November 2022

Pischele Holsteins: Singular among the many top addresses in the very north of Italy

Although Italy has a leading role in Europe with more than 1.4 million Holstein cows, the most northern region of the country plays hardly any role this perception. And that, we are finding, should change. While South Ty...

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Ferme Madec, Bretagne ‘We try to obtain the best, most balanced sires from AI catalogues.’

Nothing is impossible on the farm of the Madec family in Hanvec in the far western part of Brittany, near the Atlantic Ocean. Here bull dams perform – then and now – and elite show cows reach European levels. All present...

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Pröbstings Arizona: Germany’s Nr.1 and the perfect example for the philosophy of his home barn

He is Germany’s Nr.1 and a highly requested sire of sons, that much is clear. But his outstanding RZG is based on special characteristics. Pröbstings Arizona, the Arrozo son that goes back to Pride Ramos Toward, is, abov...

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Brigeen Farms: Historic breeders herd with a modern and progressive outlook

‘Cow families are extremely important to us, because we are looking for predictability in breeding results.’ Betsy Bullard from Brigeen Farms attaches great value to the carefully constructed cow families on her modern d...

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Intriguing Sires DP - November 2022

‘In Switzerland, we are thrilled to have such a high production and fitness bull with correct conformation.’ Jürg Stoll from Swissgenetics is referring to Ewing who (after Ranger-Red) is the highest indexing Red Holstein...

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Focus on... - November 2022

While the genomic top-lists almost everywhere in the world are increasingly populated with high polled sires, high daughter-proven polled bulls continue to be a rare commodity. This is particularly true for daughter-prov...

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BullTalk - November 2022

One of the young and enthusiastic dairy farmers and breeders from Canada, without a doubt, is Tony van Lith. His “Valiant” prefix is quickly gaining recognition, also in part due to the success of the young all-rounder V...

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OH-DG Topstone: German Nr.1 from a Currently Successful Family

Germany has three Bomaz AltaTopshot sons. Masterrind tested Topstone and Topmodel. Both of them had an attractive daughter group at the Schau der Besten. A short while later, Topstone debuted as Germany’s progeny proven...

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Intriguing Sires DNA - November 2022

Lonestar carries Sandy-Valley breeding on both the top and bottom sides of his pedigree, combining the Cosmopolitan family behind his sire Conway with the Rudy Missy family. ‘Unfortunately his Legacy dam was lost as a he...

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Cow Country II - November 2022

In a time where breeding is producing ever higher breeding values at a swift tempo, this story is well suited to the breeding romantics. Birkentree Clover is a bull dam who does not conform to the pattern of the modern b...

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Cow Country I - November 2022

‘Until then we had been successful at local shows. This year for the first time, we competed for prizes at the national level.’ Thomas Just, the herd manager on the 540 milking cow farm of Hans Skovgaard near the city of...

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Mystique Lambda Anis: Bull Dam from a Deep Canadian Cow Family

Delta-Lambda has attracted admirers around the globe, a true ‘cross-over’ bull combining solid production with great type and impressive udders. The Delta son from the Lila Z family did not get many opportunities as a si...

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Morningview Super Deann Foundation of a High-Genomic Branch of the Roxy’s.

The Roxy family has developed the status of royalty in Holstein breeding, with a reputation built on consistent, long-lasting brood cows and solid transmitting bulls. However, one aspect that has typically eluded the Rox...

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Victor Lego: Legend-Maker on Both Sides of Her Pedigree

Here is the background of her enthusiastic young breeder Aaron Smith and his Legend-Maker prefix.

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Flechedor Zita EX-97: 20 breeding stars in Canada

Anyone visiting the World Dairy Expo expects to see the cream of the crop of the Holstein breed. This statement is unlikely to surprise, but perhaps you still remember the year 2010. In that year it seemed that more prom...

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KI Samen has Set Its Own Breeding Strategy for Forty Years Already ‘We believe in practical truth.’

KI Samen was established in 1982 by Antoon van Nieuwenhoven and dairy farmers Bas and Theo Engelen. Forty years later, this privately-owned Dutch AI company still exudes lots of enthusiasm and passion, but has also certa...

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Boudewijn Koole, 3STAR Genetics ‘Working Together with Breeders and AIs is the Key to our Success.’

3Star-OH Ranger-Red, a much talked about elite sire for gLPI and gTPI. Visstein-3Star Gavino-Red, nr.1 bull in Spain. The Swiss Red Holstein leader Dykster-3Star Ewing-SG. Tirsvad-3Star Member, red PP sensation in German...

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BPS Panther Foxcatcher Outcross Sire 2022

‘Always a fun exercise and a difficult one as well. Yet we continue to focus on providing altenative bloodlines, that still do not steer our program off the firm objectives for user profitability.’ These words from Jeff...

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Bosgoed: Holstein, Jersey & Brown Swiss

This splendid, colourful photograph in the eastern Netherlands was taken by Han Hopman of dam Bosgoed Gre 241 and her son Bosgoed Black Pete (<Aurora Jeroen; Holstein). So far, the strong-legged, fifteen-year-old Gre 241...

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Jerseys: The Quickest Growing Breed in America’s Dairy Cattle Industry

For the very first time in Dairy Breeds International: an article about the oldest herdbook organization in the US, the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA). This organization was established already in 1868, but th...

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Masterpiece Genetics & Masterrind

Ed Crossland is the owner of a small dairy farm with Holsteins and Guernseys (Gladheart) in western Maryland, near West Virginia. Although his interest originally lie especially with Holsteins, he also became strongly in...

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KI Kampen & Danish Jersey Export

‘Customers of KI Kampen who use FH sires are especially looking for problem-free grazing animals in large herds. They are not looking for a few toppers, per se. As much as possible, they want a minimal number of dropouts...

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Dutch-Belted: The breed with the fastest growing fan club in the world?

It is not the first time that we report on Lakenvelder cattle in a DBI issue. And the breed, which most dairy farmers know as Dutch Belted, is going through such a dynamic development that it can no longer be ignored. In...

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GGI-Spermex & Genetics Australia

‘GGI-Spermex is the leading export organization for Fleckvieh and Brown Swiss world-wide,’ says Martin Wimmer from GGI-Spermex. ‘The fact that Germany has the largest Fleckvieh and Brown Swiss populations, and manages th...

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Brown Swiss Level in France Displays Significant Increase!

Of course, France is known for breeds like Holstein and Normande. And, of course, the numerous beef breeds. But did you know that France is also becoming an increasingly bigger source of top Brown Swiss genetics? And tha...

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