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The Top 10 Holstein Sires of 2014 That Will Sire the Next World Dairy Expo Grand Champion

top read 14 iconSince 2008 Goldwyn has dominated the show scene in North America.   The great RF Goldwyn Hailey was named Grand Champion of the 2014 Holstein Show. Goldwyn daughters like Butz-Butler Gold Barbara (1st place 4 year old), Brookvilla Goldwyn Brooks (2nd Place Sr 3 year old)and this year’s Junior Champion Comestar Larion Goldwyn all looked great at the show. (Read more: International Holstein Show – World Dairy Expo 2014) Goldwyn’s dominance may not end soon.  But since his semen is in short supply, it is only a matter of time before a new sire takes up the #1 position.  The following at the 10 most likely sires, after Goldwyn of course, to sire the next World Dairy Expo Grand Champion.

10. Fever

Crackholm Fever  TY TD
Goldwyn x Blitz x Mattie

Crackholm Fever  Aug2014

Well if Goldwyn is not going to sire the next Grand Champion, why not one of his sons?  One son with many impressive milking daughters is Fever.  With daughters like Arethusa Fever Almira, 1st place Sr. 2yr old at this year’s World Dairy Expo, and Jacobs Fever Cael, the 3rd place Sr. 2, already carrying the flag for Fever, the chances are he will certainly have some contenders for Grand Champion in a few years’ time.  While only +2.32 for PTAT you may wonder if Fever has enough type to get the job done.  But at +2.99 for stature and +3.07 for rear udder height, Fever is correct in all the right places for the show ring.  He does need protected on his body depth, but if you have a great big framey cow that needs some rear udder and leg improvement, Fever is the sire to get the job done.

9. Jacoby

Cycle Doorman Jacoby-ET  RC TP
Doorman x Gold Chip x Lion King RC

Cycle Doorman Jacoby- aug2014

For those looking to add a little red to the mix there is the highest Red/RC PTAT sire in the world, Jacoby.  With Doorman calves impressing around North America, Jacoby’s no holes linear is sure to deliver the same results.  He is in the top 1% of the breed for Conformation (+16), Mammary System (+14), Dairy Strength (+12) and is an impressive +10 for stature.    For those of you thinking the next grand champion could be a Red cow, why not give Jacoby a shot?

8. Byway

OH-River-Syc Byway-ET  TR TY
Meridian x Atwood x Shottle

Oh-River-Syc Byway Aug2014

While the OH-River prefix may not be well known to most in the show scene, the pedigree behind Byway is certainly well known.  Byway is a Meridian from SANDY-VALLEY ATWD BARBIE VG-87-2yr, Then REGANCREST BRYNNA EX-91 GMD 2* and then the great brood cow REGANCREST-PR BARBIE EX-92 USA DOM GMD 6*.  Combined with that great pedigree, Byway has DGV’s for conformation that are 46% higher than his parent average and is a very impressive +4.45 PTAT.  Look for Byway to sire outstanding mammary systems that have strong attachments that are high and wide.  He will need to be protected on his loin strength as well as his high pins.

7. Attic

Allyndale-I Attic   TY
Goldwyn x Durham x Storm B/R

Allyndale-I Attic aug2014

While at only +3.08 on type and weak median suspensory scores, you may ask “How does attic make the list?”  Sure he is the Goldwyn son of the great type brood cow MD-Delight Durham Atlee-ET EX-92 GMD DOM but the real reason is ….CHARWILL ATTIC MARCY.  Since winning H.M. All-Canadian Milking Yearling in 2012, this great young cow has just gotten better. She was 1st Senior 2-yr-old, Best Udder at the 2013 World Dairy Expo and Royal Winter Fair and this year, milking over a year, she was named 1st Sr 3 year old and Intermediate Champion at Expo.  Sure Attic may only have one shot, Marcy, at siring the next Grand Champion, but she has to be the one of the two non-Goldwyn sired animals in North America most likely to do it.   Attic offers great feet and leg improvement with outstanding bone quality, and will need to be protected on his median suspensory ligament as well as his rear teat placement.

6. Pjp First

Atwood x Bolton x Titanic

Pjp First aug2014

For those of you that are looking to take a flyer on an extreme sire and can get your hands on the semen, Pjp First is a sire worth looking at.  This French sire is extreme in all the right places for show ring success.  He is +4.36 for stature, +4.07 UDC with a +5.90 for rear udder height and +5.43 for rear udder width.  The one area he will certainly need to be protected on is his extreme high pins.  While I know many in the show ring would prefer to not use an unknown cow family Pjp First’s numbers are out of this world and are perfectly suited for show ring success so he at least deserves a closer look.

5. Baird

Four-Hills Clark Baird 4491   TY
Clark B/R x Atwood x Shottle

Four-Hills Clark Baird 4491 aug 2014

While Baird’s sire may not be that familiar, the pedigree behind Baird spells success.  His sire Clark is a Goldwyn son that is +3.49 PTAT,  +4.04 Stature, +4.43 Fore Udder Attachment and +3.61 Rear Udder Width.  His maternal side should need no introduction as his dam is an Atwood daughter of REGANCREST BARBI the EX USA DOM Shottle daughter of REGANCREST-PR BARBIE EX-92 USA DOM GMD 6*.  Baird is tied for the highest genomic values in Canada for conformation (+24).  He is a +4.45 PTAT, +4.94 Stature, +4.22 UDC and +3.54 Body Depth. In fact he is a +13 in Canada for height at Front End and, therefore, his daughters are built to show.  If you believe in genomics, you certainly have to like this sire’s pedigree. There is no question you should at least give Baird a shot.

4. Archrival

Eclipse Atwoods Archrival
Atwood x Shottle x Champion

Eclipse Atwoods Archrival aug2014

At +4.84 PTAT Archrival is the highest type sire in the world.  While his dam may not be well known in North America, his pedigree certainly is.  His 2nd dam is Sherona-Hill Champ Angel VG-89-USA EX-MS 2yr from the 2003 All-American Jr 2 year old Amlaird Lee Alice EX-94-USA.  She is of course the sister to BVK Atwood Abrianna EX-92-USA & Arianna VG-89-USA 2yr from the great MS Kingstead Chief Adeen-ET EX-94-USA 2E DOM and he dam of Atwood, Aftershock, Golden Dream and many more.  Look for Archrival to sire extreme improvement across the board, as he is at +3.00 or more for most type traits.  He will need to be protected on his Rump angle as well as on pin setting.

3. Golddust

Sonnek Golddust-ET   TY
Gold Chip x Damion x Shottle

Sonnek Golddust aug 2014

At +4.51 PTAT, +4.26 UDC, +4.13 Stature, and +3.09 FLC, there is no question that Golddust is going to deliver show winning daughters.  He is from a great cow family that has proven to deliver.  While he is a -.97 for high pins, by show ring standards, this should not be an issue.  He is in the top 1% of the breed for Conformation, Mammary System and Dairy Strength.  He is +11 in Canada for loin strength, making him a great choice for those framey cows that need loin and udder improvement.

2. Brokaw

Mr Atwood Brokaw-ET  TR TY
Atwood x Mac x Durham

Mr Atwood Brokaw aug2014

Since we first highlighted Brokaw when he was released and now, when we are seeing the calves on the ground, we have become more and more impressed with this sire.  (Read more: The 10 Extreme Type Sires Most Likely To Sire the Next World Champion, 7 Sires to Use in Order to Breed the Next World Dairy Expo Champion, The Top 12 Holstein Genomic Young Sires To Use for Maximum Genetic Gain) In an era when it seems that genomic sires come and go quickly or, more accurately, are constantly being surpassed by the new hot sire, Brokaw has been able to stand strong. In Brokaw you combine the two greatest type families in the breed today. On the paternal side you have Atwood and his dam MD-DELIGHT DURHAM ATLEE EX-92-4YR-USA DOM GMD 2*, 2012 Golden Dam Finalist and Reserve Intermediate Champion at Madison in 2005 followed by her grand dam MS Kingstead Chief Adeen EX-94. On the maternal side you have REGANCREST MAC BIKASA VG-87-2YR-USA who is the daughter of REGANCREST-PR BARBIE EX-92-7YR-USA DOM GMD 3*, also a 2012 Golden Dam Finalist. Watch for Brokaw daughters to be extremely tall and have the necessary frame, dairyness and bolted on udders to get the job done. While his rumps may not be ideal for classification, expect them to be bang on when it comes to the show ring, demonstrating the necessary width and boxcar rumps that judges love so much.

1. Atwood

Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood  TR TY
Goldwyn x Durham x Storm B/R

Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood aug2014

While there has been little doubt that Atwood has become the most successful Goldwyn son, the 2014 World Dairy Expo certainly helped his case for becoming the Goldwyn heir apparent.  One need only look at the Junior 3 year old class, where the top 3 animals, Jacobs Atwood Vedette, BVK Atwood Abbie-ET and Windy-Knoll-View Parfait-ET were all sired by Atwood.  Also impressive was the 2nd place Senior 2 Year Old  Lotto Atwood Lizette.  It seems to be just a matter of time before Atwood will take over the crown from this once-in –a-generation sire.   Atwood and his extensive use and consistent transmitting ability will certainly leave the most daughters that will contend with those of his sire Goldwyn. There are so many reasons to choose Atwood. First you have the magic Goldwyn on Durham cross. Then you add in his dam who was the exceptional MD-DELIGHT DURHAM ATLEE EX-92-4YR-USA DOM GMD 2*. Atlee also had extreme conformation herself, winning Reserve Intermediate Champion at Madison in 2005, and going on to be named unanimous ALL-AMERICAN SR.3-YR that year. She comes by it naturally with her grand dam being MS Kingstead Chief Adeen EX-94. Combine that with the greatest type sire of the past half-decade, Goldwyn, and you have yourself an unbeatable show-winning package. Atwood offers the great mammary systems his pedigree would indicate but needs to be protected for flat loins and high pins, much like his sire. While he may not pass his sire in accomplishments, there is no question that Atwood is establishing himself as the heir apparent.


The Bottom Line

From the record attendance at the 2014 World Dairy Expo, to the 50,000 people we have viewed the results on our website, there is no question that the show ring is as popular as ever.  It seems like everyone who has ever exhibited at a local, county or national show has had the dream of winning at Expo.  These 10 are the most likely sires that will help you get that done!


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