Brattleboro, VT (December 21, 2012)…Holstein Association USA has added a new section to the web site, entitled "Holstein 101 – A Beginner's Guide to Holstein Cattle." Aimed at those with little or no exposure to Holstein cattle or the dairy industry, the web site features several tabbed sections to help people familiarize themselves with dairy cattle and the Holstein breed. To view the Holstein 101 pages, visit the Holstein Association USA web site at www.holsteinusa.com, and click on the Holstein 101 button located beneath the Recent Updates box on the right side of the page.
The seven sections found on the Holstein 101 page include: Holstein Breed History, Facts about Holstein Cattle, Glossary of Common Dairy Terms, Basic Dairy Cattle Care, What Makes a "Good Cow," Understanding Pedigrees, and Holstein Photos and Desktop Backgrounds. Each section also includes "Recommended Reading" for those interested in digging a little deeper into the content discussed.
Holstein 101 also includes a feature called "Ask a Holstein Expert," where someone can email Holstein Association USA with their questions, if they don't find the answers they're looking for within the web site.
We encourage Holstein enthusiasts to share this resource with younger members and youth agricultural organizations, or anyone who might be interested in learning a little more about the dairy industry. With questions or for more information, contact Lindsey Worden at 800.952.5200, ext. 4096.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (December 5, 2012)… Holstein Association USA is planning its annual nationwide meeting series for this winter. Meetings are open to all interested dairy producers.
All of the meetings provide Holstein Association updates, and the meetings in Brattleboro, Vt., LaCrosse, Wis., Ruidoso, N.M., and Twin Falls, Idaho will feature presentations from national industry leaders on how to capture additional added value with Holsteins.
Following are dates and locations of the rest of the Holstein Association USA meetings planned for this winter. Those denoted with an asterisk (*) will feature special educational presentations, details of which will be announced soon. Lunch will be provided at meetings with an RSVP deadline. If you plan to attend one of those meetings, RSVP by the deadline to Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124.
*December 11, 2012 – Brattleboro, VT
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Holstein Association USA headquarters
1 Holstein Place
RSVP by December 7
*January 10, 2013 - LaCrosse, WI
10 a.m to 3 p.m.
Radisson Hotel LaCrosse
100 South 2nd Street
200 Harborview Plaza
Hotel Phone: 608.784.6680
RSVP by December 27
January 18, 2013 - Batavia, NY
2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
8250 Park Road
Hotel Phone: 585.344.2100
*January 25, 2013 - Visalia, CA
9 a.m. to 12 noon
Visalia Marriott at the Convention Center
300 South Court Street
Hotel Phone: 800.798.6506 (code SJHSJHA)
February 2, 2013 - Perry, GA
10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Ramada Perry Hotel
200 Valley Drive
Hotel Phone: 478.987.3313
RSVP by January 18
February 22, 2013 - Rothschild, WI
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Stoney Creek Inn - Wausau
1100 Imperial Avenue
Hotel Phone: 715.355.6858
*February 26, 2013 - Twin Falls, ID
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn
1741 Harrison Street North
Hotel Phone: 208.733.8500
RSVP by February 12
March 1, 2013 - Cranberry Township, PA
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Pittsburgh Marriott North
100 Cranberry Woods Drive
Hotel Phone: 724.772.3700
March 2, 2013 - Welch, MN
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Treasure Island Resort
5734 Sturgeon Lake Road
Hotel Phone: 651.388.6300
March 8, 2013 - Westminster, MD
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Carroll County Ag Center
Burns Hall, 706 Agriculture Center Drive
March 8, 2013 - Sidney, Ohio
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sidney Inn & Conference Center
400 Folkerth Avenue
Hotel Phone: 937.492.1131
April 10, 2013 - Stillwater, OK
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Payne County Expo Center
4518 Expo Circle East
RSVP by April 1
With questions or for more information, visit www.holsteinusa.com, and click on Meetings & Convention in the main menu, then Regional Meetings, or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (December 3, 2012)…The 2013 Holstein Association USA National and Qualified Judges Lists are now posted online at www.holsteinusa.com. The two lists are comprised of individuals from across North America with a significant amount of judging experience, who have also attended a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference in the past three years and applied to be on a list. To view the 2013 lists, click on "National Shows" from the main menu, then "National Show Judges Lists."
All individuals on the lists are approved by the Holstein Association USA board of directors each fall. All National Holstein Shows are required to choose their judge from the National Judges List, and nationally-sanctioned Junior Holstein Show judges and National Holstein Show associate judges must be selected from either the National or Qualified lists. State and regional-level shows are also encouraged to utilize the National and Qualified Judges lists when selecting judges for their shows.
Anyone currently on the list, or planning to apply in the future, must have attended and received a satisfactory rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference within a three-year period to be eligible. Two conferences are being held in 2013, in Jefferson, Wis., on April 18, and in Merced, Calif., on April 24, in conjunction with the spring Holstein shows in those states. The conferences will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and are open to anyone 22 years of age or older. Registration is required and can be done on the Holstein Association USA web site with a credit card. Pre-registration is $50, and closes two weeks before the conference; the Wisconsin conference closes April 4, and the California conference closes April 10. Late registrants and walk-ups will be accepted for a $100 registration fee. View details and register for the conferences online at www.holsteinusa.com/shows/judges_preregister.html. Tentative plans have been made for future conferences, including 2014 in Ohio, and 2015 in Utah.
For complete information about National Holstein Shows and Junior Holstein Shows, visit www.holsteinusa.com, and click on the National Shows button in the main menu. With questions, contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261, or Peter Cole at ext. 4127.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (November 30, 2012)…Holstein Association USA now has the annual Pedigree Analysis of 2012 National Holstein Show Winners available on the Holstein Association USA web site. These lists are provided for showring enthusiasts and aspiring breeders, giving a closer look at the genetics behind the cattle that are receiving showring accolades at the highest levels of competition. You can find the Pedigree Analysis of 2012 National Holstein Show Winners at www.holsteinusa.com, under the Popular Lists section toward the bottom of the homepage.
Holstein females included in the dataset were those that placed in the top three in their respective age class at a National Holstein Show in 2012. This year, that included 217 heifers and 273 cows.
This section of the web site is updated each fall, following the last National Holstein Show of the year. Included are lists of Leading Sires, Leading Maternal Grandsires, and Leading Sire Stacks of National Show Winners. Each category features separate lists for heifers and cows, along with an overall list. In addition, viewers will find other information which may be of interest, such as average classification score for each class, and historical data from previous years.
2012 Results – Braedale Goldwyn Reigns Supreme Again
For the third year running, Braedale Goldwyn holds the honor of being the Leading Sire of 2012 National Holstein Show Winners, siring 23 heifers and 55 cows who placed in the top three of their classes, making him the top sire in both of those categories. In second is his son, Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood-ET, who sired a total of 29 heifers and cows placing in the top three.
Looking at the Leading Maternal Grandsires list, first place is a tie between two showring favorites – Braedale Goldwyn and last year's honoree, Regancrest Elton Durham-ET, both with 42 animals to their credit. Goldwyn is tied for first in the heifer category with Regancrest Dundee-ET, found on the bottom side of 26 pedigrees, with Durham on top of the cow list, with 29.
The combination of Braedale Goldwyn x Regancrest Elton Durham-ET tops the list of Leading Sire Stacks of 2012 National Holstein Show winners, with 14 animals resulting from that combination, 13 of them being cows, making them first in that category as well. Ranking second overall is Gen-Mark Stmatic Sanchez-ET x Braedale Goldwyn with 11; Sanchez x Goldwyn ties for first in the heifer list with Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood-ET x Regancrest Dundee-ET, and is second on the cow list.
View the complete Pedigree Analysis under the Popular Lists section on the Holstein Association USA homepage, go directly to www.holsteinusa.com/shows/pedanalysis_show_winners.html.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (November 28, 2012)…Holstein Association USA is pleased to announce that 2012 Progressive Breeders' RegistrySM (PBR) and Progressive Genetics HerdSM (PGH) honorees have been named. These awards are given annually to the top Registered Holstein® herds excelling in type, milk production and genetic merit in their herds. Complete lists of this year's recipients, along with those from past years, can be found at the Holstein Association USA web site, www.holsteinusa.com, under Awards, then Herds in the main menu, or by going directly to www.holsteinusa.com/awards/herds.html.
The Progressive Breeders' Registry (PBR) recognition was first given in 1937 and was designed to promote interest in both the Holstein Association classification program and production testing. Herds receiving this honor must be enrolled in the Association's TriStarSM production records program (Premier or Deluxe levels) and participate in either a Classic or Standard classification program. The herd's BAA (Breed Age Average) must be in the top 25 percent of herds classified in the 18 months prior to March 1 of the award year. Herds must have at least 20 cows which are 87% RHA or higher and at least 75 percent of the herd must be homebred. Herds must exceed award-year production level cut-offs, which are based on the Mature Equivalent (ME) for combined fat and protein, and cut-offs are adjusted for each state based on the ME herd averages for that state, to compensate for regional differences in production levels.
All eligible herds are evaluated automatically each year and approximately 10 percent of the herds enrolled in Premier or Deluxe TriStar options are recognized as PBR winners. In 2012, 232 herds were awarded this distinction; 17 herds were first-time PBR honorees. Two herds have qualified for the PBR award for over 50 years: Robthom Holsteins in Missouri is a 57-year PBR herd, and Walhowdon Farm of New Hampshire has received PBR honors for 53 years.
The Progressive Genetics Herd (PGH) award honors herds with high genetic value, based on average TPI® levels, which lead toward continued breed progress. This is a newer award, first given in 1991, and recognizes the top 500 herds for average TPI values, from the group of herds meeting minimum requirements.
Like the PBR recognition, PGH herds must participate in the TriStar production records program at the Premier or Deluxe levels, and classify. Herds must have at least 20 cows of 87% RHA or higher and all eligible herds are automatically evaluated annually. The cut-off TPI value for PGH herds in 2012 was +1586, with 42 herds receiving the award for the first time this year. Thirty-six herds have received PGH recognition every year it has been given: Floyd & Lloyd Baumann & Fred Lang, WI; Bomaz, Inc., WI; R. Paul Buhr, Jr., WI; Conant Acres, Inc., ME; De Su Holsteins LLC, IA; End Road Farm, MI; Brian & Wendy Fust, WI; Rick & Kris Garvey, WI; Jeff Henschel, WI; Steven G. Holte, WI; Gary L. Housner, WI; Jaloda Farms, OH; Chuck Jinkins, WI; Jo-Wal Farms, WI; Randy W. Kortus, WA; Roger & David Latuch, PA; Larry Lexvold, MN; Lirr Farm, WI; Jason M. & Donna G. Myers, MD; Nordic-Haven Holsteins, IA; Gaylon, Gary & Steve Obert, IL; Olmar Farms, MN; Mark P. Paul, WI; Regancrest Farm, IA; Darrell Richard, IN; Alfred & Mark Schmitt, MN; Scott Seward, WI; Springhill, OH; Stelling Farms, Inc., MN; Sully Hill Dairy Co., MN; Triple T Dairy, TN; Earnest Turk, GA; Veazland Farms, ME; Walhowdon Farm, Inc., NH; Wardin Bros., MI; and Welcome Stock Farm, LLC, NY.
With questions about any Holstein Association USA awards, contact Customer Service at 800.952.5200.
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Brattleboro, Vermont (November 21, 2012)...The Holstein Association USA, Inc. board of directors met in Chicago, Ill. on November 14-15. President Chuck Worden presided over the meeting.
The board approved the 2013 Management-by-Objective Business Plan and associated budget. The Business Plan predicts growth in sales of Holstein Association USA's core products and services.
The Holstein Association is pleased to announce it will be participating in two dairy genetic research studies. The first is one in which the Association will be providing type evaluation services for a feed efficiency research study being conducted by several universities.
The board also approved funding for a study that will seek to find haplotypes of elite Holstein females that are associated with their valuable and unique phenotypes. The impetus for this study was fostered by grassroots member input.
Considerable time was spent discussing the future of the national dairy genetic evaluation program and the proposed privatization of genetic evaluations.
Upon motion duly made and seconded, the board resolved:
Holstein Association USA is committed to remaining in its long-standing, traditional role as custodian and steward of the Holstein breed, specifically including genetic labeling, parentage discovery and verification, and type evaluation. The direction being taken by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding, NAAB, and the CDDR is inconsistent with this commitment by Holstein Association USA.
Furthermore upon motion duly made and seconded, the board resolved:
The Holstein Association USA Board of Directors does not approve the Bylaws recently presented to the members of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding ("Council") and continues to be opposed to the proposed Cooperative Agreement and Business Plan under consideration by the USDA and the Council in regard to a U.S. Genetic Evaluation Program.
[Ed. note: NAAB is the National Association of Animal Breeders; CDDR is the Cooperative Dairy DNA Repository, Inc.]
Update on 2012 Business Plan
Registrations through November 3rd were 296,415, which is up a percentage point over the same period in 2011. Transfers through November 3rd were up nearly 10 percent from the same time last year and stood at 57,127.
Reporting through October, Holstein COMPLETE® enrollment totaled 280,356 cows and 1,817 herds. This represents more than a 9 percent increase in cows and a slight decrease in the number of herds since the end of 2011.
AgriTech Analytics General Manager Bill VerBoort reported that as of September 30th, 903,059 animals were enrolled at the dairy records processing center. This is a 3 percent increase in the number of animals enrolled since the first of the year.
The board of directors heard reports from the Audit, Junior Advisory (JAC), Legislative Affairs, and Show Committees.
From the Show Committee, the board made two changes to the list of Uniform Classes for shows. For the existing class, Milking Fall Yearling Heifer, the name has been changed to Milking Yearling Heifer, therefore permitting milking winter yearlings to show in that class. The board also approved changing the 125,000 lb. Cow Class to a 150,000 lb. Cow Class, keeping it as a recommended class and acknowledging the increased production of today's Holsteins.
The board approved the International Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. and 10 National Shows for 2013. The list includes Spring National Holstein Shows in
- Columbus, Ohio
- Stillwater, Okla.
- Jefferson, Wis.
- Richmond, Utah
The Summer National Holstein Show will take place in Columbus, Ohio. Fall National Holstein Shows will be held at
- St. Paul, Minn.
- Puyallup, Wash.
- Springfield, Mass.
- Harrisburg, Pa.
- Louisville, Ky.
The board reviewed the committee's recommendations for the 2013 National and Qualified Judges Lists and approved 39 National show judges and 77 Qualified show judges. The first 2013 judges' conference will take place on April 18 in conjunction with the Wisconsin Spring Holstein Show in Jefferson. The second conference takes place April 24 at the time of the California Spring Holstein Show in Merced.
The board of directors reviewed member delegate reimbursement history. After deliberations, the board approved increased delegate reimbursement from $400 to $500.
The board has approved the release of 2,437 prefixes effective December 31, 2012. Since its inception in 2009, the board policy allows the release for reuse of a prefix after 20 years of non-use and makes it easier for members to acquire prefixes for their herds. A proprietor may request retirement of his or her prefix for a $100 fee.
The next board meetings are:
- The spring board meeting will be held March 21-22, 2013, in Hartford, Ct.
- The summer board meeting will be held July 7-8, 2013, in Indianapolis, Ind., held in conjunction with the 128th Annual Meeting.
For more information contact Lindsey Worden at 802.451.4096. For more information about any of the Association's programs and services, visit www.holsteinusa.com, or call Customer Service at 800.952.5200. For more information about ATA's products and services, visit www.agritech.com.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (September 24, 2012)…If you plan to attend the 2012 World Dairy Expo, October 2-6, 2012, in Madison, Wis., be sure to stop by the Holstein Association USA booth #29-13 on the Main level of the Coliseum for some exciting highlights!
Holstein Association USA's new Dairy Rhythms Herd Management Software will be showcased in the booth, with visitors having the opportunity for a hands-on demonstration by Holstein Association USA staff. Dairy Rhythms is a comprehensive herd management system which ties together the Association's database with dairy records processing by AgriTech Analytics. Designed with a user-friendly interface, the program gives producers quick and convenient access to not only traditional health, milk and reproduction data, but also genetic, pedigree and classification information for their Holstein cattle. Additionally, Dairy Rhythms features other components which might be of special interest to Registered breeders, including a module to manage your embryo transfer program. Visit us to learn how Dairy Rhythms can help you manage your Holstein herd more efficiently!
Many have seen pictures of the new Ideal Holstein Cow and Bull paintings, which were unveiled at the 2012 National Holstein Convention. Stop by the booth to see the masterpieces for yourself; canvas giclee reproductions of the paintings will be on display in the Holstein USA booth for Holstein enthusiasts from around the world to admire all week.
World Dairy Expo attendees will have plenty of opportunity to admire some of the best Registered Holstein cattle in the world. Watch the Holsteins grace the colored shavings on three days:
- Tuesday, October 2, 7:30 a.m.: International Junior Holstein Show
- Friday, October 5, 12 noon: International Holstein Show, Heifer Classes
- Saturday, October 6, 8:00 a.m.: International Holstein Show, Cow Classes
- Saturday, October 6, 5:00 p.m.: Parade of Champions & Supreme Champion Selection
Holstein Association USA staff will be on hand all week and are eager to visit with you about genomic testing services, ear tags and other identification options, along with any other Holstein questions you may have. Tradeshow hours run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. We hope to see you there!
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Brattleboro, Vt. (August 3, 2012)…Holstein Association USA's 2013 Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) and Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM) applications are now available at www.holsteinusa.com/juniors. These awards recognize the most accomplished members of the National Junior Holstein Association, the highest honor given by the Association to youth. Entry materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2013, to be eligible.
Following recommendations from the Junior Advisory Committee, which were approved by the board of directors, applications for both the DJM and YDJM contests have been significantly revamped. Those familiar with the contest in previous years should make note of the changes before working on 2013 applications. Many sections were combined or shortened, reducing the total length of the required entry portfolio. A mission statement was also established for the award, by the Junior Advisory Committee:
"Holstein Association USA's Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) recognition is designed to reward youth who demonstrate a firsthand working knowledge of the dairy industry, participate in Registered Holstein®, dairy and other activities, be role models for other youth and good spokespeople for the dairy industry."
To help explain the changes and answer any questions youth or youth leaders may have about the application, Holstein Association USA will be hosting an informational webinar on Friday, August 17, at 1 p.m. Eastern. To register for the webinar, visit http://bit.ly/DJMWebinar.
For more information, contact Kelli Dunklee, Holstein Association USA youth programs specialist at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (July 25, 2012)...During the Holstein Association USA, Inc.'s 127th Annual Meeting, considerable time was spent discussing the proposed Cooperative Agreement between USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL) and the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB), as well as the draft Business Plan for the CDCB performing future U.S. dairy cattle genetic evaluations.
Holstein Association Vice President Glen Brown, speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, led an interesting discussion on the topic. Excerpts from his presentation are included here.
"For many years the United States Department of Agriculture, through its Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL), has been working closely with major sectors of the dairy industry to provide genetic evaluations for dairy cattle. Those sectors include Holstein Association USA, Inc. (Holstein) and other breed associations, the dairy herd improvement (DHI) associations, and the artificial insemination companies (AI's) through their trade association, the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB).
Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding
"Some years ago, those three industry groups created the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) to serve as a forum for discussion and to advise AIPL on industry research needs. The members of the CDCB and AIPL have, until recently, worked very well together and shared information and resources for the benefit of dairy farmers and the industry.
"AIPL manages the genetic evaluations, conducts research, and provides equal access to the information. This system is of great benefit to all segments of the industry; dairy farmers, industry partners like the Holstein Association, and consumers alike. This beneficial collaboration is now being threatened.
"The CDCB has no budget or assets, nor has there been any need since its only purpose is to provide advice to AIPL. Now, however, some members of the CDCB are proposing a Cooperative Agreement with AIPL. A change such as this has the potential to have a profound impact on you, your Association, and the industry at large.
"One of the things we have been concerned about as an Association is that, if the Council changes from an advisory to a functioning business entity, the rules of governance, management, and finances must be considered properly and put in place before a cooperative agreement might be signed. It's critical that we don't sign it and later find out how it might work.
"We believe, if a change is made, the business plan should come first with the business structure in place. A cooperative agreement would then be formulated that would be consistent with the business plan.
U.S. Dairy Genetic Evaluations Should Stay at USDA
"We believe the advantages of keeping the U.S. dairy genetic evaluation program at USDA outweigh any disadvantage. In support of that contention, HAUSA would be willing to pay an annual fee for USDA's part in the U.S. genetic evaluation program if lack of funding is really at the root of this issue.
"The Holstein Association USA Board is committed to keeping the dairy genetic evaluation program at USDA-AIPL."
For additional information and to hear Glen Brown's presentation in its entirety, please visit the Holstein Association USA website at www.holsteinusa.com.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (July 9, 2012)…Holstein Association USA's 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 Business Meeting, held in conjunction with the National Holstein Convention. Next year's Annual Meeting will be held July 10 and 11 in Indianapolis, Ind. Nominating petitions have been mailed to members and must be returned on or before the July 30 deadline.
Members become ineligible to serve as a delegate for one year, after serving as a delegate at three consecutive Annual Meetings. The following individuals, listed by state, are ineligible to be nominated to serve as a delegate in 2013:
Donald T. Bennink, Florida
David F. Rottinghaus, Kansas
James W. Davenport, Jr., Kentucky
David V. Lease, Maryland
George A. Hunt, Jr., Massachusetts
Janice K. Albrecht, Minnesota
Genie Lorenzo Roberts, New Jersey
Alicia Lamb, New York
Charles E. McEvoy, New York
Howard W. Wolfe, New York
Thomas L. Thorbahn, Ohio
Allan Hanselman, Oregon
David W. Bitler, Pennsylvania
Keith E. Decker, Pennsylvania
Dean W. Jackson, Pennsylvania
Richard N. Mellinger, Pennsylvania
Seth Major, Tennessee
Linda Keene Hodorff, Wisconsin
Kevin Jorgensen, Wisconsin
Delegates are responsible for voting on officer and director candidates, any proposed bylaw amendments, and resolutions presented at the Annual Meeting. Members are encouraged to nominate individuals from their state who they think will be interested in serving as a delegate to the Annual Meeting. It is also recommended to nominate more than the number of delegates allowed for their state, as some elected delegates are often unable to serve, and alternates are needed. Alternates may only serve if they had been previously nominated on a petition.
Once a member is nominated, notification will be sent to them from the Holstein Association USA office. Prior to accepting the nomination, nominees should consider whether or not they will be able to attend the Annual Meeting. If nominees do not wish to serve as a delegate or feel they will be unable to attend the Annual Meeting, they should request their name be removed from the ballot. The Holstein Association USA office must be notified by August 2, 2012, if a nominee does not wish for their name to appear on the official ballot.
Delegate election ballots will be mailed to members in late August, and must be returned to the Holstein Association USA office no later than October 8, 2012. Those on the ballot will be notified of election results in November.
With questions about the Holstein Association USA delegate process, contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (July 9, 2012)…Holstein Association USA recently recognized six finalists in the 2012 National Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) competition at the National Junior Holstein Convention on June 30 in Springfield, Mo. This is the highest honor a Junior Holstein member may receive, and is based on outstanding work throughout his or her dairy project career.
The finalists for this year's contest are Jacob Achen, Minn., Sara Bechtel, Pa., Matt Henkes, Iowa, Tera Koebel, Mich., Nathan Ulmer, Pa., and Corbin Wood, Pa.
Twelve semifinalists were selected to interview during the National Junior Holstein Convention. Each of the six finalists will receive renewed memberships to Holstein Association USA. The Distinguished Junior Member award honors Junior Holstein members, ages 17 to 21, who have excelled in their junior project work, involvement on their farm, and in their communities.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (July 9, 2012)...Youth from across the country traveled to Springfield, Mo. for the National Junior Holstein Convention, competing in various contests and displaying their talents on a national stage.
Public Speaking Contest
Thirty-seven contestants competed in this year's Prepared Public Speaking competition. In the Junior division, first place honors went to Allison Herrick, N.J., with her speech entitled, "Calf Raising." Second place went to Lora Wright, Mo., with "Robotic Milking" and third was Alexandria Lopes, Calif., "Dairy Cows – Super Models of the Industry."
In the Intermediate division, first place was Katie Migliazzo, Calif., with "Biosecurity, It's Up to You!" Second was Jennifer Haler, Minn., "From Moo to You," and third was Ashley Mohn, Pa., with "Cheese."
Mary Elizabeth Foote, N.Y., captured first place in the Senior division with her speech, "Bringing the Next Generation of Dairy Farmers Back to the Farm." In second place was Lauren Nell, Pa., "Labor Law," and third went to Taylor Pires, Calif., "Media's Effects on Perception of Agriculture."
Folding Display Competition
Forty eight folding displays were submitted for the sixth annual Folding Display competition. Participants create a free-standing display on a dairy industry topic of their choice. This year the folding displays were divided into two categories, creative and scientific. Having two divisions in the contest allows more youth to compete and showcase their knowledge.
The winning entry in the Junior Creative division was submitted by Kate Carlson, Ill., titled "Ethics." Second place honors went to Katelyn McClellan, Mo., with "Embryo Transfer" and third was Rosie Lenz, Mo., with "Udders."
In the Intermediate Creative division, Alex Pluskot, Fla., had the winning entry with "Farm Safety." Sydney Davis, N.C., placed second with "How Now Brown Cow." Third place went to Ashley Mohn, Pa., with her display entitled "Shh…I'm Resting."
For the Senior Creative division, Shelby Proctor, Pa., placed first with her display, "ABS." Jacob Shaffer, Pa., placed second with "Blast Off for Milk" and third went to Raychel Rabon, Fla., "Dairy Foods."
Placing first in the Junior Scientific division was Sierra Swanson, Minn., with "Holsteins." Second place was awarded to Jacey Smith, Wash., with her display titled "Hole-E-Cow (Fistulated Cows)." Rachel Nigh, Wis., was third with "5 C's of Calf Care."
Winning the Intermediate division in the Scientific display was Suzanna Hull, Mich., "Cow Digestion." Jacob McGehee, Fla., was second with "Plants Toxic to Dairy Cattle." Third place was Mark Kitchen, Pa., with "Cows' Eyesight."
The Senior Scientific display competition was won by Jessica Bryiger, N.J., with her display titled "Somatic Cell Count." Austin Pluskot, Fla., was second with "By-product Feeds." Third was Christian O'Brien, N.J., with "Holstein Heal."
State Scrapbook and Banner Competition
The state scrapbook contest gives each state the opportunity to showcase the Junior Holstein activities they do throughout the year. Eight states submitted entries this year, with Iowa having the winning entry, Wisconsin placing second, and New York in third.
The digital scrapbook contest saw six entries submitted. This division is judged on the same criteria as a traditional scrapbook, but must be presented on a computer, DVD player, or other digital format. Winning this year's contest was Missouri, followed by Florida in second, and Iowa taking third.
The state banner competition allows states to show off their creative sides. This year there were a total of 10 entries that were displayed at the Convention. First place in the banner contest went to Illinois, second to Florida, and third to California.
Junior Advisory Committee Election Results
At the National Junior Forum on June 30, three new youth area representatives were elected to serve on the Junior Advisory Committee (JAC). For Area II, Austin Pluskot of Florida was elected to replace outgoing committee member Tera Koebel of Michigan, and Briar Jeg of Washington will be replacing Brooke Schoenbachler, also of Washington, for Area IV. Molly Herberg of Minnesota was elected to serve as an At-Large committee member, replacing Derek Wasson from Pennsylvania.
The JAC is the governing body of the Junior Association and oversees the organization's activities. The committee is elected by the membership at the National Junior Forum, and members serve two-year terms. The committee experience helps youth learn more about their Association while strengthening leadership skills.
Learn more about Holstein Association USA youth programs at www.holsteinusa.com/juniors.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (July 9, 2012)…Holstein Association USA recognized several Junior members who breed and own exceptional Holstein cattle during the National Junior Holstein Convention, June 27-30, in Springfield, Mo. with six different awards based on type and production.. The awards are designed to reward and encourage Junior members to continue their excellent Registered Holstein breeding programs.
The Breeder of an Excellent Cow award is presented to Junior members who have bred and owned a cow officially classified "Excellent" on or after January 1, 2010. The 2012 recipients are: Meredith Ball, Idaho; Quinn Cashell, Pa.; Kaicey Conant, Maine; Emily Davis, Pa.; Scott DeBaugh, Md.; Dustin Gates, Pa.; Matthew Gray, N.Y.; Charles Hamilton, Wis.; Jessica Herrington, N.Y.; Kyle Jackson, Pa.; Katy Kemmeren, N.Y.; Emily Knight, N.Y.; Tera Koebel, Mich.; Katherine Larson, Wis.; Jordan London, Pa.; Bret Long, Pa.; Taegan Long, Mich.; Karch Manley, N.Y.; Isaac Mills, Pa.; Rose Morian, Pa.; Katie Osborne, Pa.; Hayley Potts, Va.; Jessica Pralle, Wis.; Ryan Pralle, Wis.; Clay Rice, Pa.; Jocelyn Riser, Pa.; Ruben Schaapman, Ga.; Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Wis.; Morgan Wendling, Ill.; Ryan Wheatley, Del.; and Corbin Wood, Pa.
The National Breeder of a Multiple "E" Excellent Cow award is received by Junior members who have bred and owned a cow classified Multiple "E" Excellent. The breeders receiving the award are: Dustin Gates, Pa.; Taegan Long, Mich.; Tyler Nelson, N.Y.; and Katie Osborne, Pa.
The National Progressive Breeder Award recognizes cattle bred by Junior members that meet high production and classification standards for their age group. Every cow qualifying receives a star and Junior members acquire a star for each elite cow they have bred. This marks the twentieth year that Holstein youth have had the opportunity to apply for the award. Those accumulating five or more stars over their career receive a plaque at National Convention.
One star recipients are Katelyn Allen, Md.; Kaicey Conant, Maine; Dylan Frey, S.D.; Alexandra Gambonini, Calif.; Samantha Gambonini, Calif.; Brooks Hendrickson, Wis.; Devin Kepler, Wis.; Valerie Kramer, Wis.; Emily Mikel, N.Y.; Bryanna Mills, Pa.; Courtney Moser, Wis.; Ruben Schaapman, Ga.; Charlotte Simpson, Pa.; Collin Stoltzfus, Pa.; Mariah Strauss, Wis.; and Ryan Wheatley, Del.
Receiving two stars are Aaron Auman, Pa.; Charlotte Auman, Pa.; Rachel Foster, Pa.; Francesca Gambonini, Calif.; Katie Jackson, Pa.; Mitchell Kappelman, Wis.; Isaac Mills, Pa.; Katrina Nunes, Wis.; Logan Potts, Va.; Austen Schmidt, Wis.; Mary Scott, Iowa; Nathan Ulmer, Pa.; and Nicole Wright, Wis.
Three star winners are Amelia Cooper, Wis.; Matthew Hauck, Pa.; Breinne Hendrickson, Wis.; Kyle Jackson, Pa.; Katy Kemmeren, N.Y.; Emily Knight, N.Y.; Taegan Long, Mich.; Logan Moser, Wis.; Tyler Nell, Pa.; Caitlyn Pool, Pa.; Jordan Siemers, Wis.; Ashley Stoltzfus, Pa.; and Kayla Wright, Wis.
Receiving their fourth star are Tyler Herringtton, N.Y.; Emily Irwin, Ill.; Tera Koebel, Mich.; Karch Manley, N.Y.; Aryn Martin, Maine; and Sam McWilliams, Pa.
Presented her fifth star was Hayley Potts, Va.
Seven star winners are Jordan London, Pa. and Brandon Long, Wis.
Awarded her ninth star is Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Wis.
Receiving their tenth star are Brett Hildebrandt, Wis. and Ashley Martin, Maine.
The eleven star recipient is Katie Osborne, Pa.
Awarded his twelfth star is Charles Hamilton, Wis.
Thirteen star honorees are Jessica Pralle, Wis. and Ryan Pralle, Wis.
Earning 15 stars is Tyler Nelson, N.Y.
The 16 star recipient is Brett Long, Wis.
The National 30,000 Pound Cow award is received by youth who own a cow producing over 30,000 pounds of milk in 305 days or less, between May 2010 and May 2012. This year's recipients are: Ethan Arsenault, N.Y.; Aaron Auman, Pa.; Charlotte Auman, Pa.; Meredith Ball, Idaho; Sara Bechtel, Pa.; Jared Birch, Vt.; Emily Cooper, Pa.; Jason Cooper, Pa.; Becca Davis, Pa.; Amber Gable, Pa.; Alexandra Gambonini, Calif.; Charles Hamilton, Wis.; Matt Henkes, Iowa; Brock Irwin, Ill.; Emily Irwin, Ill.; Katie Jackson, Pa.; Katy Kemmeren, N.Y.; Jordan London, Pa.; Bret Long, Wis.; Taegan Long, Mich.; Carly Lyons, Iowa; Sam McWilliams, Pa.; Jessica Meiller, N.Y.; Victoria Meiller, N.Y.; Bryanna Mills, Pa.; Tyler Nelson, N.Y.; Jessica Nolt, Pa.; Katelyn Nolt, Pa.; Katie Osborne, Pa.; Victoria Peila, Pa.; Caitlyn Pool, Pa.; Jessica Pralle, Wis.; Nicole Pralle, Wis.; Ryan Pralle, Wis.; Jocelyn Riser, Pa.; Nathan Schantz, Pa.; Connor Siemers, Wis.; Jacob Siemers, Wis.; Jordan Siemers, Wis.; Josh Siemers, Wis.; Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Wis.; Ryan Wheatly, Del.; Ryan Widerman, Pa.; and Corbin Wood, Pa.
The National 150,000 Pound Cow award is given to Junior members who own a cow that has produced over 150,000 pounds of milk in her lifetime. This year's recipients are: Brooke Bortner, Pa.; Alexandra Gambonini, Calif.; Matt Henkes, La.; Tyler Herrington, N.Y.; Mitchell Kappelman, Wis.; Brandon Long, Wis.; Bret Long, Wis.; Taegan Long, Wis.; Carly Lyons, La.; Victoria Meiller, N.Y.; Bryanna Mills, Pa.; Tyler Nelson, N.Y.; Katie Osborne, Pa.; Jessica Pralle, Wis.; Ryan Pralle, Wis.; Nathan Schantz, Pa.; and Jordan Siemers, Wis.
The National 200,000 Pound Cow award is given to Junior members who own a cow that has produced over 200,000 pounds of milk in her lifetime. This year's recipients are: Rachel Foster, Pa.; Bret Long, Wis.; Katie Osborne, Pa.; and Katie Wendorf, Wis.
For more information on these awards, visit www.holsteinusa.com/juniors.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (July 3, 2012)…Holstein Association USA held their 127th Annual Business Meeting, June 29 and 30, in conjunction with the 2012 National Holstein Convention in Springfield, Mo. President Chuck Worden presided over the meeting, during which members discussed current industry issues, elected directors, and passed judgment on a bylaw amendment and resolutions. A highlight of the meeting was the unveiling of the new Ideal Holstein Cow and Bull paintings.
State of the Association
President Chuck Worden and Chief Executive Officer John M. Meyer both presented addresses to the membership in attendance, highlighting current Association and industry issues, as well as sharing their visions for the future of the Association.
"When we talk about our genetic evaluations being the gold standard around the world, it is through working together, trust and respect for each other that we've been able to accomplish so much," said President Chuck Worden. "The world is watching us, and we must do what's right for the dairyman. Producing unbiased, accurate genomic evaluations will lead to more accurate genomic predictions for all Holsteins around the world."
Worden continued on, discussing some of the Association's recent accomplishments and thanking members for their involvement in current events. "I would like to encourage all of you, as leaders in the dairy industry, to get involved, make a difference. This is our industry and it will only be as good as we make it."
In his State of the Association address, CEO John M. Meyer first highlighted several of the Association's performance achievements from 2011, which was an outstanding year for Holstein Association USA.
"Registrations, the core activity and lifeblood of all pedigreed livestock organizations, continue to rise. In 2011, 360,149 animals were registered, an increase of over 20,000 registrations from 2010. It is interesting to note, the last time we registered 360,000 animals, there were well over 120,000 dairy farms in the United States. Today there is less than half that number of dairy farms in the country." He continued, "Without question, Holstein Association members and dairy producers nationwide continue to realize the added value U.S. Registered Holsteins® bring to their operations."
The Association's premier package of programs and services, the Holstein COMPLETESM program, also shows impressive participation, indicated Meyer. "The popularity of the Holstein COMPLETE program is evidenced by the 256,401 cows in 1,828 herds enrolled in 2011. This is 16,700 cows and 69 more herds enrolled than the previous year."
In closing, Meyer commented, "As I reflect on dairy industry changes of the past, and think about what might be forthcoming, my thoughts turn to the late great Walt Disney who said, 'Always be in the state of becoming.' I like the quote, because it reminds us to strive for excellence and look for the opportunities among challenges. Every challenge we greet opens tremendous opportunities for our members and their Holsteins." He finished, "It is important for us to be reminded of the strength of your Holstein Association. We have the greatest youth programs of any dairy association in the world, our young adult programs are envied across the country, our members include the most talented dairymen around the globe, and our members own the world's greatest cow, the U.S. Registered Holstein."
Videos of both speeches can be found online at www.youtube.com/HolsteinUSA.
Unveiling of the New Ideal Holstein Cow and Bull
A real highlight of the Annual Meeting was the unveiling of the new Ideal Holstein Cow and Bull paintings. Last year, Holstein Association USA commissioned renowned artist Bonnie Mohr to complete the new ideal Holstein cow and bull, and she has been working diligently over the past several months to complete the project. The end result was breathtaking, as seen by attendees of the Annual Meeting on Friday morning.
"I grew up on a dairy farm, and I have a huge love and passion for the dairy cow." Mohr shared that it was almost 25 years ago when she decided that she was going to be a professional artist, and said, "That year, I set as my goal that the pinnacle of my career would be one day, if I could paint the new true type cow and bull. Today, that dream came true."
Holstein enthusiasts can review the entire project at http://holsteinmasterpiece.blogspot.com, including a video of the unveiling at the Convention. Watch the web site and upcoming issue of the Holstein Pulse for more coverage, and visit www.bonniemohr.com for print ordering information.
Bylaw Amendment Passed
On Saturday, delegates voted on several items, including a bylaw amendment proposed by the board of directors regarding future board elections.
In the future, if a region does not have at least two candidates declared for an open director position by March 1 of the election year, that regional director position will become an at-large position for two terms, unless the position is held by an incumbent. This amendment will take effect in 2013.
The spirit behind the amendment was that it is intended for regional director candidates to be nominated from their regions, and then voted on by all delegates. Regions that put forth only one candidate are essentially appointing their director, removing the choice of the delegate body. While directors are elected from each region to ensure geographic diversity on the board of directors, each director acts in the best interests of members from across the country, not only those in their region.
Director Elections Held
Three regional director positions and one at-large directorship were up for election at this year's annual meeting. Individuals elected to their first terms on the board of directors were R. Paul Buhr, Viroqua, Wis., representing Region 5, and Patrick Maddox, Riverdale, Calif., for Region 9. Incumbent directors re-elected to their second three-year terms were At-Large director Jonathan Lamb, Oakfield, N.Y., and Region 8 director Bill Wright, McCornick, Utah.
Retiring from the board of directors after six years of service were Region 5 director Robert Nigh of Viroqua, Wis. and Hank van Exel, Lodi, Calif., Region 9 director.
Three Resolutions Adopted by the Membership
Three resolutions were brought forth for the delegate body to pass judgment on, and all three were adopted.
Resolution 1 was submitted by the Pennsylvania Holstein Association:
"Whereas: The United States Dairy Genetic Evaluation program is the best in the world due to its unbiased nature.
And Whereas: The cost to continue the program at USDA is less than 1% of the current USDA budget.
And Whereas: The current system is beneficial to the United States dairy farmers and to consumers alike.
Therefore, be it Resolved: That Holstein Association USA Inc. encourages USDA to continue performing dairy genetic evaluations for the dairy industry."
Resolution 2 was brought forth by the Wisconsin Holstein Association:
"Whereas: For the past generation the U.S. has been recognized as a world leader in dairy genetics and whereas it is important to be proactive in developing a plan for genetic evaluations in the future.
Be it Resolved: That Holstein Association USA work cooperatively as a member of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding to develop and present a cost effective, thorough, reliable system to collect data and process genetic evaluation currently calculated by USDA-AIPL."
During the Annual Meeting, board members, delegates, members and guest speakers discussed the future of the U.S. dairy genetic evaluation program for over two hours. The Holstein Association USA board of directors made their position clear on the subject, which mirrors the resolution submitted by the Pennsylvania Holstein Association. In conclusion, Holstein Association USA Vice President Glen Brown stated, "The Holstein Association USA board is committed to keeping the dairy genetic evaluation program at USDA-AIPL."
Resolution 3 was presented by the Holstein Association USA board of directors, in appreciation of the Missouri Holstein Association:
"Whereas, the Missouri Holstein Association, in preparation for the Holstein Association USA, Inc. 127th Annual Meeting and National Convention, has arranged an educational and fun-filled week with great opportunities to visit outstanding dairies, and has warmly welcomed everyone to the Show Me State; and
Whereas the Missouri Holstein Association is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year and is showcasing the state's rich Holstein heritage,
Now, therefore be it resolved, that the Holstein Association USA's Board of Directors, members, and staff honor the Missouri Holstein Association for their dedication and achievements, and
Be it further resolved, that the Delegates of this 127th Annual Meeting and National Holstein Convention recognize each and every hard working individual at the Missouri Holstein Association and express grateful appreciation for making this a most memorable week!"
The 2013 National Holstein Convention will be held July 8-11, 2013 in Indianapolis, Ind.
For more National Holstein Convention coverage, visit the official Holstein Association USA blog at http://2012holsteinconvention.blogspot.com. Additional information will also be included in the upcoming Summer 2012 issue of the Holstein Pulse. With questions, contact Lindsey Worden at 800.952.5200, ext. 4096.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (July 3, 2012)…The Holstein Association USA board of directors met June 26 and 27, 2012 in Springfield, Mo. President Chuck Worden chaired the meeting held in conjunction with the National Holstein Convention and Annual Meeting at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center.
During a dinner on June 26, the board honored retiring Directors Robert Nigh of Viroqua, Wis. and Hank van Exel of Lodi, Calif. Vice President Glen E. Brown of Coalville, Utah presented each with a framed resolution, highlighting their service on the board.
Update on 2012 Business Plan
During the meeting, staff presented updates on the 2012 Management-by-Objective Business Plan and year-to-date financials. Three updates of interest on year-to-date activity include:
- Registrations totaled 157,338, up 2,209 showing a 1.3 percent increase from the same period in 2011
- Transfers totaled 31,775, which were up 3,412 (12 percent) from 2011
- Holstein COMPLETESM enrollment stood at 277,695 cows and 1,845 herds. Compared to June 2011, these numbers represented a 12 percent increase in cows and a 3 percent increase in herds.
2012 Financial Update
During the meeting, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Barbara Casna presented the Association's consolidated financial statements through the end of May, 2012 and reviewed the reserve fund report for the same period. The Association and its subsidiaries show year-to-date profit on operations of $245,000.
AgriTech Analytics (ATA)
AgriTech Analytics (ATA) General Manager Bill VerBoort reported May 2012 enrollment of 901,825 cows, which is an increase of 22,500 cows over December 2011 numbers.
Other Board Action
The board reviewed the proposed Cooperative Agreement between USDA and the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding along with the draft Business Plan. Discussions centered on the impact of creating an alliance which could ultimately privatize the entire U.S. dairy genetic evaluation system. Inherent differences among the current Council members and how those differences drive conflicting goals became a focus of those deliberations. The board voted to support a resolution presented by the Pennsylvania Holstein Association which was later passed by the delegates of the 2012 Annual Meeting:
Whereas: The United States Dairy Genetic Evaluation program is the best in the world due to its unbiased nature.
And Whereas: The cost to continue the program at USDA is less than 1% of the current USDA budget.
And Whereas: The current system is beneficial to the United States dairy farmers and to consumers alike.
Therefore, be it Resolved: That Holstein Association USA Inc. encourages USDA to continue performing dairy genetic evaluations for the dairy industry.
The Holstein Association USA, Inc. board of directors also passed a motion which states, "The Holstein Association USA, Inc. board of directors is committed to keeping the U.S. dairy genetic program at USDA-AIPL (U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory)."
Finally, the board approved several recommendations made by the Type Advisory Committee, for the classification program:
- That 56 inches in stature be the ideal for first lactation Holstein cattle, and that stature for first lactation Holstein cattle be evaluated as a two-way trait with an intermediate optimum.
- That first lactation cows have an acceptable range for stature of 53-59 inches.
- That the linear trait Stature be rescaled so that 56 inches equals 25 points.
- Change the weighting of the Feet and Legs breakdown to 20 percent of Final Score, with 5 percent deducted from the Front End/Capacity breakdown.
- That classifier staff make a deduction for short teat length and close rear teat placement.
- That the Genetic Advancement Committee consider placing teat length in the Udder Composite formula.
Watch for more information about these changes to the classification program in the upcoming Summer 2012 issue of the Holstein Pulse.
The Holstein Association Board will meet November 14 and 15, 2012 in Chicago, Ill.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (July 3, 2012)…Holstein Association USA honored several individuals during the closing banquet at the 2012 National Holstein Convention last week in Springfield, Mo., for their contributions to U.S. Registered Holsteins® and the greater dairy industry.
Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders
Jonathan and Alicia Lamb of Oakfield, N.Y., were recognized as Holstein Association USA's 2012 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders. This award is given annually to a Holstein Association USA member or partnership of members between the ages of 21 and 40, recognizing the significant accomplishments of young Registered Holstein breeders, and their commitment to preserving the dairy industry and achieving excellence in their daily lives. Winners receive paid travel and lodging expenses to the National Holstein Convention and a $2,000 cash award.
The Lamb family milks almost 6,000 cows between their three dairy operations, 1,600 of which are registered in the Holstein herdbook, with the remainder enrolled in Holstein Association USA's Basic ID program to track ancestry. The herd participates in the Holstein COMPLETESM program, and they use official Holstein ear tags for identification on all farms. Most of their elite cattle are housed at Lamb Farm #2, with some show cattle housed at other farms.
Jonathan and Alicia work to provide cattle for many different sectors of the market. Their primary goal is to breed a cow that is the dairyman's dream; a profitable, trouble-free animal that can work well in various management situations. They are using approximately 75 percent genomic young bulls in their breeding and flush programs, as well as genomic testing many calves as soon as they are born to assist in marketing decisions. The Lambs' progressive strategy is paying off, with 46 cows currently found on the Locator List, and over 70 bulls marketed to A.I. They utilize an intense ET and IVF program, implanting over 2,800 embryos in the past year, and performing in vitro work at least twice a month in their certified on-farm IVF satellite facility.
Active members of their county and state Holstein associations, Jonathan and Alicia have been longtime advisors for the Nioga County Juniors and enjoyed serving as dairy bowl coaches for both Junior Holstein and 4-H teams. Individually, they're both active with several local, state and national agricultural organizations. Jonathan is on the Erie-Niagara Insurance Association board and has served as a Holstein Association USA director for the past three years, recently re-elected to his second term. Alicia currently serves on the boards of the National Holstein Women's Scholarship Organization (NHWSO) and National Dairy Shrine, and has been an official at the national dairy judging contests at World Dairy Expo and the North American International Livestock Exposition.
The Regan family of Regancrest Farm in Waukon, Iowa, was honored as the 2012 Elite Breeder award recipients. The Elite Breeder award annually recognizes a Holstein Association USA member or partnership who has bred quality Registered Holstein cattle, improving the overall quality of the breed.
Regancrest was established in 1951, by William & Angella Regan and family, and today the operation continues strong as a partnership between their four sons, Ron, Charlie, Bill and Frank. Many grandchildren are also an integral part of day-to-day operations on the dairy, with each family member playing a key role. This team approach has garnered numerous accolades, including being named National Dairy Shrine's 2006 Distinguished Cattle Breeder, and World Dairy Expo's 2007 Dairymen of the Year. In 1999, work was completed on a new facility with milking capacity of 600 cows, and the Regans are currently planning an expansion to 900 cows. Their rolling herd average is currently over 25,000 pounds of milk with 3.8% fat and 3.1% protein, and the farm participates in several Holstein programs, including Holstein COMPLETE and Tag ID. Regancrest's BAA sits at 107.1 on 375 cows, ranking them first in the nation for herds their size in 2011. To date, more than 260 Excellent cows and bulls carry the Regancrest prefix. They are a 21-year Progressive Genetics Herd, with an average CTPI last year of +1740, over 75 of their cows have been recognized as Dams of MeritSM (DOM), and more than 50 have earned Gold Medal DamSM (GMD) status.
With over 430 bulls sold into AI through the years, Regancrest is leaving an undeniable stamp on the Holstein breed worldwide. It was recently reported that, in the Interbull global database, there are more than half a million Holsteins sired by a Regancrest-bred bull. Possibly the most well-known and highly regarded Regancrest bull is Regancrest Elton Durham. In 2007, he became the only bull to win the World Dairy Expo Premier Sire banner at five consecutive International Holstein Shows, and he's known around the world for siring cattle with great type and a strong will to milk.
One of Regancrest's most notable cows is Snow-N Denises Dellia, who the Regans purchased in 1991, as a two-year-old, from Robert Snow in Wisconsin. She eventually went on to score Excellent-95 3E, earned Gold Medal Dam and Dam of Merit recognition, was named the 2005 Global Cow of the Year by Holstein International and was a runner-up in the Queen of the Breed contest. With progeny by 29 bulls, Dellia produced 21 Excellent daughters, two at 94, and 39 classified Very Good, and had 10 Excellent sons, two at 95. Her great-grand daughters are still having a solid impact at the farm today, continuing the tradition of excellence in the family.
Distinguished Leadership Award
Dr. Robert E. Walton of De Forest, Wis., was announced as the 2012 Distinguished Leadership Award honoree. This award is given annually to an individual who has provided outstanding and unselfish leadership to the Holstein Association, or dairy industry as a whole.
Dr. Walton was raised on his family's dairy and livestock farm in Shattuck, Okla. He obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees from Oklahoma State University then went on to earn his Ph.D. at Iowa State University. From there, he headed to University of Kentucky where he was a professor and successful dairy judging coach; his teams won the 1958 Chicago International and the 1959 National Championship at Waterloo.
In 1962, Bob moved to De Forest, Wis. to join American Breeders Service (ABS), as a geneticist. His goal was to find a way to measure the genetic value of bulls, developing Progeny Test programs. Through his use of this population genetics data, he came up with a calculation for "Estimated Daughter Superiority" which was adopted in 1965 by USDA, and known to all of us today as "Predicted Difference."
Walton has given his time to numerous organizations through his decades of service in the industry. He was a founding member of the Holstein Foundation board of trustees, and remains a generous supporter today. He also is World Dairy Expo's longest seated board member, serving from 1971 until 2008. His leadership accolades have been recognized by many, and he has been honored as the 1982 World Dairy Expo Industry Person of the Year, 1985 National Dairy Shrine Guest of Honor, 1986 National Association of Animal Breeders Distinguished Service Award winner, and received the 1991 American Dairy Science Association Distinguished Service Award. A culmination of his career at ABS, their Distribution Center was named in his honor in 2005.
See the Summer 2012 Holstein Pulse for more coverage of these award recipients, and the 2012 National Holstein Convention, or visit www.youtube.com/HolsteinUSA to view videos of the award presentations. For more information about Holstein Association USA's annual awards, visit www.holsteinusa.com, and click on Awards, then Individuals, in the main menu. With questions, contact Lindsey Worden at 800.952.5200, ext. 4096.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (May 30, 2012)…With the National Holstein Convention and Holstein Association USA's 127th Annual Business Meeting just a month away, final plans are in place. The Convention Planning committee and Association staff have been working to plan an event that promises to provide plenty of opportunity for fun, fellowship with Registered Holstein® enthusiasts, and discussion about timely issues impacting the Holstein breed and Association. The National Holstein Convention runs from June 27-30, in Springfield, Mo. Below are some highlights of the agenda; a complete schedule can be found online at www.holsteinconvention2012.com.
Unveiling of the Ideal Holstein Cow and Bull Paintings
A highlight of this year's Annual meeting will be the new Ideal Holstein Cow and Bull paintings, which are being completed by Bonnie Mohr. They will be unveiled during the Annual Meeting's morning session on Friday, June 29, and will be available for viewing by Convention attendees throughout the Annual Meeting on Friday and Saturday. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting event, and read the blog chronicling Mohr's progress at www.holsteinusa.com!
Two speakers will give Annual Meeting attendees the chance to hear about some of the latest technological advances in the Registered Holstein business.
On Friday, June 29, Adam Griffin, Holstein Association USA Dairy ID Programs Manager, will be presenting the Early Bird session, starting at 7:30 a.m. Griffin will give an in-depth demonstration on the Association's new Dairy Rhythms Herd Management software.
Friday afternoon, John Andersen, Manager of Dairy Operations for the Aardema Group, Jerome, Idaho, will talk about how genomic technology is being utilized on their dairy operations. The Aardema Group owns almost 30,000 cows on seven dairies, and Andersen has assumed a progressive strategy to advance the overall genetic quality of their herd.
Four seats are up for election on the Holstein Association USA board of directors, with elections being held on Saturday morning, June 30. Candidates include R. Paul Buhr, Wis., for Region 5; Bill Wright, Utah, Region 8; Patrick Maddox, Calif., Region 9; and Dale Drendel, Ill., and Jonathan Lamb, N.Y., for the At-Large Director seat.
Delegates to Vote on Bylaw Amendment
Delegates will vote on one bylaw amendment, which has been brought forth by President Chuck Worden, on behalf of the Holstein Association USA board of directors. In short, the proposal would amend the bylaws to state, if there are less than two declared candidates for a regional director election by March 1 of the election year, that regional director position would become an At-Large director position for two terms, unless the position is held by an incumbent. The reasoning behind the proposed amendment is that regional directors are intended to be nominated from their respective regions, and then voted on by all delegates. If a region puts forth only one candidate, that region is essentially appointing their director. This amendment would not apply to incumbent directors, and, if approved, would go into effect in 2013.
Read the complete proposal to amend the bylaws in the Annual Meeting Notice at www.holsteinusa.com, under Meetings & Conventions, then 2012 National Holstein Convention. All Holstein Association USA members received a copy of the Annual Meeting Notice in mail.
Annual Award Winners Recognized
Capping off the Convention on Saturday evening will be the naming of the 2012 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder, Elite Breeder, and Distinguished Leadership Award Winners.
Holstein Association USA staff will be blogging throughout the week with updates, pictures and video live from the Convention! If you cannot make it to Springfield, be sure to visit www.holsteinusa.com daily for the latest happenings, or become a fan of Holstein Association USA and the Holstein Foundation on Facebook.
For complete registration and lodging information, visit www.holsteinconvention2012.com. Hotel availability is becoming very limited, so if you have not made your reservations yet, be sure to call soon.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (May 16, 2012)…Hazel-Bush Flap Flower has claimed the title of Holstein Association USA's 2011 Star of the Breed. This award is given annually to one Holstein cow that not only excels in the showring, but is an exceptional milk producer as well. Flower was bred by Hazel Bush Farms, Inc., of Rice Lake, Wis., and is owned by 22-year-old Beth Nelson of Blair, Wis.
To be eligible for the Star of the Breed award, a cow must place in the top five in her class at a National Holstein Show in the award year, be in a herd enrolled in the TriStar program and have an official classification score. Once the eligible cows are determined, the following calculation is used to decide the award recipient: Combined ME Fat and Protein + Age Adjusted Classification Score x (Breed Average ME Combined Fat & Protein/Breed Average Age Adjusted Classification Score).
Flower was born in July 2006, and is sired by My-John Free Flap-ET, out of Hazel-Bush Delaware Dixie. She made an outstanding milk record this past year, calving in at 4-05, producing 59,160 pounds of milk with 4.2 percent fat (2,471 pounds) and 2.9 percent protein (1,744 pounds) in 365 days. Flower is classified Excellent-92 EEEEE, scoring the maximum 50 in both rear udder height and width. In 2011, Flower was the third place Five-Year-Old at both the Midwest Spring National Holstein Show and the Mid-East Fall National Holstein Show.
Beth is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Farm and Industry Short Course and now works fulltime with her parents, Lee and Becky, at their dairy farm. They milk 150 cows twice a day in a double-10 parabone parlor, the herd primarily comprised of Holsteins, approximately 20 percent of which are registered. The cattle are housed in sand bedded freestalls, with a pack barn for fresh cows, and their ration consists of a TMR with an ample amount of dry hay. The farm's rolling herd average currently sits at 24,500 pounds of milk, maintaining a 98,000 SCC, which has earned them several milk quality awards.
For more information about the Star of the Breed Award, visit www.holsteinusa.com/awards/animals.html.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (May 16, 2012)…Seven U.S. Registered Holstein® breeders have earned the distinction of being named 2012 Holstein Association USA Herds of Excellence. The award was created to pay tribute to breeders who have bred and raised cattle that are consistently performing at the highest levels for them.
To be recognized with this honor, herds must be 25 percent above breed average Mature Equivalent (ME) for milk, fat and protein; have classified within the last year and have an actual average classification score of 83 points or higher; have at least 70 percent of the herd homebred; and be enrolled in the Association's TriStar production records program.
This year's honorees include: Timothy Baker, Star-Summit Holsteins, Byron Center, Mich.; Joseph Brantmeier, Hilrose Holsteins, Sherwood, Wis.; Thomas J. Kestell, Ever-Green-View Farms, Waldo, Wis.; Randy W. Kortus, Mainstream Holsteins, Lynden, Wash.; Bruce & Brenda Long, B-Long Holsteins, New London, Wis.; Daniel Vandertie, Doorco Farms, Brussels, Wis.; Tim & Sandy Ver Hage, Ver Hage Holsteins, Allegan, Mich.
For more on these outstanding breeder herds, see the Spring 2012 issue of the Holstein Pulse, or visit www.holsteinusa.com.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (April 25, 2012)…Holstein Association USA is excited to announce that updated images of the Ideal U.S. Registered Holstein® cow and bull have been commissioned and are currently in progress. Renowned dairy artist Bonnie Mohr will be painting the images, which will be unveiled at the 2012 National Holstein Convention in Springfield, Mo., at the end of June.
"The last time the Ideal U.S. Registered Holstein cow and bull images were updated was in the 1970s. We want an image that today's dairymen will be able to relate to, that reflects the modern, efficient, attractive animal that is the U.S. Registered Holstein," said Holstein Association USA President Chuck Worden. "We are delighted to be able to work with Bonnie Mohr to bring this project to life."
"I am thrilled to have this opportunity! Painting the new True Type Holstein cow and bull is a challenge that I feel I am ready for and I embrace this project whole-heartedly," said artist Bonnie Mohr. "Holsteins have been a part of my entire life, and you can be assured that I welcome this painting assignment with great passion and excitement. With more than 20 years of painting cows behind me, I guess you could say this is the test I have been preparing for!"
When completed, the originals will hang at 1 Holstein Place in Brattleboro, Vt., and prints will be made widely available for Holstein enthusiasts.
Updates will be publicized as the project progresses in the coming months. Watch the Holstein Association USA web site, www.holsteinusa.com, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HolsteinUSA, for the latest details.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (April 2, 2012)…President Chuck Worden presided at the spring Holstein Association USA, Inc. board of directors meeting held in Windsor Locks, Ct., March 22-23.
The Business Plan portion of the meeting included results of 2011 objectives and updates on 2012 objectives. The board heard reports from the Audit and Nominating committees.
Early first quarter member activity is strong. Management reported registrations through March 17th of 81,643, up 2 percent from the same time last year. Through March 17th, transfers totaled 13,246, up 11 percent from 2011.
Reporting Holstein COMPLETESM activity through March 15th, enrollment totaled 268,132 cows and 1,839 herds, an increase of 5 percent and 1 percent respectively, since the end of last year. The Association introduced two expanded options for the Holstein COMPLETE program in 2012. These additional services include package pricing for dairy records processing and the Association's new Dairy RhythmsTM herd management software.
As part of the Association's ongoing efforts to reduce milk price volatility, the board approved a motion to encourage Congress to pass the Dairy Security Act, HR 3062, as soon as possible. A formal resolution will be presented to Congress urging passage of either the Dairy Security Act, HR 3062, or a Farm Bill containing the provisions of the Dairy Security Act.
The next board of directors meeting will be held June 26-27, in Springfield, Mo. in conjunction with the Association's 127th Annual Meeting and convention. The fall board meeting will take place in Chicago, Ill., November 14-15.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (March 27, 2012)…Holstein Association USA is excited to announce the 2012 Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) semifinalists. The Distinguished Junior Member award is the highest honor given to members of the National Junior Association, ages 17 to 21, in recognition of a lifetime of commitment to the Holstein breed and involvement in a variety of activities.
This year’s semifinalists are: Jacob Achen, St. Paul, Minn.; Kirsten Beaudry, Walpole, N.H.; Sara Bechtel, Martinsburg, Pa.; Amelia Cooper, Deforest, Wis.; Sean Galley, Garrattsville, N.Y.; Matt Henkes, Luana, Iowa; Tera Koebel, Three Oaks, Mich.; Stephanie Nagel, Valders, Wis.; Kyle Natzke, Fond du Lac, Wis.; Mandi Ramsburg, Walkersville, Md.; Nathan Ulmer, Bellefonte, Pa.; and Corbin Wood, Littlestown, Pa.
Each of the semifinalists completed an entry book, detailing their Junior Holstein project work, involvement with their cattle, program participation, and school and community activities.
“From school to showing, growing up on a dairy farm has involved me in my surroundings. I have had the opportunity to know where much of my food comes from and how it is made, as well as the ability to push myself to do better in many aspects,” said Kirsten Beaudry, in her Junior Holstein Project story. “Through my time with Junior Holstein and 4-H, I have grown more confident in myself as a person and more engaged in the world around me, and I hope to continue to share my experiences with people around me.”
“Being active in the Junior Holstein Association has benefited me in so many ways. Through this organization, I have gained a lot of knowledge, as well as experience and friendships that will last a lifetime,” said Kyle Natzke. “I am very fortunate to have learned so much about the dairy industry at a young age. This is a huge part of my life, and I would like it to stay for a long time to come.”
The twelve semifinalists will interview at the National Holstein Convention, June 27-30 in Springfield, Mo., to be named one of six finalists. Finalists receive annual renewed memberships to Holstein Association USA. All Junior Holstein members, ages 17 to 21 are eligible to apply for the Distinguished Junior Member recognition. For more information about DJM or other Holstein youth programs, visit www.holsteinusa.com/juniors, or contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (March 27, 2012)…Eight finalists have been named in Holstein Association USA’s annual Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM) competition. The YDJM recognition is the highest award given to National Junior Holstein members, ages 9 to 16, and honors their dairy project work and involvement with other agricultural and community organizations. The eight finalists will be recognized during the 2012 National Holstein Convention, June 27-30, in Springfield, Mo.
This year’s YDJM finalists are: Annie Achen, South Ambia, Ind.; Cole Davis, Pleasant Garden, N.C.; Emily Irwin, Belvidere, Ill.; Katherine Larson, Viroqua, Wis.; Laura Lesher, Bernville, Pa.; Tony Lopes, Gustine, Calif.; Kathryn Osborne, Millerstown, Pa.; and Jordan Siemers, Newton, Wis.
Applicants for the YDJM award complete an entry book, which summarizes their involvement with Holstein cattle and programs, as well as other extracurricular activities.
In her Junior project story, Katherine Larson said, “Growing up on a farm is the best upbringing I could’ve asked for. It has taught me a lot about responsibility, hard work, how to care for animals and has helped me find my career direction.”
“My career goals include attending a four-year university and obtaining a degree in either agri-business, agri-economics, or agri-engineering,” stated Cole Davis. “An agricultural Bachelor’s degree will enhance my dairy background and prepare me to be a strong voice and advocate for the dairy industry regardless of the specific career path I choose. I am so thankful for the dairy opportunities and experience I have gained over the last 16 years and look forward to a lifetime of involvement and support of the dairy industry.”
For more information about DJM or other Holstein youth programs, visit www.holsteinusa.com/juniors, or contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (February 7, 2012)…Registration is now available for the 2012 Holstein Association USA Judges Conference, slated for April 15, in Syracuse, N.Y., in conjunction with the New York Spring Dairy Carousel. Running from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the conference will include placing heifer and cow classes, as well as classroom discussion time. Holstein Association USA Judges Conferences are open to anyone 22 years of age or older who is interested in judging U.S. Holstein shows and/or applying to be included on a Holstein Association USA Judges List, including international judges.
The fee to attend is $50 for pre-registrants and $100 for late registrants. Pre-registration closes April 1, 2012, and is now available online at www.holsteinusa.com/shows/judges_preregister.html. Online registrants may pay with a credit card through a secure online payment site. Late registration will be accepted from April 2, 2012, until the morning of the conference. Walk-ups may pay the $100 late registration fee by cash or check at the door, however, pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Tentative plans have been made for future conferences, including two in 2013, in California and Wisconsin, one in Ohio in 2014, and one in Utah in 2015.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Inn at the Fairgrounds, 670 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse, N.Y., 13209. To make a reservation, call 315.484.0044, and ask for the "Holstein USA" block to receive a $79 per night rate. The cut-off date for the room block is March 31, 2012.
All individuals currently on the Holstein Association USA National or Qualified Judges Lists, or those planning to apply for the lists in the future must have attended and receive a "satisfactory" rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference within a three year period to be eligible. All National Holstein Shows are required to choose their judge from the National Judges List. Nationally-sanctioned Junior Holstein Show Judges and National Holstein Show associate judges must be selected from either the National or Qualified Lists. Applications for the Judges Lists are available on the Holstein Association USA web site, and are due August 1, 2012 for the 2013 lists.
More details about the conferences can be found at www.holsteinusa.com/shows/judges.html, under the Judges Conferences tab. With questions, contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261.
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Brattleboro, Vt. (January 6, 2012)…Holstein Association USA is excited to report that 2011 was an exceptional year for U.S. Registered Holsteins. Enthusiasm for the Holstein breed is high and growing, evidenced by the 360,149 Holsteins that were registered, as of December 31, 2011. This exceeds 2010 totals by over 20,000 animals, an increase of six percent, and is the most animals registered on an annual basis since 1995.
“The last time we registered 360,000 animals in a year was 1995, when there were well over 120,000 dairy operations in the United States,” said CEO John M. Meyer. “Today, the number of licensed dairies is less than half of that. We’re very excited that Holstein Association members and dairy producers nationwide continue to realize the added value U.S. Registered Holsteins bring to their operations.”
“We are pleased that the number of U.S. Registered Holsteins continues to grow. These numbers are a testament that Holsteins are the United States’ and world’s most popular and profitable cow,” CEO Meyer continued.
For more information about Holstein Association USA or U.S. Registered Holsteins, visit www.holsteinusa.com. A complete report on the Association’s 2011 performance will be presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting, June 29 and 30, in Springfield, Mo.
Pictured here are several members of the Association's registry department, responsible for processing registrations for all U.S. Registered Holsteins!
Front Row: Donna Jones, Maureen Petrie, Michelle Quinn, Karen Bokum, Dixie Goodwin, Kathy Rogers, Sandy Rancourt
Back Row: CEO John Meyer, Maureen Phelon, Joanne Plansker, Angie Facey, Laura Slate, Rochelle Franklin, Kathy Nebelski, Pam Barrale, Diane Gerry, Debbie Dandrea, Peter Cole, Executive Director of Association Processing Services
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