Farewell to a 12-year-old World Champion: Bopi Talent Lotanie-Red EX-95

September 2020

Everything comes to an end. Also the life of a World Champion with a marvelous career. In the accompanying photograph is Bopi Talent Lotanie-Red, who...

Cow Country - October 2020

October 2020

In 2018, Sweetview Avalanche Mitsou, at 30 months of age, became the Reserve Grand of the Red Holstein Show at the Canadian Royal. Now in...

Cow Country - October 2020

October 2020

Naturally, there are special reasons to explain why we are presenting the 4-year-old Maren here. The VG-88 Goldday daughter, whose pedigree, via daughters from Mascalese...

JIMM Holstein Hellen 589: A Remarkable Dutch Spectacle

October 2020

‘Hellen 589 is, in time to participate in the NRM next year, pregnant to Dempsey. She is enormously powerfully built, but also has the femininity...

GOL Commander Nachtigall -Germany’s Cow of the Year is the Cow of the Hour

October 2020

The German breeders had a fine sense of the breeding capital that the Commander daughter GOL Nachtigall had to offer. This summer, a large majority...

Pinehurst Royal Rosa and the Excitement Surrounding the Race for the 21st Consecutive EX Generation

September 2020

It was the 27th of June, 2019, when the 4-year-old Barbwire daughter Golden-Rose Barbritzi B-Red was the first Holstein, and obviously the first Red-Holstein, to...

Cow Country - September 2020

September 2020

With 538 PLI, based on 3,035 daughters, Topcroft Pesky Trix is one of the highest bulls in the United Kingdom. Topcroft is the prefix of...

Cow Country - September 2020

September 2020

Ponte de Lima is the oldest villa in all of Portugal and was historically significant as a Roman settlement on the road from Braga to...

Eleonor: European Breeding Icon from the Alternative Linda Line

August 2020

Savage-Leigh Bellwood Linda EX-92 GMD made significant furor as a brood cow, and in North America especially received a sequel with her famous Durham daughter...

Conceited and Cookie Dough:

August 2020

Two 94-point cows, both over 200,000lb. (90,000kg), with a pedigree of 5 and 6 generations of EX: It’s the kind of cow family that dreams...

Sofia and Sky: Shaping the Future of Red-Holsteins

August 2020

Two bulls stand out as the major contributors to Red-Holstein proof lists worldwide at present, Salvatore RC and Swingman-Red. Placing second in HI’s 2020 Red-Impact...

Cow Country - August 2020

August 2020

When the Dutchman Norwin Piet (NRP Holsteins) became the new owner of ALH Australia in 2014, he could not have imagined where this purchase would...

Cow Country - August 2020

August 2020

The enthusiasm with which Thomas Rindesbacher speaks about Sunibelle Dempsey Esprit, causes one to forget that the two-time Swiss Expo Grand Champion is grazing in...

Cow Country - July 2020

July 2020

Idole 91 VG-86, a Uno daughter from the 70-head milking herd of Vincent Belec in Lanrivoare (Brittany region) and her descendants score well on the...

Cow Country - July 2020

July 2020

The Isle of Man is situated in the Irish Sea midway between the UK and Ireland. It is self-governing and not actually part of the...

The Shottles of Feizor: Classified 97 and 96

July 2020

The breeding power of Shottle is highly respected around the globe and has moved him into 4th place on the list of most influential sires...

Tirsvad Giga Star - Is there an evaluation system in which her genes do not work?

July 2020

Her values on a US basis are formidable. Even there she has the level to be a bull dam. But as the Danish Tirsvad Giga...

„Best of the Breed“ The Personal Favourites from All Kinds of Barns Around the World

July 2020

She could be the highest index cow in her country, have the most stars, the highest classification, production, lifetime production, or best health. No problem:...

Luck-E Asia: Red-Impact Cow 2020

July 2020

The bull that spent much of the last two years as the Nr.1 udder bull in the breed – Luck-E Awesome-Red – was a major...

Luck-E Advent Asia-RC: Two-time Readers’ Favourite Captures 14th Red Impact Title!

June 2020

Last year, she was overwhelmingly the readers’ favourite and finished second. As such, from the outset, Luck-E Advent Asia-RC EX-94 was a big favourite for...

Faith: The Matriarch of the Ralma Herd in Minnesota

June 2020

The whole herd descends from just one cow, a cow born in 1996. This is the Schmitt family’s 100-cow Ralma herd at Rice, Minnesota. Indeed,...

Updates from the Blondin Supra family: Leading Type Sires, Top Sellers and National Champions

June 2020

Amazingly it has been over five years since HI has dedicated a cow family story to the Canadian Blondin Supra family. Starting at Blondin with...

Two Italian Number Ones: Zani’s Pawnee Family Demands Attention Once Again

June 2020

The recent Italian April release once again brought the Zani prefix into the forefront. The index list for cows is led by Zani Bandares Mony...

Cow Country - June 2020

June 2020

Around 60-70% of the 100-cow Marshland herd (Wisconsin, US) goes back to the 1960s cow, Marshland Reflection Beatrice EX-91. Understandably for a long-standing family there...

Miranda: Rising Star for Polled and Red

May 2020

He has become a global superstar in the polled breeding sector, the Australian bull Coomboona Zipit Mirand-PP, perhaps the most outstanding type bull the polled...

Frosty: The Expanding Empire of a Glamorous Show Queen

May 2020

The silky, stylish lines of Harvue Roy Frosty EX-97 made her a crowd favorite during her stellar show career that included Intermediate and Reserve Grand...

Cow Country - May 2020

May 2020

‘We actually use quite a few current sires.’ Not a particularly unique statement. But those who know the tradition of Lantland Farms in New York...

Cow Country - May 2020

May 2020

As the 1750-cow Cirio herd in Italy is in the fluid milk market, it has always been looking for production. Five years ago it began...

The amazing career of BTS-Malaga

May 2020

A son at N°3 in the French top list, and a former N°1 daughter that currently ranks fourth on the official French heifer top list!...

Cow Country - April 2020

April 2020

As you will have read in HI’s recent herd report on AOT Genetics in January, Cookiecutter MOM Halo has had a huge impact on their...

Elita: Foundation Cow of the Powerful Canadian Branch of the Lead Mae Family

April 2020

A former Nr.1 gLPI female in Canada, Stantons McCutchen Agree, currently has two sons (Alligator and Adagio-P) in the Canadian top-10 proven sire list as...

Nearly 100 years of the Lohmöller family’s “L” bloodline!

April 2020

Aikman-daughter Loh Lilliaik VG-88 is a potential homebred 7th generation EX. She has three 100,000kg (220,000lb) milk cows in her pedigree, and more: it is...

Cow Country - April 2020

April 2020

While udder and longevity specialist Unix (Uno-Regan-ALH Domain Daya EX-93) successfully represents the Raven family from Canada, his sister Ms Alphagen Daluna EX-90 (<Day) stands...

Cow Country - March 2020

March 2020

Heidenskipster Goldwin Destiny, the dam of the German type and longevity specialist Beart, made her career in the Netherlands. Her best daughter is in Australia:...

Cow Country - March 2020

March 2020

The 100-cow herd of Darita Holsteins in Indiana, Herd of Excellence in 2018, is the home of a bull-dam who only needed one son to...

Windsor-Manor Zip: Elite Family Whose Fortunes Continue to Rise

March 2020

Windsor-Manor Rud Zip EX-95 was a cow ahead of her time when it comes to productive life and the health traits she transmitted. The cow...

Missboard: German Wholesaler in High Polled Sires

March 2020

Six appealing sons on the German DNA list, with two in the top-10. The record of KNS Missboard-P is truly phenomenal. Especially when we consider...

The Swedish Barbies: ‘Survivors, Who Never Disappoint!’

March 2020

Two full sisters. Both in their 10th lactation. Both scored excellent. Both 13 years old. Both have surpassed 100,000 kg. Both Shottles. Both outstanding brood...

Bomaz Pizza: 30 Years of Hard Work An Experiment that Paid Off

March 2020

The Nr.1 NM sire, Nr.2 gTPI sire, Nr.1 NM cow, Nr.1 gTPI female (<9 months old) and Nr.1 gPLI sire. What do they have in...

Cow Country - February 2020

February 2020

‘She has made all my dreams come true!’ Thomas De Brabander speaks directly from the heart when he talks about Failue de L’Herbagere EX-90. De...

Cow Country - February 2020

February 2020

After 45 years of breeding Holsteins, a lifelong goal was achieved for the Lang family of Springhill Farms as their homebred Springhill-OH Wind Jada EX-91...

Stormi Hazel: More Than a Third of Her Classified Daughters Score 94 or Higher!

February 2020

The EX-96 Stormatic daughter Quality-Ridge Stormi Hazel was one of the big name stars on the North American show scene. However, even more impressive was...

Whinchat Tippy: Generations of Long-Life, High-Scoring Cows

February 2020

Within the UK Whinchat herd there are three dominant families – Savoire Fare, Farrah and the oldest of the three: Tippy. Despite starting with foundation...

Baviere: Super Brood Cow Behind an Exciting Branch of the Spottie Family in France

February 2020

Sunnylodge Prelude Spottie was a first crop young-sire daughter of Ronnybrook Prelude that became the Canadian Cow of the Year 1998. Her son Sunnylodge Linjet...

Australian Bonnie Family Hits the Big-Time in North America

January 2020

Throughout the Holstein world there are many, many examples of highly successful cows and cow families that have been established from animals exported from North...

Pen-Col Rubicon Beth: Four Sons for the Future of the Breed

January 2020

A Rubicon daughter is one of the most appreciated progeny proven bulls in recent years. She herself was the 18th VG/EX in a row, descending...

Glinzer Holsteins: Outstanding Herd Achieved through their own Breeding Strategy

January 2020

An average production of 10,756 kg (23,715 lb.) milk with 4.43% fat and 3.62% protein, average type of nearly 86 points and 16 cows that...

Cow Country - January 2020

January 2020

Back in the early 1990s Richard Charles’s family had a non-pedigree, commercial herd. However being a young, enthusiastic Holstein fan, the pedigree world was a...

Cow Country 2 - January 2020

January 2020

Jay and Jack Hein had to drive quickly straight through their home state of Ohio, arriving just on time at the sale of Doug Dye....

Fustead Lavon: Dam of Solution, the Popular Sire of Sons

December 2019

Fustead Rubicon Lavon was a finalist in the 2019 Global Cow competition. Her sons include the popular Frazzled son Solution and the Superhero sons Nacash...

VH Crown: High Sales in Scandinavia and Beyond

December 2019

I/S Hedelund, a dairy enterprise in the northern Danish Aalestrup, made a flying start in the 1970s with the use of the ground-breaking German bull...

Luck-E “A” Family: Source of the World’s Top Udder Bull

December 2019

Spectacular type, the red colour and polled...the descendants of Luck-E Advent Asia now fulfill a number of niche markets and appeal to an ever widening...

Windy-Knoll-View Promis: Breeding Miracle from Pennsylvania with 23 EX daughters

December 2019

With 23 EX daughters in Holstein USA’s data base, Windy-Knoll-View Promis is one of the absolute phenomenon of the Holstein breed. An unprecedented performance, which...

Lohmann´s Elly-Lilly EX-90 - Elevation Still Delivers in the 21st Century

December 2019

She is a cow that makes the mouth water and her pedigree likely does the same for many experienced Holstein fans. The cow we are...

Cow Country - December 2019

December 2019

Don Bennink of No-Fla Holsteins in Florida has a clear vision which guides his breeding in his over 10,000 head herd: his ideal cow has...

Polled is the new goal for the Dafné family!

November 2019

The Dafné family from Gaec du Moulin Trefoux in the west of France is well-known for fine shows results, females with high potential and high...

Roz Family: Realizing The Ultimate Combination

November 2019

The Roz family at Siemers Holsteins in Wisconsin has become one of the top performers on the genomic scene. A finalist in this year’s Global...

Mox Kite Maryrose – Even After 15 Years People are Crazy About Her Genetics

November 2019

This story comes without any reference to high-testing and intensively used sons or grandsons. Without high genomic values. Without bull dams. And nonetheless this is...

The Story of Australia’s 2018 Cow of the Year Started with a Dream…

November 2019

Holstein International first contacted Murray Polson from Australia this summer for some information about his cow Mario Park Goldwyn Alicia (for July’s CowCountry). We expected...

A Special Cow in a Special Herd

November 2019

While we were travelling for several stories two years ago in Austria, we had the opportunity to visit a special operation. The host on this...

Striking Gold with Claynook’s Chassity line!

November 2019

It all goes back to the 2009 International Intrigue sale where a cow sold with a package for a monumental $1.5 million. That cow is...

Bons-Holsteins Koba’s: Long-standing Dutch Cow Family with Global Allure

November 2019

During the Sale of Stars 2018, a 50% share in the EX-94 Lauthority daughter Bons-Holsteins Koba 219 was sold for C$47,000 to Westcoast Holsteins. Embryos...

World Champion Irene - Timeline of a Unique Career

November 2019

She did it again. For the second time after 2016, the 15-year-old Swiss exceptional phenomenon Suard-Red Jordan Irene EX-97 was crowned World Champion. What more...

Cow Country - November 2019

November 2019

Standing out on the TPI list of the highest and also the most reliable bulls is View-Home Monterey, who is the only transmitter with >3.00...

Cow Country - November 2019

November 2019

‘She was my once in a lifetime cow,’ begins Cameron Hickling of the Master Breeder Hicklee herd in Ontario. Hicklee Dundee Glow EX-93 produced over...

Integrity Robin: Consistent Transmitting Power Typical of the Roxys

October 2019

In the 1970’s, Glenridge Citation Roxy EX-97 emerged as one of the great cows of the breed, eventually going on to be acclaimed as the...

Cow Country - October 2019

October 2019

After years of absence, Brent and Kim Mitchell from Victoria immediately captured the Intermediate title with Mitch Aftershock Irene at Australia’s national show (IDW) in...

Cow Country - October 2019

October 2019

‘The most prominent qualities of this family are capacity and strength. The cows have outstanding frames with tremendous capacity, strength through the loins, and wide...

Penn-Dell’s Kathy Family: High-Type Branch of the Kays

September 2019

The Kathy family at Penn-Dell is built around a daughter-dam pair of 94-point cows that have both been Grand Champion at their county fair. Further...

The Ruby Family Continues to Shine at Lehoux

September 2019

In 2013 she won the Quebec People’s Choice Cow of the Year title: Lehoux Goldwyn Ruby is a 20 star brood cow with 7 EX...

Chief Mark Susy EX-97: The Queen of Castelverde

September 2019

Although we are now nearly 30 years on from when Castelverde Chief Mark Susy EX-97 was born, her genetics have not got old. In the...

Cow Country - September 2019

September 2019

Don Mayer in Wisconsin has such confidence in Catamount’s genetics, in three years he would like 75% of his 55-cow Mayerlane herd to be from...

Sunnyside Nelly Atwood: Leading to Dazzling Success for a 16-Year-Old

August 2019

At +4.82 for type, Schur-Vu Undenied Neon is a standout among young genomic bulls. He’s the kind that creates excitement among type enthusiasts everywhere. The...

Cow Country - August 2019

August 2019

In the All-New Zealand photo competition, the Ohaka-based Sherraine herd won all 3 milking classes. And testament to this 180-cow herd’s breeding, two of these...

Cow Country - August 2019

August 2019

Ladd was the first polled bull used by Casey Jones on his family farm Scenery-View Farm in Pennsylvania. The results are noteworthy; within two generations...

Gastlosen Integral Laylani and a dream story

July 2019

The truth of the matter is that we would like to use as few words as possible for this story to maximize the focus on...

Idee Goldwyn Lucia: Lustre Family Shines Again

July 2019

Idee Lustre was Grand Champion at the Royal in 2002, and in the almost 20 years since, this family has never been far from the...

The family behind GAH Olga des Grilles, Europe’s record seller!

July 2019

Tuesday February 26, 2019 was a historical day in France. Indeed, a very special heifer was sold during the Paris Dairy Sale at Simagena and...

Océanie: One of Europe’s Premier Red families

July 2019

Production, longevity and type: It is hard to find a breeder who isn’t interested in at least one of these traits – and it is...

Cow Country - July 2019

July 2019

With 2111 TPI, Niclo O-Man Debbie VG-87 (born 2004) is one of the very highest American index cows from her birth year. The O-Man owned...

Cow Country - July 2019

July 2019

After their herd dispersal sale in April, the only milking cows the Irish Sinnott family kept were their homebred dam and daughter pair – Ballyboy...

Lana Rae: Outstanding Success Rate as a Brood Cow

June 2019

In the US there are 12 cows that have produced 22 EX daughters or more. Gloryland Lana Rae EX-94 is one of the cows on...

The Grietje/Genua Family: Every Generation Notable for High Components and Balance

June 2019

Progressive elite breeding sometimes results in small, fragile Holsteins with insufficient durability for long-term production. This is anything but the case for the native Dutch...

Esprit: In the European footsteps of her great-great-granddam!

June 2019

Grand Champion of the Swiss Expo and Reserve Grand at the European Show in Libramont: Sunibelle Dempsey Esprit is one of the true superstars of...

Heline: The New Queen of Europe

June 2019

During the finale of an enthralling Holstein show, thousands of enthusiastic Holstein fans in Libramont (Belgium) witnessed as judge Mark Nutsford crowned the pitch-black Du...

Cow Country - June 2019

June 2019

The 300-cow Belbrook herd was recently identified in HI as the leading herd in New Zealand for the highest number of excellent cows. However looking...

The Bresilienne family: in the spotlight thanks to Norman

May 2019

For months, Frist PJP was the master of French conformation proofs before to be dethroned by a new sire: Norman EFP. This bull, who received...

Krull Broker Elegance: Remarkable Type Transmitter with World-Wide Impact

May 2019

Elegance has 69 classified daughters in the US, 34 of which have scored EX. That ranks her third behind only Ashlyn (60) and Adeen (37)...

Jedi: The Daughter Proven Story

May 2019

Jedi has been one of the most extensively used sires of sons of the genomic era establishing his position as a major impact sire of...

Bond Haven Dixie Rox: The UK’s Nr.2 has Potentially Achieved a World-First!

May 2019

Debutante Rae, Rhonda, Perk Rae, Cinderella – the Roxy family has reinvented itself through many different lines. Here we discover a powerful UK branch that...

Cow Country 2 - May 2019

May 2019

‘She makes you look smart,’ says Anthony Liddle about Liddleholme Resurrect Lu-RC, one of the breed’s newest 97-point cows. ‘She likes to be left alone...

Cow Country - May 2019

May 2019

The development and the discovery of new and unique cow families is one of the most important challenges facing Holstein breeding. But new families with...

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....

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...

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,...

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....

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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....

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...

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...

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....

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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. ...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Olmar Baby Bumble: Deep Minnesota Cow Family with Current Impact

November 2017

Olmar has been one of the top breeder herds of Minnesota for almost 60 years. For most of that time, different branches of the one...

German R Family also Provides Popular Double W Sires in the Netherlands

November 2017

With 130 RZG based on nearly 28,000 daughters, Guarini is the very highest of several dozens of German Goldwyn sons. Thanks to the strong maternal...

Welcome-Tel Brennan: 5 generations, 5 different prefixes

November 2017

In June 2003 HI reported about the Hidden-View Lead Becca cow family and in October 2003 we wrote about a headline daughter-proven sire that had...

Tiger-Lily Lulu: Ladd-P was Just the Beginning for this Special Cow Family

November 2017

Five years ago the arrival of the high-type red bull Tiger-Lily Ladd-P focused attention on the Lulu family at Marshman Farms in New York. Via...

Coyne-Farms Mass Jill: Males More Successful than Females

November 2017

With 3 sons on the TPI and LPI top-lists, along with 5 grand-sons and great grand-sons on the genomic top-lists in the US and Germany,...

Saber Pansy Family Dominates at Selz-Pralle Dairy

October 2017

The well-managed 425-cow operation at Selz-Pralle Dairy in Wisconsin achieves extreme production from high-type cows with well-attached udders that are built to last. A branch...

A Surprising Update On Dabble: This Prominent Family Keeps Providing Alternative Bloodlines

October 2017

Widely regarded as one of the best Outside daughters, Ronelee Outside Dabble EX-91 had 17 sons go to AI in North America with the two...

Camomile: The Conformation Queen

October 2017

During the height of her show career Silvermaple Damion Camomile commanded a 6-figure price tag at public auction. Was she worth the investment? Find out...

Successful for shows and index: BTS-Swann – the uncommon French Splendor

October 2017

Do you like stories about very special cows? The ones that have something different than their paternal sisters? If you do, you should enjoy the...

Cow Country 2 - October 2017

October 2017

She is the first cow in Quebec’s history to complete 3 generations of 94/95 dams and is regarded as the best cow the Master Breeder...

Havenvalley Gibson Zweetie: New Name for Elite Type

September 2017

Seldom is a Holstein buried on a farm. An exception is Havenvalley Zweetie. Even more remarkable: Larry Dykstra buried the Gibson daughter on his property...

Uncovered: The Secrets behind Hilrose’s “Herd of Excellence” Success

September 2017

The Princess family, belonging to Hilrose Holsteins in America, has been in this award-winning herd for nearly 30 years. Much of the herd’s success can...

Cow Country - July 2017

September 2017

Developed in the western US, discovered in France and now successful in the far northern part of Germany. In short, this is the story of...

Tricia: The Foundation Cow Behind the “T-bulls”

August 2017

Tricia is a Rudolph daughter whose descendants have put the Lars-Acres prefix on the map when it comes to successful bulls in AI. They were...

Longevity Non-stop: Ronbeth Stormatic Doll, 5th Generation with 100,000 kg!

August 2017

Since the beginning of this century, longevity is playing a more prominent role in Holstein breeding. In the Ronbeth herd of the Warner family in...

Weelder Esmonique 38 Continues Esmeralda Tradition

August 2017

With the May release, Weelder Esmonique 38, a G-Force daughter owned by the Dutch Van de Kamp family provided 2 sons in the Dutch gNVI...

A Question of Character

August 2017

Clearly, it was a special picture with a special cow that lured us to the farm of Clemens Eilmans in the town of Kevelaer in...

Cow Country - August 2017

August 2017

On the Gandy dairy farm owned by the Gandolfi family in the northern Italian province of Mantova, the percentages of fat and protein, as well...

The International Reach of Canada’s Dragonfly Family

August 2017

We last reported on the Dragonfly family in April 2012. Since then the family has been spreading its wings and is now supplying some exciting...

The Lidias: Even More Complete Thanks to Tango and Charley

July 2017

“New Italian Bertaiola Family Accelerates in the Netherlands”: In January 2013, that was the title of HI’s article about 2 full sisters of the Italian...

The Gigi’s: Seven Generations of Gold Medal Dams

July 2017

It’s hard to ignore that kind of consistent transmitting power – 7 generations of Gold Medal Dams. ‘This family makes cows that show up to...

Budjon Desire: Expo Champion with 19 EX daughters

July 2017

Younger HI-readers may not remember the 2005 Madison Grand Champion, Budjon Redmarker Desire EX-96. However her achievements out of the show-ring will certainly earn her...

New Zealand: Incredible Family Power

July 2017

Many national Herd-Book organizations award the “Cow of the Year” title to the most accomplished cow in their country. In New Zealand that award is...

Goldwyn ATM’s Legacy Continues to Strengthen Worldwide

July 2017

He was in the right place and the right time. The black, silky-hided Goldwyn yearling that walked into the sale ring at the 2008 Maryland...

Pompey: Conquering Two Market Sectors at the Same Time

July 2017

A powerful cow that ranked among the highest Massey daughters worldwide, Pompey has gone on to make her mark in two different sectors of the...

Cow Country - July 2017

July 2017

When the two friends and neighbours David McAfee (Glamour) and Morell McCollum (Boghill) started their partnership 5 years ago, the goal was to build one...

The Humbling Story behind Wendon’s Unstoppable Divine Family

June 2017

Extreme 5-figure prices and show wins across North America have boosted the profile of Wendon’s Divine family this spring. And with many intriguing offspring coming...

Cow Country - June 2017

June 2017

Keylas Sid Roxanna EX-93 recently won the Ontario Spring Show. The daughter of Keylas Roxanne VG-85 (Atlas-Aeroline-Lindy-Starbuck) was discovered by Rob Eby (Pleasant Nook Farm)....