Ptit Coeur in Switzerland - A Very Different Story than you would Expect

With the name Ptit Coeur, you likely think of the magnificent Red Holstein cow Kalinka: Tremendous in the show ring, but also tremendous for longevity. Or of the victory of DH Gold Chip Darling at the recent Swiss Expo....

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Siemers Holsteins: Annually 75-100 Cows Surpassing 220,000lb/100,000kg

Undoubtedly you read about it in HI’s July issue: at Siemers Holsteins in Wisconsin, no less than 390 cows have passed the milestone of 100,000kg milk (220,462lb). As such, Siemers is almost certainly the world record ho...

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Calf Raising: Focus on Colostrum Management gives Calves a Good Start

One of these busy mornings when you are lamenting the fact that you have so many calves to feed, spare a thought for Ty Fullmer and his team at Fullmer Cattle Company in Kansas – they raise 35,000 calves per year! We tal...

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TransitionRight: Breeding Healthier Cows

Selection emphasis on fitness traits over the last 15 years has arrested the declining genetic merit for health in the dairy cow that had developed as an unwanted side-effect of many years of intensive selection for prod...

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Top-management for longevity: How Rosy-Lane, Big & Summitholm reached record numbers of 100,000kg cows

Recently, Holstein International reported about the top management of three herds that reached record numbers of 100,000kg-220,000lb cows (HI 06/2017: Sandisfarne, Kellercrest & Iden). But: there are more striking herds...

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Tricia: The Foundation Cow Behind the “T-bulls”

Tricia is a Rudolph daughter whose descendants have put the Lars-Acres prefix on the map when it comes to successful bulls in AI. They were already a fitness family before the era of fitness selection came along. It’s no...

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Longevity Non-stop: Ronbeth Stormatic Doll, 5th Generation with 100,000 kg!

Since the beginning of this century, longevity is playing a more prominent role in Holstein breeding. In the Ronbeth herd of the Warner family in Ontario, high lifetime production has received full attention for decades...

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Weelder Esmonique 38 Continues Esmeralda Tradition

With the May release, Weelder Esmonique 38, a G-Force daughter owned by the Dutch Van de Kamp family provided 2 sons in the Dutch gNVI top-3, including the leader Esperanto. Force, the full brother of Esmonique 38, is pe...

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A Question of Character

Clearly, it was a special picture with a special cow that lured us to the farm of Clemens Eilmans in the town of Kevelaer in western Germany. The 56 Holsteins in Eilman’s barn count among the best in the country in every...

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Cow Country - August 2017

On the Gandy dairy farm owned by the Gandolfi family in the northern Italian province of Mantova, the percentages of fat and protein, as well as protein quality, are prominent breeding traits. The fact that their selecti...

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The International Reach of Canada’s Dragonfly Family

We last reported on the Dragonfly family in April 2012. Since then the family has been spreading its wings and is now supplying some exciting young bulls in different parts of the world. Here is an update on the Dragonfl...

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Presenting the Progeny Proven Sons of Mountfield SSI Mogul

With 2494 TPI, Mogul is still nr.26 in the US. His index is now based on more than 17,000 daughters, with 72% of them on American soil. At the same time, the majority of Mogul sons are of American origin. But, in other c...

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Balisto and Topsy: Which One is the Best?

The full brothers Topsy and Balisto now sit at Nr.12 and Nr.19 on the daughter-proven TPI top-100 in the US. However, Topsy had no sons sampled in AI while his brother Balisto has become a genetic power-house with his so...

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BullTalk - August 2017

Last month we wrote about the “comeback” of progeny proven sires; in more and more countries, they are able to get closer to the DNA top. This is also the case in Scandinavia, where the impressive Booth with 32 NTM is si...

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Intriguing Sires - Lencomte & Cidre & Henley

Lencome is a “talk of the town” sire in France, combining high index, type and a top-class pedigree. Since the Capital Gain-son became available in May 2016, almost every straw of semen he has made has been sold immediat...

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