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BullTalk - March 2021

This coming summer, it will be five years ago that DNA sire Melarry Frazzled made his debut: in 13th place with 2751 gTPI. Today, the Josuper son scores 2705 TPI, based on 8,594 milking daughters in five countries (with...

Pine-Tree AltaOak: His Remarkable Foundation and His Intense Impact (1)

Before we begin the portrait of Leif, the remarkable maternal grandsire of AltaOak, we will take a short look at Oak’s career. How did Oak end up as a young sire at Alta? ‘AltaOak was created through contracting a group...

The Time has Arrived: Here is the First Preliminary Round of HI’s Cow Family Tournament!

Indeed! The starting shot of HI’s unique tournament of the world’s most influential cow families has been given. Here is the first preliminary round; on the next six pages, you will find portraits of 50 families from var...

Velthuis Farms in Canada: Birthplace of Atwood

Velthuis is one of just 5-6 breeder herds across Canada that continues to play a significant role in the breeding of young sires for AI. Atwood, Einstein, Imax and Gymnast are among the many successful AI bulls that were...

Darita Holsteins: A Herd of Excellence

In 2018, Darita Holsteins was one of 16 herds across the US to win the coveted Herd of Excellence award. With a modern farmstead and solid breeding program, the well managed operation achieves a 32,000lb./14,500kg herd a...

Complete Cows are the Big Attraction at Al.Ce Holsteins in Italy

One of Italy’s highest type bulls is Al.Ce Sneaker, with +2.52 for tipo: And no less than +3.92 for udders – one of the highest scores ever in Italy. The dam of this Meridian son is Al.Ce Atwood Samuela EX-93, who will t...

Peak: Collaboration of Competitors within the Industry

In North America the heifer programs established by the major bull studs are a core part of the bull breeding industry. Most bull studs now source more than 50% of their young sires from these heifer programs, where the...

Discover the Highest Type Sires Worldwide

Each proof run HI explores the highest index sires worldwide, but unfortunately we do not always have space and time to investigate who leads for type. Here we embark on a much-awaited mission – to provide a selection of...

Weaning: A Crucial Early Moment During Calf Raising

Raising calves is an indispensable part of dairy farming. HI spoke to four international players with tremendous expertise in this area. They passionately share about how the first days, weeks, and months of a calf’s lif...

BoD Programs at BBG & ABS Global

The use of beef sires on the bottom end of the herd (Beef-on-Dairy) has become a popular concept on dairy farms. In this series of articles, each month HI will feature two AI companies with a BoD program. This time: BBG...

Polled Gallery - The influential icons behind the best PP sires worldwide

Polled breeding and the goal of bringing the polled segment to the peak of the conventional top lists are among the main tasks that breeding programs around the world are working on. The motivation for this lies in the s...

Eba Clara: ‘She is the cow that gave us everything The cow of a lifetime.’

We are taking you along to the French department of Sarthe, 245 km southwest of the metropolis of Parisz; To a Holstein farm close to St.Jean de la Motte. There we find the Bougie family, which has turned heads for years...

GGA Jolene – From homegrown to one of the most fashionable breeding wellsprings in Europe

She is the dam of the internationally intensively used sire of sons Keith and of the popular polled sire and DTG bull Mali-P. But above all, GGA Balisto Jolene is the dam of the super successful Gymnast daughter GGA Juan...

Oda Family at Ladys-Manor Produces the Nr.1 CTPI Cow

One of the most enduring cow families of the breed is again right at the top of the index list. The US has just one cow with >3000 CTPI: Her name is Ladys-Manor Granite Oohm. This star of the 380-cow Ladys-Manor herd in...

Cow Country - February 2021

Mark Brantner in Pennsylvania, together with his family, is pursuing a dream: owning a dairy farm with beautiful and high-producing Holsteins. And the realization of that dream could be assisted by a Holstein that prefer...