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Holstein America: February 2018

  • Holstein America: February 2018


    Holstein Association USA pays tribute to dairy farmers from coast to coast during the premiere episode of Holstein America. The hour-long program, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, shines a spotlight on the nation’s Holstein producers — from California’s lush central valley to the fall treetops of Vermont. Learn more at

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  • Holstein America: February 2020


    Travel to dairy farms across the country with Holstein America from Holstein Association USA. The program, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, shares stories of modern-day dairy production and those with a passion for Registered Holsteins. Learn more at

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  • Holstein America: February 2021


    Now in its fourth year, Holstein America journeys to dairy farms across the nation. The program, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, shares stories of modern-day dairy production and those with a passion for Registered Holsteins. Learn more at

  • Holstein America: August 2018


    Holstein Association USA pays tribute to dairy farmers across the nation during the second episode of Holstein America. The hour-long program, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, shines a spotlight on some of the people who care for the world’s perfect cow. Learn more at

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  • Holstein America: February 2019


    It is early mornings, late nights and caring for the cattle every day of the year. Holstein Association USA celebrates farm families during the third episode of Holstein America. In the hour-long program, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, learn about modern-day dairy production and hear from those with a passion for Registered Holsteins. Learn more at

  • Holstein America: September 2020


    Holstein America travels to family farms and rural places across the country — celebrating dairy farmers and their commitment to supplying the world with quality milk and dairy products. The program, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, shares stories of modern-day dairy production and those with a passion for Registered Holsteins. Learn more at

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  • Holstein America: September 2019


    Dairy farms represent the best of America. Holstein Association USA celebrates farm families during the fourth episode of Holstein America. In the hour-long program, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, learn about modern-day dairy production and hear from those with a passion for Registered Holsteins. Learn more at

  • Palm Trees & Holsteins: Maddox Dairy


    Steve Maddox, Maddox Dairy, Riverdale, Calif., remains focused on genetics and continuous herd improvement on his family’s large-scale Holstein operation in California’s central valley. Visit to watch the Holstein America show.

  • 741 Holstein 150,000 lb Production


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  • A holstein cow producing over 23 gallons of milk a day


    A cow making over 23 gallons of milk a day. Thats over 200lbs a day!

  • True Stewards: Kellercrest Registered Holsteins


    Tim & Mark Keller, Kellercrest Registered Holsteins Inc. in Mount Horeb, Wis., explain how the Registered Holstein® cow unites the dairy industry. Visit to watch more.

  • Pursuing a Dream: Forest Ridge Holsteins


    Travel to Eden, Wisconsin, and visit Forest Ridge Holsteins. Kurt and Sarah Loehr, named the 2020 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders by Holstein Association USA, take great pride in producing nutritious milk and dairy products from their elite herd of Registered Holsteins.

  • Exceptional Quality: B-Long Holsteins


    Bruce Long of B-Long Holsteins near New London, Wis., shares the family’s secret to success for high production and type in their homebred registered herd.

  • Feeding 1.4 Billion: Inside Chinas largest dairy farm


    According to the China Dairy Data Report released by the Dairy Association of China, from 1949 to 2018, China's total raw milk production increased from 220,000 tons to 31.77 million tons, posting a 145-fold increase. Milk and dairy product consumption quadrupled among urban residents from 1995 to 2010 and nearly increased sixfold among rural ones, making the country the fastest-growing market in milk consumption. About 100,000 mu (6,667 hectares) of alfalfa await this year's last harvest in Bengbu City, east China's Anhui Province. Known as the king of pastures, alfalfa is rich in nutrients and works as a good animal feed. #FarmingChina #PRC70 #70YearsThriving#

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  • Modern Dairy Farm | Holstein Friesian Farm


    Dairy cows may be found either in herds or dairy farms where dairy farmers own, manage, care for, and collect milk from them, or on commercial farms. Herd sizes vary around the world depending on landholding culture and social structure. The United States has an estimated 9 million cows in around 75,000 dairy herds, with an average herd size of 120 cows. The number of small herds is falling rapidly with the 3,100 herds with over 500 cows producing 51% of U.S. milk in 2007.The United Kingdom dairy herd overall has nearly 1.5 million cows, with about 100 head reported on an average farm. In New Zealand, the average herd has more than 375 cows, while in Australia, there are approximately 220 cows in the average herd.

    The United States dairy herd produced 84.2 billion kilograms (185.7 billion pounds) of milk in 2007, up from 52.9 billion kilograms (116.6 billion pounds) in 1950,yet there were only about 9 million cows on U.S. dairy farms—about 13 million fewer than there were in 1950. The top breed of dairy cow within Canada's national herd category is Holstein, taking up 93% of the dairy cow population, have an annual production rate of 10,257 kilograms (22,613 pounds) of milk per cow that contains 3.9% butter fat and 3.2% protein.

    Dairy farming, like many other livestock raring, can be split into intensive and extensive management systems.

    Intensive systems focus towards maximum production per cow in the herd. This involve formulating their diet to provide ideal nutrition and housing the cows in a confinement system such as free stall or tie stall. These cows are housed indoors throughout their lactation and may be put to pasture during their 60-day dry period before ideally calving again. Free stall style barns involve cattle loosely housed where they can have free access to feed, water, and stalls but are moved to another part of the barn to be milked multiple times a day. In a tie stall system, the milking units are brought to the cows during each milking. These cattle are tethered within their stalls with free access to water and feed are provided. In extensive systems, cattle are mainly outside on pasture for most of their lives. These cattle are generally lower in milk production and are herded multiple times daily to be milked. The systems used greatly depends on the climate and available land of the region of which the farm is situated.

    To maintain lactation, a dairy cow must be bred and produce calves. Depending on market conditions, the cow may be bred with a dairy bull or a beef bull. Female calves (heifers) with dairy breeding may be kept as replacement cows for the dairy herd. If a replacement cow turns out to be a substandard producer of milk, she then goes to market and can be slaughtered for beef. Male calves can either be used later as a breeding bull or sold and used for veal or beef. Dairy farmers usually begin breeding or artificially inseminating heifers around 13 months of age. A cow's gestation period is approximately nine months.Newborn calves are separated from their mothers quickly, usually within three days, as the mother/calf bond intensifies over time and delayed separation can cause extreme stress on both cow and calf.

    Domestic cows can live to 20 years; however, those raised for dairy rarely live that long, as the average cow is removed from the dairy herd around age six and marketed for beef. In 2014, approximately 9.5% of the cattle slaughtered in the U.S. were culled dairy cows: cows that can no longer be seen as an economic asset to the dairy farm.These animals may be sold due to reproductive problems or common diseases of milk cows such as mastitis and lameness.

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  • Unlimited Potential: Our-Favorite Holsteins


    How one cow changed the future for Our-Favorite Holsteins near Fall Creek, Wisconsin. A genomic test identified Unlimited as the world’s top-rated female for type — and opened new doors for the family dairy.

  • LIVE from the 2018 Dodge County Holstein Futurity Show at the Dodge County Fair


    Unique for Holstein breeders in the Dodge County, Wisconsin area to stimulate interest in breeding and exhibiting outstanding, officially-identified Holsteins of 87 percent registered Holstein ancestry (RHA) or higher.

    #Holsteins #Showmanship #Livestock

    Broadcast exclusively on our YouTube channel. Holstein breeders enter animals as calves and show the same animals as two-year-old cows after they’ve had their first calf. During the show, exhibitors parade their cows wearing formal attire. More information available at

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  • California’s Central Valley: Vanden Berge Dairy


    Curtis Vanden Berge and his family have been raising Holstein cattle in California’s productive central valley for many years — and supplying milk to consumers in nearby Los Angeles. This is their story.

  • Celebrating Farm Families: Holstein America


    The only national television program devoted to telling stories of the U.S. dairy community, Holstein America documents the commitment and passion it takes to produce high-quality milk and dairy products — and how the world's perfect cow makes it all possible.

  • Whats Up at Holstein USA - New horizons for U.S. Registered Holsteins®


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  • Whats Up at Holstein USA - Improved longevity adds profit for U.S. dairy farmers


    Dr. Dan Weigel, research director from the Zoetis Outcomes Research Group, explains: “How many of our cows today reach the sixth lactation? Not that many. When we extend cow's herd life, we get an extra six months in milk. That's at that peak time when they're at their very best mature milk production.”

  • Ever Forward: Darita Holsteins


    To continue in the dairy industry, the Richard family needed to upgrade their barn and milking facilities. Hear how they transitioned to robotics and learned to care for their herd of Registered Holsteins — which was named among Holstein Association USA’s 2018 Herds of Excellence — in an entirely new way.

  • Whats Up at Holstein USA - Holstein America on RFD-TV


    Coming soon! The premiere episode of Holstein America, a tribute to dairy farmers from coast to coast. It’s a show you won’t want to miss, February 8. #HolsteinAmerica

  • Coming Home: Hill-Ton Holsteins


    Charlie Hamilton, Hill-Ton Holsteins in Cuba City, Wis., recently returned to the family farm after graduating from college to pursue his dream of caring for Registered Holstein® cattle. Visit to watch more.

  • Holstein Start-Up Program: Stand with the best


    The Holstein Association USA's Start-Up program makes it easy to advance your herd to the next level. Any Holstein animal with a grade dam can be registered with the highest possible percentage of Registered Holstein Ancestry. Learn more at

  • Driven to Improve: Cla-Cor Farms


    Dallas Cornelius, Cla-Cor Farms, Easton, Mo., says the hope of a calf being better than its parents is the gratifying feeling that keeps him in the dairy business, and the Holstein COMPLETE program contributes to that mission. Visit to watch the Holstein America show.

  • Holstein America Promo


    Join us February 7th at 9 p.m. CT on RFD-TV

  • American Dreams: Pappy’s Farm


    Harry and Lacey Papageorge, Pappy’s Farm LLC, Farr West, Utah, share their family’s inspiring history as Greek immigrants in the United States, living out their American dream while raising Registered Holsteins®. Visit to watch the Holstein America show.

  • Path to Progress: Terra Linda Dairy


    Michael Santos, Terra Linda Dairy, Tulare, Calif., manages the breeding program for their family’s fourth-generation dairy farm, and explains how the Holstein Association’s Start-Up program has added value to their cow herd. Visit to watch the Holstein America show.

  • Science for the Future: Oakfield Corners Dairy


    Jonathan and Alicia Lamb, Oakfield Corners Dairy, Oakfield, N.Y., have built their family around their Registered Holstein® herd, where they employ the industry’s latest science and technology to drive progress. Visit to watch the Holstein America show.

  • Whats Up at Holstein USA - Holstein America Promo


    Nothing says summer quite like ice cream. A double-scoop of vanilla, chocolate or strawberry, the options for this favorite treat are endless. And it’s all made possible thanks to the nation’s dairy farmers and the Registered Holstein® cow. This summer, Holstein Association USA celebrates farm families from coast to coast during the second episode of Holstein America, 9 p.m. CDT, Thursday, Aug. 9 on RFD-TV. Mark the calendar or set the DVR to record this anticipated television broadcast.

  • Whats Up at Holstein USA - Registered Holsteins Diversify a California Dairy


    A California farm, RuAnn Dairy, relies on programs and services offered by Holstein Association USA to achieve genetic goals and progress. Registered Holsteins are central to their success.

  • Whats Up at Holstein USA: Little Changes for Big Progress


    Progressive dairy farmers across the nation are constantly looking to improve their operations — and that includes breeding quality cattle. In this segment, we hear from Mitch Breunig of Mystic Valley Dairy in Wisconsin who has implemented genomic testing, with big results.

  • Dykshorn Holsteins


    Dairy Farmers of America Inc.'s (DFA) 2011 Central Area Members of Distinction

  • 2018 Royal Ulster Winter Fair.Holstein Championship.Judge - Brian Behnke


    Location - Lisburn near Belfast Ireland.Hosted by RUAS.
    Uploaded a 4K file but for some reason the highest quality setting is only 720p.Not sure the reason for that.Video quality will be lower than normal.
    Grand Champion - Baldonnel FM Sunshine
    Reserve - Hallow Atwood Carmen.
    Judge - Brian Behnke (Wisconsin)
    Interview with judge at the start of the video was from Irish farmers journal podcast.New podcast every Wednesday (Well worth a listen on your phone)
    About the judge……
    Brian Behnke was born and raised on his family’s farm, Bur-Wall Holsteins, a prominent Holstein farm in southern Wisconsin.  A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brian has over 25 years of dairy cattle industry experience including an in-depth knowledge of dairy cattle genetics, sales and farm management.
    Brian has vast industry experiences including dairy cattle sire procurement for Landmark Genetics. He also served as herdsman on two prominent registered Holstein farms, the 1,200 head Roylane Registered Holstein herd in Warden, Washington and the 2,400 head Wilcox Farms Inc in Roy, Washington.  While at Roylane, Brian bred numerous bulls for AI including the popular Rylane Jordan. At Wilcox Farms he bred five all American nominated animals including the 1999 unanimous all American SR 3 year old, Wilcoxview BC Cami and the prominent sire Wilcoxview Jasper.
    Brian joined Semex in August 2003 garnering extensive field knowledge, working as a district Sales Manager and Regional Manager in the US. In these roles he was responsible for sales, marketing, growth and profitability of Semex’s central region. In 2008 he joined Semex’s genetic department as a Sire Analyst, working with herds in the Midwest and West Coast.
    Seizing an opportunity to use more skills, Brian became the Business Manager for ABS St. Jacobs in July 2016. In this new position, not only does he buy the bulls for the brand, he also develops marketing and sales strategies in addition to running the finances of the business. An accomplished cow-man, Brian has also had the opportunity to judge numerous dairy cattle shows both domestically and abroad, including the 2005 Grand International Red & White Show, Western Spring National and Wisconsin State Fair, the Canadian Scotia 4-H Classic, National Guernsey Show in Louisville and Madison as well as shows in the Netherlands, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, South Korea, Japan and Australia.
    Brian and his wife Tami reside in Brooklyn, Wisconsin, USA and work with Tami’s family farm, Glenn-Ann Holsteins.

  • Return on Investment: Sugar Creek Dairy


    Rick Adams, Sugar Creek Dairy, Elkhorn, Wis., says the opportunity to continue improving the performance of his farm with Registered Holsteins® keeps him optimistic about the future. Visit to watch the Holstein America show.

  • Whats Up at Holstein USA - Improving feed efficiency in the U.S. dairy herd


    The primary purpose of a dairy cow is to turn feed into milk. The more efficiently a cow completes this process, the better it is for a dairy producer’s bottom line.

  • Whats Up at Holstein USA: Greater Efficiency, Greater Returns


    The Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding – home to the largest dairy database (both phenotypes and genotypes) in the world – recently announced the addition of feed efficiency traits to its genetic evaluation. Here’s the council's CEO João Dürr.

    Visit to learn more.

  • 2019 IDW Holstein Show


  • Wisconsin dairy leader elected president of Holstein Association USA


    Wisconsin dairy leader elected president of Holstein Association USA

  • 2018 Master Breeder: Daridelite


  • Ayr Show 2018.Dora wins Holstein Cow In-Milk Class.


    Class 20 - 2nd Lactation Cows
    2nd - Townlaw Lisa
    3rd - Another great cow from the Vetech herd - Barbie
    Judge - Brian Davidson (Gretna)
    Camera Sony A73
    Lens - Sony 70-200 F4

  • Introduction to Improving Dairy Health and Profitability with CLARIFIDE® Plus in Holsteins


    CLARIFIDE Plus represents the first commercially available dairy genetic evaluation specifically designed for wellness traits in U.S. dairy cattle. Dairy producers can now genomically select heifers for wellness traits at an early age to build a healthier herd. Cheryl Marti, associate director genetics and reproduction with Zoetis®, provides an overview of the technology and how it benefits Holstein dairy producers.

  • Whats Up at Holstein USA: Improved Dairy Cow Performance


    Healthy, productive cows. That’s the ultimate goal for any dairy operation. In this segment with Eric Olstad of Zoetis, we learn how genomic technology is advancing the dairy industry today, and how producers can select the best cows to meet their breeding and profitability goals.

  • Whats Up at Holstein USA: Tracing back the story of U.S. Registered Holsteins


    Pennsylvania dairy farmer John Burket can trace the lineage of his polled cows back nearly 30 generations to Holland, thanks to help from Penn State University. During his travels around the world, Burket has realized U.S. Registered Holsteins are the gold-standard around the world. This is a captivating story not only for fellow dairy farmers, but also for consumers who want to know where their food comes from.

  • Whats Up at Holstein USA - Dairy Consumers Care About Milk Quality


    Kroger Company Supply Chain Director, Mike Brown, explains how milk quality has evolved and what that means to consumers.

  • Hallow Atwood Twizzle 1181 wins Holstein Junior Cow Class at Royal Winter Fair


    Royal Ulster Winter fair 2018 Lisburn Ireland..A RUAS show.
    The Hallow herd won the Junior Cow class with Hallow Atwood Twizzle 1181. She also won Best Udder. The Judge commented on her ring presence saying she has so much “feminine, dairy quality”. As a heifer she scored VG87 with VG88 mammary. Not just a pretty face - Impressive heifer lactation numbers - Calved with her second at the end of September she recorded 8,210kgs milk, 686kgs solids, 4.75% fat 3.61% protein in her first lactation (305 d). Her dam Hallow Advent Twizzle ET EX96 4E is a noted show cow with many previous successes including the inaugural winner of IHFA Champion Cow of the Year.
    2nd -Mostragee lineman sheila owned by the Henry family from Co Antrim
    3rd - Ensare- S Robinson - Co Down

  • Holstein Farm


    Holstein Farm, is a sustainable, organic farm that maintains permaculture practices. Here is an aerial tour.

  • National Holstein Convention Tour - Siemers Holsteins


  • Holstein Marketplace Sires: KINGS-RANSOM C CRUISIN-ET


    712HO01010 KINGS-RANSOM C CRUISIN-ET, bred and owned by Kings-Ransom Farm LLC, Schuylerville, N.Y. CRUISIN is sired by OH-River-Syc Crushabull-ET out of Excellent-94 Kings-Ransom Monterey Clash with a second lactation record of over 29,600 pounds of milk, with 1,193 pounds of fat (4.0%) and 928 pounds of protein (3.1%).

    Visit to view complete pedigree and genetic information on these new bulls



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