Holstein Association USA has released its annual Pedigree Analysis of National Holstein Show winners. These lists provide a picture of the genetics behind the cattle receiving showring accolades at the highest levels of competition.
The Pedigree Analysis is updated each fall, following the last National Holstein Show of the year. Included are lists of Leading Sires, Leading Maternal Grandsires, and Leading Sire Stacks of National Show Winners. Each category features separate lists for heifers and cows, along with an overall list. In addition, viewers will find other interesting information, such as the average classification score for each class and historical data from previous years.
Holstein females included in the analysis were those that placed in the top three in their respective age class at a National Holstein Show in 2017, which included a total of 175 different heifers and 227 different cows.
Val-Bisson Doorman-ET claimed the title of Overall Leading Sire for the 2017 National Holstein Show winners, siring 57 daughters who placed in the top three of their classes. He was also number one on the heifer list, with a total of 45 heifers. For the second year, Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood-ET was the second-ranking sire overall and number one on the cow list, with a total of 38 cows placing in the top three. Twenty-four bulls each sired at least four daughters placing in the top three in their class at a 2017 National Holstein Show.
Braedale Goldwyn topped the Leading Maternal Grandsires heifer and overall lists, siring 32 heifers and 60 cows overall. Regancrest Dundee-ET was the number one maternal grandsire of cows, and number two on the overall list.
The combination of Val-Bisson Doorman-ET x Braedale Goldwyn topped the Overall Leading Sire Stacks of 2017 National Holstein Show winners and the list of Leading Sire Stacks for Heifers. Val-Bisson Doorman-ET x Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood-ET was the second Leading Sire Stack overall, while Gillette Windbrook-ETS x Braedale Goldwyn led the list of Leading Sire Stacks for cows.
To view the complete Pedigree Analysis under the Popular Lists section on the Holstein Association USA homepage, go directly to www.holsteinusa.com/shows/pedanalysis_show_winners.html.