JMK Holsteins in Texas: From Nothing to 1400 Outstanding Holsteins in Just 35 Years
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 the fifth state for milk production in the US. ‘Compared to farms in the West, I a...More
Raunhøj Dairy: The Organic Path to the Danish Conformation Top
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. A visit with the Therkildsen was already scheduled. Thanks to...More
Gaec du Terril: Using the Right Bulls for Optimal Genetics on their Organic Farm
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 (Surgeon, more about him later) and a virtually unknown maternal lin...More
Here is #4 of the most influential breeders of the past 25 years: De-Su!
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 this HI issue, we announce number four… and likely no one is surprised that this positi...More
Our-Favorite: thuishaven van Unlimited en haar populaire zoon Undenied
Todd Stanek is niet opgegroeid met geregistreerde Holsteins; hij was al volwassen toen zijn passie voor fokkerij zich manifesteerde. Recentelijk, op de jaarlijkse National Holstein Convention, werd hij trots erkend als 4...More
Very close to the breeding goal: 11 cows, 1.17 million kg lifetime production and 89 points for conformation
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 itself was already unique. The Kleemanns’ did not just want to photograph on...More
Penn-Dell’s Kathy Family: High-Type Branch of the Kays
The Kathy family at Penn-Dell is built around a daughter-dam pair of 94-point cows that have both been Grand Champion at their county fair. Further back in the pedigree we find a number of successful bull dams. Here is t...More
Longevity: What is the Basis behind Expected Lifetime Predictions?
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 is longevity: If an animal does well for all the other t...More