Holstein Honors Award Winners

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The Holstein Association USA convention came to a close today the announcement of the annual award winners. For more information and winners from the convention, visit the official blog site. Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders – Chad & Amy Ryan, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Distinguished Leadership Award – Horace Backus, Mexico, New York Elite Breeder – Robert Miller, Orangeville, Illinois

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National Holstein Convention Preview

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The 2013 National Holstein Convention and Holstein Association USA’s 128th Annual Business Meeting is scheduled for July 7-11 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown and Convention Center, Indianapolis, Ind. . Holstein Association USA is pleased to have two informative guest speakers on Wednesday, July 10. Dr. Gerard Cramer, associate professor at the University of Minnesota, will be talking about “The Role …

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Star of Breed Announced

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Congratulations to the 2012 Star of the Breed, awarded by the Holstein Association USA to Siemers Alisha Gold Ava-ETS, bred and owned by 18-year-old Crystal Siemers-Peterman of Newton, Wis.! This designation is given each year to one Holstein who is a “cow for all seasons,” possessing both outstanding type and milk production. To be eligible for the Star of the …

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Holstein Names Seven Herds of Excellence

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Congratulations to the seven newest award recipients of the Holstein Association USA 2013 Herd of Excellence! The Herd of Excellence designation was introduced six years ago to honor dairymen who have bred and raised Holstein cattle that are consistently performing at the highest levels for them. To be named a Herd of Excellence, herds must be 25 percent above breed …

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Holstein Holds Board Meeting

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The spring board meeting of Holstein Association USA, Inc. was held March 21-22. Staff reported excellent progress in the member-initiated research project which focuses on the association of the unique genetics of long lived, high producing cows with functional type. Holstein Association members who are owners of qualifying elite cows will be receiving invitations to genomic test those cows for …

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Kappelman Joins Foundation Board

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Congratulations to Pete Kappelman, of Two Rivers, Wis., for being appointed to the Holstein Foundation board of trustees. The 12-member board oversees the direction of the Holstein Foundation’s youth and young adult educational and leadership development programs. Kappelman and his family milk 470 Registered Holstein and Brown Swiss cows and farm 1,100 acres on their farm, Meadow Brook Dairy. He …

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Eight Named Distinguished Junior Members

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Congratulations to the eight finalists named in Holstein Association USA’s annual Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM) competition! The YDJM recognition is the highest award given to National Junior Holstein members, ages 9 to 16, and honors their dairy project work and involvement with other agricultural and community organizations. The 2013 YDJM finalists are: Christy Achen, South Ambia, Ind.; Andy Dougherty, …

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Holstein Names DJM Semifinalists

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Congratulations to the twelve semifinalists for the 2013 Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) awards, sponsored by the Holstein Association USA. The Distinguished Junior Member recognition is the highest honor given to members of the National Junior Association, ages 17 to 21, demonstrating a lifetime of commitment to the Holstein breed and involvement in a variety of activities. This year’s semifinalists are: …

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Holstein Seeks Adult JAC Members

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Holstein Association USA is currently seeking applications to fill two open seats for adult representatives from Areas III and IV on the Junior Advisory Committee (JAC). Applications must be submitted to Holstein Association USA by March 15, 2013. The JAC is the governing body of the National Junior Holstein Association, serving as a sounding board for Junior members and advisors, …

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Schwartzbeck Wins Collinsworth Award

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Congratulations to Austin Schwartzbeck of Union Bridge, Md. He has been named the Holstein Association USA’s 2012 Overall Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Junior Exhibitor Award recipient. The Collinsworth Award is presented annually in honor of former Holstein Executive Director of Member and Industry Services, Judi Collinsworth. The award recognizes youths’ work and involvement with Holstein cattle and dairy activities. Recipients are …

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