November 2020

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

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 quick look at the farm’s colorful facebook page will tell you that...

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

When HI asked Gill Zeilon and Waldemar Andersson – the manager and former manager respectively of the Swedish Holstein herdbook – about the best Holstein herds in Sweden, various farms ended up high on their shared top l...

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

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 conformation as well as 120 heifers sold per year. I...

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

‘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 farms with milking robots is increasing, the pursuit of bulls tha...

Beef-On-Dairy: A Worldwide Phenomenon

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 this trend has been somewhat more recent but continues to expand year by year....

Conformation Specialist Climbs to the Canadian Top

After an outstanding debut and gains during recent index releases, Stantons Alligator is solidly positioned in Canada’s LPI top-5. In addition, with +17 overall conformation, +15 udder and +13 feet & legs, he is the abso...

Farnear Delta-Lambda: Complete TPI Topper with Show Qualities

Mr Mogul Delta, after Rubicon the highest Mogul son, has been among the highest progeny proven TPI sires for several index rounds. Expectations for his sons were high. Delta-Lambda is currently the most popular son for D...

Intriguing Sires DNA - November 2020

Proximo is just outside of the German absolute top. Torsten Lenk, sire analyst for Masterrind: ‘Since May, we have been using Proximo as a sire of sons within the NOG breeding program. In the meantime, we have produced e...

De la Source Piwi & Pop-PP: Remarkable Brother Duo in the French Index Top

Photography in the time of the coronavirus sometimes results in special pictures. For example, in the spacious gardens by the facilities of Genes Diffusion (GD) in the northern French city of Douai, where Christine Massf...

Focuss on... November 2020

High components, great conformation and good fitness traits have been the trademarks for the offspring of Wilder Hira VG-85 for years and allow them to deliver top results in several evaluation systems. The Saloon daught...

Bull Talk - November 2020

In April 2019, he emerged at the top of Canada’s progeny proven ranking and has not left the Canadian top since: Benner Bardo, bred by the Benner family in Manitoba. In the meantime, he is among the most sold bulls for o...

Totem, Burley, Gladius – The most interesting Outcross Sires at the top level

Really, the problem is impossible to solve. Year after year since 2011, HI has searched for the Outcross Sire of the Year. Naturally, the search is for alternative pedigrees, but it is also about sires that are genetical...

Intriguing Sires DP - November 2020

‘Delroy has been popular ever since his youth. More than 180,000 doses of his semen have been sold world-wide, and he is currently one of our most popular progeny proven sires.’ Speaking is Jeff Ziegler from Select Sires...

Intriguing Sires - November 2020

Envy has one of those no-holes proofs with no significant weaknesses across his entire proof breakdown. He is a solid bull with no extremes though his high components (+.23%f +.06%p) combined with outstanding livability...

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

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 the 2020 award. The exceptional brood cow achievements of this sister pair has impacted...

Sanchez Dice: Arethusa’s First Homebred EX-96 Holstein

Holsteins in the US which receive the nearly ultimate score of EX-96 are sensationally beautiful! The same is true of Arethusa Dice. In June, the speckled, white Sanchez daughter followed in the footsteps of her grandam,...

Lars-Acres Felices Fame: The Raven Family at Oakfield Corners

Oakfield Corners Dairy (OCD) milks a total of over 8,000 cows at 4 separate locations: 3 in northern New York and 1 in Ohio. Their breeding program has produced a number of notable stars including Global Cow winner Miss...

Koepon Regenias: Strong Advance Thanks to Ruby-Ann

In August, HI wrote extensively about 50 years of Koepon. At Koepon Garnwerd, Wijnand Pon’s dairy farm in the northern Dutch province of Groningen, various high calibre Holstein families compete. Among them are the appre...

Cow Country - November 2020

Just due to her colour alone, Logan Jodie 3-Red turns out to be a special sight. ‘She is nearly entirely white, only the tips of her ears are red,’ explains Michael Yates from Logan Holsteins in Great Britain, where 270...

Get Acquainted with Herdbooks All Over the World: Holstein Australia

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 started the Holstein breed in Australia in 1886 also established the...

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

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 entered the highly competitive industry with an offering of gen...

PhönixGroup - Germany’s Newest Mega-Breeding Program

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 of January 1st, 2021, they would be working together on a c...

E-Mails to HI…about stature

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 unusual to see cows that are extremely tall unless they are part of a show-s...