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Submitted by Terry A. Perotti 

After about two years of preparation, the 100th anniversary of the Virginia Holstein Association came to a celebratory conclusion November 18th and 19th at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference center in Staunton. On Friday, November 18th, registration opened as close to 200 attendees visited the Holstein memorabilia room to look at historical displays, featuring news clippings, pictures, sale catalogs and equipment supplied by members and friends of Virginia Holsteins and coordinated by Cecelia Moyer.  A milk punch was served by the state dairy maids during the social hour before the banquet.

Table centerpieces were created by Beth Grove Foster and Terry Perotti with assistance from the Fort Defiance horticulture class and sponsored by the following farm families:          Brookfield Farm,Clarmay Holsteins, Eastview Farm, Inc, Flatlick and S&D…

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This Week in Dairy

Perdue to be USDA Secretary; Vilsack to Lead USDEC

By Lee Mielke

  Lee Mielke is a veteran dairy journalist and broadcaster,

currently appearing in a dozen Ag newspapers nationally.  This

column is prepared especially for the readers of DairyBusiness.

Based in Lynden, Wash., he can be reached by email

at or by phone 360.201.4033 


 President Elect Donald Trump has become President Trump and, as hearings began on Capitol Hill on appointees to his cabinet, it was announced that former Georgia Governor George E. “Sonny” Perdue is his pick for Agriculture Secretary.


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Click here for the premier issue of the new HolsteinWorld Exclusive! Check out the Holstein All-American Nominations and the All-American Jersey Contest. And enter the Popular Judging Contest online by going to Enjoy the feature story on the Papageorge family in Utah, too.

This is the first of ten very special issues to be published in 2017 under the direction Cheri Oechsle, managing editor of Purebred Publications.

We thank these leading breeders for their advertising support…

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It was  a great turnout by NY Holstein breeders for the sale Thursday night in Liverpool, NY. A great pre-sale happy hour gave everyone a chance to have their favorite libation, great food, and meet with fellow Holstein enthusiasts. People attended from several states, as well as Canada.  Bidding was lively from the room and online for the 23 live lots sold and additional 12 embryo lots sold.
Lot 1 AOT Modesty Hoss-ET was the high seller at $50,000 to Pine Tree Dairy in Ohio. The September Modesty heifer comes in at +2829 GTPI, and was announced as being the #6 heifer in the breed for Feed Efficiency. She is out of a VG-87 (at 2-10) Supersire dam and the granddam is the famous VG-88 Cookiecutter MOM Halo-ET.…
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This Week in Dairy

USDA Raises its Projection for

2017 Class III Price 

By Lee Mielke


 Lee Mielke is a veteran dairy journalist and broadcaster,

currently carried in a dozen Ag newspapers nationally.  This

column is prepared especially for the readers of DairyBusiness.

Based in Lynden, Wash., he can be reached by email

at or by phone 360.201.4033 


The Agriculture Department raised its 2016 milk production forecast from a month ago due to a slightly higher…

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By HAYLEIGH BERI (Blodgett Communications intern)

The Holiday Harvest Sale was held Thursday, December 22, in East Lansing, Michigan. The sun was shining as a crowd gathered inside the Michigan State Livestock Pavilion, while others watched online from the comfort of their homes.



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Nine active dairy cattle judges who placed animals in shows across the country gathered to select the All-American nominations for Holsteins and Jerseys at meetings held Nov. 30 in Indianapolis, Ind.

For open Holsteins in the 92nd contest the committee was composed of Jamie Black of New York; Justin Burdette, Pennsylvania; and Eric Topp, Ohio. In the Jersey division, the 11th annual contest, it was Michael Heath, Maryland; Chad Ryan, Wisconsin; and Phillip Topp, Ohio comprising the committee. These two groups carefully selected the six top animals in each of the 19 classes which will be presented in the initial issue of HolsteinWorld Exclusive arriving in mailboxes in mid-January.

These nominations will then be presented to larger groups of Holstein and Jersey judges who will make the final selections of the All-American, Reserve and Honorable Mention winners. Their work will be featured in the issue arriving in mailboxes in…

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2016 World Dairy Expo® Show Summary


2016 Total Attendance: 74,572

Registered International Guests: 3,108 from 102 countries

Top Five Countries of Registered International Attendance:

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • China
  • South Korea
  • Columbia

Trade Show Summary:

Participating Companies: 881 from 30 countries, 6 Canadian provinces and 45 U.S. States

New Participating Companies: 83

Trade Show Booth Daily Award Winners:


  • Large – Meyer Mfg. Corp.
  • Intermediate - Silostop
  • Small –  Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative


  • Large –…
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MADISON, WIS. – Miss Apple Snapple-Red-ET, owned by MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis., received the honor of being named the 2016 World Dairy Expo International Futurity Champion on Saturday, October 8. She was awarded with the $1,000 Grand Champion Cash Award, sponsored by Trans Ova Genetics. Earlier in the week, Snapple took home first place in the Red & White 2016 World Dairy Expo International Futurity, and placed second in her class of Junior Three-Year-Old cows.

Reserve Champion Futurity honors went to the winning Jersey. Royalty Ridge Tequila Circus-ET, owned by River Valley Farm, Ben, Andy, Blessing and Grace Sauder, Tremont, Ill. She received a $500 cash award, sponsored by Trans Ova Genetics.

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MADISON, WIS. – Every year, the World Dairy Expo Herdsmanship Contest highlights the dedication and drive of individuals in the dairy industry. Herdsmanship Awards are given to individuals or dairy farms demonstrating exemplary exhibit organization, cleanliness and cooperation with fellow exhibitors and show management. This year, Vogue Cattle Co., Brighton, Ont., was named the World Dairy Expo Overall Herdsmanship winner.

Zone and Daily winners are as follows:

Zone Winners:

Excels Holsteins, Lodi, Calif.

Budjon Farms, Lomira, Wis.

Gurn-Z Meadow, Columbus, Wis.

Dykshorn Holsteins, Ireton, Iowa

Woodmohr Jerseys, Bloomer, Wis.


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MADISON, WIS. – For the first time, World Dairy Expo® presented daily Outstanding Booth Awards highlighting the dedication and drive of participating companies in the Trade Show. Outstanding Booth Awards are given to companies or organizations with a strong presentation and promotion of a product, brand or company. Selection criteria include an overall functional booth, a booth that possesses stopping power by utilizing theme, design and relevance and a staff that is approachable and professional. Also new this year, was the addition of an Overall Outstanding Booth Award that was presented to Lely on Saturday afternoon, October 8.

Daily Outstanding Booth Award winners are as follows:


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Spring Calf Class

1. Meadowridge Bang Bang Jodi exhibited by Gene Henderson, Manchester, IA
2. Shulte Bros Teq Euphoria-ET exhibited by Schulte Bros, Blairsburg, IA
3. JB Byers Tequila Addiction exhibited by Byers Dairy Farm, Milo, IA
4. Schulte Bros Teq Lucy Lou exhibited by Schulte Bros, Blairsburg, IA
5. 312 Bonert Impression Ti

Winter Calf Class

1. Standview VR Moonshine exhibited by Steinridge Jerseys, Lawler, IA
2. Arthuracres Vicar Natty Ice exhibited by Arthuracres, Oelwein, IA
3. Meadowridge Bang Bang-Hannah exhibited by Gene Henderson, Manchester, IA
4. Arthuracres Tequila Moxie-ET exhibited by Arthuracres, Oelwein, IA
5. NW Nitro Naughty exhibited by KCCK & P&A, Dyersville, IA

Fall Calf Class…

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