The highest honor presented to a Registered Holstein®cow, Star of the Breed recognizes outstanding performance in the showring and at home on the dairy. Holstein Association USA is delighted to recognize T-Triple-T Platinum-ET as the 2018 Star of the Breed.
T-Triple-T Platinum-ET is owned by Triple-T Holsteins in partnership with Aaron Eaton, Syracuse, N.Y., and Bradley Murphy, Parish, N.Y. Platinum is a mainstay in their show string, and she continually places well in her classes.
Nathan Thomas, one of the Triple-T Holsteins owners, describes Platinum as a true show girl in and out of the barn. “I’ve judged a lot of shows, and I truly believe that really good cows are good every day, not just at the show,” Nathan says. “Platinum is a real easy-going cow — a cow with a good personality. She’s a very balanced dairy cow with a tremendous udder and great feet and legs.”
Platinum is from a sought-after family. The Thomases estimate that 80 percent of their Holstein herd goes back to the T-Triple-T Dundee Paige family. Paige has always been dependable and produced strong, powerful milk cows that consistently do great things. The reach of Platinum’s outstanding genetics spans across the globe. She’s part of a conventional and IVF flush program. The Thomases exported a lot of Platinum’s embryos to Japan when she was a heifer and a two-year-old.
T-Triple-T Platinum-ET will be recognized at the 2019 National Holstein Convention Gala Banquet, June 27, 2019 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Banquet tickets are available by registering online at www.2019holsteinconventionwi.com/register.
Read more about this esteemed cow in the Spring 2019 issue of The Pulse. Select pages of The Pulse are available online at www.holsteinusa.com under the Latest News tab, then click The Pulse.
About the Award
To be eligible for the Star of the Breed award, a cow must place in the top five in her class at a National Holstein Show, be in a herd enrolled in the TriStarSMprogram and have an official classification score. Once the eligible cows are determined, the following calculation is used to determine the award recipient: Combined Mature Equivalent (ME) Fat and Protein + Age Adjusted Classification Score x (Breed Average ME CFP/ Breed Average Age Adjusted Score).
For more information about the Star of the Breed Award, visit www.holsteinusa.com/awards/animals.html.