Brattleboro, Vt. (May 9, 2016)…Holstein Association USA is pleased to honor four U.S. Registered Holstein breeders as 2016 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.
This year’s honorees are:
The Brewer Family, Glenn-Ann Holsteins, Albany, Wis.
ME Production Averages – 33,203M 1,303F 1,067P
The Behnke Family, Bur-Wall Holsteins, Brooklyn, Wis.
ME Production Averages – 35,328M 1,330F 1,098P
Thomas J. Kestell, Ever-Green-View Farms, Waldo, Wis.
ME Production Averages – 37,887M 1,526F 1,156P
Randy & Jana Kortus, Mainstream Holsteins, Lynden, Wash.
ME Production Averages – 36,018M 1,542F 1,034P
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 TriStarSM production records program.
Read more about these outstanding breeder herds in the Spring 2016 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.