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November 2018
Focus on - November 2018

For commercial dairy farmers, it likely does not make a difference if a sire was born via ET/IVF or via more natural means. But for organic farms it does matter. The selection of naturally bred sires among the best bulls...

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November 2018
Val-Bisson Doorman: Absolute Trendsetter for Type

After the Mogul Memorandum in HI June 2018, we are now publishing the Doorman Dossier. It is a unique and extensive article about the background and achievements of a special transmitter, who especially on the type front...

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November 2018
Intriguing Sires - Garant & Harper & Melvin

With an increase of 5 points for his overall breeding value to 135 RZG and an impressive 8-point gain for conformation to a strong value of 134 RZE, Garant was one of the most conspicuous newcomers in Germany following t...

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November 2018
Italian Ceresio: Battle Stage of Two Heroic Holstein Families

Numerous northern Italian Holstein farms – located at the base of the powerful Alps – have a background as Brown Swiss herds: Or the “bruna”, the original brown cattle from the Alps. Many of them later transitioned to Ho...

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November 2018
Crovalley: A Showcase for Canadian Holsteins

The modern, picturesque farmstead overlooks the Trent River near Hastings, Ontario, an hour east of Toronto. Inside the state-of-the-art barns a high-type herd including numerous show winners help to make Crovalley a tru...

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November 2018
Selz-Pralle Dairy: Home of the World Milk Record Holder

Last year she completed her lactation with the highest milk figures ever recorded: Selz-Pralle Aftershock 3918 VG-88 produced 5.11 3x 365 78,170lb (35,457kg) 4.0% fat 3.3% protein. We visited the Wisconsin home of this w...

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October 2018
A Last Visit to… Switzerland’s Highest Production Herd: Emil’s Ranch

Holstein International regularly receives tips from readers, from all over the world. We are always pleased because the tips are frequently valuable. And so at the beginning of this year, we received an almost secretive...

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October 2018
Arnout Dekker about the Positive Effects of OmniGen-AF

‘Stress reduces the resistance of cows, causing the likelihood of infections to increase. And the number of stress moments is quite high actually; cows are like people with autism, they do not handle changes well.’ Speak...

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October 2018
Freurehaven Shottle Lautella: Powerful Source of Milk and Functionality

The ultimate goal for many high-ranking index families is the breeding of numerous popular sires. This task can be confidently entrusted to the family of Freurehaven Shottle Lautella. Her descendant Peak AltaLawson, good...

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October 2018
Dorcy Dextra: Foundation of a Dominant Family at Kings-Ransom

The Kings-Ransom herd at Schuylerville, New York, is especially dazzling at present, home to the EX-95 full sisters Cleavage and Cleo, and also the 94-point dam-daughter pair of Dextra and Diva. It is the family of this...

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October 2018
Invisible?

Progress for longevity in the Holstein world is clearly visible. So much so, that it is sometimes invisible. That may sound contradictory, but this is what we mean: in HI’s August edition, we featured Heinz Meyer’s Bucke...

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October 2018
Etazon Renate: CRV’s Supreme Foundation Dam

In the Netherlands and Flanders, Etazon Renate is a household name. Thanks to the combination of a superior NVI and abundant embryo production, the O-Man daughter with French roots has become the most influential foundat...

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October 2018
Cow Country - October 2018

‘We do not breed a cow like her every day!’ These are the opening words of Sylvain Pioud from Ferme du Moulin Gallet in eastern France, about Laitwis Dorothee. This strong EX-92 Roumare daughter is no longer on the farm,...

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October 2018
Here is the Very Newest Super-Millionaire: Planet!

It has happened! Eight giants have preceded him. One of these weeks, Ensenada Taboo Planet, more than 15 years old, will become the world’s ninth bull to reach the gigantic milestone of 1.5 million doses of semen sold. A...

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October 2018
Outcross Sire of the Year 2018 – Three Years after his Sire, Fortune takes to the Spotlight

Despite his age of three years, he still possesses outstanding numbers with 3315 gLPI and 2734 gTPI. His owner Semex alone has 12 sons with over 2850 gTPI and 17 sons with over 3500 gLPI in their lineup. His influence wi...

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