Cow Country - June 2021

‘We regularly sell two-year-olds at the monthly RUW sales. Outstanding type can make a difference there of €3,000 instead of €2,000.’ Friedrich Köster from the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen knows the added value of...

Here is the Grand Finale of HI's Cow Family Tournament

In HI’s March 2021 issue, you found preliminary round one: 50 impressive cow families from various continents. This presentation was followed in the April edition by preliminary round two, again with 50 impressive cow fa...

Will Selecting for Rump Improve Fertility and Calving-Ease?

Correct rump structure has long been considered an important part of the frame of a cow – often being linked to her fertility, her ease of giving birth, and to supporting her udder. Correct slope to the rump is seen as i...

Responses to question: Why do Outcross Sires not Receive More Opportunities?

’Why have AI companies not made more intensive use of outcross sires?’ This is one of the questions sent to HI by the Czech herd manager Jiří Fangl. Questions that HI’s editorial staff also found interesting, but were no...

Cow Comfort - Important Key to Success on Modern Dairy Farms

Cow comfort. In addition to various aspects around breeding, this is a frequently occurring theme in HI’s breeder’s reports. The more comfortable cows are in their environment, the better the obtained genetic progress co...

Beef-on-Dairy Programs: Aberekin & Genex

The surge in use of beef bulls on lower genetic merit dairy cows continues to grow, and part of the evolution in this market is the use of male sexed beef semen. This month we introduce Aberekin from Spain and Genex from...

Exceptional Type Level at Conant-Acres: 28% of the Current Milking Herd Scores EX-94

During the recent classification round at Conant-Acres in the American state of Maine, thirteen Holsteins classified EX-94. Yes, you read that correctly, 13x EX-94 on a single farm, on one day. And that within a herd tha...

Koester Dairy in the US: World Class Production

K-Star is the prefix of one of the leading production herds of the US. Located at Dakota in northern Illinois, an hour south of Madison, it is owned by the Koester family who trade as Koester Dairy Inc. With a dazzling h...

Rinderzucht Augustin: Modern Dairy Farm Where Top Cows are not Bred until 200-250 Days in Milk

The average calving interval is between 430-440 days, and that turns out to be intentional. In the brand new free stall barn owned by Rinderzucht Augustin in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where there is a lot of emphasis on an...

Dudoc in Canada: Prominent Name in Red-Holsteins and Polled Breeding

Initially it was bulls such as Dudoc Bacculum-Red and Dudoc Mr Burns-RC that brought the Dudoc name to the attention of breeders around the world, especially those with an interest in Red-Holsteins. More recently it has...

At Stäme Holsteins, the C Family is among the Big Favourites

At the beginning of this century, breeder Jan Bengtsson from the Swedish dairy farm Stäme Holsteins purchased embryos from the well-known Danish breeder Sören Ernst Madsen. The name of the foundation dam of the donor cow...

Pine-Tree AltaOak: His Remarkable Foundation and His Intense Impact (3)

With part three, we conclude our trilogy about the remarkable outcross transmitter Pine-Tree AltaOak. In two earlier articles (March and April), we looked at remarkable sires on his maternal side: maternal grandsire Leif...

BullTalk - May 2021

DG Charley is certainly unique. Without a doubt, he can call himself the sire of likely the world’s most talked about bull right now: Hurtgenlea Charl, America’s brand new TPI leader. Via him, Charley can also call himse...

Intruiging Sires - May 2021

Marius is a Jedi son from a family line descending from Sully Shottle May, the mother of McCutchen. The Marius proof has climbed by over 100 points since last round as daughters have been added to his proof, and he now g...

Focus On... May 2021

As is tradition, in the May issue of HI the new April breeding values are the center of attention. In our analyses you find the global elite of the highest genomic and daughter-proven sires, as well as the best red and p...