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Synergy Passion and Piper: Putting the Spotlight on the Lou Etta Line Again

April 2019

With bulls such as Leadman, Lord Lily and Novalis, the Lou Etta family has been a major influence on the bull breeding scene for decades. Now the family continues to impact modern breeding via the full sisters Passion and Piper, who stand behind such bulls as AltaParquet and Progenesis Pyramid.

Skychief Finesse: Powerful Brood Cow with 26 Excellent Daughters

April 2019

Penn-Gate Skychief Finesse was a strong, deep-bodied cow that became an exceptional transmitter, now with 26 EX daughters. She was also the dam of the successful Durham son Penn-Gate Finest. Here is a look back at one of the pure strength families of the breed and its remarkably consistent transmitting pattern.

Cow Country 2 - April 2019

April 2019

JK DG Esmeralda EX-90 is as special on paper as she is in real life. Firstly she is a product of the special Doorman-Goldwyn-Shottle cross, whilst on the maternal-side she is backed by the impressive family of the 2-time French Cow of the Year – Amaranthe. Her breeders Jan Kolff (JK Eder) and Diamond Genetics were impressed by Esmeralda’s dam, Carf...

Cow Country - April 2019

April 2019

Does the Jonsson family in Stöde, Sweden have an international production champion with their Wilhelmine, who will turn nine years old next month? Possibly not. However, it is certain that her production achievements will be admired worldwide. In six production years, the almost entirely white daughter of the German bull Truman (Throne-Lee) produce...

Shoremar Alicia: Former World Champion and Source of excellent daughters

March 2019

With 32 excellent daughters in the US and Canada, in terms of conformation, Alicia is one of the elite transmitters of North America. As such, she provided added breeding value after completing a glamourous career of her own – Alicia classified the maximum EX-97, became Grand Champion in Toronto and… became World Champion! Here is an overview of excellent Alicia daughters, with one of them leading directly to a multiple National Champion in Europe.

The Tirsvad Neblinas: high for NTM, NVI, PFT, RZG and TPI

March 2019

To keep his fairly large Tirsvad program successful, the Danish breeder Søren Ernst Madsen prefers to work with cow families that can generate high sires in various index systems. The Neblinas are definitely making good on this wish. This family portrait takes us to no less than nine European countries: And likely in the future to North America, given the high gTPIs within two family branches.

Cow Country - March 2019

March 2019

Of course Miss Pottsdale DFI Tang-Red is one of the outstanding Red Holsteins in the barn of Golden Oaks Farms in Illinois. After her breeders Chris and Sarah Potts sold the Defiant daughter to Golden Oaks in 2016, Tang has put together a long list of accomplishments, which includes the Reserve Intermediate title at Madison in 2017. But Tang’s stor...

Redwing Family: Now Flying Higher with top Ranking Bulls

February 2019

For many years the international icon for the Ri-Val-Re herd in Michigan has been the bull Ri-Val-Re Niagra. Now he is being superseded by the highly popular Ri-Val-Re Rager-Red. After more than a decade of prominence on red female index lists, the Jorgensen’s Redwing family is now excelling on the male side too producing such stars as Rager-Red and Zimmerview Lucky PP-Red.

Willswikk Outside Della: A Name to Remember!

February 2019

‘Her older offspring in our herd are not quitting and in the meantime, new and talented young generations are emerging.’ Cindy Wikkerink identifies the source of this luxury problem: Willswikk Outside Della EX-95, the first British Columbian-bred finalist for Holstein Canada’s Cow of the Year competition.

The amazing discovery of the french family Diablesse

February 2019

The career of the Diablesse family is quite unusual. This bloodline was completely unknown some years ago, but now it is a popular source for bull dams and young AI bulls. How that could happen? Find the answer in the following lines of this article!

MS Kingstead Chief Adeen: The All-Time Number Two for Most EX Daughters

February 2019

Bulls such as Atwood, Atlantic, Aftershock, Golden Dreams and Archrival rank among the great type transmitters of the past decade, and all trace back through their maternal line to Adeen. However, on the female side Adeen has been a great transmitter too, now with 51 daughters classified EX worldwide, ranking her second only to Ashlyn when it comes to the most EX daughters all-time.

New Genetic Source on the Banks of the Po: Cristella Holsteins

February 2019

AI companies like Inseme, Intermizoo, ABS and Semex keep a close eye on this Italian farm: Cristella, owned by the Marchi-Balestreri family. That is not surprising, because for a number of years already, Cristella has been making steady progress, with high DNA indexes achieved with their own cow families. In the meantime, they have eight females >2700 gTPI and eleven >4000 gPFT. The foundation for this was laid more than 50 years ago, when grandfather Franco brought the imposing bull Hanoverhill Rocky to this impressive herd. This is the Cristella story.

Cow Country - February 2019

February 2019

The achievements of the thirteen-year-old Feizor Shottle Delia speak volumes. Just starting her 11th lactation and well on her way to 140,000 kg lifetime production, in December she received the score of EX-96-9E from the classifier. ‘She is a cow that you only breed once in a lifetime. Recently she gave birth to a Unix heifer calf; we are really t...

Tri-Day Ashlyn: 72 Excellent Daughters and Counting!

January 2019

A rare double dominated the show results from the year 2001: Grand Champion at both the World Dairy Expo and the Royal went to the 4-year-old Encore daughter Tri-Day Ashlyn. She also became World Champion that year too, though her greatest achievement would not really emerge till almost two decades later. Ashlyn currently has 72 daughters classified EX... and that number will continue to grow!

The Unstoppable Quality of Jeffrey-Way’s T Family 109 milking cows: 59 excellent!

January 2019

The purchase of a lifetime. Jeff Hendrickson made it in 1982, when he bought Inwood Taffy Apollo. ‘I had been a herdsman at Inwood for three years. When he held a sale a few years later, I decided to purchase Taffy, who was in her 2nd lactation at the time,’ explains Jeff about his purchase of this remarkable foundation cow. Taffy – a daughter of t...

Julias: Unwavering Source Behind Sale Toppers Julandy and Jotani

January 2019

The primarily red & white herd of Jacob Werler in the Netherlands, with 11 AI sires launched, is not among the most dominant. Nevertheless, results are impressive. For the past three years, Julandy has ranked high on the German progeny-proven list. In the Netherlands, during the past year, Jotani and Red Cliff have profiled themselves as the most sold progeny-proven Red Holstein bulls. The secret to their success? The splendidly breeding Julia family!

Polled Gallery (1) – An Overview of the Female Protagonists of the Polled Scene

January 2019

Admittedly, we could write this article more critically, as the summit of polled breeding, which is by now much more than just a niche, is dominated by so few bull mothers. One would wish for more variance among the most influential donors, but on the other hand one could and has to see it above all as a positive. The quality of the polled sires worldwide is developing with such a brisk tempo precisely because of these outstanding bull mothers. The reality is that the work horses of polled breeding are real superstars, and we are presenting them here.

Cow Country - January 2019

January 2019

During the mid-1980s, David Peterson from Majestic-Manor Dairy in Iowa had an internationally popular embryo donor in the form of Oak-Krest Bretta EX-90. It was the interest in this Arlinda Chief daughter that gave way to a unique breeding strategy that Peterson has used consistently for 30 years. A current result of this breeding program is the yo...

Undenied: Popular Type Star out of Breeding Icon Our-Favorite Unlimited

December 2018

Our-Favorite Undenied is on the sire list of many type enthusiasts world-wide. The American Solomon son scores no less than 4.16 gPTAT, and with that, is certainly not an exception in the large brood of his dam Unlimited. The splendid result of an intentional change of course in the Stanek family’s breeding strategy.

Elevation Dawn: Non-Stop in Bomaz’s Future

December 2018

Bomaz, the farm owned by the Zwald and Schalla families in Wisconsin, with Skywalker and AltaDelson-P, bred two young sires that are remarkable right now. Both descend from the family of Dalse Bomaz 1551, who was featured earlier in HI. This year, as a successful sire of sons, AltaRobson focused attention on another foundation dam: Bomaz Elevation Dawn. Her achievements are defining the success of Bomaz’s progressive breeding program.

Gumball and Bazooka: Canada’s First Ever 96-Point Dam-Daughter Pair

December 2018

Classified EX-96, this sublime transmitter has 13 EX daughters! Hendercroft Lheros Gumball was also Grand Champion at the East Ontario Championship Show 2008, while her 96-point daughter Bazooka was Champion at the same show in 2017 as well as being Reserve in 2016 and 2018! Time for a closer look at the stellar career of Gumball.

Gillette-I Durham Jericho: The Success Story that Could Have Never Happened

December 2018

The opportunistic purchase of a 10-year-old dry cow resulted in an abundantly successful cow family at the world-famous Gillette herd in Canada. Read on to discover how this spontaneous acquisition created a solid foundation at Gillette.

Apple - Exemplary Show Star and Unparalleled Gene Source

December 2018

Apple. The name has a magical ring in breeding. Certainly within the Red Holstein world, but also beyond, all over they speak with deep respect about the American Regiment daughter, who during her long career emerged as a true all-rounder. From a breath-taking show star – Apple became World Champion twice – to an unparalleled breeding icon. With a phenomenal number of excellent daughters, and sons like Absolute and Armani, who have been successful world-wide in the show circuit. An ode to Apple.

Cow Country - December 2019

December 2018

‘Udder quality is certainly a family strength, as are the high productions.’ Lysanne Pelletier legitimately speaks about the qualities of the La Presentation Daurel dynasty. No less than 131 of the 410 milking Holsteins at Ferme Pellerat (Quebec) have Daurel, who is crowned with 64 breeding stars, as their foundation dam. A blessing in disguise. Sh...

Scottish Novelty: Forte CS Elegance, the Third Generation EX-96

November 2018

We are notably impressed in the beautiful new barn of Ve-Tech Holsteins in the Scottish county of Ayrshire, which makes use of all available automation, and where our very special picture cow hides among the herd of more than 200-head. Herdsman Tom Struthers lovingly brushes her deep flanks one more time, before we head outside. Forte CS Elegance....

Cosmopolitan: A Living Legend of the Holstein Breed

November 2018

The powerful, spotted Shottle daughter Larcrest Cosmopolitan captured worldwide attention when she became the Nr.1 GTPI cow of the US. Today the very vital 13-year-old continues to watch over the global dynasty she founded from her home at Larcrest in Minnesota.

Mascol Jelli Provided Kærgaarden with European Index Top

November 2018

Partly because of the success of the German Bookem son Big Point, in January 2017 HI wrote about the comeback of the Tidy-Brook Elton Steph family. The final stop on the extensive tour along various remarkable European Elton Steph descendants was Kærgaarden Holsteins in Denmark. Two years later, the equally milky and type-rich offspring of the Steph descendant CAS Mascol Jelli, owned by the Hammershøj family, are solidly positioned in the European index top.

Cow Country 1 - November 2018

November 2018

At Mosnang Holsteins in the Canadian province of Alberta, 95 cows are being milked, and the highest producing cow family (L family) also provided the Grand Champion at the Alberta Dairy Congress. She is Mosnang Saloon Liquor, who half a year after her 3rd calving is still producing 60 kg per day. The EX-93 Saloon daughter is joined in her home herd...

Cow Country 2 - November 2018

November 2018

Brandon and Lisa Weaver from Misty-Moor Holsteins in Pennsylvania had it right. During their visit to the dispersal of All-Riehl Holsteins in 2010, they purchased the favourably priced and uniquely bred All-Riehl Perfume (Massey-Throne), a granddaughter of Brookburn Rudolph Pansy EX-93. The very milky Perfume classified VG-86, and thanks to ET, pro...

Freurehaven Shottle Lautella: Powerful Source of Milk and Functionality

October 2018

The ultimate goal for many high-ranking index families is the breeding of numerous popular sires. This task can be confidently entrusted to the family of Freurehaven Shottle Lautella. Her descendant Peak AltaLawson, good for the American top-3 with 2929 gTPI, is just the tip of the iceberg. Read all about the rapidly growing empire of the fascinating Lautella line from the Laurie Sheik family.

Dorcy Dextra: Foundation of a Dominant Family at Kings-Ransom

October 2018

The Kings-Ransom herd at Schuylerville, New York, is especially dazzling at present, home to the EX-95 full sisters Cleavage and Cleo, and also the 94-point dam-daughter pair of Dextra and Diva. It is the family of this latter pair that we focus on here, a cow family noted for exceptional udders and outstanding functional traits.

Invisible?

October 2018

Progress for longevity in the Holstein world is clearly visible. So much so, that it is sometimes invisible. That may sound contradictory, but this is what we mean: in HI’s August edition, we featured Heinz Meyer’s Buckeye daughter Editha (pages 44-45), and indicated that we could hardly believe that she was 11 years old. The accompanying picture i...

Etazon Renate: CRV’s Supreme Foundation Dam

October 2018

In the Netherlands and Flanders, Etazon Renate is a household name. Thanks to the combination of a superior NVI and abundant embryo production, the O-Man daughter with French roots has become the most influential foundation dam in the Low Countries by way of CRV’s Delta nucleus breeding program.

Cow Country - October 2018

October 2018

‘We do not breed a cow like her every day!’ These are the opening words of Sylvain Pioud from Ferme du Moulin Gallet in eastern France, about Laitwis Dorothee. This strong EX-92 Roumare daughter is no longer on the farm, but left an impressive legacy. There are eight daughters in production, by Millennium, Silver, Benjamin, Wild Beast, Eraser and F...

Converse Judy: Globally Renowned for Fitness Traits and Udders

September 2018

Morningview Converse Judy EX-93 contributed a lot to putting the Morningview herd from Iowa on the international Holstein map. Key bulls from this family around the globe include the Canadian bull Morningview Ashlar, the German red sire Dertour-Red, and the top Italian transmitter All.Nure Secretariat. Here is an outline of the various branches of the Converse Judy family that produced these impact sires.

Do these European Elegances form the very best line of “good-old” Elegance?

September 2018

She is world famous: Krull Broker Elegance, the formidable brood cow from Wisconsin. But in the meantime, her reputation is receiving competition, because since her granddaughter Cradenhill Elegance made the move from Ireland to France in 2006, she has provided an avalanche of top genetics, in the heart of Europe. Read about the rise of the European Elegances.

Cow Country - September 2018

September 2018

It is a secret of the trade why the Pledge family, developed at Windy-Knoll-View in the USA and with many successful individuals around the world, is suddenly able to translate its high conformation potential into outstanding gPTAT values in Australia of all places. The Pledges have produced great cows and time and again impressive conformation sir...

The Ever Expanding Influence of Debutante

August 2018

Durham daughter Scientific Debutante Rae gave owners Matt and Mandy Nunes the Reserve Grand Champion title at the 2005 World Dairy Expo. A 7th generation EX from the great Roxy family, she became the cornerstone of their Scientific herd at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, producing 20 EX daughters including the Goldwyn, Scientific Gold Dana Rae EX-95, Shottle daughter Scientific Darla Rae EX-94 and Stormatic daughter Scientific Alexas Rae EX-94. Her sons included the red-carrier Goldwyn, Scientific Destry, whose legacy to the red breed includes such sons as Ladd-P, Alchemy and Heztry. Here is an update on some of the modern branches of this extensive family.

The British Rickis: Unique with Eight Daughters Scored EX-93 and higher?!

August 2018

From the outset, a question for all HI readers world-wide: do you know a cow with at least eight daughters that all score 93 points or more? A question that is difficult to answer as editors – but at any rate, the British cow Stannock Formation Ricki, accomplished this feat: among her 28 beautiful daughters are eight with EX-93 or higher. Here is her story!

Hezbollah: The Unexpected Breeding Potential of a Madison Winner

August 2018

‘We are pleased to see several of her granddaughters coming up with impressive numbers – several of them have tested nearly 4 points on type. We really believe she will have a huge impact before she is done!’ Strong words from the well-respected Tim Abbott about the All-American, All-Canadian Dubeau Dundee Hezbollah. Find out more about this unique individual here!

Cow Country 1 - August 2018

August 2018

In June, HI published part II of a unique overview of farms with the most living excellent cows. Appearing in fourth place on the Irish list was Lisnalty Holsteins with 52 excellents. A special number, especially considering the additional data that the Hannan family in the Irish county of Limerick milks 150 Holsteins. A cow family that has perform...

Cow Country - August 2018

August 2018

What do you know about Barbie’s older full-sister Rgncrst-Rh Durham Bianca EX-92? Perhaps you didn’t even know she existed? To us, this line of this world-renowned family has been in the shadows for too long. So here we take the opportunity to highlight Bianca’s Outside-daughter Nors Bianca Brita EX-90. Whilst Brita had bulls leave for AI and bred...

Loyalyn Goldwyn June - from a VG-85-2yr-old to a renowned North-American superstar

July 2018

Owen Sound, a city in the northern area of southwestern Ontario, Canada, is located at the mouths of the Pottawatomi and Sydenham rivers. Dairy farming in this area is particularly challenging due to rocky land and a limited amount of workable acres. However a herd not deterred by this difficult environment is Loyalyn Holsteins where its “Royal” family is going from strength to strength.

Cow Country Red - July 2018

July 2018

With maximum votes from judges, the American KHW Super Aderyn RC EX-90 from Nova Holsteins was selected in HI 06/2018 as Red Impact Cow 2018. Her dam KHW Goldwyn Aiko RC EX-91 won in 2015 and her grand-dam Kamps-Hollow Altitude RC EX-95 in 2009. That a fourth generation winner is certainly a possibility becomes evident during a conversation with Bi...

Cow Country - July 2018

July 2018

Fradon Rudolph Jodie EX 22*: The global success of this family needs no introduction. Numerous intriguing lines can be found in many different countries worldwide, however today we investigate the legacy of her British descendent Sterndale Sterling Jodie-Red VG-87-2yr. A great-grand-daughter of Rudolph Jodie via an EX-93 Talent and VG-88 Redman, St...

Sue: The Brood Cow That Rarely Misses

June 2018

June 2015 HI wrote about an up and coming brood cow. Exactly 3 years later we revisit this interesting individual, who is no longer an emerging talent but an outright breeding phenomenon. The family has developed so much in such a short space of time – yes: we’re talking about Misty Springs Lavanguard Sue VG-89.

A Very Special Chapter

June 2018

This chapter plays out in the splendid landscape around West Charlton, a very small town in the far eastern part of the American state of New York. It is a gorgeous, warm summer morning, when via a long driveway, we arrive at the farm on the hill that we are seeking: Eildon-Tweed Farms. Owner David Wood is quickly found, he is working in a warm off...

Mirna: Life in the Shadows of her Famous Sister Mirror

June 2018

The US cow Seagull-Bay Oman Mirror is one of the legendary brood cows of the breed: Dam of Robust and foundation behind such bulls as Jedi and Biggie. A more distant German branch of this same family produced the bull AltaSpring. However, Mirror had a litter-mate, Oman Mirna, who spent much of her life lost in the shadows of her famous sister... though it didn’t start out that way!

Irish Odettas: Stars for Protein and Longevity

June 2018

Cows in their 7th, 8th, 10th and even 15th lactation. Protein figures of close to 4%, and even above. Impossible? Certainly not! Within the 90-head Radney dairy herd of Henry and Liam O’Keeffe, the proof is clearly provided. And it is especially one cow family that is responsible: the Odettas. This past April, O’Keeffe was recognized in Dublin with the “RDS Champion of Champions Award” for his successful Odetta family. HI travelled to Radney Holsteins to get better acquainted.

Cow Country - June 2018

June 2018

In Stuhr, close to the northern German city of Bremen, GHH Talent Marie owned by Frank and Frederike Kastens recently became the first German Red Holstein to score EX-95. It was another milestone for the nine-year-old, who in 2013 became Junior Champion during the German National Show in Oldenburg, and two years later won the national title in the...

Bersaglio Qualsiasi - Back at Europe’s Peak After Seven Years

May 2018

With 32,937 first services, WEH Beatstick was Germany’s most used sire in 2017. In December, the equally intensively used Acapulco led the list of Atwood sons for conformation. At the same evaluation, HFP Finder Quimera and HFP Finder Quintsia were in the German female top-10 and three daughters of the current Nr.1 index cow in Switzerland, HFP 1st Class Quella, had the complete top-3 in Switzerland. And that is certainly not all. High offspring from this family can also be found in the Netherlands and Denmark. Behind all these results hides and Italian, whose star rose in Germany and shines brightly today: Bersaglio Oman Qualsiasi.

Valsie: Jacobs’ First Royal Hero

May 2018

First Valsie, then Vedette and the great Valana… Ferme Jacobs’ “V” family has produced many show-ring headliners. But do you know about the family’s deep history? All the details here!

SBH Talent Snowred - Germany’s First 6th Generation EX

May 2018

This story could have gone differently. And maybe we would not have heard about it if Kirsten and Heike Kemmerling had actually given up their dairy operation completely 5 years ago. But the breeding enthused sisters, who earn their money outside agriculture, decided differently. They kept several of their older cows and kept the farm taken over by their father going. Among the older cows was SBH Indian Snowred, the first 6th generation EX in Germany and the starting point for a story that is long from over.

Cow Country - May 2018

May 2018

Every Canadian Holstein with 20 stars to her name has attained a formidable breeding achievement. That is certainly the case for Hendercroft Lheros Gumball EX-96. So far, she has earned 22 stars via solely female descendants, nearly all of them among the 55 milking cows at Hendercroft Holsteins in Ashton, Ontario. In seven lactations, the All-Canad...

Knonaudale Jasmine: One of the Most Consistent Transmitting Show Families of the Breed

April 2018

Rarely do cow families compete at the top level in the show ring for more than a generation or two. However, this past show season four generations of the Knonaudale Jasmine family made their mark at the big-time shows. Here is a look at one of the hottest cow families of the Canadian show scene at present.

Mabelle - A Top Talent among German Bull Mothers

April 2018

It was the largest investment that Florian Grosse Honebrink ever made in a calf. It was not an easy decision for the young breeder, but the purchase turned out to be a stroke of good luck. Mabelle developed into a VG-88 cow and an unforeseen breeding well. The Snowflake calf became the dam of the widely used Milton, the Nr.6 of all Missouri sons in Germany. Even better were the grandsons. Three of them, Royce, First, and Kent, occupied spots 3, 10, and 30 in Germany for March. They are currently the highest three bulls on offer from the German OHG. What a story.

At the top

April 2018

And who do we find here at the top? At the peak of this Swiss mountain, between Neuchatel and the border with France? Here we see the dam of Basist, TGD-Holstein Seven Basilea-Red, nearly six years old and owned by Denis and his son Jeremy Huguenin in La Brévine. Note: neither Basilea nor her son Basist were bred by the Huguenins; their breeder is...

Tommily du Tombuy’s career – from 4 to 15 years old: ‘If you are a dairy farmer, then this is the cow you want.’

April 2018

She was four years old, the white Tommily du Tombuy, when we paid a visit 11 years ago to the French Tombuy herd. Not only was she a beautiful and solid cow to behold, but also a strong producer: And even then she was already the dam of a Swiss Expo champion. (With a very special story, which will follow shortly.) Who would have thought at the time that Tommily would continue unabated until her current age of 15 years? And she is adorned with two national French titles, a score of EX-95, a splendid lifetime production of 107,285 kg (236,027 lb) 4.20% 3.51% and numerous descendants. ‘But above all else, Tommily has always been a real work cow – she is the cow that every dairy farmer would like to have,’ says breeder Jean-Baptise Decheppe: The career of an exceptional French cow.

Unique Style Bolton Money: The Brood Cow Captivating the Genomic World

April 2018

High production, sale topping prices and a long list of breed leading AI sires… The accomplishments of Unique-Style Bolton Money make extremely impressive reading. Read all about how this money-maker with a different pedigree took the industry by storm.

Cow Country - April 2018

April 2018

‘I saw a photo of Crescentmead Shottle Empress VG-86 in a herd dispersal advert. She was my kind of cow: tall, wide, long from end to end, and she milked hard. As soon as I saw the photo I made up my mind to own something out of her. I bought embryos from the herd dispersal which resulted in 1 bull and 2 heifers, including Alexander Queen EX-92,’ e...

Stone-Rise Durham Lizzy: En Route to Something Beautiful!

March 2018

From 2003 to 2007, Regancrest Elton Durham was Premier Sire at the World Dairy Expo for five successive years. One of his daughters that successfully entered the Madison show ring at the time was Stone-Rise Durham Lizzy from New York. A Holstein with show allure and breeding power. Her descendants draw attention at shows, but also from commercial dairy farmers and from the highest gTPI realms.

Unstoppable rise of the Hermine Tual family in France

March 2018

The huge French Gold Chip daughter Hermine Tual is not only well-known for being a show cow, she also comes from a strong family with high proofs for French index and gTPI. The strength of this bloodline is making it an emerging source for bulls, while females are in high demand.

Lylehaven Lila Z has All Bases Covered with her Impactful Offspring

March 2018

$1.15 million… Sure, Lylehaven Lila Z was a huge investment. But as our global overview highlights here, her impact on the breed is as big as her price tag. Learn all about Lila Z’s influence here!

The Rudolph Stress Family: The Gift that keeps on Giving

March 2018

For more than 25 years the Southwind Saturday family has been sending bulls to AI. Even today, a Canadian branch of the family, head-quartered at Stantons in Ontario, continues to supply elite genetic-merit animals and high-indexing young sires. This branch is built around the maternal sisters Sher-Est Rudolph Stress and Sher-Est Mtoto Sharon: Here is their story.

Miss OCD Delicious: Greatest Brood Cow of the Genomic Era?

March 2018

If you haven’t heard of the 3-time Global Cow of the Year nominee, Miss OCD Rbst Delicious… Frankly, where have you been? A cow that could potentially go down in the history books as a game-changer of the modern-day genomic era. Here we bring you her story so far.

Cow Country - March 2018

March 2018

The Northern Irish Hilltara herd first became famous thanks to Medway Supreme Maude EX-97. The herd owned by the McCormick family contains more remarkable families though, including the Echos, who were put on the map in 2017 by Hilltara Lauthory Echo 2 EX-93 as Diageo Baileys Irish Champion and winner of the Winter Fair in Ulster. ‘The Echos are ou...

GenomicTalk - March 2018

March 2018

There are currently four heifer calves dominating the top-list in the USA with official breeding values of more than 3000 gTPI. In order, they are Rosylane-LLC Frzzle11270 (3017 gTPI), Peak Elevate (3014 gTPI), Sandy-Valley Highlight (3013 gTPI), and Pine-Tree 5976 Prop 7829 (3003 gTPI), who made it to the top in February. With the exception of Ele...

Hard Working Cows with Outcross Blood - The Philosophy behind Gandy’s Genetics

February 2018

Just less than two years ago, full brothers Gandy Valverde and Warren broke through on the Italian progeny proven top list. Sons of Goldday out of a Jardin dam. From a global perspective, they carry “alternative” blood and as such, Valverde ended up high in HI’s 2016 Outcross Sire Competition. Today, Valverde stands unchanged in Italy’s top-10. HI travelled to his birth barn close to the Italian city of Mantova and spoke with breeders Luciano and Claudio Gandolfi about their special cow families, their farm and their philosophy.

GBM Blackstar Jean – Now a top Address in Europe Than ks to Jolie Jumper

February 2018

At the beginning of the decade, GBM Annabell, a granddaughter of GBM Blackstar Jean, made headlines in North America with unbelievable results from flushing and several well-placed offspring. Then it was quieter for the Durham daughter, but that changed in the fall of 2017. The World Classic record of Mr Aristrocrat, the Frazzled son from the hih-index branch of Annabells’s Shottle daughter GBM America, was a thunderbolt. As such, it is quickly forgotten that a very special branch of the Jean family has also bloomed in Europe over the last few years, with partly eye-watering genomic results.

The Many Bulls from the Ladys-Manor Jem Family

February 2018

Over the last 30 years, 10 generations of the Ladys-Manor Jem family have sent bulls to AI. Such family products as Winchester, Wildman, Marbach, Shamrock, Grafeeti, Olympian and Octoberfest have become prominent names throughout the industry. Along with this review of the highly influential Jem family we introduce some of the leading sires it has produced.

Kingstead Valiant Tab: The Story Behind a Stayer Par Excellence

February 2018

Several of his daughters and granddaughters are among the most distinguished brood cows in Canada. In addition, his name shines in the pedigrees of world champion Toc-Farm Allen Amyly and the world record holder for kg milk, Gillette Smurf. Over the years Kingstead Valiant Tab has emerged as a remarkable transmitter. HI looks back on his career and returns via owner CIAQ in Quebec to his special birth barn, Kingstead Farms in Maryland.

Cow Country - February 2018

February 2018

No, the Nr.1 female in Australia is not a young calf by a hot genomic sire. It is 3rd lactation Glomar Lucky 4319 VG-87 (394 BPI; photo) who is sired by the 99% reliable Goldwyn. Lucky, who has held the Nr.1 BPI position for the last 3 years, is not the only Glomar animal in the top rankings – she is joined by 5 other family members in the top-10!...

GenomicTalk - February 2018

February 2018

One can still find them, those genomic outliers from unfamiliar herds, unfamiliar families and unusual sire stacks. Eleven-month-old Bertoni Holsteins Grana is exactly such an individual. Bred in the commercial Bertoni herd in Italy, Grana is at 2837 gTPI the Nr.2 Montross worldwide, while her 1005 points for gNM make her the Nr.1 in Europe. Howeve...

Beckridge’s Liza Family Consistently Producing Outstanding Type

January 2018

Strong cow families are the basis behind the success of many top breeders around the world. Working with maternal lines that transmit with a high degree of consistency and predictability makes for success in breeding. And this isn’t limited to top indexing families either. Here we highlight a high type family that is part of the Beckridge herd in Canada, the Liza family.

For Three Years Prehen’s Froukje Family has Delivered the UK’s Number 1

January 2018

The Dutch Froukje family – synonymous with high components and type – is recognised worldwide. Whilst it is still an integral part of the Essen family’s Mars herd in the Netherlands, who have developed the family for over 40 years, it is also making headlines in other parts of the world – like Northern Ireland.

From Italy to Japan: The deep US-rooted Licorice family makes headlines worldwide!

January 2018

Maryland, USA: Since the 1950s it’s been home to the Savage-Leigh herd’s “Licorice” family. First making major headlines in the 1990s with the Gold Medal Dam and Dam of Merit Savage-Leigh Bellwood Linda EX-92 – here we provide an update on this world-famous female line.

Europe’s Best gTPI Family? Evelin – The Inconspicuous Cow that Stands Out Enormously for Breeding

January 2018

‘During daily tasks, she never stands out, then you don’t notice her. But if you walk through the barn, or look through the list of production figures, then she really stands out! Evelin is a very powerful cow with a tremendous amount of milk,’ explains Dieter Schlunke from the German Diera dairy enterprise as he talks about the special Headliner daughter Evelin EX-90. And that is not all: Evelin is the dam of one of Europe’s highest gTPI sires plus a series of very attractive daughters. Meet one of Europe’s most extraordinary young brood cows out of a remarkable American family.

Cow Country - January 2018

January 2018

When he was just starting out as a dairy farmer, Marcel Heylen, in Geel, Belgium, had a number of wishes. One of them was breeding an excellent cow. This long-held desire was realized in October 2017 with Keur Quase RC. Shortly before that, the 12-year-old Talent daughter passed the milestone of 10,000 kg fat and protein. Heylen showed his excellen...

Iway des Vignes Rousses: France’ “showiest” bull dam

December 2017

You’ve probably already heard the name of this Meridian daughter. She is famous for her show results and her fantastic udder. But do you know that she is also a wonderful bull dam and an incredible production cow? Yes, in this story you will discover a very surprising cow!

Oelhorst Coba’s: Elite Black & White Family Provides “Unplanned” Red Holstein Talent

December 2017

Breeders regularly combine their best Holsteins with RC and Red Holstein sires in the hope of creating attractive breeding material for red & whites. However, the start of the red Coba line at Oelhorst Holsteins in Ambt Delden, the Netherlands, transpired very differently. Unplanned, the Red Holstein millionaire Kian introduced the red gene. Four generations later, the Coba family provides one of the most popular young Red Holstein donors.

Fiona: Head of a Thriving Branch of the Ebony Family at Opsal Ridge in Wisconsin

December 2017

Finley was the biggest name to come from the Fiona family – he was the bull that put the Opsal herd on the international Holstein map more than a decade ago. Later the cow Opsal Planet Fame spent three years ranked as the Nr.1 female for protein in the breed. Here we trace the history of the Fiona family, possibly the most successful of the lines descending from the famous Rotate daughter Ebony.

Golden-Oaks Champ Rae: Everyone Wants More from this New Holstein Source

December 2017

The Debutante Raes, Lana Raes, Perk Raes and Cinderellas; all these successful breeding lines have proceeded from Hanoverhill Tony Rae EX-96. Right now, a prominent new Rae line is emerging in the US, this time based on Golden-Oaks Champ Rae EX-93. After a difficult start, she too is now developing into a sensational brood cow. The harvest thus far: an impressive list of daughters and granddaughters. And partly due to two promising bulls, the Champ Rae line is now spreading internationally.

Who Needs Genomics When You Have The Dolly Family?

December 2017

There are 17 star-brood cows from the Dolly family in the British Kirkblythe herd. Born in 1991, the greatest is its founding member Kirkblythe Leadman Dolly EX-90 31*. Here we report on today’s impact left by this top UK star-brood cow.

Cow Country - December 2017

December 2017

Ideal Dairy Farms (1,900 cows) in New York is the home of several excellent cow families. Well-known examples are the EX-94 Bookem daughter Quiet-Brook-D Babybrook and particularly the Cookiecutter Halo family, started by Denise Dickinson and Kyle Getty. Another family, which is not yet as famous but has lots of potential, is one that came into the...