Knock Out (K.O.) Criteria How Individual Traits Influence Sire Use Globally

Do you know the feeling? You have settled on a sire that impresses you, a bull that is among the top of the breed and promises maximal breeding progress. But then you decide against using him because he doesn’t meet your...

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Heat Detection: One of the Most Important Aspects of Effective Herd Management

Accurate heat detection has influence on the number of inseminations required and calving interval, which in turn has direct impact on the farms financial bottom-line. The challenge is to more accurately detect heats whi...

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The Millionaires of the Holstein Breed: The Milestone Appears to be Getting Further Away!

The “comeback bull”, as he was called. When dairy farmers milked daughters of this bull, they wanted more: And returned to the bull. That’s why there continued to be orders for the vital Valiant son Fisher-Place Mandingo...

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Darcroft A 3-time Master Breeder Herd with a 12.870kg/28,373lb (x2) Average!

Big milk, high fertility, impressive classifications, balanced breeding, multiple Master Breeder shields and one big goal… to be the best managed herd in the province. Gain invaluable insight from the progressive Canadia...

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Elmar in Australia Home of the Jessica Cow Family

The Elmar herd in northern Victoria has often made news headlines over the past two decades, principally via the exploits of their Jessica cow family. Three years ago the move was made to confinement housing and away fro...

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Focus On... January 2022

Hoof problems are still one of the leading reasons as to why cows are involuntarily culled. And as always, digital dermatitis, foot rot, sole ulcers and limax (interdigital hyperplasia) are huge challenges that dairy far...

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BullTalk - January 2022

‘During the past few years I have witnessed the Holstein breed becoming whiter. It is increasingly difficult to find a good bull that is 75% or more black. I manage a large dairy farm in the tropics at a high elevation,...

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Global Domination for ­Gold-N-Oaks MVP Aria …and her story has just begun!

You may be aware of Gold-N-Oaks MVP Aria’s success as a bull-dam through her trailblazing son, Westcoast Alcove, in Canada… But do you know about her breeding success in France, Germany, Switzerland and Spain? Read on to...

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Cow Country I - January 2022

RUW Elite originates from the embryo program at RUW (Phönix) and was born in October 2016 on the farm of Thomas Schäfer (SHS Holsteins). A very fortunate moment, concludes Schäfer five years later. ‘We are very impressed...

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Cow Country II - January 2022

Dulais Afterburner Amanda VG-86 is the Nr.40 index cow in the United Kingdom. Nev Roberts, her breeder, especially praises her pedigree. Via Dulais Pesky Amanda EX-93 (<Welcome Armitage Pesky), the Afterburner is a grand...

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Early-Autumn Golden Rae: The High Indexing Branch of the Roxy’s

The Nr.1 indexing female in the breed comes from the family of Golden Rae. The Golden Rae’s have grown to a position of prominence in well-known herds such as Morningview, Trent-Way and Genosource, and a number of bulls...

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This is Most Likely the Highest Classified Polled Red Holstein Cow in the World

A beautiful drive through the mostly mountainous Pennsylvania – one of the ten American states with the most milking cows – brings us to the heart of the state, where we come across Heart & Soul Holsteins owned by the Bo...

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Beta-casein A2A2: Extensive Supply of Elite Holstein Sires is Guaranteed

Beta-casein. More and more AI companies are including this trait prominently in their sire presentations. Reason: following New Zealand, Australia and Asia, also in North America and Europe, there is growing demand for m...

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Martino Cassandro, Passionate General Manager of the Italian Herdbook: ‘The “war” against farmers needs to come to an end.’

Only since March 2021 has he filled the position of General Manager for the Italian breeders association of Italian Holstein Friesian, Brown and Jersey breeds (ANAFIBJ), but nevertheless Martino Cassandro has future plan...

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Cow Family Tournament: Responses from the Breeders

In December’s HI, you discovered the outcome of HI’s Global Cow Family Tournament; Comestar Laurie Sheik became #2 and Snow-N-Denises Dellia #1. On this page you can read the responses of the breeders behind the winning...

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