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January 2019
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  red bullet Holstein Association USA Recognizes Top BAA Herds
  red bullet Holstein Association USA 2019 Judges Conference Registration Now Open
  red bullet Holstein Association USA Launches Holstein Marketplace Sires
  red bullet Wright Receives National Judi Collinsworth Award
 

Holstein Association USA Recognizes Top BAA Herds

Brattleboro, Vt., January 1, 2019 — Holstein Association USA has released the lists of the top Holstein Breed Age Average (BAA%) herds for 2018 classifications. Herds participating in the Classic or Standard options of the Holstein Classification program receive an overall BAA for the herd. The BAA value provides a way to compare the score of a herd average to the average of the breed, taking into account age of the animal and stage of lactation.

Holstein Association USA appreciates and recognizes outstanding Registered Holstein breeders and herds of all types and breeding philosophies, and the Holstein classification program provides an unbiased evaluation of hundreds of thousands of Holstein cows each year. The herds appearing on these lists should be commended for developing consistent herds with breed-leading conformation, which is a result of not only careful breeding decisions, but also dedicated, outstanding animal care and animal husbandry practiced 365 days a year," Executive Director of Holstein Genetic Services Lindsey Worden states.

The average BAA% for all herds in 2018 was 106.7. Six herds had a BAA of over 114.0, and Matthew T. Mitchell of Tenn. earns the recognition of having the highest BAA in the U.S. last year at 116.7 on 11 cows. Rounding out the top five include Ocean View Genetics, Wis.; Conant Acres, Inc., Maine; John P. and Rachael Holmgren, Minn.; Michael and Julie Duckett, Wis.; and Topp-View Holsteins, Ohio.

Several lists have been created to recognize members of all herd sizes and all areas of the country. Find the 2018 Overall Top 200 BAA Herds, Top 25 BAA Herds by Region, Top 25 BAA Herds by Herd Size, and Top 10 BAA Herds for Colleges & Universities on www.holsteinusa.com. To view the complete list of 2018 Top BAA Herds under the Popular Lists section on the Holstein Association USA homepage, go directly to www.holsteinusa.com/programs_services/baa_lists_2018.html.

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Holstein Association USA 2019 Judges Conference Registration Now Open

Brattleboro, Vt., January 22, 2019 — Registration is now open for the Holstein Association USA 2019 Judges Conference, to be held on Thursday, March 28, in Columbus, Ohio, in conjunction with the Mid-East Spring National Holstein Show.

The conference includes judging classes in addition to classroom sessions. Participants will judge several high-quality Holstein classes, one of which will be assigned for oral reasons.

Individuals that plan to apply for the Holstein Association USA Judges List in the future, must first attend and receive a satisfactory rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference. Judges currently on the Holstein Association USA Judges List, must attend and receive a satisfactory rating at a Holstein Association USA Judges Conference every five years.

The one-day conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The pre-registration fee is $50, which closes two weeks before the conference, on March 14. 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.

Interested participants can register for the conference on the Holstein Association USA website, visit: http://www.holsteinusa.com/shows/judges_preregister.html.

Hotel accommodations can be made at the Candlewood Suites Polaris, 8515 Lyra Drive, Columbus, Ohio;
phone 614-436-6600. Ask for the Holstein Association special rate, available until March 8, subject to availability.

For more information, contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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Holstein Association USA Launches Holstein Marketplace Sires

Holstein Marketplace SiresBrattleboro, Vt., January 16, 2019 — Holstein Association USA announces a new service to assist Holstein breeders to market semen to other dairy cattle breeders. Holstein Marketplace Sires - a new component of the Holstein Marketplace gives Holstein breeders the ability to directly market semen from their bulls, which will be beneficial to Holstein Association members, and dairy cattle breeders throughout the United States.

“Holstein breeder/members have been looking for a vehicle to market semen of high-quality genetics from their own herds to other breeders. Holstein Marketplace Sires does just that.

“Holstein members now have the opportunity to offer semen from bulls out of deep pedigreed cow families that excel in production, genomics, health traits, reproduction, and type. Breeders will have the opportunity to select from phenotypically proven cow families that emphasize longevity and continue breeding programs to fit their own individual goals,” states Holstein Association USA President Boyd Schaufelberger.

Holstein Marketplace Sires, a division of Holstein Services Inc., provides a new and unique avenue for Holstein breeders to market their genetics. Under the program, the bull owners retain ownership of the bulls, and Holstein Marketplace Sires provides the vehicle for the semen to be sold.

For both buyers and sellers alike, Holstein Marketplace Sires will be a trusted source for dairy cattle genetics. Bulls available at the launch of Holstein Marketplace Sires include:

  • Speek-NJ of Dewgood-ET, owned by E. Dean & Wanda Good, Oconto, Wis.
  • Golden-Oaks Imax Lotto, owned by Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, Ill.
  • Hurtgenlea Splnd Maurice-ET RC PC, owned by Hurtgenlea Holsteins Ltd, Elkhorn, Wis.
  • Trent-Way-JS Roddy-ET RC, owned by Trent J. Hendrickson & John R. Schneller, Blanchardville, Wis.

These bulls offer depth of maternal pedigrees, featuring multiple generations of Very Good and Excellent dams. Their strong pedigrees are complemented with the bulls’ high-ranking genomic evaluations resulting in a balance of production, health, reproduction and type. Holstein Marketplace Sires will be a unique addition to any Holstein breeders breeding program.

Purchasing semen with your credit card couldn’t be easier with two methods - online or over the phone. Buy online by visiting www.holsteinusa.com/marketplacesires, click the red “buy now” button, fill in number of units you would like to purchase, and check out using our secure online system. Or, phone in your semen order by calling customer service at 800.952.5200.

About the Holstein Marketplace
Holstein Marketplace provides easy, affordable advertising to help Registered Holstein breeders buy and sell Holstein genetics. The advertisements are grouped into broad categories for Females, Breeding Bulls, Embryos and Sales/Dispersals.

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Wright Receives National Judi Collinsworth Award

Lora WrightBRATTLEBORO, Vt., January 7, 2019 — Lora Wright of Verona, Mo. is the recipient of the 2018 National Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Exhibitor Award from Holstein Association USA, Inc. This award recognizes youth for their outstanding involvement with Registered Holsteins. The Missouri native is the fourteenth Junior Holstein member to receive the scholarship.

Wright is the 18-year-old daughter of Larry and Jodi Wright. She is working towards her degree in agriculture business at Oklahoma State University. Along with being involved in her family's dairy, Wrightvale Holsteins, she works on the University's dairy and is responsible for all care of newborn calves. Upon graduation, Wright has intent to attend law school and become an agriculture attorney.

Wright has been an active member of the Missouri and National Junior Holstein Associations for the past 10 years. She annually attends Holstein conventions and has won all three divisions of the National Prepared Public Speaking Contest. She is serving her fourth term as president of the Missouri Junior Holstein Association. In 2014, Lora was honored as a Holstein Association USA Young Distinguished Junior Member.

The Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Junior Exhibitor Memorial Award is presented annually, in memory of former Holstein Association USA Executive Director of Member and Industry Services, Judi Collinsworth. Winners are selected at each of the four National Junior Holstein Shows, based on sportsmanship, herdsmanship and level of participation in Holstein activities.

Wright received the Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Junior Exhibitor Memorial Award at the Southern Spring National Junior Holstein Show. Other winners at 2018 National Junior Holstein Shows include Matthew Boop, Millmont, Pa., Premier National Junior Holstein Show and Joseph Opsal, Blue Mounds, Wis., Grand National Junior Holstein Show.

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Holstein Association USA, Inc., www.holsteinusa.com, 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.