High Ambitions and Solid Genetics Lead EH Holsteins Quickly to the Swedish Top

November 2020

When HI asked Gill Zeilon and Waldemar Andersson – the manager and former manager respectively of the Swedish Holstein herdbook – about the best Holstein...

Bert-Mar Farms: Marketing Genetics from “the Big Three”

November 2020

The Wisconsin herd Bert-Mar Farms is home to the reigning Red-Impact winner, Luck-E Advent Asia, along with many members of her extensive family line. A...

Meutes Holsteins: Very near the status of being the best herd in Germany

November 2020

An average production of 13,471kg/29,636lb, an average production per day of life of 23.1kg/50.8lb, a herd turnover rate under 20%, an unbelievably balanced and strong...

April-Day: producing and propelling leading-edge Red-Holstein genetics

October 2020

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, once said, “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” The dairy industry is filled...

Gillette: Transitioning to the Next Generation

October 2020

Gillette is one of the most renowned prefixes on the Canadian Holstein scene – a top-10 finish in the Global Breeder award; home to Smurf,...

Castelverde’s Consistent Breeding Strategy Unfailingly Leads to Italy’s Best Holsteins

September 2020

You likely know both names: Castelverde Holsteins and owner Giuseppe Quaini, also well-known as judge “Peppo” Quaini from numerous shows. In the meantime, Quaini is...

Family Matters at Kings-Ransom Farm

September 2020

Kings-Ransom Farm has been a part of the landscape of Schuylerville, New York, for many years. The King family has been at the present location...

Austria’s Figurehead on the International Breeding Stage

September 2020

In all likelihood, Austria’s Holstein population is one of the most underestimated in the world. Anyone who enjoys good conformation, production and longevity would be...

Saluden’s Special Discovery: This Cow Family Kept Its Red & White Genes a Secret for Decades!

August 2020

What follows is a special story. Because the splendid French Red Holstein cow on the accompanying picture - in her 5th lactation and good for...

Große-Honebrink - Though not in the spotlight, it is one of the most successful breeding barns in Germany

August 2020

On first glance, the farm does not seem much different than so many family farms in Germany. A well-managed, high-producing herd in a typical free-stall...

Ladys-Manor Ruby Shawn’s Genetics from Maryland to Switzerland

August 2020

All over the world, early summer is a busy season for dairy farmers. Sometimes it can be so busy, that a report about a breeding...

Plattery Holstein: Remarkable Stayer on the Red & White Type Front

August 2020

In celebration of its 25th anniversary in 2019, HI organized a competition to highlight the best breeders worldwide during the past 25 years. As a...

Giessen Holsteins: Breeding for Width Provides Outstanding Cows and High Production

July 2020

The Charitys and Cinderellas from Giessen Holsteins are well-known domestically and abroad and have provided various outstanding sires. In the home herd, Theo van Vliet...

Gaec Chartier: The French Breeding Phenomenon was Bred Here

July 2020

In April 2016 he made his DNA debut: Izonogoud son Louxor, with a magnificent gISU score which gave him an unprecedented lead on his competitors....

Mooijman Holsteins in the Netherlands: 10% (!) of Milking Cows Above 100,000 kg/220,000 lb.

July 2020

With the last milk production recording (June 2020), Ton and Wim Mooijman in the province of Groningen (northern Netherlands) had seven cows pass the milestone...

Overside Holsteins in Texas: Focus on Udders and Feet & Legs Keeps Cows out of the Sick Pen

June 2020

‘We do not want to sacrifice any type, but also pay attention to fitness traits like DPR.’ Joseph Osinga from Hico has a clear breeding...

Functional Type Plays a Key Role Here

June 2020

Here is a wide view from the French department of Haut-Rhin. Exactly four years ago, this region – and especially its capital – was in...

Siemers Holsteins: The Unique Combination of Elite Indexes, Lifetime Productions, and Conformation

June 2020

Just in 2019 alone, no less than 16 Holstein cows were able to pass the special milestone of 300,000 lb (136,360 kg) milk at Siemers...

TGD-Holstein: The Top Bull Supplier in Switzerland

June 2020

It is the top sires like Basist-PP, Bronneus-P, Reduro-Red, Romanus-PP, Benettoni or Samon-RC that have helped give the TGD barn of Thomas Gerber its international...

Crescentmead: A Prominent Force in the Red-Holstein Show-Ring

May 2020

Over the years Crescentmead has enjoyed a strong international reputation and is a widely recognized name in Holstein circles around the world. The breeding program...

Flora in Spain: The Bigger the Cow, the Bigger the Production Capacity

May 2020

Julian Rodriguez-Perez and his parents are clear about it: the discussion about small and efficient cows is not for them. Within the Flora herd, they...

Priestland: Northern Ireland’s Best Type Herd

May 2020

The family-run Priestland herd is synonymous with high-type, deep pedigreed cattle. An enjoyable visit HI will never forget: Here we provide some insight into the...

Avonlea: One of the Most Respected Names in Australian Holsteins

April 2020

Both the Grand Champion and the Reserve at this year’s International DairyWeek in Australia were bred in the Gardiner family’s Avonlea herd. Avonlea has long...

Ladina’s Life Story, or: How Elite Holsteins Came to Europe

April 2020

They are among the Holstein pioneers of Europe: the Ladina family from northern Italy. In HI’s previous issue (3/2020) we described how the Ladinas, after...

GenoSource: A Major Supplier of Elite Genetics to the Breed

April 2020

One of the new names on the North American Holstein scene is GenoSource, an enterprise that was formed for the express purpose of being one...

High-ranking Sires on Progeny Proven and DNA Tested Lists Toullec: This Elite French Herd is Active on All Fronts

March 2020

Striking: in the recent December release, the Toullec name appeared in the top of both the French progeny proven and the DNA tested list. For...

Schuwey Holsteins - With New Talents for an Exciting Future

March 2020

When discussing the big names on the Swiss Red Holstein scene, the Schuwey prefix is bound to get mentioned. The farm, which was passed from...

WinStar: ‘A Genetic Program to Enhance the Profitability of our Dairies’

March 2020

WinStar is a new name in Holstein circles. It was formed at the start of 2017 and now after just three years of operation already...

Ladina’s Life Story, or:How Holsteins Came to Northern Italy

March 2020

Widely known: in Italy, there is a lot of passion for Holsteins. A whole lot. This is likely the result of the early arrival of...

Kingsway: Prominent in Breeding and Merchandizing Elite Show-Caliber Holsteins

February 2020

Over the past 10-15 years the Canadian herd Kingsway Farms has progressively risen to prominence in the area of breeding, developing and selling top quality...

Switzerland’s Largest Milk Producer: ‘Our philosophy is that the nicest cow also reaches the highest production.’

February 2020

With 300 milking cows (which does not include the 50 dry cows) the Menoud Red herd is the largest source of milk in Switzerland. They...

Emerald: Breeding Pleasure and Profitability with non-Irish Holsteins

February 2020

Cows that produce 700 kg fat+protein per lactation, classify excellent at a mature age, and complete a minimum of five lactations. And preferably furnished with...

Johnson’s Rolling Acres: Education and Transparency as a Priority

January 2020

In the barns of the Johnson family in Minnesota, a lot of high quality milk is produced. Nice results that are certainly being seen as...

Red & White Minnesota is the Dazzling Model at Wiewer Holsteins

January 2020

Udder quality is at an exceptionally high level, there are no cows with poor feet & legs, and the herd average is currently 10,600 kg...

Pierstein: A Herd Developed on a Passion for Great Udders!

January 2020

Thrulane James Rose, Loyalyn Goldwyn June and Bruynland Storm Kendra: Three 97-point cows that are just a few of the many great cows that have...

More Than Half the Cows at Jeffrey-Way Score EX

January 2020

The Jeffrey-Way herd in Wisconsin is a great type herd... cows with capacity, balance and size, great udders, big records and high lifetime production. Their...

An Interview with Marc Comtois, the Most Influential Breeder of the Past 25 Years!

January 2020

The last couple of months have been especially exciting for Marc Comtois, of Comestar Holsteins at Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada. In December he learned that he...

AOT: A Very Influential Name with a Hidden Secret!

January 2020

Currently AOT Silver Helix reigns supreme as the Nr.1 TPI daughter-proven sire in the US following his breakthrough in August of 2019. His maternal sister...

Feithy Holsteins: One of the UK’s Best Type Herds

December 2019

Although the Jones family are now into their third generation dairy farming in South Wales, it is arguably their achievements in recent years that have...

Leroy Frères: Aiming for 100% Polled

December 2019

Slowly but surely, gains are being made by polled within international Holstein breeding. In the one country (including Germany) notably quicker than the other. There...

Vanhatalon Holsteins: Splendid Home Base of the New Finnish Champion

December 2019

They reigned supreme during Finland’s National Show last summer in Okra. Vanhatalon Holsteins won all the champion titles for the milking animals, and provided a...

Welcome Stock Farm: Adapting to Modern Breeding Practices

December 2019

The arrival of genomics brought a world of change to the bull breeding side of the industry. Welcome is one herd that adapted seamlessly and...

Here is #1 of the most influential breeders of the past 25 years: Comestar Holsteins

December 2019

Bronze for Hanover-Hill. Silver for Regancrest. And now, in this December issue of HI, follows the gold medal: for Comestar Holsteins in Quebec, Canada! Is...

Here is #2 of the most influential breeders of the past 25 years: Regancrest Farm

November 2019

It can be heard regularly, that it is all about the nr.1, the winner. Well, let us immediately state that this is certainly not the...

Twin-Spruce: A Modern Bull-Breeding Operation from Minnesota

November 2019

In the genomic era, the breeding of AI bulls has become very specialized. In North America, apart from the 4 main bull-stud programs which between...

Bois Seigneur: Early Birthplace of European Laurie Sheik Offspring

November 2019

With “Libramont 2019”, the European Show returned to Belgium after 15 years. During this event, the prominent Belgian breeding herd Bois Seigneur opened their doors....

The Border Between Two Nations

October 2019

Master-Breeder award in 2015

Ardylbar in Australia: Success in Times of Drought

October 2019

Ardylbar has been a prominent name on the Holstein scene in Queensland over recent decades. Down through the years a regular supply of show champions...

JB Holsteins: ‘Aiming for Several Generations VG or Higher, and Preferably All Surpass 100,000 kg.’

October 2019

‘It is not easy to be a cow here.’ Those are the words spoken in unison by mother Jeanette and daughter Amanda Sjöland. ‘We namely...

Plain-Knoll: Early Adoption of Genomics Provided Splendid Breeding Successes

October 2019

Steve Buschur from Plain-Knoll Holsteins in Ohio is not only a very friendly man, but also someone who approaches Holstein breeding very progressively. For example,...

Here is #3 of the most influential breeders of the past 25 years: Hanover-Hill Holsteins!

October 2019

Quite soon after the nomination of the 100 candidates for this competition, a reader posed the following question: “Hanover-Hill… is it not too old for...

JMK Holsteins in Texas: From Nothing to 1400 Outstanding Holsteins in Just 35 Years

September 2019

With 800 milking and dry cows, the dairy of John Koster (JMK Holsteins) is clearly below the average size in Texas (1343 cows), making it...

Raunhøj Dairy: The Organic Path to the Danish Conformation Top

September 2019

With six finalists, including the Grand Champion, as well as the best herd group Raunhøj Dairy had a sensational performance during the Danish National Show....

Gaec du Terril: Using the Right Bulls for Optimal Genetics on their Organic Farm

September 2019

Suddenly he appeared: Oxterril. With +218 gISU (index release 4/2019) one of the very highest in the French index round. With a relatively unknown sire...

Here is #4 of the most influential breeders of the past 25 years: De-Su!

September 2019

Here we are! We have arrived at the top-4, and thus the quartet of HI reader’s highest ranking breeders during the last 25 years. In...

Our-Favorite: Home of Unlimited and her Outstanding Son Undenied

September 2019

Todd Stanek did not grow up with registered Holsteins: He was already an adult before he caught the passion for cattle breeding. Recently at this...

Very close to the breeding goal: 11 cows, 1.17 million kg lifetime production and 89 points for conformation

September 2019

When our photographer Christine Massfeller was asked if she would be able to take a picture at the Kleemann family farm in Germany, the request...

Sibéria Holsteins: “Hot” Red-Holstein Genetics at One of the Coldest Locations in Switzerland

August 2019

We couldn’t have found a more ideal herd for our Red Review issue: Or a much better herd either. Do you know a dairy farm...

Pheasant-Echos: Following the Red-Holstein Tanbark Trail

August 2019

Through an intensive ET programme, the American Pheasant-Echos herd continues to build a solid type foundation. So far, this strategy has earned them a World...

Here is #5 of the most influential breeders of the past 25 years! Ferme Jacobs

August 2019

Some top breeders garner a lot of respect for the influential bulls that they have bred and that have left their stamp globally. Such as...

El Grillo: 650 Holstein Cows in Uruguay

July 2019

With this photo page we arrive in Uruguay, South America: Or more specifically in Sarandi Grande in the Florida Department, 140 km north of Uruguay’s...

Rinderzucht Kaack - Strong Performing D Family Provides Three Sires in the German Top-4

July 2019

Murano (150 RZG), Morgan (148 RZG) and Masato (147 RZG) occupy 3 of the top-4 positions on the German progeny proven index list. They are...

Riverdown in Canada: Home of Unstopabull and Incredibull

July 2019

Unstopabull and Incredibull – the two high-type red bulls have been giving the Riverdown name a presence on the international Holstein scene over recent years....

Here is #6 of the most influential breeders of the past 25 years: Sandy-Valley!

July 2019

Spectacular! We have not yet started with the top-5 of our competition and now already we come across real heavyweights… en route to the absolute...

Savage-Leigh: Striving to Breed Cows that are every Dairy Person’s Dream!

July 2019

A multi-faceted operation with many interesting features, join us as we visit the American Savage-Leigh herd where two very different operations work harmoniously under the...

Benninghoff Holsteins – Not only one of the biggest, but also one of the best herds in Germany

June 2019

As there are only a handful of herds in western Germany that are of a similar size, simply the number of 1,200 cows that Marc...

La Waebera - A Fixture of the Swiss breeding Scene Goes the Next Step

June 2019

La Waebera, the ultra-modern farm of the Clément family, is world-class for conformation. But there is much more to the story than that. La Waebera...

Coyne-Farms: How They Achieved 5 Global Cow Nominations in 3 Years

June 2019

Numerous top TPI sires, globally impacting families and highly productive cattle thriving in a large scale environment are what symbolises the American Coyne-Farms herd. Home...

Here is #7 of the most influential breeders of the past 25 years: Braedale!

June 2019

Never before has interest in a competition during HI’s 25 years been as great as it is in the unique breeder competition that was introduced...

Ghardaia: The Splendid Breakthrough of Rogy Holsteins

May 2019

Grand Champions of the prestigious Swiss Expo in Lausanne all enter Holstein history with full capitalization. Because victory at the prestigious Swiss Expo is in...

Stone-Front in Wisconsin: 100 Years of Holstein History

May 2019

Stone-Front Iron Pasta EX-96 was Reserve Grand Champion at the World Dairy Expo in 2010. Currently the Stone-Front name attracts attention through the popular high...

Veneriete Ida’s - Family with Components, Breeding Power and Longevity

May 2019

‘The appearance of his first progeny proven index last December marked the comeback of Board, who is currently in high demand both at home and...

Here is #8 of the most influential breeders of the past 25 years: Ferme Gillette!

May 2019

In the meantime, you have read the stories about numbers 10 and 9 from the top-10 of HI’s unique Breeders Competition: Pine-Tree in March and...

Darnlaw Farm: Breeding for Excellent Type and Potential 100,000 kg Cows

April 2019

No less than seven representatives of Darnlaw Farm (prefix: Townlaw) – including six of them scoring EX – passed the milestone of 100,000 kg in...

Maple-Dell: Striving for Type, Without Forsaking Profitability

April 2019

The minute we stepped out of the car we knew it was going to be a good visit. Following a miserable, cold and wet morning,...

Master Breeder Rolandale - ‘Type will become even more important in the future.’

April 2019

Impressive. That is the right word – and certainly not an overstatement – to describe the entire herd of father Rolland and son Marc-André Dubois...

Here is #9 of the most influential breeders of the past 25 years: Mil-R-Mor

April 2019

The results are complete: the top-25 most influential breeders of the past 25 years. But, as promised, the results will appear one month at a...

This Stormatic daughter (photo) produced 305,000 lb/138,630 kg Young daughters of Elevation, Astronaut and Bootmaker follow in her footsteps!

April 2019

Highly remarkable: a herd of 150 Holstein cows with 25 daughters of Paclamar Astronaut, Paclamar Bootmaker and Round Oak Rag Apple Elevation! And: more of...

Libramont 2019 Makes Belgium the Centre of Holstein Breeding Once Again

March 2019

The European Holstein Show returns to Belgium! Fifteen years after the last of various editions in the Belgian capital of Brussels, on April 9 the...

R Green-Acres in Wisconsin: Home of Pride Holsteins

March 2019

The village of Pepin in central-western Wisconsin lies on the shores of Lake Pepin and the Mississippi River. It used to be very much a...

Westcoast Holsteins: From Show Champions to Breed Leading Sires

March 2019

It’s hard to believe! Wescoast Holsteins was only formed in 2010 and yet it has already become a major force in the breed. They’ve paraded...

Wilder Holsteins -Riding Momentum to the Top of Germany’s Breeding Scene

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...

Here is #10 of the most influential breeders during the past 25 years: Pine-Tree!

March 2019

The votes have been counted. That took much longer than we had expected. Never before in HI’s 25 years of existence has a competition drawn...

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...

Lisduff: Consistent Focus on Fertility, Protein and Type

February 2019

The cows at Lisduff Farms in Ireland live entirely off of grass for eight months of the year, walking a significant distance daily to and...

Awesome Udders at Luck-E Holsteins

February 2019

The three main rules of marketing are location, location, location... and in that regard, Luck-E Holsteins fulfills them all. Located just 10 minutes off the...

Hurtgenlea: Unswerving Breeding Strategy and Powerful Cow Family Lead to Remarkable Success

February 2019

In December 2017, he debuted in the top position of the prestigious top-200 for DNA bulls in the US. In the meantime, he has remained...

Hemrik Holsteins: Preference for High Production Leads to 14,000 kg

February 2019

‘We do not have the best land, or the best buildings, or the best cows, and yet, in one way or another, it works.’ He...

Out of the shadow: Wessing and Hayes, breeders of Wesswood-HC Rudy Missy

January 2019

The likelihood is great that she is the world’s most influential Holstein cow of all time: Wesswood-HC Rudy Missy. In 2014, she was selected as...

Cherry Crest: Where Even the Best Ones have a Price

January 2019

Martintown is a quiet village in the very east of Ontario halfway between Ottawa and Montreal. It is here amongst gently rolling farmland at the...

Eildon Tweed: Breeding Success Based on an Economic Foundation

January 2019

Bingo! That may certainly be said about the young bull Eildon-Tweed Sam British, as he now scores 2961 gTPI. His arrival is a new highlight...

Errera Holsteins: Home of the Italian Champion and Hard Working Production Cows

January 2019

Davide Errera has two big hobbies: soccer – FC Internationale Milano (Inter) – and show cows. With the latter, he experienced a splendid highlight this...

Warnelview Holsteins: 123 Excellents and an Exemplary Warnelview Nita EX-97

January 2019

Impressive! Our visit to Warnelview Holsteins in the far northwest of England can be summarized with just one word. Impressive, due to top-notch management and...

Trio Dairies in Russia: Now Outperforming “The Porsche”

December 2018

The Trio Group of Companies was working with Simmentals but shifted to Holstein cows shortly after it got acquainted with this breed. Today Trio is...

Eberhard - Germany’s Best Herd for Milk Production… and with Room for Improvement

December 2018

At 13,951kg, the 50-cow herd that Christoph and Wilhelm Eberhard milk at their meticulously cared for farm in the west German municipality of Kalkar had...

Extensive Family Passion Places the Kiko Name Increasingly in the Spotlights

December 2018

On the cover of this HI edition, you already became acquainted with this farm: Kiko Holsteins from the American state of Ohio. On the cover...

Lorita in California: ‘We Use Bulls that Tick Every Box.’

December 2018

‘We use bulls that tick every box.’ With this statement, Chris Durrer gives a clear indication of the goal he has in mind. For years...

Cookiecutter: On Its Way to 3,000 Cows

November 2018

Nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains at Hudson Falls, New York, is Ideal Dairy Farms. Ideal has been operated by the same family...

Italian Ceresio: Battle Stage of Two Heroic Holstein Families

November 2018

Numerous northern Italian Holstein farms – located at the base of the powerful Alps – have a background as Brown Swiss herds: Or the “bruna”,...

Crovalley: A Showcase for Canadian Holsteins

November 2018

The modern, picturesque farmstead overlooks the Trent River near Hastings, Ontario, an hour east of Toronto. Inside the state-of-the-art barns a high-type herd including numerous...

Selz-Pralle Dairy: Home of the World Milk Record Holder

November 2018

Last year she completed her lactation with the highest milk figures ever recorded: Selz-Pralle Aftershock 3918 VG-88 produced 5.11 3x 365 78,170lb (35,457kg) 4.0% fat...

A Last Visit to… Switzerland’s Highest Production Herd: Emil’s Ranch

October 2018

Holstein International regularly receives tips from readers, from all over the world. We are always pleased because the tips are frequently valuable. And so at...

Ferme Drapeau: Showcase of Modern Farm Management in Quebec

October 2018

40 minutes west of Quebec City and within 20 km of the south shore of the St. Lawrence River is one of Quebec’s largest dairy...

Out of the Shadow: Roylane, the Unique Holstein Source in Distant Washington

October 2018

Roylane Robust: Roylane Jordan: Roylane Mindy: Three giants in Holstein breeding. And in their wake are strong transmitters like Roylane Bob and Roylane Punch, all...

Hahn/Radke: Dairyness, Strength, and Udders, with the Spotties as Exemplary

September 2018

In January 2008, DT Spottie adorned the cover of HI’s “Excellency Issue”. More than ten years later, the EX-93 Derry from the Prelude Spottie family...

Glasson: How Genomics Drew Attention to this Solid Type Herd

September 2018

A short 3-mile, north-easterly drive out of Portadown town in Northern Ireland lies an industrious Holstein hub. Breed-leading type is what you will find in...

Ron Pietersma, owner of Legend Dairy Farms: ‘Identify the “magic cross”, and use it as much as possible.’

September 2018

The “Legend Dairy” prefix has been a household name for decades in American Holstein breeding. The Californian herd of Ron Pietersma has turned out to...

‘Our Holsteins Inspire Us Every Day’

September 2018

‘Our breeding goal? True type, preferably with the red colour. True type, because in terms of type, the most correct cow lasts the longest. And...

Lotanie - Red & White Symbol of a Swiss Breeding Herd that Exudes Quality

September 2018

Pierre Oberson is a familiar face in Switzerland. Those who have visited the large shows in the land of the Alps, will certainly have seen...

Leaninghouse Holsteins: Progressive Breeding Herd in New Mexico

September 2018

‘Right now, we have 850 ET pregnancies.’ Not only is the size of Leaninghouse Holsteins, as described by manager Les Terpstra, impressive. The relatively new...

Nova Holsteins: Impressive home of the Eroy Family

September 2018

It had never been achieved before: Five full sisters all made the CTPI top-100 list at thesame time! That magical moment belonged to 5 young...

From Stormatic to Unix, Now Lesperron has Produced 2 Top gTPI RC Sires

August 2018

It achieved all of its goals and more – and realising the Lesperron herd’s breed-leading accomplishments was no easy feat. Read about how Lesperron shot...

L-L-M Dairy: 24 Consecutive Years of Progressive Genetics Awards

August 2018

Located right in the heart of Wisconsin, L-L-M Dairy has been increasingly gaining attention over recent years with sale-topping consignments and bulls in AI. This...

Larcrest in Minnesota: Home Base for the Cosmopolitans

August 2018

The name Cosmopolitan brings instant name recognition throughout the Holstein world. This month we take you for a visit to her home in Minnesota, Larcrest,...

What a surprise!

August 2018

We could not believe our eyes. The Swiss breeder Heinz Meier showed us his cow Editha, which he had made ready for a picture. For...

233 EXs: Discover the Sought After Secrets behind the World’s Nr.1 Herd, Brynhyfryd

July 2018

A much talked about article was HI’s recent worldwide investigation to find the herds with the highest number of EX cows worldwide. The results showed...

No “Pansy” Cows in the Type - Focused Peace & Plenty Herd

July 2018

During a 5-day trip around the Maryland area in the US, an outstanding stop was with the Schwartzbeck family. Aggressive, strong, high-type cows with liveability...

A Powerful Storm Rages in this French Herd - With Positive “Damage”

July 2018

Selecting consistently for type, balanced nutrition and a French American cow family. Those are the three most prominent ingredients that make the Riedill herd in...

The Truly Miraculous Career of Maxine, Mogul’s Magnificent Dam

June 2018

US Route 20 is one of the longest highways in the entire US, which stretches from Oregon at the Pacific Ocean to Massachusetts at the...

Terra Linda: Increased Farm Profitability via Accelerated Breeding

June 2018

In terms of milk production, California is still America’s nr.1 state, and within California the most milk is produced in Tulare county. HI’s destination in...

Wiesenfeld - A Prefix with a Global Reputation is working on the Future

June 2018

There are not many barns in Germany that enjoy a comparable international reputation. Martin Ruebesam, the breeder behind the Wiesenfeld prefix, was possessed by breeding....

How ET Turned Hol-Star into a Remarkable Holstein Herd on the US West Coast

May 2018

Washington State on the the US Pacific coast is the Nr.10 dairy state of the US and the Nr.4 for average cow production. It’s a...

Ralma:High Quality Herd - and 100% Faith

May 2018

Ralma Juror Faith – the name certainly has a magical ring. Faith is undoubtedly one of the most famous brood cows in the Holstein breed....

Relough’s Balanced Breeding Goals provide Leading Genomics

May 2018

Nestled alongside the River Torrent in the south-east of County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, 5km (3 miles) northwest of Dungannon, lies Donaghmore. With a population...

Sunnyside: Seeing to the Little Details that Keep Things Running Smoothly

May 2018

Sunnyside has been a prominent name in Holstein breeding in Wisconsin for almost 100 years. Their deep, home-bred cow families have contributed a solid foundation...

Non-Pedigree in the 1980s, Today Weeksdale is a Household Name

April 2018

Located around 120 miles (200km) north of Halifax in Nova Scotia and 370 miles (600km) east of Quebec City lies the Canadian province, Prince Edward...

VOF Jongsteins: All Resources and Talent Geared to Maximum Performing Holsteins

April 2018

Cees de Jong, the breeder at VOF Jongsteins in the Netherlands, has a passion for Holsteins. He likes to praise the progress made by the...

Gobeli - Synonymous with Passion, Family and World-Class Holsteins

April 2018

Several months ago, when the Swiss herdbook held its SwissCow Convention at the farm of Alex Gobeli, it was a sign. The event, at which...

Ransom-Rail, New York: From Show Cows to Elite Genomics

April 2018

Grand Champion at the Royal last fall and Intermediate Champion in 2015, Co-Vale Dempsy Dina is one of the superstars of the show scene in...

Nr.1 Production in Germany for 100-200 cows Olbing Genetic – A Top Address for Holsteins even without making the Headlines

March 2018

There are a large number of farms in Germany that could be put into the same category as Grunewald-Olbing GbR. High-value herds that don’t enjoy...

Alfalawn – 2200 Cows, Impressive Results and an Advertisement for the Industry

March 2018

Against recommendations, the new dairy barn at Alfalawn Farm is furnished with large fans on the south side and is fully open on the north...

Markvale: The Silver Lining to a Disastrous Fire

March 2018

Leading Canadian herds host many visitors, especially international tour groups attending the Royal each fall. One stop that creates a sparkling impression is the brand...

Weigeline: Focus on Average Statured Cows & Providing Sires for AI

February 2018

‘The changes adopted by Holstein USA to reduce the prejudice against small cows has been received by us with applause.’ Dan Weigel, who together with...

Super-producers - With Extra T alent for Longevity

February 2018

Just any three cows on pasture in the north German region of Oost-Friesland? Thrice no! These three cows are clearly super-producers, all three are members...

Schönhof - One of the First Addresses for Holsteins in Austria

February 2018

When the December HI was sent to thousands of breeders around the world two months ago with the World Champion Poster 2017, there were likely...

Sandy-Valley: America’s Top Index Herd Shares Some Management Details

February 2018

When the Holstein Association recently announced the winners of its Progressive Genetics Herd awards for 2017, the herd with the highest average TPI in the...

Clear-Echo: Home of the Ramo 1200 Family

January 2018

Clear-Echo Ramo 1200 EX-94 has been a finalist in the Global Cow competition, and she is the icon of a family that is making its...

Fehrower Agrar: Doing Successful Business in an Unconventional Way

January 2018

In late 2017, the German RBB Show was won by Manchester, a Holstein cow in her 10th lactation with 100,000 kg to her credit. In...

Sheeknoll Durham Arrow is Certainly not the Only One Dazzling at the Sheehans

January 2018

After her unexpected victory at Madison 2016 she became the Holstein talk of the day, world-wide: Sheeknoll Durham Arrow, alias “Thomas”. But the EX-96 Durham...

Holstein Cows Turned out to be a “Dove of Peace” for Russian Dairymen

January 2018

ZAO Niva is taking advantage of the highly-productive Holstein cows at its farm in Samara Oblast, Russia. Now there are plans for a major business...

Bodier: This French Breeding Herd Contains Three Valuable Gene Sources

December 2017

In France, hardly any prefixes are used. That is unfortunate, because while in North America successful breeders can be identified via their prefixes, in France...

Melarry: Breaks Through in Elite Breeding Due to Genomics

December 2017

Last April, HI published an article about the deep F family at Melarry, and now – eight months later – the breeding enterprise from Minnesota...

Oakfield Corners makes $200,000 sale tops and 6,500 embryos annually

December 2017

We apologise! 11 generations of family farming, a large herd, breed-leading genomics and top type animals… There’s simply too much to write about Oakfield Corners...

Bomaz: Successful with Consistent Breeding for Production and Fitness

November 2017

The highest DNA bull with an AI code (Bomaz Skywalker, 2961 gTPI) and 14 female Holsteins in the top-200 for Net Merit; the Bomaz prefix...

California’s “Supermarket for Genetics”: RuAnn & Maddox Dairy: 1,400 Home-Bred Excellent Cows!

November 2017

The San Joaquin Valley in California is 300 miles long and 100 miles wide and is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the...

Hanalee’s Passion for Pedigrees Brings Expansion with a Difference!

November 2017

A passion for deep pedigrees and good cows has driven the Hazeleger family to create an interesting operational strategy. A number of the world’s finest...

Eilmans - The Little-known Home of one of the Strongest Herds in Germany

November 2017

No, Clemens Eilmans is not a star of the scene. He is not a celebrated exhibitor at shows, not a successful seller at one of...

Star-Summit in Michigan: Emphasizing Great Cow Families and High Type

October 2017

For more than 100 years, the Baker family has been farming at Star-Summit, a property located on the highest point of Kent County in south-western...

Simlahill: Northern Ireland’s Leading Type Herd

October 2017

Although they share the same island, the “Republic of Ireland” and “Northern Ireland” are separate countries. Northern Ireland links with England, Scotland and Wales to...

Big Holsteins: Popular Sires from Prominent Production Herd

October 2017

Exactly 10 years ago, HI published a farm report about Big Holsteins. At the time, the herd owned by the Knoef family had provided thirty...

Monument Farms – Much More than just the Story behind Monument Impression

September 2017

Do you know the story behind the semen millionaire Roylane Jordan? Or that of the genomic superstar Roylane Socra Robust? Or the story behind the...

Ptit Coeur in Switzerland - A Very Different Story than you would Expect

September 2017

With the name Ptit Coeur, you likely think of the magnificent Red Holstein cow Kalinka: Tremendous in the show ring, but also tremendous for longevity....

Siemers Holsteins: Annually 75-100 Cows Surpassing 220,000lb/100,000kg

September 2017

Undoubtedly you read about it in HI’s July issue: at Siemers Holsteins in Wisconsin, no less than 390 cows have passed the milestone of 100,000kg...

Brabantdale: A Family-Run Farm with an Intense Strategy

August 2017

The Nooyen family’s stringent breeding strategy has elevated their herd to a breed-leading level. Reason why their accomplishments and statistics are extremely impressive. Find out...

Green Meadow: Focusing on 100% Purebred Holsteins and Proven Cows

August 2017

That attention to the individual and personalized matings can coexist well with a large herd is clearly affirmed by Green Meadow Farms in Michigan. On...

Liddleholme in New York: Where it’s all About Cow Families

August 2017

Beautiful cows with beautiful pedigrees: That’s what you will find in the Liddleholme barn in New York. There’s a sense of discovery as you wait...

Loh-An Holsteins – One of the Most Extraordinary Herds in Germany

August 2017

To be honest, this report is long overdue. However, we now have the perfect reason to present Loh-An Holsteins to you, which is Loh Lilli...

Bosdale in Canada: Sixty Cows Scored Excellent!

July 2017

Bosdale is highly regarded on the international scene as one of the high type herds of Canada, but did you know that as of their...

Dueholm: Family Farm with Passion for International Marketing and High Production

July 2017

Dueholm, the family farm of Martin and Ann Rasmussen in the northern Danish Skive, has developed since 2004 into the home of international cow families....

Webb-Vue: Interactive Juncture of Technology, History, Science and Passion

July 2017

Do you still remember him: Willow-Marsh Gabor, the powerful milk, fitness and width bull that was extremely popular for years? Sales of his semen exceeded...

Kopf Holsteins: A Driving Force Behind the Emerging Holsteins in Austria

June 2017

Their history as an independent breed is relatively short, and for a long-time Holsteins had little chance in Austria against the dominance of Fleckvieh and...

98 Years of Holsteins at Pine Shelter in Minnesota

June 2017

He stood patiently waiting for the train as it entered the station in Pine Island. His son Lloyd was returning home from University… bringing with...

Vogue: Breaking Records, Setting Trends & Making Memories

June 2017

You may have seen the “Vogue” name before… You may even know some of the animals in their eclectic portfolio – but do you know...

Holyland in Wisconsin: An Emerging Name in Elite Genetics

May 2017

At the 2016 US National Holstein Convention, Joe Loehr was honoured as the National Distinguished Young Breeder of the Year. Some months later he received...