The information below has been supplied by dairy marketers and other industry organizations. It has not been edited, verified or endorsed by Hoard’s Dairyman.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 2020 National Junior Star Performer is SHOW-MAR ARMANI OLIVE-ET owned by Wesley Brantner of PA. Olive is classified Excellent-92, and calving in at 4-05, has a 291-day production record of 51,400 pounds of milk, with 2,619 pounds of fat and 1,590 pounds of protein.
Continuing, the top 10 winners of this esteemed award for 2020 are:
2nd place: SPOTLITE-J HOCTAN MAGDALINE, owned by Dyllan Klinger, PA
3rd place: FAIRMONT HELIX LACE, owned by Isabel Hall, VT
4th place: NOR-BERT MERIDIAN MAKALA, owned by Dalton, Dillon & Breanne Freeman, IN
5th place: LUCK-E AMMO ANACONDA, owned by Hope, Blake & Katelyn Engel, IL
6th place: SHOW-MAR ARMANI BABE-ET, owned by Dylan Brantner, PA
7th place: MIKELHOLM MCCUTCHEN ELSA, owned by Emily Mikel, NY
8th place: KINGS-RANSOM KBOY JUGS-ET, owned by Johnathan King, NY
9th place: KINGS-RANSOM BYWAY CLEAR-ET, owned by Johnathan King, NY
10th place: MELL-WOOD MCCUTCHEN 2155-N, owned by Sydni, Samuel & Blake Mell, WI
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. The entire lactation must be 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 2020 Cream of the Crop award is SHOW-MAR ARMANI OLIVE-ET owned by Wesley Brantner of Pennsylvania. Olive was also the National Junior Star Performer Award winner.
Rounding out the top 10 Cream of the Crop winners for 2020 are:
2nd place: SHOW-MAR SCRAMBLED 1308, owned by Dylan Brantner, PA
3rd place: NOR-BERT SILVER CHELSEA, owned by Dalton, Dillon & Breanne Freeman, IN
4th place: SHOW-MAR LUCY 1405-RED-ET, owned by Dylan Brantner, PA
5th place: T-SPRUCE DESIRED 9015-ET, owned by Arnold, Ashley, & Andrew Gruenes, MN
6th place: SHOW-MAR KLONDIKE 1350, owned by Wesley Brantner, PA
7th place: SHOW-MAR ARMANI BABE-ET, owned by Dylan Brantner, PA
8th place: SHOW-MAR HONEY 1340, owned by Dylan Brantner, PA
9th place: NEW-DAY E MEGASIRE PRINCESS, owned by Evan Strack, WI
10th place: TRACKSTAR MTREY MAJESTY-ET owned by Katelynn Hancock, IN
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 Colton, Ashley, Justin, and Katie Brandel, WI; Hannah Dolloff, VT; Grant and Bailey Groves, MO; Bradley Hill, VT; Tabitha Mills, PA; Mackenzie Rademacher, MO; George Sebright, PA; and Charles Stoltzfus, PA.
Other recognition Holstein Association USA Junior members can achieve include the National Junior Breeder of an Excellent Cow Award, which was awarded to 174 cows owned by 169 different Junior members this year, and the National Junior Breeder of a Multiple "E" Cow Award, which recognized 30 cows owned by 34 different Junior members.
Congratulations to all the Junior members who received recognition for their outstanding Registered Holsteins. Find complete lists of all Junior award honorees at https://www.holsteinusa.com/juniors/index.jsp, under Junior Awards-Cows in the main menu.