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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 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.