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BLACK & WHITE BRIEFS... News from the Dairy Industry
Julie Brown Joins Holstein World Staff
    Julie Brown of Mountain Grove, MO has accepted a position on the livestock advertising sales team for Holstein World . Julie has spent her career in the registered Holstein business. Most recently, she has been owner-operator of her own herd of registered Holsteins, marketing cattle extensively under the Julie-B prefix. Her cattle earned recognition for both high production and showring success. She also assists her husband, Russell, in the marketing of 3000-5000 head of replacement cattle annually.
    She’s an accredited cattle judge, a graduate of Young Dairy Leaders Institute and has served as an elected delegate to the National Holstein Convention. She’s a former board member and past president of the Missouri Holstein Association. Julie holds a B.S. in agriculture from Southwest Missouri State University where she was a member of the dairy judging team. Competing at the national contest in Madison, she was high individual in Brown Swiss.
    Julie began with Holstein World on November 12 and will work from a home office in Missouri, serving breeders and cattle marketers in a broad region of Midwestern and Southern states.

Arlinda Sells
    The legendary Arlinda Holsteins is moving ahead under new ownership. In October, founders Wally and Arlene Lindskoog sold their 60-plus-year-old Turlock, CA operation to Carl and Laurie Vieira, also of Turlock. The transaction includes 65 acres and facilities and nearly 400 total head of cows and young stock, as well as future use of the Arlinda prefix. “We transferred everything we have, except a few bulls in proving,” explains the 84-year-old Lindskoog. 
    The Vieieras already operate two other 500-cow dairies in the area, as well as Desirebull, a bull-proving program that samples 12-15 young sires per year, and counts Marcrest Encore as one of its graduates. Plans are to expand the Arlinda herd somewhat, add some new free-stalls, update the parlor, and carry on with the all-registered herd using the Arlinda prefix, explains Carl, 41. 
    “We felt it was a unique opportunity, and the more we looked at it, the more excited we got about it,” Carl says of the private transaction. “It’s a herd of real strong cows with a lot of will to milk. There is probably more breeding potential with the herd. And maybe just widening the selection of bulls from what has been done, there might be opportunities for more bull mothers in the herd.”
    Perhaps best known for the influential sires he’s developed and bred, Lindskoog bought Pawnee-Farm Arlinda Chief in dam at his breeder’s dispersal, then eventually sent the influential bull to AI. Later, Lindskoog bred and sampled such bulls as Arlinda Rotate and Arlinda Melwood, over the years sending many bulls to AI organizations.
    “This will pretty much take me out of the picture,” Lindskoog says, clarifying that he still owns some Jerseys. “But I might still write a few ‘agitating’ letters to editors,” he quips. Lindskoog is well known for his outspoken, sometimes controversial views on cattle breeding.

EU Bans Embryo & Live Cattle Imports from North America
    Legislation passed in the European Union (EU) has restricted the importation of embryos and live cattle from the U.S. and Canada. Due to the legislation, USDA temporarily suspended federal endorsement of health certificates for ruminants and ruminant embryos to the European Union, effective October 1. The law bans importation from countries which have not reached Level 1 classification in terms of BSE positions. At this time, the U.S. and Canada are Level 2, and Australia and New Zealand are the only Level 1 countries, according to Steve Mower, EmTran, Elizabethtown, PA. To reach Level 1, countries must have a ban in place and enforced on the use of mammalian sources in animal feeds. FDA implemented a ban on the use of ruminant proteins in feeds fed to ruminants several years ago, but the key word in the EU legislation appears to be “mammalian”, Mower says. 
    While the USDA notification to exporters stated that the “National Center for Import and Export is researching options regarding this certification, and hopes to have resolution in a very few days,” they hadn’t returned phone calls at press time reporting any changes in the status of the suspension.
    “The effects will be major to all. Canada will have more loss than the U.S. because they can ship live cattle to the EU and with the rebuilding of the herds, especially in England from FMD, the live cattle trade loss I expect would be high. The U.S. ban effects all the breeders, exporters, ET companies and even the USDA with less user fees coming in,” Mower says.
    Helping the situation may be the results of a research study in the UK which clearly demonstrates that there is no risk of transmitting BSE via frozen embryos, according to Jim Copper, formerly of Holstein-Friesian Services and now a partner in GenElite, LLC, a U.S. export company.
    “There have been embryo shipments that were ready for export cancelled, and of course there will be more,” says Copper, “We hope and believe that this is a short-term suspension and that decisions will be made based on scientific evidence that will open this market again for U.S. exporters and also open the U.S. market for the importation of embryos from Europe. Should the ban last for several months or longer, it will certainly impact many export businesses, breeders and the value of elite Holstein females.”

Holstein Association Gathers Input 
    Members had the chance to get updates and offer input at nine Holstein Association USA regional open forum meetings that wrapped up November 29. Each meeting was led by the Association’s new CEO John Meyer, President Joann Hartman, and Vice President Tom Nunes, covering Association governance, finance and a broad range of pertinent industry topics. 
    In the meetings, Meyer challenged each group to answer four questions: What does the Association do well? What doesn’t the Association do well? What is the Association doing now that it shouldn’t be doing? What would the Association do if it started tomorrow? 
    Association leaders also used the meetings to begin floating the idea of registration fee increases, a move that would ultimately require delegate approval at its 2002 annual meeting. It stems from the sobering realities of the Association’s financial picture, forecasting a 2001 operating loss of $3.1 million. Meanwhile, the Association’s reserve fund balance shrunk from $20.5 million at the end of 2000 to $16.2 million at the end of September, a result of the stock market decline and withdrawals to cover operating losses. Thanks to a robust stock market in the 1990s, the Association was able to use reserve fund earnings to cover its past operating losses. 

Promotion Opportunity
    Holstein Association USA is seeking entries for their 2002 Masthead Cow Contest. The winner will represent the breed on the cover of the Holstein Association News and in worldwide promotions. To be eligible, the owner must be a national member, while the cow must be U.S.-bred-and-owned, registered in the Holstein Association USA herdbook, completed at least one lactation enrolled in the Holstein Association’s TriStar programs, and classified in the last 14 months. The winning cow will be selected on her conformation and pedigree, by an anonymous panel of judges. 
    Contest entry forms are available from Holstein Association USA, and must be submitted with a professional, three-quarter-view color photo of the cow being entered. Entries must be received by January 1, 2002. 
    Winner of the 2001 contest was Willows-Edge Mark Prefer (EX-94) with 5-4 credits of 305 days 31,190 milk 4.1% 1275 fat 2.9% 891 protein. She is bred and owned by Henk and Bonnie VanDyk, New Richmond, WI. 

Sales
    The Sunny-Creek Holsteins Dispersal, held October 13 at Mazomanie, WI, averaged $2598 on 89 lots. Topping the sale at $6100 was Sunny-Creek Storm Nola (VG-88 EX-MS), a Storm daughter with 2-01 2x 365d 25,911 3.9% 1015 2.9% 756. She was due again in late October to Four-Of-A-Kind Eland-ET. She was purchased by Blue Horizon, Verndale, MN.
    A fancy bred heifer sired by Hanover-Hill Inspiration topped the O-H-M Holstein Club (NY) Sale on October 13 in Cassville, NY. Geo-Wan-Ie Inp Precious-Red was consigned by Stephen & Kelly Collins, Ilion, NY and purchased by Jeff Donahoe, Frankfort, NY with a final bid of $3300. Her dam is a GP-82 Granduc Vision daughter with 2-3 366 23,062 4.0% 857 3.2% 710 and the next dam is VG-89 with 32,000 4.3% fat. Nine head sold for over $2000 and the sale averaged $1571 on 70 lots.
    A May 2001 daughter of Lexvold Luke Hershel-ET brought $5500 to top the Idaho Convention Holstein Sale on the evening of October 19 at Filer, ID. Offered by Steve Gillins, Canyon-Breeze Holsteins, Minersville, UT, the heifer is from an EX-90 Emory with 33,340m 4.1%f 3.3%p, while the second dam is an EX-93-GMD-DOM Wister with 38,790m, and the next dam is a 2E-91-GMD-DOM Mark with 205,659m lifetime. The final bidder was Roorda Dairy, Caldwell, ID. The 31 head in the annual sale averaged $2987.
    The East Cupcake and Han-Me-Down Dispersal drew a crowd of 800 people and averaged $5133 on 95 lots on October 20 at the farm in Aurora, NY. East Cupcake Kubla Cat (EX-93) topped the sale at $24,000, selling to Whittier Farms of West Sutton, MA. The fancy 4-year-old has production credits of 3-4 288d 28,797 3.5% 1010 3.1% 866 and sold fresh again August 31. Her dam is an EX-90 Tiger Cat and her sire is a homebred son of Carnation Counselor.
    The 74 lots at the Stouder Holsteins Showcase Sale averaged $3300 on the evening of October 20. The sale was held at the Stouder family’s 875-cow Wendell, ID operation, primarily featuring cattle from their operation, along with a few deep-pedigreed guest consignments. Topping the sale at $7300 was a January 2001 Delta Webster-ET heifer from the Dellia family. Her dam is a VG-85-DOM Bellwood with 2-0 365d 2X 32,270 3.6% 1154 3.3% 1077 and PTAs of +67P +65F +2065M (8/01), the next dam is a 2E-94-GMD-DOM Blackstar 32,080m, while the next dam is Dellia (2E-95-GMD-DOM) with 35,610m. The calf sold to nearby J-Roc Holsteins, Wendell, ID.
    The Carters Corner and Neu-Way Select Production Sale, held October 26 in Greenville, IL, averaged $3416 on 137 lots. Topping the sale at $35,000 was Carters-Corners Tag Apple-ET, an Olmo Prelude Tugolo bred heifer from the breed’s #2 CTPI cow, Neu-Way Patron Allie (VG-87, VG-MS). She was consigned by sale co-host Carters Corner, Greenville, IL, and purchased by a syndicate including Greg Crouse, Tim and Sandy VerHage and Andy Carter. 
    The Allegany-Steuben (NY) Holstein Club Sale on October 26th averaged $1786 on 65 lots. Topping the sale at $3400 is a Storm daughter from an EX-93 Encore dam, consigned by Jerry Smith and Tom Price, Jasper, NY. She was purchased by Jeff Hitchcock of Kennedy, NY. 
    The Diamond-Oak Dispersal, held October 30 in Fort Jennings, OH, averaged $2240 on 67 lots. Topping the sale at $9100 was Askew Rudolph Amanda-ET, a VG-86 VG-MS daughter of Startmore Rudolph with 3-07 2x 194d 23,750 3.9% 926 2.8% (Inc.) Her dam is Diamond-Oak Afton-ET (VG-85 VG-MS GMD-DOM) with CTPI +1523, PTAs of +2613M +119F +114P and 2-08 305d 32,590 4.5% 1465 3.8% 1252. Venture Genetics, Belding, MI was the successful bidder.
    Sixty-four lots averaged $2329 at the Son-Day Holsteins Complete Dispersal on November 2. Owners David & Cheryl Olson moved the herd from their Drake, ND operation to Hutchinson, MN for the sale. The $5200 high seller was a Rudolph 2-year-old, fresh in September and milking 100 lbs a day at sale time. She went to Harlan Bohn, Milbank, SD. Her dam is a VG-86 Airliner with 38,580 milk, while the next dam is a VG-87-GMD-DOM Mark with two records over 45,000 milk, and the third dam is Eric-Dew Mars Marcinda-ET (EX-91-GMD-DOM) with 37,750 milk – a full sister to Eric-Dew Mars Marcy (2E-92-GMD).
    The New York Holstein Harvest Sale, November 3, Ithaca, NY, averaged $2642 on 107 lots. Commanding the top bid of $6100 was Mar-Bil Manfred Glade-ET, a daughter of Ha-Ho Cubby Manfred-ET who sold fresh in September with contract interest from four AI firms. Her dam is an EX-90, EX-MS Ambition with 3-3 2X 365d 32,570 4.4% 1440 3.1% 996, then Cleitus Grace (VG-88 GMD-DOM). She was consigned by Mar-Bil Farms, Bovina Center, NY and purchased by the Old Friends Syndicate, Martinsburg, PA. Twenty-six head sold for $3000 or more and five lots of embryos sold for an average price of $250 per embryo. Arlin Buttke, NC was the volume buyer with 30 head.
    The complete dispersal of the Bookmark Dairy herd, Jordanville, NY on November 8 averaged $2545 on 134 head, including small calves and grade cattle. Pinehurst Amarone-Red-ET, a fancy 2-year-old Horizon Ranger daughter of Pinehurst Beaujolais-Red (3E-94), topped the sale at $17,000. God’s Country Game Ranch, Acme, PA was the successful bidder.
    The Chel-Brook Dispersal grossed $176,265 with an average of $1813 on 101 head on November 8. Top seller at $8000 was a first-choice female by Magna out of Poly-Kow Winchester Bobbi-ET (VG-85). This Winchester daughter is +2400M +90F +66P (8/01) and has in 296d 26,762 3.8% 1028 3.1% 784. Floyd Rayburn of Bloomfield, NY purchased the choice.
    The Sale of the Stars averaged $6376 (Canadian) on 68 head at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto, Ont., on November 8. Bosside Rita Remi (VG-86) topped the sale at $25,000. She is a Rudolph daughter completing 12 generations of Very Good or Excellent that comes from the same family as Ruben and Integrity. She was purchased by Dartrek Holsteins, Hague, SK, Lor-Lee Holsteins, Saskatoon, SK, and Glenn Hockley, Calgary, AB. Patience Holsteins, Mildmay, ONT. and Crasdale Farms, Hunter River, P.E.I., consigned her.
    The Nittany Lion Fall Classic sale was held November 10 at State College, PA, with 63 lots averaging $2496. Topping the sale was W-Spring-Air Rngr Leann-Red, a bred heifer by Horizon Ranger that sold due in January to Arnell Elegant. Her dam is a VG-87 EX-MS Milestone daughter with 2-4 365 3x 24,040 4.2% 1016 3.3% 796 from the Lou Ella cow family. She was consigned by Stonehurst Farm, Strasburg, PA, and purchased by Daryl Weaver, Womelsdorf, PA.

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