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February 2024
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  red bullet Registration is Open for the 2024 National Holstein Convention
  red bullet National Junior Holstein Association Launches Extemporaneous Speaking Contest
  red bullet Holstein America Broadcasts February 19 on RFD-TV
 

January 2024
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  red bullet Early Onset Muscle Weakness Syndrome Officially Recognized as Undesirable Genetic Condition by Holstein Association USA
  red bullet Junior Holstein Members Shine in Virtual Interview Contest
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Recognizes 2023 Top BAA Herds
 

Registration is Open for the 2024 National Holstein Convention

Brattleboro, Vt., February 26, 2024 — Registration is now open for the 2024 National Holstein Convention being held June 24 - 27, 2024 in Salt Lake City, Utah. All Holstein enthusiasts are invited to attend and take part in the 2024 National Holstein Convention - Udderly Utah!

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the dairy community to Salt Lake City this summer,” says Holstein Association USA CEO John Meyer. “We have a number of exciting activities planned for attendees of all ages, including tours, networking events, a National Convention Sale, and Holstein Horizons, an enriching day filled with featured dairy industry speakers.”

Early bird registration is open and will run through April 15, 2024. This is attendees’ opportunity to secure convention tickets at a discounted price. Tickets will be available to purchase at a standard price from April 16 to June 1, 2024. After June 1, late registration will be available until June 15, 2024, for additional fees.

New this year, three ticket packages will be offered. Package options provide adults and Juniors who plan to attend all or most of National Holstein Convention with a discounted price on tickets. Individual tickets are also available for purchase. To learn more about ticket package options or to register for the convention, visit www.holsteinconvention.com/registration.

Hotel Information

Beautiful hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City are also available to be booked for Convention. Conveniently connected to the Salt Palace Convention Center where activities will take place, the new hotel has spacious guest rooms with floor to ceiling windows in each room. The discounted convention rate can be applied from June 22 until June 29, 2024, as room availability lasts. To book hotel rooms, visit www.holsteinconvention.com/accommodations.

Convention Highlights

Dairy enthusiasts from across the country are invited to gather in Salt Lake City to celebrate their shared passion for Holstein cattle, forge connections, and exchange knowledge. Nestled within the breathtaking embrace of the towering Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake City provides a vibrant setting for National Holstein Convention.

Convention will kick off on Monday, June 24 with Host Day Tours. Adults can choose between exploring This is the Place Heritage Park or taking a scenic journey to Utah’s Antique & Classic Power Museum. Juniors will hear an inspiring message at Impact Ninja Gym and spend the afternoon at This is the Place Heritage Park. Junior members will end the evening with a workshop before the welcome dinner and dance. Adults can enjoy dinner on their own in bustling downtown Salt Lake City, and then take part in an adult social mixer axe throwing and connecting with friends.

Tuesday, June 25 will showcase a new event - Holstein Horizons. Everyone is invited to attend a free day of enlightening seminars on a variety of topics. Later that afternoon, spend time perusing the trade show aisles and enjoy refreshments at the trade show reception. Juniors will be busy competing in Dairy Jeopardy and speaking contests, before ending the day with a lively round of Ag Olympics. Adults will enjoy reminiscing, testing their knowledge with trivia, and enjoying delicious food during the Mountain View Mingle social that evening.

Holstein Association USA’s 138th Annual Meeting will be called to order on Wednesday, June 26. Esteemed adult award winners, Distinguished Junior Member semifinalists and Young Distinguished Junior Member finalists will be recognized during a special Awards Luncheon. Juniors will compete in Dairy Bowl, attend a workshop, and end the evening with a glow in the dark party featuring games and dancing. After a full Cowboy Buffet, adults will be ready to socialize and bid during the National Convention Sale.

National Holstein Convention will wrap up on Thursday, June 27. Delegates will vote on Board of Directors and officer candidates during the Annual Meeting. Junior Holstein Association members will be honored for their accomplishments and success during the Junior Awards Breakfast. For the full convention schedule, visit www.holsteinconvention.com/schedule.

For those wanting to extend their trip, Salt Lake City is near countless family friendly activities, outdoor adventures, shopping, and more. The Hyatt Regency is also within walking distance to several dining options and activities. For help planning your trip, visit www.holsteinconvention.com/experience-salt-lake.

Learn more at www.holsteinconvention.com or reach out to convention@holstein.com with questions. If you need assistance using the online Convention registration website, call Holstein Association USA customer service at 800.952.5200. All dairy enthusiasts are invited to attend this dynamic event. It’s sure to be an udderly good time!.

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National Junior Holstein Association Launches Extemporaneous Speaking Contest

Brattleboro, Vt., February 14, 2024 — The National Junior Holstein Association is excited to offer an Extemporaneous Speaking Contest for the first time in 2024. The new contest will be open to members in the senior division of the National Junior Holstein Association and held during the 2024 National Junior Holstein Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“The ability to think on your feet, express your knowledge clearly, and engage an audience are undoubtedly skills that make a difference,” says Kelli Dunklee, Event and Program Lead. “We’re thrilled to be helping youth build these core skills through this new contest and look forward to seeing our first round of competitors in 2024.”

Participants will get to choose from three randomly selected topics relating to the Holstein or dairy industries. After a 30-minute preparation time, Junior members will give a four-to-six-minute speech on their selected topic, followed by a round of questions from the panel of judges.

The judges will evaluate the speech based on content, composition, delivery, response to questions, and time. The top three winners will be awarded cash prizes of $200 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place.

Extemporaneous Speaking Contest participants must be a Junior Holstein member between the ages of 18 to 20 years old to compete. To apply for the contest, visit www.holsteinusa.com/forms_apps/Extemporaneous_speaking and submit the application form by May 1, 2024.

The contest will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, as part of the National Junior Holstein Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. To learn more about the 2024 National Holstein Convention visit www.holsteinconvention.com. Hotel rooms are currently available for booking and registration for the event will be open soon.

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Holstein America Broadcasts February 19 on RFD-TV

Brattleboro, Vt., February 12, 2024 — The only nationally televised program devoted to the dairy community, Holstein America returns on Monday, February 19.

For seven years, Holstein Association USA’s award-winning documentary series has traveled the countryside telling stories of the nation‚s Registered Holstein® breeders. To date, the program has featured nearly 80 farms from 30 states.

The next Holstein America will broadcast at 7 p.m. CST/8 p.m. EST, Monday, February 19 on RFD-TV.

“We continue to be inspired by Registered Holstein breeders from coast to coast,” says John Meyer, CEO of Holstein Association USA. “Holstein America documents the resiliency, dedication and stewardship found throughout all corners of the dairy community. It’s our great honor to share that with audiences around the world.”

In the February 19 episode, Holstein America travels west to Oregon and east to Ohio, visiting dairy farms, college campuses, and barns filled with leading Registered Holstein genetics. The program explores how high-quality milk supports delicious and nutritious dairy products — providing nature’s perfect protein to consumers.

Holstein America, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, also explores the programs and services offered by Holstein Association USA, including the organization’s partnership with Western Kentucky University on the SmartHolstein Lab.

Make plans to watch Holstein America at 7 p.m. CST, Monday, February 19, 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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Early Onset Muscle Weakness Syndrome Officially Recognized as Undesirable Genetic Condition by Holstein Association USA

Brattleboro, Vt., January 16, 2024 — Holstein Association USA will declare Early Onset Muscle Weakness Syndrome (MW) as an officially recognized genetic condition beginning in February 2024. Holstein Association USA’s Genetic Advancement Committee recently endorsed a recommendation from staff to do so. The recommendation comes after their analysis of the MW haplotypes following the December 2023 genetic evaluations. Comments from Holstein breeders and scientific researchers further support this decision.

“This latest review provides more evidence and support on the recent action taken by the Holstein Association USA Board of Directors to add Early Onset Muscle Weakness to the list of officially recognized genetic conditions in February 2024,”Dr. Tom Lawlor, Holstein Association USA’s Executive Director of Research and Development. “Soon, we’ll have MW in the rearview mirror as we move ahead with our genetic advancement of the Holstein breed.”

Starting in February 2024, direct gene test results for MW will be labeled on Official Holstein Pedigrees, and other products where officially recognized genetic conditions are displayed.

The following codes will be used to designate animals with official gene test results on file:

  • TE = tested free of MW
  • MW = Heterozygous Carrier
  • MW2 = Homozygous Carrier

Breeders can forward lab reports for MW test results to labresults@holstein.com to have them added to the Holstein Association USA genetic conditions database.

MW haplotype results were made available for all genomic-tested animals in conjunction with the official genetic evaluation release on December 5, 2023. This information can be found in the same place as other haplotype information, including the free Family Tree Search, within Red Book Plus Online, on genomic reports, and within Enlight.

Results for MW haplotypes are reported as 0 (free), 1 (carrier), 2 (homozygous affected), 3 (suspected carrier), or 4 (suspected homozygous) on evaluations.

MW Resources

Additional resources and information on MW can be found on the Holstein Association USA website. A regularly updated list of bulls with a NAAB code that have a direct test result on file can be found at www.holsteinusa.com/lists/early_onset_muscle_weakness.html.

The best tool available for discovering and understanding new genetic conditions is farmer reporting. Farmers who have calves born with abnormal features or health issues that are suspected to be caused by genetic problems are asked to complete the Abnormality Report Form available at www.holsteinusa.com/pdf/forms_apps/abnormality_report.pdf and email it to LabResults@holstein.com, or contact the Genetic Services department at 800.952.5200.

For more background on the previous steps taken regarding MW, see Holstein Association USA’s December 2023 press release at www.holsteinusa.com/news/press_release2023.html#pr2023_29. Look for an article in the upcoming Winter 2024 issue of The Pulse for more detailed information.

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Junior Holstein Members Shine in Virtual Interview Contest

Brattleboro, Vt., January 12, 2024 — Young dairy enthusiasts from coast to coast practiced their professional skills during the 2023 Virtual Interview Contest. The contest helps Junior Holstein members refine their resume writing and interview skills, giving them practical knowledge for future opportunities.

“The virtual interview contest has been a valuable experience for me for several years as I have been able to improve my resume and cover writing skills as well as my interviewing skills,” says Junior Holstein Association member Elsie Donlick. “From participating in this contest, I now feel more confident in how my resume looks and how to answer interview questions. I enjoy participating in this contest because it helps me grow my professional career skills.”

Applicants submitted cover letters and resumes based on a mock interview scenario and were selected to move on to the second phase of the contest based on their combined cover letter and resume scores. During the second phase contestants were interviewed by a panel of three judges. Final scores were calculated based on each applicant’s cover letter, resume, and interview. Every participant receives constructive feedback from the judges to further enhance their interview aptitude.

Congratulations to the following 2023 Virtual Interview Contest winners!

Junior Division (ages 12-14 as of January 1)
1st place: Alison Gartman, Wisconsin
2nd place: Chloe Chapman, California
3rd place: Sophia Nielsen, Michigan

Intermediate Division (ages 15-17 as of January 1)
1st place: Madison Mowrer, Pennsylvania
2nd place: Elsie Donlick, New York
3rd place: Samuel Mell, Wisconsin

Senior Division (ages 18-21 as of January 1)
1st place: Dale Freier III, New York
2nd place: Clarissa Ulness, Wisconsin
3rd place: Kylie Konyn, Wisconsin

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.

For more information about the Virtual Interview Contest, or other Holstein Association USA youth programs, visit www.holstein usa.com/juniors/ or contact Kelli Dunklee at kdunklee@holstein.com.

















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Holstein Association USA Recognizes 2023 Top BAA Herds

Brattleboro, Vt., January 10, 2024 — Holstein Association USA is excited to announce the top Holstein Breed Age Average (BAA%) herds for 2023 classifications. Members who use the Classic or Standard options of the Holstein classification program receive an overall BAA for their herd

“Breed Age Average values factor in the age of an animal and their stage of lactation at the time of classification, putting cows of all ages on a similar playing field,” says Holstein Association COO Lindsey Worden. “Achieving recognition as a top BAA herd is a significant accomplishment — congratulations to all Registered Holstein breeders who earned a spot on these lists.”

In 2023, 951 herds had a BAA value eligible for inclusion in these lists. The average number of cows included in the BAA calculation for the entire group was 67, and the average BAA% was 108.0. Herds must have a minimum of 10 cows to be included for calculation on the list.

Matthew T. Mitchell of Tennessee and Triple-T-Holsteins in Ohio tied for the top spot on the 2023 highest overall BAA list with a BAA of 115.6. Rounding out the top five spots on the list are Conant Acres, Inc., Maine; Prestige Genetics, Illinois; and G. Alpheaus Stoltzfus, Pennsylvania, all with BAAs of 115.0 or higher.

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_2023.html. Congratulations to all herds on these lists!

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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.