Archive for Breed Association News

Holstein Canada Female Registrations Trending Higher….Genetically

This article addresses recent animal genetic improvement for purebred Canadian Holsteins. To do that The Bullvine studied the sires used to produce females registered at Holstein Canada for the years 2021, 2022 and 2023. Thus, covering inseminations from early 2020 to early 2023.

Overview of the Study Results

Studying all the sires that produced female registrations would be a time-consuming task. Therefore, the study was limited to the thirty sires per year with the most female registrations. The following is a summary of the overall details found for the top ninety places for the three-year time period.

  • Many sires were in the top thirty for female registrations for more than one year. This resulted in only 53 individual sires (24 daughter-proven and 29 genomic) producing 238,306 female registrations (2021-2023) of which 36.4% of the females were sired by genomic sires. A relatively large number of genomic sires being on the most used sire lists was not expected as the recommendation to breeders is not to over-use genomic sires in order to spread risk. Nevertheless, Canadian Holstein breeders obviously have faith in genomic indexing. Three genomic sires with the most registered daughters attained 5th place (3147gLPI, A2A2) in 2021, 3rd place(3346gLPI, Pp) in 2022 and 5th place (3675gLPI, A2A2) in 2023.
  • All 53 sires were Beta Casein evaluated and, on a proportional female registration basis, 45% were sired by A2A2 sires, 45% by A1A2 sires and 10% by A1A1 sires. The 29 genomic sires were 63% A2A2, 28% A1A2 and 9% Breeders are rapidly taking up using Beta Casein test results when selecting sires. In all years, the proven sires with the most registered daughters were all A2A2.
  • 19% of the female registrations were sired by BB kappa casein sires*, 4% by PP polled (/POS) sires, 11% by Pp polled (/POC) sires, 3.4% by red (/RW) sires and 4.4% by red carrier (/RDC) sires. This study of the most used sires may underrepresent the usage of polled and red Holstein sires in Canada. [* All the sires did not have a kappa casein profile in the national database so beyond the BB category a percentage could not be determined.]
  • Significant improvement occurred on a weighted average LPI per registration over the three-year time period for both proven and genomic sires in the study group. The percentile ranks for the LPI’s of the study group sires were – proven sires were 70%RK LPI in 2021, 81%RK LPI in 2022 and 88%RK LPI in 2023 while genomic sires were 76%RK LPI in 2021, 90%RK LPI in 2022 and 97%RK LPI in 2023. The increases were due to an increased emphasis being placed in sire selection on health, fertility and functional traits.

Analysis of Sires Used

Daughter Proven Sires were used for their specific attributes in genetic improvement. The 24 sires averaged +9 CONF with high mammary system and stature indexes, averaged 95+% index accuracy and their daughters often had showring appeal. All were well-known proven sires for their owners. However over 40% of the time these sires had one or more deficiencies in fertility, milking speed, mastitis resistance, milk volume, or %Fat. Any of these deficiencies can negatively impact the HL index for a sire. As well for 30% of these sires, their high positive indexes for type (CONF based of first lactations only) and stature were not uniformly good predictors of longevity. As well the Feet and Leg indexes of these proven sires did not show a consistent pattern in predicting longevity, yet hoof health, depth of heel and rear legs rear view were useful predictors of higher HL indexes.

Genomic Sires were used to address future Holstein breed needs. These 29 sires had a different genetic index profile pattern than did the proven sires. They were not as highly indexed for CONF or stature, but their indexes were superior to the proven sires for %Fat, milk solids yield, Herd Life, Mastitis Resistance, Teat Length (they added length), Milking Speed, Daughter Calving Ability, Feed Efficiency and Beta Casein profile. The current genomic sires will greatly assist breeders with their plans for healthy, efficient and functional animals. A review of the most used genomic sires indicates that 90% of them had been selected by breeders based on their genetic merit rather than on their pedigree popularity.

Predictions for Breed Outcomes and Further Research Needed

Outcomes that Canadian Holstein breeders can expect by using breed leading sires over the next decade will include.

  • There will be increased fat and protein yields, increased %Fat and a prevalence of A2A2
  • There will be increased animal functionality and efficiency for many traits including foot health, locomotion, parlor traits, feed conversion and reduced labor per animal. Cows will be of moderate stature.
  • There will be increased animal longevity to an average of four lactations or 4,500 kgs of fat and protein per lifetime.
  • There will be increased animal health and welfare (including polled). Resulting in a positive impact on margins and consumer confidence.
  • Animals will be monitored, recorded and managed 24/7. The data in national databases will be paramount for benchmarking, evaluating and creating the future for farm, animal and industry success.

Further Genetic Research is needed in the following areas.

  • Feet: The jury is out on the most desired foot. Much more in-depth research is needed.
  • Transition / Fertility: The genetic factors associated with the time from pre-calving until when a successful pregnancy post calving is achieved need to be studied and then indexed genetically.
  • Body Size: The optimum body measurements are currently a topic being discussed. Objective study is needed for the best definitions for how body parts affect profitability.
  • Calf and Heifer Performance: There is much that has yet to be determined on calf and heifer performance and genetic traits as they affect an animal’s lifetime productivity and profitability.
  • Revised Total Merit Indexes: Most of tomorrow’s dairy farmers will select sires that produce productive, efficient, functional, fertile, trouble-free daughters. There are economically important traits not yet included in national or stakeholder total merit indexes.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

Canadian Holstein Breeders are constructively using genetic information in selecting sires. Given that 90% of a herd’s genetic improvement comes from sires, breeders need to have an open and proactive approach to the genetic merit of the sires they purchase and use. Returning a profit will always be important when selecting sires. Select the best and ignore the rest.

Notes: 1) The Bullvine thanks Holstein Canada for providing the list of sires with the most registered daughters, and 2) The Dec ’23 Lactanet genetic indexes were used for the calculations.

 

 

Get original “Bullvine” content sent straight to your email inbox for free.

 

 

 

Holstein America Broadcasts February 19 on RFD-TV

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make plans to watch Holstein America at 7 p.m. CST, Monday, February 19, on RFD-TV.

RFD-TV is a leading independent cable channel available on DISH Network, DIRECTV®, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Spectrum, Cox, Comcast, Mediacom, Suddenlink and many other rural cable systems. Reference local listings for more information.

After the show, visit www.holsteinusa.com to find a complete collection of the Holstein America series. Also stay tuned to Holstein Association USA on Facebook and Instagram for more information.

Dairy Leaders Gather for Phase I of the Young Dairy Leaders Institute

Dairy farmers and professionals recently gathered for an inspiring week during Phase I of the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI). Designed for young adults ages 22 to 45 working in any facet of the dairy industry, YDLI is the premier leadership program for the dairy community. Class 13 of YDLI is made up 76 passionate dairy leaders from across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

“YDLI was well worth my time. I learned a lot that I will bring home to my job and farm, and I met many dairy folks from across the U.S. and beyond, which was my ultimate goal,” one YDLI Class 13 member wrote on their feedback survey. “Not only did I meet new people, but I also pushed myself out of my comfort zone to really engage with others.”

Phase I kicked off on Monday, January 29 in Tampa, Florida. Dairy professionals gathered for a fun evening of networking and connecting. Tuesday started bright and early with introductions and words of advice from the YDLI Advisory Committee. The day was spent on an engaging session focused on behavioral styles from Kelli Vrla, CSP, CVP, CCSP, Road Warrior for Workplace Engagement.

Class 13 spent Tuesday evening enjoying an improv performance from Spitfire Comedy Club and learning how improv skills can be applied to everyday life and careers.

“I watched people change with ah-ha moments just like the members of Class 1 did 30 years ago when YDLI started,” noted Diedra Harkenrider, a member of the first YDLI advisory committee and now director of development with the Holstein Foundation.  “Something connects with them. You see it in their face and their posture…they stand taller, talk louder, and step out of their comfort zone.”

Wednesday brought more time for self-reflection and growth. In the morning participants honed their communication and professional delivery skills during an interactive workshop from John Sanna, Senior Trainer and Executive Coach, and Veronica Ocasio, an Associate Trainer and Executive Coach. Then, Class 13 enjoyed an inspirational message from Laura Daniels, focused on resilience during change and building small habits that last. Karen Bohnert, a Class 4 YDLI graduate, was recognized as the 2024 YDLI Distinguished Alumni Leader Wednesday evening.

On Thursday, Michele Ruby, communication consultant and current chair of the Holstein Foundation Board of Trustees, led a session on effective communication. Class 13 participants practiced telling their dairy story in a more compelling way. Phase I of YDLI wrapped up with time spent preparing for Phase II of the program, when participants will dive deep into using what they learned in their local communities.

“Building a community in dairy is more important now than ever before. I feel like I have found my purpose again and looked hard internally to reignite my tie to the dairy industry,” another YDLI participant wrote. “I’m excited to be a resource and also leverage my relationships as resources to help me become a better version of myself.”

About YDLI

Holstein Foundation’s Young Dairy Leaders Institute is a nationally recognized three-phase leadership and communication skills development program for young adults working in the dairy industry. YDLI is truly the Holstein Foundation’s motto in action: developing future leaders for a vibrant dairy community.

2023 Master Breeders Recognized by Holstein Canada

Holstein Canada announced the 2023 Master Breeder Award recipients earlier this month; congrats to these 20 breeders on their exceptional performance!

Sunnylodge Farms, Chesterville, ON – 4th Master Breeder Shield
Clovis, Saint-Alexandre-de-Kamouraska, QC – 2nd Master Breeder Shield
Lareleve, Sainte-Agnes-de-Dundee, QC – 2nd Master Breeder Shield
Nandale, Pakenham, ON – 2nd Master Breeder Shield
Pavico, Waterville, QC – 2nd Master Breeder Shield
Despics, Palmarolle, QC
Pimabo,
Palmarolle, QC
Rescator, Palmarolle, QC
Clarkes, New Canaan, NB
Colstein, Middle Musquodoboit, NS
Corlane, Leduc, AB
Craig, Saint-Patrice-de-Beaurivage, QC
Ginel, Saint-Ignace-de-Stanbridge, QC
Hanalee, Embro, ON
Jolipre, Saint-Moise, QC
Julio, Granby, QC
Lindenoord, Heatherton, NS
Lucyves, Saint-Alban, QC
Richland, Stirling, ON
Valrick, Saint-Louis, QC

See the entire list of over 1,000 Master Breeder Shields awarded since 1929 here.

Brown Swiss Association 2024 All-American Results

 
Animal Name Owner Placings
Spring Calf  
Brown Heaven Design Freida Brown Heaven AA
Power Line Diego Sparkle ETV Josie, Paige, Jude, Camden & Kendall Kinnard RES
Hilltop Acres D Tiana ETV Brinley Courtney HM
Brook Hollow I Am Priority ET Delbert & Heather Yoder  
Brown Velvet PBall Vermont Elaina, Grant, Ava & Audrey Lahmers  
Opsal-J Strike A Pose Joseph Opsal & Peter Vail  
Winter Calf  
TopGun C Tickle My Pickle Emily Fisher AA
M & M Carter Sage Jacob & Levi Stuessel RES
Brothers Three DLX Wildcat ETV Brothers Three & Patrick Crave HM
Blessing Garbro Famous Flam Blessing Farms & Garrison Bros  
Pit-Crew Diego Papaya ET Pit-Crew Genetics  
Top Acres F Winit ETV Cripple Creek Farm  
Fall Calf  
Jenlar Rasta Westlynn ETV Siemers Holsteins AA
Edge View F Taylor ETV Sevanna Fairbanks RES
Jenlar Diego Worthwhile ETV Peter Vail HM
Edge View R Winsome ETV Peter Vail, Jason Lloyd & Lexie Payne  
Opsal-J Pray 4 Forgiveness ETV Joseph Opsal  
WOCC Foremost Hurricane Suton Paulson & Sage Dornan  
Summer Yearling  
Dahlhouse Winrite Nirvana Beth Dahl, Peter Hawkes & Nicolette Shelley AA
Shadow Valley Daredevil Halo Amelia Somers RES
A Joy Rasta Pasta Abbie & Andrew Evans HM
Brook Hollow Cadence Hooey Delbert & Heather Yoder  
Buckmeadow Seaman Willow Colton & Luke Buckley and Maria, Jack & Sydney Saltzman  
Edge View J Talent Michael Pierson  
Spring Yearling  
Pit-Crew Rasta Tricky Pit-Crew Genetics AA
Pit-Crew Phantom Nikita Pit-Crew Genetics RES
V B Can-Due Juno Voegeli Farms HM
Kourlyn Carter Starlight ETV Kourtney Bell  
Pit-Crew Daredevil Shay Pit-Crew Genetics  
Topp-View Kingsley Precious Madelyn Topp  
Winter Yearling  
Shelburne BR Dells Designer NP Hayleigh Geurink & Kelvin Webster AA
Pit-Crew Devils Rhythm Pit-Crew Genetics RES
Twinkle-Hill T Amberlei ETV Jeannie Bishop (Winkelman) HM
Browns Lady Lyza Peter Vail  
Double W Kade Kate NP Wincrest Genetics  
Meadow Hill Famous Bourbon Gary Lee Mase  
Fall Yearling  
Stef-N Famous Kelsi ETV Nikole & Kelsi Steffenhagen AA
Edge View F Destinee ETV Peter Vail & Clark Woodmansee RES
Opsal-J Fuel My Fire ET Joseph Opsal HM
Fairdale Daredevil Talia ETV Peter Vail  
Jenlar Famous Whiffle ETV Landen Knapp  
Meadow Hill PA Dare Bow Gary Mase & Drake Hazlett  
Junior Best Three  
Pit-Crew Devils Rhythm Pit-Crew Genetics AA
Pit-Crew Rasta Tricky
Pit-Crew Phantom Nikita
Opsal-J Strike A Pose Joseph Opsal RES
Opsal-J Pray 4 Forgiveness ETV
Opsal-J Fuel My Fire ET
Meadow Hill Foremost Tikki Gary Lee Mase HM
Meadow Hill Famous Bourbon
Meadow Hill PA Dare Bow
Brook Hollow Cadence Hooey Delbert & Heather Yoder  
Brook Hollow I Am Priority ET
Brook Hollow Pure Posh
Edge View F Winnie ETV Ken Main & Kenny Joe Manion  
Edge View R Winsome ETV
Edge View F Taylor ETV
Black Ridge P Double Take Hayleigh Geurink & Kelvin Webster  
Black Ridge W Triple Threat
Black Ridge R Look My Way
Yearling in Milk  
Get-R-Done Daredevil Gunsmoke Steve Wagner AA
Top Acres Diego Wizer ETV Cripple Creek Farm RES
Kruses Salsa Bonnie ETV Pocket Acres Swiss HM
Edge View D Rylee ETV Kylie & Kiara Konyn  
Jenlar Rasta Welcome ETV Luke Olson, Robert & Lana Beckard, Roger & Lori Read and Trudy Graves  
Kruses ACC C Jenesis ETV Jones Smith  
Summer Junior 2 Year Old  
Knapp Woody Pamela Peter Vail AA
Pit-Crew Phantom Kristine Pit-Crew Genetics RES
Double J Famous Sniper Peter Vail & Maple Downs Farm II HM
Edge View D Fern Keith Koopmann, Knapp Genetics & Jim Hammerand  
Jenlar FC Windmill ETV Brody Jackson and Blake & Garrett Hill  
Just So R Fresca Just So Farm  
Junior 2 Year Old  
Empire Winrite Lotus Dylan Fry AA
Pit-Crew Rampage Nola OCS Ferme Pierre Boulet RES
Pit-Crew Daredevil Kyla ET Pit-Crew Genetics HM
AR-Line Doboy Lilac Ranae Herman  
Edge View F Bailey Kelly Jo Manion  
Knapp Rasta Comin In Hot David & Carrie Sears  
Senior 2 Year Old  
Groves View Luke Tabby London Dairy AA
Edge View F Sophia ETV Ken Main & Kenny Joe Manion RES
Edge View C Deanna ETV Brian Pacheco HM
Brown Heaven Kade Friend Brown Heaven  
Krahngirls Dyna Whiskey Twin  Fairdale Farm LLC  
Voelkers Nello Asher Voelkers Swiss Farm  
Junior 3 Year Old  
Topp B-3 Woodford Brothers Three & Topp-View AA
RDT Daredevil Lola Red Dirt Genetics & Katy Boehm HM
Hills Valley Carter Viola Ken Main & Kenny Joe Manion RES
A Joy CP Snow White Abbie Evans  
Colebrook Creek DT Alina Abigail Wilber  
Twincounty Famous Diamond Dakota Fraley  
Senior 3 Year Old  
Just So D Fortune ET Just So Farm AA
Hills Valley Carter Flirty ET Peter Vail RES
Kruses Moonlight Juliet ET Rick Kruse HM
Brown Velvet Rampage Fall Elaina, Ava & Audrey Lahmers  
Cutting Edge BG DS Sharice Blessing Farm & Garrison Bros  
Cutting Edge N Shrill ETV Ken Main & Kenny Joe Manion  
Pit-Crew Formula Tawny Pit-Crew Genetics  
4 Year Old  
Ritchi View Nuck Hum Dinger Ken Main, Kenny Joe Manion & Allan Brisson AA
Robland Norwin Bermuda ET Goldfawn Farm & Tony Kohls RES
Royal Hill Rich Nori Ryland, Brayton & Camdyn Nierman HM
Blessing CNJ T Norann ET Caylee Nicole James  
Miley Bosephus Princess Blessing Farm & Garrison Bros  
Random Luck Victory Rose Matthew & Allison Thompson  
5 Year Old  
Brown Heaven Biver Frenchkiss Brown Heaven AA
Cutting Edge F Faroh ETV Ken Main & Peter Vail RES
Siegerts Damian Pinapple Leslie & Linda Bruchey HM
A Joy T Snowfall Peter Vail  
Gibralter Liberate Taylor Melinda Waddell, Joseph Rule & Jessica Whitaker  
Latimore Seaman Tuffgirl Vanessa Philson & Zac Logan  
Aged Cow  
Iroquois Acres Total Candy Brian Pacheco AA
SS Debs 929 Landen Knapp RES
Cutting Edge H Snap ETV OCS Caleb Heck HM
Fosters Dot Ryland, Brayton & Camdyn Nierman  
Northkill Creek Groovy Hannah & Mark Balthaser  
Random Luck B Talented Matthew Thompson & Payton VanSchyndle  
Component Merit  
Iroquois Acres Jong Cali Brian Pacheco AA
Dutch-Marie Dundee Allie Hadleigh, Ezra & Kenna Jones and Kelly Jo Manion RES
Cutting Edge Thunder Faye Ken Main & Kenny Joe Manion HM
Beu Dell Thunder Jemma Fairdale Farm LLC  
Hilltop Acres Delphi Dazzle ET Landen Knapp  
IE Twinkle-Hill Bush Jengas John & Dee Winkelman  
Senior Best Three  
Iroquois Acres Jong Cali Iroquois Acres AA
Iroquois Acres Total Candy
Iroquois Acres Cliff Dreamer
Cutting Edge Thunder Faye Ken Main & Peter Vail RES
Cutting Edge F Faroh ETV
Cutting Edge N Shrill ETV
Brown Heaven Biver Frenchkiss Brown Heaven HM
Brown Heaven Kade Friend
Brown Heaven BigStar Florence
Pit-Crew Formula Tawny Pit-Crew Genetics  
Pit-Crew Rampage Nola OCS
Pit-Crew Phantom Kristine
Kruses Woody Jill Rick Kruse  
Kruses Moonlight Juliet ET
Kruses Carter Karmel
Just So D Fortune ET Just So Farm  
Just So D Frisky
Just So R Fresca
Produce of Dam  
Just So D Fortune ET Just So Farm AA
Just So D Frisky
Edge View F Sophia ETV Ken Main & Kenny Joe Manion RES
Cutting Edge N Shrill ETV
Red Brae Thunder Shine ET Elise Bleck HM
Red Brae Thunder Shimmer ET
Pit-Crew Formula Nicky Pit-Crew Genetics  
Pit-Crew Rampage Nola OCS
Cutting Edge F Faroh ETV Ken Main & Kenny Joe Manion  
Edge View N Forever ETV
Kruses Carter Jive ETV Rick Kruse  
Kruses Moonlight Juliet ET

 

 

Karen Bohnert Named 2024 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader

Karen Bohnert of East Moline, Illinois has been selected as the Holstein Foundation’s 2024 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader. Each year, the Holstein Foundation recognizes a Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) graduate or couple who have made noteworthy contributions to the dairy industry, applying skills gained during their YDLI experience.

“YDLI was a game changer for me in terms of professional development and learning to become comfortable in getting dairy messages out to others,” Bohnert says.

Bohnert grew up on her family’s 100-cow dairy farm in central Oregon and graduated from Oregon State University in 1998 with a B.S. in agricultural economics and a minor in writing. Her agricultural communications career spans 25 years, including roles with the American Jersey Cattle Association, Cooperative Resources International, and Swiss Valley Farms. She is the current editor of Dairy Herd Management and MILK Business Quarterly.

Karen and her husband Scott, along with his brother and parents, own and operate Bohnert Jerseys, a 650-cow dairy. They are raising their three children on the farm. A talented communicator, Bohnert was a trendsetter in advocating for dairy on social media.

“Karen has a genuine interest in telling the stories that are important to our industry because of her strong connection with and passion for dairy farmers,” says Holstein Foundation Chair Michele Ruby. “Karen is a gem of a human, an ace of a colleague and has a sense of humor that can get her and anyone around her through any situation.”

Karen participated in YDLI from 2002-2003 and is a Class 4 graduate. She credits YDLI for helping her find her life calling and purpose telling the stories of fellow dairy producers.

“YDLI exposed me to people working in different parts of the industry and I really valued the different perspectives other YDLI class members offered,” Karen says. “From the hands on YDLI learning, I’ve made several friendships and invaluable network connections that have helped shape my career in the dairy industry.”

Karen will be recognized during Phase I of YDLI Class 13, being held January 29 through February 1, 2024, in Tampa, Florida.

The Young Dairy Leaders Institute, a program of the Holstein Foundation, is a nationally recognized three-phase leadership and communication skills development program for young adults (ages 22-45) working in the dairy industry. For more information about YDLI or Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org.

Early Onset Muscle Weakness Syndrome Officially Recognized as Undesirable Genetic Condition by Holstein Association USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MW Resources

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

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

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

Holstein UK Crowns 2023 Presidents Medal Award Winner

Holstein UK crowned the champion of its prestigious 2023 Presidents Medal Award last night at the Semex Conference in Glasgow. Alison Lawrie from Scotland Holstein Young Breeders Club has claimed the title and won an engraved medal and a trip to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, kindly funded by HYB’s principal sponsor, Semex, later this year. In addition, Alison was presented with the Sue Cope Memorial Trophy. Holstein UK would also like to congratulate the two runners up Tom Hull (Lancashire) and Will Horsley (Border & Lakeland).

Sponsored by Semex, the Holstein UK President’s Medal recognises and rewards young talent and highlights individuals who are the dairy farmers of the future.  The Award recognises a member who has made a remarkable contribution to the breed, Holstein Young Breeders (HYB) and their own Club.

The entry process began as each HYB Club was asked to nominate one young breeder aged between 18 and 26 years of age. Six young breeders were invited to Rackery Retreat – the home of Holstein UK President, Andrew Jones. Joining Andrew on the judging panel were Mrs Katie Jones (Farmers Guardian Head of Livestock and Editor of Dairy Farmer) and Mr Aran Owen (Regional Manager at Semex UK).

On behalf of the judges, Andrew said “Alison has a great passion for HYB and the Holstein breed. She is very ambitious and has the ability to adapt her understanding of the industry to educate the public. Her dedication for HYB and her club is truly inspiring, her enthusiasm is contagious and has brought new life to the club. She has a passion to encourage and educate others in her club and especially enjoys working with the younger members to help them become the future of the dairy industry. 

Andrew continued “Both Will and Tom were confident and extremely knowledgeable candidates. Both are passionate and I have no doubt that they have promising futures ahead of them. Will is a very engaging and ambitious young man who will certainly excel in the future. Tom has a passion for his herd that will ensure his success, using every opportunity available to him to develop his business. ”

Naomi Lewis, HYB Coordinator added “We are very proud of the three finalists and would like to congratulate them all. On behalf of Holstein UK and HYB we would also like to thank our principle sponsor Semex UK who continue to make a significant financial contribution to the advancement and success of Holstein Young Breeders.”

Junior Holstein Members Shine in Virtual Interview Contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cash prizes of $250 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place will be awarded in the junior and intermediate divisions. In the senior division, youth will be given cash prizes of $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place.

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

Holstein Association USA Recognizes 2023 Top BAA Herds

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

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

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

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

Lists are broken down in several different ways to recognize members across the country with herds of all sizes. Lists of the Overall Top 200 BAA Herds, Top 25 BAA Herds by Region, Top 25 BAA Herds by Herd Size, and Top 15 BAA Herds for Colleges & Universities can be viewed at www.holsteinusa.com. Find the page under the Popular List section on the homepage or directly at https://www.holsteinusa.com/programs_services/baa_lists_2023.html. Congratulations to all herds on these lists!

 

###

 

Holstein Association USA, Inc., provides programs, products and services to dairy producers to enhance genetics and improve profitability — including animal identification and ear tags, genomic testing, mating programs, dairy records processing, classification, communication, consulting services, and Holstein semen.

The Association, headquartered in Brattleboro, VT., represents approximately 25,000 members throughout the United States. To learn more about Registered Holsteins® and the other exciting programs offered by the Holstein Association, visit www.holsteinusa.com, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Nominations For Jersey Canada 2024 Individual Awards Due January 12th

This is a reminder that the nominations for the 2024 Individual Awards are due by Friday January 12th, 2024. These prestigious awards allow Jersey Canada members to recognize individuals that are making an impact with the Jersey breed in Canada.

The awards and qualifications required for nominees are:

Youth of Distinction
To be eligible for the Jersey Canada Youth of Distinction award you must be 18 to 25 years of age and be involved with the Jersey breed in Canada. This award is presented at the Jersey Canada Annual Meeting. We encourage nominations for eligible aged candidates with strong leadership and involvement in agriculture, the community, and the Jersey breed.

This year, for the first time, the Jersey Canada Youth Committee is offering to assist with expenses – up to $1000 – for the Youth of Distinction recipient to attend the 2024 Jersey Canada AGM in Orford, QC on March 22-23, 2024.

Jersey Young Achievers
The Jersey Young Achievers award recognizes the accomplishments of Jersey breeders under the age of 40. Must be accompanied by a resume of accomplishments with Jerseys, the community and family.

The Honourary Life Member Award
The Honourary Life Member Award recognizes long-term leadership contribution to the Jersey breed. Nominations must be accompanied by a resume outlining the nominee’s Jersey involvement through the years.

Distinguished Service Award
Periodically the association will present a Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes a unique long-term commitment to the betterment of the Jersey cow in the areas of leadership, promotion, genetic improvement, marketing – open to any member of the Jersey fraternity – few such awards have been given in the history of the association. This is the highest honour given by Jersey Canada and is therefore given when deemed appropriate.

Certificate of Appreciation
A Certificate of Appreciation is awarded periodically to people within the agricultural industry who render a particular service above and beyond the call of duty to the goals and the objectives of the association. Recipients have often been employees of industry partner companies.

Visit the Jersey Canada website for nomination forms.

Awards will be presented at this year’s Jersey Canada AGM being held at the Manoir des Sables in Orford, Québec on March 23rd.

Travel Bursaries
Looking for travel assistance? $1000 Travel Bursaries are available for 3 individuals between 18-35 who would like to attend the Jersey Canada AGM from Jersey West, Jersey Ontario and Jersey Atlantic. Click here for details on how to apply. Applications need to be received by February 16th, 2024.

Junior Holstein Members Named National Judi Collinsworth Memorial Scholarship Recipients

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. December 20, 2023 — Holstein Association USA is thrilled to support two Junior Holstein members with college scholarships. The National Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Junior Exhibitor Memorial Scholarship award recognizes National Junior Holstein Exhibitors who have shown committed involvement and interest in the Holstein industry.

Receiving the top $1,000 scholarship this year is Brianna Meyer of Wisconsin. Brianna is currently studying Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin — Madison. She has hopes of attending vet school and working with dairy cattle as a large-animal veterinarian in the future. In addition to serving on the Junior Advisory Committee, Brianna was a youth council member for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP).

Brianna says showing Registered Holsteins has been an incredibly valuable
experience, and taught her many life lessons, including humility and openness to learning. A recent highlight in Brianna’s showing career was exhibiting Hilrose Curshabull Prizm in the Fall Calf Class at the International Junior Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo and taking home the first-place prize.

“I plan to stay involved in Holstein Youth programs to give back to the next generation of dairy youth. Being involved in Junior Holsteins has made a huge impact on my life, specifically from the people who believed in my abilities and pushed me to be my best,” Brianna says. “I wish to give future generations the same invaluable opportunities that I have been granted and provide them the same help and support the way that others in the dairy industry have supported me.”

Receiving the $500 scholarship is Hayley Daubert of Virginia. Hayley attends South Dakota State University where she is active as the Dairy Club Activities Coordinator, serves as a South Dakota Dairy Ambassador, is the SDSU Emergency Medical Services Club Secretary, and is on the SDSU Little International Milk Quality Contest Committee.

Although Hayley attends college far away from home, she remains involved on her family’s farm by running the website and social media accounts. Hayley continues to show her Registered Holsteins when she can, an experience she says has taught her about teamwork.

“In addition to growing my own herd and selling farm-fresh, artisan cheese, I plan to pursue a career in the medical field as a paramedic to help my small community,” Hayley shares about her future goals.

About the Award

Judi Collinsworth worked at Holstein Association USA in Brattleboro, Vermont as the Executive Director of Member and Industry Relations. She spent a great deal of time working to improve and expand the programs available to Holstein youth and was responsible for telemarketing, member-related programs, State Association communications, member services and Association external affairs.

Scholarship recipients must be a National Junior Holstein member and enrolled in a 2- or 4-year college or university. Youth must also have exhibited their animal at a National Junior Holstein Show during the current show season. Applicants are judged on their leadership profile, Holstein involvement and interest, and participation in other activities. More information can be found at www.holsteinusa.com/pdf/forms_apps/collinsworth_award.pdf

Legacy of Leadership: Holstein Association USA shares inspiring stories of dairy dedication

With a rich history spanning over 140 years, Holstein Association USA stands as one of the most enduring membership organizations in agriculture. Bob Cervera recently caught up with individuals who have played pivotal roles in the association’s success over the years, showcasing the diverse backgrounds and farm sizes of its leaders.

Gordie Cook, a past president who milks about 65 cows and runs an ice cream stand in Massachusetts, reflects on his two terms of service. He emphasizes the importance of representing all facets of the industry, recognizing the diversity of farms, and striving to make them all profitable.

Cook, as he is affectionately known, expresses his admiration for his fellow board members, considering many of them as friends. His enjoyment of traveling and connecting with dairy farmers across the nation and the world is evident, making his presidency a memorable experience.

Boyd Schaufelberger, of Illinois, who served as president from 2017 to 2019, echoes Gordy’s sentiments about the meaningful interactions with fellow members at conventions. The ability to make friends and connect with people stands out as a highlight of his tenure.

Chuck Worden, a dairy producer from New York and president during a period of unprecedented progress for the dairy industry, reflects on advancements in genetic and genomic information. Working closely with Association CEO John Meyer, he emphasizes the effort put into making these advancements accessible for dairy breeders.

Source: RFD TV

Holstein Association Prefixes to be Released On December 31st

On December 31, 2023, approximately 953 prefixes (which have been unused for over 20 years) will be released by Holstein Association USA. Allowing the reuse of old, unused prefixes will give new members an opportunity to reserve a prefix that fits them and their farm.

The following are conditions regarding prefixes, as dictated by Board policy:

  • After being reviewed by the board of directors, prefixes that have not been used to name a Registered Holstein in more than 20 years will be available for reuse.
  • A prefix may be released for reuse after less than 20 years with the consent or request of the proprietor.
  • The board of directors reserves the right to permanently retire a prefix.
  • The proprietor may request permanent retirement of their prefix for a $100 fee.

With general questions in regards to prefix availability, contact Customer Service at 800.952.5200. If you have
specific questions about the prefix policy, or are interested in retiring a prefix, contact Daren Sheffield at 800.952.5200, ext. 4276.

See the entire list of prefixes here!

Richford Pingerly Valentine Named 2023 Canadian Milking Shorthorn Cow of the Year

On July 15th, Richford Pingerly Valentine was unveiled as the 2023 Cow of the Year at the Canadian Milking Shorthorn Society’s Field Day and Annual Meeting, hosted by the Richardson family of St. Marys, Ontario.  The Society’s Cow of the Year Award is determined by votes registered by CMSS members.

Valentine, classified Excellent 92-2E, was bred by Don Richardson of Richford Farms.  She was subsequently a consignment to the 2016 National Milking Shorthorn Sale, where she was purchased by Oceanbrae Farms of Belmont, Prince Edward Island.  According to her breeder Don, “Valentine was the sort of heifer that we thought would excel in any herd, so we were confident consigning her to the National Sale.  We were glad to hear that the Oceanbrae herd had purchased her, as they had previously purchased cattle from us.”

Fred Barrett of Oceanbrae Farms noted that “Valentine caught our attention, as she traced back to our Oceanbrae Lady cow family.  As we had success in the past with cattle from the Richford herd, we felt comfortable purchasing her for our herd.”

Richford Pingerly Valentine has produced 54,795 kgs of milk in five completed lactations at 3.7% fat and 3.3% protein.  In early 2023, she completed her best lactation to-date, producing 13,118 kgs of milk in 305 days, the third largest All-Time milk record for Canadian Milking Shorthorns in Mature Cow age class.  This is despite Valentine having to temporarily relocate to a foster herd while the Barrett family rebuilt their dairy barn following Hurricane Fiona in September 2022.  Valentine was relocated to Red Oak Farms in Oyster Bed Bridge, PEI, where the Versteeg family cared for her and six of her herdmates until the Barretts resumed milking in March 2023.

Cow of the Year isn’t the only recent accolade Valentine has earned.  She was also named Grand Champion of the 2022 CMSS Virtual Show in September 2022 after placing first in the Mature Cow Class.  Valentine is sired by the Australian sire Treeton Pingerly, the #1 LPI sire marketed by Semex.

Runner-up for 2023 Cow of the Year was Emadale LSC Taco Maid EX-90-2E, bred by Doug Wherry of Oshawa, Ontario and owned by Sheldon Richardson of St. Marys, Ontario.

Both Valentine and Taco Maid are excellent examples of balanced, productive Canadian Milking Shorthorns succeeding for dairy producers across Canada.  For more information on the breed, visit the CMSS website at www.milkingshorthorn.ca.

National Jersey Leadership Named At Annual Meetings

Officers and directors of the USJersey organizations were elected during the Annual Meetings of the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) and National All-Jersey Inc. (NAJ) held on June 23 and 24, 2023 in LaCrosse, Wis.

Alan Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y., was elected to his second one-year term as President of AJCA on June 24. He is a fourth-generation breeder and owner of Registered Jerseys at Dutch Hollow Farms LLC. He owns and operates the farm with his parents and two brothers. They milk 900 Registered Jerseys and have the herd enrolled in REAP, are contract advertisers in the Jersey Journal and have contributed to Equity for nearly 50 years. In 2012, the family was honored with the AJCA Master Breeder award. In addition, he has served as General Chair of The All American Jersey Shows & Sales in 2018, and chair of The All American Sale Committee in 2016. He served two terms as AJCA Director from the Second District from 2014-2020.

Rebecca Ferry, Johnstown, N.Y., was re-elected to her second three-year term as a Director from the Second District. She owns and operates Dreamroad Jerseys LLC, an 80-cow Registered Jersey herd, with her sister Sandra Scott. The herd is enrolled in AJCA’s REAP program. Becky was the 2002 National Jersey Youth Achievement winner and received the AJCA Young Jersey Breeder Award with Sandra in 2013. She was co-chair of the 2019 AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In addition, she has served as co-secretary and vice president of the New York Jersey Cattle Club. She is a member of the Identification and Information Technology and Development committees.

Ted DeMent, Kenney, Ill., was elected to a three-year term as Director from the Sixth District. Ted and his family own and operate DeMents Jerseys, a 260-acre dairy farm established by his parents, Don and Shirley, in 1955. Ted was an appraiser for the AJCA for six years before returning to the home farm. In 2009, he and his wife, Cheryl, assumed management of the dairy. DeMents Jerseys is enrolled on REAP and uses JerseyTags for permanent identification. Ted and Cheryl received the AJCA Young Jersey Breeder Award in 2005. Ted was named the winner of the Max Gordon Recognition Award in 2021. He succeeded Karen Bohnert, East Moline, Ill., after she completed two consecutive terms as director.

John Maxwell, Donahue, Iowa, was elected for his second term as AJCA Director from the Eighth District. He and his family own and operate Cinnamon Ridge Dairy, a 190-cow Registered Jersey herd. The herd is enrolled on REAP. The farm has diversified through the years, adding a large agri-tourism business that hosts an average of 7,000 visitors a year. The tours aim to educate visitors on practices of a modern dairy and row crop operation. John received the AJCA Young Jersey Breeder Award in 1997. He is currently serving as dairy superintendent of the Mississippi Valley Fair, a supervisor for Scott County and fire commissioner for the Donahue Volunteer Fire Department. He is a past president of DHIA and the Outstanding Young Farmers Organization. As well he sat on boards for Dairyland Jersey Sires Inc., Iowa State University Extension Council and River Valley Cooperative. He serves on the AJCA Finance and Development committees.

The Board of Directors of the American Jersey Cattle Association for 2023-24 is pictured following the 155th Annual Meeting in LaCrosse, Wis., on June 24. Pictured, front row, from left: Neal Smith, Executive Secretary & CEO; President Alan Chittenden, Schodack Landing, N.Y.; Vice President Joel Albright, Willard, Ohio; second row: Rebecca Ferry, Johnstown, N.Y,; Donna Phillips, Newton, Wis.; Jason Johnson, Northwood, N.H.; Bradley Taylor, Boonsville, Miss.; and Ted DeMent, Kenney, Ill.; and back row: Tyler Boyd, Hilmar, Calif.; Ralph Frerichs, LaGrange, Texas; John Maxwell, Donahue, Iowa; Garry Hansen, Mulino, Ore.; and Joe Vanderfeltz, Lawton, Pa. Not pictured: Cornell Kasbergen, Tulare, Calif.

Cornell Kasbergen, Tulare, Calif., was elected to AJCA Director from the Eleventh District. Kasbergen and his wife, Teri, and son and daughter-in-law, Case and Allison, own and operate Rancho Teresita Dairy. The dairy consists of 1,800 acres of farmland; 3,600 Registered Jerseys and 1,400 Holsteins. The herd is enrolled on REAP and has many animals that rank among the elite of the breed for Genomic Jersey Performance Index. Cornell chairs the Milk Producers Council and recently completed 22 years of service on the Land O’Lakes board of directors. He chaired the audit committee for Land O’Lakes and represented the organization on the National Milk Producers Federation board. Kasbergen is a member of the dairy committee for the Agriculture Council of California and the milk producer review board for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. As well he served on the California Dairy Environmental Justice Fund. He serves on the AJCA Finance and Breed Improvement Committees and the Jersey Performance Index Advisory Committee.

Chairs of standing committees for 2023-24 are Bradley Taylor, Booneville, Miss., Finance; Joel Albright, Willard, Ohio, Breed Improvement; Garry Hansen, Mulino, Ore., Development; Donna Phillips, Newton, Wis., Information Technology and Identification.


National All-Jersey Inc.

John Kokoski, Hadley, Mass., was re-elected as president by the Board of Directors for National All-Jersey Inc., on June 23, 2023. Kokoski has been a member of the NAJ Board since 2007. He and his family own and operate Mapleline Farm LLC. The enterprise includes a 135-cow Registered Jersey herd enrolled on REAP and a dairy plant that processes and distributes a full line of Jersey milk products to grocery retailers, restaurants and university food service. Kokoski is a past director of the Massachusetts Cooperative Milk Producers Federation and has served more than 25 years on the New England Dairy Promotion Board.

James S. Huffard III, Crockett, Va., was re-elected as Vice President of National All-Jersey Inc., and will continue to serve as Finance Chair. He owns and operates Huffard Dairy Farms, an all-Jersey herd enrolled on REAP, with his family.

Jason Cast, Beaver Crossing, Neb., was re-elected for his third four-year term as Director from District One to the NAJ board. Cast owns and operates JJC Jerseys with his wife and six children. The herd was been enrolled on REAP since 2013.

Appointed to the NAJ Board of Directors as an at-large director by AJCA President Chittenden was Tom Seals, Beaver, Ore. He succeeded retiring director Walter Owens, Frederic, Wis. Tom served on the AJCA board from 2013-2019. Along, with his wife Jennie and son Coltan, Tom operates Legendairy Farms LLC, a 300-cow Registered Jersey™ herd enrolled on REAP. Tom was a member of the AJCA Type Advisory Committee from 2006 to 2010. He has served on the board of the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association and as president of the Oregon Jersey Cattle Association. Tom is currently a board member of Tillamook County DHIA and Tillamook County Creamery Association.

Ex officio directors on the NAJ Board for 2023-2024 are AJCA President Alan Chittenden and AJCA Board committee chairs Bradley Taylor, Finance, and Garry Hansen, Development.

The American Jersey Cattle Association, organized in 1868, compiles and maintains animal identification and performance data on Jersey cattle and provides services that support genetic improvement and greater profitability. Since 1957, National All-Jersey Inc. has provided services that increase the value of and demand for Jersey milk and milk products and Registered Jersey™ cattle and genetics. For more information on AJCA and NAJ services for dairy business owners, visit the website at www.USJersey.com or connect at facebook.com/USJersey.

Dustin and carrie Gingerich receive Young Jersey Breeder Award

Dustin and Carrie Gingerich, Shippensburg, Pa., were recognized awarded with the 2023 Young Jersey Breeder Award by The American Jersey Cattle Association on June 21 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

The Young Jersey Breeder Award is presented to individuals or couples who are at least 28 years old and under the age of 40 on January 1 of the year nominated, who merit recognition for their expertise in dairy farming, breeding Jersey cattle, participation in programs of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., and leadership in Jersey and other dairy and agriculture organizations.

The Gingerich family has put a lot of work to turn Rocky Ridge Jerseys into a successful 140-cow farm. Dustin graduated high school in 2000 and decided to join his grandfather’s farm by milking 26 Jerseys. Three short years later, Carrie and Dustin got married and now have four daughters, Hannah, Abigail, Lydia, and Leah. When she is not teaching, Carrie is on the farm helping with the chores and showing their daughters how to get the job done too.

By 2012 the family had outgrown their facility and began renting a larger one. From the time Dustin first joined the farm, the number of cows jumped to 100. Not too long after this, dreams came true. The family now owns their own farm with 140 cows housed in free stalls and milked in a swing-10 parlor.

Overall, 90% of the herd scored Very Good or Excellent. These scores are thanks to Gingerich’s sire selection and the use of the Jersey Mating Program. Rocky Ridge Jerseys has brought up five Hall of Fame cows. On top of these high scored cows, the farm’s products have also been recognized. One of their more notable awards was a Dairy of Distinction Award in May 2022.

In addition to helping with chores, The daughters have also taken on an interest in shows. Their parents did not grow up in this part of the dairy industry, so the girls have turned to mentors and do their own bull breeding research. They also utilize REAP and type traits appraisals.

The American Jersey Cattle Association was organized in 1868 to improve and promote the Jersey breed. Since 1957, National All-Jersey Inc. has served Jersey owners by promoting the increased production and sale of Jersey milk and milk products. For more information on its programs and services, visit www.USJersey.com or call 614/861-3636.

Jed and Laura Barnes receive Young Jersey Breeder Award

Jed and Laura Barnes, Mount Upton, N.Y., were recognized with the 2023 Young Jersey Breeder Award by The American Jersey Cattle Association on June 21 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

The Young Jersey Breeder Award is presented to individuals or couples who are at least 28 years old and under the age of 40 on January 1 of the year nominated, who merit recognition for their expertise in dairy farming, breeding Jersey cattle, participation in programs of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., and leadership in Jersey and other dairy and agriculture organizations.

The family’s love for the breed is thanks to Jed’s connection to Jerseys in his early years. After graduating from Cornell, Jed moved to Idaho to work for a commercial site with both Jerseys and Holsteins. This experience led him to believe Jerseys will always be a profitable breed. In 2010 the couple made the move to New York and opened CoBar Dairy, LCC. This is a 700-cow farm with 500 young stock. About 30% of the herd is made up of Registered Jerseys.

Two years ago, the family joined REAP to help manage their genetic progress within the herd. They use it to track genetics and see what traits they should be focusing on to create the best product. The family focuses on a strict beef-on-dairy strategy for the best results. They look for sires that create animals that produce high volumes of milk. High fertility and production is what maintains a profitable herd. After looking at the herd’s numbers, it is clear that this strategy is working. There is a rolling average of over 18,600 lbs. milk with 979 lbs. fat and 680 lbs. protein based on 178 cows.

There is no argument against saying this is a family business. The Barnes children all have an interest in the animals, specifically in the show ring. Laura also has a hand in the show ring by making mating decisions. Like the breeding decisions made for production, history will also prove the success of these mating decisions. The family has won multiple Junior and Reserve Junior Champion ribbons.

When he is not busy with farm chores or making breeding decisions, Jed is taking part in the Jersey community in other ways. He is a board member of the Delaware County Jersey Club and active with the New York Jersey Cattle Club. He helps the next generation find quality Jerseys to show and breed by also being a part of the State Sale Committee.

The American Jersey Cattle Association was organized in 1868 to improve and promote the Jersey breed. Since 1957, National All-Jersey Inc. has served Jersey owners by promoting the increased production and sale of Jersey milk and milk products. For more information on its programs and services, visit www.USJersey.com or call 614/861-3636.

Michelle Moore receives Young Jersey Breeder Award

Michelle Moore, Frederic, Wis., was awarded the 2023 Young Jersey Breeder Award by The American Jersey Cattle Association on June 21 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

The Young Jersey Breeder Award is presented to individuals or couples who are at least 28 years old and under the age of 40 on January 1 of the year nominated, who merit recognition for their expertise in dairy farming, breeding Jersey cattle, participation in programs of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., and leadership in Jersey and other dairy and agriculture organizations.

Michelle Moore is a big part of Owens Farm Inc with responsibilities to manage calves, everyday chores, herd health, and field work. She has also taken on a parenting role with her husband Derek in the past years to their children, Lane and Callie.

Owens Farm Inc. houses 1,500 Registered Jerseys. Based on 748 cows, the herd produced an average of 19,650 lbs. milk, 1,021 lbs. fat, and 770 lbs. protein in December 2022. To manage these cows, the family uses a variety of services. They are supporters of the Equity initiative, REAP, Jersey Mating Program, and regularly advertise through the Jersey Journal.

Moore has been a part of the dairy industry throughout her youth and into adulthood. She exhibited and judged cows at shows and competitions at a young age and in college. While studying at UW-River Falls, she interned at Barlass Jerseys LLC. After graduating, she returned to her family farm where she helped design facilities and protocols for raising calves. She continues her connection to the industry outside of her family farm by getting involved in extra activities. Moore has taken on the task of mentoring her local 4-H by helping pick out calves and watching them grow into the late summer. She has also been a member of the Wisconsin Jersey Breeders Association. She started as a youth member and continues to be active at the parish and state level.

She has been an active member of the dairy community for her entire life, but her priorities are now focused on the calf barn and her children. She wants to continue working with the local 4-H, increase responsibilities on the farm, and supervise the herd’s health all while working with her family to keep the farm for generations.

The American Jersey Cattle Association was organized in 1868 to improve and promote the Jersey breed. Since 1957, National All-Jersey Inc. has served Jersey owners by promoting the increased production and sale of Jersey milk and milk products. For more information on its programs and services, visit www.USJersey.com or call 614/861-3636.

Dairy Shrine Awards $48,500 in Scholarships to Dairy Students

Forty-one dairy students from across the U.S. are receiving a total of $48,500 in scholarships from the National Dairy Shrine. These young dairy leaders will be recognized at the National Dairy Shrine Awards Banquet on Monday, October 2nd in Madison, Wisconsin.

Kildee Scholarship
The Kildee Scholarship recognizes a graduate student studying a dairy related field and is named in honor of H.H. Kildee, Dean Emeritus at Iowa State University. Two students will receive this $3000 award this year: Kelsey Pasch and Ashley Waymire. Pasch earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in animal science and will continue her studies at Kansas State University, pursuing a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition. Waymire holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a dairy science minor from California Polytechnic University. She’ll pursue a Master of Science with the option for a PhD in animal biology at the University of California, Davis.

Senior Student Recognition Scholarships
The Senior Student Recognition Scholarships recognize outstanding leadership, activity participation, academic ability and a sincere interest in the dairy industry. These are earned by nomination from the university. The Dairy Shrine recognizes six graduating university/college seniors; the highest honoree receiving $2000, the second $1500, and other honorees receiving $1000 each.

The 2023 $2000 recipient is Ashley Hagenow of Poynette, Wisconsin. She obtained a degree from the University of Minnesota, majoring in agricultural communication and marketing with minors in animal science and agricultural and food business management. The $1500 winner is Miriam Cook of Pewamo, Michigan. She studied agriculture economics at Purdue University. The $1000 award winners are George Sebright (dairy science, Virginia Tech University), Zach Schilter (animal science – dairy production, University of Minnesota), Clarissa Gross (dairy science with agricultural business management certificate, University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Sophy Henisz (dairy science, Spanish, certificate in agricultural business management, University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Merton Sowerby Junior Merit Scholarships
The Merton Sowerby Scholarships recognize six junior level undergraduate students at a four-year college or university who are planning a career in the dairy industry. They are given in honor of Merton Sowerby, a National Dairy Shrine Pioneer and former Klussendorf winner from Michigan. The highest honoree receives $1500, with the remaining honorees receiving $1000 each.

The $1500 recipient is Doreen Dyt of Crows Landing, California (agricultural business, minor in water policy, California Polytechnic University). The $1000 recipients are Gracelyn Krahn (life sciences communication, certificate in political science, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Kendal Jenkins (animal science, business and animal management option, Pennsylvania State University), Jack Hammock (dairy science, Virginia Tech University), Elise Bleck (dairy science, certificates in life science communications and global health, University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Nicole Broege (dairy science with a data science certificate, University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Mike Lancaster Sophomore Merit Scholarships
The Mike Lancaster Scholarship recognizes undergraduate sophomores at a four-year college or university and encourages their pursuit of a career in the dairy industry. It is named in honor of former NDS Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder and Klussendorf winner, Mike Lancaster of Washington. One student is recognized at the $1500 level, and five students receive a $1000 award. Kylie Konyn of Escondido, California (dairy science, certificates in agricultural business management and science communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison) receives the top honor. Additional winners are Ben Styer (animal science, dairy production emphasis, University of Minnesota), Megan Ratka (animal science, University of Minnesota), Sara Hagenow (agricultural and food business management, minor in international agriculture, University of Minnesota), Aidan Ainslie (interdisciplinary studies, concentrating in dairy nutrition, Cornell University) and Haven Hileman (animal science, Ohio State University).

NDS / DMI Education & Communication Scholarships
The National Dairy Shrine and Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) established these scholarships to support sophomore and junior level students in a four-year college or university pursuing education or communication careers in the dairy or food-related industries. These awards are open to students majoring in marketing, food science, nutrition (human), public relations, education, social media and communications. The top honoree receives $1500, and four additional winners receive $1000 each. Margaret Molitor of St. Cloud, Minnesota (double major in dairy production and agriculture communications, South Dakota State University) receives the top honor. Additional winners are Jaiden Cain (agribusiness with dairy science minor, Virginia Tech), Luke Borst (agricultural communication and marketing, University of Minnesota), Natalie Roe (dairy science and life sciences communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Madison Sifford (dairy science and communications, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University).

NDS / DMI Milk Marketing & Dairy Products Scholarships
Similar to the Education and Communication Scholarships, DMI and the Dairy Shrine support sophomore and junior-level students in a four-year college or university with these awards. The Milk Marketing and Dairy Products Scholarships encourage students to pursue careers in the marketing of milk or dairy products, dairy product development, quality control, nutrition or related roles in the dairy and food industries. One student is recognized at the $1500
level, with three additional recipients at the $1000 level. The $1500 honoree is Eliza Endres of Waunakee, Wisconsin (agricultural and food business management, minors in marketing and agricultural and environmental science communication, University of Minnesota). The three $1000 winners are Madeline Denlinger (food science, Pennsylvania State University), Ashlyn Sarbacker (dairy science with an emphasis on agriculture business, University of Wisconsin-Platteville), Libby Swatling (animal science, dairy management, Cornell University) and Raegan Kime (agriculture and rural policy studies, Iowa State University).

Maurice Core Scholarships
The friends of Maurice Core, longtime Executive Secretary of the American Jersey Cattle Association and former Dairy Shrine Secretary/Executive Director donated the funds for these awards. This year, the Maurice Core Scholarships recognize six freshman level college or university students majoring in dairy or animal science, or an industry-related field. Receiving $1000 each are Clarissa Ulness (dairy science, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Hayley Daubert (dairy manufacturing, South Dakota State University), Regan Jackson (nutrition and food science, minor in biology, Louisiana State University), Delana Erbsen (dairy science, minor in genetics, Iowa State University), Madelyn Hoffman (animal science, Cornell University) and Laken DuRussel (animal science, Michigan State University).

Marshall McCullough Communications Scholarships
Marshall McCullough was a respected nutrition researcher, educator and journalist from Georgia. These scholarships are given, in his memory, to freshmen majoring in agricultural journalism or communications at a four-year college or university. Three students receive $1000 awards this year: Lauren Breunig (life sciences communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison), Jordan Anderson (agriculture communications, University of Wyoming) and Makenzie Alberts (agriculture communications and leadership, minor in dairy industry, public relations, leadership and management of nonprofit organizations, South Dakota State University).

Iager Scholarships
The Charles Iager family of Fulton, MD donated the funds that established these scholarships. This year, the Iager Scholarship is given to two second-year students in two-year agricultural schools, majoring in animal or dairy science, based on academic standing, leadership, interest in the dairy industry and future plans. Samuel Mess (agribusiness science and technology – animal science, Fox Valley Technical College) and Naomi Scott (agricultural science, Kaskaskia) win $1000 each.

Cari and Larry Wolfe Receive Meritorious Service Award from National Jersey Organizations

The American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc. recognized Cari and Larry Wolfe, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, with the 2023 Award for Meritorious Service on June 24 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

The Meritorious Service Award is given annually to those who, according to the Board of Directors of the national Jersey organizations, have contributed to the advancement of the Jersey breed and their owner’s livelihood. These contributions may be through research, education, development, marketing, or other significant activities related to the dairy industry.

Cari Wolfe
Cari Wolfe has had a long relationship with the national Jersey organizations, 40 years to be exact. Cari worked hard with the important role of a genetics tactician.

She improved cattle genetics and in turn also improved productivity and profitability. Cari was also a teacher and collaborator. She helped industry partners update tools and educated breeders on how to apply them to reach and set new goals. Some of these big-name partners include the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory, the National Association of Animal Breeders, the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding, and a range of dairy research universities.

Though she held various positions and wore many hats, Cari’s most impactful role was as genetics tactician. She worked with purpose, and a mission to develop science-based tools to improve genetics and, through them, the productivity and profitability of the Jersey cow.

As genetic improvement coordinator, and then director of research and genetic program development, Cari guided Jersey leaders as they adopted policies and set goals. She helped staff and industry partners develop and update genetic tools and educated Jersey breeders on how to apply them. Cari was the face of Jersey for collaborative work with high-level allied industry partners like USDA’s Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL) and its Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory, which merged in 2014 to become the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory; the National Association of Animal Breeders; the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding; DHI; and a host of dairy research universities.

In her research advisory role, Cari directed Jersey-specific research through competitive grants awarded by the board. Often the work positioned the Jersey breed to advance. Arguably, the most impactful was the 2005 grant awarded to Curtis P. Van Tassell and Tad S. Sonstegard of USDA’s Agriculture Research Service to characterize genetic markers in dairy cattle based on SNP information. The project laid the groundwork that enabled official Genomic Predicted Transmitting Abilities for just two breeds initially—Jersey and Holstein—in January 2009.

Her love of the breed shines through in other areas of her life in addition to her profession. She came from a line of Jersey fans and has served on multiple committees within the industry and always made sure the Jersey breed was considered.

“If there has ever been a person who loved the Jersey cow more than Cari Wolfe, I don’t know where to find them,” wrote Dr. H Duane Norman, a research geneticist for USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and collaborator with Cari.

Larry Wolfe
Larry also played an important role in the Jersey industry for many years. Larry was a programmer and is to thank for the data-based tools that have improved the national Jersey organizations.

Dr. John C. Wilk, Raleigh N.C., professor emeritus at North Carolina State University and recipient of the 1988 AJCC Distinguished Service Award highlights the stage at which technology is in at the start of Larry’s career. Personal computers were still new. He ran with the potential of this technology and bettered the work of breeders with it. Due to Larry and his team’s hard work, breeders can now register their animals alone and online, and access documents such as Green Book. The association was also the first of its kind to offer programs such as a computerized mating program, free performance progeny reports, and a real-time sire sorting tool because of Larry and his team.

Larry came from a large family and always had an involvement with cattle. He grew up with Brown Swiss, participated in 4-H and FFA, and later managed several large dairy farms. He then went on to be a bull herdsman and conducted training schools for Illini Sire Service. Through all his work, he learned the importance of data. Everything started coming together in the early 80s while he was working for Bush River Jerseys and studying computer programming. This is also around the time when he met his future wife, Cari Weinberg.

After graduating, he hit the ground running and took on an internship at the Dairy Records Processing Center where he was exposed to information systems specifically designed to help farmers. He took on big projects that came with challenges. One of these challenges was to keep up with the world around him. Technology was quickly changing, and so were the needs of the Jerseys and breeders.

Only nine years into his profession, and Larry because one of the creators of a tool breeders use today, infoJersey.com. Breeders are now able to do business wherever and whenever they want. Like Cari, Larry also partnered with some big names including DRPCs, Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory, the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding, and the National Association of Animal Breeders. Communication with these partners was an important part of his job. He also communicated with smaller names.

He worked with these appraisers, area representatives, and helped generations of programmers understand what needs to be done to improve the programs that are only around because of him.

One of his last advancements came at the close of his career. He created an upgrade that included servers, firewall, network switches, backups and accounting and database software. After the upgrade was put into effect, he passed his responsibilities onto Philip Cleary in March 2022.

David King Receives Young Jersey Breeder Award

David King, Fremont, Ohio, was awarded with the 2023 Young Jersey Breeder Award by The American Jersey Cattle Association on June 21 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

The Young Jersey Breeder Award is presented to individuals or couples who are at least 28 years old and under the age of 40 on January 1 of the year nominated, who merit recognition for their expertise in dairy farming, breeding Jersey cattle, participation in programs of the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey Inc., and leadership in Jersey and other dairy and agriculture organizations.

David King is a fourth-generation farmer at Jer-Bel Farms in Fremont Ohio. After graduating from Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in 2011, he brought his knowledge back to his family farm.

Along with a new education, the farm also saw new technology in 2014. Two Lely A4 robots are responsible for milking King’s 380-cow Registered Jersey herd. These robots replaced the farm’s 42-stall tie stall barn to keep up with King’s needs.

Jel-Bel Farms is a name that is known across the industry. At the end of 2022, the herd was producing 17,962 lbs. of milk, 842 lbs. of fat, 656 lbs. of protein on average from 167 cows. On top of these impressive production numbers, the family’s herd has also won awards. There have been 10 cows who have been recognized as Hall of Fame Production cows. These cows have then gone on to have powerful families. One example is Jer-Bel Bancroft Adeline, Excellent-92% who produced 7JE1769 Jer-Bel Maldini Archie. In 2020, “Archie” was the #1 Genomic Young Sire. To market these animals, the family utilizes IVF. There are currently 10 Jer-Bel bred females part of the Top 1.5% with the highest sitting at the 17th rank.

When King is not busy with his farm chores, he fills his time with industry related extracurricular activities. He grew up as a member of 4-H and FFA and continues his involvement by showing animals at the county, district, and state level. He once exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Cow at the Ohio State Spring Dairy Expo. King has also spent his time as an active dairy cattle evaluator. At the farm, King hosts various dairy judging teams to help them prepare for their competitions. Education is also important to the family, so they host tourist groups to educate the public on the industry and the daily life of dairy farmers.

Ferry Family Recognized with Master Breeder Award for Excellence in Breeding

The esteemed Ferry family, known for their exceptional contributions to the dairy industry, has been honored with the prestigious Master Breeder Award. This esteemed recognition celebrates their unwavering commitment to breeding excellence and their significant impact on the Jersey cattle breed. The Ferry family’s dedication to producing high-quality Jersey cattle has earned them a well-deserved place among the industry’s most accomplished breeders.

The Master Breeder Award: The Master Breeder Award, bestowed by the dairy community, is a testament to the Ferry family’s outstanding breeding practices and their long-standing success in raising exceptional Jersey cattle. This accolade recognizes their exceptional breeding program, which has consistently produced animals of superior genetic merit and conformation. The award also acknowledges their role as mentors and leaders within the dairy industry, inspiring future generations of breeders.

Excellence in Breeding: The Ferry family’s commitment to excellence in breeding has been evident throughout their distinguished career. Their meticulous selection of Jersey cattle, focused on improving desirable traits such as milk production, conformation, and longevity, has led to the development of a remarkable herd. By employing advanced breeding techniques and leveraging genetic advancements, they have consistently elevated the quality and performance of their animals, making a significant impact on the Jersey breed’s genetic progress.

A Legacy of Success: The Ferry family’s journey as breeders spans multiple generations, with each member contributing their expertise and passion to the success of their breeding program. Their commitment to preserving and enhancing the characteristics of the Jersey breed has garnered widespread recognition and respect within the dairy community. The Master Breeder Award serves as a testament to their dedication, knowledge, and hard work, which have shaped their legacy as leading breeders in the industry.

Inspiring Future Generations: Beyond their own achievements, the Ferry family has actively mentored and shared their knowledge with aspiring breeders, contributing to the continuous improvement of the Jersey breed. Through their involvement in breed associations, participation in industry events, and willingness to share their experiences, they have inspired and guided countless individuals who aspire to excel in the field of dairy breeding.

The Master Breeder Award bestowed upon the Ferry family honors their remarkable contributions to the dairy industry and their exceptional achievements in breeding high-quality Jersey cattle. Their commitment to excellence, coupled with their dedication to preserving and improving the breed, has left an indelible mark on the Jersey cattle industry. As they continue to inspire future generations of breeders, the Ferry family’s legacy will undoubtedly endure, shaping the future of dairy breeding for years to come.

Jersey Distinguished Service Award Presented to James S. Huffard

James S. Huffard III, Crockett, Va., received the Distinguished Service Award of the American Jersey Cattle Association on June 24, 2023 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented by the Board of Directors to as many living AJCA members and/or members’ families, who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, have rendered outstanding and unselfish service for many years and thereby made a notable contribution to the advancement of the Jersey breed in the United States.

During his time in the dairy industry, James has taken on a variety of responsibilities including leadership positions, developing genetics, marketing products, and creating friendships and mentorships with other breeders. The Huffard Dairy Farm has been operating under the slogan “Production-Pure Genetics Since 1929” for almost 100 years. The land and farm have been in the family for over 200 years and is recognized as a Century Farm by the Virginia Department of Agriculture. Due to this, it is no surprise that James has been surrounded by the Jersey breed his whole life.

 

After graduating from Virginia Tech, he began dairying full time with his father. He also stays busy as co-owner of Duchess Dairy Products and operating his own nutrition consulting company, Rationale Inc.

James has had a passion for breeding programs, but he is so much more than just that. Jeff Ziegler, Ostrander, Ohio, vice president dairy cattle breeding at Select Sires, Inc comments on James’s willingness to step up and be a leader. He has demonstrated this by supporting the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey, Inc., in leadership positions. James served on the AJCA Board of Directors from 1988 to 1994 and then became president from 2001 to 2004. During his time on the board, he was the chair of the Breed Improvement Committee and helped develop the Functional Trait Index.

 

He has also served on the NAJ board as vice president since 2009 and serves as the NAJ finance chair and member of the Joint Operations Committee. He also currently serves as the technical advisor on the Type Advisory Committee and is a member of the AJCC Research Advisory Committee and the Investment Advisory Committee. In the early 2000s, he chaired the Vision 21 Committee and was a founding member and former president of Dixieland Jersey Sires Inc. These are just a few from the long list of his involvement and contributions to the Jersey industry.

The positions he has held in the past and present are all proof that he not only cares about the Jersey breed, but the industry as a whole. In addition to positions within the Jersey breed, he is also active within his Virginia community. He is a board member for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and supported education in agriculture when he was the chair of Agricultural Business Technology Advisory Committee of Wytheville Community College.

 

James has been recognized on the local, national, and international levels for his involvement. In 1982 he received the American Jersey Cattle Club Young Jersey Breeder Award. The next year he received the Outstanding Young Farmer Award and in 1986 he was given the Virginia Tech William M. Etgen Outstanding Alumnus Award. His next achievement was in 2008 when he received the AJCA Master Breeder award. He continued to be recognized with awards into 2014 with the World Dairy Expo’s Dairyman of the Year award, and into today with this Distinguished Service Award.

 

American Jersey Cattle Association was organized in 1868 to improve and promote the Jersey breed. Since 1957, National All-Jersey Inc. has served Jersey owners by promoting the increased production and sale of Jersey milk and milk products. For more information on its programs and services, visit www.USJersey.com or call 614/861-3636.

AJCA Names Distinguished Service Award

James S. Huffard III, Crockett, Va., received the Distinguished Service Award of the American Jersey Cattle Association on June 24, 2023 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

 

The Distinguished Service Award is presented by the Board of Directors to as many living AJCA members and/or members’ families, who, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, have rendered outstanding and unselfish service for many years and thereby made a notable contribution to the advancement of the Jersey breed in the United States.

 

During his time in the dairy industry, James has taken on a variety of responsibilities including leadership positions, developing genetics, marketing products, and creating friendships and mentorships with other breeders. The Huffard Dairy Farm has been operating under the slogan “Production-Pure Genetics Since 1929” for almost 100 years. The land and farm have been in the family for over 200 years and is recognized as a Century Farm by the Virginia Department of Agriculture. Due to this, it is no surprise that James has been surrounded by the Jersey breed his whole life. 

 

After graduating from Virginia Tech, he began dairying full time with his father. He also stays busy as co-owner of Duchess Dairy Products and operating his own nutrition consulting company, Rationale Inc. 

 

James has had a passion for breeding programs, but he is so much more than just that. Jeff Ziegler, Ostrander, Ohio, vice president dairy cattle breeding at Select Sires, Inc comments on James’s willingness to step up and be a leader. He has demonstrated this by supporting the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey, Inc., in leadership positions. James served on the AJCA Board of Directors from 1988 to 1994 and then became president from 2001 to 2004. During his time on the board, he was the chair of the Breed Improvement Committee and helped develop the Functional Trait Index.
 
He has also served on the NAJ board as vice president since 2009 and serves as the NAJ finance chair and member of the Joint Operations Committee. He also currently serves as the technical advisor on the Type Advisory Committee and is a member of the AJCC Research Advisory Committee and the Investment Advisory Committee. In the early 2000s, he chaired the Vision 21 Committee and was a founding member and former president of Dixieland Jersey Sires Inc. These are just a few from the long list of his involvement and contributions to the Jersey industry. 

 

The positions he has held in the past and present are all proof that he not only cares about the Jersey breed, but the industry as a whole. In addition to positions within the Jersey breed, he is also active within his Virginia community. He is a board member for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and supported education in agriculture when he was the chair of Agricultural Business Technology Advisory Committee of Wytheville Community College. 

 

James has been recognized on the local, national, and international levels for his involvement. In 1982 he received the American Jersey Cattle Club Young Jersey Breeder Award. The next year he received the Outstanding Young Farmer Award and in 1986 he was given the Virginia Tech William M. Etgen Outstanding Alumnus Award. His next achievement was in 2008 when he received the AJCA Master Breeder award. He continued to be recognized with awards into 2014 with the World Dairy Expo’s Dairyman of the Year award, and into today with this Distinguished Service Award. 

 

Walter Owens Receives Distinguished Service Award from AJCA

Walter Owens, Frederic, Wis., was awarded with the 2023 Distinguished Service Award by The American Jersey Cattle Association on June 24 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

 

The Distinguished Service Award is presented by the Board of Directors to as many living AJCA members and/ or members’ families, who, in their opinion have rendered outstanding and unselfish service for many years and thereby made a notable contribution to the advancement of the Jersey breed in the United States.

 

Walter’s biggest support has been as an advocate of the NAJ Equity Program and participation in REAP since its inception. Another one of his roles within the dairy industry was in 2011 when he was the co-chair of the National Heifer Sale the last time the AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings were in Wisconsin. Owens Farms Inc. donated a heifer for the all-donation sale that benefited the Jersey Youth Academy program. This year for the 2023 meeting, Walter has stepped up as a co-chair of the event.

 

In addition to supporting these individual events and programs, Walter has also supported the association as a whole. From 2012-2019, he has served on the AJCA board and jumped from many roles including vice president as one of them. As of 2019, Walter has been sitting on the NAJ board on the Investment Advisory Committee and will be serving as the chair of the Junior Activity Committee for the All American Show and events in Louisville, Ky., for 2023. 

 

Water has also shown support for the Jersey breed higher than the AJCA level. He has had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to speak to congressional representatives where he lobbied, educated, and talked about possible solutions to problems facing dairy farmers. He has also been a member and on boards where he was elected to high positions including being president of the Wisconsin Jersey Breeders Association. From a young age, Walter had an interest in evaluating. He has participated in 4-H and collegiate dairy judging and coached the Polk County Dairy Judging team for 37 years. In this time, he took his team to 10 nationally recognized competitions. 

 

The care and support coming from Walter does not stop with the AJCA. It continues to the love he has for his family and herd. Walter’s personality is one that lights up any room he is in. He is described as caring, inviting, and always up for a good joke. With this attitude paired with his love for the Jersey breed, it is no surprise why Walter was recognized. He has acted as a mentor to others within the industry and has always given thoughtful advice and compassion to others. 

 

Walter learned this way of life from his father, a previous Distinguished Service Award winner in 1997. Walter grew up on Sunny Slope Jersey Farm owned by his parents. After earning a Degree in Animal Science from Wisconsin-River Falls in 1979, Walter returned to the farm and changed it to Owens Farm Inc. with hopes of expanding. His success in this plan can be seen through his 2022 numbers. The herd average of 21,283 lbs. of milk, 1,082 lbs. of fat, and 824 lbs. of protein on an m.e. basis on 692 lactations. 

 

He and Joyce received the 1989 AJCA Young Jersey Breeder Award, the same award all his children have also received. In 2019, Walter and his brothers, Wilfred, and Roger, were awarded the AJCA Master Breeder Award. 

 

As previously stated, family is a big priority to Walter. His greatest supporter has been Joyce, his wife since 1983. Together they have had three children, Brendon, Jeff, and Michelle, who are all shareholders and work on the family farm. His grandchildren, Marissa, April, Cole, Lane, and Callie, also have a hand in the family business and he could not be prouder. 

 

The Owens family has also taken the opportunity to be the ones handing out awards. Walter and his wife created the Walter and Joyce Owens Family Scholarship in 2019. This scholarship has already allowed two past recipients to go on and continue their passion for the industry through opportunities they otherwise would not have.

 

Phillip and Sue Ferry AJCA 2023 Master Breeder Award Winners

Phillip “Flip” and Sue Ferry, Johnstown, N.Y., were awarded 2023 Master Breeder Award by The American Jersey Cattle Association on June 24 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

The Master Breeder Award is bestowed annually to a living AJCA member, family, partnership, or corporation that, in the opinion of the Board of Directors, has bred outstanding animals for many years and thereby made a notable contribution to the advancement of the Jersey breed in the United States.

Since the mid-1960s, the Ferry’s have been building a great reputation for breeding type and production cows. Their decade-long resume is quite impressive, which includes breeding 137 Excellent cows from their small herd of just 60 head. This also includes one 96-point cow and three 95-point cows. “Very few breeders can point to 137 Excellent cows,” commented John Ferry, D.V.M., of Milk Street Dairy, LLC. “Far fewer can point to 137 Excellent cows that are also high producers.”

Dreamroad’s breeding decisions and pedigree lines have garnered the attention of many across New York, the nation and the globe, resulting in sales to 16 domestic states and two foreign countries. Success of these cattle have continued with Flip’s motto to breed high-production cows who are also win within the show ring. This way of thinking was greatly admired by his peers.

“The Ferry family has always had a great group of production cows who could show,” commented Moira Tierney Poitras, Brimfield, Mass., in a letter of support. “Although “Flip and Sue started from very meager beginnings, they have taken a start from nothing and turned it into something very special.”

In their small, but mighty herd of 60 Jerseys, Dreamroad’s breeding objectives have proven to be incredibly successful, especially noting that over half of their producing herd is appraised Excellent-90% or higher. Of the 31 Jerseys that are categorized as such, there are a handful that standout due to their exceptional production records, show ring appeal and impressive appraisal scores.

Flip grew up loving dairy. He has shown Jerseys competitively on a local, regional, and state level. He then decided to study dairy science at Cornell University. It was around this time that he met Sue, his soon to be wife. She was not familiar with the farm lifestyle, so the early mornings and late nights took her by surprise. She did not let this change turn her away. She quickly fell into place and familiarized herself with the farm and chores.

In 1981 the couple placed a small herd of jerseys on a piece of land they bought it Adams Center N.Y. Later on, they both took on roles as herd managers at Dream Street, a Holstein farm in Walton N.Y. that is nationally known. Flip and Sue enjoyed their time on this farm and value the lessons and relationships they have gained along the way. After their time at Dream Street came to an end, they worked as herd managers in New York’s Hudson Valley and Finger Lake regions.

Christine Sheesley Rozler of Potsdam, N.Y., owner and operator at Cowbell Acres, shared her perspective on the breeding objectives of Dreamroad in her letter of support, “Flip and Sue made many breeding decisions early on based on the semen they could afford, but they were quite picky. Flip wasn’t about to use the ‘trendy’ show bulls. He wanted boatloads of milk out of his cows, high components, beautiful udders and good feet and legs.”

John Ferry wonders how to define a Master Breeder. After thinking it over, he decides it is someone who achieves extraordinary results with ordinary input and loves the Jersey Breed. It is clear to see Flip and Sue both meet these criteria. 

Luttropp Family Named National Dairy Shrine Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder

The Dairy Shrine presents the honor of Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder to the Jerry and Phyllis Luttropp family of Lost-Elm Farm, Berlin, WI.

The Luttropp family earned this annual award as a progressive dairy breeder who excels in managing their dairy herd based on sound genetic and business principles. Jerry and Phyllis initiated Lost-Elm Farm upon Jerry’s return home from Vietnam in 1972 where Jerry earned the Bronze Star Medal for Heroism as an Army Sergeant. Jerry purchased some Ayrshire calves from his father, and the pair purchased some Holstein cows from Phyllis’s father. They built their herd up to 70 registered All-American milking Holsteins. Over the last four decades, Lost-Elm Farm has been home to four breeds. The first Brown Swiss entered the herd as a 4-H project, sparking the transition to all Brown Swiss. Their son Jason currently manages the herd, which he has shifted to primarily home-bred, All-American, production and index leading Jerseys.

Jerry and Phyllis’s children are Jeff, Jason, Jodi and the late William. The family’s dedication to the dairy industry is evident in the educational paths they chose. Jeff and Jason attended UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course, and Jodi studied Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication at UW-Madison. The family can claim a myriad of accolades across the global dairy industry as well as within their local community. Jerry is a lifetime 4-H leader and coached the Berlin FFA judging team to a win in the national judging contest. Some of the committees he served include the Wisconsin Holstein Association Sale Committee and the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Association board of directors. Over the years, he also achieved countless recognitions both for the farm and individually. Phyllis volunteers at the Berlin hospital, and the couple has also served the town of Aurora. Jeff won his state FFA degree in dairy proficiency. Both Jeff and Jodi found success in the showring in showmanship and with the family’s award-winning show herd.

Lost-Elm Farm has been named Premier Breeder eight times and earned several Champion and All-American honors at shows across the country. They’ve owned over 106 Excellent Jerseys, 54 Excellent Brown Swiss and 28 Excellent Holsteins – a large percentage of which have been home bred. They built their legacy by connecting with other successful and established herds and making key, strategic purchases which would disseminate excellent genetics throughout their herd. Notable cows they developed in the early ‘80’s include LOST-ELM ROCKETS BINGO and LOST-ELM BOOTMAKER JOY. More recently, LOST-ELM COLTON SATURN EX-95 has earned recognition at the Wisconsin Summer Championship Show and World Dairy Expo. LOST-ELM PRELUDE PIXY-ET 2E 92, LOST-ELM GLAMOUR and LOST-ELM ROCKETS BINGO are a few more of the Luttropps’ prominent homebred cattle. The Luttropps’ early leap into ET technology allowed them to make 48 bulls in three breeds for sampling in AI, and to complete numerous embryo export orders. ET calves helped grow the genetic progress of the herd and expand domestic marketing opportunities. Because each breed has its own unique differences and marketing opportunities, as the breeds in the herd have changed, so has the breeding philosophy. The program has shifted from a focus on dairy strength with the index system to showring type and longevity. One constant throughout the years and various breeds has been a focus on cow families. Many of the Jersey cows in the barn today are backed by 10 or more generations of Excellents. In 2021, 38 Lost-Elm Jerseys classified Excellent – and 32 of them were homebred. The current average classification score on their herd of Jerseys is over 90 points.

Kristin Paul, Director of Field Services for the American Jersey Cattle Association says, “While the cows are great, the best part of working with Lost-Elm is the people. I have always appreciated the honesty and integrity of their family. Jerry and Jason are thorough, accurate and fair in everything they do. They are diligent and work hard to achieve and surpass their goals but are very humble in the process.” Kevin Jorgensen, Senior Holstein Sire Analyst adds, “Some of the best breeders take one breed and make that their life’s work, but there are a few that can excel at multiple breeds and be at the top of all of them. That would describe the Luttropps at Lost-Elm.

The Luttropps will receive the Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder award at Dairy Shrine’s Awards Banquet on Monday, October 2nd in Madison, Wisconsin. Their portrait will then be displayed in National Dairy Shrine’s Dairy Hall of Fame and Museum in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. For more information about Dairy Shrine, the banquet or this year’s award winners, please contact Dairy Shrine at info@dairyshrine.org or visit their website at www.dairyshrine.org.

 

John Marshman Receives HAUSA’s Distinguished Leadership Award

John Marshman has been selected as Holstein Association USA’s 2023 Distinguished Leadership award recipient. A dairy farmer from Oxford, New York, Marshman has served extensively in local, state, and national agricultural groups throughout the years.

“John Marshman quietly leads by example with integrity, honesty, humility, perseverance and determination,” says Patsy Gifford, New York Holstein Association co-executive manager. She adds that Marshman has used his sharp, number crunching mind to guide the New York Holstein Association as a member of the finance committee for almost 20 years.

Serving on the Holstein Association USA Board of Directors from 2015 to 2022, John was appointed to the Audit committee for his entire tenure on the board. His fellow board members say he could be counted on for well thought out and researched recommendations.

“Servant leadership is prioritizing the team and organization above oneself for the greater good,” fellow board member Peter Dueppengiesser says. “It is often talked about, but in John Marshman, I witnessed it being lived out in many ways.”

Marshman’s passion for the dairy industry was evident from a young age, and he was a Distinguished Junior Member finalist in 1985. He studied animal science at Cornell University, where he was a member of the dairy judging team. He went on to graduate from the university’s dairy executive program as well. Soon after, John and his brother, David, took the reins at Marshman Farms. Today they care for 420 milking cows and 400 young stock. Early adopters of polled genetics with a passion for Red and White Holsteins, the family’s Tiger-Lily prefix is recognized around the world for elite Red and White polled genetics.

True to his nature, John says that, above all, family is the cornerstone of progress. His daughter, Lily, and wife, Sheila, are major supporters of his well-being and life. Known as a man whose personality is as humble as it is noteworthy, John says he is beyond honored to receive the Distinguished Leadership Award.

“I’ve never thought of myself as leading the charge. I am more of the type who does the supporting,” he says. “It’s overwhelming to realize that others think of me in the same vein as those who were previously been honored. It’s a prestigious award, and I appreciate it.”

About the Award

The Distinguished Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has made a career of providing outstanding and unselfish leadership for the betterment of the dairy industry. John Marshman will be recognized with this honor during the 2023 National Holstein Convention in Lexington, Kentucky.

First Generation Farmer to Receive 2023 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder Award

The 2023 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder followed an unconventional path to his career as a dairy farmer. Growing up in town, Ty Etgen always jumped at the chance to spend time on his friends’ farms. Today, he’s living out his dream as a successful Registered Holstein® breeder and dairy farmer.

Holstein Association USA is thrilled to recognize Ty Etgen as this year’s Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder. Ty is the sole owner and manager of Etgen-Way, a herd of 100 Registered Holstein cows near Harrod, Ohio. He’s sharing life on the farm with his wife, Heather, and sons Cash and Henry.

“The whole list of Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders is impressive, and to be on that list, it means a lot to me,” Ty shares. “Fifteen years ago, I had nothing, and to be recognized with this award, it’s awesome.”

As a youth, Ty found his way to the dairy industry through jobs on dairy farms and involvement in 4-H and FFA. After high school, he dove into working full time on a dairy farm for a year and a half. Ty then furthered his education with a degree in dairy cattle production and management from Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI). He notes his participation on the dairy judging team and an internship at Air-Osa Dairy in California as key learning experiences during his college years.

After graduating from college, Ty farmed in a partnership for a couple of years before starting a small herd of his own. In spring 2015, Ty and his family broke ground on a new 110 cow barn and double-seven herringbone parlor. Today, he takes on all the primary responsibilities on the dairy, and continuously works to improve his Registered Holstein herd.

The herd at Etgen-Way is milked twice a day and has a rolling herd average of 23,044 pounds of milk, with a 4.0% fat test and a 3.1% protein test. Breeding high-scoring cows is also important to Ty, and in 2022 the herd had a BAA of 111.4.

Ty and Heather, who met while showing dairy cattle, also enjoy competing in the show ring. Whether doing day to day chores or getting ready for a show, Ty says he’s thankful for the work ethic he’s teaching his two young sons. He’s also quick to give credit to the many mentors and friends he’s had in the dairy industry who have helped him pursue his dreams.

“One thing that got me where I am today is, I’ve always been surrounded by great people that challenged me and pushed me on,” Ty says.

About the Award

The Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder award recognizes significant accomplishments of young Registered Holstein breeders for their commitment to preserving the dairy industry and for achieving excellence in their daily lives. Ty Etgen will be recognized on June 25, 2023 during the National Holstein Convention in Lexington, Kentucky. 

HolsteinUSA opens public tech lab to fuel dairy industry innovation

Holstein USA, in collaboration with Western Kentucky University, created the SmartHolstein Lab.

Dairy farmers are driving the drive to enhance on-farm practises and technology. One method is the SmartHolstein Lab, which was established by Holstein USA in collaboration with Western Kentucky University.

“As everyone in the dairy industry progresses, it seems like we’re getting so much more into technology,” said Customer Success Specialist Jenna Williamson. “It should be possible for farmers to make it easier so that there isn’t this constant labour need, and technology and software will basically be at the forefront of the dairy industry.”

At the WKU Agriculture Research and Education Centre, the herd is planned to milk 50 cows with accompanying replacements. The facility has been built as a user-friendly demonstration and development farm to investigate new technologies for collecting novel phenotypic features, such as wearable or indwelling sensors and milk-based biomarkers.
The economic effect of the dairy business in the United States is roughly $794 billion.

According to the latest Economic Impact Report from the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), the US dairy industry has grown significantly over the last two years, adding nearly 60,000 new jobs, increasing average wages by 11%, and increasing its total impact on the US economy by $41 billion.

Pennsylvania Cow Earns Title of 2022 Star of the Breed

The 2022 Star of the Breed is Show-Mar Crush Everyone, owned by Wesley Brantner of Saegertown, Pennsylvania.

Holstein Association USA’s Star of the Breed award is an elite accolade designed to recognize a Registered Holstein® cow with outstanding production and exceptional type. This year’s recipient, Show-Mar Crush Everyone, has eye-catching dairy character, an incredible udder, and impressive milk production. To top it off, her owners say she has the style and personality to match.

Crush Everyone is owned by Wesley Brantner of Saegertown, Pennsylvania. Wesley works on his family’s farm, Show-Mar Holsteins. The 70-cow herd is owned by his parents, Mark and Jelena Brantner. To the Junior Holstein member, the award holds special significance.

“Winning the award means a lot because it shows you are on the right track to better cows,” Wesley explains. “I appreciate that the Star of the Breed award looks at both the way she is classified and the way she’s milking.”

Show-Mar Crush Everyone qualified for the award with her fourth-place finish in the Four-Year-Old cow class at the Northeast Spring National Show in 2022. She has a lifetime production record of 108,990 pounds of milk with 4,165 pounds of fat (3.8%) and 3,421 pounds of protein (3.1%). She’s also classified Excellent 92.

“Crush Everyone has an incredible udder, with a high, wide rear udder, a good tight seam, and it attaches really well,” Wesley shares. “She’s got a lot of style, and is really dairy with a nice pretty head, wide pins, and good feet and legs.”

The 2022 Star of the Breed will be recognized during Holstein Association USA’s 137th Annual Meeting at the 2023 National Holstein Convention in Lexington, Kentucky this summer. To learn more or register for convention, visit www.2023nationalhoslteinconvention.com.

For the full story on Show-Mar Crush Everyone, see the Spring 2023 issue of The Pulse. Select pages, including the Star of the Breed article, are now available online at www.holsteinusa.com under the Latest News tab.

###

 

Holstein Association USA, Inc., provides programs, products and services to dairy producers to enhance genetics and improve profitability — including animal identification and ear tags, genomic testing, mating programs, dairy records processing, classification, communication, consulting services, and Holstein semen.

The Association, headquartered in Brattleboro, VT., represents approximately 25,000 members throughout the United States. To learn more about Registered Holsteins® and the other exciting programs offered by the Holstein Association, visit www.holsteinusa.com, and follow us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

Fourteen-Year-Old Registered Holstein Sets New Lifetime Milk Record

A new U.S. Registered Holstein cow recently broke the record for most lifetime milk. Nor-Bert Colby Connie achieved this incredible feat with her lifetime milk production record of 486,300 pounds through her latest completed lactation. Connie has calved again and is continuing to add to the record total.

Connie has equally impressive numbers for components, with a lifetime record of 27,062 pounds of fat and 17,737 pounds of protein through her last completed lactation. These tremendous fat and protein totals are currently the highest lifetime totals for fat and protein in the Holstein Association USA database.

This new record comes in quick succession to the one set by Chrome-View Charles 3044, who achieved the record earlier this year with a total of 478,200 pounds of lifetime milk, 14,447 pounds of fat, and 12,576 pounds of protein. Having two cows break the lifetime milk production record within a matter of a few months is a testament to all that’s possible with U.S. Registered Holstein cows.

Connie is owned by Nor-Bert Farm in Bremen, Indiana. Roger and Deb Dankert farm alongside their son Jeremy Dankert and daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Monty Freeman. Jennifer and Monty also have three children, Dalton, Dillon and Breanne, who are involved in the multigenerational farm.

The team at Nor-Bert Farm say Connie is a low maintenance cow, who prefers being alone and doing her thing – making lots of high-quality milk. With a classification score of Excellent-94 3E, Connie is easy to pick out in the barn.

“She has open ribs, a big frame, and impressive width, with a really good udder on her,” Jeremy shares. He believes these physical traits, along with good feet and legs, have also had a positive impact on Connie’s ability to produce so much milk. The 14-year-old cow has also achieved Holstein Association USA’s National Elite Performer status.

Connie’s sire is Solid-Gold Colby-ET. The Dankerts say her dam, Nor-Bert Buckeye Christy-ET, was also a good cow with solid production. “Connie’s out of a really milky family that has good records on them,” Jeremy says.

Connie’s granddam, Nordic-Haven Formation Cara, was bought by Nor-Bert Farms many years ago. Cara is also a sister to Nordic-Haven Mtoto Calico, who was a high TPI cow, and the dam of AI bull Nor-Bert Calypso. Connie herself has had nine calves, including four daughters who have been high-producing cows in the Nor-Bert herd.

For many years, the Registered Holstein cow has been known as the most efficient producer of high-quality milk. Nor-Bert Colby Connie has fed an impressive amount of people in her lifetime. These calculations help put her lifetime milk production total into perspective.

Nor-Bert Colby Connie’s 486,300 lifetime milk production record total is equivalent to:

  • 56,547 gallons of milk
  • 904,744 cups of milk
  • 48,630 pounds of cheese1
  • Enough cheese for 129,680 twelve-inch pizzas2
  •  603,168 scoops of ice cream3
  •  22,939 pounds of butter4

Her lifetime milk production total would also feed 10 people for over 80 years, if each person had the daily requirement of 3 servings of milk per day. Connie could also provide the daily dairy requirements for 301,581 people for one day.

Holstein Canada & SEMEX Sponsors Canada’s 2023 Young Breeders School participants

Semex and Holstein Canada are pleased to announce their collaborative support of the 2023 Young Breeders School (YBS).

Held since 1999, YBS is an annual educational event designed to help train young people aged 13-25 regarding the Holstein breed. The three-day training includes courses on animal preparation, nutrition, judging, showmanship, marketing, genetic selection and leadership. Participants stay with families from the host region, fostering cultural understanding and life-long friendships. The event culminates with a multi-day competition in which participants put their learnings into practice, with awards given to top individuals for showmanship, conformation and country.  

This year’s event will be held in Battice, Belgium August 30-September 3.

Congratulations to the individuals who will be representing Canada at the 2023 YBS:

  • Grace Hughes, Atlantic Canada
  • Felix Lemire, Quebec
  • Kolton Crack, Quebec
  • Emma Finch, Ontario
  • Sarah Dean, Ontario
  • Ethan Nienhuis, Western Canada

These individuals were selected through their provinces’ requirements based on individual merit, achievements and experience. If you are interested in applying for YBS in 2024, please contact your provincial Holstein branch.

Honorees of Holstein Canada’s Centennial Award Program are Recognized

The Century of Holstein award recognises Holstein families’ dedication and contribution to our Association through their long-standing membership. If a family’s connection to the Association can be traced back to 100 years of active, continuous membership, it is eligible for this honour. This year, the award will be presented to three (3) different families: the descendants of William McGriskin, who joined in 1923, the descendants of T.O Dolson, who joined in 1919, and the descendants of A.H Poole, who joined in 1922. This incredible accomplishment and long-standing dedication to our Association will be recognised at the Annual General Meeting on April 15.

The century of Holsteins Award:

  • Descendants of William McGriskin
  • Descendants of T.O Dolson
  • Descendants of A.H Poole
 

2023 Jersey Canada Award Recipients

Congratulations to the Jersey Canada award winners for 2023. The Jersey cow and her breeders have a promising future.

Master Breeder
Meadow Lynn Jersey Farms

MEADOW LYNN
The Judd Family
Fred & Sharon/Thomas & Sarah
Simcoe, ON

Constructive Breeders
Daniel & Carine Poirier
CAVA
Lefaivre, ON

Martin Bergeron & Karine Savard
BERGICEL
St-Antoine de Tilly, QC

Ferme Dulet Inc.
DULET
Francis Dumais & Suzanne Ouellet
St. Pascal, QC

Jerry Young Achievers
Thomas & Sarah Judd
MEADOW LYNN
Simcoe, ON

Marie-Christine Fortin & Olivier Marquis
DU SILLON
St-Alexandre-de-Kamaouraska, QC

Bryan & Jenn Weldrick
PERENNIAL
Tavistock, ON

Honorary Life Members 
Laurent Lambert
Marcel Choiniere

Distinguished Service Awards 
Jean Marc Pellerin

Carolyn Van Dorp

Youth of Distinction 
Michael Podschadly 

PODCREST

The awards will be presented at the 2023 Jersey Canada Awards Banquet, which will take place Saturday, April 1st 2023 to wrap up the Jersey Canada AGM weekend in Levis, Quebec.

Halliwell appointed Group Commercial Director at Holstein UK

The Holstein UK Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Halliwell as Group Commercial Director.

As an exciting new position within the company, the appointment of Michael provides the Holstein UK Group with the opportunity to further develop commercial strategies and areas of growth. The Holstein UK Group is at the heart of the UK dairy industry, providing a wide array of services to assist members and customers in breeding profitable, robust and productive dairy cattle. 

The Group includes the Holstein UK breed society which is Europe’s largest independent breed society and has been established for over 110 years, registering over 200,000 animals per year with a membership of over 4,500.  There is also The Cattle Information Service (The CIS), which is a leading provider of milk recording and health testing to farmers throughout GB.  Finally, the National Bovine Data Centre (NBDC) collects, analyses and disseminates data for a wide variety of pedigree dairy and beef breeds, including Type Classification and Genomic information.

Michael has a strong commercial and sales background with a broad network within the industry. He has experience in the genetics field, working with both elite pedigree and highly focused commercial operations which have given him knowledge of various production systems and business models required by the different dairy farming businesses.   Michael spent six years as Business Development Manager for Worldwide Sires and recently has been in the role of Commercial Director for CattleEye Ltd, a tech start-up business. Michael, who joins on 3rd April 2023, will report to CEO Melanie Harmitt and work closely with key heads of departments including Janette Mathie and Dena Snidall, CIS; Meurig James, NBDC and Hannah Williams, Head of Events and Marketing.

Michael Halliwell, Group Commercial Director, says, “I look forward to joining the Holstein UK Group and this is a fantastic career opportunity to utilise my skills and network to shape and implement the commercial strategic objectives. I look forward to further developing the portfolio of products and services across the Holstein UK Group, creating commercial offerings for both the membership and external stakeholders.”

Melanie Harmitt, CEO of Holstein UK Group, adds, “Michael was a highly impressive candidate for the position of Group Commercial Director. His experience and knowledge of the industry, partnered with his commercial background, made him a great fit for the  Holstein UK Group and we’re delighted to welcome him to our team.”

Group Commercial Director appointed at Holstein UK

The Holstein UK Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Halliwell as Group Commercial Director.

As an exciting new position within the company, the appointment of Michael provides the Holstein UK Group with the opportunity to further develop commercial strategies and areas of growth. The Holstein UK Group is at the heart of the UK dairy industry, providing a wide array of services to assist members and customers in breeding profitable, robust and productive dairy cattle. 

The Group includes the Holstein UK breed society which is Europe’s largest independent breed society and has been established for over 110 years, registering over 200,000 animals per year with a membership over 4,500.  There is also The Cattle Information Service (The CIS), which is a leading provider of milk recording and health testing to farmers throughout GB.  Finally, the National Bovine Data Centre (NBDC) collects, analyses and disseminates data for a wide variety of pedigree dairy and beef breeds, including Type Classification and Genomic information.

Michael has a strong commercial and sales background with a broad network within the industry. He has experience in the genetics field, working with both elite pedigree and highly focused commercial operations which have given him knowledge of various production systems and business models required by the different dairy farming businesses.   Michael spent six years as Business Development Manager for Worldwide Sires and recently has been in the role of Commercial Director for CattleEye Ltd, a tech start-up business. Michael, who joins on 3rd April 2023, will report to CEO Melanie Harmitt and work closely with key heads of departments including Janette Mathie and Dena Snidall, CIS; Meurig James, NBDC and Hannah Williams, Head of Events and Marketing.

Michael Halliwell, Group Commercial Director, says, “I look forward to joining the Holstein UK Group and this is a fantastic career opportunity to utilise my skills and network to shape and implement the commercial strategic objectives. I look forward to further developing the portfolio of products and services across the Holstein UK Group, creating commercial offerings for both the membership and external stakeholders.”

Melanie Harmitt, CEO of Holstein UK Group, adds, “Michael was a highly impressive candidate for the position of Group Commercial Director. His experience and knowledge of the industry, partnered with his commercial background, made him a great fit for the  Holstein UK Group and we’re delighted to welcome him to our team.”

Finalists for the Holstein Canada Cow of the Year Award, 2022

Holstein Canada’s annual Cow of the Year competition, which has been running since 1995, aims to recognise elite Canadian cows that have had an impact both domestically and internationally while also being enjoyed by Canadian producers. The four finalists for the 2022 Cow of the Year award are as follows:

Goldwyn Belfast EX-95-3E 17* 7-06 2x 365d Lasenza 42,657 4.0 1689 3.3 1407 (lbs)\s19,349 4.0. 766 3.3. 638 (kgs) (kgs)
All-American and All-Canadian 2014 Junior 2-Year-Old
Belfast Holstein, St. Patrice de Beaurivage, Quebec
“Lasenza has been a special cow to us since her birth,” says Robert Chabot. She is the offspring of a magical cross and comes from a long line of show-stopping performers. She is still active as she approaches the age of 12, and she has distinguished herself through her high productions, exceptional show results, and prolific offspring. Her daughters and granddaughters have won major competitions in six countries. All of her daughters in Canada are 100% GP or better, with 8 EX, 17 VG, and 7 GP.”

Doorman Comestar Lamadona EX-94-2E 21* 5-09 2x 365d 56,799 4.9 2754 3.7 2090 (lbs)\s25,764 4.9 1249 3.7 948 (kgs) (kgs)
HM 2016 All-Canadian Junior 3-Year-Old
Comestar Holstein, Victoriaville, QC, is the owner.
Comtois, Marc: “Internationally known for her numerous show exploits and milk production records, Lamadona continues to influence the breed through your herds with its many sons: LEMAGIC (Semex), LOYALL (Blondin Sires), LATAYO (Semex), and BARLOT” (Semex). She also stands out for her daughters (100%GP+; 3 EX, 24 VG, and 20 more daughters to come), who are following in their mother’s footsteps and expanding the impact of this exceptional family.”

Goldwyn Garondale EX-94-4E 21* 6-00 Conny 2x 365d 40,346 4.3 1715 3.2 1303 (lbs)\s18,301 4.3 778 3.2 591 (kgs) (kgs)
Reserve 2017 All-Quebec Lifetime Production Cow
Ferme Garondale, Saint Denis de la Bouteilliere, Quebec
“Conny deserves your vote because she already has 10 Excellent daughters, including 3 93 points, and is herself EX-94-4E,” says Alain Garon (MS:96). She has an incredible ability to transmit her genetics, as evidenced by the 21 stars she has earned so far. She produced over 101,400 kg in 6 lactations with 4.3%F and 3.4%P. She also had a successful show career, having won Grand Champion at Saint-Pascal in 2017, All-Canadian Nominee, and Tout-Québec Reserve in 2017. Despite her age of 14, Conny is in good health and has incredible mobility for her age!”

Duplex Dion EX-95-5E 3* 8-01 2x 365d Willswikk 36,843 4.6 1695 3.7 1349 (lbs)\s16,712 4.6 769 3.7. 612 (kgs) (kgs)
Vancouver Island’s first junior three-year-old 2014
Wikkshaven Holsteins, Cobble Hill, BC, is the owner.
“Willswikk Duplex Dion should be voted Cow of the Year because she exemplifies longevity, has scored EX 95 5E, has 3 stars, and 7 Excellent daughters,” says Cindy Wikkerink. She completes 6 generations of Excellent homebreds, with a total of 65 stars in those 6 generations. So far in her seven lactations, she has produced 104,300 kg of milk, 4,753 kg of fat, and 3,874 kg of protein. She was named BC’s Cow of the Year in 2020 and is a shining example of what we strive for as breeders of great Canadian cows every day!”

Members of Holstein Canada have until March 13 to vote via your online account or the InfoHolstein magazine voting ballot. The Cow of the Year will be announced at Holstein Canada’s Annual Meeting in Montreal on Saturday, April 15th.

Holstein Association USA 2023 Judges Conference Registration Open

Registration is open for the 2023 Holstein Association USA Judges Conference. This year’s conference will be held on Thursday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in conjunction with the Wisconsin Dairy Showcase in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Judges Conference will start with a classroom session, where topics like why conformation matters, current showring trends, managing a showring, and common dilemmas will be discussed. In the afternoon session, participants will place classes of heifers and cows, hear placings and reasons from fellow participants and officials, and take part in group discussion.

Interested participants can register for the conference on the Holstein Association USA website with a credit card. The pre-registration fee is $50 and late registrants and walk-ins will pay a $100 fee. Pre-registration will close two weeks before the conference, on Thursday, April 13.

Individuals currently on the Holstein Association USA Judges List must attend and receive a satisfactory rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference every five years. Those interested in applying for the list in the future must attend and receive a satisfactory rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference before submitting an application.

If individuals want to participate in the Judges Conference and not receive an official rating, they have the option to do so to gain experience, but will not be eligible to apply for the Judges List.

Participants must be 22 years old by the day of the conference to attend. To register online, visit www.holsteinusa.com/shows/judges_preregister.html. For more information contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200 ext. 4261 or by email.

Send this to a friend