February 5, 2018
2018 WA State Holstein Convention a Success! 
Check out some of the photos from this years event! 

February 1, 2018 
BC Dairy Genetic Marketing Workshop set for Feb 22nd.
This years event will feature three speakers and a breeder panel on IVF.  BC Holsteins has invited Dave Eastman of Vogue Cattle and Greg Dietrich from Progenisis to speak about their marketing programs and what they are focusing their breeding on. Holstein Canada will also be giving a presentation on Herd Trends, using it to set, manage and meet your breeding goals. To finish the day we will have both Dave and Greg as well as Jeff Kooyman available for questions and to discuss how they are using IVF to meet their breeding and marketing goals. Visit their Facebook page for more details.

January 17, 2018

Holstein America: All-new Television Series Broadcasts Feb. 8 on RFD-TV
It’s a convenience far too easy to take for granted. A quick run to the grocery store for a gallon of milk, package of cheese or quart of ice cream. Always available, always fresh. 

An entire industry makes that purchase possible — hundreds of thousands of dairy cattle and their caretakers who provide quality products for consumers worldwide. 

Holstein Association USA pays tribute to dairy farmers from coast to coast during the premiere episode of Holstein America, 9 p.m. CST,Thursday, Feb. 8 on RFD-TV. Mark the calendar or set your DVR to record this anticipated television broadcast. 

“The Holstein breed’s story is among the most successful in U.S. agriculture — and it’s written by generations of passionate dairy producers,” says John Meyer, CEO of Holstein Association USA. “We’re honored to introduce these individuals and families in the Holstein Americaseries.” 

The hour-long program, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, shines a spotlight on the nation’s Holstein producers — from California’s lush central valley to the fall treetops of Vermont. Meet those who have dedicated their lives to U.S. Registered Holsteins®; each cow an improvement on the past. 

“No other breed can do the things that the Holstein breed can do,” Meyer says. “That’s why it’s the world’s perfect cow.” 

The iconic, black-and-white Holstein cow provides the world with high-quality, nutritious dairy products that are the cornerstone to most modern diets. Today, the breed accounts for more than 90% of milk production in the United States. Levels made possible thanks to continuous improvements in efficiency and productivity. 

Like each distinctive animal, each Registered Holstein operation is unique. Each family motivated by their own goals and aspirations. InHolstein America, learn about modern-day dairy production and hear from those with a passion for the Holstein breed of cattle. 

A few featured in the upcoming show are: 

Crave Brothers Farm near Waterloo, Wis., a family operation that’s a key cheese supplier for Whole Foods Market; Maple Grove Farm in Derby, Vt., where a young couple labors long hours together raising Registered Holsteins®; Maddox Dairy near Riverdale, Calif., a large-scale operation at the heart of California’s central valley; Pappy’s Farm, Farr West, Utah, home to a family of Greek immigrants who are living out their American dream; and many more. 

Again, join us for Holstein America at 9 p.m. CST, Thursday, Feb. 8. 

RFD-TV is a leading independent cable channel available on DISH Network, DIRECTV®, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Spectrum, Cox, Comcast, Mediacom, Suddenlink and many other rural cable systems. Reference your local listings for more information. 

After the show, visit www.holsteinusa.com to find a complete collection of the videos online.

January 16, 2018
Deadline of Feb. 15, for the 2018 NORTHWEST HOLSTEIN ANNUAL ISSUE

The deadline of Feb. 15, for the 2018 NORTHWEST HOLSTEIN ANNUAL ISSUE. We hope you will consider to be included in this issue. We are the only breed publication that is sent to registered Holstein breeders and other breeders as well, in the West. And for free! And all in full color! The publication has received many accolades for it’s readability and content from readers throughout the US. Last years National Holstein Convention Souvenir Issue was the largest ever with 196 pages. We thank the many advertisers for their continued support and patronage. It is most appreciated.
This year the issue will be published after the Richmond Black and White Show held on May 17-18. And copies will no longer be sent to the National Holstein Conventions as in the past. It has become very costly to send copies to the Convention.  California breeders are always welcome to participate. We will continue to include news items of events in California.
​For 40 years the Lynden Tribune at Lynden, WA has served as our printers. We appreciate their dedication and effort to print the Holstein News and mail it or over the years. It has been an enjoyable 4 decades working with the staff at the Tribune.  And be sure to have ad copy in by Feb. 15th. Those advertisers exhibiting at the Richmond show and the California State Show, may wait until after the show to send me ad copy if they wish to advertise show winners at these respective shows. Please talk to me by the 15th regarding this matter.

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January 15, 2018
Holstein Association USA Recognizes Top BAA Herds
Holstein Association USA has released the lists of the top Holstein Breed Age Average (BAA%) herds for 2017 classifications. 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. Herds participating in the Classic or Standard options of the Holstein Classification program receive an overall BAA for the herd. 

Several lists have been created to recognize members of all herd sizes and all areas of the country. Find the 2017 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 appear on these lists, a herd must have at least 10 cows included in the BAA calculation. If a herd classified more than once during the year, only the most recent BAA was considered for inclusion. All eligible herds are automatically evaluated. 

The average BAA for all herds in 2017 was 106.5. 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 116.5 on 10 cows. Rounding out the top five include Milk Source LLC, Wis.; Eaton Holsteins, N.Y.; Michael J. Garrow, N.Y.; Michael & Julie Duckett, Wis.; and Timothy M. & Sharyn W. Abbott, Vt. 

To view the complete list of 2017 Top BAA Herds under the Popular Lists section on the Holstein Association USA homepage, go directly HERE.  

January 8, 2018
8 Variables That Will Impact Dairy Trade by Mike Opperman
With processors at capacity and more milk in the pipeline, exports of dairy products play an integral role in moving supply and supporting milk prices. Over the years the amount of dairy products exported on an annual basis amount to around 15% of the nation’s milk supply. Last year the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), working with their members, develop a plan to lift U.S. that export percentage to 20%, an initiative they are calling The Next 5%.
Mark McKnight, USDEC chief operating officer, offers the following eight signposts to gauge market strength and direction and help monitor progress of U.S. dairy export growth in the year ahead.
1. U.S. trade policy 
While the United States continues to focus on revisiting existing deals like NAFTA and the South Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, U.S. dairy export competitors pushed forward on new market-opening pacts in 2017. USDEC will continue to work to bolster U.S. competitiveness in 2018, stressing to policy-makers how critical it is that the U.S. get back in the game of negotiating new agreements with key agriculture-importing countries.

2. China's dairy appetite and the U.S. ability to capitalize.
In 2017 U.S. dairy export volume to China grew more than 25% through the first 10 months (compared to January-October 2016). Chinese milk powder stocks are estimated at just 50,000 tons, and dairy import growth is at about 14%.
Chinese import buying in both 2016 and 2017 benefited from two years of declining milk production. Population and income growth, urbanization and other factors will continue to drive Chinese demand, but a rebound in domestic milk output (USDA projects nearly a 3% increase in 2018) will test whether 14% remains the norm.
In addition, despite U.S. gains in 2017, the overall U.S. share of China’s dairy import market was down over the past three years, and we face a competitive disadvantage with New Zealand and Australia due to their trade agreements with China, and with the EU and Australia due to the U.S.-yuan exchange rate.

3. Up and coming suppliers.
A handful of smaller but quickly growing dairy exporters are seeking to plant their flags in key global markets. Five years ago, Belarus, Canada, Iran and Turkey exported less dairy than Australia (the world’s No. 4 supplier). Today, they export twice as much.
Canada is most worrisome. Canadian milk production rose about 5% in 2017. Canadian skim milk powder (SMP) exports more than tripled to more than 61,000 tons through the first 10 months of 2017, in large part due to changes to the nation’s milk pricing system. It has a resurgent export program, and the pricing scheme’s potential impact on U.S. and world markets is significant.

4. EU skim milk powder stocks.
Not only did the European Union fail to reduce the 355,000-ton mountain of SMP in public storage at the end of 2016, it grew that mountain to about 380,000 tons by the end of 2017. With no buyers in sight, EU SMP output starting to rise and the spring flush on the horizon, ag leaders passed a measure that drastically alters the intervention buying system for 2018. Beginning March 1, 2018 (assuming a rubber stamp from EU ag ministers), the EU Commission will decide what product enters intervention and at what price. No automatic purchasing means no stock buildup (without Commission consent).
Even if the EU successfully avoids increasing its SMP stockpiles, it still needs to reduce them. Recent offers to release product from intervention have been far below current EU and world prices. Even the EU admits it might end up holding the aging SMP for another 12 months as it continues to adjust to the post-quota environment.
When coupled with U.S. nonfat dry milk inventories, global powder stockpiles cast a sizable shadow on the market.

5. Butter supply and demand.
One of the biggest surprises of 2017 was the ascent of butter prices. This year, the same confluence of factors that drove up EU and Oceania butter prices remain in play: Strong global demand, depleted inventories and few expectations to rebuild them given the ongoing, more favorable economics of cheese production.
We are not likely to see prices surpass—or even approach—last year’s record highs, given the buyer pushback to those prices. The question is how much will EU and New Zealand buttermakers churn out to capitalize on demand despite low SMP prices.

6. A potential economic rebound in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA).
Heading into 2018, we’ve seen some encouraging signals of a gradual recovery in MENA dairy demand. In late November, oil cartel OPEC agreed to extend production cuts until the end of 2018, sending crude oil prices above the $60-a-barrel mark for the first time in more than two and a half years.
Oil accounts for anywhere from 30-80% of the GDP for the region’s oil exporters. So when prices began their descent in the summer of 2014—eroding economic growth and consumer purchasing power—dairy import demand followed the downward spiral, declining for three straight years from 2015-2017.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts GDP growth in oil exporters will nearly double from 1.5 to 3% in 2018, and GDP growth in oil importers in the region will rise to 4.3%. At the same time, oil exporters are actively seeking to diversify their national economies.
Whether the oil trends and economic forecasts hold will go a long way to determining whether we see a much-needed rebound in MENA dairy purchasing this year.

7. Intensified cheese competition.
The final numbers aren’t in yet, but U.S. suppliers were on pace to export more than 330,000 tons of cheese in 2017—a double-digit gain over 2016 and an annual volume total second only to the record 368,200 tons shipped in 2014.
Cheese presents some of the biggest potential growth opportunities for the world’s dairy suppliers—and they all know it. Australia, EU and New Zealand cheese suppliers are aggressively targeting global markets. The EU’s uncompromising effort to restrict the use of common cheese names and limit competition via its system of geographical indications also continues full speed ahead.
With cheesemaking offering more attractive returns than butter/powder, there will be no shortage of product in 2018. The question is who will do a better job of building relationships and meeting market demands: the EU, Oceania or the United States.

8. European and New Zealand milk production.
The U.S. dairy sector has pulled back on production and is responding to overall global market conditions. Other regions have been less responsive.
EU production was up more than 3% in the third quarter of 2017, and will likely be up more than 4% in the fourth. The bloc expects “significant growth” in milk production in 2018, backed by recovering output from Germany and France and further gains from Ireland and Poland.
USDEC estimates New Zealand output will rise 1-2% in the 2017/18 season, assuming limited further impact from extreme weather. The nation went from drenched in September to dried up in December, and now faces concerns about an extended La Nina-related drought.
Farmgate prices softened in both regions in the final weeks of 2017, but farmers are still well in the black at current levels. They may very well heed the production greenlight until price signals grow more acute.
Milk production from the five major exporters (Argentina, Australia, the EU, New Zealand and the United States) was up more than 2.5% in the back half of 2017. USDEC calculates global demand can only support milk production growth from the major exporters of about 1.5%, year over year.

​January 6, 2018
Leader Recognition for Premier TriStar Cows in WA!
Congratulations goes to the following breeders and their cows for recognition of Premier TriStar Cow Status!
DEHOOG BOXER 3587 - 3rd Protein Leader for 4YR Olds - bred and owned by Brian & Joe DeHoog of Ephrata
​DEHOOG TEMPO 3840​ - 2nd Protein Leader for JR 3 YR Olds - bred and owned by Brian & Joe DeHoog of Ephrata
​LOT-O-ROK IMPRESSION ANN - 3rd Fat Leader for JR 2 YR Olds - bred and owned by Chamberlain Dairy Inc, Moses Lake
​OKDS BENSON 2224​ VG87 - 3rd Milk Leader for JR 4 YR Olds - bred and owned by Larry Van Middendorp, Everson
OKDS BENSON 2224​ - 3rd Milk Leader for JR 2 YR Olds - bred and owned by Larry Van Middendorp, Everson​

January 2, 2018
Washington Holstein Association Project Grant due January 20th
All Junior members under the age of 18 are eligible for the Washington Holstein Association Project Grant.  Applications must be postmarked January 20th and mailed into Diane Magnochi.  

January 2, 2018
Somatic Cell Counts Continue to Decline in Four Federal Orders
​by Jim Dickrell

Somatic cell counts (SCCs) continued to decline in the four Federal Milk Marketing Orders which monitor SCCs and report results, according to a report in the Upper Midwest Dairy News (UMDN).

In 2016, the milk-weighted bulk tank SCC (BTSCC) average in the Upper Midwest, Central, Mideast and Southwest orders was 190,000 cells/mL. That’s down slightly from 2015. The producer shipment BTSCC, not weighted by volume, was 219,000 cells/mL, similar to 2015. Note: Milk from these four Federal Orders represent about 45% of the U.S. milk supply.

The state with the lowest BTSCC was Wyoming, which had an average of just 125,000 cells/mL. Wyoming dairies included in the summary have had cell counts below 150,000 for at least the last six years. Michigan had the next lowest BTSCC average at 157,000. Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin were all below 200,000.

The Mideast Federal Order has more than 90% of its milk shipments below 400,000 cells/mL, and the Upper Midwest, Central and Southwest orders had more than 80% of their milk shipments below 400,000 cells/mL.

The 400,000 cells/mL threshold is critical for exports. “If U.S. producers have four consecutive rolling 3-month BTSCC means greater than the 400,000 cells/mL limit, they cannot export milk to the European Union unless derogation is requested and approved,” notes the UMDN. “If derogation is not approved, the milk supplier must suspend, segregate or discontinue certification.”

Note: Few dairies fall under this, however, because they must be above the 400,000 cell limit for four consecutive months.

January 1, 2018
All Pasteurized Waste Milk Is Not Created Equal
Jim Dickrell
A decades-long study of on-farm pasteurized waste milk conducted by Land O’Lakes (LOL) Animal Milk Products Company shows gaps in nutrition, pasteurization kill rate and residual antibiotics.

The study, conducted from 2006 through 2017 on 618 U.S. dairy farms, looked at herds raising from 5 to 5,000 calves. Milk samples, taken immediately after pasteurization, were collected for seven consecutive days from each farm and then sent in for analysis.

Fat content of the milk showed an average variation of 17.3% within farms, protein varied 7.9% and total solids varied 6.6%. This variation can come from using waste milk from cows in different stages of lactation and health status. “This high level of variation makes it challenging to provide a consistent, nutritious diet to young calves,” says Tom Earleywine, director of nutritional services for LOL Animal Milk Products.

On-farm pasteurization also failed more than 40% of the time on these farms when milk was tested for bacteria immediately after pasteurization. Only 58% of samples had less than 20,000 colony-forming units (CFUs) immediately after pasteurization. And only 46% had less than 20,000 CFUs in sample taken after the last calf was fed.

Since the waste milk used to feed calves usually comes from treated cows, residual antibiotics can also be a concern. In the LOL study, 57% of the samples contained traces of antibiotics. Other studies have shown an increase in antibiotic resistance in calves fed waste milk compared to those fed milk replacer,

You can read the entire study here.

​January 1, 2018
Loss of rBST Forces Dairy Farmers to Look at Herd Nutrition and Reproduction
By ANIMART Professional Services Veterinarians
There's been a gradual move away from Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin (rBST) in recent years, as milk processors have responded to consumer requests to stop accepting milk from dairies using the production-boosting hormone. As of today, January 1, 2018, it will be nearly impossible to find a processor who will accept milk from cows injected with rBST.
Dairy producers can expect a drop in milk production upwards of 10 pounds per cow per day initially after stopping the rBST injections. However, for some producers who have already stopped using rBST, the drop in milk hasn't been as dramatic as they feared it would be, which can be generally attributed to the overall genetic improvement of the dairy cow.
Over time, with good farm management, whatever loss producers experience can be recovered. Taking measures such as working closely with a nutritionist to adjust the ration for higher milk production, and putting a greater focus on the herd's reproductive program can help to regain the loss in production. Many producers who stopped using rBST 18 months ago are already seeing their herd's production back to where it was when they were using rBST.
Contact your Professional Services Veterinarian or your ANIMART sales rep to further discuss how to best transition off rBST.

WSDA acts on goal to radio tag all cows
December 21, 2017
Capital Press
The Washington State Department of Agriculture made the first formal move Wednesday to electronically follow every cow in the state from birth to slaughter.

The department indicated it will propose replacing metal ID tags with radio-frequency identification, or RFID, on tens of thousands of cows. According to WSDA, electronic tags will be less prone to record-keeping errors and help track cattle as individuals, not just part of a branded herd.

“Updating our rules to incorporate RFID devices is an important first step in strengthening our state’s animal disease traceability system,” State Veterinarian Brian Joseph said in a written statement.

WSDA plans to mark all cows with a radio-frequency identification no later than 2023. WSDA says its ambitions are in line with USDA’s national goals.

WSDA envisions recording all movements of a cow from one premise to another, including small private sales between neighbors or trips to fairs. Reaction from producer groups has been mixed. Some ranchers see mandatory electronic tags as unnecessary and intrusive, and potentially costly.

WSDA says marking all cows with radio tags will be a multi-phase project. As a start, the department initiated rule-writing to automatically put radio tags on cattle under three circumstances:

• Female cattle vaccinated for brucellosis.

• Bulls tested for trichomoniasis.

• Sexually intact cattle and bison older than 18 months offered at public livestock markets.

In all cases, the cattle are now fitted with metal ID tags.

“It’s a small step, but they have to make the step to get on first base,” said Stevens County rancher Ted Wishon, past president of the Cattle Producers of Washington. He questioned whether the radio tags would be as durable and reliable as imprinted metal tags.

“I do oppose the move because it’s just sticking your foot in the door, and I don’t see the benefit,” Wishon said.

The Washington Cattlemen’s Association supports moving to radio tags for disease-surveillance programs. The organization has not taken a stance on requiring electronic tags on all cattle over 18 months, the association’s executive vice president, Sarah Ryan, said.

WSDA says it intends to supply producers with free radio tags, but that depends on funding from USDA.

“It’s going to cost somebody,” Wishon said. “The money is coming from some place. They’re not free.”

WSDA estimates 5 percent of beef cattle and 80 percent of dairy cows are currently fitted with radio tags. The department did not have an estimate of how the new rules would increase those percentages, but the regulations could apply to a large number of cattle.

Approximately 200,000 head of cattle were sold at four public livestock markets in 2016, according to WSDA. Some 151,371 female cattle were vaccinated for brucellosis, and 2,697 bulls were tested for trichomoniasis, the department reported.

WSDA says the state’s 2003 case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, commonly known as mad cow disease, showed that one diseased animal can close export markets for years. Tracing where a sick cow has been by its brand is not feasible because the brand does not individually identify the animal, according to WSDA.

The department said it doesn’t expect to draft the rules or take public comments before mid-March. Agencies are required to give notice that they plan to write rules.

December 21, 2017
Kitchen Receives National Judi Collinsworth Award
BRATTLEBORO, Vt.,  – Daniel Kitchen of Danville, Pa. is the recipient of the 2017 National Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Exhibitor Award from Holstein Association USA, Inc. This award recognizes youth for their outstanding Holstein project work and involvement with their cattle and dairy activities. Kitchen is the thirteenth Junior Holstein member to receive this honor, and receives a $500 scholarship. 

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. All winners receive a $250 scholarship and are invited to apply for the National Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Junior Exhibitor Award. 

Kitchen is the 20-year-old son of Randall and Patricia Kitchen, and is working towards his degree in animal science at the Pennsylvania State University. He enjoys being involved in their home operation, Kitch-Vue Dairy Farm, caring for calves, assisting in herd health management and preparing animals for the showring. Upon graduation, Kitchen plans to return to the family farm and pursue a career as a dairy nutritionist.

“This award recognizes years of hard work, not only in the show ring, but also at home on the farm,” said Kitchen. “I look back at other recipients of this award and their success in the industry today and I’m humbled to be included in this group. This award gives me motivation to continue working with, breeding and developing quality Registered Holstein cattle.” 

Kitchen has been an active member of the Pennsylvania and National Junior Holstein Associations for the past 10 years. He annually attends Holstein conventions and has competed successfully in several activities, including dairy jeopardy, the folding display contest and prepared public speaking at State and National levels. Kitchen served as a member of Pennsylvania’s Junior Holstein Association Executive Committee for three years. Recently, Daniel placed first in the All-American Youth Fitting and Showmanship Contest in Harrisburg, Pa. 

Kitchen received the Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Junior Exhibitor Memorial Award at the Premier National Junior Holstein Show. Other winners at 2017 National Junior Holstein Shows include Jill Seiler, Valley Center, Kan., Southern Spring National Junior Holstein Show; Rachel McCullough, Juda, Wis., International Junior Holstein Show; and Erin Leach, Linwood, Kan., Grand National Junior Holstein Show. 

The application for the Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Junior Exhibitor Memorial Award is available online at www.holsteinusa.com/juniors, or at each of the four 2018 National Junior Holstein Shows. For more information on Holstein youth activities, contact Kelli Dunklee atkdunklee@holstein.com or 800.952.5200, ext. 4124.

December 19, 2017 
Registered Holstein® Breeders Recognized with Progressive Genetics Herd Award
BRATTLEBORO, Vt., – Holstein Association USA is excited to honor herds with the 2017 Progressive Genetics HerdSMaward. This award is given annually to the Registered Holstein® herds excelling in type, milk production and genetic merit in their herds. 

The Progressive Genetics Herd (PGH) recognition was first given in 1991. The PGH award honors herds with high genetic value, based on average TPI® levels, which lead toward continued breed progress. 

To qualify for the PGH award, herds must participate in the TriStarSM production records program at the Premier or Deluxe levels, and participate in the Holstein type classification program. Herds must have at least 20 cows of 87% RHA or higher. 

All eligible herds are automatically evaluated annually and the PGH recognition is awarded to the 500 herds with the highest average TPI for females in the herd, both young and mature. 

The TPI average range for the top 500 herds in 2017 was 1957 to 2450. The highest average TPI herd in this year’s PGH honoree group was David, Patrick & Frank Paul Bauer of Sandy-Valley Holsteins in Wisconsin, with an average TPI of 2450. 

Thirty-one herds received the award for the first time this year: Alfalawn Farm, Wis.; Matthew P. Berning, Ill.; Big De Farms LP, Calif.; Andrew & Sarah Birch, Vt.; Mark Carviou, Wis.; Double W Dairy, Colo.; Double-Take Dairy LLC, Wis.; El-Vi Farms LLC, N.Y.; Ferncrest Farm, Pa.; Mrs. J. B. Fiscalini & Son, Calif.; Donald Fisher Farms, Inc., Ohio; GenoSource, Iowa; Kylie Konyn, Calif.; Lochmead Farms, Ore.; Jeremy D. Martin, Pa.; James Mast, Pa.; Bird City McCarty Family Farms LLC, Kan.; Rexford McCarty Family Farms LLC, Kan.; Scott City McCarty Family Farms LLC, Kan.; Jeffrey J Orr, Pa.; Osborne Family Farm LLC, N.Y.; Roaring Creek Farm, Pa.; Brent D. Robinson & Brent Moyer, Mich.; Patrick Slattery, Wis.; United Vision Dairy LLC, Wis.; University of Wisconsin, Wis.; VDS-Farms, LLC, Mich.; Russ Warmka, Wis.; Darrell Gene Wright, N.C.; W-R-L Daniels Farm LLC, Mich.; and Cleason N Zimmerman, Ohio. 

Twenty-three herds have received PGH honors all 27 years the award has been given: Floyd & Lloyd Baumann & Fred Lang, Wis.; Bomaz, Inc., Wis.; R. Paul Buhr, Jr., Wis.; De Su Holsteins LLC, Iowa; End Road Farm, Mich.; Brian & Wendy Fust, Wis.; Steven G. Holte, Wis.; Jaloda Farms, Ohio; Randy W. Kortus, Wash.; Roger & David Latuch, Pa.; Lirr Farm, Wis.; Nordic-Haven Holsteins, Iowa; Gaylon, Gary & Steve Obert, Ill.; Mark P. Paul, Wis.; Regancrest Holsteins, LLC, Iowa; Darrell Richard, Ind.; Alfred & Mark Schmitt, Minn.; Scott Seward, Wis.; Stelling Farms, Inc., Minn.; Veazland Farms, Maine; Walhowdon Farm, Inc., N.H.; Wardin Bros., Mich.; and Welcome Stock Farm, LLC, N.Y. 

View the complete list of 2017 Progressive Genetics Herd Award honorees by clicking HERE.

December 18, 2017
Progressive Breeders’ Registry Honors Top Registered Holstein® Herds
BRATTLEBORO, Vt., December 18, 2017 – Holstein Association USA is pleased to announce the recipients of 2017 Progressive Breeders' RegistrySM. 

The Progressive Breeders' Registry (PBR), established in 1937, recognizes top Registered Holstein® homebred herds based on elite milk production and classification scores. The Association’s longest running award honors over 200 breeders annually. 

To qualify for the PBR award, a herd must be a member of both their national and state associations, enrolled in the Deluxe or Premier TriStarSM options, and participate in a classification option which provides a BAA (Breed Age Average). The herd's BAA must be in the top 25 percent of herds classified in the 18 months prior to March 1 of the award year.  Herds must have at least 20 cows which are 87% RHA or higher and at least 75 percent of the herd must be homebred. 

Herds must exceed award-year production level cut-offs, which are based on the Mature Equivalent (ME) for combined fat and protein, and cut-offs are adjusted for each state based on the ME herd averages for that state, to compensate for regional differences in production levels. 

All eligible herds are evaluated automatically each year. In 2017, 205 herds earned this distinction. 

There were 23 first-time PBR honorees: Arethusa Farm, LLC, Conn.; Larry D. Grumbine, Pa.; Kevin M. & Annetta R. Herrington, N.Y.; Holtland Holsteins LLC, Wis.; Lamar H. Hoover, Wis.; Keith Horning, Wis.; Gerald & Kevin Ihm, Wis.; Seth W. & Ruth F. Jamison, Va.; Paul H. Johannssen, N.Y.; Bruce King, Jr., Pa.; Travis Lehnertz, Minn.; Misty-Moor Holsteins, Pa.; O-Bridge Farm, Wis.; Kenny Rohe, Minn.; Amy M. Ruegsegger, Wis.; Lance & Jonna Schutte, Iowa; Bill Seyller, Wis.; Peter W. Spike, Ohio; Viaduct Holsteins LLC, Wis.; Leroy E. & Brenda S. Walker, Pa.; Christopher C Weber, Wis.; Wieber Dairy LLC, Mich.; and Jeffrey A. Winton, N.Y. 

Two herds have qualified for the PBR award for over 50 years: Keystone Farm in Pennsylvania is a 51-year PBR herd, and Walhowdon Farm of New Hampshire has received PBR honors for 57 years. 

A complete list of this year's recipients, along with those from past years, can be found at the Holstein Association USA website, www.holsteinusa.com/awards/herds.html.

​November 21, 2017
Pedigree Analysis of 2017 National Holstein Show Winners Now Online
BRATTLEBORO, Vt.,  –  Holstein Association USA has released its annual Pedigree Analysis of National Holstein Show winners. These lists provide a picture of the genetics behind the cattle receiving showring accolades at the highest levels of competition. 

The Pedigree Analysis is updated each fall, following the last National Holstein Show of the year. Included are lists of Leading Sires, Leading Maternal Grandsires, and Leading Sire Stacks of National Show Winners. Each category features separate lists for heifers and cows, along with an overall list. In addition, viewers will find other interesting information, such as the average classification score for each class and historical data from previous years. 

Holstein females included in the analysis were those that placed in the top three in their respective age class at a National Holstein Show in 2017, which included a total of 175 different heifers and 227 different cows. 

Val-Bisson Doorman-ET claimed the title of Overall Leading Sire for the 2017 National Holstein Show winners, siring 57 daughters who placed in the top three of their classes. He was also number one on the heifer list, with a total of 45 heifers. For the second year, Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood-ET was the second-ranking sire overall and number one on the cow list, with a total of 38 cows placing in the top three. Twenty-four bulls each sired at least four daughters placing in the top three in their class at a 2017 National Holstein Show. 

Braedale Goldwyn topped the Leading Maternal Grandsires heifer and overall lists, siring 32 heifers and 60 cows overall. Regancrest Dundee-ET was the number one maternal grandsire of cows, and number two on the overall list. 

The combination of Val-Bisson Doorman-ET x Braedale Goldwyn topped the Overall Leading Sire Stacks of 2017 National Holstein Show winners and the list of Leading Sire Stacks for Heifers. Val-Bisson Doorman-ET x Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood-ET was the second Leading Sire Stack overall, while Gillette Windbrook-ETS x Braedale Goldwyn led the list of Leading Sire Stacks for cows. 

To view the complete Pedigree Analysis under the Popular Lists section on the Holstein Association USA homepage, go directly to www.holsteinusa.com/shows/pedanalysis_show_winners.html.

November 17, 2017

Holstein Association USA Board Meets in Illinois
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – The Holstein Association USA, Inc. (HAUSA) board of directors held its fall meeting November 15-16 in Rosemont, Illinois.  President Boyd Schaufelberger chaired the day-and-a-half session. 

The board approved the 2018 Management-by-Objective Business Plan and associated budget, as presented by management.  The 2018 Business Plan forecasts growth in Holstein Association USA’s core products and services.   

Update on 2017 Business Plan 

Management reported registrations through October totaled 306,109, which represents a one percent increase over the same time last year.  Holsteins identified through the Basic ID program, stood at 291,792, up 14 percent.  When combined, registrations and animals identified through Basic ID equaled 597,901.  This is an impressive seven percent increase when compared to 2016. 

Reporting through October, 346,169 cows in 1,747 herds were enrolled in Holstein COMPLETE®.  This represents an increase of 17,521 animals, or five percent, with a three percent decrease in herds, when compared to October 2016. 

Bill VerBoort, AgriTech Analytics general manager, reported enrollment at the end of September was 952,651 cows. 

Other Business 
The board approved funding for a genetics research project which will be led by Dr. Christian Maltecca of North Carolina State University.  Results from this one-year project are expected to help members and Holstein breeders make better breeding decisions through a more thorough understanding of inbreeding.  As approved by the Holstein Association USA Board in 2014, a portion of reserve fund money can be allocated for breed improvement and research.  In keeping with that, money from the reserve fund will be used for Dr. Maltecca’s project.   

Show items approved by the board include: 
§        eleven (11) 2018 National Holstein Shows.  This is the same list as last year with one additional show approved – the Western Fall National Show in Salem, Ore. 
§        changes to the 2018 Uniform Class List.  These changes would allow the Fall Yearling class and Summer Calf class to be optional at Fall National Shows. 
§        holding the 2019 Judges Conference at the Ohio Spring Dairy Expo.  The 2018 Conference will be held in Madison, Wis. on April 26. 
§        2018 National and Qualified Judges Lists; both lists will be published on the Association’s website; 
§        modifying the 2019 Judges List application form to provide optional enhancements to their online listing, including a biography, photo, and key judging career highlights. 

The board approved the release of 1,641 prefixes, effective December 31, 2017.  Since its inception in 2009, board policy allows the release for reuse of a prefix after 20 years of non-use and makes it easier for new members to acquire prefixes for their herds. 
The list will be posted on the Holstein Association’s website to give notice to membership.  This year the board approved permanent retirement of two prefixes:  ROMANDALE and WOODBINE-K.  If someone wants to permanently retire his or her prefix prior to the release date, they may contact Customer Service at 800.952.5200 and request to do so for a $100 fee. 

Upcoming Meetings 
The next board meetings are: 
·        Spring board meeting March 22-23, 2018, in Hartford, Conn. 
·        Summer board meeting June 29-30, 2018. This will be in Acme, Mich., held in conjunction with the 133rd Annual Meeting.

Banquet tickets are available for $45 for adults and $30 for Holstein Junior Members. Please contact Tammi Schoenbachler @ 360-631-2133 for more information.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available!

2016 Washington State Holstein Convention

The 2016 Washington State Holstein Convention will take place on February 19-20, 2016 at the Best Western Plus Lake Front Hotel in Moses Lake.  Hotel rooms start at $89.99/night, just mention the Holstein Convention to reserve your rooms at this great rate!  Call (509) 765-9211 to make your reservation.  The hotel is located just off of I-90 on Marine Drive.  

The banquet will be complemented with a special guest speaker, Michele Payne-Knoper from causematters.com who we are super excited to have! 

Banquet tickets will sell for $45 per adult and $25 for Junior Holstein members! Contact baginski.cj@gmail.com for more information.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available!

July 18, 2015
WA State B&W Show 2015

This years State B&W Show was held in Monroe at the Evergreen Fairgrounds, a first in several years!  Sixty head passed thru the ring as Judge Robert Texeira placed the classes over two days.  He selected Goldcrest Gold Lucy, the first place Aged Cow owned by Aaron Lancaster as the Grand Champion.  More show results and photos posted HERE.

Washington State Holstein Association