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Herd of Excellence

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The Herd of Excellence Award was developed to recognize Registered Holstein breeders who have bred and developed excellent herds made up of cows with superior type and production. There are three herd size divisions that are based on the number of cows included in production averages for each herd. The categories are as follows: small herds (10-99 cows), medium herds (100-499 cows), and large herds (500+ cows).

To qualify for this award, the herd must qualify under the following criteria:

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The herd must have classified within the last year and have an average age-adjusted classification score of 83 points or higher.  
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The herd must be at least 70 percent homebred.
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The herd must be enrolled in the TriStarSM production records program.
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Additionally, qualifying herds must meet the following production criteria:  
    bullet Small Herds - 25 percent above breed average Mature Equivalent for milk, fat and protein  
    bullet Medium Herds - 20 percent above breed average Mature Equivalent for milk, fat and protein  
    bullet Large Herds - 15 percent above breed average Mature Equivalent for milk, fat and protein  

Read more about the 2017 Recipients

2017 Herds of Excellence Recipients

LARGE HERDS

Bomaz Inc.
The Zwald Family, Hammond, Wis.
726 cows
97.7% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 84.6
Milk: 32,168   Fat: 1,223   Protein: 1,036
Two-Year Honoree

Co-Vale Holsteins
Bradley Cates, Preble, N.Y.
520 cows
92.2% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 86.7
Milk: 31,849   Fat: 1,233   Protein: 997
First-Year Honoree

Dinomi Holsteins
The Migliazzo Family, Atwater, Calif.
729 cows
96.9% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 83.0
Milk: 37,473   Fat: 1,396   Protein: 1,194
First-Year Honoree

Double D Dairy
The Agresti Family, Ceres, Calif.
1,963 cows
90.6% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 84.7
Milk: 32,761   Fat: 1,210   Protein: 1,008
Two-Year Honoree

Legacy Farm LLC
The Schloneger Family, Shell Lake, Wis.
785 cows
83.4% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 83.7
Milk: 32,084   Fat: 1,316   Protein: 1,054
First-Year Honoree

Siemers Holstein Farm Inc.
The Siemers Family, Newton, Wis.
2,594 cows
97.1% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 85.3
Milk: 36,359   Fat: 1,373   Protein: 1,075
Two-Year Honoree

MEDIUM HERDS

Koepke Farms Inc.
The Koepke Family, Oconomowoc, Wis.
337 cows
100% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 83.9
Milk: 35,448   Fat: 1,476   Protein: 1,062
First-Year Honoree

Koester Dairy Inc.
The Koester Family, Dakota, Ill.
310 cows
97.0% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 85.4
Milk: 35,254   Fat: 1,390   Protein: 1,117
Two-Year Honoree

Maplelane-Manor Farm
Benjamin F. & Carolyn A. Turner, Apulia Station, N.Y.

100 cows
88.3% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 85.6
Milk: 33,190   Fat: 1,347   Protein: 1,081
Five-Year Honoree

True-Blue Holsteins
Gerald & Kevin Ihm, Barneveld, Wis.
328 cows
94.9% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 84.2
Milk: 32,794   Fat: 1,251   Protein: 1,008
First-Year Honoree

SMALL HERDS

Appealing Holsteins
S. Scott & April D. Cooper, Delta, Pa.
61 cows
97.3% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 86.2
Milk: 38,374   Fat: 1,467   Protein: 1,127
Two-Year Honoree

Arethusa Farm LLC
George Malkemus & Anthony Yurgaitis, Litchfield, Conn.

35 cows
78.9% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 89.2
Milk: 34,988   Fat: 1,443   Protein: 1,066
First-Year Honoree

B-Long Holsteins
Bruce, Brenda & Bret Long, New London, Wis.
52 cows
100% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 87.7
Milk: 37,665   Fat: 1,330   Protein: 1,153
Seven-Year Honoree

Doorco Holsteins
Daniel L. Vandertie, Brussels, Wis.
33 cows
100% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 88.7
Milk: 34,194   Fat: 1,322   Protein: 1,042
Four-Year Honoree

Ever-Green-View Holsteins, LLC
Thomas J. Kestell, Waldo, Wis.
66 cows
83.8% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 88.8
Milk: 41,247   Fat: 1,557   Protein: 1,242
Eight-Year Honoree

Grafton County Farm
North Haverhill, N.H.
73 cows
100% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 83.5
Milk: 35,483   Fat: 1,392   Protein: 1,086
First-Year Honoree

Ocean View Genetics
Daryl & Pam Nunes, Deerfield, Wis.

31 cows
88.5% Homebred
Average Age-Adjusted Classification Score: 90.2
Milk: 36,969   Fat: 1,400   Protein: 1,062
First-Year Honoree

     

 




Progressive Breeders' Registry

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In order to qualify for the Progressive Breeders' Registry (PBR) award, a herd must qualify under the following criteria:

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Herd owner must be a member of both their national and state associations, and enrolled in the Deluxe or Premier TriStar options and Herd Classification programs.
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Percent B.A.A. for Herd Classification must be in the top 25% of herds classified during the 18-month time period just prior to March 1 of the current calendar year.
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Must have a minimum of twenty 87% RHA and higher cows in the milking herd, of which at least 75% bear the herd owner's prefix.

Automatic evaluation of all herds is done annually. The PBR recognition is given to approximately 10% of herds enrolled in the Deluxe or Premier TriStar options. TriStar Herd Mature Equivalent Lactation Averages are adjusted by each state's average production. A milk component cutoff is based on combined fat and protein, which is calculated by multiplying the milk cutoff by 3.6% for fat and 3.1% for protein, and totaling the two components.


Read more about the Progressive Breeders' Registry in this article from the Holstein Pulse.


Progressive Genetics Herds

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In order to qualify as a Progressive Genetics Herd (PGH), a herd must qualify under the following criteria:

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Herd owner must be a member of both their national and state associations, and enrolled in the Deluxe or Premier TriStar options and Herd Classification programs.
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Must have a minimum of twenty 87% RHA and higher cows in the milking herd with CTPIs. No minimum requirement for number of young stock.

Automatic evaluation of all herds is done annually. The PGH recognition is awarded to the 500 herds with the highest average TPI for females in the herd, both young and mature. Animals used in the evaluation are derived from Genetic Herd Report and Youngstock Genetic Herd Report inventories.

PROGRESSIVE GENETICS AWARD CRITERIA
Year TPI Cutoff Range
2017 1956 1957 to 2450
2016 1898 1899 to 2365
2015 1816 1817 to 2256




Read more about the Progressive Genetics Herds in this article from the Holstein Pulse.