Holstein Association USAHolstein Association USA is excited to report that 2011 was an exceptional year for U.S. Registered Holsteins. Enthusiasm for the Holstein breed is high and growing, evidenced by the 360,149 Holsteins that were registered, as of December 31, 2011. This exceeds 2010 totals by over 20,000 animals, an increase of six percent, and is the most animals registered on an annual basis since 1995.

"The last time we registered 360,000 animals in a year was 1995, when there were well over 120,000 dairy operations in the United States," said CEO John M. Meyer. "Today, the number of licensed dairies is less than half of that. We're very excited that Holstein Association members and dairy producers nationwide continue to realize the added value U.S. Registered Holsteins bring to their operations."

"We are pleased that the number of U.S. Registered Holsteins continues to grow. These numbers are a testament that Holsteins are the United States' and world's most popular and profitable cow," CEO Meyer continued.

2010 and 2011 Holstein Registration Comparisons

For more information about Holstein Association USA or U.S. Registered Holsteins, visit www.holsteinusa.com . A complete report on the Association's 2011 performance will be presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting, June 29 and 30, in Springfield, Mo.