Brattleboro, Vt. — Holstein Association USA is pleased to honor five U.S. Registered Holstein breeders as 2014 Herd of Excellence award recipients. 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.
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.
This year’s honorees include: Jeffrey & Kate Hendrickson, Jeffrey-Way Holsteins, Belleville, Wis.; Thomas J. Kestell, Ever-Green-View Farms, Waldo, Wis.; Steve & Amanda Killian, Dirt-Road Holsteins, Blair, Wis.; Larry Lexvold, Lexvold Holsteins, Goodhue, Minn.; and Scott & Doug Long, Long-Haven Farms, Clayton, Mich.
Read more about these outstanding breeder herds in the Spring 2014 issue of the Holstein Pulse. Select pages of the Pulse are available online at www.holsteinusa.com under latest news, then click on The Holstein Pulse