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March 4, 2021
Holstein Canada Award Winners Announced

Holstein Canada has announced results for the new annual Holstein Canada Awards. These awards are given to individual animals and herds owned by Holstein Canada members, and will be announced on March 1st of each year. Awards are based on lactations terminated in the previous calendar year. The total production for the entire lactation is indicated and animals must be registered with greater than or equal to 75% purity. Award categories include Daily Production Champion, Outstanding Production Champions, and Herd of Distinction Awards.


To be eligable for the Daily Production Champion Award, animals must be 60 months of age or older and have completed a minimum of four lactations. Animals are ranked in order of top kilograms of milk per day of life. Total milk, fat and protein values are divided by the number of days of life (birthdate to completion of lactation). Awards are based on lactations completed in 2020.


Outstanding Production Champions are determined by the total milk produced by age at completion of their last lactation in 2020, and awarded within each age group. 


Evaluation of all cows in the herd having completed a lactation in 2020 is done to determine winners of the Herd of Distinction Award. Lifetime milk production of all animals in the herd who have completed a lactation in 2020 are used to calculate the Milk Herd average. Awards are then grouped by herd size (herd size = number of animals completing a lactation in 2020). 


View a full list of award winners at

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March 3, 2021
NEW VG-89 2-Year-Olds

Holstein USA has released the list of High Scoring 2-Year-Olds for February 2021. Topping the list are four females earning the classification score of VG-89. 


Kamps-RX AppleB Addie-Red-ET VG-89 90-MS  

*Addie-Red was the winning Summer Yearling, 2019 WDE R&W Show

Le-O-La Kingdoc Carry-ET VG-89

Ruann Doc Glory-83405-ET VG-89 

Ruann Jest Kingpin-80236 VG-89 


Congratulations to all breeders and owners of these tremendous young females!

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March 3, 2021
World Dairy Expo Update

Plans for the 54th World Dairy Expo®, set for September 28 through October 2, continue to progress at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Expo recognizes that uncertainty remains surrounding future health regulations that may govern Madison this fall at the time of WDE 2021. To best understand these factors as the COVID-19 pandemic persists, Expo has met with Dane County and Alliant Energy Center officials regarding current and potential future local COVID-19 restrictions. Communication with these officials continues as additional clarity is sought.


Due to World Dairy Expo’s role as the gathering place of an essential global industry, the organization’s leadership is simultaneously exploring alternative venues for hosting the 2021 show. Requests for proposal were sought throughout February. At this time, Expo is not at liberty to disclose which venues are being considered. A decision regarding the location of World Dairy Expo 2021, in its entirety, will be made by the WDE Executive Committee later this spring after all options and implications are thoroughly reviewed.


World Dairy Expo leaders remain steadfast in their commitment to gathering the global dairy industry again on the colored shavings, on the Trade Show floor, and in The Tanbark this fall at World Dairy Expo 2021.


Information provided by World Dairy Expo

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March 3, 2021
Brigeen Farms Announces Consignments to Spring Tag Sale

Brigeen Farms has announced their consignments to the New England Spring Classic Tag Sale. Brigeen Unst Acelyn-Red-ET and Brigeen ST Chief Ivanka will be available for purchase during the tag sale on April 9-11, 2021. Acelyn-Red is an early June 2020 Unstopabull-Red daughter from Ms Blondin Int Acelyn-Red EX-90. She comes backed by fantastic brood cows including KHW Goldwyn Aiko EX-91 DOM and Kamps-Hollow Altitude EX-95 DOM. Ivanka is a full aged December 2020 Chief daughter backed by EX-94 Brigeen Lauthority Izzy. Don't miss your chance to buy, show, and breed these great heifers.

March 3, 2021
Habitan influence continues at AOT

The influence of Cookiecutter DTA Habitan VG-89 DOM continues for the AOT Genetics breeding program. Holstein USA released the High Ranking Genomic Young Bulls for March 2021 yesterday including four from AOT Genetics with three being granddaughters of Habitan. Also released yesterday was the High Ranking Genomic Young Females for March 2021 and of the Top 200, 20 were sired by AOT Silver Helix. Congratulations to David King, Midas Touch Genetics and Tom Kugler for the continued success and influence of the AOT Genetics program. 

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March 2, 2021
Successful Sale with MN Holstein YAC

The Minnesota Holstein Association Young Adult Committee consigned a group of offerings to the Holstein Plaza Online Embryo Auction ending on February 25. Each year the MN YAC teams up with Holstein Plaza to raise funds for educational experiences and social events for the young dairy breeders and enthusiasts of Minnesota through an embryo sale! Their offerings were highlighted as the first lots of the sale and averaged $500 per embryo with part of the proceeds going back to the Young Adult Committe. 

Holstein Plaza would like to thank the Minnesota Holstein Association, their consigners, and all who placed bids to support this great cause. 

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March 2, 2021
Top Ranking New Genomic Females for March 2021

The new list of top ranking new genomic females has been released with BOMAZ CONWAY 10056-ET taking the top spot and scoring +3160GTPI with +1021NM and +0.53PTAT. 10056-ET is a Conway daughter from the Bomaz Daggat D Pizza cow family and owned by Bomaz Inc. in Hammond, Wisconsin.


Completing the list of top 5 females are:


4. PEAK 83723-ET +3085GTPI
5. BADGER S-S-I 16163 17134-ET +3075GTPI


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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