Archive for December 2016

Every day we are actively researching and creating articles that we believe followers of The Bullvine will benefit from reading. Then, every December, we take an enjoyable look back to see which Bullvine articles were the ones we felt resonated most with our readers.  Here are our top 12 from 2016. They were arrived at with a little bit of head counting but also by including that indefinable something that made 2016 a year we think was best defined by the word “more”. Please enjoy this look back, as you prepare to continue your dairy journey into 2017. We hope you will agree that each one has something more to offer.

#12. Dairy Cattle Show Photographs Are Not Free

Dairy Cattle Show Photographs are NOT Free

When choosing only 12 articles, it’s easiest to start with ones that come instantly to mind.  In this case, let’s start the 2016 selections off with an article that illustrates a little more of the tough love that The Bullvine is known for.  In 2016 we continued to break new ground in providing more and better coverage for the dairy industry and that meant putting great pictures right alongside our interviews, analysis and behind the scenes coverage.  The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” was proven to be true over and over again. At the same time, it was also true that those pictures are not free and having them stolen or misrepresented was something their increasing popularity meant that The Bullvine had to defend against.

#11. The Winds of Change Are Blowing Hard

The Winds of Change Are Blowing…Hard

Death and taxes are often named as the only two things we can be absolutely certain about.  In 2016, political change became such a certainty that it became almost normal to hear on a daily basis about some previously unheard of situation arising as accusations, scandals and upheaval rocked the leadership and elections of more than one country around the world. Although we would sometimes like to run for cover, the dairy industry is not immune to change. In this article, we called for the courage necessary to face change. “Breeders will need state-of-the-art animal and herd improvement services. The vision and actions of breeder and industry leaders are critical. Advancement will occur even if current organizations do not adopt and adapt the future technologies and systems.”

#10. Genetic Evaluation Reviews and Highlights

US – August 2016 Holstein Genetic Evaluations Highlights

Sire Proof Central April 2016

The Busy Dairy Breeder’s Guide to the December 2016 US Genetic Evaluations

The repercussions from the United States election are far from settled.  We are learning far more than we ever thought we needed to know about methods of analysis and how much we can rely on statistics, trends or advertising slogans.  With much less drama and challenge, the dairy industry has been steadily moving forward with regular genetic evaluations and proof reviews.  This type of information service would not usually rank high on an “editor’s choice” list of published articles, but in 2016 they asserted themselves as a worthy tool for making informed decisions and The Bullvine analysis of the highlights are welcomed, discussed and acted upon by breeders seeking to be on the leading edge. Here are two that provided “more” analysis.

#9. Genomic Testing Discovers New Cow Family

Genomic Testing Discovers New Cow Family

Everyone loves to hear success stories.  Even better we love to hear stories that seem to beat the odds in some way.  That is the story of Alexerin Dairy and Oman 993 who can best be described as every breeder’s dream. By using genomic testing, Alexerin Dairy found that they had a breed outlier who’s DGVs exceeded her pedigree index by an astronomical amount. The Bullvine headline read “Genomic Testing Discovers New Cow Family.” The outstanding result was not expected, maybe even unusual. However, getting results from hard work, focused breeding, and a clear vision are the keys to Alexerin’s success. You simply can’t ask for more!

#8. An Open Letter to All Dairy Farmers

An Open Letter to All Dairy Farmers

Sometimes being an industry information provider means taking an unpopular position.  Such is the case with #8 on our Editor’s Choice list. The article was an open letter which began, “To the hard-working dairy farmers who get up before dawn every day so that the rest of us can enjoy wholesome, healthy milk on our cereal and in our morning coffees, “Please sell your cows!”  This call to action arose from simple fact that production is far outstripping consumption, even though the world’s population is growing. Sometimes facing more challenges means being able to say “Goodbye!”

#7.  Gen Com Live Stream and Holstein World Conference Video

Gen-Com: Crown of Roses Sale Results

Why NOT to Crossbreed – 2016 Holstein World Conference Video

Sometimes it’s simply too hard to choose only one representative from many that were presented.  Such is the case when it came to new ways that The Bullvine is expanding beyond the written word. The live streaming of the Gen Com Crown of Roses Sale brought immediacy to Bullvine coverage.  In the same way, when The Bullvine presented real time video of the Holstein World Conference, hosted in Argentina, it marked another step forward in news that was relevant, in real time and accessible to an audience that otherwise would be limited to after the fact, word only reporting.

#6. Stud Wars Episode IV the Force Grows Stronger 

Stud Wars Episode IV: The Force Grows Stronger – 2016

What started as The Battle for A.I. Supremacy back in July 2013, has seen many changes in the power struggle when it comes to sire lineups. Many of the smaller A.I. units have been purchased by larger genetic players, and the rate of change has accelerated considerably. This Bullvine article provided more behind the scenes perspective on who is coming out on top and who is falling behind in the genetics race.

#5 The Subtle Art of Not Caring What Everyone Thinks

The Subtle Art of Not Caring What Everyone Thinks

We all enjoy popularity and The Bullvine is energized whenever those times occur.  The danger is that in seeking more approval we might be losing more relevance.  The goal is to provide what breeders and readers need.  It’s not a popularity contest.  That’s why #5 for 2015 highlights the article Andrew produced about being true to one’s own vision despite resistance or challenges. “Those times I have not given in have made all the difference.  Since starting The Bullvine, I have tested my ability to keep the eye on the ultimate goal and not care what people think about us, but rather understand what we are trying to achieve.  As we enter our fifth year, I am very proud of the work we have done and the actions we have taken, because it has led us to the position we are at today.  A voice for breeders during uncertain times.” Perhaps less comfortable.  Definitely opening The Bullvine to more criticism and controversy.

#4 Introducing The Bullvine All-North American Awards

Introducing The Bullvine All-North American Awards

As we look back we move from not caring what everyone thinks of us to an article that is very concerned about what our readers care about. With a five year developing tradition of not pulling any punches, The Bullvine never shies away from finding ways to put more thought and action into one of the most passionate areas of the dairy industry – namely, the recognition of animals that represent “the best of the best”. In 2016 that meant more innovation from the editor of The Bullvine. In his own words he wrote, “There is no question that North America has some of the greatest show cattle in the world. They have All-Canadian awards and All-American awards, but those are little more than sales tool for two print magazines.  Their nomination processes leave most people scratching their heads and the results are pretty much just a rubber stamp of the results from World Dairy Expo and The Royal.  So, in order truly find out who are the best in North America, the Bullvine is excited to announce the All-North American Awards.” The result was even more than we expected.

#3. More Ways to Communicate and Connect

Throughout the year, we inaugurated new ways to get our stories in front of our dairy industry peers (i.e. Live streaming. See #7). We are convinced that one of the best ways to learn how to improve our herds, dairy operations and the dairy industry happens, when we can learn from those who have found ways to reach the success we are aiming for.  The Bullvine was honored to interview individuals, breeders and companies that are finding more and better ways to move the dairy industry forward. These are the leaders we want to emulate. 

The next two stories brought so much more to all of us than mere words can convey.  These final two selections on our 2015 editor’s choice list rise to first place because they affect us at every level of our passion for dairy cattle.  They are stories about people.  They are stories about courage in the face of adversity.  They are stories about digging deep to set goals, live passionately and achieve dreams.

#2 Inspirational Little Girl and a Medical Miracle

This is a story of heroes, courage and medical miracles. Reese Burdette celebrated her 9th birthday at home after almost two years in Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where she was recovering from the severe burns she suffered in a fire at her grandparents’ home over Memorial Day weekend in 2014. There will be much to celebrate for the Burdette family and caregivers.  “Reese’s treatment will soon be featured in medical journals. It is discussed already at conferences about the machines that supported her heart and lungs as they healed. She spent longer with ventricular assistance than any other known patient.” Reese loves the farm and her favorite Holstein calf and set an astounding example of giving everything to an almost insurmountable task because of her desire to get back to those places and times. Her dedicated doctors, who joined her extended family, were constantly amazed and reported that. “She persevered and succeeded at everything we asked of her.” May more wonderful benchmarks continue on her journey to health and happiness at home!

Reese Burdette: An Inspirational Little Girl and a Medical Miracle is Going Home

#1 There are MORE IMPORTANT Things in Life Than a Cow Show  

There are more important things in life than a cow show

Take a lesson from Logan Chalack and use your strength to live well and be an inspiration to others. It certainly reminded all of us all that there are more important things in life than a cow show, but also how a cow show can certainly help in the healing process. Logan Chalack passed away on June 28, 2016 at the age of 32 years. As with Reese Burdette, Logan was not defeated by fear of the future but was totally focused on what is possible in the present.

The Bullvine Bottom Line for 2016

More international.  More connected.  More relevant. Here at The Bullvine we have thoroughly enjoyed giving more effort to achieving those goals in 2016.  Please accept our heartfelt thanks to you, our readers, for being with us during another wonderful year.  We are looking forward to 2017 and hope you continue to share our passion for, commitment to and active pursuit of excellence in the dairy industry.  

May your holiday season be filled with more special memories and together let’s continue wanting and achieving “MORE” in the New Year!

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Top 16 of 2016

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

The Bullvine team is pleased to once again bring you the Top 16 most well-read articles of the year 2016. This list reflects content published from November 30, 2015  through December 1st, 2016 and is based on Google Analytics with over 1,831,218 monthly views from over 1,000,000 unique yearly visitors.

  1. US – August 2016 Holstein Genetic Evaluations Highlights
    More than just the list’s the Bullvine’s sire proof central brings you in depth review of all the top new sires as well as the latest analysis of the August 2016 Genetic Evaluations.
  2. It’s Time to Make Dairy Shows Relevant, Again
    Show supporters can quote many reasons for why the time, effort and resources that they put towards exhibiting cattle are positive. At the same time, there are detractors who question why breeds and sponsors should support cattle shows. The detractors see no benefit to dairy cattle improvement from the show circuit.
  3. Are daughter-proven sires still popular?
    A quick look at the US Holstein sires with the most registered daughters would have you believe that proven sires are still more popular than genomic sires. Currently all three of the top-3 with the most registered daughters are daughter-proven bulls (Mogul, Supersire, and Yoder). However, coming to the conclusion that proven sires are therefore more popular, would mean that you don’t understand how much the dairy artificial insemination industry has changed with the introduction of genomics.
  4. Yellow Briar Farms: The Cows Are Sold But The Memories Are Priceless!
    “Yellow Briar Ayrshire Farm isn’t on TV or listed in travel brochures of Southern Ontario but at eleven o’clock on Saturday morning it was the center of dairy farming not just for the Stephens family but for their friends, neighbours and farming colleagues as fifty years of dairy farming saw 70 head go under the auction hammer in Troy.”
  5. The Winds of Change Are Blowing…Hard
    Services in the dairy cattle improvement industry have been gradually expanding since WW II. Three main areas have fueled that growth: (1) program participation levels; (2) usage of top sires; and (3) the evolving uses made of data. Almost every dairy producing country in the world has developed an industry organization infrastructure involving breeds, milk recording, artificial insemination, and genetic evaluation centers.
  6. An Open Letter to All Dairy Farmers
    To the hard-working dairy farmers who get up before dawn every day so that the rest of us can enjoy wholesome, healthy milk on our cereal and in our morning coffees, “Please sell your cows!”
  7. Dairy Cattle Show Photographs are NOT Free
    So next time you are snagging that picture from Facebook or creating that ad with pictures you “Found online,” I would like you to try this, next time you’re at dinner, tell your waiter you’ll tell all your friends how good the service was if he gives you dinner for free.
  8. Select Sires – Sire Tour 2016
    In a Bullvine video exclusive join Select Sires Holstein Sire Analysts, Kevin Jorgensen & Herby Lutz, as they tours us through some of the top proven sires at Select Sires. Including MOGUL, SUPERSIRE, MONTROSS, IRWIN & VALENTINO. See these amazing bulls as the parade around the Kellgren Center.
  9. Why NOT to Crossbreed – 2016 Holstein World Conference Video
    Join Dr. Tom Lawlor, Executive Director of Research and Development for Holstein USA as he debunks the many myths about crossbreeding and provides an alternative genetic strategy that not only provides maximum genetic gain but does so while maintaining purebred status. This presentation was part of the 2016 Holstein World Conference held in Argentina.
  10. Introducing The Bullvine All-North American Awards
    There is no question that North America has some of the greatest show cattle in the world. They have All-Canadian awards and All-American awards, but those are little more than sales tool for two print magazines. Their nomination processes leaves most people scratching their heads and they results are pretty much just a rubber stamp of the results from World Dairy Expo and The Royal. So, in order truly find out who are the best in North America, the Bullvine is excited to announce the All-North American Awards.
  11. Stud Wars Episode IV: The Force Grows Stronger – 2016
    What started as The Battle for A.I. Supremacy back in July 2013, has seen many changes in the power struggle when it comes to sire lineups. Many of the smaller A.I. units have been purchased by larger genetic players, and the rate of change has accelerated considerably. Let’s see who has come out on top this year and who has fallen behind in the genetics race.
  12. Genomic Testing Discovers New Cow Family
    When genomic testing came on the scene in 2008, it was hoped that genomic results would make possible the identification of new top cow families. That remains a concern for the vast majority of traditional cow family breeders. However, for Alexerin Dairy, owned by the Nixon Family of Manotick Ontario it is a reality. Here is the story of their success despite not being traditional cow family breeders.
  13. The 2016 Royal Winter Fair Holstein Show – The show everyone will remember for all the wrong reasons
    By all accounts, the 2016 Holstein Show at The Royal should have been a celebration of the many great moments that occurred. Instead, it will be remembered for one incident that many wish they could forget.
  14. No Slapping at World Dairy Expo
    Not since Sydney Poitier was slapped “In the Heat of the Night” has there been a more controversial slap as the ones that are given at most cattle shows around the world.
  15. Reese Burdette: An Inspirational Little Girl and a Medical Miracle is Going Home
    It has been 662 days since Reese Burdette entered Johns Hopkins Hospital fighting for her life after being pulled from a house fire. She has spent almost two years in Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, recovering from the severe burns she suffered in a fire at her grandparents’ home over Memorial Day weekend in 2014.  But in early March Reese was able to go home.
  16. There are more important things in life than a cow show
    There is no question that most members of the dairy industry are very passionate about the sector we work in. Often we get so wrapped up in ourselves that we occasionally lose sight of ourselves. No better example of this is what happens when it comes to the show ring. Breeders and Exhibitors and even ringside enthusiasts can get emotionally wrapped up in the industry we are very passionate about. Having said that, events over this past week have made me pause and reflect that there are more important things in life than a cow show.

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Top 16 Shows of 2016

  1. Trois-Rivières 2016 Holstein Show
  2. 2016 Ontario Summer Holstein Show
  3. Ontario Autumn Opportunity Holstein Show 2016
  4. Premier National Junior Show 2016
  5. Wisconsin Holstein Championship Show 2016
  6. Expo Printemps du Quebec – Holstein Show
  7. Midwest Spring National 2016
  8. Northeast Fall National Holstein Show 2016
  9. 2016 European Championship Holstein Show
  10. International Junior Holstein Show – World Dairy Expo 2016
  11. New York International Spring Holstein Show 2016
  12. International Red & White Holstein Show – World Dairy Expo 2016
  13. International Jersey Show – World Dairy Expo 2016
  14. Supreme Dairy Show – Holstein Show
  15. Canadian National Holstein Show 2016
  16. International Holstein Show – World Dairy Expo 2016

Top 16 News Stories of 2016

  1. Global milk supply crashes
  2. Jury finds Genus ABS infringed patents
  3. Vandals set hundreds of cows loose at Maine dairy farm and 1 dies, police say
  4. Family devastated after cow tramples 8-year-old to death
  5. 500 animals sold at Cradenhill must be resold, says Sherriff
  6. Holstein breeder seeks advice after teat tampering shock
  7. Chilliwack Dairy Farm Faces 20 Counts Of Animal Cruelty After Undercover Video
  8. Texas Dairy Farmers Are Swimming in Cow Corpses
  9. Royal Winter Fair Judges Named
  10. Bull semen sexing battle leads to $330M award
  11. 17-year-old Wisconsin girl injured in Dairy farm accident
  12. Farmer Killed While Fixing Equipment
  13. One bull sired 14 percent of U.S. dairy cows and gave them all a deadly mutation
  14. Dairy Farmer Shares His Loss With Dairy Community on Social Media
  15. Texas blizzard kills 30K cows, creates dairy shortage
  16. Over 1,225 Dairy Farmers Call It Quits in 2015

The Bullvine Bottom Line

A lot has changed since 2012, (Read more: The Top 10 of 2012 – The most read articles of 2012) in both the dairy industry as well as here at the Bullvine.  Looking ahead to 2017, I am sure things will continue to change.  It certainly has been a very busy year and these 16 articles were among the most talked about in the industry.  Thanks again for your continued readership and support.

 

 

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Want MORE Milk? Put More Focus on Frequency!

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Dairy headlines, scientific data and discussions over the farm fence are piling up data that says the move to robotic milking sees ever higher levels of uptake among dairy operations.  The focus has moved beyond the simple analysis of pros and cons to finding more data on ways to get the most milk production per robot. The simple conclusion is that everything that impacts the cow — before, during and after visits to the robot — could affect her milk production. As complicated as that sounds, it is simply a question of focus.

“Use Both First Hand Experience and Second Hand Information”

There are many ways to learn how others get more milk from their robots.  Robotic milker suppliers can point you to their successful clients.  They will dazzle you with positives. An internet search will give you many more names to consider and perhaps even reach out to. Be prepared to learn that some of these dairy operations have had remarkable accomplishments. No one will direct you to someone who is struggling with an automated milking system.  Nevertheless, you should seek out things that have been proven, how problems have been corrected and, most of all, how to get more production. Regardless of our sources of information, it’s up to you to do your due diligence.

“We Hear About LESS Labor and MORE Milk. Are the Claims True?”

The attraction to robotic milking pulls dairy operations toward making the change with the promise of decreased labor and increased milk production.  These claims are backed up by the majority of research which shows that installing robots and increasing milking frequency from 2 times per day to 2.5 or 3.0 times on average which results in 6 to 10 pounds more milk per cow per day. You will find that any claim beyond that is impacted by factors not directly robot related such as cow comfort, improved reproduction, and superior management. The facts regarding less total labor aren’t as dramatic.  It is different. Start times may be later, and there is definitely  more flexibility. But, to have the best management, you have to be on call at all times.  Finding a positive way through this learning curve is the first challenge faced by both the human and the bovine teams.

“Scientific Studies Draw Conclusions That You Can Act Upon”

We should always acknowledge that we could be taking results out of context.  Furthermore, we tend to judge what we learn based on our experience, and those experiences create bias.  All we can do is make decisions based on the best information available. There are several Canadian studies and also reports from the University of Minnesota and some out of the Netherlands as well.  These are just a few samples of what is available online. They have a lot of information, and they report what strategies have the biggest impact on milk production. Here are six that rise to the top of the lists.

“LET’S LOOK AT THE TOP SIX  MORE-MILK MAKERS”

  1. Come again!  And Again! Frequency wins!
    You hear it from every source.  One of the main factors impacting robot milk production is the frequency of visits.  If cows could read, we would post signs encouraging them to “Visit the Robot!  Don’t Stay Long!  Come back often! “It’s simple. If you want more milk, you have to have more frequent milking times. This begs the next questions, “How do you get cows to voluntarily come to the robot more often?” How often is often enough? What is the best? Most experts and studies suggest that the goal should be to average 2.7 to 3 milkings per cow per day.  When dairy operations fail to meet this benchmark, they make it a priority to review robot efficiency, nutrition programming, and pre-and-post robotic farm environment setup.
  2. “Effective Management Makes More Milk”
    Robots require a high level of management to be successful.  You may work less (than in parlor setups), but you must manage more! When you have the cows coming to the robots frequently, you have to stay on top of every detail that can impact the success of those visits.  
    At herd level: Monitor visits per day. Target average milking speeds. Provide sand or water beds for cow comfort. Remove hair from udders and trim tails. These and some tasks, such as treating cows, can take more time than in a parlor setup.
    Around the Barn: Slatted floors, robotic scraping and keeping up with equipment maintenance have proven to increase milk production.
    Genetic Selection: Not all cows are well suited for robotic milking. Sire selection and breeding for cows with easier attachment rates and improved milking speed present new challenges. 
    In the Office: Effective dairy managers take responsibility for the success of the dairy, and a large part of that is effectively managing all the incoming data captured by robotic systems.
  3. “Feed is the MAGNET That Pulls in More Visits!” 
    The single biggest factor affecting voluntary visits is the feed that is fed at the robot.  Typically, cows receive a pelleted feed at the robot: some farms feed ground corn or other grains. If only we could learn from fast food drive through restaurants, we would have the cows lining up at all hours of the day. Since we don’t gain from feeding extra large unnecessary portions that lead to overweight, we will have to settle for the idea of attracting our cow-customers to the robot.
    In contrast to the “junk” food that some humans crave, the feed offered at the robot must be of consistent high quality and palatability or cows will be discouraged from visiting the robot and thereby decrease the number of milkings per cow per day. Feed offered should complement other feeds being fed to the cows at the feed bunk.  It isn’t necessary to feed a full ration at either place.  Ideally, the feedbunk provides a partial mixed ration formulated at a lower energy content. The balance of the energy needs are provided at the robot.  Pellet quality, ingredients, quantity and palatability all play a role in getting the cows to voluntarily return to the robot and, thereby, they help increase (or decrease) milk production.
  4. “Provide More Robot Availability. Avoid Lineups and Crowding”
    Since there isn’t a robot for every cow, any time that there is blocked access to a robot it negatively affects milking efficiency. Blockage may be caused by cows congregating around the entrance either before or after milking. Proper design of robotic milking facilities can prevent some of these blocking events from occurring. If the area in front of the robot is small, locate water sources and cow brushes away from the entrance to the robot so as not to encourage cows to congregate in the area.
    A higher stocking density (cows per robot) can also result in fewer milkings per cow.  A target of 60 cows per robot is typically recommended.  In the study, dairy farms averaged 55 cows per robot. A survey of robotic miking dairy farms in Pennsylvania found an average of 56 cows per robot with a range of 47 to 64 cows per robot.  In general, farms in the Pennsylvania study with fewer cows per robot had greater milking’s per cow per day and greater milk production per cow. The conclusion:  Crowding costs cash!
  5. “Robot Access Means No Obstacles, More Space and Good Footing”
    Cow traffic to and from the robot is a large part of robot success. Easy access to the robot is a significant factor in the frequency of visits per cow per day. Obstacles interfering in the path to the robot as well as difficult entryways can deter cows from milking. Cows also need to have adequate space between the robot and surrounding areas. If holding pens or the area in front of the robot are too small, cows will be discouraged from entering.
    Access to the robot can also be encouraged through proper care and management of your herd’s feet and legs. Cows need to have good locomotion and sound hooves to be comfortable walking back and forth to the robot. Scheduling regular hoof trimmings and providing access to footbaths can prevent issues from developing.
  6. “Yes! More Milking Speed Counts!” 
    You can’t deal effectively with getting cows into and out of the robot, without giving consideration to the actual speed of getting the milk. Slow milking time reduces cow throughput and decreases the amount of milkings achieved each day. Many of the top producing robotics herds measure milk flow as compared to milkings per cow per day. From entry to exit, the milking process should take, on average, seven to eight minutes per cow. It’s recommended that herds should strive for less than seven minutes and start to investigate potential issues when milking length exceeds eight minutes. The actual milking unit attachment can also influence time taken per cow in the robot. Milking units that locate the teats quickly and efficiently will reduce the time per cow spent in the robot, freeing up extra available time for other cows. The more time the robots actually spend with cows who are putting out maximum flow will result in greater production than just counting the number of cows per hour or visits per day.  That is why many top herds allow their top producers to visit more frequently while cows that are later in lactation or lower producers allowed fewer visits.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

Robotic dairy operations continually strive to improve efficiency and increase production. The starting point for more milk is more frequency. Work with your whole dairy team – nutrition, environment, herd health and staff – to get their best input on ways to make sure you are doing everything possible to attract cows to visit the robots more often. When you effectively focus on getting more robot visits per cow, you will automatically produce more milk!

 

 

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Bruce Jobson’s Road to The Royal

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

All roads may lead to Toronto in November, but perhaps the journey now starts at the Supreme Dairy Show at St-Hyacinthe, Quebec. Overseas visitors should now consider taking the time to visit the event which occurs the week prior to the Royal Winter Fair.

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Bruce and Jenny present Russell Gammon with the International Friendship Award

The Supreme has developed within a few years from a Holstein Quebec event into a major all-breeds attraction. There is something unique about the show… it has a “Quebec” atmosphere; a different cultural identity – and importantly for the genetics industry; is a dairy show only. Arguably, the event is only going to develop further and grow in significance.

The Supreme Show has developed from 200 Holsteins into 750 entries from Holsteins, Red Holsteins, Jerseys, Ayrshires, Brown Swiss and Canadienne animals. There is the capacity to increase entries further according to show organizer Jenny Henchoz. “The new show ring facility and existing housing facilities will allow the show to expand further; possibly up to 950 animals.

“This year, we had cattle entries from the USA (Rivendale Farms, Pittsburgh) and in the new show ring building at the BMO Centre, we have created a dairy-hub. We can house trade exhibitor booths and kiosks close-up around the ringside. This helped create an atmosphere with lots of visitors in close attendance and clearly created a buzz of excitement throughout the event.”

The Board of Directors have a clear vision for the future and as to how to address the needs of Quebec producers; and the advantages of hosting a six-breed event. Almost 50% of Canada’s 11,683 dairy farmers reside in the Province, and the format included a sale of top quality animals. There is undoubtedly a need for a specialist dairy event within Quebec and Canada, encompassing dairy cattle, the trade-industry and importantly, knowledge, technology, and education. (Read more: Russell Gammon Honoured with International Friendship Award at Le Supreme Laitier)

dsc01706The event also included a Friday evening Cocktail and Genetics session hosted by Sexing Technologies on the development of sexed semen and the increasing advantages Sexed Ultra technology is having on dairy programs within Canada and the USA. The comprehensive session included a panel of speakers; tested by questions from moderator Andrew Hunt of The Bullvine. (Watch recording – STgenetics Canada Present’s GENETICS INVESTMENT OR EXPENSES?)

JEFO CONFERENCE AND TOUR

The global dairy industry faces the same challenges; no matter the market conditions. As dairy cow milk production increases and herds continue to increase in size, this situation presents continued challenges such as animal health, nutrition, fertility, and reproduction.

St Hyacinthe-based specialist nutrition company, Jefo, hosted an excellent conference and tour aimed at international experts from Australia, Brazil, China, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. The St-Hyacinthe conference reviewed technical and results driven data from a line-up of internationally renowned speakers, combined with practical on-farm application visits to leading herds within Canada such as Comestar; Drapeau, Gillette, and Donnandale.

helene-leclerc-jefoThe second part of the conference was held at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, and it is worth focusing on a presentation on protected B vitamins by Jefo I&D ruminant manager, Helene Leclerc. The research was extensive with results from the Universities of Guelph; of British Colombia, Laval University, California-Davis and Parana (Brazil) as well as, field studies in Canada, USA, and others.

Research demonstrates that protected B vitamins provide animals health and reproduction solutions that have a wide-range economic benefit within dairy cow populations. The financial benefits of protected B vitamins start during the 21day pre-calving dry cow transition period and throughout an animal’s milking lactation.

Feeding B vitamins improves energy balance and increased dry matter intake before calving by 13% (U. of Guelph). Beta hydroxybutyrate (BHB) levels were reduced by 33%, and mastitis was reduced by 87%, aligned with less metritis incidence (UK research estimates up to 40% of animals in dairy herds have metritis related conditions).

Subclinical ketosis was reduced by over 50% in problem herds and the commercial trials (herd size 800 – 1500) demonstrated that Choline alone does not provide sufficient response. There was also a 62% reduction in incidences of mastitis within large herd commercial trials (herds over 1100 cows), the Veterinary costs alone in Canada are estimated at $300 per case.

Reproduction remains a concern for dairy producers and the inclusion of protected B vitamins in 2 nutrigenomic studies demonstrated that the follicle is preparing earlier for ovulation, the oocyte is of better quality and the endometrium cell adhesion was improved– resulting in increased success in pregnancy. A trial involving a control group versus protected B vitamin group (U. of Parana, Brazil) resulted in cows being bred eight days earlier.

As cows became pregnant earlier in a California trial, this resulted in fewer services required per pregnancy. Conception rate trials (U. of California) at first service increased by 13%; more cows stay pregnant at 200 days (Figure 1.), and culling rates were reduced by 20%. In commercial trials (Mexico) conception rate increased by 19% at first service and more cows were pregnant at 120 and 150 days-in-milk.

Figure 1. Effect of a blend of protected B vitamins for Lactation1 on first service conception rate

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 1Protected folic acid, B12, pyridoxine, panthothenic acid and biotin

Milk production increased by 5% with the inclusion of protected B vitamins (U. of California-Davis), and in commercial trials, milk fat and protein concentration increased by 3.4% and 2.2%, respectively. Feed efficiency also increased from 2.5% to 5.2%. The presented results demonstrated beneficial increases that help provide increases in overall production, animal health, reproduction and farm profitability.

Clearly, nutrition science will play an increasingly important role in dairy cow management and overall farm profitability. Over the past two decades, the industry has seen huge advancements in nutrition and dairy herd management; likewise with genetics. And as global population increases, animal nutrition is set to play an ever-increasing role in helping feed the world.

The global dairy industry faces the same challenges; no matter the market conditions. As dairy cow milk production increases and herds continue to increase in size, this situation presents continued challenges such as animal health, nutrition, fertility, and reproduction.

COMESTAR REVISITED

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Having traveled the back roads of Quebec for the past 30 years, visiting Comestar was a regular occurrence whilst acting as a marketing consultant to Semex UK. Revisiting the modern facilities is a reminder of how far Comestar has developed. Unquestionably, Comestar and other modern Canadian herds are now much bigger, and investment has continued to increase throughout Canada. (Read more: Top Ten Most Influential Holstein Breeders of All-Time)

 The Comestar story began in 1976, when Marc Comtois and his wife, France, purchased Princeville Farm and its original cross-bred herd. Just over a decade later, the business moved to its current location at Victoriaville.

comestar-marc-comtois-bruce-jobsonBy then Marc was involved with pedigree Holsteins and his most famous home-bred cow, Comestar Laurie Sheik VG88, transformed the Canadian Holstein breed as well as international breeding programs. Born in 1986, Laurie Sheik produced a “golden cross” onto Blackstar that produced Comestar Leader as well as, three full-sisters.

The mating propelled the herd to global prominence with numerous subsequent descendants including the likes of Comestar Lee; Lheros, Outside, and Stormatic. The rest, as they say, is history. However, Marc Comtois takes immense pride in helping develop the Holstein breed in the UK, Canada and globally, through the Laurie Sheik bloodline.

He said: “Our AI bulls had a tremendous influence with over 400,000 units of Comestar semen being sold in the UK. Comestar and numerous other herds also sold embryos and live cattle sired by our bloodlines. We developed 14 Class Extra sires and four “millionaire” selling bulls and Comestar Lee produced over 1.8million units.”

The Comtois family have had several business partners including Freddie and Nicole Steen and today the family has six family member owners. The farm labor force also includes 12 employees covering various aspects of the business, which is a far cry from the origins of the herd. Overtime, Comestar has expanded by acquiring neighboring farms, to feed the herd, now totals 1,245 acres.

The herd has 350 milking cows housed in three barn locations comprising a 120 tie-stall barn; a 150 free-stall barn and a 70cow free stall barn for milking recipient animals. The herd averages 12,302kgs milk at 4.1% fat, and 3.3% protein, and today 40% of turnover comes from the sale of genetics in the form of embryos, female calves, and bulls.

The ET program is now an important cornerstone of the Comestar business with on average over 130 flushes being performed annually over the past ten years. In 2015, the herd undertook 50 ET flushes and 50 in-vitro flushes and is currently performing an in-vitro embryo flush every two weeks explains Marc. “We are using a combination of bulls for specific market criteria. Including 30% high type genomic sires and 70% proven sires.

“The embryo program is results driven, and we have to ensure our donor and recipient animals are in top condition. For the past nine years, we have been working closely with Jefo Nutrition to ensure we have high-quality embryos and high pregnancy rates. On average, we are getting 8 grade A embryos per flush.

“B vitamins play an important role in helping cows produce more embryos as well as increasing conception and pregnancy rates. On our scale of operation reproduction is important, just increasing the flush by one embryo or one pregnancy; can result in huge financial benefits. Last year alone, we had 82 Goldwyn heifers registered.

“We mainly use sexed-semen to increase the number of female calves born. We incorporate genomic testing as a routine part of our procedures to identify the next generation of elite male and female calves. High genomic male calves or high type male calves are sold to AI units or private breeders,” he said.

The new facilities were constructed in 1998, and almost 20 years onward, the family is in the process of considering the next stage of development. The potential to expand and incorporate the herd in one large barn that contains specialist pens for donor and show cows as well as flushing facilities will be scrutinized moving forward. The investment for construction of new facilities would run at $7,000 – $10,000 per cow place (£4,400 – £6,250)

Besides the farming operations, Marc has judged shows all over the world and is extremely proud to have judged the Holstein classes at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto in 1998. Lightening has struck twice, and 28 years on, Marc was invited to judge the 2016 Royal Winter Fair. “To judge once was fantastic, but to judge twice, is an incredible honor,” he says.

GILLETTE REVISITED

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Over the past 30years, perhaps the two most frequented Canadian herds on my travels have been Comestar and Gillette; somewhat unsurprising due to the number of AI sires developed. The association with the Patenaude family began in November 1994, following a fire that destroyed the 314ft milking barn and killed 205 cattle. (Read more: Gillette Blitz 2nd Wind: 2011 Canadian Cow of the Year NomineeDr. Gilles Patenaude – “Simply the Best” and Top Ten Most Influential Holstein Breeders of All-Time)

The devastation was immense as was the human emotion involved. Understandably, the family were beyond distraught, and one could hear the raw emotion while speaking to Louis’s wife, Anne Patenaude; and subsequently wrote an article about the cataclysmic event; culminating with the following words. “Out of the embers, a ‘spark’ will grow. And like a Phoenix from the ashes – Ferme Gillette will rise again.”

ferme-gillette-louis-patenaude-bruce-jobsonAnd over the intervening years, that “spark” has seen the Patenaude family re-establish Ferme Gillette as a major force within Canadian and global genetics. Today, the family milk 600 Holstein cows at three locations on three times per day milking. The herd’s current rolling average is 11,609kgs @4.2% fat and 3.28% protein.

Amongst the many great cows and bullmothers, Gillette Blitz 2nd Wind VG88 stands out with over 100 ET registered progeny within Canada as well as being the dam of famous sires such as Gillette Stanley Cup; Windbrook, Wildthing, Willrock, and Windhammer.

Furthermore, the world-famous Gillette E Smurf Ex91, the Guinness Book of Records Lifetime Milk Production holder (214,686kgs milk) are just two of the globally renowned animals produced within the herd.

Gillette operates an intensive program to maximize reproduction and herd health. First inseminations take place between 60 – 70days in milk with 75% inseminations based upon heat activity. Approximately 25% of the milking cows are synchronized, and 50% of virgin heifers are synchronized for ET programs.

Like many of today’s progressive farmers, the Patenaude’s predominantly flush maiden heifers alongside some older elite females as part of the breeding program. Reproduction and herd health are important considerations according to Louis. He said: “We’ve been using Jefo products for the past 12 years and have had excellent results.

“The results of the cow flush program incorporating protected B vitamins produced one extra embryo per cow, at a time when we were performing over 120 flushes per year. We also incorporate Jefo Dairy Fat to increase milk component values and incorporate Transition VB pre-and-posting calving, to help eliminate ketosis and other reproductive issues such as metritis.”

The business introduced a solar panels in 2008 with the assistance of government grants – have about 1000 generating between 23 to 28000$ a month depending on the weather. Free stall use beddingmasters. Ferme Gillette has developed much over the past 22 years because of resolve. It is how Ferme Gillette has risen from the embers of adversity; that undoubtedly defines the Patenaude family.  

The Royal

marc-comtois-gives-his-reasonsMuch has been written and even more spoken about the 2016 RWF. Sometimes, but not always, its best to have a distant or even different perspective and not be involved in the controversy. Some would even say its having a subjective or an objective opinion. (Read more: The 2016 Royal Winter Fair Holstein Show – The show everyone will remember for all the wrong reasons)

There was a consensus from the Supreme Dairy Show at St-Hyacinthe that Wendon Dempsey Prude was not the type of Holstein cow that this year’s judge, Marc Comtois, would run with at Toronto. This was the opinion of astute cattlemen. And similar phrases were being echoed around the cattle lines at the RWF. (Read more: 2016 Royal Winter Fair Holstein Show Preview)

Sometimes it’s about picking the right cow, for a judge, weeks before the show, rather than the judge picking someone else’s perception of the “right cow” on the day. Judging the Royal is not a bovine popularity contest or a reality TV program, where viewers or the audience vote for their favorite contestant. At the Royal: only one man’s opinion matters.  (Read more: Canadian National Holstein Show 2016)

A leadsman pulling that appeared to be place 16th and then deciding to pull her back in at the bottom of the class a few feet away from 2nd last animal was not in the true spirit of the Royal or of showmanship etiquette. The decision by Judge Marc Comtois not to pull this cow into his top six lineups appeared entirely justified – on the day.

Displaying, what may have been or appeared to be a “fit-of-pique” does not have any place in the show ring. Perhaps organizers should consider a temporary banning order on any leadsman doing this type of activity. The problem is, having set such a perceived example, the next time another or, perhaps a younger leadsman feels aggrieved at the judge’s placings; similar action could be repeated, not by one person, but by several leadsmen. Anarchy would rule the show ring.

The wrong message may have been sent out. And the wrong headlines written, twittered, texted or posted. But the REAL message was there for ALL who wished to see and learn. Truly, “In the land of the blind – the one-eyed man is King.”

Forty years after starting his multi-award winning herd and producing 14 Class Extra sires and twice judging the Royal Show, people should read the judge’s words over and over, and over again. Marc Comtois left a Holstein breed legacy by announcing his Grand Champion, Jacobs Gold Liann, “the cow of the future.”

 

 

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Let’s face it, it is a busy time of year and unless you are a genomics junky you just don’t have the time to go through all the lists of sires from all the different countries for all the different traits.  For that reason, we have created these cheat sheets of just the top list and news.

Proven Sires

Highlights

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  • TPI
    • MONTROSS debuts as #1 Proven gTPI sire in the world
    • REFLECTOR debuts at #9 followed by Kingboy at #10 gTPI Proven Sires
    • 8 of the top 10 proven sires are from Select Sires
    • SOLOON drops slightly on production and goes from #1 to #3 proven gTPI sire
    • MORGAN moves up two places on the gTPI proven sires list from number #8 to #6, as a result of increases in his overall production and DPR scores
    • MUNITION goes from #5 proven gTPI sire to #24. With slight drops in his production and overall type values, the degree of his decline was a result of how close some of these top sires are.
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  • NM$
    • CABRIOLET moves into the #1 NM$ position on the strength of a one point increase in his DPR
    • 6 of the top 10 Proven NM$ Sires are at Select Sires
    • ROOKIE moves up four spots to #4 NM$ proven sire on the strength of improved milk performance.
    • RENNIE drops three spots from #3 NM$ to #6 on a slight decrease in Fat and loss of 1 point in his PL. However, he did see increases in his conception rates.
    • RAINIER jumps six spots to #8, mostly on a slight increase in his production and how tight the sires are on the list, as he has only changed 36 NM$ points (712 to 748).
    • MAYFLOWER drops five spots to #9 with a decline of 22 NM$ stemming mostly from a decline in his fat production.
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Newly Proven Sires of Note

  • Bacon-Hill MONTROSS
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    Bacon-Hill Montross-ET TY
    Mogul x Bolton x AltaRolex
    While he was released last round with just his genomic evaluation for type, this round sees MONTROSS top the official list as the highest proven sire in the world for TPI.  His dam, UNIQUE-STYLE BOLTON MONEY EX-91 DOM, has certainly become a popular bull mother, with 15 sons at five different AI units. MONTROSS significantly outperforms his December 2013 Genomic evaluation by 17% for production, while holding strong on his type traits.  MONTROSS is an extreme production sire at +2964 for milk and a combined 182 lbs of fat and protein combined. MONTROSS is also +2.36 PTAT with high productive life and average somatic cell scores. Montross daughters are easy calving, very calm and they milk relatively  MONTROSS has strong functional type but should be protected for straightness of rear legs and overall frame and capacity traits. However, as we have seen from research in the past, you don’t need extreme frame traits in order to achieve extreme lifetime production. (Read more: She Ain’t Pretty – She Just Milks That Way!).
  • S-S-I Mogul REFLECTOR
    007HO12105
    Mogul x Super x Ramos
    From the same family that produced Bookem, REFLECTOR is an outcross sire that should get a lot of attention. Bred through the ART program at Select Sires that was designed to produce outcross sires, REFLECTOR is a great example of this.   At +6.1 for PL and over two points on type (+2.14 PTAT) and at +3.5 DPR and +2.77 SCS, REFLECTOR daughters are going to last. While show ring enthusiasts may not be quick to use REFLECTOR (height at front end, 0 for body depth), he will sire strong mammary systems and significant feet and leg improvement. Although his fat numbers are slightly lower than his initial genomic proof, he did significantly outperform his genomic indexes for DPR, HCR and CCR. Reflector first hit our radar over 14 months ago, when we featured him in our 12 Outcross Sires to Help Control Inbreeding.
  • Morningview Mcc KINGBOY
    007HO12198
    Mccutchen x Super x Shottle
    This Mccutchen son is a very popular high-type sire out of a Superstition daughter of Morningview Shottle Madilyn, from the Morningview branch of the Lead Mae family. In June of 2016, he dethroned Mogul as the top sire of registered daughters for the month. (Read more: Kingboy dethrones Mogul).  KINGBOY will sire strong production though you may want to protect him on fat percentage, with strong type, mammary systems and dairy strength especially, you will want to protect him on rump angle (high pins).  He has solid health numbers though you may want to watch his livability. 
  • Tranquillity Ac PRIDE
    147HO02442
    Robust x Boliver x Outside
    Pride is from the Ronelee Outside Dabble cow family that has produced such sires as Daddy, Distinctive and Detour.  While PRIDE did come in lower for production and type than his initial genomic proof would have indicated, he far outperformed expectations for his DPR and conception rates.  Look for PRIDE to sires strong component improvement (+.23 %F and +.04 %P).  Typical PRIDE daughters are fast milkers, easy calving and good temperament. He will need to be protected on his rumps especially loin strength and high pins.

Genomic Sires

For our analysis of genomic sires, instead of looking at all the sires on the list, we narrowed our list down to those sires that are over a year of age an, therefore, should have semen available to most breeders.

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Genomic Sires of Note:

  • Progenesis FORTUNE
    Octoberfest x Tango x Epic
    200HO10672
    From the Cookiecutter Mom Hue VG-88 cow family that has produced such sires as Hunter, Hefty, and Hampton, FORTUNE is an early Octoberfest son that greatly exceeds his parent averages for conformation and health traits. While I would not expect him to sire extreme production, I do think his daughters will test extremely well and be long lived cows.  They will typically be extremely well uddered cows with high rear udders and well attached fore udders.  They should possess solid feet and legs that are straight. They should be tall and wide chested but should be protected on body depth. FORTUNE should also be protected on milking speed. His daughters should be extremely efficient milk producers.
  • Butz-Hill DELTA-WORTH
    Delta x Supersire x Shamrock
    551HO03415
    Another high genomic sire that will catch a lot of attention is DELTA-WORTH. This sire has a very potent sire stack and should be on the list of next generation impact sires on. His extreme NM$ will make him a popular sire of sons, as he gets a significant DNA contribution from his paternal line. This is something that, in our analysis, has proven to be a strong predictor of future ability.  (Read more: Why Braedale Goldwyn Wasn’t a Great Sire of Sons).  Expect the typical DELTA-WORTH daughter to be a great producer with strong components. This should make him popular with those producers selling for cheese markets.  His daughters should last a long time in the herd, given his high PL, low SCS and high Cow Livability figures.  While, overall, they will score well for conformation, with the strong udder traits, he may not be the ideal robot sire as they are projected to have short, close rear teats that may make it harder for some robots.  Delta-Worth will need to be protected on his foot angle but should have good bone quality.  Daughters will not be tall deep bodied cows but should be extremely efficient milk producers.
  • Silverridge V IMAX
    Altaspring x Mogul x Snowman
    200HO10619
    IMAX is from the Crockett-Acres Elita GMD DOM cow family that has produced such sires as Elite, Escalade, and Epic. IMAX is certainly a sire that should continue the family tradition of excellence.   He is over +2000 of milk and a combined +154 for fat and protein.  He ranks high for PL at +6.8 though is he is lower for Cow Livability at +0.9.  His daughters should have great udders, though they may not be ideal for robots with their short close rear teats. They should be average in size and fairly angular, with really good feet and legs.  IMAX should be a strong conception sire and be categorized as easy calving.
  • Vieuxsaule WILSON
    Doorman x Atwood x Seaver
    007HO12921
    It’s no wonder WILSON excels in conformation, as he has Goldwyn on both his sire and dam sides of his pedigree. Add to that Bookem, Shottle, Allen and Atwood and you have one potent package. From the Vieuxsaule Allen Dragonfly cow family (Read more: VIEUX SAULE ALLEN DRAGONFLY: 2013 Canadian Cow of the Year Nominee) WILSON offers positive component improvement with productive life and low somatic cell scores. You will want to watch him on his DPR and milking speed.  A typical WILSON daughter should have extremely good mammary systems with loads of dairy strength, which is a staple of the Dragonfly family.  Expect him to sire extreme height with tall upstanding daughters that should be real eye catchers.  As with other family members, you will want to protect him on the slight straightness of his legs and overall rump angle (high pins).
  • Woodcrest King DOC
    Kingboy x Mack x Snowman
    250HO12961
    Coming from the Scientific Debutante Rae-ET RC CV EX-92 GMD DOM cow family, DOC’s sire stack may not posses many “show sires”, however it does offer a nice balance of high type and strong production with solid health traits. A typical DOC daughter will be strong with a great udder and wide rump.  They will be extremely dairy with great angularity and amazing udder texture.  He will need to be protected on his high rump angle.
  • Maverick CRUSH
    Doorman x Numero Uno x Atwood
    094HO17998
    If you are looking for high type and show winnings, then CRUSH should knock it out of the park. His 4th dam is none other than the 2003 Grand Champion at World Dairy Expo, Pine-Shelter Cheyenne EX-95 DOM.  While, at the time she won Grand, her pedigree was seen as a weakness becaise her Emory dam was never classified and most thought she would never breed on. That situation has not proven to be the case at all.  In fact, she has bred extreme type for generations and now has many decendants topping the lists around the world, including the #2 available Conformation sire in Canada, Blondin Zimmer CAPTURE who is a Solomon brother to CRUSH. Expect the typical CRUSH daughter to be the complete conformation package.  They should have extremely well attached udders with good width and strong seams.  His legs should have decent quality with great heel depth and they should be tall upstanding heifers with lots of chest width and adequate depth.  While he is strong for most health traits, you will want to watch his milking speed as well as overall production.

Polled Sires

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Polled Sires to Watch For

  • Endco The ANSWER-PO PC
    Montross x Earnhardt P x Robust
    534HO00056
    Answer-PO is the #1 NM$ polled sire currently over a year of age. With his sire, Montross, coming out with a strong official proof, Answer-PO takes a significant jump to the top of the list. He comes from the Sully Planet Manitoba-ET GP-83 DOM family.  His grand dam Sully Planet Manitoba-ET GP-83 DOM is a sister to Meridian and the dam of AltaMerci.  Look for Answer-PO to sire significant production improvement with strong components especially fat improvement. His daughters should be easy calving with solid temperament and long lasting.  He is a solid type sire but will need to be protected on his teat length and body depth.
  • OCD Eraser ZIPIT-P-ET PC
    Eraser P x Mogul x Super
    007HO12669
    From the Windsor-Manor Rud Zip family, ZIPIT-P’s dam, Landis-Mrk Mogul Zaneta-ET VG-86 DOM, is proving herself as a genomic dam, as she has already produced many high indexing progeny. Her great grand dam, Lynncrest Goldwyn Zenita-ET EX-91, has produced three EX daughters and 2 VG. Look for ZIPIT-P to sire strong production with positive components.  He offers significant improvement in the health and management areas, especially in productive life, daughter fertility and calving ease.  As an all-around strong performer, ZIPIT-P has good all-around conformation numbers, though he should be protected on his body depth.
  • Dudoc STETSON-P
    200HO10716
    Superman x Mccutchen x Magna-P*RC BY
    STETSON-P’s pedigree reads like a who’s who of the sire world. Sires like Supersire, Robust, Oman, Baxter, Mccutchen, Bookem, Shottle and Bolton all appear on the maternal and paternal sides of his pedigree.   His sire, Superman, may not be well known to North American breeders, but he is a Supersire son from the WINDY-KNOLL-VIEW PROMIS EX-95-2E-USA GMD DOM 4* cow family. Superman excels in production, with strong health traits and okay conformation. Like his sire, you can expect significant production improvement as well as great health traits from Stetson-P.  A typical STETSON-P daughter should be a high tester, be easy calver and be disease resistant, all of which contributes to them being long lasting herd members.  He should also offer greater type improvement than his sire, with his daughters possessing good udders and strong feet and legs. You will want to protect him on his thurl placement.

For complete list of top sires go to Sire Proof Central

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The December 2016 release includes the introduction of Metabolic Disease Resistance (MDR) evaluations for the Holstein, Ayrshire and Jersey breeds. In addition, new genetic parameters have been introduced for the fertility and calving traits and the formula for the Daughter Fertility index has been modified. These enhancements will result in somewhat more changes this round for the Daughter Fertility (DF), Calving Ability (CA) and Daughter Calving Ability (DCA) indexes.

First Proven “Epic” Sons Join Top Ranks for LPI and Pro$

Mapel Wood Brewmaster excels for many things, perhaps most of all for consistency as a #1 bull. This December, Brewmaster once again tops both the LPI and Pro$ lists while remaining breed leader at #1 Fat by a considerable margin. Mountfield SSI Dcy Mogul-ET also remains very strong for both indexes at #2 Pro$ and #3 LPI (#7 Fat) and Roylane Boxer Punch 4311-ET climbs the ranks from last round to now be tied at #8 Pro$ and reach #10 LPI. The big news this round, however, is the outstanding success of the first sons of Genervations Epic proven in Canada. In particular, Genervations Big Kahuna (out of Wiamy Kyana Bolton) hits the proven scene at #3 Pro$ and #5 LPI while Boldi VSG AirIntake (out of Velthuis SG MOM Alesia) debuts at #7 LPI and #20 Pro$ and Silverridge Album (out of Velthuis SG MOM Alicia, full sister to Alesia) arrives at #13 Pro$ and #20 LPI. Another impressive newly proven sire this round is Vieuxsaule Flame-ET (Numero Uno son out of Vieuxsaule Freddie Felicia), who lands at #8 LPI and #56 Pro$.

After adding over 700 daughters to his production proof, Val-Bisson Doorman gains over 140 LPI points, which bumps him from #9 to take the #2 LPI position (#79 Pro$) and he also maintains his status as the breed leader at #1 Conformation with +18. Another bull with a similar increase in LPI points, partially due to gains for all major type traits, is Gen-I-Beq Aikman*RDC, therefore jumping from #16 to #4 LPI (#25 Pro$, tied #9 Fat). Rounding out the Top 10 LPI list are Amighetti Numero Uno ET, up from #13 to #6 LPI (#46 Pro$) and AJDH AltaAgency at #9 LPI (#22 Pro$).

Many names familiar to the Top 10 Pro$ appear among this elite group again this December. De-Su AltaGilcrest moves up in rank securing the #4 Pro$ position (#34 LPI, tied #5 Protein), now ahead of Apina AltaEmbassy at #5 Pro$ (#57 LPI). Seagull-Bay Sargeant-ET remains stable and takes #6 Pro$ (#39 LPI, #3 Milk) and is still followed by Minnigan-Hills Day-ET, now at #7 Pro$ (#17 LPI). The Top 10 Pro$ list is completed by De-Su AltaMelhor-ET, who shares #8 position (#19 LPI) and De-Su Gillespy-ET at #10 Pro$ (#21 LPI, #7 Milk).

Variety of Sires of Sons Represented Among Newly Proven Sires

With more than 100 genomic young bulls receiving their first official proof, that are sons from over 25 different sires, this release reflects wide pedigree diversity. Outside of those previously mentioned, which include the three highest newly proven sires for either LPI or Pro$, there are six others of mention for ranking within the Top 40 for either LPI or Pro$. The highest of this group is De-Su 11236 Balisto-ET (Bookem x Watson) at #18 LPI and #24 Pro$ while becoming the new #1 for Protein. Another bull balanced for both indexes is S-S-I Mogul Medway-ET (Mogul x G W Atwood) at #34 Pro$ and #35 LPI, who also takes #2 for Fat. Two newcomers
ranking higher for LPI compared to Pro$ include Champion AltaBookel (Bookem x Man-O-Man) at #30 LPI (#61 Pro$) and Boldi V S G Anton at #36 LPI (tied #94 Pro$, full brother to AirIntake). On the flip side, two new arrivals of interest to Pro$ enthusiasts include another Epic son, Genervations Merger (out of Genervations MOM Lola), at #29 Pro$ (#75 LPI) and Ste Odile Silex (one of the first proven sons of Sudan, dam is Ste Odile Manoman Model Saphir) at #37 Pro$ (#62 LPI).

Four Newly Indexed Cows Penetrate the Top 10 Lists for GLPI and Pro$

Gillette Mogul Carrel manages to fend off the strong competition of an elite group of newly indexed cows this round and achieves the incredible by taking over #1 for both GLPI and Pro$ (tied #9 Fat). Two of these newly indexed cows make an impressive debut as Stantons Camaro Contact-ET takes #2 GLPI and #3 Pro$ while Stantons Camaro Abelynne takes #4 GLPI and shares #7 Pro$. The two other new cows that enter the Top 10 GLPI are Gillette Flame Melimelo (dam is Gillette SCO Mogul Mellow) at #3 GLPI (#41 Pro$) and Croteau Balisto Dazzle (dam is Lesperron Uno Dazz), who is tied at #6 GLPI (#82 Pro$). New Top 10 arrivals ranking high for Pro$ include Stantons Camaro Asyndria at #5 Pro$ (#91 GLPI), who is a full sister to Abelynne (dam is Jolicap Esmeralda Shamrock), and Boldi V Davinci Arianne at #10 Pro$ and #16 GLPI (dam is maternal sister to AirIntake and Anton).

Five other cows complete the Top 10 GLPI list including Stantons Camaro Crystal-ET (full sister to Contact) at #5 GLPI and #15 Pro$, Silverridge V Doorman Ensure (tied #6 GLPI, #85 Pro$), Snowbiz Brewmaster Swan*RDC (#8 GLPI, #17 Pro$), Stantons McCutchen 1174 Agree (#9 GLPI, #54 Pro$) and Silverridge V Doorman Erupt at #10 GLPI (#114 Pro$). Turning to the Top 10 Pro$ list, immediately following Gillette Mogel Carrel is Gillette Epic Jingle (Epic x Shottle) at #2 Pro$ (#71 GLPI). Taking #4 Pro$ is Geranette Alpha Mayflwr Melia (#27 GLPI) while Gillette SGO Mogul Merrill occupies #6 Pro$ this round and #19 GLPI. Two cows complete the Top 10 Pro$ list with Ri-Val-Re Num Uno Bee-ET sharing #7 Pro$ (#36 GLPI) and Silverridge Epic Comet taking the #9 Pro$ position (#21 GLPI).

Also of interest is the arrival of three newly indexed cows this round that end up in a three-way tie at #1 Conformation with +19. These include Dupotier Doorman Diademe, who is also tied at #14 GLPI, Brenland Doorman Desirable, who ranks #20 GLPI and J-A-Telford Atwood Amber.

Check out more December 2016 genetic evaluation results in Sire Proof Central. 

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There is no question that North America has some of the greatest show cattle in the world. They have All-Canadian awards and All-American awards, but those are little more than sales tool for two print magazines.  Their nomination processes leaves most people scratching their heads and they results are pretty much just a rubber stamp of the results from World Dairy Expo and The Royal.  So, in order truly find out who are the best in North America, the Bullvine is excited to announce the All-North American Awards.

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Unlike other contests, where it comes down to who is buddies with whom or who will spend the most on advertising, the All-North American awards are a clear points system that take all the bias and political headaches that have killed the other contests out of the equation.  In the same way that Golf, Nascar and many other major sports determine their yearly winners, the All-North American system is designed to keep it simple, clear and fair.

The rules are simple:

  1. To be eligble all animals must be shown at either World Dairy Expo or The Royal
  2. In each class, the animals earning the top two positions on points will have their results compared head to head, to see how they did when in the same ring on the same day. If the 2nd highest point earner wins the head to head battle by two or more points, i.e.3 to 1 or 2, the 2nd highest point earner will be declared the victor.
  3. In classes where the judge or associate judge at World Dairy Expo or The Royal owned and/or bred one of the top three point earners, all animals in the top three will have their points compared excluding the show that the judge evaluated and the one with the most points will be declared the victor.

The shows that are eligible are:

  1. USA
    1. International Holstein Show (World Dairy Expo)
    2. New York International Spring Holstein Show
    3. Mid-East Spring National Holstein Show
    4. Southern Spring National Holstein Show
    5. Midwest Spring National Holstein Show
    6. Western Spring National Holstein Show
    7. Mid-East Summer National Holstein Show
    8. Midwest Fall National Holstein Show
    9. Northeast Fall National Holstein Show
    10. Eastern Fall National Holstein Show
    11. Mid-East Fall National Holstein Show
  2. Canada
    1. The Royal
    2. Le Supreme Laitier
    3. Autumn Opportunity
    4. Westerner Championship Show
    5. Eastern Ontario Western Quebec
    6. Atlantic Championship
    7. Ontario Summer Show
    8. Quebec Spring Show
    9. Ontario Spring Show
    10. Western Spring Show
    11. Atlantic Spring Show

Prizes Include:

  • Exclusive use of a customized logo for each of the top three animals in each class
  • A custom designed poster for the winner in each class

The point system is as follows:

  1. Regional National Shows
    • 1st = 7 points
    • 2nd = 5 points
    • 3rd = 3 points
    • 4th = 2 points
    • 5th= 1 point
  2. National Championship Shows (World Dairy Expo and The Royal)
    • 1st = 14 points
    • 2nd = 10 points
    • 3rd = 8 points
    • 4th = 7 points
    • 5th = 6 points
    • 6th = 5 points
    • 7th = 4 points
    • 8th = 3 points
    • 9th = 2 points
    • 10th = 1 point

Spring Heifer Calf

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Winner: GARAY AWESOME BEAUTY
Top Points In the US: GARAY AWESOME BEAUTY & HEART & SOUL JK DEMPSEY GLITZ
World Dairy Expo Winner: GARAY AWESOME BEAUTY
Top Points in Canada: GLENNHOLME DOORMAN REGGAE
Royal Winter Fair Winner: GLENNHOLME DOORMAN REGGAE

Animal US TOTALS CDN Total Total Point Earning Shows Average
GARAY AWESOME BEAUTY 17 14 31 4 7.8
GLENNHOLME DOORMAN REGGAE 0 21 21 2 10.5
Heart & Soul JK Dempsey Glitz 17 0 17 2 8.5
VERTDOR DOORMAN MORNING 11 6 17 3 5.7
MOUNT ELM FINGERS CROSSED 0 17 17 4 4.3
Quietcove Doorman Fiji 15 0 15 2 7.5
FRAELAND DOORMAN BONNIE 0 15 15 2 7.5
Pfaffsway DM Litle Leeza 13 0 13 2 6.5
GENDARRA BROKAW ADELE 0 13 13 3 4.3
Duhibou Doorman Padmay 7 0 7 1 7.0

GARAY AWESOME BEAUTY runs away with this class.  Not only did she win Expo but she also qualified for points at four major shows and logged a lot of miles this year. While Royal Winter Fair winner GLENNHOLME DOORMAN REGGAE scored points at two national shows, she would have needed to attend more shows, in order to get around Beauty.

Winter Heifer Calf

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Winner: COBEQUID WINDBROOK PIROUETTE
Top Points In the US: BUDJON-VAIL DRMN ASHLEY
World Dairy Expo Winner: COBEQUID WINDBROOK PIROUETTE
Top Points in Canada: QUALITY SOLOMON LUST
Royal Winter Fair Winner: QUALITY SOLOMON LUST

Animal US TOTALS CDN Total Total Point Earning Shows Average
Cobequid Windbrook Pirouette 14 14 28 3 9.3
Budjon-Vail Drmn Ashley 23 0 23 4 5.8
QUALITY SOLOMON LUST 0 21 21 2 10.5
All-Glo Gold C Kappucino 13 0 13 2 6.5
BROWNTOWN MARIO MARLO 0 13 13 2 6.5
PETITCLERC DOORMAN SYNERGY 0 11 11 2 5.5
MS DOORMAN GILL 10 0 10 2 5.0
CERPOLAIT BROKAW ANASTASIA 0 10 10 2 5.0
Ridge-Field Atlanta 6 4 10 3 3.3
Buroco Aftershock Alana 2 7 9 2 4.5

With her victory at Expo and a strong showing on both sides of the border, COBEQUID WINDBROOK PIROUETTE, takes home the victory.  BUDJON-VAIL DRMN ASHLEY, who earned points at four different shows, finishes in 2nd place. Rounding out the top animals is the Royal winner, and top Canadian point earner, QUALITY SOLOMON LUST, who went undefeated at the national and regional shows but needed to attend more shows in order to make it higher on this list.

Senior Heifer Calf

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Winner: SICY DOORMAN BRIE
Top Points In the US: PAPPYS DOORMAN ROUSEY
World Dairy Expo Winner: FROHLAND GALAXY CONTRAST
Top Points in Canada: BEN301 CG CHEEZIE
Royal Winter Fair Winner: BEN301 CG CHEEZIE

Animal US TOTALS CDN Total Total Point Earning Shows Average
SICY DOORMAN BRIE 10 22 32 4 8.0
BEN301 CG CHEEZIE 0 26 26 4 6.5
PAPPYS DOORMAN ROUSEY 22 0 22 3 7.3
WINRIGHT GOLDWYN ELDORADO 20 0 20 3 6.7
PETITCLERC MCCUTCHEN SKY 0 15 15 2 7.5
MAPEL WOOD DOORMAN STELLA 7 8 15 3 5.0
TRI-KOEBEL A WILDCARD 15 0 15 3 5.0
FROHLAND GALAXY CONTRAST 14 0 14 1 14.0
VOGUE OCTANE SUNSTRUCK 0 14 14 3 4.7
LOOKOUT SID VOODOO 6 8 14 4 3.5

Being able to earn points on both sides of the border helped propel SICY DOORMAN BRIE over the Royal Winter Fair winner, BEN301 CG CHEEZIE.  The World Dairy Expo winner FROHLAND GALAXY CONTRAST, who only earned points at one show, dropped to 8th place in this All-North American class.  Coming in 3rd place was PAPPYS DOORMAN ROUSEY who earned the most points from US based shows.

Summer Yearlings

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Winner: COMESTAR HOLIDAY GOLDWYN
Top Points In the US: MS SID LEAP FROG
World Dairy Expo Winner: COMESTAR HOLIDAY GOLDWYN
Top Points in Canada: NORDALE MCCUTCHEN PIGEON
Royal Winter Fair Winner: NORDALE MCCUTCHEN PIGEON

Animal US TOTALS CDN Total Total Point Earning Shows Average
NORDALE MCCUTCHEN PIGEON 7 30 37 5 7.4
COMESTAR HOLIDAY GOLDWYN 14 12 26 3 8.7
BARRVALLEY DOORMAN LIZ 10 15 25 3 8.3
MAROCH DOORMAN INDOU 6 12 18 3 6.0
MS SID LEAP FROG 15 0 15 2 7.5
KINGSWAY EQUATION GLOSSIE 2 12 14 3 4.7
ROBELLA BH DOORMAN LONESTAR 0 13 13 2 6.5
JACOBS MASCALESE BALZI 3 10 13 3 4.3
MS SAVAGE-BORBA LUSHY 12 0 12 2 6.0
MS BROOKVIEW SCAREDYCAT 10 0 10 2 5.0

NORDALE MCCUTCHEN PIGEON was the top point earner in this class.  This was a result of the fact that COMESTAR HOLIDAY GOLDWYN was not eligible to attend The Royal, as her breeder was the judge. This invokes rule #3 designed to prevent animals owned or bred by one of the two major show judges being discriminated against.  In doing so, we see COMESTAR HOLIDAY GOLDWYN with 26 points vs NORDALE MCCUTCHEN PIGEON earned 23 points, not including the Royal, hence the victory goes to HOLIDAY. 

Spring Yearlings

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Winner: DAMIBEL AIRLIFT MARISA
Top Points In the US: DAMIBEL AIRLIFT MARISA
World Dairy Expo Winner: DAMIBEL AIRLIFT MARISA
Top Points in Canada: RIVERDOWN ATWOOD JIGGALEA
Royal Winter Fair Winner: MS LISTERINES LUCKYLADY

Name US TOTALS CDN Total Total     Average
DAMIBEL AIRLIFT MARISA 28 0 28 6 3 9.3
MS LISTERINES LUCKYLADY 12 14 26 6 3 8.7
RIVERDOWN ATWOOD JIGGALEA 0 22 22 6 3 7.3
SPALLVUE BROKAW ICE CREAM 14 7 21 6 3 7.0
CRAILA NC DOORMAN LUXURY 0 19 19 6 3 6.3
DROLIE DOORMAN MAYCY 6 12 18 6 3 6.0
MICHERET AMASOFT ACROBAT 0 14 14 5 2 7.0
BOISBLANC SEAVER ELMA 8 4 12 5 2 6.0
TRENT VALLEY ATWOOD ANETT 0 12 12 5 2 6.0
BROOK-CORNER DOORMAN WONDER 11 0 11 5 2 5.5

Riding the power of her victory at the EXPO , DAMIBEL AIRLIFT MARISA, takes the victory over, Royal Winner,  MS LISTERINES LUCKYLADY.  These ladies are followed by the top CDN show point earner RIVERDOWN ATWOOD JIGGALEA.

Winter Yearlings

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Winner: SMITHDEN HILTON IZZY
Top Points In the US: DUHIBOU FEVER PIRANHA
World Dairy Expo Winner: DUHIBOU FEVER PIRANHA
Top Points in Canada: MILKSOURCE SID DESIRE
Royal Winter Fair Winner: MILKSOURCE SID DESIRE

Animal US TOTALS CDN Total Total Point Earning Shows Average
SMITHDEN HILTON IZZY 17 29 46 6 7.7
DUHIBOU FEVER PIRANHA 28 7 35 4 8.8
MILKSOURCE SID DESIRE 0 33 33 4 8.3
DU PETIT BOIS GD SELSY 5 24 29 6 4.8
KINGSWAY GOLDWYN LIP BAL 7 15 22 3 7.3
T-TRIPLE-T PERFECT STORM 22 0 22 4 5.5
CROSS-WAKE MORE ANNALYSE 18 2 20 4 5.0
KINGSWAY GOLDWYN LADONNA 8 6 14 3 4.7
PLUM-LINE ATTIC KARMEN 12 0 12 3 4.0
BARRVALLEY WINDBROOK LIZZIE 0 11 11 3 3.7

While she did not win Expo or The Royal, SMITHDEN HILTON IZZY, did earn points at six different shows and used those points to take home the victory ahead of Expo Winner DUHIBOU FEVER PIRANHA.  Her dominant showing in Canada powered MILKSOURCE SID DESIRE into the HM spot.

Fall Yearlings

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Winner: GREENLARK LUCILLE ATWOOD
Top Points In the US: SCO-LO-COONS SID ARIA
World Dairy Expo Winner: GREENLARK LUCILLE ATWOOD
Top Points in Canada: RUBIS GOLWYN REBEKA
Royal Winter Fair Winner: (No class at The Royal)

Animal US TOTALS CDN Total Total Point Earning Shows Average
SCO-LO-COONS SID ARIA 27 0 27 4 6.8
GREENLARK LUCILLE ATWOOD 26 0 26 3 8.7
RUBIS GOLWYN REBEKA 0 12 12 2 6.0
HARVEST-ACRE ALERT THE MEDIA 12 0 12 2 6.0
STRANS-TOLA ABILITY BRIT 8 0 8 1 8.0
TRENT VALLEY GOLDWY ABRA 8 1 7 8 2 4.0
JACOBS GOLDWYN BUTTERSHOT 8 0 8 2 4.0
EASTSIDE DOUBLE CARMEL 0 7 7 1 7.0
WENDON GCHIP PLEASURE 0 7 7 1 7.0
CERPOLAIT DOORMAN ROSELYNE 0 7 7 1 7.0

Given that the fall shows in Canada don’t have this class anymore, it’s not surprising that this class is dominated by the US animals.  SCO-LO-COONS SID ARIA  earned one more point than Expo winner, GREENLARK LUCILLE ATWOOD. This is due to rule 2 that compares the top three animals in each class when exhibited head to head.  LUCILLE takes the victory, as they faced off head to head twice and each time she was the victor.  RUBIS GOLWYN REBEKA the highest CDN point earner rounds out the top three.

Milking Yearlings

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Winner: HIGH POINT GAY IVORY
Top Points from US Shows: DUCKETT DOORMAN BROOK
Expo Winner: HIGH POINT GRAY IVORY
Top Points from CDN Shows: HIGH POINT GAY IVORY
Royal Winner: HIGH POINT GAY IVORY

Animal US TOTALS CDN Total Total Points Earning Shows Average
HIGH POINT GAY IVORY 14 21 35 3 11.7
DUCKETT DOORMAN BROOK 15 0 15 2 7.5
DESNETTE ADELICIA IMPRESSION 0 13 13 2 6.5
VALLEYVILLE GOLDWYN BISSY 0 13 13 2 6.5
MS APPLE ATARAH 5 7 12 2 6.0
ARETHUSA DARYL SIENNA 10 0 10 1 10.0
EMBRDALE EXQUISITE LAUTHORITY 0 10 10 2 5.0
VALE-O-SKENE GOLDWYN KARMILLA 4 5 9 2 4.5
EASTSIDE DOUBLE CARAMEL 1 7 8 2 4.0
WINRIGHT ATWOOD SWEETCAKES 0 7 7 1 7.0

Undefeated in 2016, including Expo and the Royal, HIGH POINT GAY IVORY, dominates this class. Coming in 2nd was the top US show points earner, DUCKETT DOORMAN BROOK. 

Junior Two Year Olds

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Winner: TREFLE CHASSEP DOORMAN
Top Points from US Shows: TREFLE CHASSEP DOORMAN
Expo Winner: TREFLE CHASSEP DOORMAN
Top Points from CDN Shows: IDEE WINDBROOK LYNZI
Royal Winner: TREFLE CHASSEP DOORMAN

Animal US TOTALS CDN Total Total Point Earning Shows Average
IDEE WINDBROOK LYNZI 10 24 34 4 8.5
TREFLE CHASSEP DOORMAN 14 14 28 2 14.0
CANCO DOORMAN MAXIMA 6 14 20 4 5.0
JACOBS WINDBROOK DELAY 11 5 16 3 5.3
ROBELLA SANCHEZ MARABELLA 8 7 15 2 7.5
WEDGWOOD HERO PAULA 0 13 13 2 6.5
BUCKS-PRIDE PUMPKIN PIE II 12 0 12 3 4.0
ROYAL LYNN SID ZINNIA 7 4 11 2 5.5
PIERSTEIN ATWOOD GABIGAELLE 0 11 11 3 3.7
MS UBERCREST LAKE LAYLA RAE 9 0 9 2 4.5

There is no question that IDEE WINDBROOK LYNZI had an outstanding year.  The challenge is that, at the end of the year, she ran into TREFLE CHASSEP DOORMAN, who took home victories at both Expo and the Royal.  Under Rule #2 that compares the top two animals in each class head to head, CHASSEP takes home the victory.  While we certainly would have liked to see CHASSEP at more shows, winning both Expo and the Royal is also very impressive. Along with Ivory (Milking Yearling), Chassep is the only other animal that was able to accomplish that feat this year.

Senior Two Year Olds

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Winner: LINGLE GOLD FREAKY GIRL
Expo Winner: LINGLE GOLD FREAKY GIRL
Top Points from US Shows: LINGLE GOLD FREAKY GIRL
Top Points from CDN Shows: MUSTHAVEN GOLDWYN JAELYN P
Royal Winner: MUSTHAVEN GOLDWYN JAELYN P

Animal US TOTALS CDN Total Total Point Earning Shows Average
LINGLE GOLD FREAKY GIRL 26 0 26 3 8.7
LEACHLAND ATWOOD MEGABYTE 8 16 24 4 6.0
MUSTHAVEN GOLDWYN JAELYN P 0 21 21 2 10.5
SANTSCHI AFTERSHOCK HOLIDAY 4 14 18 3 6.0
JACOBS REGINALD KATE 7 11 18 3 6.0
HILLPINE B ANYA 10 6 16 3 5.3
KINGSWAY AIRLIFT GOSLING 6 7 13 2 6.5
MS ABSOLUTE BLISS 9 4 13 3 4.3
JACOBS WINDBROOK AIMO 0 12 12 2 6.0
T-TRIPLE-T PETUNIA 12 0 12 2 6.0

World Dairy Expo Champion, LINGLE GOLD FREAKY GIRL used her impressive performance in the US to shows, takes the All-North American title.  LEACHLAND ATWOOD MEGABYTE, who showed in both spring and fall, takes home 2nd place over Royal winner MUSTHAVEN GOLDWYN JAELYN P, who showed only in the fall.

Junior Three Year Olds

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Winner: JACOBS GOLD LIANN
Top Points from US Shows: CRAIGCREST RUBIES RACHELLE
Expo Winner:     COMESTAR LAMADONA DOORMAN
Top Points from CDN Shows: JACOBS GOLD LIANN
Royal Winner: JACOBS GOLD LIANN

Animal US TOTALS CDN Total Total Point Earning Shows Average
JACOBS GOLD LIANN 7 21 28 3 9.3
WALKERBRAE DOORMAN LOCKET 8 13 21 3 7.0
LOYALYN DUPLEX VANESSA 6 13 19 3 6.3
CRAIGCREST RUBIES RACHELLE 17 0 17 2 8.5
JEANLU STANLEYCUP ALEXIS 2 14 16 3 5.3
RIVER DALE BRADY JINX 0 16 16 3 5.3
COMESTAR LAMADONA DOORMAN 14 1 15 2 7.5
CRASDALE DESTRY JENNIFER 0 14 14 2 7.0
MOSNANG SALOON LIQUOR 0 14 14 2 7.0
COMESTAR HODREE GOLDWYN 7 6 13 2 6.5

There is no question that JACOBS GOLD LIANN lived up to the title we gave her in our Expo show preview of being the best animal not at World Dairy Expo.  She proved it by adding victories at The Royal and Le Supreme Latier to her win at the Big E.  Coming in 2nd and 3rd on strong performances at multiple shows are WALKERBRAE DOORMAN LOCKET and LOYALYN DUPLEX VANESSA respectively.  They are followed by World Dairy Expo winner, COMESTAR LAMADONA DOORMAN, who even if eligible for Rule #3, would not have taken the victory, as she only had a 6th place at the Quebec Spring Show to go with her Expo win.

Senior Three Year Olds

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Winner (Tie): JACOBS JORDAN CARMEL & BEAVERBROCK GOLDWYN ZOEY
Top Points from US Shows: WINTERBAY DUDE GUINNESS
Expo Winner: WINTERBAY DUDE GUINNESS
Top Points from CDN Shows: VERTDOR LAUTHORITY MATRIX
Royal Winner: BEAVERBROCK GOLDWYN ZOEY

Animal US TOTALS CDN Total Total Point Earning Shows Average
BEAVERBROCK GOLDWYN ZOEY 13 14 27 3 9.0
JACOBS JORDAN CARMEL 10 17 27 3 9.0
WINTERBAY DUDE GUINNESS 21 0 21 2 10.5
VERTDOR LAUTHORITY MATRIX 0 19 19 3 6.3
KARNVILLA FEVER STELLAR 0 17 17 3 5.7
WALNUTLAWN MCCUTCHEN SUMMER 11 5 16 3 5.3
AROLENE GOLDWYN DIVINE 13 0 13 2 6.5
EASTSIDE LEWISDALE PERCISION 0 13 13 2 6.5
WENDON GOLDWYN ALLABUZZ 2 11 13 3 4.3
SILVER MAPLE GOLDCHIP RAELYN 12 0 12 2 6.0

In all our tie-break methods, Royal winner, BEAVERBROCK GOLDWYN ZOEY & JACOBS JORDAN CARMEL still end up tied with each other.  They both split the heads up battle and they both had the same average result from each show they attended.  For that reason, we have decided to name them co-winners over Expo winner WINTERBAY DUDE GUINNESS, who went undefeated this year, but similarly to QUALITY SOLOMON LUST (Winter Heifer) and GLENNHOLME DOORMAN REGGAE (Spring Heifer Calf), they only went to two shows and did not earn enough points.

Four Year Olds

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Winner: TK-PLAIN VIEW RIPLEY
Top Points from US Shows: TK-PLAIN VIEW RIPLEY
Expo Winner: WENDON DEMPSEY PRUDE
Top Points from CDN Shows: BOSDALE GOLD LUSTER
Royal Winner: BOSDALE GOLD LUSTER

Animal US TOTALS CDN Total Total Point Earning Shows Average
TK-PLAIN VIEW RIPLEY 31 0 31 4 7.8
BOSDALE GOLD LUSTER 0 28 28 3 9.3
JACOBS FEVER CAEL 7 17 24 3 8.0
WENDON DEMPSEY PRUDE 14 7 21 2 10.5
KEYLAS SID ROXANNA 5 16 21 4 5.3
WINDY-KNOLL-VIEW PANTENE 15 0 15 2 7.5
ELMCROFT ATTIC RETA 0 15 15 3 5.0
MILKSOURCE GOLDWYN JENAY 0 13 13 2 6.5
QUIET COVE-W W FRIENCHKIS 12 0 12 2 6.0
ROBELLA GOLDWYN EDGELEY 0 12 12 3 4.0

While Royal winner, BOSDALE GOLD LUSTER, did go undefeated this year, she was not able to take the All-North American title from, TK-PLAIN VIEW RIPLEY, who won three shows and was 2nd at Expo. Consistent performer, JACOBS FEVER CAEL, who had two wins and a 2nd at the Royal finishes 3rd.  (Note: Under rule #2 she still remains third place as she was 2nd to Lustre at the Royal).  World Dairy Expo winner, WENDON DEMPSEY PRUDE, finishes fourth and her only other qualifiying show was The Western Canadian Spring Show / Canadian National Convention Show.

Five Year Olds

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Winner: WEEKSDALE JUDGES HARMONY
Top Points from US Shows: GEORGETOWN ATWOOD MADEIRA
Expo Winner: WEEKSDALE JUDGES HARMONY
Top Points from CDN Shows: PETITCLERC ALEXANDER AMYCALE, HOLSBEC GOLDWYN PAULA
Royal Winner: BRACKLEYFARM CHELIOS CHEERIO

Animal US TOTALS CDN Total Total Point Earning Shows Average
WEEKSDALE JUDGES HARMONY 21 7 28 3 9.3
BRACKLEYFARM CHELIOS CHEERIO 8 14 22 2 11.0
GEORGETOWN ATWOOD MADEIRA 22 0 22 4 5.5
ROSIERS BLEXY GOLDWYN 14 7 21 3 7.0
WEEKS DUNDEE ANIKA 10 10 20 2 10.0
T-TRIPLE-T PLATINUM 10 0 10 2 5.0
DUHAMED GOLDWYN ROSELINA 10 0 10 3 3.3
M-RIVERVIEW DESTRY KALIN 8 0 8 2 4.0
STRANS-JEN-D TEQUILA-RED 7 0 7 1 7.0
CROSS-CANYON PERFORM 7 0 7 1 7.0

In what has been a tightly fought competition for a few years now, this group of 5-year-olds has never failed to disappoint.  Combining 2 other victories with her Expo win, WEEKSDALE JUDGES HARMONY, takes home the All-North American title.  She is followed by Royal Winner, BRACKLEYFARM CHELIOS CHEERIO,  and then by a true road warrior this year, GEORGETOWN ATWOOD MADEIRA.

Mature Cows

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Winner: BUTZ-BUTLER GOLD BARBARA
Top Points from US Shows: TC SANCHEZ KRISTINA
Expo Winner:     SHEEKNOLL DURHAM ARROW
Top Points from CDN Shows: VALE-O-SKENE PURE GOLD ABIGAIL
Royal Winner: BLONDIN GOLDWYN SUBLIMINALE

Animal US TOTALS CDN Total Total Point Earning Shows Average
BUTZ-BUTLER GOLD BARBARA 15 8 23 3 7.7
TC SANCHEZ KRISTINA 22 0 22 3 7.3
SHEEKNOLL DURHAM ARROW 21 0 21 2 10.5
BLONDIN GOLDWYN SUBLIMINALE 6 14 20 2 10.0
VALE-O-SKENE PURE GOLD ABIGAIL 0 18 18 4 4.5
LINDENRIGHT ATWOOD BOUNCE 0 15 15 3 5.0
MOR-YET GOLDWYN FAITHFUL 15 0 15 3 5.0
LOVHILL GOLDWYN KATRYSHA 7 7 14 2 7.0
QUIET COVE-W FUTURITY 12 0 12 2 6.0
KINGSWAY SANCHEZ ARANGATANG 0 11 11 2 5.5

In what was the closest All-North American competition of the year, BUTZ-BUTLER GOLD BARBARA uses the power of her victory at New York International Spring Show, as well as solid placings at both Expo and the Royal to take home the victory.  She is followed very closely by another cow that traveled a lot of miles TC SANCHEZ KRISTINA.  Expo Champion SHEEKNOLL DURHAM ARROW finishes in third as she only had one other qualifying show to go with her victory at Expo and that opened the door to others, when she did not attend the Royal.

Production Cow

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Winner: LOYALYN GOLDWYN JUNE
Top Points from US Shows: J&K-VUE GOLDWYN GLAMOUR
Expo Winner:     DUCKETT ROSS PAMELA
Top Points from CDN Shows: LOYALYN GOLDWYN JUNE
Royal Winner: LOYALYN GOLDWYN JUNE

Animal US TOTALS CDN Total Total Point Earning Shows Average
LOYALYN GOLDWYN JUNE 0 21 21 2 10.5
HUNTSDALE SHOTTLE CRUSADE 7 12 19 3 6.3
J&K-VUE GOLDWYN GLAMOUR 17 0 17 2 8.5
NIPPONIA R D LIZABETH 2 15 17 3 5.7
JACOBS MINISTER AIMA 0 15 15 2 7.5
DUCKETT ROSS PAMELA 14 0 14 1 14.0
MILKSOURCE GOLDWN AFRICA 6 7 13 2 6.5
LUDWIGS DG GOLDWYN EMMY 11 0 11 2 5.5
GLENWIN GOLDWYN CALYPSO 5 5 10 2 5.0
MILIBRO ROSEPLEX KELLSY 0 9 9 2 4.5

Fan favourite LOYALYN GOLDWYN JUNE takes home the production cow class on the strength of her victories at The Royal and Le Supreme.  Coming in 2nd, is a cow that holds a dear spot in my heart, HUNTSDALE SHOTTLE CRUSADE, who had an impressive year.  Rounding out our top three is the highest point earning animal at American shows, J&K-VUE GOLDWYN GLAMOUR. Expo winner DUCKETT ROSS PAMELA, only earned points at one qualifying show.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

While no system is perfect, we are super excited to launch this competition and reward those animals that had outstanding years at North American shows.  Four of our winners did not win  at either Expo or The Royal. This highlights that it’s not just those two shows that determine who is the best of the best for the year. The Bullvine congratulates the hard work of all the exhibitors and we are proud to recognize the 2016 All-North American winners. 

We would love to know your thoughts.  Please enter them in the comments box below or email them to allnorthamerican@thebullvine.com

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Farmers are hard to buy for. The things they need, they buy for themselves. The things they want, have price tags with lots of zeros. While it’s hard to find that perfect gift for the dairy farmer on your list, short of finding 12 doses of Goldwyn semen or a higher milk price, here are 16 items that are sure to please your dairy farmer this Christmas.

  1. Prints by Bonnie Mohr
    For a long time, Bonnie Mohr has been the industry standard for great dairy Like many, our family has had the opportunity to appreciate Bonnie’s great work.  My wife has given me a Bonnie Mohr print every year on our anniversary.  That is why when we had the opportunity to interview Bonnie – Bonnie Mohr – Science and Art Together Creates a Holstein Love Story-; it was an honor for us.  Be sure to check out her website for more extraordinary fine art from rural America.
  2. The Chosen Breed and The Holstein History by Edward Young Morwick
    Anyone who appreciates history will enjoy either the US history (The Holstein History) or the Canadian History (The Chosen Breed) by Edward Morwick. Each of these books is so packed with information that they are each printed in two separate volumes.  We had a chance to interview Edward – Edward Young Morwick – Country Roads to Law Office and got a real sense of his passion and quick wit which also come shining through in his books.  Be sure to get your copies of this amazing compilation of Holstein history.
  3. A Great Pair of Work Boots
    Never underestimate the power of a pair of comfortable, warm work boots. When mucking around chasing that fresh heifer, who just doesn’t want to go into the robotic milker, nothing beats a pair of great work boots.
  4. 2016 World Dairy Expo and 2016 Royal Winter Fair Holstein Show Photo Books
    Due to their extreme popularity over the past three years, we brought back the photo books for 2016. These 80 page 10”x 8” coffee table books each contain over 150 hi-resolution photos. You can relive all the action and excitement of the 2016 World Dairy Expo Holstein Show and The Royal Winter Fair 2016 Holstein Show with these one-of-a-kind photo books.  Check out these photo books here.
  5. A Special Lady from Steel Cow
    Although she is neither a dairy breeder nor a show ring competitor, artist Valerie Miller of Steel Cow is, nevertheless, completely hands-on in her relationship with cows. This passionate painter not only paints her girls larger than life but she also aligns their bovine characteristics with dear family members and friends. These paintings are admired by all and make a great Christmas gift for the dairy breeder on your list.  (Read more: Steel Cow’s Valerie Miller: Larger Than Life With Her Cow Girls)
  6. A Show-Cation
    This could be the Christmas to take relief milking to another level. How about giving the Tanbark enthusiast on your list a vacation, or as we like to call it – a Show-Cation to World Dairy Expo or The Royal? Better yet, maybe you can send them to IDW in Australia or the European Championship show in France. Check out our favorite showcations.
  7. Get the gift of maximum genetic progress
    Why not give the dairy breeder on your list some embryos from their favorite cow or even a gift card for semen for that young sire they have always wanted? Check out our mating recommendations section for some ideas, or Sire Proof Central to find that needle in a haystack sire that will change your breeding program.
  8. Paintings by Gary Sauder
    Since the first time I saw Gary’s work on Facebook, I was amazed by the super-realism of his paintings. His passion and understanding of what great dairy animals look like comes through in each and every one. We had the chance to interview Gary in our feature article – GARY SAUDER: The Muse in His Studio. To order some of Gary’s excellent artwork visit Cow Art and More.
  9. Coupons for relief milking
    It may seem silly to some, but dairy farming is a 365 day per year job, and sometimes they just need time to step away for dinner with their partner. Coupons for 2 or 3 milkings might just be the gift they never forget and greatly appreciate.
  10. Prints by Emma Caldwell
    Probably one of the most talented young artists I have ever come across, Emma Caldwell is well on her way to becoming a worldwide household name. Though just starting out in her career, she has already done some amazing paintings of Hailey, Smurf, and Francesca.  Check out our feature interview with Emma, Emma Caldwell’s Art Stirs Mind and Heart, as well as her many great prints available from her web shop.
  11. Legends of the Tanbark Trail by Tim Baumgartner
    Dairy cattle have been on exhibit for nearly 200 years and taking home the coveted title of National Grand Champion has always been a compelling force. Tracing the first 100 years of U.S. national dairy cattle shows, Legends of the Tanbark Trail is a remarkable account of the people, the places, and the magnificent and unparalleled animals that have graced the show ring throughout its history. Be sure to get your show enthusiast their copy of this special
  12. Facebook Page for Their Farm
    Instead of wasting hundreds of dollars on a web page that no one will ever read, give the dairy breeder in your life a Facebook page that will reach the world. The best part about it? It’s free!  That’s correct; it will cost you nothing.  All you need to do is download this simple guide,The Dairy Breeders Guide to Facebook and you will be well on the way to helping the dairy breeder in your life market to the world.
  13. The Dairy Queen: A History of the Jersey Breed Worldwide
    This 300-page book is a great Christmas present for anyone interested in the Jersey breed. It chronicles the origins and development of the Jersey breed through detailed text and photos.  Be sure to check out our interview “THE DAIRY QUEEN” HAS ALL THE ANSWERS! With Co-Author Derrick Frigot.  He tells how this book came to be and what makes it so unique.  Supplies are limited, so be sure to check out theirFacebook page and order your copy for the Jersey breeder in your life.
  14. Millionaires in the Cornfield: The Glory Days of the National Dairy Cattle Congress by Norman Nabholz.
    For me, Norm is probably one of the greatest cattle minds of the past 50 years. It only takes a few moments of chatting with Norm to recognize his passion for this business we all love.  His book is easy to pick up but hard to put down.  Not only does it recount the achievements of legendary breeders and showmen with words and countless pictures, the background information and this behind-the-scenes look are most entertaining and engaging.  The Bullvine had a chance to sit down and interview this multi-talented man in our feature article – HALTER, PEN and GAVEL.  That’s Just the Norm.
  15. A New Smartphone
    If there is one thing we have learned since starting The Bullvine, it is that Dairy Farmers love to check out the latest news on their smartphones. More than half our web traffic comes from a mobile device.  So, make life easier for the dairy farmer on your list and get them that smartphone that makes reading the latest news on The Bullvine, or gossip on Facebook that much easier.  While you’re at it, be sure to join the world’s largest community of dairy breeder discussion,The Milkhouse.  There are over 5,000 members, and 20-30 posts every day about all the issues that face Dairy Producers from around the world.
  16. A Subscription to The Bullvine
    For those that are tight on budget, go for a FREE subscription to the largest dairy breeder publication in the world. Filled with daily news items and feature articles, this subscription is the gift that keeps on giving year-round.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

Yes! Christmas is getting closer. So, instead of buying that tie that they might only wear for weddings or funerals, or the work gloves that could get lost the first time they are worn, consider these 16 great gift ideas.  Not only do they connect them to their dairy passion, but also your thoughtfulness will touch your special dairy breeder’s heart and make lasting memories this Christmas!

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