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March 1, 2021
Pine-Tree Dairy: Suppliers of Superior Genetics

Pine-Tree Dairy of Marshallville, Ohio is owned and operated by Matt Steiner and his family. They milk 650 milking females within the main facility, along with a 200-cow organic herd and a 250-cow Jersey herd. The farm focuses on cheese merit, pounds of milk, percent of components, and health traits.


In 2003, they purchased Wesswood-HC Rudy Missy at an auction in Wisconsin. Missy’s descendants can still be found in the herd today, many of which have made an impact on the herd, both through milk production and genetic progress.


To learn more about Pine-Tree Dairy, visit their breeder page HERE.

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March 1, 2021
Holstein Canada Announces Contenders for 2020 Cow of the Year

Holstein Canada has announced the final four contenders in the race for the 2020 Cow of the Year title.


Hendercroft Fever Bazooka EX-96-4E-CAN 3* (15/0) | 41* in the Family

Bazooka is bred and owned by Herbert Henderson. She has several exhibition victories and an impressive production record. Along with her mother, Gumball, she is part of Canada's first EX-96 mother-daughter pair.


Knonaudale Jasmine EX-96-4E-CAN 7* (11/25) | 33* in the Family

Jasmine was bred by Knonaudale Farms and is now owned by Kingsway Farms. She is a model of versatility and power; both on the farm and in the ring. Around the world, Jasmine and her offspring have earned a reputation of excellence.


Idee Windbrook Lynzi EX-95-2E-CAN | 59* in the Family

Lynzi was bred by Idee Holsteins and is now owned by Richard W. & Shannon Allyn, Frank A. & Diane Borba, JM Valley Holsteins and Stephane Gendreau. She is an exceptional cow, having made a name for herself at an early age, and most recently was the Grand Champion Holstein at the 2019 Royal Winter Fair.


Walnutlawn Mccutchen Summer EX-94-2E-CAN 8* (5/38) | 136* in the Family

Summer was bred by Walnutlawn Farms LTD. and is now owned by St John River LLC. Summer completes 13 generations of cows bred only in Canada classified VG or EX. Summer was nominated All-Canadian in 2016 and won the adult cow class at the last Ontario Summer Invitational show. 

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March 1, 2021
Iowa Holstein Association - Distinguished Service Award Winner

Congratulations to Tom Simon for receiving the Iowa Holstein Association’s Distinguished Service Award on Saturday in Manchester!


At a young age Tom had a strong interest for farming and the Holstein cow. He was blessed with the opportunity to work side by side with, and learn from, one of the best - his dad, Joe Simon. Tom still remembers how excited he felt at a young age when his dad began purchasing registered Holsteins. Tom took an active role in the breeding and sire selection in the family’s steady climb toward a successful herd of registered Holsteins. In 1981 the farm achieved their first homebred Excellent cow. By the end of the decade, cows from Farnear Holsteins were recognized at the state and national level. Tom strives to provide a wide variety of genetics in their current breeding program. Farnear Holsteins has received Grand Champion and Premier Breeder at the state level along with several All-Iowa and Reserve All-Iowa honors throughout the years. This past year Farnear had the privilege of breeding their first 96 point cow as well as winning Grand Champion at 2 National shows. They have bred many popular bulls into A.I. including Delta, Delta Lamda, and Altitude-Red. Today, Tom and his brother Rick are co-owners of Farnear Holsteins. VIEW FULL ARTICLE

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March 1, 2021
Nominations Open for DCRC Excellence in Dairy Reproduction Award

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) is accepting nominations for the 2021 Excellence in Dairy Reproduction Awards program, which recognizes outstanding dairy operations for reproductive efficiency and well-implemented management procedures. Nominations will be accepted starting March 1, 2021.

Dairy operations must be nominated by professionals who serve the dairy industry, such as veterinarians, genetic and pharmaceutical company representatives, DHIA field personnel or Extension specialists. Nomination forms can be completed at the bottom of this page. All nominations are due by April 30, 2021.

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February 25, 2021
FINAL HOURS of the Online Embryo Auction

Just under three hours remain on the Holstein Plaza Online Embryo Auction. Log on now and place your final bids on some of the top offerings direct from the herds of Holstein Plaza members, as well as special consignments from the Minnesota Holstein Association Young Adult Committee. VIEW AUCTION

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February 25, 2021
2021 Royal Winter Fair Dates Announced

A message from the Royal Winter Fair:


The Board of Directors of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Association of Canada unanimously endorsed a plan to do everything in our power to execute the 2021 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, November 5th to 14th at Exhibition Place, Toronto. The Royal will heed all regulations from the Ministry of Health to create a safe and secure environment in which to showcase Canada’s Royal Champions.


We enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to once again welcome the very best in Canadian agriculture, local food, and equestrian sport to The Royal, and to be a valued education source for students of all ages. With more than two hundred agriculture, equestrian and food competitions, The Royal remains steadfast in our commitment to deliver a “Best in Class” experience for all those who compete, exhibit, and participate in, this quintessential Canadian tradition.


We look forward to celebrating their successes in person this November. Please visit for further information as it becomes available.

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February 24, 2021
Final 24 Hours to Support Minnesota Holstein

Just over 24 hours remain on the Holstein Plaza Online Embryo Auction. Holstein Plaza has partnered with the Minnesota Holstein Young Adult Committee for this sale. Each year the Minnesota Holstein Young Adult Committee hosts an annual embryo sale to raise funds for educational experiences and social events for the young dairy breeders and enthusiasts of Minnesota. Look for special designation of the Minnesota Holstein Young Adult Committee embryo lots listed at the top of the sale. Bid now and support this great organization! VIEW AUCTION

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February 24, 2021
Affordable offerings under $400

The Holstein Plaza Online Embryo Auction is open for bidding until tomorrow, Thursday, February 25th at 4:00 pm EST. Several offerings are available for under $400 per embryo. 


SEXED TWITCH x Winstar Decker 4754

SEXED SLATER x Triplecrown Frazzle 4642

SEXED MENACE x Peak Zrnica Fwheel 60916

SEXED DYNAMO x Winstar Pinnacle 4648

SEXED DYNAMO x Peak Cookie Otlst 80553

SEXED RAPID x Peak Darla Chrly 80555

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February 24, 2021
Edgar King Obituary

Holstein Plaza sends our condolences to the King family and friends of Edgar.


Edgar Albert King, born September 19, 1939, age 81, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2021 with his loving family surrounding him. He was the son of William Edgar and Blanche Schoonmaker King. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carolyn (Peck) King, his four sons and their families: son David and LouAnne King of Waddington, Sara Bull (Matthew), Kristin King(Jordan Thomas), Laurie King(Jeremy Flint), Jennifer King; son Larry and Sally King of Saratoga Springs, son Jan King and Pandora Davis of Schuylerville, Nate King, Hannah King, and son Jeff and Becky King of Schuylerville, Johnathan King, Adam King, Lauren King, a sister Barbara (William) Wakefield of Saratoga Springs, three great-granchildren Simon, Isaac and Elaina Bull, and many nieces nephews and extended family.  VIEW MORE HERE

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February 23, 2021
Backed by Baby Bumble Family

Check out these two offerings on the Holstein Plaza Online Embryo Auction backed by 10 generations of VG and EX cows from the Olmar Lynch Baby Bumble EX-93 family. Both donors are KingRoyal daughters and have a great combination of type and production. A portion of the proceeds from these lots will go to the Minnesota Holstein Young Adult Committe. Each year the MN YAC hosts an annual embryo sale to raise funds for educational experiences and social events for the young dairy breeders and enthusiasts of Minnesota. 


SEXED SOLUTION x Olmar KingRoyal Bopper

BLUEDEVIL x Olmar KingRoyal B Bops