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Current Issue: November 2012

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November 2012 Holstein NewsFeaturing:

Red & White Issue

World Dairy Expo Results

Breeder Profile -
Walk-Era Farms
(Read it in the News/Breeder Profile section)




Feature Articles:

Select Sires Features:

Enhancing producer profitability through integrated services

NorthStar Cooperative’s offerings to northern Wisconsin dairy producers have changed dramatically since our inception in 1944. You may be best familiar with the breed-leading elite genetics NorthStar provides as a member of the Select Sires federation; but we offer so much more.”

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Twin Valley Holsteins People with Passion for High Type Cows that Last

Nestled in the rolling hills of Juneau County, lies Twin-Valley Holsteins,
a family-farming operation that holds a deep and proud history of well-known cow families. This Registered Holstein herd has excelled with great success genetically under the ownership and skillful operation of John and Marge Roloff, along with their son John M. and his wife Katie. John and Marge also have twin daughters: Karen, who teaches first grade in Mankato, Minn., and Kristy, who works for UW-Madison Division of Information and Technology.

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Edgewood Dairy

Growing the herd from 32 cows in 1979 to 410 today, LaVerne
and Cindy Lepak, owners of Edgewood Dairy represent the fourth generation of progress for the Portage county farm with the fifth generation working alongside them.

LaVerne and Cindy’s children are all active with the farm. Daughter, Tracy (Omernik) is the herdsperson; Joseph is responsible for maintenance and the 1,700 acres of crops, and daughter Crystal (Kunst) feeds calves.

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The ART of Fine Breeding

Select Sires is committed to being the premier provider of superior genetics, and the addition of the ART (Aggressive Reproductive Technologies) program allows us to gain that genetic edge and better meet the diverse needs of Holstein breeders across the globe.

The ART program involves the ownership and control of a limited number of females with high genetic rank and unique pedigrees. Through this program, creative matings are

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Nor-Way-Pete Farm

Cow comfort and genetics go hand in hand in helping Nor-Way-Pete Farms meet their breeding goals. “Our goal is to breed cows that can last five
lactations, score Very Good or higher and be trouble free,” said herd manager Dan Cnossen.

Owned by Andy, Chad and Mary Peterson, the 250-cow Nor-Way-Pete herd currently ranks among the Nation’s Top 10 BAA Herds at 108.7% for herd
size. The herd is currently home to 36 Excellent cows, including five 94 point animals of which there are two DURHAM daughters, one LELAND daughter and
one BEST daughter. Besides being high scoring, the BEST is also high producing and will be the herd’s first cow to reach 200,000 in four lactations.

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Endres Berryridge Farms, LLC
Utilizing Programs that Breed Success for Dairy Operations

Building relationships and finding strong business partners passionate about the dairy industry like, East Central/Select Sires, has been one of the keys to the success of Endres Berryridge Farms, LLC of Waunakee, WI. Their operation is home to the third generation of three brothers and their families that have combined their interests, efforts and enthusiasm for dairy farming to build and maintain a highly effective dairy operation.

In 1958, the brothers’ parents, Donald and Lucille purchased the 160-acre farm with 58 cows from Donald’s dad. Since that time, the business has expanded through the purchase of more land and expansions to the facilities. In 1996, the farm transitioned from a stall barn to free-stall housing and in 2006 the parlor was added.

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Wisconsin, a Major Source for Select Sires’ PGA Sires

Wisconsin continues to be a leading source in the U.S. for elite young sires to enter Select Sires’ progeny test program, the Program for Genetic Advancement (PGA) and proven sires into Select’s active lineup.

We seek bulls bred in Wisconsin because the state has many elite cow families and outstanding breeders who are great to work with. Wisconsin breeding programs produce top genetics for many different breeding desires, high type, great production with fitness traits, as well as Red and/or Polled Genetics.

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