Holstein Association USA is excited to honor herds with the 2018 Progressive Genetics HerdSM award. Given annually, the award is presented to Registered Holstein® herds with high genetic values, measured by average CTPI.
The Progressive Genetics Herd (PGH) recognition was first given in 1991. The PGH award honors herds with high genetic value, based on average TPI® levels, which lead toward continued breed progress.
To qualify for the PGH award, herds must participate in the TriStarSM production records program at the Premier or Deluxe levels, and participate in the Holstein type classification program. Herds must have at least 20 cows of 87% RHA or higher.
All eligible herds are automatically evaluated annually and the PGH recognition is awarded to the 500 herds with the highest average TPI for females in the herd, both young and mature.
The TPI average range for the top 500 herds in 2018 was 2035 to 2537. The highest average TPI herd in this year’s PGH honoree group was David, Frank Paul & Patrick Bauer of Sandy-Valley Holsteins in Wisconsin, with an average TPI of 2537.
Forty-two herds received the award for the first time this year: Arizona Dairy Co., Ariz.; Donald G. Averill, Jr., Ore.; Boadwine Farms, Inc., S.D.; BWC Weststeyn Dairy LP, Calif.; James Carvalho, Calif.; Ted J. Domeyer, Iowa; Donley Farms, Inc., Idaho; Dutch Dairy LLC, Wis.; Faria Dairy, Inc., Calif.; Fern-Oak Farms, Calif.; Finger Family Farm LLC, Wis.; John W., Jr. & Angie George, Pa.; Grafton County Farm, N.H.; Hemsteads Holsteins, Ohio; Leslie Shirk High, Iowa; Shawn Hollermann, Minn.; Hulstein Brothers, Inc., Iowa; Matthew Ryan Johnson, N.C.; William D III & Benjamin Casey Jones, Pa.; George Kasbergen, Ill.; Ketchum Farms, Minn.; Kaleb, Cole & Carter Kruse, Iowa; Jeremiah Lungwitz, Colo.; Maple Grove Dairy Inc., Wis.; Mapltwin Farms LLC, Wis.; Glendon Martin, Pa.; Sheldon Martin, Wis.; Kenneth M. & Christine A. McBroom, Mich.; Jeremy Wilson McCain, N.C.; McCollum Farm Partnership, N.Y.; Richard & Elaine Pausma, Iowa; Quantum Dairy, LLC, Wis.; Rocking S Dairy, Calif.; So-Fine Bovines LLC, Wis.; South Dakota State University, S.D.; Southeast Research Station, La.; Sweet-Haven Holsteins, Calif.; Codey Waller, Iowa; Jeff & Melinda Walz, Iowa; Christopher C. Weber, Wis.; Justin R. Wiebe, Iowa; and Lamar H. Zimmerman, Pa.
Twenty-two herds have received PGH honors all 28 years the award has been given: Bomaz, Inc., Wis.; R. Paul Buhr, Jr., Wis.; De Su Holsteins LLC, Iowa; End Road Farm, Mich.; Brian & Wendy Fust, Wis.; Jaloda Farms, Ohio; Randy W. Kortus, Wash.; Roger & David Latuch, Pa.; Lirr Farm, Wis.; Nordic-Haven Holsteins, Iowa; Gaylon, Gary & Steve Obert, Ill.; Mark P. Paul, Wis.; Regancrest Holsteins, LLC, Iowa; Darrell Richard, Ind.; Alfred & Mark Schmitt, Minn.; Scott Seward, Wis.; Stelling Farms, Inc., Minn.; Twin-B-Dairy LLC, Wis.; Veazland Farms, Maine; Walhowdon Farm, Inc., N.H.; Wardin Bros., Mich.; and Welcome Stock Farm, LLC, N.Y.
View the complete list of 2018 Progressive Genetics Herd Award honorees here.
Holstein Association USA, Inc., provides products and services to dairy producers to enhance genetics and improve profitability–ranging from registry processing to identification programs to consulting services.
The Association, headquartered in Brattleboro, Vt., maintains the records for Registered Holsteins® and represents approximately 30,000 members throughout the United States.