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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

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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