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October 2023
Cow Country I - October 2023

The Vermette family from La Ferme Verjatin Holstein in Quebec milks 35 high-indexing Jerseys. Their 35 Holsteins are also at a high level. This is particularly true of Verjatin Seabiscuit Topgirl VG-86 and her descendant...

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October 2023
Moved to the Neighbours: Bull Dam Apina Nadja 143 Flourishes in the Ubachs Herd

With three available sons, Apina Nadja 143 is one of the most remarkable bull dams in the Netherlands. As such, she is following in the rich bull dam tradition of her cow family. Since moving to the Ubachs herd, Nadja 14...

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October 2023
Seagull-Bay Oman Mirror – The cow that changed the breed

On October 14th, three years ago almost to the day, the career of Seagull-Bay Oman Mirror came to an end at her home on Seagull-Bay Dairy in Idaho after 15 years. Mirror, who spent a large part of her career at Roylane F...

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October 2023
Cow Country II - October 2023

Winwood Tatoo Lightsout VG-87 is a finalist in the All-Australian Photo competition. ‘My boyfriend Mal Nikora and I purchased her dam as a 5-month-old calf in 2018 and the Tatoo was her first calf,’ explains Kelly Bleije...

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October 2023
Whittier-Farms Outside Roz: Consistent Global Supplier of Popular Bulls

Over the past two decades, the family of Whittier-Farms Outside Roz has had a very positive impact in numerous herds across the breed. We trace the development of this impressive cow family that has produced such notable...

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October 2023
New traits, aligned definitions – The linear description and its increasing international comparability

The chief classifiers from 14 countries met for the first time 33 years ago to come to an agreement on how the conformation traits could be better compared between different countries. This past September the “Type Harmo...

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October 2023
Ingo Schnoor – The population standard keeps improving

Anyone who follows the large breeding programs in Europe should also be keeping track of Phönix, the breeding program founded jointly in 2021 by RUW, RBW, RA, Qnetics, RBB and RSH in Germany. And anyone who follows Phöni...

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October 2023
The Early Foundation Animals of the Holstein Breed

Which animals are at the foundation of the modern Holstein breed? The global AI company AI Total was eager to highlight a number of them. Together with Holstein International, a poster was created (included with this HI...

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October 2023
With longer laying time comes higher daily lifetime production

Consumers are consistently demanding better animal welfare. For farmers, this means bridging the gap between fulfilling these demands and the profitability of their operations. Within this, it is no secret that through i...

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October 2023
Jennifer Wins Biggest UK Dairy Day Ever!

The biggest UK Dairy Day of all-time delivered one of the most impressive line-ups ever witnessed at a British National Show. Two cows that were in the top-3 last year made it back into the championship honours. But the...

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October 2023
What Can We Learn From Other Breeds?

It’s so helpful to compare Holsteins to other breeds. What can we learn? There are a few values, that are easy to recognize in other breeds. Values which Holstein breeders may want to concentrate on. Should we crossbreed...

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September 2023
Ulmar in Canada: From Humble Beginnings to an Award-Winning Farming Operation

In 1991, Hans and Marlise Pfister, along with their 3 young children, left Switzerland and moved to Canada, purchasing a farm near the town of Mitchell in western Ontario, about 2 hours west of Toronto. With careful mana...

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September 2023
Two Holsteins Create a Remarkable Herd B-Long Holsteins: An Impressive Series of Twelve “Herd of Excellence” Titles

Year in, year out, the name appears in international Holstein news: B-Long Holsteins. No less than twelve “Herd of Excellence” titles have been awarded by Holstein USA to this farm in the American state of Wisconsin. Tho...

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September 2023
Spectacular Developments in the German Lösing Herd: More than 50% Production Increase in Five Years!

At the beginning of 2018, Bernd Lösing’s Holsteins in the German Vreden produced 30.4 kg/67.0 lb per day and 10,200 kg/22,490 lb annually: A nice average, above the national average. But Lösing had a strong feeling that...

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September 2023
BullTalk - September 2023

Last year in July he provided a memorable HI cover picture: the now four-year-old German bull Adissio-PP. ‘From the outset he was very popular; the first two years he was always sold out. He was used in all German breedi...

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