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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
 

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 Finalists 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.