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July 2017
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  red bullet Class Changes Coming for the 2018 National Holstein Shows
  red bullet Driver Receives Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship from Holstein Association USA
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Recognizes Thirteen as 2017 Herds of Excellence
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Board Meets in Washington
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Recognizes Jerry Strandlund with the 2017 Distinguished Leadership Award
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Awards Olmar Farms as 2017 Elite Breeder
  red bullet Craig Carncross Honored as Holstein Association USA 2017 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder
  red bullet Six Distinguished Junior Member Finalists Recognized at 2017 National Holstein Convention
  red bullet Holstein Youth Excel During 2017 National Junior Holstein Convention Competitions
June 2017
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  red bullet Holstein Association USA offers Research Grant Program
  red bullet 2017 Holstein Association USA 132nd Annual Meeting and Convention Preview
May 2017
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  red bullet Wisconsin Cow Wins 2016 Holstein Association USA Star of the Breed
April 2017
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  red bullet 2017 Holstein Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists Announced
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Recognizes Young Distinguished Junior Member Finalists
March 2017
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  red bullet Holstein Association USA Hires Regional Sales Representative
  red bullet Applicants Sought for Holstein Association USA Junior Advisory Committee Adult Representatives
  red bullet Holstein USA Member Update Meeting Videos Now Online
February 2017
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  red bullet Holstein Association USA Officially Identifies Record Number of Holstein Cattle
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Judges Conference Registration Now Open
January 2017
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  red bullet Ever-Green-View My Gold-ET Sets National Milk Production Record
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Will Hold Member Update Meeting

Class Changes Coming for the 2018 National Holstein Shows

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 21, 2017- The Holstein Association USA, Inc. board of directors made some progressive moves to update the list of uniform classes for 2018 Fall National Holstein Shows. The Fall Yearling class will be removed and an optional Summer Calf class will be added. The 2017 Fall National Holstein Show classes will remain unchanged.

Fall Shows are defined as the Midwest Fall Show at Minnesota State Fair and those held afterwards, including the Northeast Fall Show in Springfield, Mass., the Eastern Fall Show in Harrisburg, Pa., the Mideast Fall Show in Louisville, Ky., and the International Show at World Dairy Expo.

For junior recognition, transfers must be received by August 1 for animals in the Summer Calf class only. For all other classes, the June 1 junior transfer deadline remains.

"Registered Holsteins have continued to make great strides in profitability, and especially fertility. We feel that Fall Yearlings should be in milking form by the fall show season. Adding a Summer Calf class will offer another opportunity for exhibitors, especially Junior members, to participate in the show," says Show Committee Chairman Mike Jones.

The Uniform Class List can be found in the Holstein Association USA, Inc. annual Show Program. It can be found at, National Shows, then National Show Program. The program also contains rules that National Holstein Shows are expected to follow to maintain that designation. With questions, contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200 ext. 4261, or by email.

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Driver Receives Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship from Holstein Association USA

2017 Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship recipient - Kelly DriverBRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 17, 2017- Kelly Driver, Tully, New York, is the recipient of the 2017 Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship, administered by Holstein Association USA. The $3,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an individual pursuing their Master's degree of Business Administration. Driver is working towards her degree at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.

Driver has been involved in the dairy industry her entire life. In 2009, the New York Junior Holstein Association awarded Kelly as an Honorary Junior Member. She received her Bachelor degree in Agricultural Business-Agricultural Science from the State University of New York at Cobleskill in December 1990. While in college she was involved with the Phi Theta Kappa Collegiate Honor Society. She enjoys volunteering with 4-H and FFA programs across the northeast, serving as a mentor or as an official judge at various competitions. During the 2016 National Holstein Convention, Kelly was the farm tour co-chairman.

"Much of my career to date has been spent in agricultural sales and consulting as family farms grow and diversify to continue feeding the world. An MBA is the next step in my career as it will allow me to build a stronger background in finance and human resources and undoubtedly set me on course to be a stronger resource to the industry I am absolutely passionate about," said Driver.

For the past eleven years, Kelly has worked with ABS Global, Inc., most recently as a District Business Manager of the Northeastern States. In her capacity there, she is responsible for coaching and training sales staff, sales planning, and account and performance management. She also works closely with dairy farmers and the promotion of dairy cattle. Four years ago, Kelly implemented the Northeast Internship Program with ABS Global, Inc.

"As I have begun working on my MBA, I have been utilizing skills learned and implementing them into my career. My background has been working with genetics and farm management practices, and the MBA classes are really stretching and expanding my skill set. As I spend more years working within agribusiness, I believe skills gained in the MBA program will be extremely valuable to help and consult in that process," Driver explained.

The Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship program was established to honor the former Holstein Association USA Executive Secretary at the time of his retirement after 36 years of service. Rumler believed that U.S. agribusiness, including production agriculture, needed and deserved the best trained, most highly qualified leaders that the nation's educational system and practical experience could provide. For more information on the Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship, visit and click on Awards. Applications are due annually on April 15.

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Holstein Association USA Recognizes Thirteen as 2017 Herds of Excellence

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 14, 2017- Holstein Association USA is pleased to award thirteen U.S. Registered Holstein® breeders as 2017 Herd of Excellence recipients. The Herd of Excellence designation was introduced in 2008 to honor dairymen who have bred and managed Holstein cattle that consistently perform at the highest levels.

New for 2017, there are three herd size divisions. Divisions are based on the number of cows included in production averages for each herd. The categories are as follows: 10-99 cows, 100-499 cows, and 500+ cows.

"It is important to be sure that we recognize a diverse set of herd sizes through our Holstein Association USA recognition programs. We are excited to be able to bring attention to Registered Holstein breeders who are achieving truly exceptional performance with their herds under a variety of management styles, and feel that the new award structure meets that objective," said Lindsey Worden, Executive Director of Holstein Genetic Services.

This year's honorees are:

500+ herd size division

  • The Adams Family, Sugar Creek Dairy, Elkhorn, Wis.
    ME Production Averages -32,322M 1,330F 1,004P
    Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 84.7 Homebred: 95%
  • Paul, Theo and Donald Ossmann, Emerald Acres Holsteins, De Pere, Wis.
    ME Production Averages - 31,450M 1,215F 949P
    Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 83.5 Homebred: 93%
  • The Siemers Family, Siemers Holstein Farms Inc., Newton, Wis.
    ME Production Averages - 36,851M 1,376F 1,091P
    Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 85.2 Homebred: 95.9%
  • The Zwald Family, Bomaz Inc., Hammond, Wis.
    ME Production Averages - 32,199M 1,237F 1,023P
    Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 84.6 Homebred: 99%

100 to 499 herd size division

  • The Breunig Family, Mystic Valley Dairy LLC, Sauk City, Wis.
    ME Production Averages - 33,119M 1,291F 994P
    Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 84.9 Homebred: 83.1%
  • The Koester Family, Koester Dairy Inc, Dakota, Ill.
    ME Production Averages - 33,789M 1,311F 1,061P
    Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 84.6 Homebred: 98.5%
  • Daniel J. & Nancy Pagenkopf, Paradise-D Holsteins, Lancaster, Wis.
    ME Production Averages - 32,879M 1,463F 1,007P
    Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 85.3 Homebred: 93.9%
10 to 99 herd size division
  • Robert J. Behnke, Bur-Wall Holsteins, Brooklyn, Wis.
    ME Production Averages - 34,590M 1,268F 1,084P
    Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 88.5 Homebred: 79.7%
  • Joseph A. Brantmeier, Hilrose Holsteins, Sherwood, Wis.
    ME Production Averages - 35,723M 1,285F 1,047P
    Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 88.9 Homebred: 89.5%
  • S. Scott & April D. Cooper, Appealing Holsteins, Delta, Pa.
    ME Production Averages - 34,490M 1,332F 1,024P
    Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 85.8 Homebred: 97.3%
  • Jeffrey A. & Kate Hendrickson, Jeffrey-Way Holsteins, Belleville, Wis.
    ME Production Averages - 34,097M 1,287F 1,071P
    Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 89.2 Homebred: 96.5%
  • Thomas J. Kestell, Ever-Green-View Holsteins LLC, Waldo, Wis.
    ME Production Averages - 39,984M 1,584F 1,218P
    Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 88.3 Homebred: 90.3%
  • Bruce and Brenda Long, B-Long Holsteins, New London, Wis.
    ME Production Averages - 34,865M 1,264F 1,057P
    Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 87.5 Homebred: 100%

To be recognized with this honor, herds must have classified within the last year and have an age-adjusted average classification score of 83 points or higher; have at least 70 percent of the herd homebred; and be enrolled in the Association's TriStarSM production records program. Additionally, qualifying herds must meet the following production criteria:

  • 10 to 99 cows - 25 percent above breed average Mature Equivalent for milk, fat and protein
  • 100 to 499 cows - 20 percent above breed average Mature Equivalent for milk, fat and protein
  • 500+ cows - 15 percent above breed average Mature Equivalent for milk, fat and protein
Read more about these remarkable herds in the Spring 2017 issue of the Holstein Pulse. Select pages of the Pulse are available online at under Latest News, then click on the Holstein Pulse.

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Holstein Association USA Board Meets in Washington

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 13, 2017 - The Holstein Association USA board of directors met June 27-28, 2017 in Bellevue, Washington. President Gordie Cook chaired the meeting held in conjunction with the 132nd Annual Meeting and Convention at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, just outside of Seattle.

The board honored retiring President Gordie Cook of Massachusetts, and Directors Roy Buessing of Kansas and Mike Jones of Indiana. All were formally recognized during a board dinner on June 28th and at the Annual Meeting banquet on July 1st for their leadership and contributions to the Association.

Program activity

Through May 31, 2017, registrations totaled 151,417 Holsteins, up .3 percent compared to 2016. The Association processed 30,397 transfers through the end of May. This is 6 percent higher than the same time last year.

Holstein COMPLETE® enrollment through May stood at 342,077 animals. Participation is up six percent since the first of the year, representing an additional 30,397 cows.

Management reported AgriTech Analytics (ATA) enrollment stood at 956,724 cows through May. This is an increase of 6,533 when compared to the same time last year. Records processed in May reached 933,131, the highest total processed in a month since December 2015.

Committee reports The board heard reports from the Audit, Genetic Advancement, Junior Advisory, International, Legislative Affairs, Show, and Type committees.

The board of directors approved several recommendations made by the Genetic Advancement Committee regarding the Udder Composite, Feet and Legs Composite and TPI® formula. Following is a summary of the approved recommendations, which are targeted for implementation with the August official genetic evaluation:

  • The traits included in the Udder Composite and Feet and Legs Composite have been updated as well as their weighting in the respective formulas, to reflect maximum economic returns. Of note, a negative weighting on
    STA Stature has been added to both of those composites to lower their relationship with stature, in response to concerns from the industry.
  • Several updates will be made to the TPI formula in August, including incorporating the updated composites as noted above. Other notable changes are updating the weighting of Protein, Fat and Feed Efficiency in the formula; adding the trait Cow Livability to the formula and moving some emphasis from Productive Life to Cow Livability; and updating the economic values used in Feed Efficiency to reflect those used in the Cheese Merit index.
  • The name of Body Size Composite will be changed to Body Weight Composite to more accurately reflect what the index is meant to predict. No other changes are being made to that composite other than the name.

More detailed information about these changes will be forthcoming and available on the Holstein Association USA website.

Other board action

Incoming President Boyd Schaufelberger of Illinois led the reorganization meeting of the board on July 1st. The board welcomed newly-elected Vice President Corey Geiger of Wisconsin, returning Directors John Burket of Pennsylvania and Dale Drendel of Illinois, and incoming Directors Steve Moff of Ohio and Dwight Rokey of Kansas. The President and Vice President serve two-year terms and Directors serve three years.

Upcoming meeting

The fall meeting of the HAUSA board of directors will be held in Chicago, Illinois on November 15-16, 2017.

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Holstein Association USA Recognizes Jerry Strandlund with the 2017 Distinguished Leadership Award

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 10, 2017- Jerry Strandlund, Bellingham, Wash. was recognized with the 2017 Distinguished Leadership Award during the 2017 National Holstein Convention banquet on July 1 in Belleuve, Wash. A lifelong servant to the dairy industry, Jerry has devoted a great deal of time and energy to promoting the Holstein breed and providing opportunities for Holstein breeders.

Jerry, born and raised on his parents' dairy farm in Mora, Minn., grew up milking 19 cows. Jerry attended the University of Minnesota and completed the Herdsman Short Course. He continued his undergraduate studies and in 1962 he graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry.

Diligent about broadening his horizons in the purebred dairy industry, he gained insight in the Registered Holstein® business by completing internships with notable herds such as, Carnation, Pinehurst, Pineyhill and Elmwood Farms. After graduating from college, Jerry went to work for Mor-Ayr Ayrshire Farm, where he mated the highest classified Ayrshire ever at that farm.

In 1967, the National Holstein Association hired Jerry as a fieldman. Covering seven Pacific Northwest states, he kept busy traveling between farm visits, shows, sales, and meetings. After moving to Washington, Jerry began working as the marketing manager for All West Breeders. He created a successful marketing campaign by developing the "Family Album" sire directory. He also was instrumental in the "One Jump Ahead" advertisements, a campaign that put All West Breeders on the map and is still used today.

After four years with All West Breeders, Jerry started Bovagraph, a cattle photography business. Jerry merged his cattle photography business with his love of advertising and took over the quarterly newspaper, Northwest Holstein News. Today, Jerry publishes an inclusive directory called the Northwest Holstein Annual which covers the six states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, along with one Canadian providence, British Columbia.

As editor of the Northwest Holstein News for over 40 years, Jerry has been an integral part of many events. His desire for breeders to succeed is evident in each quarterly and annual publication.

During the past 35 years, he hasn't missed a single Western Spring National Holstein Show in Richmond, Utah. He has regularly attended the Washington, Oregon, and Idaho state shows and sales, volunteering his time to photograph the class winners.

Jerry's commitment to the future of the dairy industry and continually lending his time and expertise for the benefit of our industry make him deserving of this honor. By always putting the good of the cause above his own personal benefit, Jerry has ensured his legacy will be lasting.

For more information about Holstein Association USA annual awards, including applications, visit or contact Ashley Mohn at 800.952.5200, ext. 4128 or by email.

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Holstein Association USA Awards Olmar Farms as 2017 Elite Breeder

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 10, 2017- Roger and Floyd Marti and Jill and Brian Nelson of Olmar Farms in Sleepy Eye, Minn. were presented the 2017 Elite Breeder Award during the 2017 National Holstein Convention in Belleuve, Wash. Now in its third generation of family ownership, the Marti family has built a foundation herd breeding and developing superior Registered Holsteins® with an emphasis on the strength of cow families.

Olmar Farms was established in 1944, by Oliver and Verla Marti with the purchase of nine Registered Holsteins as foundation cows from breeders in North and South Dakota. They instilled an appreciation for the Registered Holstein business and dairy farming in their sons, Roger and Floyd, who joined the operation in 1976. In 2002, Roger's daughter Jill, her husband Brian, and their children Isaac, 17, and Joshua, 16, moved home.

"It is our goal to breed beautiful, balanced, profitable cows. Profitability is not measured in one lactation. At Olmar Farms we have always held on to the belief that if one cow can score Excellent and produce over 30,000 pounds of milk or 1,100 pounds of fat and last several lactations, then why can't an entire herd. We pride ourselves in having a cow for anyone. It is because each generation has been working toward the same goal for 72 years that our herd has become known as a place to buy animals with confidence," comments Jill.

The Olmar herd has a rolling herd average of 26,063 pounds of milk, 976 pounds of fat, and 822 pounds of protein. The family maintains a legacy of well-rounded breeding, that hasn't wavered, with attention to three areas: high type, high production and longevity.

Olmar's current BAA is 109.2 on 142 cows. Over time, 233 cows bearing the Olmar prefix classified Excellent, with one at EX-95 and nine more at EX-94. A true breeder herd, Olmar cattle transmit their desirable qualities on to the next generation. To date, 33 Dams of Merit, 61 Gold Medal Dams and one Gold Medal Sire carry the farm's prefix.

Olmar excels at maintaining a balanced performance, being recognized on the Progressive Breeders' Registry for 47 consecutive years. The herd is also known for cattle with outstanding genetic value as a 24-year Progressive Genetics Herd. Olmar Farms sent over 40 bulls into A.I. in the United States and internationally.

The Marti family gives their time freely to numerous organizations. Jill served nine years on the Minnesota Holstein Board and 25 years as a 4-H leader and dairy judging coach. Brian currently serves on the local school board and county dairy board. "Not only can a farm have an influence with their genetics, but also how they give back to the industry. Olmar Farms has a priority with not only taking care of our cows but giving back to the community and industry," states Jill.

For more information about Holstein Association USA annual awards, including applications, visit or contact Ashley Mohn at 800.952.5200, ext. 4128 or by email.

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Craig Carncross Honored as Holstein Association USA 2017 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 10, 2017- Craig Carncross from Lodi, Wis. is the 2017 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder honoree. He was honored during the 2017 National Holstein Convention in Belleuve, Wash. Craig is taking his family's passion for Registered Holsteins® and making his own future with an outstanding herd of cattle. With a progressive attitude, determination, and focus on pedigrees, he has bred and developed a great herd.

From an early age Craig was fascinated with pedigrees, and is now a great student of them. His family had a big interest in developing their passion as it was regularly a part of family conversations. Craig grew up on his parent's Registered Holstein farm in south central Wisconsin. His parents, Worden and Emily, established the Wargo-Acres prefix in the early 1970's and started building their Registered Holstein herd. Since childhood, Craig has been active in the dairy industry. As a youngster, he was a member of his county dairy judging team.

Following graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with his degree in Dairy Science, Craig returned home to join the operation full time. Since then, they have expanded the herd to over 400 Registered Holsteins. Most of the expansion was through internal herd growth, purchasing just 125 animals.

Today, the Carncrosses are milking over 400 cows, three times a day in a double eight herringbone parlor. Their current rolling herd average is 31,660 pounds of milk, 1,205 pounds of fat, and 995 pounds of protein on three times a day milking. Fifty-three of their cows have produced 200,000 pounds of lifetime milk and 11 have produced over 300,000 pounds.

Craig has utilized a variety of Holstein Association USA programs to assist with developing their herd, including Holstein COMPLETE®, EASY IDTM, Sire Summaries and TriStarSM. The herd classifies on a regular basis and has a current BAA of 108.2 with 52 Excellent cows, 165 scored Very Good, and 75 Good Plus.

Since Craig joined the operation, the farm has received Progressive Breeders Registry honors 17 years and earned the Progressive Genetic Herd award seven years. Thirty-nine cows bearing their prefix have obtained Gold Medal Dam recognition, as well as 17 Dams of Merit, and nine cows honored as National Elite Performers.

"First and foremost, our cows must be trouble free, profitable cows. Those cows will make daughters that we can work with. High genomic cows are almost always the most efficient producers as long as they have adequate health characteristics," says Craig.

Craig's attention to detail and pedigrees has helped position Wargo-Acres for a strong future in the Holstein breed. The goal of his breeding program is profitability and longevity, and he breeds for traits that will ultimately lead to long lasting cows. His goal is to have cows score at least 87 points and produce over 150,000 lifetime pounds of milk.

Craig and his wife, Jen, have two children, Evan and Nolan.

For more information about Holstein Association USA annual awards, including applications, visit or contact Ashley Mohn at 800.952.5200, ext. 4128 or by email.

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Six Distinguished Junior Member Finalists Recognized at 2017 National Holstein Convention

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 5, 2017- Holstein Association USA announced six Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) finalists during the National Holstein Convention. The DJM recognition is the highest honor a Holstein Association USA Junior member can receive. The finalists receive annual renewed memberships to Holstein Association USA.

This year's finalists are as follows:

Douglas Boop — Millmont, Pennsylvania

Douglas Boop is the 20-year-old son of Douglas and Jennifer Boop. He works at Heart & Soul Holsteins, his family's dairy, where they milk 42 Registered Holsteins. Douglas enjoys showing cattle at state and national shows. He has received 16 Junior All-American nominations and won Reserve Junior All-American honors twice.

A Junior Holstein member for 13 years, Douglas loves participating in dairy bowl and dairy jeopardy contests. His senior team placed third in the 2016 National Holstein Dairy Bowl contest. "The most vital attribute I owe to the Holstein cow is the opportunity she has given me to be a part of the Junior Holstein Association. The awards, achievements, friendships and connections that I have made have been stepping stones which molded me into who I am today," Douglas states. "I can reflect on my years as a Junior Holstein member knowing that I have been shaped by one of the world's most prestigious breed associations."

Douglas is a senior at the Pennsylvania State University, where he is majoring in animal science with a business option. He is active in the dairy science club, serving on the Nittany Lion Fall Classic Selection Committee. After graduation, he plans to return to their family farm and explore expanding the milking herd.

Emily Irwin — Belvidere, Illinois

Twenty-year-old Emily Irwin grew up on her family's dairy, R-Vision Holsteins, where they milk 70 cows. Her parents are Mark and Melissa Irwin.

One of the most memorable parts of her Junior Holstein career was serving as the 2014 Illinois Holstein Dutchess. "Being Dutchess gave me an opportunity to be a role model for younger Illinois Holstein members," she says. "I also love dairy judging and dairy jeopardy contests. Jeopardy is my favorite since you have to read the question fast and buzz in with the answer right away." Emily has competed in many dairy bowl and dairy jeopardy competitions. Her senior team placed first in the 2015 National Holstein Dairy Bowl contest and she placed second in the 2016 National Holstein Senior Dairy Jeopardy contest.

Irwin received an Associate of Science degree from Kaskaskia College and currently attends Iowa State University majoring in dairy science. She is active in the dairy science club, Collegiate 4-H and a member of the dairy judging team that competed in the 2016 North American International Livestock Exposition. Emily is the teaching assistant for the Dairy Cattle Evaluation course where she organizes practice picture classes and listens to reasons. Upon graduation, she has plans to become a dairy herdsperson or pursue a career in reproduction.

Carley Krull — Lake Mills, Wisconsin

Carley Krull, 19, is the daughter of Cindy Krull-Begeman and the late Brian Krull. At Krull Farms, her family dairy, she is involved with making show heifer decisions and milking their herd of 45 Registered Holsteins.

With a special place in her heart for red and white Holsteins, Carley has been exhibiting at local, state and national shows for over 11 years. Her proudest moment came when she exhibited the Supreme Champion Bred and Owned cow at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair. She is involved in a variety of other Junior Holstein activities including dairy bowl, dairy jeopardy, photography and the Wisconsin Junior Activities Committee, currently serving as the committee's secretary. "Junior Holstein activities provided me with knowledge of the industry, allowed me to create friendships with fellow dairy enthusiasts and has molded me into the person I am today," expresses Carley.

Carley is a sophomore at Iowa State University majoring in dairy science. She is involved with dairy science club, pre-vet club, Ag Ed club and Collegiate FFA. She plans to pursue a career as an embryo transfer veterinarian and hopes to take over the farm and open her own practice one day.

Laura Lesher — Bernville, Pennsylvania

Twenty-year-old Laura Lesher, the daughter of William and Lolly Lesher, enjoys playing an active role on her family's Way-Har Dairy. She works with the calves and heifers, but her favorite activity is managing herd health and making mating decisions, paying special attention to their showstring.

A member of the Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association for 12 years, Laura was the 2016 vice president of the Junior Executive Committee. "The Junior Holstein Association has been an integral part of my life and introduced me to my passion for the dairy industry. Living on a farm, I was able to work with my family and care for those black and white beauties," she says. Laura participated in dairy bowl, public speaking and dairy judging. Recently her collegiate dairy judging team placed fifth at World Dairy Expo.

A senior at the Pennsylvania State University, Laura is majoring in animal science with a minor in agribusiness management. She is actively involved with the dairy science and block and bridle clubs. During the Nittany Lion Fall Classic sale, she served on the sale selection and animal preparation committees. Upon graduation, she hopes to find a herdsperson position, ideally concentrating on genetics. Eventually she hopes to return to the family farm.

Tony Lopes — Gustine, California

Tony Lopes, 21, is the son of Paul and Darlene Lopes. He assists in all herd management decisions on his family's dairy, P and D Dairies, where he and his siblings are the fourth generation. They milk 3,200 cows but he owns and operates Tony L. Lopes Dairy, a herd of 50 Registered Holsteins as a division of his family's dairy. "Though I complete numerous tasks, my main job has been the selection of mating sires, a job I assumed at 12 years of age. Junior Holstein activities have provided me the opportunity to expand my education and learn things outside of my dairy farm classroom," explains Tony.

Tony, a Junior Holstein member for 11 years, has held many leadership and committee positions. At the seven national Conventions he has attended, he has participated in dairy bowl, dairy jeopardy and public speaking contests. He has won all divisions of dairy jeopardy, both divisions of the dairy knowledge exam and led his team to victories in both the Junior and Senior divisions of dairy bowl.

A senior at California Polytechnic University, Tony is earning a bachelor's degree in dairy science with a minor in agribusiness. He was a member of the 2015 Cal Poly dairy judging team and placed seventh individual at North American International Livestock Expo. He is exploring opportunities to pursue a master's degree in business administration.

Austin Schmitt — Rice, Minnesota

Austin Schmitt, 20, is the son of Mark and Natalie Schmitt. He works on his family's farm, Schmitt Dairy, where he and his siblings are the fifth generation, milking 100 head of Registered Holsteins. Austin enjoys working with calf nutrition and vaccination.

A Junior Holstein member for eight years, he is currently the president of the Minnesota Junior Holstein Association. Austin has been active in the dairy bowl and dairy jeopardy contests, placing third with his team in the 2013 National Dairy Bowl competition and enjoys showing at state and national levels.

A senior at University of Minnesota, Austin is majoring in animal science with an emphasis in dairy production and minors in agronomy and agriculture food business management. After graduation, Austin is interested in finding a career as a dairy nutritionist before returning to the family farm. "As I hone my skills in problem solving and nutritional management outside the family farm I am building a stronger foundation for my future," states Austin. "It is my turn to continue the dairy farm tradition as I build my future from my foundation."

The Distinguished Junior Member award honors Junior Holstein members, ages 17 to 21, who have excelled in their Junior project work, involvement on their farm, and in their communities. For more information about the DJM award, visit, or contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or by email.

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Holstein Youth Excel During 2017 National Junior Holstein Convention Competitions

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 5, 2017- Holstein Association USA recognized Junior members in Bellevue, Wash. for their participation in a variety of activities during the 2017 National Holstein Convention. Over 400 Holstein Junior members competed in contests and participated in various other activities. All contests are designed to help youth develop skills that will benefit them in future endeavors, and showcases their talents on a national stage.

Prepared Public Speaking

Broken into three age divisions, 52 youth participated in the prepared public speaking competition. Following are the results from each division.

Junior Division (ages 9 through 13 years)
1st place: Julia Heijkoop, Florida
2nd place: Shelby Sumner, Florida
3rd place: Clancey Krahn, Oregon

Intermediate Division (ages 14 through 17 years)
1st place: Brianna Meyer, Wisconsin
2nd place: Danielle Herrick, New York
3rd place: Gracelyn Krahn, Oregon

Senior Division (ages 18 through 21 years)
1st place: Lora Wright, Missouri
2nd place: Brock Irwin, Illinois
3rd place: Ariel Staffin, New Jersey

Folding Display Contest

Forty entries were submitted in this year's Folding Display competition. Participants create a free-standing display educating people about a dairy industry-related topic of their choice. Youth are divided into three age divisions, and each division has two categories — Scientific and Creative. Junior Holstein members are not required to attend the National Convention to enter a display and compete in this contest. Following are the results for each category.

Creative Division - Junior
1st place: Danica Rupard, Washington
2nd place: Sarah Craun, Virginia
3rd place: Jenna Larson, Florida

Scientific Division - Junior
1st place: Makenna Mase, Pennsylvania
2nd place: Rachel Craun, Virginia
3rd place: Shelby Sumner, Florida

Creative Division - Intermediate
1st place: Mycai Brooks, North Carolina
2nd place: Anna Teachman, Washington
3rd place: Molly O'Sullivan, New Jersey

Scientific Division - Intermediate
1st place: Cole Verano, Florida
2nd place: Barlie Schultz, Washington
3rd place: Kara Teachman, Washington

Creative Division - Senior
1st place: Courtney Moser, Wisconsin
2nd place: Nicole Buell, Washington
3rd place: Elizabeth Acel, Pennsylvania

Scientific Division - Senior
1st place: Marcy Bartelheimer, Washington
2nd place: Katelyn Neff, Pennsylvania

State Scrapbook

The state scrapbook contest gives each state the chance to tell the story of activities and events their Junior Holstein associations take part in each year. Eight states submitted traditional scrapbooks this year.

1st place: Illinois
2nd place: Pennsylvania
3rd place: New England
4th place: Iowa
5th place: Washington

Digital State Scrapbook

The Digital Scrapbook division had 11 entries submitted this year. This division is judged on the same criteria as a traditional scrapbook, but entries must be presented on a computer, DVD player, or other digital format.

1st place: Florida
2nd place: New England
3rd place: Ohio
4th place: New York
5th place: Illinois

State Banner

The state banner competition allows states to creatively showcase their state pride, with eight entries submitted this year, displayed throughout the week at the Convention.

1st place: Missouri
2nd place: Michigan
3rd place: Washington

NHWSO Awards Scholarships

The National Holstein Women's Scholarship Organization (NHWSO) presented scholarships to four deserving Junior Holstein members. Recipients include Kayla Windecker, N.Y., Austin Schmitt, Minn., Jordan Siemers, Wis., and Stephanie McBath, N.Y.

New Representatives Elected to Junior Advisory Committee (JAC)

Three new youth area representatives were elected to the National Junior Advisory Committee (JAC) during the National Junior Forum. These youth members were appointed to the Junior Advisory Committee: Area 1 — Sarah Thomas, N.C.; Area 3 — Danielle Warmka, Wis.; At-large — Zach Schilter, Wash.

The JAC is the governing body of the Junior Association and oversees the organization's activities. Youth committee members are elected by the Junior membership at the National Junior Forum, and members serve two-year terms.

Penny Wars

Ohio was the winning state in the Penny War contest. Juniors raised $870.31 for the Holstein Foundation.

See the Summer 2017 issue of the Holstein Pulse, and visit our website,, for more coverage of the 2017 National Holstein Convention.

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Holstein Association USA offers Research Grant Program

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., June 22, 2017- Holstein Association USA (HAUSA) has developed a research grant program and invites research proposals with expected outcomes to benefit the profitability of Holstein cattle. Research may involve traditional production disciplines of genetics, nutrition, or reproduction as well as dairy foods or economics.

Principal investigators at U.S. Universities and non-profits are eligible to apply for grant funds. Holstein grants are expected to be funded within the range of $10,000 to $80,000 per year with grant durations of one to three years. Applications for research grant funds are due August 15, 2017.

More details about the grant guidelines and process can be found on the Holstein Association USA website,

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2017 Holstein Association USA 132nd Annual Meeting
and Convention Preview

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., June 12, 2017- Final preparations are underway for the 2017 National Holstein Convention and 132nd Annual Meeting, taking place June 27 to July 1 in Bellevue, Washington. The Annual Meeting will be held June 30 and July 1, focusing on Association business and featuring guest speakers.

The Washington hosts have assembled a schedule highlighting the state's Registered Holstein® farms, historic sites and scenery. From their rugged coastlines, all the way to their snow-capped peaks, Washington is home to unique traditions that will offer Holstein enthusiasts of all ages an experience to remember.

Early Bird Session - “Results and Applications of Wellness Traits - What We’ve Learned”
Friday, June 30, 7:30 a.m.

Dr. Dan Weigel grew up in Iowa on the family farm, Weigeline Holsteins, and graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Dairy Science. He received both his M.S. and PhD from Virginia Tech, with his dissertation focusing on the prediction of genetic merit for lifetime profitability in Holsteins. Before joining the R&D group of Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health) in 1995, Dr. Weigel served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Guelph working on the implementation of Multiple Across Country Evaluations (MACE) for conformation traits of Holstein sires. Dr. Weigel’s current role with Zoetis is in Outcomes Research and he also remains an active dairy cattle breeder.

Annual Meeting Keynote - "A Story Worth Telling" Friday, June 30, 1:35 p.m.

The keynote speaker for this year's Annual Meeting is Michele Ruby, communication consultant, Ruby-Do, Inc. Michele Ruby has worked in the communications field for over 20 years. She was the director of communications for Tillamook Cheese, and later, the Dairy Farmers of Oregon. In 2005, she launched Ruby-Do, Inc, a boutique communications firm in Portland, Oregon, focusing on image-building campaigns, along with issues and crisis management services. Ruby’s contributions to the communications field were recognized by National Milk Producers Federation when they honored her as Communicator of the Year. She is a proud alumna of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and the Young Dairy Leaders Institute. Michele and her family have a longtime Registered Holstein farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Holstein Honors

Thirteen elite dairies will be recognized as Herds of Excellence and the distinguished Star of the Breed will be honored on Friday, June 30th as well as 40-year Members.

Officer and Director Elections

Delegates will elect officers and directors during the Annual Meeting on Saturday, July 1. Vice President Boyd Schaufelberger of Illinois is the candidate for president. Running for the vice president seat are John Bierbaum, Minn., Jim Burdette, Pa., and Corey Geiger, Wis.

In director elections, candidates include for Region 2, incumbent John Burket, Pa.; Region 3, Steve Moff, Ohio, and Jerry Smith, Ill.; Region 7, Dwight Rokey, Kan., and Larry Wright, Mo.; and At-Large, incumbent Dale Drendel, Ill. Retiring from the board this year include, President Gordie Cook, Mass., from Region 3, Mike Jones, Ind.; and Region 7, Roy Buessing, Kan.

Highest Recognitions at Awards Banquet

The culmination of the National Convention will occur at the awards banquet on Saturday, July 1, when the coveted Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder, Distinguished Leadership, and Elite Breeder award recipients will be honored.

National Holstein Youth

The National Junior Holstein Convention will run simultaneously. Tuesday, June 27, marks the official start of the convention with several Junior competitions. An educational workshop on genomics will be held Tuesday night. Throughout the week, Holstein youth will be competing in various contests that showcase their talents, including dairy bowl, dairy jeopardy, dairy knowledge exam, prepared public speaking and folding display. The Association will also name its esteemed National Distinguished Junior Member finalists and recognize Young Distinguished Junior Member finalists, among other honors.

Stay Up-to-Date

Holstein Association will be blogging throughout the week with updates and pictures from the convention. Follow Holstein Association USA on Facebook for updates, including youth competition results, award recipients, and election results.

For the complete schedule and lodging information, visit:

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Wisconsin Cow Wins 2016 Holstein Association USA Star of the Breed

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., May 25, 2017- Miss Hot Mama-Red-ET has earned the honor of Holstein Association USA's 2016 Star of the Breed. This recognition is given annually to a Holstein that exemplifies outstanding production combined with exceptional type.

Hot Mama-Red-ET was bred by Nathan Thomas, Michael Heath and Will Iager and is owned by Smith-Crest Holsteins, Watertown, Wis.; Majestic View Genetics LLC, Sun Prairie, Wis.; Rhonda Shore, Sun Prairie, Wis.; Randy Connery, Sun Prairie, Wis. and Crailoo Dairy Farm LLC, Brownsville, Wis.

Hot Mama-Red-ET is sired by Mr Apples Armani-ET, out of Starmark AD Hotstuff-Red-ET, Excellent-94, EEEEE. She made an outstanding milk record in her first lactation, calving in at 1-11, producing 33,520 pounds of milk, with 5.8 percent fat (1,940 pounds) and 3.5 percent protein (1,162 pounds) on a 274-day record. Hot Mama-Red-ET is classified Excellent-92, EEEEE. In 2016, Hot Mama-Red-ET placed fourth in the Senior Three-Year-Old class at the Eastern Fall National Holstein Show.

"Hot Mama is one of the easiest cows I have worked with. No matter where she goes, she does well," says Matt Smith, Smith-Crest Holsteins. "She travels easily, and adapts well to new environments. She blends great dairy strength with her flashy type; she truly has the will to milk."

To be eligible for the Star of the Breed award, a cow must place in the top five of her class at a National Holstein Show in the award year, be in a herd enrolled in the TriStarSM program, and have an official classification score. Once the eligible cows are determined, the following calculation is used to decide the award recipient: Combined ME Fat and Protein + Age Adjusted Classification Score x (Breed Average ME Combined Fat & Protein/Breed Average Age Adjusted Classification Score).

For more information about the Star of the Breed Award, visit

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2017 Holstein Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists Announced

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 6, 2017- Holstein Association USA (HAUSA) is excited to announce the 2017 Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) semifinalists. The Distinguished Junior Member recognition is the highest honor given to Junior members of HAUSA ages 17 to 21 who demonstrate involvement in a variety of activities and who have excelled in preparing for their life's work, while contributing to their local and state Holstein activities.

This year's twelve semifinalists are: Katelyn Allen, Jefferson, Md.; Douglas Boop, Millmont, Pa.; Kristen Broege, Janesville, Wis.; Andy Dougherty, Epworth, Iowa; Emily Irwin, Belvidere, Ill.; Carley Krull, Lake Mills, Wis.; Laura Lesher, Bernville, Pa.; Tony Lopes, Gustine, Calif.; Austin Schmitt, Rice, Minn.; Jill Seiler, Valley Center, Kan.; Brooke Trustem, Evansville, Wis.; and Hannah Van Dyk, Tulare, Calif.

Each of the semifinalists completed an entry book, detailing their Junior Holstein project work, program participation and school and community activities.

The twelve semifinalists will be interviewed at the National Holstein Convention, June 27 - July 1 in Bellevue, Washington, vying to be named one of six finalists. Finalists receive complimentary annual renewed memberships to Holstein Association USA.

For more information about the DJM contest or other Holstein youth programs, visit, or contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124 or by email.

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Holstein Association USA Recognizes Young Distinguished Junior Member Finalists

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 6, 2017 - Eight finalists have been named in Holstein Association USA's annual Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM) competition. The YDJM recognition is the highest award given to National Junior Holstein members, ages 9 to 16, and honors their dairy project work and involvement with other agricultural and community organizations.

The 2017 YDJM finalists are: Jill Allen, Jefferson, Md.; Ryan Allen, Jefferson, Md.; Regan Demmer, Peosta, Iowa; Payton Erbsen, Lanark, Ill.; Hayley Fernandes, Tulare, Calif.; Brooke Kline, Newport, Pa.; Laura Littrell, St. Johnsville, N.Y.; and Isaac Nelson, Sleepy Eye, Minn.

The eight finalists will be honored during the 2017 National Holstein Convention, June 27 - July 1 in Bellevue, Washington. Applicants for the YDJM award complete an entry book, which summarizes their involvement with Holstein cattle and programs, as well as other extracurricular activities.

For more information about the YDJM contest or other Holstein youth programs, visit, or contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124 or by email.

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Holstein Association USA Hires Regional Sales Representative

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., March 15, 2017- Holstein Association USA welcomes a new Regional Sales Representative to their team. Regional Sales Representatives are located throughout the country and are focused on helping dairy producers increase profitability by using the Association’s services.

Lacey Papageorge of Ogden, Utah, works with dairy producers in Colorado, Idaho and Utah. Papageorge, a 2016 graduate from Utah State University, holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with emphasis in dairy, and a minor in Agriculture Business. Before joining the Association, she had interned in the dairy nutrition industry and at the Utah State 4-H office.

“Regional Sales Representatives provide support for products and services to our members and help to assist dairies in implementing new technologies on their farm. They are essential to our membership,” says Steve Peterson, National Sales Manager.

Along with Papageorge, there are eighteen other Regional Sales Representatives representing the Association in the field. These dairy experts help producers utilize Association programs to improve their herds and increase their bottom lines. To find which Regional Sales Representative covers your area or contact the Representative, visit

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Applicants Sought for Holstein Association USA
Junior Advisory Committee Adult Representatives

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., March 13, 2017- Holstein Association USA is currently seeking applications for adult representatives from Areas III and IV on the Junior Advisory Committee (JAC). The JAC serves as a sounding board for Junior members and advisors on Holstein youth programs. Applications must be submitted to Holstein Association USA by April 1st for consideration.

The current adult representatives from Areas III and IV will be completing their terms at the National Junior Holstein Convention this June. Area III is made up of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Area IV covers Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Adult representatives bring valuable perspective and direction to the committee and are eligible to serve up to two two-year terms. The committee meets annually, via conference call or in-person, to discuss Junior Holstein Association matters, and attendance at the National Junior Holstein Convention is required, as the committee assists with coordinating events and carrying out activities.

Ideal committee members will be knowledgeable about Junior Holstein programs; have a strong communication network with members in their designated area; must commit to attending JAC meetings and the National Holstein Convention; and must display the highest standards of ethics and commitment to youth programs.

Learn more about the JAC or download an application at With questions or for more information, contact Kelli Dunklee, youth programs specialist, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124 or by email.

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Holstein USA Member Update Meeting Videos Now Online

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., March 10, 2017- Holstein Association USA (HAUSA) invites all to view videos from the recent Member Update Meeting. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Holstein Association State Convention.

This is the fourth year that HAUSA has recorded its Member Update Meeting and posted videos online. They can be viewed at or by visiting the Holstein USA website, and click on Meetings & Conventions in the main menu, then select Member Update Meeting.

The meeting is broken down into several sections for ease of viewing. See the following video presentations:

  • John Meyer, HAUSA CEO - 2016 State of the Association Address
  • John Burket, director - HAUSA Director Elections
  • Jodi Hoynoski, HAUSA executive director of identification and member services - Holstein COMPLETE® and Holstein Tags
  • John Meyer and Lindsey Worden, HAUSA executive director of genetic services - Promoting Policy for our Members
  • Tom Thorbahn, Holstein Foundation board of trustees chairman; Frank Conyngham, former trustee and legacy society member and James Hoffman, Young Dairy Leaders Institute graduate - Why Support the Holstein Foundation
  • Ashley Mohn, HAUSA communications coordinator - Calendar of Events

For more information, visit, or call 800.952.5200.

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Holstein Association USA Officially Identifies Record Number of Holstein Cattle

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., February 3, 2017- Holstein Association USA, Inc. officially identified an all-time record number of Holstein cattle in 2016 through their registration and Basic ID programs. In total, 690,553 Holsteins were identified in 2016, which is 108,867 more or 18 percent higher than 2015. Registrations totaled 377,305 and 313,248 head were enrolled in the Basic ID program.

The Basic ID program is a stepping stone to full registry status. Participation in Holstein Association USA identification programs has never been higher.

According to Holstein Association CEO John M. Meyer, “These statistics speak to the value dairy producers realize from Holstein Association identification programs. As we all know, the dairy economy was tough in 2016. Even so, dairymen across the country continued to increase their participation in our programs."

When asked for the reason for the popularity of Holsteins, Meyer stated, "The market versatility of Holstein milk continues to pay dividends to Holstein breeders. Those looking to maximize Cheese Yield have 335 Holstein bulls to choose from with Cheese Merit Dollar indexes of 820 CM$ or higher. By comparison, no other breed has any bulls with a Cheese Merit Dollar index of 820 CM$ or higher."

Meyer continues, "One of the great things about being in the Holstein business is that we have a bountiful array of diversified genetics to choose from that allows dairies to be the best in class in any dairy market they want to be in. The large volumes of high quality milk produced by Holsteins are coveted in all dairy markets."

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Holstein Association USA Judges Conference Registration Now Open

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., February 2, 2017- Registration is now open for the Holstein Association USA 2017 Judges Conference, which will be held Friday, April 7, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in conjunction with the Southern Spring National Show.

The one-day conference will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interested participants can register for the conference on the Holstein Association USA website with a credit card. The pre-registration fee is $50, which closes two weeks before the conference, on March 24. Late registrants and walk-ins will pay a $100 fee. To attend the conference, you must be 22 years old by the day of the conference.

The conference will include judging classes as well as cow-side classroom sessions. Participants will judge six high-quality Holstein classes, one of which will be assigned for oral reasons.

If you plan to apply for the Holstein Association USA Judges List in the future, you must first attend and receive a satisfactory rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference before applying. If you are already on the Holstein Association USA Judges List, you must attend and receive a satisfactory rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference every five years.

To register online, visit: For more information, contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

Hotel accommodations can be made at the Holiday Inn & Suites Stillwater, 715 South Country Club Road, Stillwater, OK 74074; phone 405.372.2445. Ask for the Holstein Association room rate of $90/night plus tax, available until March 13, subject to availability.

Looking ahead, the 2018 Holstein USA Judges Conference will be held with the Midwest Spring National Holstein Show in Madison, Wis.

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Ever-Green-View My Gold-ET Sets National Milk Production Record

Ever-Green-View My Gold-ET

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., January 27, 2017- Ever-Green-View My Gold-ET has set a new single-lactation national milk production record. My Gold-ET, bred and owned by the Kestell family's Ever-Green-View Holsteins in Waldo, Wis., calved at four years and three months, and set a 365-day record of 77,480 pounds of milk, with 1,992 pounds of fat and 2,055 pounds of protein.

Her production breaks the record set by Bur-Wall Buckeye Gigi, owned by Behnke family, Brooklyn, Wis., in 2015, of 74,650 pounds of milk in 365 days.

"My Gold-ET is an excellent example of what a Registered Holstein® cow can accomplish when excellent genetics, care, and management are combined. This cow excels in both production and type," said John Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, Holstein Association USA, Inc.

CEO Meyer continued, "When you see these two things blend together the way they do with My Gold-ET, it is no mystery why Holsteins are far and away the world's most popular dairy breed. The Kestell family and this wonderful cow are to be commended for their accomplishment."

By comparison, the actual production average for all U.S. Holstein herds enrolled in production-testing programs in 2015 was 24,958 pounds of milk, 920 pounds of butterfat and 710 pounds of protein.

Five-year-old My Gold-ET, who is scored EX-93, EX-95 udder, is sired by Braedale Goldwyn. Her extraordinary record is supported by several generations of remarkable performances. Her dam, Ever-Green-View My 1326-ET, held the national single-lactation milk production record from 2010 to 2015. My 1326-ET is sired by Stouder Morty-ET. Behind that is a VG-85 GMD Ricecrest Lantz-ET daughter, and then Ever-Green-View Elsie-ET (by Emprise Bell Elton), scored EX-92 2E GMD DOM, who has a best record at 4-09 of 52,580 pounds of milk, with 4.4 percent fat and 3.3 percent protein.

"My Gold-ET is an exceptional milk cow that comes from a line of strong genetics. When we produce offspring we never plan on setting another record. Setting a record while surpassing her dam is amazing to me. There is no doubt in my mind that genetics play a role," explains Tom Kestell.

Kestell says that they have been working with this cow family for over 30 years, and have several offspring on their farm. My Gold-ET is the seventh generation to carry the Ever-Green-View prefix. They have marketed many members of this family that have gone on to do well for others, carrying on the family tradition of excelling in both type and production. Six out of the eight age divisions of milk production records for 2016 are held by Ever-Green-View Holsteins.

Ever-Green-View Holsteins is owned by Tom and Gin Kestell. They milk 94 cows with a BAA of 111.4 percent, and all but three cows are Excellent in the udder. Ever-Green-View's Rolling Herd Average is 44,122 pounds of milk, 1,680 pounds of fat, and 1,362 pounds of protein.

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Holstein Association USA Will Hold Member Update Meeting

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., January 23, 2017- Holstein Association USA will host its 2017 Member Update Meeting on Friday, February 24, from 7:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. at the Hilton Scranton Conference Center in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Highlights of the meeting will be the State of the Association address, an update on Holstein Association products and services, as well as a financial report. The presentations will be available on the Holstein USA website and YouTube for all that are unable to attend.

All dairy enthusiasts are invited to attend this meeting, scheduled to start at 7:15 a.m. at the Hilton Scranton Conference Center. For further information, contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200 ext. 4261, or by email.

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Holstein Association USA, Inc.,, provides products and services to dairy producers to enhance genetics and improve profitability-ranging from registry processing to identification programs to consulting services.

The Association, headquartered in Brattleboro, Vt., maintains the records for Registered Holsteins
® and represents members throughout the United States. The Association is also leading the initiative for national animal identification through the National FAIR program.


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