Progressive Breeders’ Registry Honors Top Registered Holstein® Herds

Progressive Breeders’ Registry Honors Top Registered Holstein BRATTLEBORO, Vt., December 18, 2017 – Holstein Association USA is pleased to announce the recipients of 2017 Progressive Breeders’ RegistrySM. The Progressive Breeders’ Registry (PBR), established in 1937, recognizes top Registered Holstein® homebred herds based on elite milk production and classification scores. The Association’s longest running award honors over 200 breeders annually. To qualify for the PBR award, a herd must be a member of both their national and state associations, enrolled in the Deluxe or Premier TriStarSM options, and participate in a

Sandra K. (Forys) Blodgett Obituary

Sandra K. (Forys) Blodgett Obituary   Sandra K. (Forys) Blodgett,76, passed away at her home on November 11, 2017. She was the beloved wife of late Peter G. Blodgett, with whom she enjoyed 44 years of marriage. Loving mother to Randall S. Blodgett, Cynthia A. (Ryan) Geschwindt, and the late Pamela R. Blodgett; grandmother to Sara and Katie; sister to the late Gregory J. Roman; she will also be missed by her dog, Lexi. Sandra was born in 1941 to the late Stanley and Cecelia Forys, in Philadelphia, PA. She

New Workbook Published by Holstein Foundation

New Workbook Published by Holstein Foundation   BRATTLEBORO, Vt., November 2, 2017- The Holstein Foundation is excited to announce the new workbook for young dairy enthusiasts, “Milking and Lactation.” This resource serves as a guide for youth, their parents and dairy project leaders, and those who are interested in enhancing their knowledge of dairy cattle lactation. “Milking and Lactation” covers a wide array of topics from understanding the lactation curve to hormone function, milking equipment and systems, udder anatomy, and milking procedures. To download the workbook for free, visit

Driver Receives Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship from Holstein Assoc. USA

Driver Receives Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship from Holstein Assoc. USA BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 17, 2017- Kelly Driver, Tully, New York, is the recipient of the 2017 Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship, administered by Holstein Association USA. The $3,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an individual pursuing their Master’s degree of Business Administration. Driver is working towards her degree at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. Driver has been involved in the dairy industry her entire life. In 2009, the New York Junior Holstein Association awarded Kelly as an

Holstein Foundation Releases Video Series for Showmanship Guidelines

Editors note: Being involved in this project shooting the video and photo creation was a pure pleasure. As a YDLI Alumni and long time Holstein USA member I was exited to help make this great idea come into being. I’d like to thank all the Holstein youth, Holstein USA staff, University of WI, WI Holstein, and parents that helped make this possible. I hope everyone enjoys them and learns about the right way to teach youth showmanship. Randy Blodgett Alumni Class 4 (2002-2003) Young Dairy Leaders Institute   Holstein Foundation Releases

Holstein Association USA Board Meets in Washington

Holstein Association USA Board Meets in Washington BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 13, 2017 – The Holstein Association USA board of directors met June 27-28, 2017 in Bellevue, Washington. President Gordie Cook chaired the meeting held in conjunction with the 132nd Annual Meeting and Convention at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, just outside of Seattle. The board honored retiring President Gordie Cook of Massachusetts, and Directors Roy Buessing of Kansas and Mike Jones of Indiana. All were formally recognized during a board dinner on June 28th and at the Annual Meeting banquet on

Thursday at the National Holstein Convention Tour Day

Thursday at the National Holstein Convention Tour Day Thursday was Host Day at national convention. Members chose one of three tours across the greater Seattle area. Below are pictures from the farm tour. Other tours included the Seattle downtown tour and the whale watching tour. Farm tours started at Sildahl Farms, breeders of renowned bulls such as Sidahl BW Dutch Boy-ET, Sildahl Airraid, and Sidahl Jett Air-ET, as well as two All-Americans. The next stop was  Ronelee Farm where members of the Dabble family were on display, including sisters and

Wednesday was Junior Day at the National Holstein Convention

Wednesday was Junior Day at the National Holstein Convention Todays events were all about the Juniors at the 2017 Holstein Convention in Bellevue, Washington Dairy Jeopardy Competition Results Junior Division: 1st Place: Jenn Larson, Florida 2nd Place: Jordan Anderson, Pennsylvania 3rd Place: Louis Hamliett, Iowa   Intermediate Division: 1st Place: Mackenzie Elmer, Maryland 2nd Place: Todd Allen, California 3rd Place: Daniel Clapp, Massachusetts   Senior Division: 1st Place: Jordan Siemers, Wisconsin 2nd Place: Douglas Boop, Pennsylvania   Distinguished Junior Members (DJM) Katelyn Allen, Jefferson, Md. Douglas Boop, Millmont, Pa. Kristen Broege, Janesville,

Holstein Foundation Releases New Volume of Showring Ready Workbook

Showring Ready Workbook BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 19, 2017- With the newest volume of “Showring Ready” now available online, readers will find the latest PDCA Showmanship Guidelines as well as an updated PDCA Evaluation Scorecard for judges. This resource serves as a guide for youth, parents and dairy project leaders exhibiting at dairy cattle shows, and those who are interested in honing their showmanship skills. Along with the basics, such as washing, halter training and clipping, a detailed section covers showmanship. Photos are included to help illustrate recommended techniques. Resources include

2017 Southern National Junior Holstein Show

Congratulations to Jill Seiler of Kansas on receiving the Judi Collinsworth Award at the 2017 Southern National Junior Holstein Show! Pictured with her is HAUSA Executive Director of Identification and Member Services Jodi Hoynoski.   Junior Champion of the Junior Show Jr Champion: Duhibou Doorman Padmay-ET owned by Alyson Philips & MaKayla Osinga Reserve Junior Champion: AK-Philips Delta 2923 owned by Nina Koster Pictured with the winners is Judge Kevin Jorgensen. Junior Champion Bred & Owned of the Junior Show K&K-OK Diamondbk Juliet-Red, owned by Kristen Bailey Pictured with the

2017 Holstein Distinguished Junior Member Semifinalists Announced

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 6, 2017- Holstein Association USA (HAUSA) is excited to announce the 2017 Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) semifinalists. The Distinguished Junior Member recognition is the highest honor given to Junior members of HAUSA ages 17 to 21 who demonstrate involvement in a variety of activities and who have excelled in preparing for their life’s work, while contributing to their local and state Holstein activities. This year’s twelve semifinalists are: Katelyn Allen, Jefferson, Md.; Douglas Boop, Millmont, Pa.; Kristen Broege, Janesville, Wis.; Andy Dougherty, Epworth, Iowa; Emily Irwin, Belvidere,

Young Dairy Leaders Institute Concludes Phase I

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., March 8, 2017- Sixty young adults from the United States, Canada and Mexico came together in Phoenix, Ariz., February 8 – 11, as Class 10 of the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) convened. YDLI is the cornerstone program of the Holstein Foundation. Phase I Sessions Phase I kicked off with a pre-conference tour of Danzeisen and Rijlaarsdam dairies, two operations local to the Phoenix area. The sessions were interactive and encouraged YDLIers to challenge themselves, think outside the box, develop their core story and learn how to engage with a

Holstein Foundation’s YDLI Class 10 Set to Begin in February

 BRATTLEBORO, Vt., February 2, 2017- The Holstein Foundation’s Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), kicks off Phase I of its tenth class February 8-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. Sixty young adults from 17 U.S. states, as well as Canada and Mexico, will be a part of YDLI Class 10, a cornerstone program of the Holstein Foundation. Before Phase I workshops begin, the class will have an opportunity to tour two Phoenix area farms – Danzeisen and Rijaarsdam dairies. The three-phase program takes place over 12 months. Phase I includes hands-on workshops to

YDLI Class 10 starts next week (Young Dairy Leaders Institute)

As a YDLI (Young Dairy Leaders Institute) alumni I may be a little bias about how great a program it is. After graduating in Class 4 (2002-2003) not only did we learn a lot but, many of my classmates and fellow alumni from earlier and later classes are some of the most know movers and shakers in dairy and ag industry. They are in the board room, running publications, ag and dairy policy, and most important in the home office running the farm everyday. Here is a video that explains what