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  • Star of the Breed
  • Gold Medal Dam
  • Dam of Merit
  • Gold Medal Sire
  • Elite Performer

Star of the Breed

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The Star of the Breed award will recognize one cow annually that has excelled in the show ring and the milking barn.

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, have completed a lactation in the last year, be in a herd enrolled in the TriStar program and have an official classification score.

Once the eligible cows are determined, the following calculation
is used to decide the recipient:

Combined ME Fat and Protein
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Age Adjusted Classification Score
x
(Breed Average ME CFP/Breed Average Age Adjusted Score)

 
2018 Star of the Breed
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T-Triple-T Platinum-ET
EX-94 2E
7-04  2X  365D  46,830M  6.5%F  3,049F  3.1%P  1,471P

Sire: Braedale Goldwyn

Owned by: Triple-T Holsteins, North Lewisburg, Ohio; Aaron R. Eaton, Syracuse, N.Y.;
Bradley R. Murphy, Parish, N.Y.

Read more about Platinum

 

T-Triple-T Platinum-ET
 
Previous Award Winners
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2017 Star of the Breed

Smith-Crest-TW SH Virgie-ET
EX-95 2E
6-04 2X 305D 44,710M 4.0%F 1,784F 2.9%P 1,296P


Sire: Picston Shottle-ET

Bred by:
Matt and Travis Smith, Watertown, Wis.,
and Anthony W. Whitehead, Conway, Mo.

Owned by: Paul Grulke, Mayville, Wis.

Read more about Virgie

Smith-Crest-TW SH Virgie-ET

2016 Star of the Breed

Miss Hot Mama-Red-ET
EX-92
1-11 2X 274d 33,520M 5.8%F 1,940F 3.5%P 1,162P


Sire: Mr Apples Armani-ET

Bred by:
Nathan Thomas, Michael Heath and Will Iager

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.

Read more about Hot Mama

Miss Hot Mama-Red-ET

2015 Star of the Breed

Air-Osa Redbull 12417
EX-95 2E
6-03 3X 305d 61,020M 4.1%F 2,491F 3.2%P 1,975P


Sire: KHW Redbull

Bred & Owned by:
Joe Airoso, Tipton, Calif.

Read more about Redbull 12417

Redbull 12417

2014 Star of the Breed

Pineylawn Jasper Bethany
EX-94
4-04 2X 365d 46,920M 4.5%F 2,130F 2.9%P 1,366P


Sire: Wilcoxview Jasper-ET

Bred by:
Pineylawn Acres, Fond du lac, Wis.

Owned by: Heatherstone Enterprises, Baraboo, Wis.

Read more about Bethany

Bethany

2013 Stars of the Breed

Bur-Wall Buckeye Gigi
2E-94
5-09 2X 365d 52,190M 3.9%F 2,040F 2.9%P 1,532P


Sire: R-E-W Buckeye-ET

Bred & Owned by:
Bur-Wall Holsteins,
Brooklyn, Wis.

Read more about Gigi

Gigi

Idee Shottle Lalia
2E-94
5-03 2X 365d 48,240M 4.5%F 2,191F 3.1%P 1,484P


Sire: Picston Shottle-ET

Bred by:
Idee Holsteins of Hunter River,
Prince Edward Island, Canada

Owned by: Milk Source LLC,
Kaukauna, Wis.

Read more about Lalia

Lalia

2012 Star of the Breed

Siemers Alisha Gold Ava-ETS
2E-95
5-03  2X  365d  56,330M  4.1%F  2,301F  3.3%P  1,865P


Sire: Braedale Goldwyn

Bred & Owned by:
Crystal Siemers-Peterman,
Newton, Wis.

Ava

2011 Star of the Breed

Hazel-Bush Flap Flower
EX-92 (EEEEE)
4-05 2X 305d 49,810M 4.1%F 2,042F 2.9%P 1,436P

Sire: My-John Free Flap-ET

Owned by:
Beth Nelson, Blair, Wis.

Bred by: Hazel Bush Farms, Inc., Rice Lake, Wis
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Flower
2010 Star of the Breed

Scarlet-Summer RB Gwendelyn
Excellent-94 2E (EEEEE)
5-00 2X 365d 58,270M 5.2%F 3,004F 2.9%P 1,677P

Sire: STBVQ Rubens-ET

Owned by:
Scarlet Summer Holsteins, Muncy, Pa.

Bred by: Scarlet Summer Holsteins, Muncy, Pa.

Gwendelyn

2009 Star of the Breed

Eskdale Dundee Marcia Mona

Excellent-92 (VEEEE)
3-00 2X 365d 46,490M 3.8%F 1760F 3.3%P 1519

Sire: Regancrest Dundee-ET

Owned by:
Siemers Holstein Farms, Inc., WI

Bred by: Eskdale Dairy, UT

Eskdale Dundee Marcia Mona
2008 Star of the Breed

Stuewes FB Giddy-ET
Excellent-94 (EEEEE)
3-03 2x  365d  42,270M  5.6%F  2369F  3.3%P  1407P

Sire: Boulet Charles-ET

Owned by:
Andrew D. Stuewe, MN

Bred by: David Stuewe, MN

Stuewes FB Giddy-ET
2007 Star of the Breed

MS Crockettacres Monique-ET
Very Good-88 (VEEVV)
2-05 2x  305d  32,900M  4.5%F  1491F  3.6%P  1169P

Sire: Braedale Freelance-ET

Owned by:
Allison Stammen, OH

Bred by: Ferme Lesperron
& Crockett Farms Holsteins, Inc.,
Quebec, Can.

MS Crockettacres Monique-ET




Gold Medal DamSM

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In order to be recognized as a Gold Medal Dam (GMD), a cow must qualify under the
following criteria:

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A cow and at least three of her daughters must have been classified.
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The cow herself must be milking in a herd participating in TriStarSM service option. TriStar published records are used in the evaluation.
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Equal emphasis is placed on production and type. In addition, there is equal emphasis on progeny and dam performance.

  • Dam's age adjusted final score
  • Dam's average 2X 305 day ME production records
  • Average of daughters' age adjusted scores
  • Average of daughters' ME production records.
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Separate cutoffs are determined by birth year of the dam. ME production will only be calculated on actual records of 270 days in length or greater for the cow and her progeny.
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If the cow, herself, does not qualify on a mature equivalent basis, she may qualify on either one of the following lifetime credits:
  • 200,000 pounds of milk, or
  • 7,200 pounds of fat, or
  • 6,400 pounds of protein
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Automatic evaluation is done twice a year for all cows 87% RHA or higher that were born in the past 25 years. The GMD award is permanent recognition.

Read more about the Gold Medal Dam in this article from the Holstein Pulse.

GOLD MEDAL DAM CRITERIA
Year
of
Birth
Dam
Milk
Cutoff
Dam
Fat
Cutoff
Dam
Protein Cutoff
Dam
AASC
Cutoff
Daughter Milk
Cutoff
Daughter
Fat
Cutoff
Daughter
Protein
Cutoff
Daughter
AASC
Cutoff
1991 25,800 901 748 83 26,300 921 763 83
1992 26,000 908 754 83 26,500 928 769 83
1993 26,300 918 762 83 26,800 938 777 83
1994 26,400 922 765 83 26,900 942 780 83
1995 27,227 950 789 83 27,727 970 804 83
1996 27,477 959 796 83 27,977 979 811 83
1997 27,727 968 804 83 28,227 988 819 83
1998 27,977 977 811 83 28,477 997 826 83
1999 28,227 985 818 83 28,727 1,005 833 83
2000 28,477 994 825 83 28,977 1,014 840 83
2001 28,727 1,003 833 83 29,227 1,023 848 83
2002 28,977 1,012 840 83 29,477 1,032 855 83
2003 29,227 1,020 847 83 29,727 1,040 862 83
2004 29,477 1,029 854 83 29,977 1,049 869 83
2005 29,727 1,038 862 83 30,227 1,058 877 83
2006 29,977 1,047 869 83 30,477 1,067 884 83
2007 30,227 1,055 876 83 30,727 1,075 891 83
2008 30,477 1,064 883 83 30,977 1,084 898 83
2009 30,743 1,074 891 83 31,243 1,094 906 83
2010 31,010 1,083 899 83 31,510 1,103 914 83
2011 31,276 1,092 907 83 31,776 1,112 922 83
2012 31,555 1,102 915 83 32,055 1,122 930 83
2013 31,834 1,112 923 83 32,334 1,132 938 83
2014 32,114 1,121 931 83 32,614 1,141 946 83


Dam of MeritSM

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In order to be recognized as a Dam of Merit (DOM), a cow must have a GTPI® or CTPISM exceeding year of birth cutoff and at least three offspring with a PTA for production and type; the GTPI or CTPI must be calculated using a required classification score.

Automatic evaluation is done twice a year for all cows 87% RHA or higher that were born in the last 25 years and milking in a herd enrolled in one of the TriStarSM service options. The DOM award is permanent recognition.

Read more about the Dam of Merit in this article from the Holstein Pulse.

DAM OF MERIT CRITERIA
Birth Year Dam's TPI Cutoff   Birth Year Dam's TPI Cutoff
1993 +1435   2005 +1887
1994 +1470 2006 +1925
1995 +1511 2007 +1962
1996 +1549 2008 +2000
1997 +1586 2009 +2055
1998 +1624 2010 +2111
1999 +1662 2011 +2166
2000 +1699 2012 +2312
2001 +1737 2013 +2457
2002 +1774 2014 +2603
2003 +1812 2015 +2749
2004 +1849   2016 +2894

Gold Medal SireSM

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In order to be recognized as a Gold Medal Sire (GM), a bull must qualify under the following criteria:

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Must meet the minimum TPI® level, which is updated semi-annually to recognize approximately 25
new bulls each year.
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Minimum reliability of 90% for PTA Fat and PTA Type.
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Must be free of undesirable recessive and enzyme deficiencies.

Automatic evaluation is done twice a year for all sires 87% RHA or higher. The Gold Medal Sire award is permanent recognition.


Elite PerformerTM

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Regional and National Elite Performer








For a cow to qualify for the
Elite PerformerTM award, she must meet
the following criteria to be considered:


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complete at least three lactations in a herd participating in Holstein Association USA's TriStar program, completing the most recent lactation in the previous calendar year
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87% RHA or higher
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classified VG-85 or higher
Eligible cows across the country are ranked based on pounds of combined fat and protein per day in milk. The top one percent receive the National Elite Performer award. Those National Elite Performers are then removed from consideration and the top one percent of eligible cows from each of the nine regions are honored as Regional Elite Performers.

All cows currently enrolled in TriStarSM are automatically evaluated annually.

Elite Performer recognition is a lifetime award and is printed on a cow’s pedigree, found underneath her milk production records.

Read more about the Elite Performer award in this article published in the Holstein Pulse.


2018 Elite PerformersTM
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View 2018 National Elite Performers    pdf file        excel file
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View 2018 Regional Elite Performers    pdf file        excel file

2017 Elite PerformersTM
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View 2017 National Elite Performers    pdf file        excel file
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2016 Elite PerformersTM
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View 2016 National Elite Performers    pdf file        excel file
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View 2016 Regional Elite Performers    pdf file        excel file

2015 Elite PerformersTM
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View 2015 National Elite Performers    pdf file        excel file
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View 2015 Regional Elite Performers    pdf file        excel file

2014 Elite PerformersTM
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View 2014 National Elite Performers    pdf file        excel file
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View 2014 Regional Elite Performers    pdf file        excel file