On December 31, 2023, approximately 953 prefixes (which have been unused for over 20 years) will be released by Holstein Association USA. Allowing the reuse of old, unused prefixes will give new members an opportunity to reserve a prefix that fits them and their farm.
The following are conditions regarding prefixes, as dictated by Board policy:
- After being reviewed by the board of directors, prefixes that have not been used to name a Registered Holstein in more than 20 years will be available for reuse.
- A prefix may be released for reuse after less than 20 years with the consent or request of the proprietor.
- The board of directors reserves the right to permanently retire a prefix.
- The proprietor may request permanent retirement of their prefix for a $100 fee.
With general questions in regards to prefix availability, contact Customer Service at 800.952.5200. If you have
specific questions about the prefix policy, or are interested in retiring a prefix, contact Daren Sheffield at 800.952.5200, ext. 4276.
See the entire list of prefixes here!