Holstein Association USA is honored to present nine outstanding herds with the 2020 Herds of Excellence award. Started in 2008, this sought-after distinction is given to Registered Holstein® breeders who have developed herds excelling in both milk production and conformation at the most elite levels.
The award is divided into three herd size divisions, based on the number of cows included in the herds’ milk production averages. The divisions are: 10 to 99 cows; 100 to 499 cows; and 500+ cows. To be recognized as a Herd of Excellence, a herd must have classified within the last year, and have an age-adjusted average classification score (AACS) of 83 points or higher; have at least 70 percent of the herd homebred; and be enrolled in the Association’s TriStarSM production records program. Additionally, qualifying herds must meet the following production criteria:
10 to 99 cows – 25 percent above breed average ME for milk, fat and protein
100 to 499 cows – 20 percent above breed average ME for milk, fat and protein
500+ cows – 15 percent above breed average ME for milk, fat and protein
This year’s honorees are:
Small Herd Size Division (10-99 Cows)
- B-Long Holsteins — Bruce, Brenda & Bret Long, New London, Wis.
100% homebred; AACS — 87.3 points
ME Production Averages — 34,936M 1,364F 1,093P
- Ever-Green-View Holsteins, LLC — The Kestell Family, Waldo, Wis.
95.7% homebred; AACS — 89.1 points
ME Production Averages — 41,171M 1,673F 1,264P
- Hill-Ton Holsteins — The Hamilton Family, Cuba City, Wis.
95% homebred; AACS — 86.8 points
ME Production Averages — 37,164M 1,386F 1,135P
- Show-Mar Holsteins — The Brantner Family, Evans City, Pa.
100% homebred; AACS — 89.4 points
ME Production Averages — 36,453M 1,404F 1,100P
Medium Herd Size Division (100-499 Cows)
- Hilrose Holsteins — Joseph A. Brantmeier, Sherwood, Wis.
100% homebred; AACS — 89.1 points
ME Production Averages — 34,384M 1,376F 1,039P
- Koepke Farms Inc. — The Koepke Family, Oconomowoc, Wis.
100% homebred; AACS — 85.3 points
ME Production Averages — 34,501M 1,386F 1,016P
- Koester Dairy Inc. — The Koester Family, Dakota, Ill.
98.3% homebred; AACS — 85.1 points
ME Production Averages — 33,685M 1,351F 1,061P
Large Herd Size Division (500+ Cows)
- Dinomi Holsteins — The Migliazzo Family, Atwater, Calif.
97.2% homebred; AACS — 83.0 points
ME Production Averages — 33,302M 1,267F 1,071P
- Siemers Holstein Farms Inc. — The Siemers Family, Newton, Wis.
98.7% homebred; AACS — 85.0 points
ME Production Averages — 36,882M 1,472F 1,120P
Profiles of these impressive herds can be found in the Spring 2021 issue of The Pulse, available at Holstein USA under the Latest News tab.
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