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Holstein Association USA Board Meets in Chicago

Brattleboro, Vt. (November 25, 2014)...The Holstein Association USA, Inc. (HAUSA) board of directors conducted its fall meeting November 19-20 in Chicago, Ill. President Glen E. Brown of Coalville, Utah presided.

The board approved the 2015 Management-by-Objective Business Plan and accompanying budget. The business plan forecasts growth of Holstein Association USA’s core products and services.

Update on 2014 Business Plan

Registrations through October 31, 2014, totaled 305,815, which is a five percent increase over 2013 year-to-date totals. Animals that have been identified through Basic ID have increased 24 percent over last year and stand at 212,384.Start-up registrations totaled 50,272, 10 percent more than 2013. Members are looking for an opportunity to build their herd with registered cows and take advantage of having Registered Holsteins®.

At the end of October, 289,274 animals in 1,853 herds were enrolled in Holstein COMPLETE®. This represents a three percent increase in animals and approximately one percent more herds compared to the same time last year.

Bill VerBoort, AgriTech Analytics general manager, reported robust enrollments in October, with 943,961 animals processed. This represents an increase of 9 percent or 77,101 cows since January 1, 2014.

Committee Reports

The board heard reports from the audit and show committees.

From the show committee, the board approved 2015 Spring National Holstein Shows in Columbus, Ohio, Stillwater, Okla., Madison, Wis., and Richmond, Utah. The Summer National Holstein Show will take place in Columbus, Ohio and the 2015 Fall National Holstein Shows will be held at St. Paul, Minn., Springfield, Mass., Harrisburg, Pa., and Louisville, Ky. Included in the lineup is the 2015 International Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.

The board approved the committee’s recommendations for the 2015 National and Qualified Judges Lists, which has been published on the Association’s website. The judges’ conference next year will take place May 14, 2015, in conjunction with the Western Spring Show, Richmond, Utah.

Further, the board approved the show committee’s recommendations, beginning with the application process for the 2016 Judges Lists:
· Applicants must attend a judges conference every five years and
· Applicants must have a current Holstein USA membership.

Other Business

In response to the bylaw amendment passed in June 2014, the board established deadlines for the process of nominating and electing delegates to the 2016 and future annual meetings. The new schedule policy, approved by the board, is as follows:

Event Deadline

Delegate nominating petitions mailed to members 1-Aug
Delegate nominating petitions due to Holstein USA 1-Oct
Deadline for nominees to withdraw from ballot 15-Oct
Ballots mailed to members 1-Nov
Ballots due to Holstein USA 1-Jan
Elections committee meeting 15-Jan
Delegate election finalized 1-Feb

If the deadline for any event falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the deadline will instead be the first regular business day following that event date.

The board approved the release of 2,322 prefixes, effective December 31, 2014. Since its inception in 2009, the board policy allows the release for reuse of a prefix after 20 years of non-use and makes it easier for members to acquire prefixes for their herds.
The list has been posted on the Holstein Association’s website to give notice to membership. If someone wants to retire his or her prefix prior to the release date, they may request to do so for a $100 fee.

For more information contact Susan Harlow, communications manager, at 802.451.4165 or via e-mail at sharlow@holstein.com. For more information about any of the Association’s programs and services, visit www.holsteinusa.com, or call Customer Service at 800.952.5200. For more information about ATA’s products and services, visit www.agritech.com.