May 2024

Cow Families

Cow Country I - May 2024

Scrolling through social media is a phenomenon of our time, with countless contributions being ignored or unconsciously acknowledged, and then there are posts where one has the feeling to scroll...

March 2024

Cow Families

Cow Country - March 2024

Jean-Baptiste Decheppe of Gaec du Tombuy at Gimecourt in the north-east of France has a cow with a special story. ‘Gourmande was not born on our farm. It was our...

April 2023


Enormous growth for BBG

HI has already reported various times about the Belgian Blue Group (BBG) and that is not surprising: the organization has a large offering of >200 sires and is active in...

March 2023

Cow Families

Cow Country II - March 2023

Keur Zohare VG-87, owned by Marcel Heylen (Keur Holsteins) in Belgium, is a remarkable Holstein. Thanks to her sire Ohare-P and her dam, a daughter of Laron-P, she was born...

September 2022


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...

June 2022

Cow Families

Cow Country - June 2022

The family of Al-Lew Monterey Ashley EX-94 is gaining popularity. While her sons Aristocrat, Arrow and Armagedon-P have been well-liked for a while, the family most recently attracted attention at...

May 2022

Herd reports

Zwanebloem Holsteins: Beautiful Dairy Farm in Belgium with a Breeding Dream

Forty years ago, Roger and Annemie Masscheleyn purchased a lease farm with twenty cows and twenty hogs. Together with their sons Wannes and Reinout and their families, they founded one...

April 2022

Cow Families

Cow Country II - April 2022

Last month, HI wrote about Ernevale Rosina EX-95, owned by Seamus Gunn, Northern Ireland. Did you know that her sire, Belan Mingo Jubilant-Red (<Jubilant), is also the maternal great-grandsire of...

December 2021

Cow Families

Cow Country - December 2021

With Himeyers Brain, a brand new prefix appeared in the top of the Swiss sire line-up. The Letsgo son from Swissgenetics scores 1602 gIset, with high indexes for conformation and...

Juli 2021


Exclusive: The ultimate update about the herds worldwide with the most EX cows (1)

To breed a Holstein that is distinguished as being EX is an accomplishment to be proud of even in times when Holstein breeding is continually striving towards more commercial goals....

April 2021

Herd reports

Horimetz Holstein: French Reprieve for the Hard-working Feys Family

The southern Belgian Wallonia is home to a lot of type splendor. This is demonstrated, for example, at “Nuit de la Holstein”. One of the most remarkable winners of this...

April 2020

Cow Families

Cow Country - April 2020

While udder and longevity specialist Unix (Uno-Regan-ALH Domain Daya EX-93) successfully represents the Raven family from Canada, his sister Ms Alphagen Daluna EX-90 (&lt;Day) stands at the foundation of a...