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The Kestell Family of Ever-Green-View Holsteins, LLC in Waldo, Wisconsin has received the Herds of Excellence award 14 times. Pictured are (back row) Tom, Chris, Jennifer and Gin Kestell; (front row) Cole and Will Kestell.

Holstein Association USA’s 2023 Herds of Excellence recipients have bred and developed herds with superior production and type. This prestigious award, presented on an annual basis, celebrates exemplary Registered Holstein® herds that have met rigorous qualifying criteria with their 2023 records.

“Congratulations to these remarkable Registered Holstein breeders for developing herds with outstanding production and type,” says Holstein Association USA CEO John Meyer. “These six herds are truly all-star performers and examples of what can be accomplished with our beloved Registered Holstein cow!”

The award is broken down into three divisions based on herd size, including the Large Herd Division (500+ cows), Medium Herd Division (100-499 cows), and Small Herd Division (10-99 cows).

This year’s honorees are:

Large Herd Size Division (500+ Cows)

Siemers Holstein Farms Inc. — The Siemers Family, Newton, Wisconsin

80.0% homebred; AACS — 84.7 points

ME Production Averages — 34,042M 1,543F 1,057P

Eight Year Honoree

Medium Herd Size Division (100-499 Cows)

Koester Dairy Inc. — The Koester Family, Dakota, Illinois

99.8% homebred; AACS — 85.2 points

ME Production Averages — 34,013M 1,519F 1,086M

Eight Year Honoree

Small Herd Size Division (10-99 Cows)

Kal-side Holsteins — The Oberholtzer Family, Hillsboro, Wisconsin

94.0% homebred; AACS — 85.8 points

ME Production Averages — 35,636M 1,477F 1,131 P

First Year Honoree

Doorco Holsteins—The Vandertie Family, Brussels, Wisconsin

100% homebred; AACS — 89.3 points

ME Production Averages — 37,252M 1,503F 1,160 P

Seven Year Honoree

Ever-Green-View Holsteins, LLC — The Kestell Family, Waldo, Wisconsin

98.9% homebred; AACS — 87.6 points

ME Production Averages — 37,653M 1,609F 1,170P

Fourteen Year Honoree

Lazy M Farm, LLC — Herman and Michael Maier Families, Stitzer, Wisconsin

78.3% homebred; AACS — 88.1 points

ME Production Averages — 35,515M 1,514F 1,119P

First Year Honoree

The awards will be presented during Holstein Association USA’s 138th Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. To register for convention or learn more, visit

Read more about the 2023 Herds of Excellence in the Spring 2024 issue of The Pulse. Select pages of The Pulse are available at under the Latest News tab.

About the Award

The Herd of Excellence designation honors Registered Holstein breeders who have developed Holsteins herds excelling in both production and type. To be recognized with this accolade, herds must have classified within the last year and have an age-adjusted classification score (AACS) of 83 points or higher; have at least 70 percent of the herd homebred; and be enrolled in Holstein Association USA’s TriStarSM production records program.

Additionally, qualifying herds must meet the following production criteria:

Large Herd Division: 15 percent above breed average for ME for milk, fat and protein

Medium Herd Division: 20 percent above breed average ME for milk, fat and protein

Small Herd Division: 25 percent above breed average ME for milk, fat and protein

Congratulations to the 2023 Herds of Excellence!