Fertility: How is it Evaluated in Different Countries?

March 2020

Throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, the global popularity of the Holstein cow continued to climb in line with her improved performance. Heavy selection emphasis...

Keeping it in the Family: Hanker wins Global Cow 2020 title.

November 2020

Last year it was Cookiecutter Halo who claimed the Global Cow title. This year two of her daughters Hanker and Has fought a duel for...

Focus-On Extra: Teat Length. Which Top Bulls Transmit Longer Teats?

November 2020

‘Teats must definitely not become any shorter!’ We are hearing this statement more and more frequently – and world-wide. Especially now that the number of...

Get Acquainted with Herdbooks All Over the World: Holstein Australia

November 2020

This is the third installment in our series featuring the major Holstein herdbooks around the globe. Did you know that the same foundation animals that...

Black Silver Bovine Technology: Glittering New Addition to the Bull Stud Industry

November 2020

Black Silver is a new name in the world of international Holstein genetics. Founded by some passionate young Holstein breeders from Canada, Black Silver has...

PhönixGroup - Germany’s Newest Mega-Breeding Program

November 2020

There was already a small earthquake that rattled through the German breeding branch in mid-September when 6 German breeding companies at once announced that as...

Beef-On-Dairy: A Worldwide Phenomenon

November 2020

Dairy-beef has become a worldwide trend. European bull-studs report that up to 40% of dairy cows are now bred to beef bulls. In North America...

E-Mails to HI…about stature

November 2020

In my experience as a US dairyman the issues with stature today are more regionalized than worldwide. I am located in the Southeastern US. It’s...

Gold Medal Dam and Dam of Merit: Recognizing the Elite Brood Cows of the US

October 2020

Programs that give recognition to outstanding brood cows have been implemented in various Holstein countries worldwide. In the US two different awards are given to...

October 2020: Your Virtual Visit to the World Dairy Expo in Madison

October 2020

It is a beautiful drive from downtown Madison. There, in the centre, is the “State Capitol”, a remarkable building. But breeding enthusiasts know about a...

A more than meaningful question: How much inbreeding can the breed tolerate?

October 2020

No, we don’t want to draw the devil on the wall and we do not want to give inbreeding, which was helped the breed with...

Egbert Feddersen: The last interview with a pillar of German and international Holstein breeding

October 2020

No, there is no special topic for this interview. This interview is not only a general review of Holstein breeding, but also a view towards...

Tools Designed to Bring Improved Management of Udder Health

October 2020

The costs incurred for treatment and from lost production due to mastitis have made it one of the biggest challenges facing the average dairy producer....

LG completes its lineup with a new European series: the STARPLUS varieties

October 2020

Through its LG brand, Limagrain Europe is a leader in animal nutrition and is known for its expertise and ability to offer varieties that meet...

A Chance To Heighten Profit… By Lowering Stature

September 2020

He’s back: An American Dairyman. Since November 2019, our guest author has already written three articles for HI, packed with practical tips for dairy farmers...

Diamond Awards on the Emerald Isle

September 2020

With its green rolling hills and vales, Ireland has earned itself the title of the Emerald Isle. Since emeralds and diamonds are the most precious...

Jonathan Lamb: ‘We want our programs to be effective tools for the membership’

September 2020

Jonathan Lamb is no stranger to the dairy business. In partnership with his parents and brother Matthew, Jonathan and his wife Alicia, along with their...

Get Acquainted with Herdbooks All Over the World: Prim’Holstein France

September 2020

With 1.5 million registered cows, France is one of the global Holstein giants. In total, 4,800 French Holstein breeders are associated with the independent herdbook...

New Progeny Proven Indexes World-Wide

September 2020

Sound System, Helix, Louxor… many of the big leaders from the April release retained their top positions in August. Does that indicate little news with...

New DNA Indexes World-Wide

September 2020

In April, many countries had a base adjustment. In order to then immediately be able to truly judge the new indexes at their value requires...

Worldwide Sire Breeding Values for Polled and Red Holstein

September 2020

Dynamic! That was the word to describe the August evaluations which rewrote the international rankings, particularly in the polled sector. There were exciting debuts on...

The Eyecatchers of the Red Holstein Population: The Highest Living EX Cows in the Breed

August 2020

Those who love Holsteins normally also love pretty Holsteins. The same is obviously true for those who are interested in Red Holsteins as well. As...

Return On Genetic Investment

August 2020

‘From my former work before joining the genetics industry I was very familiar with the concept of return on investment,’ comments Italian Luca Santuari. ‘The...

Plenty of Possibilities for Accurate Heat Detection

August 2020

Every birth demonstrates it again: fertility is an essential aspect of dairying. Heat detection plays a critical role in this. Cows and heifers, first of...

50 Years of Koepon - ‘I would do it all over again.’

August 2020

This year it is 50 years ago that the first Koepon dairy farm was started in Garnwerd in the Dutch province of Groningen. The very...

Unique Overview: All 200,000 kg/440,000 lb. Holsteins World-wide

July 2020

The club has 24 members world-wide– with numbers 25 and 26 now standing on the threshold – and is considered an elite group of absolute...

Introducing the Herd-Books around the world: Holstein Canada

July 2020

Holstein breed associations around the globe are a significant force in directing the breed progress worldwide. In this series, Holstein International will introduce many of...

„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...

Source the bulls with the highest female fertility and high production

June 2020

Are you overlooking the passive improvement you could gain in your herds’ fertility?

Exclusive HI Survey: Selection Traits, Sire Selection, and Experiences with Daughters of Sires

June 2020

Which traits receive the most attention in sire selection? What is the contribution of DNA and polled sires on your farm? Which bulls have you...

Do-It-Yourself AI - New Developments in the Marketplace

June 2020

Do-It-Yourself Artificial Insemination (DIY AI) has made significant gains in recent decades. World-wide, millions of Holsteins are being bred by farmers themselves or by employees...

Overview: here are the Different Traits that go into Feet & Leg Evaluations.

June 2020

No matter whether your breeding goals are aimed at producing a cow for commercial milk production, a high-type show animal, or if you are trying...

Uniform-Agri: Demand for Management Software in the Dairy Industry Continues to Grow

June 2020

From quick processing of daily administration to complete overviews of herd performance; it is hard to imagine modern dairy farming without a well-functioning management program....

GAA: Totally Oriented to Servicing Large Commercial Dairies

June 2020

Established in 2012, Global Ag Alliance (GAA) initially sold fresh semen to large commercial herds in California. ‘The goal was higher conception rates but it...

Awards in Switzerland: Cows with Lots of Stars & Gold Medal Cows

May 2020

Canadian Holsteins with several breeding stars often appear in HI. British Holsteins with several stars were placed in the spotlights in the March 2020 issue....

From Australia to Europe and America: The Exclusive Update About the Highest Living EX Holsteins in the World

May 2020

Whether or not we are speaking about an economically relevant trait here has no bearing. The fact is that that hardly any distinction is tied...

Advertorial: 4 ways activity monitors can pay for themselves

April 2020

Dairy farming is a wonderful job like no other. But it also presents its fair share of challenges. There’s peace of mind knowing you have...

Editoral - Techmix

April 2020

“Fresh Cow YMCP® is a proven product of twenty plus years in my dairy practice. It is a convenient, well balanced, and ready to use...

Mitigating Methane: Just Can’t Get Enough of that Pink Puffy Seaweed!

April 2020

Scientists around the world have been searching for ways to reduce agriculture’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Perhaps the most exciting discovery comes from Australia...

Which Traits Should You Focus On When Choosing Bulls for Beef-On-Dairy?

April 2020

The use of beef sires on lower-end genetic-merit cows has become a widespread trend in dairy herds around the world. Extensive use of sexed semen...

Heat Stress – It Can’t Be Beat Without Fans!

April 2020

Avoiding heat stress for cows and the associated decreases in production and fertility is a main management topic in dairy farming, and this by now...

Slick Gene - The Genetic Answer to Reduce Heat Stress

March 2020

That heat and humidity cause stress for cows and reduce production is nothing new. But it is a phenomenon whose economic impact even in moderate...

Who Are the UK’s Top Star Brood Cows?

March 2020

In this investigative article HI explores the UK’s Star Brood system and discovers more about its leaders, as well as some select position holders.

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...

Trend or Purpose Driven? The Good Reasons for a Longer Calving Interval

February 2020

HI traditionally keeps a close eye on breeding developments and reports on new trends which can be reasonably expected to make a positive contribution to...

Blondin Sires: Bringing Reliable, Solid Genetics to the Genomic World

February 2020

The success of the Ferme Blondin herd in Quebec, Canada is world-famous. Many great type and index cows have passed through its barn including Blondin...

Genomics & Genetic Selection: Key Areas in Cattle Breeding, and Corn Breeding too!

February 2020

We all know that cattle breeding and genetic selection can be complex, but have you ever considered the process outside the Holstein arena? Here we...

Shocking Drop for DNA Bestseller Ranger: An Analysis

February 2020

Notable. During the Dutch December release, Double W Ranger plummeted to 288 gNVI (-117). With 110,000 first inseminations during the past two years, he was...

SOP Lagoon: Mitigating Greenhouse Gas... and it Gets Rid of the Smell Too

January 2020

In modern farming, environmental regulations controlling farming practices are becoming more and more restrictive in many regions of the world. Climate change and the contribution...

Heat Tolerance: A Trait That Should be in our Genetic Evaluations

January 2020

In 2017 Australia became the first country to publish genetic evaluations for Heat Tolerance. At first glance it would seem that a trait such as...

A closer look at milk components When Balance is Bad

January 2020

Picture a glass of JERSEY milk… rich & creamy! Picture a glass of GUERNSEY milk… golden & flavorful! Now, picture a glass of HOLSTEIN milk…...

Round Table: Four breeders discuss the philosophies behind their sire choices

December 2019

The beauty of the Holstein breed is that it offers so much diversity. Here we investigate the breeding tactics of four breeders with differing goals.

Tom Mercuro - ‘IVF is accelerating breeding progress in many ways!’

December 2019

Anyone who interprets breeding in a traditional manner thinks of the selection of one sire for one cow. Of course, this approach is not outdated....

Xenética Fontao: Successful Spanish AI with International Ambitions

December 2019

Of the current top-15 progeny proven bulls in Spain, ten are owned by Xenética Fontao. In the DNA list, they even have a share of...

Simon Vander Woude:One Man’s Experience with Beef on Dairy

December 2019

Vander Woude Dairy is based at Merced, California, and for the last seven years they have been using beef semen on part of their Holstein...

How Important is Pre-Weaning Nutrition for a Successful Milking Career?

December 2019

We all know colostrum and pre-weaning nutrition is important for calf vitality, but how much does it impact a cow’s long-term milking career? Here we...

She Really Milks: A Problem… Or An Opportunity?

November 2019

It’s time to dry cow #374, a Supershot daughter that’s still milking 88lb (40kg). But, it feels wrong. Why? For generations, we have carefully coordinated...

Micronutrients - The Right Combination is Decisive for Success

November 2019

The idea of writing about micronutrients in our management series is not something that came on a whim. The current discussion about climate change and...

Jared Martin, Triple-Hil Sires: ‘Longevity is the long-range vision we are promoting’

November 2019

It started as a boyhood dream. Cousins Lowell and Jared Martin went to school and church together, and regularly shared ideas about their passion of...

Beef-on-Dairy: The Crucial Choices of Semen Quality through to Product Guarantee

November 2019

Beef-on-Dairy, the use of beef sires on (part) of the dairy herd, is a global phenomenon. In North America, Beef-on-Dairy has been the most significant...

Milk Cooling: Maintaining Milk Quality as Efficiently as Possible

October 2019

This month our management series looks at different equipment now available for the on-farm handling of milk. Under many circumstances, the chilling of milk before...

Selecting for Feed Efficiency: Economic Savings and Reduced Green-House Gas Emissions

October 2019

The industry is on the cusp of a new revolution in dairy cattle breeding – the selection for feed conversion efficiency. While this trait has...

What Does The Ideal Dairy Cow Look Like?

October 2019

One judge, one vet, one classifier and one breeder help us understand what their ideal cow looks like, and the problems the breed needs to...

Preventing Problems with Milk Fever Anionic salts during dry period offer benefits

October 2019

Clinical and subclinical milk fever are very costly. They incur not only direct economic losses, but also open the “door” to other illnesses. Health and...

Bles Dairies: Travel Through the Unique World of Entrepreneur Henk Bles

October 2019

A keen eye for development in the dairy industry: That is one of the most prominent core qualities of the Dutch company Bles Dairies. With...

Longevity: What is the Basis behind Expected Lifetime Predictions?

September 2019

Progressively, more and more breeders are paying attention to management traits. The reason is the impact they have on farm profitability. Chief among these traits...

Mike Lohuis: The 10-Year Genomic Report Card

September 2019

At the Genetics Conference 2019, Dr. Mike Lohuis, Vice President of Research and Innovation at Semex, based in Guelph, Canada, presented a 10-Year report card...

Longer rather than shorter calving interval - How breeding goal is becoming a topic of conversation

August 2019

For generations the breed has been working to reduce calving interval length. The quicker a cow becomes pregnant again, the better the economics. There is...

Daughter Proven Red Holstein Bulls: Using the Sparse Elite to the Maximum

August 2019

In the article “The Background and Future of the Most Significant Red Holstein Populations” in HI’s Red Review issue 08/2018, the decreasing number of Red...

Intelligent Barns: What Does the Future Look Like?

August 2019

The topic of “intelligent barns” flags up many questions. With milk price struggling, is the investment worth it? How will automated technology affect my workforce?...

Natural: Independent and Multifaceted Source of Elite Czech Genetics

July 2019

Since the recent April release, Natural is the proud owner of the two highest Czech Holstein bulls: Zetor and Zologram-P, while their colleague Attila also...

Worldwide breeding index 2019: Focus on fat, new traits and additional indexes

July 2019

Several years have passed since the last calculation of the worldwide breeding index (2013), which Holstein International did regularly since 1996. Enough time, which national...

Electronic Cow-Management: Trust the Data and Breed the Cow as the System Recommends. It Works!

June 2019

As herds get larger and livestock handling systems become more mechanized, time spent on heat detection for each individual cow continues to dwindle. However, next...

Hoof Health: Improvements Possible Via Breeding

June 2019

Problems with hoof health (lameness in cows) is among the biggest irritations of dairy farmers – the costs of lost milk production, additional labour, veterinarian...

Extreme Weather is on its Way: Alleviate the Impact of Heat Stress

June 2019

Soon the stifling heat of summer will be with us and that can adversely affect the production levels of high yielding dairy cows. Here we...

Roger Turner: The Busiest Man in the Genetics Industry?

June 2019

With a unique selection criteria, that includes the requirement of all bulls to be A2A2 and have no haplotypes, a look into Jetstream Genetics’ ethos...

Robots and Sire Selection: Breeding “a Robot Cow”

May 2019

Over the forecast period of 2017-2023, the robotic milking market is projected to grow at an annual growth rate of 9.78%. Yes: We can expect...

LPI and Pro$: The Inner Workings of Canada’s Total Merit Indexes.

May 2019

Canada has two main total merit indexes. The Lifetime Performance Index (LPI) has been the recognized measure of Canadian genetics for decades, while the Pro$...

Beef-on-Dairy: Various Beef Breeds Have Their Own Selection Programs

April 2019

In HI’s February issue (pgs. 10-11) you became acquainted with the phenomenon Beef-on-Dairy: the breeding of dairy cows to beef bulls. As the result of...

Management: Natural Ways of Disease Prevention

April 2019

Antibiotic resistance and reducing the amount of antibiotics used in livestock production – it’s a topic all livestock producers have heard over and over during...

Mastitis – The New Heavyweight Among Health Traits

March 2019

Theoretically, a breeding value for somatic cell score (SCS), as is routinely calculated in most countries around the world, could continue to serve as a...

“Beef on Dairy”: Significant Increase in the Use of Beef Bulls on Dairy Cows

February 2019

In HI, we seldom or never write an article about the beef breeds. Nevertheless, there is a good reason to do that now, because the...

Wellness Traits: Building a Healthier Herd

February 2019

Use of genomics in official genetic evaluations has transformed the dairy cattle breeding industry over the past decade. Now genomics is being used to offer...

Preventing Holsteins from Becoming Too Tall

January 2019

The breeding of tall, impressive looking cows has been the goal for many a breeder down through the years. Now, slowly the tide of opinion...

TPI and Net Merit: Do You Know Exactly What They Include?

January 2019

With US Holstein genetics playing a major role on the international scene, the TPI is widely recognized and has become a common language understood in...

Cow Comfort: What Are the Main Options for Bedding Material?

December 2018

Improved cow comfort is often listed as a major contributor to increased milk production. Improved barn design, increased air flow and ventilation, better access to...

Lepoint: ‘Genomics Overestimates Popular Families. That Needs to Change.’

December 2018

France has two large breeding companies: Evolution and Gènes Diffusion. At the latter, Frédéric Lepoint has already been employed for 28 years and thus is...

Bull Fertility - Much Consulted Trait in Sire Selection

November 2018

Timely pregnancy of heifers and cows is critical to the economics of dairy farms. That is the reason why during the past number of years,...

Arnout Dekker about the Positive Effects of OmniGen-AF

October 2018

‘Stress reduces the resistance of cows, causing the likelihood of infections to increase. And the number of stress moments is quite high actually; cows are...

10 Years of Revolution: Paul VanRaden Looks at the Evolution of Genomics

August 2018

It is now almost 10 years since the arrival of the genomics. In that time it has evolved into the biggest revolution the cattle breeding...

Growing Demand for AI Equipment

August 2018

A common sight on many farms around the world is the arrivial of the AI technician to breed cows. Now the number of farmers with...

Pieter Karst Bouma: Get the Most from the Cows with a Milking Robot and Extra Information

July 2018

A daily production of 40 kg/cow; Pieter Karst Bouma wants to reach this goal within two years. ‘After raising the roof on the old barn,...

Udder Health: How do you Maintain a Low Somatic Cell Count?

June 2018

Elevated somatic cell counts not only cause production losses, but also increase the likelihood of mastitis, with all the associated problems and costs. To prevent...

ProFitPlus in Germany: “The Program for Healthy Cows”

June 2018

“The Program for Healthy Cows”: That is how the ProFitPlus program is described on the websites of the German AIs RinderAllianz (RA) and Rinderzucht Berlin...

Tremendous Efficiency Potential Possible with Smart Use of Management Support. Top Farms Heading Towards 1 Million Kg Milk per Robot

May 2018

Average daily milk production per robot for all Lely milking robots world-wide reaches 1628 kg, while the top farm is now above 3000 kg! ‘The...

Hoof Health: A Trait of Major Economic Importance

May 2018

In August 2011, the Nordic Total Merit (NTM) index – used in Denmark, Sweden and Finland – became the first total index worldwide to include...

Dry Cow Management: Crucial Weeks for a Long-lasting Dairy Herd

February 2018

Whether or not to use dry cow treatment, housing in one or two groups, a dry period of six weeks or is eight weeks better?...

Barn Equipment To Boost Milk Production

December 2017

Whether you are thinking about enhancing your existing barn or building a new one –integrating milk-boosting tools will most likely be an advantageous goal. Here...

Key Management Factors at Pine Tree Dairy

September 2017

The name Pine-Tree is synonymous with the Rudolph Missy family. Bulls such as Supersire, Mogul, Balisto – the most dominant bulls of the genomic era...

Calf Raising: Focus on Colostrum Management gives Calves a Good Start

August 2017

One of these busy mornings when you are lamenting the fact that you have so many calves to feed, spare a thought for Ty Fullmer...

TransitionRight: Breeding Healthier Cows

August 2017

Selection emphasis on fitness traits over the last 15 years has arrested the declining genetic merit for health in the dairy cow that had developed...

Top-management for longevity: How Rosy-Lane, Big & Summitholm reached record numbers of 100,000kg cows

August 2017

Recently, Holstein International reported about the top management of three herds that reached record numbers of 100,000kg-220,000lb cows (HI 06/2017: Sandisfarne, Kellercrest & Iden). But:...

Teat Length: A Problem for Breeders Worldwide?

July 2017

It is amazing how breeding and trait selection can transform and alter a breed.In Holsteins, over the decades we have seen alterations in size, fertility,...

Udder Health: A Critical Element in Achieving High-Level Production

June 2017

The combination of good genetics and good feed should lead to a high producing herd. However, seeing to all the smaller details that create an...

Given its Low Heritability, is Breeding for Fertility Worth It?

March 2017

Can fertility be improved through breeding? Or is it simply down to management? Here we investigate the impact you can make by selecting for fertility.

Long-Life Semen: A Revolution in Semen Technology

January 2017

Did you know that 20% of semen sold in Norway is in the form of SpermVital? It’s a technology that prolongs the life of sperm...

Heat Detection or: “Big Brother is Watching”

December 2016

Heat detection is an important aspect of fertility management. In the past, it primarily involved visual observations, whether or not supported by tail chalking. In...