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Four Honored as Holstein Association USA’s 2015 Herds of Excellence
May 19, 2015

Brattleboro, Vt. (May 13, 2015) … Holstein Association USA is pleased to honor four U.S. Registered Holstein breeders as 2015 Herd of Excellence award winners. The Herd of Excellence designation was introduced in 2008 to honor dairymen who have bred and managed Holstein cattle that consistently perform at the highest levels.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Harold and Marlene Agresti, Double D Dairy, Ceres, California
  • Thomas J. Kestell, Ever-Green-View Farms, Waldo, Wisconsin
  • Steve and Amanda Killian, Dirt-Road Holsteins, Blair, Wisconsin
  • Randy and Jana Kortus, Mainstream Holsteins, Lynden, Washington

To be named a Herd of Excellence, herds must be 25 percent above breed average Mature Equivalent (ME) for milk, fat, and protein; have classified within the last year and have an actual average classification score of 83 points or higher; have at least 70 percent of the herd homebred; and be enrolled in the Association’s TriStar production records program.

Read more about these outstanding breeder herds in the Spring 2015 issue of the Holstein Pulse. Select pages of the Pulse are available online at under Latest News, then click on The Holstein Pulse.


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