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Blondin Goldwyn Subliminal-ETS EX-97 4E is Holstein Association USA’s 2021 Star of the Breed. Subliminal is owned by Budjon Farms and Peter and Lyn Vail.
Photo courtesy of Nick Sarbacker,
The Star of the Breed award was introduced in 2007 to honor an elite Registered Holstein® cow with outstanding production and exceptional type. With a classification score of EX-97 4E and lifetime production record of over 310,000 pounds of milk, the 2021 recipient embodies the award.

Holstein Association USA is delighted to recognize Blondin Goldwyn Subliminal-ETS EX-97 4E as the 2021 Star of the Breed. Subliminal is owned by Budjon Farms and Peter and Lyn Vail and was bred by Ferme Blondin in St. Placide, Quebec. Subliminal calls Budjon Farms in Lomira, Wisconsin home.

“The Star of the Breed award isn’t just about the cows that are champions, it’s about the cows that are well rounded, and I think she exemplifies that as well as any cow in the Holstein breed,” Tom Cull of Budjon Farms says about Subliminal.

Subliminal qualified for the award with her success during the 2021 show season, when she was named first place 150,000 Pound Cow and Grand Champion at the Midwest Spring National Show and second place 150,000 Pound Cow at World Dairy Expo. These impressive placings are just two of many showring accolades Subliminal achieved over the years.

During her award qualifying lactation, Subliminal produced 44,740 pounds of milk, 1,921 (4.3%) fat, and 1,366 (3.1%) protein. In addition to her extreme production and type, her owners appreciate Subliminal’s reproductive power and longevity.

Blondin Goldwyn Subliminal-ETS will be recognized during Holstein Association USA’s 136th Annual Meeting at National Holstein Convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota this summer. To learn more or register visit

For the full story of Subliminal’s incredible journey, see the Spring 2022 issue of The Pulse. Select pages are now available online at under the Latest News tab.

About the Award

To be eligible for the Star of the Breed award, a cow must place in the top five in her class at a National Holstein Show, be in a herd enrolled in the TriStarSM program and have an official classification score.

Once the eligible cows are determined, the following calculation is used to determine the award recipient: Combined Mature Equivalent (ME) Fat and Protein + Age Adjusted Classification Score x (Breed Average ME CFP/ Breed Average Age Adjusted Score).