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Fairmont in Vermont: With Purebred Holsteins, Responding Flexibly to the Market

A commercial dairy with 1450 head and a breeding program with elite cows; Fairmont LLC in the northern part of the American state of Vermont has developed in the span of 30 years into a multi-faceted operation, and with...

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Wyss Herta - Rendezvous with a double world record?

We were on our way through Switzerland and our goal were visits to various outstanding farms that we will present to you in coming issues of HI. One goal in this hot July week two months ago was, among others, Wyss Holst...

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Gaec de la Monnerie: ‘Important: Ensure That We Create Sufficient Opportunities for the Future’

Close to Le Bignon, just south of the French metropolis Nantes, we find Gaec de la Monnerie. Located in the French department of Loire-Atlantique – where the powerful Loire River meets the Atlantic Ocean. From this regio...

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BullTalk - September 2022

Cows with a slick hide (shorter and smoother hair) are able to better cope with high temperatures (see also page 7). For this reason, the number of sires with the slick gene globally is on the rise. Since there has been...

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Focus on - September 2022

Have you tried before to find a top bull that breeds for above average teat length, corrects close teat placement and delivers acceptable milking ability at the same time? If you have tried, you will have likely conclude...

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Gumball A Resume that Rivals the Great Roxy

Roxy had 16 EX daughters, 3 VG and 2 GP. Gumball has 20 EX daughters, 3 VG and 1 GP. Roxy was EX-97 with a highest daughter at 94: Gumball was EX-96 with daughters scored 96 and 95. Roxy produced 95,157kg/209,784lb 4.5%f...

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Impressive consistency: How the Kanu family stands up to the frantic competition in the Wilder barn

When the Colt son Kanu-P celebrated his breakthrough 10 years ago, it was the kickoff of a breeding program that has held the international scene captive ever since. Not many German prefixes have influenced Europe’s bree...

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Cow Country II - September 2022

‘We are a group of friends that wanted to form a syndicate in order to invest in top genetics while spreading out the risk. At some point the idea came to hold our own auction,’ Antoine le Coat remembers about the start...

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Cow Country - September 2022

In July, a first choice Doc daughter out of three female pregnancies sold for $19,500 at the MD State Sale. Maryland is also the birth state of Peace&Plenty Atwd Jubilant EX-93, an eleven-year-old donor to remember! ‘Jub...

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10 Years of Peak: A Constantly Evolving Genetic Program

The prefix Peak is now a constant on sire ranking lists, not just in the US but other countries too. The number of studs that include bulls bred by Peak in their sire lineup has been progressively expanding. ‘We are neve...

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New: Heat tolerance index in Italy

It was an innovation when Australia first released breeding values for heat tolerance in 2017. Since then, not only has it become common knowledge that heat stress negatively influence cows’ productivity, but also that p...

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Mike West: ‘Using our Extensive International Network to Keep us in Tune with What Producers will Need in the Future.’

You have often read his comments on bulls from the Semex line-up, product support specialist Mike West. The Canadian based brand name Semex has held a prominent position in the global Holstein industry for many years, su...

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Beef-on-Dairy Programs: Masterrind

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 Masterrind in Germany.

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Global Dairy Youth Challenge: Preliminary Round Three

After the success of the first competition in 2020, for the second time HI presents the Global Dairy Youth Challenge: a competition for young people. Via four preliminary rounds, the participants will be presented in two...

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Unique in HI: Farms with the Highest kg/lb Fat + Protein Productions World-wide Part 1

In the Holstein world, high productions always speak to the imagination. Tremendous records of individual animals, but certainly also high averages at the herd level. But how high are the average milk productions on elit...

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