January 2021

Blumenfeld: Progressive Breeding Program Delivering Successful Bulls

Blumenfeld has become a prominent name as a source of bulls for the breed – Resolve debuted last year in the top-10 of the TPI proven sire charts, while the list of the young Blumenfeld bulls includes the high-ranking Re...

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Du Louvion – Two-time Source of French National Champions

There is one farm in France that has (twice) provided the National Champion for both Holsteins and Red Holsteins, and that won the Red Holstein Show during SIA for four successive years. Du Louvion Holstein is a true smo...

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Seipel Holsteins: Why 2020 became the year of SEI Goldwyn Kendra

After months of restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic, anyone looking back at 2020 will likely remember better and perhaps more successful years. However, for the small German breeding barn of Seipel Holsteins, qu...

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Intriguing Sires - January 2021

During the past half year, Etesian was the most sold bull at Semex. According to Mike West, there are several reasons for this popularity. ‘As a progeny proven sire, he stands out for both TPI and LPI, and displays a ver...

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Top Sires Waiting For Their Turn

This is a scene from fall 2019, which we encountered when we were allowed to enter the bull barns of Accelerated Genetics near the town of Baraboo in Wisconsin. Here we could face them completely “live”: a legend; a bull...

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Bull Talk - January 2021

He has not yet appeared on HI’s cover as a mature bull… but now it seems like the right moment. Seagull-Bay Silver is no longer alive, but: he is the sire of the two Nr.1 bulls in Germany (Sinus and Semino), Nr.2 and 3 i...

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Focus on... January 2021

The selection of high-quality sires who have the A2A2 or BB casein variants has been intensifying for y ears. And indeed, the offer of A2A2 and BB sires has never been as large as it is today. But for anyone who is looki...

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Cow Country - January 2021

Recently Meadow-Green Abso Fanny-Red EX-96 was selected as the new Red Holstein World Champion (HI 10/2020). Will she also excel as a brood cow? Those who speak with the Cunningham family in California will quickly disco...

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‘Everyone in the world wants a daughter out of her!’

‘Oh, was she ever in heat!’ Joel Lepage from the Canadian province of Quebec still vividly remembers the scene. In 2015, when he participated with an Atwood yearling in Canada’s Convention Show in New Brunswick, a heifer...

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The less well-known sister? European Aiko Branch Flourishes at Drouner Holsteins

In 2009, Kamps-Hollow Altitude won HI’s Red Impact Competition. In 2013 and 2015, that honour fell to her daughters Apple and Aiko, while in 2016 and 2018 Aiko’s daughters Aika and Aderyn captured the Red Impact title. A...

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The Wilra Cow Family: Saved by Genomics

In the spring of 2013, a young Supersire calf in the Wilra herd came up with an index that placed her among the top ranks in the breed. She went on to be the dam of Delta Worth and Silver Wings… and now many more bulls a...

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Cow Country - January 2021

Outstanding udders, daughter fertility, production and conformation: those are the principles that Tom and Rick Simon have used to develop their world famous Farnear herd they are the formwork that have shaped the curren...

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Chalou: A Cow Anyone Would Love to have Standing in Their Barn

Boulet Goldwyn Chalou EX-96 was Canada’s Cow of the Year 2018. She first attracted international attention at the World Dairy Expo in 2012 when she was Honorable Mention Grand Champion. Here is an update on this great br...

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Holstein UK: Propelled by Passionate Breeders who Drive Innovation

For HI’s 3rd instalment of the “herdbook series” we visit Holstein UK – who continues to bolster its position as the pivotal British herdbook by nurturing the next generation, and offering a wealth of services to not onl...

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Calving Ease and Daughter Calving Ability: Two Different Indexes with the Same Goal

Partially thanks to the arrival of genomics, there are fewer and fewer bulls from which the descendants are born with difficulty, or from whom the daughters themselves have a hard time calving. Nevertheless, there are st...

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New Progeny Proven Indexes World-wide

Sound System, Sinus, Burley, Bosman, Empire, Uranus, Louxor, Perks, Sunlight… all names of sires that are positioned as Nr. 1 in December, and in the previous release (August) were also already 1 or 2. In other words: lo...

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New DNA Indexes World-wide

The wide array of breeding values offers young Holstein bulls the possibility of tremendous indexes. High production and fitness values often turn out to be essential to this. Progress on the type front, in North America...

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Beef-on-Dairy in HI: Meet the Leading Suppliers of Quality Beef Bulls

The use of beef bulls on lower genetic merit dairy cows has become a worldwide phenomenon. With continued growth in dairy-beef demand, Holstein International will now feature a series introducing two of the leading suppl...

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Sire Breeding Values For Polled And Red Holsteins Worldwide

The stability and the consistency which the December evaluations showed in almost all leading Holsteins countries rubbed off on the section for polled and red sires. Nonetheless there were several interesting newcomers t...

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Bovec: 50 Years Strong in the French Breeding Market

Bovec began in February 1971: Initially as a consulting firm for larger dairy farms, and since 1974 also an importer and distributor of American Holstein semen in France - first for ABS, and later also for Alta and WWS....

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