Holstein USA has released the names of the animals for 2018 who will be awarded the Gold Medal Dam, Dam of Merit and Gold Medal Sire honors. Congratulations to Siemers Holsteins, WI, who lead the pack with the highest number of cows recognized on this year’s lists!
This year, 377 females will receive their Gold Medal Dam status, while 332 will receive Dam of Merit. The Gold Medal Dam recognition was first awarded in 1957 with the goal of acknowledging superior brood cows in the industry. In order to be eligible, a cow must have a minimum of three daughters classified and she and her daughters must meet certain requirements for both conformation and production.
The Gold Medal Dam recognition began in 1957 in an effort to identify superior brood cows. The program was designed to award cows with at least three offspring that met certain production and type performance levels.
The Dam of Merit was first awarded in 1988. The award recognizes females who transmit elite genetics and is measured using the Total Performance (TPI) index.
The Gold Medal Sire award will recognize 29 bulls this year. The award is given out annually to bulls that meet a minimum TPI level which is updated semi-annually, have reliabilities of at least 90% for PTA Fat and PTA Type, and are free of any undesirable recessive and enzyme deficiencies. Many of the names on this year’s list are no stranger to the top-ranking lists at proof time including Delta, Rubicon, Josuper, Montross, Modesty and Jedi.