Brian Behnke Introduces St. Jacobs’ New Sire Program: ‘Linear Choice is our Entry into Commercial Dairy Farming’

“Type without Compromise”: From this vision, St. Jacobs ABC developed internationally successful bulls such as Dundee, Destry-RC, Aftershock, Crush and Denver. Young “St. Jacobs Choice” bulls for the top type market incl...

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Robeth Holsteins: 240 Registered Atwoods and 170 Registered Diamondbacks

“Atwood Ave(nue)” and “Diamondback Drive”. The two notable street name signs in the tie stall barn at Liberty Hill Farm (Robeth Holsteins) turn out to be indicative of the breeding strategy employed by father Rob and son...

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Double Family Power at Fankhauser in Switzerland

No, we will not soon forget this reporting tour: Three days in late March 2022 through Switzerland. In large measure it was through the French-speaking “Suisse”, but for the finale in the German-speaking “Schweiz”. Three...

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Berryholme: ‘Be honest with yourself. There is no value in wearing rose-colored glasses’

Berryholme, H. Wright & Son, Cumbria, was one of 10 names to appear on the list when Holstein UK announced the winners of the Master Breeder Awards for 2022. The name Berryholme has been a fixture in the dairy industry i...

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Due to his False Start: The Important Message of S-S-I Duke for Global Breeding

He is one of the best sires of his generation, but: we did not discover that until later. Because it took until the arrival of his milking daughters before we could observe the true value of S-S-I Montross Duke. Note her...

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Intriguing Sires DNA 1 - July 2022

With a total index of 162 gRZG, Adwin debuted during the recent April release with an asterisk in second place on the German DNA list, as he combines a significant plus for milk with nice figures for longevity, fertility...

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Focus on... July 2022

It is primarily small AI studs that carve out their place in the international market by going after a particular breeding profile with their own philosophies. And naturally, their sire lineup must represent these indivi...

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Pride Ramos Toward: Deep Cow Family with Alternative Bloodlines

The recent Sunrise Sale in Germany on March 25th saw a sensational record price of €70,300 for the young heifer Talika-P-RC. A search to find the origins of the cow family behind this exciting young prospect takes us to...

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BullTalk - July 2022

Time for a remarkable sire. He is five years old and displays (progeny proven) his highest TPI index ever: 2887, based on 448 milking daughters. As such, he has jumped to a well-deserved 9th TPI position. But that is not...

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Round-Table Which Total Performance Index Do You Prefer?

Which total merit index do you use in choosing the bulls for your herd? Which traits do you focus on in particular? Which traits do you put less emphasis on? Are there extra traits you would like to see added to the inde...

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Holstein Austria and the rise to one of the most esteemed populations in Europe

Admittedly, the 48,000 herdbook cows makeup one of the small populations in Europe. Just as small, but with considerable international orientation, is the breeding program. Nonetheless, Austria’s Holsteins are on the ris...

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The best type sires in the world and the requirement of them for wide use

The importance of conformation for the profitability of a cow is a recurring topic of discussion. But: a sire that wants to achieve a certain international popularity will not succeed without above-average conformation....

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Beef-on-Dairy at Cogent: Strategic Use of Male Sexed Beef Semen

‘By the end of 2022 we expect figures to show that over 60% of beef produced in the UK comes from dairy herds,’ explains Cogent beef program manager Boomer Birch. ‘Our goal at Cogent is to help producers achieve maximum...

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Intriguing Sires DP - July 2022

At first he attracted attention with his successful sons – including the much publicized Mendel-P (see BullTalk HI 06/2022) – and now with milking daughters in his proof Entity is again in the spotlight. ‘He has been a p...

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Cow Country I - July 2022

‘This cow is incredibly balanced with enormous milkiness. For an eighth-lactation cow she has an outstanding udder that is very well attached,’ are the words of judge Paul Hannen, who crowned Clonpaddin G-Fame as Grand C...

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