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Holstein Association USA recognized several Junior members who have bred and own exceptional Holstein cattle. The awards, based on both conformation and milk production, are designed to reward, and encourage Junior members to continue their excellent Registered Holstein® breeding programs. All eligible cows are automatically screened for these awards on an annual basis.

National Junior Star Performer Award

The National Star Performer Award recognizes well-rounded Holstein cows with exceptional milk and component production, as well as admirable classification scores. The cow must be bred and still currently owned by their Junior Holstein breeder; have an RHA of at least 87 percent; be enrolled in Holstein Association USA's TriStarSM production records program; have a 305-day or less lactation completed in the last calendar year of at least 25,000 pounds milk; and be classified Very Good-85 or higher. Once the eligible cows are determined, they are ranked based on a formula: (Combined ME Fat and Protein + Age Adjusted Classification Score) x (Breed Average ME CFP/Breed Average Age Adjusted Score). Annually, ten cows are recognized with this honor, with the highest-ranking cow being designated as the National Junior Star Performer.

The 2019 National Junior Star Performer is MIKELHOLM ATWOOD BOUNCER owned by Emily Mikel of N.Y. Bouncer is classified Excellent-92, and calving in at 3-11, has a 305-day production record of 30,840 pounds of milk, with 1,665 pounds of fat and 934 pounds of protein.

Continuing, the top 10 winners of this esteemed award for 2019 are:

2nd place: T-SPRUCE RAGER 9384-RED, owned by Arnold, Ashley & Andrew Gruenes, Minn.

3rd place: RUMMAGE ATWOOD FAITH, owned by Ryleigh Rummage, Tenn.

4th place: SPOTLITE-J SAMMY AWNA, owned by Dyllan Klinger, Pa.

5th place: MIKELHOLM MC REAL DEAL, owned by Emily Mikel, N.Y.

6th place: T-SPRUCE BARBWIRE 9763-RED, owned by Arnold, Ashley & Andrew Gruenes, Minn.

7th place: NOR-BERT SILVER CHELSEA, owned by Dalton, Dillon & Breanne Freeman, Ind.

8th place: MIKELHOLM BEEMER MARYLOU, owned by Emily Mikel, N.Y.

9th place: SUMMERLIE DRESSER JAZEE, owned by Summer Parreira, Calif.

10th place: CONANT-ACRES DURBIN LEONA, owned by Kaicey Conant, Maine

National Cream of the Crop Award

The National Cream of the Crop Award recognizes the top 75 Junior-owned Registered Holstein cows that have produced the highest combined pounds of fat and protein during a 305-day lactation. To be eligible for this award, cows must meet the following criteria: be owned by a current Holstein Association USA Junior member; have an RHA of at least 87%; be enrolled in the TriStar production records program; and have a 305-day or less record of over 30,000 pounds of milk completed during the calendar year, with the entire lactation being completed while the animal is under youth ownership. Once the pool of eligible cows is determined, cows are ranked on total pounds of fat and protein produced during the lactation.

First place in the 2019 Cream of the Crop award is SHOW-MAR GINGERSNAP 1304-ET owned by Dylan Brantner of Pennsylvania. Gingersnap is classified Excellent-94, and calving in at 6-08, had a 305-day production record of 49,320 pounds of milk, with 2,004 pounds of fat and 1,416 pounds of protein.

Rounding out the top 10 Cream of the Crop winners for 2019 are:

2nd place: SHOW-MAR DIAMOND 1357, owned by Dylan Brantner, Pa.

3rd place: SHOW-MAR WOODEN PENNY 1356, owned by Wesley Brantner, Pa.

4th place: FOXBERRY GC MINDFUL 974-ET, owned by Kyle Vanderfeltz, Pa.

5th place: U-CE-A ABILITY LIABLE, owned by Christina Buttles, Wis.

6th place: TRULEA TYLER-P 9727, owned by Tyler True, N.Y.

7th place: U-CE-A LADD LAROUX-RED, owned by Christina Buttles, Wis.

8th place: LYLEHAVEN DELTA SHASTA, owned by Braeden Johnson, N.Y.

9th place: PICKIN-RUN MIKE GIDGET, owned by Amber Pownall, Pa.

10th place: MOORCLOSE ATWOOD WREN, owned by Kyle Vanderfeltz, Pa.

National Junior 150,000 Pound Lifetime Production Award

Junior members who own a cow which has produced over 150,000 pounds of milk in her lifetime are eligible to earn the National 150,000 Pound Cow award. This year's honorees are Allison Breunig, Wis.; Tabitha Mills, Pa.; Collin Wille, Wis.; and Lydia Young, N.Y.

National Junior 200,000 Pound Lifetime Production Award

The National 200,000 Pound Cow award honors youth owning a cow who has produced 200,000 pounds of milk in her lifetime, entirely under the ownership of the youth. Receiving the award this year are Samantha Gambonini, Calif.; and Benjamin Kronberg, Wis.

Other recognition Holstein Association USA Junior members can achieve include the National Junior Breeder of an Excellent Cow Award, which was awarded to 128 cows owned by 127 different Junior members this year, and the National Junior Breeder of a Multiple "E" Cow Award, which recognized 31 cows owned by 29 different Junior members.

Find complete lists of all Junior award honorees at, under Junior Awards-Cows in the main menu.