation in Holstein and other agricultural activities, as well as an essay describing what they have learned while exhibiting Registered Holstein® cattle. The winners at each of the National Junior Holstein Shows receive a $250 cash prize and the overall winner receives an additional $500 scholarship.

Weaver, 19, is a junior at The Pennsylvania State University studying animal science alongside agriculture communications and agribusiness management. She is active in the dairy science club, Alpha Zeta Fraternity, and is a member of the Livestock Judging team. Weaver has also served as an algebra tutor at the Penn State Berks Study Center.

"After many hours in the show barn, I have developed a strong love for raising show heifers and learned that if you find joy and dedication in your work, you will always find satisfaction. " Weaver said. "Being a Junior Holstein member has taught me to take part in something bigger than myself. Holstein Association USA opens doors, but you must walk through the door for the opportunities."

Weaver has participated widely in her state and county Holstein organizations. As a member of the Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association, she was a 2021 Distinguished Junior Member semifinalist and has participated in Dairy Bowl on local, state, and national levels, as well as Dairy Jeopardy and Public Speaking. After college she plans to pursue a career in animal nutrition while returning to the family farm. She hopes to continue to be a leader and coach for youth in the Junior Holstein Association.

One Judi Collinsworth Award recipient is selected at each of the four National Junior Holstein Shows. Weaver won the award at Premier National Junior Holstein Show. Other winners from 2021 National Junior Holstein Shows are Elizabeth Stoltzfus, PA., Grand National Junior Holstein Show; Briley Lenkaitis, Illinois, Southern Spring National Junior Holstein Show; and Payton Erbsen, Illinois, International Junior Holstein Show.

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

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Holstein Association USA, Inc., provides programs, products and services to dairy producers to enhance genetics and improve profitability ? including animal identification and ear tags, genomic testing, mating programs, dairy records processing, classification, communication, consulting services, and Holstein semen.

The Association, headquartered in Brattleboro, VT., represents approximately 25,000 members throughout the United States. To learn more about Registered Holsteins® and the other exciting programs offered by the Holstein Association, visit www.holsteinusa.com, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.