Cow Country - May 2021

‘Producing milk,’ responds Eric Elbers from CRV to the question about the most important qualities of Delta Thilda, the Amigo daughter who is being used extensively within CRV’s breeding program. ‘Thilda is able to easil...

L’Espoir Hagen Family: Attractive Holsteins throughout Japan

When looking for a prefix, Japanese breeder Nobuo Sato received inspiration while viewing a movie from a boat named “L’Espoir” (“Hope”). Without hope, his family would never ever have been successful in establishing a da...

Cow Country - May 2021

The purchase of North-Echo 2905 (Day-Planet-Form Bret) in 2013 did not initially provide Sheland Farms in New York (900 milking cows) with the desired result. ‘Unfortunately she did not flush well,’ comments Erik Shelmid...

Hardwood Bliss Family: 50 Years of Outstanding Performers

The Bliss family has supplied many of the highlights in Holstein breeding for Hardwood Holsteins in Wisconsin for almost 50 years. Milking members of the family currently in the Hardwood barn can be traced back through 1...

Feed Efficiency – The most important project for Holstein breeding in the coming years

In April 2015, Australia was the first country in the world that published a breeding value for feed efficiency. The Netherlands followed in December 2020, and since April the USA and Canada also have a breeding value fo...

Arcowin: Three Cooperatives Navigate Towards Becoming a Breeding Giant

Earlier already, we reported about Arcowin, the cooperative agreement between three large European AI cooperatives: Evolution (France), Masterrind (Germany) and VikingGenetics (Scandinavia). Initially, it involved workin...

Bullseye-Genetics: A new Holstein-breeding program with lots of expertise

In an era where mergers and cooperatives generate headlines within the breeding industry, the founding of new breeding companies is a rarity. Despite this, the industry has recently seen the establishment of several priv...

Beef-on-Dairy Programs at: Semex & Superblu

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 Semex from Canada and Superblu fro...

Get Acquainted with Herdbooks Worldwide: South Africa Holstein

South Africa has among the largest average herd size of any country worldwide. Of all animals registered by South Africa Holstein, 97% are the result of imported semen, producing a very open genetic pool including the be...

World Wide Sires: Assisting Farmers to Get the Most out of their Genetic Investment

This year, World Wide Sires celebrates its 50th anniversary. Established by the Californian Holstein breeder and entrepreneur Bill Clark in 1971, WWS has been the international representative for all American AI cooperat...

Dozens of Herds Use the Complete Genetics of Wiethege Holsteins

‘Both of these cows are very valuable to me. They differ in colour, but otherwise, they are virtually the same. They have both calved three times, both expect their fourth calf in June, both are pregnant to Reeve-Red, bo...

Outcross - Fad or Value?

This month our regular guest-writer – An American Dairyman – is wondering how to make outcross work: And how to get value from outcross. Levels of inbreeding percentage are increasing worldwide, warnings for inbreeding a...

Linebreeding at an Elite Level: ‘If You Have Something Really Good, Intensify That.’

What follows is a special story: About a special breeder: One who is not concerned in the least with the aspect of “inbreeding”. Armed with a tremendous treasure of pedigree knowledge, he makes deliberate matings like th...

aAa Animal Analysis: Systematic Breeding Guide to Help Make Better Breeding Decisions

There is a wealth of information available to help select the right bulls to use in your herd: Total merit rankings, genomics, linear traits, pedigree and cow family information… the list goes on. Once you have selected...

Heat Stress: A Major Issue for the Modern Dairy Cow

It may well seem like your cows are becoming less able to deal with the stress of a hot summer’s day – feed intake drops, respiration rates go up, and production goes down. Higher producing cows have to metabolize greate...