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Researchers are invited to submit applications for Holstein Association USA’s Research Grant Program. The program provides funding to universities and non-profits in the United States performing research studies that potentially enhance the profitability of Holstein cows.

Holstein USA is interested in research projects designed to advance the profitability and health of Registered Holstein cattle through genetics. However, research proposals focusing on other areas of improvement in Holstein cattle will also be accepted. The applications must include expected outcomes that would benefit the profitability of Holstein cattle. Executive summaries of each proposal are important to highlight how profit and well-being of Holstein cattle might be increased.

“Holsteins are profitable dairy cows, but the Research Grant Program is looking for innovative research that can enhance the success of the Holstein cow,” says Dr. Roger Shanks, Dairy Genetic Consultant, responsible for managing Holstein Association USA’s Research Grant Program.

Applications are due on or before August 15, 2022 and can be found on Holstein Association USA’s website. Grants are expected to be funded within the range of $10,000 to $80,000 per year and grant durations are expected to be one to three years.

Five research projects have been funded since the program began in 2017. A diversity of projects have been funded with topics including inbreeding, twinning, dairy-beef, the slick hair gene to improve heat tolerance and genomic evaluation of diet digestibility in Holsteins.

More information about the grant guidelines and process, current projects, and applications can be found at Contact Dr. Roger Shanks at with questions or for more information about Holstein USA’s Research Grant Program.