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DHI Annual Performance Summary


MMPA DAIRY FARM FAMILIES SHAPING THE FUTURE

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Contents Changes & Minimums To Appear in 2016 Report •

Reports represent all states serviced by NorthStar Cooperative. Reports are no longer listed “by state.”

All herds with cows milked more than twice per day are labeled as 3X herds per National DHIA Uniform Data Collection Procedures.

Minimums required to appear in this report include: • Number of processed tests = 9

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Top Herds by Size & Dollar Value

Top Protein Breed Herds by Dollar Value

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Top Dollar Value Protein Breed Cows by Age

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Top Lifetime Cows for Milk Production

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Herds < 100,000 SCC & ≥ 3,000 Dollar Value

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• Dollar Value Mixed Breeds and Red & White herds = $3,500

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Goals are Dreams with Deadlines

• Dollar Value Protein herds = $3,000

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Prevent Open Cows in the Dry Pen

• Dollar Value Lactations = $4,000

Top Dollar Value Holstein Cows by Age

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• Herd size = 25 cows

Top 250 Dollar Value Herds

Testing year represented is October 1, 2015 September 30, 2016. Dollar Value Calculation: A fair comparison of cow and herd production is dependent on the use of accurate, up-to-date prices paid to dairy producers for milk shipped from their farms. Dollar values for herd and cow listings in this publication were calculated based on standardized prices for milk, fat and protein yields. The prices for fat pounds, protein pounds, and producer price differential (factor for milk pounds) were computed as the averages of monthly price information from the Mideast Federal Marketing Order 33 for October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. The formula used was : (pounds of milk x .0047) + (pounds of fat x 2.5174) + (pounds of protein x 1.8109).

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Wirth Dairy Farm

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Herd Management Data at Your Fingertips

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Progressive Dairy Producer - Heiman’s Holsteins

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Screening with Mastitis PCR

NorthStar Breaks Ground for New Laboratory

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By the Numbers (compared to 2015)

Cows Tested DHI Samples Analyzed Total Samples Analyzed Herds on Test Cows Enrolled Average Cows Tested per Month Average Herd Size

2016 4,781,665 4,183,036 4,407,865 1,346 456,765 398,472 339

% Growth 2.2% 2.5% 2.2% -1.0% 4.6% 2.3% 5.6%

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STATE OF THE ART

LABORATORY SERVICES INNOVATIVE TESTING options that are EASIER and MORE ECONOMICAL than TRADITIONAL METHODS.

Analyses Options Milk, Blood, Fecal, Tissue Production Analyses:

SCC • MUN • Fat • Protein • SNF • Mastitis

Reproduction Diagnostics: Pregnancy • NEFA • Progesterone

Multiple Tests on a Single Sample

Adding Mastitis, Reproduction and Disease Diagnostics with routine production testing saves time and money.

Disease Diagnostics:

Johne’s • Leukosis • BVD • Neospora

Flexible Submission Direct to labs, through routine DHI testing or purchase sample collection & shipping kits.

Beyond Testing

Service and support for testing options and program implementation.

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Goals are Dreams with Deadlines To be an organization that can weather the storm of the dairy economy and continue to grow even in challenging times. Three years ago, when I became the Director of DHI Services, I had a dream to further develop NorthStar DHI by expanding services and making strategic investments. By focusing on these areas it would allow us to be an organization that could weather the storms of the dairy economy and continue to grow even in the challenging times. Expanded Services Over the past three years, we have added many services to the DHI platform. Two new diagnostic options include the Contagious 3 Mastitis PCR and the Complete 16 Mastitis PCR tests. Both have proven to be valuable additions based on increasing monthly testing totals and feedback from producers and veterinarians. Through our affiliation with DRMS, we have new innovative analysis tools – many earning a Dairy Herd Management Innovation Award. Money Corrected Milk (MCM) and the Heifer Genetics Guide are two such examples. A milk-check based tool that allows producers to look beyond production alone, MCM reflects revenue generated per cow based on how a dairy is paid. The Heifer Genetics Monitor helps increase the value of genetics in a herd by evaluating each heifer’s rank for Merit$ within the cow herd. These two examples along with the new features in PocketDairy Android, which makes PCDART mobile, just scratch the

surface of expanded tools that have added value and variety to NorthStar’s DHI Services. Investments Investing in people, equipment and technology is necessary for growth. Ongoing and routine training with our DHI Specialists and Lab staff allows us to improve our knowledge and our ability to provide the best service possible. Along with that training we have grown our field service staff by adding DHI Specialists in key growth areas, as well as our support team whose focus is to work closely with you for technical assistance, training and problem resolution, while training and mentoring our DHI Specialists. The passion and commitment of our people are second to none, but investing in them is not enough. We have to ensure they have the proper tools to deliver on our promise. Through the years smaller investments in equipment to support and sustain our anticipated growth were made, but even still it was evident that major changes were needed at our Labs. In September 2015 we opened the doors to our new Michigan Laboratory, and over the past 15 months we have seen the synergies created by conducting traditional DHI sample analysis with analysis for disease diagnostics, reproduction and health under one roof. With the Michigan Lab operational for over a year, it was time to give the Wisconsin Lab the same opportunity. This past September we broke ground for a new 11,000+ square foot facility in Kaukauna that is much needed for our rapid growth in that state.

from 311,304 cows on test in 2013 to 456,765 cows at the end of the 2016 testing year, surpassing the goal I set out when I started. The credit for growth is spread among many, starting with the Board of Directors and their belief to invest in additional DHI services, personnel and facilities. NorthStar’s team structure also plays a big role, as does each team member’s commitment to deliver on our promise to “enhance producer profitability through integrated services.” All of this though would not have been possible without you and your decision to allow NorthStar to be a part of your operation. Thank you for your continued belief in NorthStar Cooperative! Effective January 1, 2017 I am stepping down as Director of DHI Services and starting a new career as a sales representative at NorthStar, which I have long been interested in. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with DHI Services and the opportunity to work with so many of you. I am excited to continue with the Cooperative in this new role that more closely aligns with my passion and family, and I am equally as excited about the future of NorthStar DHI Services. At the writing of this article, we are in the process of determining next steps for leadership within DHI Services, but rest assured NorthStar will ensure a smooth transition. Again, thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your farm.

Growth Following the growth trend set by my predecessor, NorthStar DHI Services has grown

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TOP 250 DOLLAR VALUE HERDS

3X HERD OWNER 1 * Nor-Bert Farms

2 * 3 * 4 * 5 * 6 7 * 8 * 9 * 10 11 * 12 * 13 * 14 * 15 16 * 17 * 18 * T * 20 * T * 22 * 23 * 24 * T * 26 * 27 * 28 * 29 * 30 * 31 * 32 * 33 * 34 * 35 * 36 * 37 * 38 * 39 * 40 * 41 42 * 43 44 45 * 46 * 47 * 48 * 49 * T 51 * 52 * 53 * 54 * 55 * 56 * 57 * 58 59 * 60 61 62 * 63 * 64 65 66 * 67 * 68 * 69 * 70 * 71 * 72 *

Nor-Bert Farms E. Kuyers & Sons Rosy-Lane Holsteins LLC Zoromski Family Farms LLC Darrell & Bonita Richard Wayside Dairy Brickstead Dairy LLC Wegnerlann Dairy LLC Brantmeier Hilrose Dairy Rickert Bros Floyd & Calvin Brandt Trappers Turn Dairy United Pride Dairy LLC Bruce & Brenda Long Lew-Max Holstein LLC Tag Lane Farm Ladine Farms Crandall Farms LLC United Pride Dairy LLC Dan & Tim Liner Abel Dairy Farms Seehafer Acres Floyd & Calvin Brandt Badger Holsteins Ledgerock Dairy LLC Pebble Knolls Dairy Dave & Stacy Jauquet Country Aire Farms Badger Holsteins Blaser Farms Inc. Wilson Family Farm Abel Acres Inc. Chapin Family Farms Quantum Dairy LLC Sugar Creek LLC Gordon Dick Norman Gross Country Dairy Rusk Rose Holsteins Devon & Doreen Zimmerman Hoffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Happy Holsteins LLC Doug Westendorp Andrew & Joan Meyer Bill & Lisa Bowerman Autumn Vista Dairy Johnson Farm LLC Ryan Litwiller Dan, Paul & Nate Elzinga Jeff & Alisha Bigler Winkel Dairy LLC Bob Van Daalwyk Marcus De Jong Larry E. Haywood Pickart Dairy LLC House Farms Ron & Nicole Wussow Emerald Acres Kent Inniger Steve Landis Charles & Christopher Weber John & Mark Egan Dairy Dreams Jonas Zimmerman Twinkle-Hill Brown Swiss Juengels Corner Oak Mark Anderson River Ridge Dairy Co.,Inc. Cary Dairy Farm Grass Ridge Farm LLC Verhoef Dairy Shiloh Dairy

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ADDRESS Bremen, IN Bremen, IN West Olive, MI Watertown, WI Custer, WI Goshen, IN Greenleaf, WI Greenleaf, WI Ettrick, WI Sherwood, WI Eldorado, WI Bryant, WI Scandinavia, WI Phillips, WI New London, WI Belding, MI Ixonia, WI Bellevue, MI Battle Creek, MI Phillips, WI Van Dyne, WI Fond Du Lac, WI Marshfield, WI Bryant, WI Unity, WI Larsen, WI Brandon, WI Luxemburg, WI Greenleaf, WI Unity, WI Gillett, WI Carson City, MI Loyal, WI Remus, MI Weyauwega, WI New London, WI McBain, MI Weidman, MI New Era, MI Ladysmith, WI Claypool, IN Peshtigo, WI Nashville, MI Chilton, WI Quincy, MI McBain, MI Daggett, MI Middleton, MI Zeeland, MI Lakeview, MI Lake City, MI Hilbert, WI Dorchester, WI Hastings, MI Malone, WI Mt. Pleasant, MI Cecil, WI De Pere, WI Middleton, MI Goshen, IN Elmwood, WI New London, WI Casco, WI Wakarusa, IN Watertown, WI Grand Blanc, MI Waupaca, WI Coopersville, MI Battle Creek, MI Pittsville, WI Colby, WI Greenleaf, WI

BREED HERD SIZE B H H H H H H H H H H X H H H H H H H X H H H H H H H H H X H H H H H H H H H H H H H H X H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H B H H H H H H H

27 110 161 983 421 77 1,999 883 649 109 1,009 45 354 2,006 51 578 1,185 145 314 166 451 1,622 290 70 1,630 400 711 651 3,122 55 584 825 299 746 2,406 1,259 257 132 99 339 151 594 247 101 370 2,015 1,570 260 253 104 1,068 193 566 900 718 344 45 566 392 35 161 777 3,172 141 80 178 199 1,418 1,134 505 385 2,347

MILK

FAT

33,508 30,266 36,085 31,888 32,105 30,813 31,715 32,917 32,785 32,991 31,368 30,609 33,005 31,212 33,151 33,243 30,890 35,132 32,787 27,075 32,845 32,656 31,099 31,102 30,917 31,581 31,664 33,300 31,974 27,096 32,005 30,347 31,110 31,364 30,617 30,854 33,663 32,132 28,444 30,876 29,693 34,483 33,382 27,687 29,550 30,670 29,595 30,368 30,801 29,266 30,892 32,642 30,515 32,284 30,697 30,723 31,147 29,312 31,429 27,225 28,166 32,435 29,558 27,733 26,242 28,050 30,444 28,396 31,537 31,754 30,218 29,530

1,679 1,448 1,293 1,315 1,298 1,359 1,314 1,249 1,214 1,230 1,260 1,260 1,208 1,222 1,187 1,220 1,200 1,171 1,193 1,220 1,166 1,171 1,216 1,206 1,173 1,190 1,154 1,135 1,174 1,203 1,179 1,148 1,200 1,173 1,170 1,172 1,131 1,142 1,200 1,169 1,147 1,094 1,110 1,183 1,158 1,146 1,142 1,190 1,137 1,141 1,154 1,084 1,104 1,095 1,137 1,115 1,129 1,136 1,108 1,170 1,152 1,065 1,115 1,179 1,145 1,148 1,116 1,171 1,132 1,066 1,080 1,112

FAT % 5.0 4.8 3.6 4.1 4.0 4.4 4.1 3.8 3.7 3.7 4.0 4.1 3.7 3.9 3.6 3.7 3.9 3.3 3.6 4.5 3.6 3.6 3.9 3.9 3.8 3.8 3.6 3.4 3.7 4.4 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.7 3.8 3.8 3.4 3.6 4.2 3.8 3.9 3.2 3.3 4.3 3.9 3.7 3.9 3.9 3.7 3.9 3.7 3.3 3.6 3.4 3.7 3.6 3.6 3.9 3.5 4.3 4.1 3.3 3.8 4.3 4.4 4.1 3.7 4.1 3.6 3.4 3.6 3.8

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PROT

PROT %

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1,201 1,046 1,104 1,015 1,028 941 970 1,003 1,024 994 948 949 1,012 996 1,037 987 1,005 1,018 993 947 1,007 984 917 929 975 946 993 1,013 957 924 943 987 910 945 950 945 987 960 887 923 953 1,013 988 892 920 924 930 858 929 927 901 987 961 966 911 934 912 904 935 858 880 989 926 840 890 877 914 840 885 976 951 908

3.6 3.5 3.1 3.2 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.2 3.1 3.0 3.3 2.9 3.0 3.5 3.1 3.0 2.9 3.0 3.2 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.4 2.9 3.3 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.1 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.2 2.9 3.0 3.2 3.1 3.0 3.1 2.8 3.0 3.2 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.0 2.9 3.1 3.0 3.2 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.4 3.1 3.0 3.0 2.8 3.1 3.1 3.1

$6,559 $5,682 $5,424 $5,298 $5,280 $5,270 $5,213 $5,115 $5,065 $5,051 $5,036 $5,034 $5,029 $5,027 $5,022 $5,015 $4,986 $4,956 $4,956 $4,913 $4,913 $4,883 $4,868 $4,864 $4,864 $4,857 $4,852 $4,848 $4,839 $4,829 $4,826 $4,820 $4,815 $4,812 $4,810 $4,807 $4,793 $4,764 $4,761 $4,759 $4,753 $4,751 $4,740 $4,724 $4,720 $4,702 $4,698 $4,692 $4,689 $4,689 $4,682 $4,670 $4,663 $4,658 $4,656 $4,643 $4,640 $4,635 $4,630 $4,627 $4,626 $4,624 $4,623 $4,620 $4,617 $4,610 $4,608 $4,602 $4,601 $4,600 $4,583 $4,582


TOP 250 DOLLAR VALUE HERDS

3X HERD OWNER ADDRESS Sparks Quaker Acres Fremont, MI 73 * 74 T 76 T * 78 79 80 * 81 * 82 83 * 84 85 * 86 87 88 * 89 * 90 91 * T * 93 94 * 95 * 96 T * 98 99 * T * 101 * T 103 * 104 105 * 106 * 107 * 108 * 109 * 110 111 * 112 * 113 * 114 115 * 116 * 117 118 * T * 120 * 121 122 * 123 * 124 * 125 * 126 * 127 128 * 129 * 130 * 131 * 132 133 134 * 135 * 136 137 * 138 139 * 140 T 142 * 143 * 144 *

Wilstar Holsteins Charles Maurer Tim & Sandy Verhage Pasch MBM Daryl & Pam Nunes Carson Acres LLC. Ken Zuiderveen Heller Farm Inc. John & Dee Winkelman Rick & Connie Schuessler Jeff Knuver Larry E. Haywood Starward Farms Sperry Dairy Farm LLC Jeff Brenner Tony Rosbrugh Mike Lyon Dick Van Rijn Petro Farms Dale Brinks Robert Getzloff James Reid Earl & Jeff Horning Preston Farms Harold Dodde Breezy Hill Farms LLC Kohn Farms Buning Dairy LLC David Dezeeuw Jeff Alexander Steve Jankowski Hilger Farms Inc Curry Farms No.3 Petro Farms Jamey Klaasen Beck Dairy Farms Robert Lee Kurt Chase Seidls Mtn View Dairy Foxland Farms LLC Patrick & Joe Murphy Ed Walter Farm Inc. Meadow Muth Farms LLC David & Jane Pescinski Brad & Laura Friesen Rodney Daniels VDS Fulton Jonathon Zimmerman James & Brad Ritter Lake Breeze Dairy Stahl Bros. Dairy United Vision Dairy LLC Spartan Farm Doug & Scott Long Central Michigan Milk Production Petro Farms Norm Hammond Doug Seiler Bob, Mike & Matt Cnossen Gilde Farms LLC Herrema Dairy Loren Hanson Hillebrand Farms H & K Dairy Jeff & Jill Pinter Harry & Gary Sanborn Burke Larsen New Day Dairy Pine Breeze Dairy LLC Micke Dairy LLC Jeff Shriver & Max Carlson

Pine River, WI Chilton, WI Allegan, MI Weidman, MI Deerfield, WI Hesperia, MI Falmouth, MI Alma Center, WI Watertown, WI Antigo, WI Fremont, MI Hastings, MI Sebewaing, MI Coldwater, MI Hopkins, MI West Branch, MI Eaton Rapids, MI Deford, MI Gobles, MI McBain, MI Wilson, MI Jeddo, MI Manchester, MI Quincy, MI Falmouth, MI Weyauwega, WI Krakow, WI Falmouth, MI Falmouth, MI Hanover, MI Withee, WI Bloomer, WI Tawas City, MI Gobles, MI Coopersville, MI Campbellsport, WI Marion, MI Hastings, MI Luxemburg, WI Greenleaf, WI New London, WI Oshkosh, WI Frankenmuth, MI Colby, WI Barron, WI Whittemore, MI Fulton, MI Goshen, IN Byron, MI Malone, WI Luxemburg, WI Mishicot, WI Sparta, MI Clayton, MI St. Louis, MI Gobles, MI Dowling, MI Carson City, MI Falmouth, MI Lake City, MI Fair Oaks, IN Elk Mound, WI Cornell, WI Bannister, MI Curtiss, WI Hubbardston, MI Scottville, MI Athens, WI Pine River, WI Reedsville, WI Fremont, MI

BREED HERD SIZE H H H H H H H H H H H H X H H H X H X J H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H X H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H

427 66 111 43 304 59 153 237 1,082 82 335 146 83 93 183 698 606 128 660 35 222 469 239 428 800 243 426 377 403 171 108 94 413 211 863 986 938 116 630 1,113 120 131 253 401 58 212 504 2,755 118 202 3,007 1,378 916 201 69 956 98 481 341 533 239 4,066 294 104 506 88 594 555 100 2,369 485 1,506

MILK

FAT

FAT %

PROT

30,197 28,420 29,099 29,401 31,448 31,439 30,649 29,584 28,303 28,176 29,809 30,540 29,522 27,954 27,870 28,613 29,854 31,585 30,377 25,794 27,579 29,660 27,136 29,089 29,981 28,867 29,667 29,669 30,697 28,557 30,508 28,350 28,954 29,648 30,977 28,935 29,043 24,794 27,861 29,078 31,172 27,413 28,854 30,222 28,751 27,994 30,684 29,701 30,464 28,682 29,909 28,504 28,988 28,912 28,703 28,402 28,559 29,739 29,861 28,171 28,775 28,706 27,443 26,596 27,917 29,204 28,918 27,971 28,364 29,187 30,078 29,637

1,104 1,122 1,086 1,109 1,090 1,086 1,082 1,092 1,105 1,100 1,095 1,096 1,071 1,085 1,114 1,128 1,077 1,060 1,063 1,096 1,091 1,080 1,095 1,075 1,078 1,074 1,057 1,072 1,057 1,099 1,037 1,086 1,081 1,059 1,041 1,084 1,081 1,153 1,130 1,055 1,030 1,082 1,074 1,063 1,071 1,058 1,019 1,048 1,058 1,052 1,026 1,052 1,059 1,066 1,035 1,059 1,041 1,053 1,031 1,055 1,078 1,039 1,068 1,060 1,071 1,028 1,039 1,052 1,039 1,006 998 1,025

3.7 3.9 3.7 3.8 3.5 3.4 3.5 3.7 3.9 3.9 3.7 3.6 3.6 3.9 4.0 3.9 3.6 3.4 3.5 4.2 4.0 3.6 4.0 3.7 3.6 3.7 3.6 3.6 3.4 3.8 3.4 3.8 3.7 3.6 3.4 3.7 3.7 4.7 4.1 3.6 3.3 3.9 3.7 3.5 3.7 3.8 3.3 3.5 3.5 3.7 3.4 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.6 3.7 3.6 3.5 3.5 3.7 3.7 3.6 3.9 4.0 3.8 3.5 3.6 3.8 3.7 3.4 3.3 3.5

907 883 931 897 918 923 919 907 888 892 894 888 925 902 860 836 898 915 913 879 880 886 869 891 884 892 912 891 909 856 936 873 878 906 927 870 873 782 804 905 933 861 868 878 868 887 934 895 879 890 919 886 871 860 903 870 888 865 891 860 823 875 836 848 828 884 867 851 868 909 917 880

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PROT % VALUE 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.1 2.9 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.2 3.0 2.9 3.1 3.2 3.1 2.9 3.0 2.9 3.0 3.4 3.2 3.0 3.2 3.1 2.9 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.2 2.9 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.0 2.9 3.0 3.2 3.0 3.0 2.9 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.1 2.9 3.0 3.1 2.9 3.0 3.0 3.2 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0

$4,564 $4,557 $4,557 $4,554 $4,554 $4,553 $4,532 $4,531 $4,523 $4,517 $4,516 $4,511 $4,510 $4,496 $4,493 $4,488 $4,478 $4,474 $4,472 $4,472 $4,470 $4,463 $4,458 $4,456 $4,456 $4,455 $4,452 $4,452 $4,451 $4,451 $4,449 $4,448 $4,447 $4,446 $4,445 $4,440 $4,439 $4,435 $4,432 $4,431 $4,429 $4,412 $4,411 $4,408 $4,403 $4,401 $4,401 $4,399 $4,398 $4,395 $4,388 $4,387 $4,379 $4,377 $4,376 $4,375 $4,363 $4,357 $4,349 $4,346 $4,339 $4,335 $4,331 $4,329 $4,327 $4,326 $4,322 $4,321 $4,321 $4,316 $4,314 $4,313

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TOP 250 DOLLAR VALUE HERDS 3X HERD OWNER 3X 145 T * 147 * 148 * 149 * T * 151 * T * 153 154 * 155 * 156 157 * T * 159 T * 161 * 162 * 163 * 164 * 165 166 * 167 * 168 169 * T * 171 172 * T * 174 T * 176 * 177 * 178 179 180 181 * 182 * T T 185 186 * 187 * 188 * 189 190 191 192 193 * 194 T 196 * 197 198 T 200 * T 202 * 203 * T 205 * 206 207 * 208 209 * 210 211 212 T * 214 * 215 216

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HERD OWNER Bill & Bob Gruppen Rem-Jem Dairy LLC Don & Diane Griffin Ron Brinks Duane & Janet Molhoek First Farms Rich-Ro Dairy Cole Apple Farm Todd Martin Diedrick Family Farm Heimans Holsteins Dave Klamer Steve Denning Jed & Kristie Court Wardin Brothers Mark Yeazel Kohlman Dairy LLC. Kinnard Farms Inc Noll Farms Draeger Dairy Farm Inc. Charles & Jeff Wadell Galen Schalk Irish Acres Dairy LLC Riemer-Sawall Dan Madden Oesch Swisslane Dennis Blazek Greenleaf Ledge Dairy Bebow Dairy Inc Dutch Meadows LLC Brown-Star Farm LLC Jeff & Kevin Cole Brightside Dairy LLC Benthem Bros. James Stauffer Leahy Farms Inc. James & Joseph Rieden Oneeda Farms LLC Sam Yonkman Leo & Barb Liddy Pieter Sijbrandi David & Susan Granskog Seven Oaks Dairy LLC Carlton Evans Aaron Jorgensen Dan Weil Hardy Spring Lake Farms Stuart Farms Kent Folkema Conners Farms LLC Calvin Bodeis Allen Martin Justin & Darci Daniels Dave Beschta Jim Oudman Jacobs Hillview Dairy Inc. Ken Meekhof Grass Ridge Farm LLC Wallace & Carol Franta Dave & Rick Tacoma Nobis Dairy Farms Dale Vandepol Gary Protzman Norris Dairy Farm Inc. Palms Boys LLC R & E Farms Inc. River-Bridge LLC Merle Olson Dan & Bill Easterday Rich Byma Bollinger Farms LLC Brooks Dairy Farms

ADDRESS

BREED HERD SIZE

ADDRESS Zeeland, MI Unity, WI Hastings, MI McBain, MI Falmouth, MI Ionia, MI St Johns, MI Bancroft, MI Claypool, IN Chilton, WI Auberndale, WI Conklin, MI Jonesville, MI Black Creek, WI Hemlock, MI Eaton, OH Chilton, WI Casco, WI Coleman, WI Marathon, WI Elsie, MI Hillman, MI Sidney, OH Clintonville, WI New London, WI Alto, MI Oconto Falls, WI Greeleaf, WI St. Louis, MI Zeeland, MI Gillett, WI Bancroft, MI Greenleaf, WI McBain, MI Nappanee, IN Brandon, WI Mount Calvary, WI Syracuse, IN McBain, MI Gladwin, MI Thorp, WI Stephenson, MI Kaukauna, WI Litchfield, MI Williamston, MI Goodrich, MI Stanton, MI Lowell, MI Fremont, MI Lake, MI Mayville, MI Goshen, IN Hixton, WI Shiocton, WI McBain, MI Hilbert, WI Cadillac, MI Pittsville, WI Spring Valley, WI Falmouth, MI St Johns, MI Marion, MI Caseville, MI Hesperia, MI Palms, MI Kaukauna, WI Brillion, WI Shiocton, WI Camden, MI Grant, MI Vestaburg, MI Waupaca, WI

BREED HERD SIZE H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H X H H H H H H H H H H H X H H H H H H H H J H H H H H H H H H H H H H H

194 434 275 229 170 293 3,411 389 367 60 482 51 404 91 154 126 465 6,747 430 694 669 236 1,105 186 373 599 193 582 1,232 198 493 421 717 1,435 80 137 462 197 763 91 173 178 891 224 350 196 210 371 1,337 155 65 374 48 67 434 378 192 53 309 311 1,074 352 710 576 1,763 570 250 279 343 1,018 199 257

MILK

FAT

MILK

FAT

30,524 28,772 28,848 29,780 28,427 31,058 27,712 27,278 29,541 27,850 29,158 29,357 29,755 27,547 25,364 27,401 29,461 29,782 28,964 28,408 24,537 29,202 28,885 26,940 27,854 28,230 27,935 28,686 28,384 28,797 25,741 26,828 30,635 28,743 25,897 27,231 30,353 27,792 27,375 26,867 26,291 28,101 28,843 29,274 23,838 28,228 26,937 27,715 27,232 26,177 27,318 28,667 27,253 27,436 27,811 27,942 26,706 22,952 27,040 28,381 29,191 28,113 27,780 29,006 26,296 26,151 28,166 27,119 28,135 27,527 27,099 25,513

995 1,062 1,020 1,017 1,048 1,002 1,029 1,075 1,007 1,050 1,018 998 1,013 1,040 1,061 1,009 1,016 1,007 1,001 1,026 1,100 1,004 1,009 1,041 1,013 1,010 992 988 1,000 992 1,073 1,072 976 1,014 1,046 1,032 979 1,023 1,023 1,008 1,014 1,014 997 1,018 1,104 1,007 1,022 1,013 1,013 1,059 992 1,014 978 1,021 997 1,008 1,013 1,032 1,007 974 1,007 989 996 962 1,016 1,012 977 1,019 958 994 1,001 1,034

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3.3 3.7 3.5 3.4 3.7 3.2 3.7 3.9 3.4 3.8 3.5 3.4 3.4 3.8 4.2 3.7 3.4 3.4 3.5 3.6 4.5 3.4 3.5 3.9 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.4 3.5 3.4 4.2 4.0 3.2 3.5 4.0 3.8 3.2 3.7 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.6 3.5 3.5 4.6 3.6 3.8 3.7 3.7 4.0 3.6 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.6 3.6 3.8 4.5 3.7 3.4 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.3 3.9 3.9 3.5 3.8 3.4 3.6 3.7 4.1

PROT %

PROT 919 830 888 888 846 903 874 811 897 841 881 907 883 851 826 893 877 887 897 863 769 885 878 837 868 871 892 895 879 889 784 782 905 856 818 830 895 840 841 863 855 850 871 839 730 852 833 843 842 780 870 832 885 824 856 839 835 815 839 881 832 859 849 889 815 817 859 802 884 835 826 783

PROT % 3.0 2.9 3.1 3.0 3.0 2.9 3.2 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.3 3.3 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.0 2.9 3.0 3.0 3.2 3.0 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.0 3.0 2.9 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.2 2.9 3.2 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.6 3.1 3.1 2.9 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.1

VALUE VALUE $4,312 $4,312 $4,311 $4,308 $4,304 $4,304 $4,303 $4,303 $4,298 $4,297 $4,295 $4,293 $4,289 $4,289 $4,286 $4,286 $4,284 $4,281 $4,280 $4,279 $4,277 $4,267 $4,266 $4,263 $4,253 $4,253 $4,244 $4,243 $4,243 $4,242 $4,242 $4,241 $4,240 $4,238 $4,236 $4,229 $4,228 $4,227 $4,227 $4,227 $4,225 $4,224 $4,223 $4,220 $4,213 $4,211 $4,208 $4,207 $4,203 $4,201 $4,201 $4,194 $4,193 $4,191 $4,191 $4,188 $4,188 $4,182 $4,181 $4,181 $4,179 $4,177 $4,175 $4,168 $4,157 $4,150 $4,147 $4,145 $4,145 $4,144 $4,143 $4,141


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3X 217 * 218 * 219 * T 221 222 T * 224 * 225 T * 227 * 228 * T 230 231 * T 233 234 235 236 237 * T 239 T * 241 242 * 243 * T 245 246 247 248 249 250 *

HERD OWNER Neighborhood Dairy Ron & Nicole Wussow Oesch SwissLane Herman Brothers Auburnvale Swiss Greg Pluger Hardscrabble Farms Maly Farms Bruce Martin Sue-Dan Farms, Inc Friesen Legacy Farm LLC Perry Cisco Claytop Holsteins Brecht Farm Goodrich Farms LLP Glenn M Weaver Verl A Weaver Matthew & Susan Smith Roth Farms Vil-Edge Farms Brand Dairy Farm Alfred Stuever John Welter Wirth Farms Mike Bosscher Tubergen Dairy Farm LLC Landstad Dairy LLC Bill Hough Brian Brunink Chris & Jeremy Brenner Len-Don Farms Dennis C Martin Rick & Jim Surbrook Green Meadow Farms Inc.

ADDRESS Kaukauna, WI Cecil, WI Alto, MI Seymour, WI Fremont, WI Marion, MI Jim Falls, WI Bryant, WI Whittemore, MI Bloomer, WI Perrinton, MI Hudson, MI Howard City, MI Shepherd, MI New Richmond, WI Goshen, IN Goshen, IN Hudson, MI Lowell, MI Fond Du Lac, WI Waterloo, IN Lynn, MI Croswell, MI Evart, MI McBain, MI Ionia, MI Bonduel, WI Blanchard, MI McBain, MI Litchfield, MI Bloomer, WI Goshen, IN Rives Junction, MI Elsie, MI

BREED HERD SIZE H J H H H H H X X H H H H H H H G H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H

930 93 1,824 154 123 181 140 547 150 62 453 199 264 201 414 69 34 142 341 88 376 155 103 690 273 982 400 446 1,088 167 126 261 106 3,703

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FAT

FAT %

PROT

PROT %

VALUE

26,423 20,906 27,147 24,987 26,087 28,675 27,113 26,090 26,238 24,992 27,137 29,265 25,372 24,885 26,904 25,984 20,741 25,222 26,314 27,126 28,046 26,538 27,355 28,384 26,618 28,653 27,749 27,176 28,040 28,339 27,304 26,928 27,339 26,611

1,003 1,074 992 1,042 992 973 968 1,001 997 1,018 1,012 940 1,017 1,027 960 1,022 1,091 1,015 1,002 979 951 994 1,008 972 1,008 961 985 973 948 955 986 959 956 993

3.8 5.1 3.7 4.2 3.8 3.4 3.6 3.8 3.8 4.1 3.7 3.2 4.0 4.1 3.6 3.9 5.3 4.0 3.8 3.6 3.4 3.7 3.7 3.4 3.8 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.4 3.4 3.6 3.6 3.5 3.7

816 731 827 763 829 848 859 813 818 792 794 884 787 772 858 774 691 784 798 827 862 806 782 829 783 841 809 827 858 847 806 844 846 796

3.1 3.5 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.0 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.2 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.2 3.0 3.3 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.0 2.9 2.9 2.9 2.9 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.0

$4,127 $4,126 $4,122 $4,122 $4,121 $4,120 $4,120 $4,115 $4,114 $4,114 $4,113 $4,105 $4,105 $4,100 $4,097 $4,097 $4,095 $4,093 $4,091 $4,090 $4,087 $4,087 $4,082 $4,082 $4,081 $4,077 $4,075 $4,075 $4,072 $4,071 $4,070 $4,069 $4,067 $4,066

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Prevent Open Cows in the Dry Pen Milk Pregnancy Testing Fifteen percent of pregnancy loss occurs after 42 days carried calf. It goes without saying that the success of a reproduction program is of the utmost importance to the profitability of every dairy farm. Industry research indicates that over 15 percent of pregnancy loss occurs after 42 days carried calf (DCC), and the accepted range for abortions in late gestation is 1 to 2 percent. With the availability of the Milk Pregnancy ELISA, those late gestation abortions can easily be detected without inconveniencing the cow or the producer prior to dry-off. Over the last year, NorthStar has performed over 72,000 Milk Pregnancy ELISAs between our two diagnostic laboratories. Nearly 40 percent of those samples were from cattle in late gestation (120+ DCC), and results have shown just over 2 percent are either Open or Recheck, remaining consistent with industry research.

dry pen, the producer has saved themselves the cost of feed (estimated $3 to $5 per day during the dry period), care, dry treatments and lost milk production on treated cows without a resulting calf or lactation. The Milk Pregnancy ELISA has helped many producers like Rodger Petri of Heiman’s Holsteins in Marshfield, Wisconsin catch open cows that were on the list to be dried off. By verifying a cow’s pregnancy status twomonths before dry off, Petri likes that it’s one less thing to worry about, saying “The test has proved its worth in open cows alone.” More convenient than other confirmation methods, the Milk Pregnancy ELISA can be performed on routine DHI samples, saving the farm both time and labor. Furthermore,

confirming pregnancy through milk frees up time during herd health checks, allowing the veterinarian to monitor other important health aspects of the herd. There is no doubt open cows in the dry pen eat away at the bottom line. The money saved by finding them sooner with the Milk Pregnancy ELISA not only pays for the testing, but frees up resources to address other costly challenges facing your dairy. With results available within 24 hours of samples arriving at the diagnostic laboratories, the Milk Pregnancy ELISA is a quick and convenient choice for any size dairy.

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Utilizing the Milk Pregnancy ELISA on routine DHI samples, producers are able to make timely, cost-effective management decisions for the herd. Depending upon the dairy and the individual cow, those decisions can include returning cows to the breeding herd, continuing lactation until a later cull date for higher producing cows, or, culling right away for low production cows. Being able to make timely, informed decisions based on pregnancy status can eliminate the costs associated with drying off open cows. Just catching the 1 to 2 percent of open cows prior to dry off essentially pays for a complete milk pregnancy testing program, including early, mid and late gestation testing. By preventing an open cow from entering the

The Milk Pregnancy Test measures pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAGs) to determine pregnancy status. Testing results are reported as PREGNANT (>0.25), OPEN (<0.1) and RECHECK (0.1 - 0.25). The above report reflects one herd’s late gestation (120+ DCC) test results on 475 animals in which 1 percent were identified as OPEN or RECHECK. The Milk Pregnancy Test is a noninvasive confirmation test that can prevent cows from entering the dry pen saving time, labor and a considerable amount of money.

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TOP DOLLAR VALUE HOLSTEIN COWS BY AGE 305 DAY LACTATIONS HERD OWNER

ADDRESS

COW ID

SIRE ID

MILK

FAT

FAT %

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Jr. Two-Year-Old Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN CARABEL MOGEL 40,424 2,096 5.2 1,442 3.6 $8,078 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN BROOKLY MOGEL 38,948 2,081 5.3 1,302 3.3 $7,780 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN DASHER MORGAN 35,012 1,785 5.1 1,215 3.5 $6,858 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN MELA SUPERSIRE 34,227 1,765 5.2 1,136 3.3 $6,661 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN CAMERA MOGEL 33,490 1,692 5.1 1,185 3.5 $6,563 Sr. Two-Year-Old Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN MINKA MOGEL 40,859 2,224 5.4 1,397 3.4 $8,321 Lew-Max Holstein LLC Belding, MI 5327 STUCCO 37,744 2,049 5.4 1,113 2.9 $7,351 Rosy-Lane Holsteins LLC Watertown, WI 5498 PERRY 37,897 1,902 5.0 1,284 3.4 $7,291 Shiloh Dairy Greenleaf, WI 7947 ALTAEXTREME 45,224 1,905 4.2 1,241 2.7 $7,256 Wayside Dairy Greenleaf, WI 11096 ERIVAN 32,671 1,990 6.1 1,085 3.3 $7,128 Jr. Three-Year-Old River Ridge Dairy Co.,Inc. Coopersville, MI 1841 LASER 40,351 2,044 5.1 1,121 2.8 $7,365 River Ridge Dairy Co.,Inc. Coopersville, MI 2003 PICARDUS 42,489 1,897 4.5 1,311 3.1 $7,349 Wayside Dairy Greenleaf, WI 10730 HUGO-RED 36,814 2,031 5.5 1,119 3.0 $7,312 United Pride Dairy LLC Phillips, WI 5547 O-STYLE 43,952 1,836 4.2 1,292 2.9 $7,168 United Pride Dairy LLC Phillips, WI 5090 BOOKEM 43,670 1,747 4.0 1,416 3.2 $7,167 Sr. Three-Year-Old Kent Folkema Fremont, MI 1327 ALTAWARRANT 37,727 2,263 6.0 1,295 3.4 $8,219 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN STARLA CONTRAST 40,177 2,022 5.0 1,459 3.6 $7,921 Wayside Dairy Greenleaf, WI 3570 STEWART 37,525 2,201 5.9 1,160 3.1 $7,818 United Pride Dairy LLC Phillips, WI 4829 KAMIK 43,748 1,958 4.5 1,398 3.2 $7,666 Lew-Max Holstein LLC Belding, MI 4983 MORPHEOUS 34,640 2,207 6.4 959 2.8 $7,455 Four-Year-Old Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN SPRUCE DORCY 63,454 3,621 5.7 2,278 3.6 $13,539 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN MAYA BOWSER 48,421 2,512 5.2 1,742 3.6 $9,706 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN BENTLEY BOULDER 42,877 2,180 5.1 1,512 3.5 $8,428 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN ABAILEN BRONCO 42,148 2,058 4.9 1,482 3.5 $8,063 Kent Folkema Fremont, MI 2697 MICHAEL 37,137 2,234 6.0 1,165 3.1 $7,908 Five-Year-Old Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN GABBY DEANN 46,451 2,313 5.0 1,694 3.6 $9,109 Country Aire Farms Greenleaf, WI 8433 ALFIE 46,472 2,306 5.0 1,251 2.7 $8,289 United Pride Dairy LLC Phillips, WI 6152 ACTIVE 37,499 2,059 5.5 1,299 3.5 $7,712 Country Aire Farms Greenleaf, WI 9058 MONUMENT 43,442 2,138 4.9 1,171 2.7 $7,707 Kent Folkema Fremont, MI 2531 COLBY 42,417 1,937 4.6 1,429 3.4 $7,663 Aged Cows Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN CONNIE COLBY 60,121 3,231 5.4 2,213 3.7 $12,424 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN LILY ALTABAXTER 47,320 2,585 5.5 1,663 3.5 $9,741 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN SELITA AIRRAID 43,867 2,379 5.4 1,568 3.6 $9,035 Gordon Dick McBain, MI 1422 BAXTER 40,077 2,169 5.4 1,396 3.5 $8,177 Zoromski Family Farms LLC Custer, WI 970 ARTIC 44,222 2,077 4.7 1,470 3.3 $8,099

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Wirth Dairy Farm DHI Information for Success Having access to each individual animal’s production, health and reproduction information is vital to our dairy’s success. It’s also something that wouldn’t be possible without DHI. Whether a test of knowledge or skill, performing well is nearly impossible without the proper information and study material. Dairying is no different according to fourth generation dairy producer Andy Wirth. Among the State’s top herds for low SCC, Andy claimed, “Having access to each individual animal’s production, health and reproduction information is vital to our dairy’s success. It’s also something that wouldn’t be possible without DHI.”

a decision that affects her future. Since we started DHI testing and monitoring cows with high SCC, our SCC has decreased by more than 30,000.” Andy recognizes the impact low SCC has on their milk check and ultimately their bottom line, but finds more value in knowing the herd is comfortable and in good health. “It’s true that a lower SCC ultimately means a larger milk quality check,” admitted Andy. “However, our top priority is making sure our cows are producing well because they are well cared for. One of the largest benefits of DHI is the ability to track every animal, and the peace of mind that provides.”

Home to a 690-cow Holstein herd, Wirth Dairy Farm is operated by Andy, his father Doug and brother Jake. In 2012, the Evart, Michigan dairy began DHI testing with NorthStar and has since relied on the data to pinpoint high SCC cows and help manage milk quality.

PCDART is Andy’s tool of choice to record and file the dairy’s important DHI information. The dairy management software replaced Wirth Dairy’s filing cabinet in 2011 when they began using PCDART Independent. Not on DHI test at the time, Andy manually entered production information, along with reproduction information from his herd health veterinarian visits into the program.

“It’s important that we are aware of which animals need extra attention,” stated Andy. “With our monthly DHI information, we know which cows need to be pulled out of the milking string. From there we’re able to look at every aspect of the cow’s health and production information before making

“Though recording our herd information in PCDART Independent was more efficient than the handwritten notepad we used previously, we knew there was a lot more we could get out of the program,” recalled Andy. “Once we began DHI testing, our PCDART program directly imported DHI data, which freed up

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Jake & Andy Wirth a lot of my time! To get familiar with all of the program’s features, I took a PCDART class hosted by NorthStar’s PCDART Specialist Doug Brook. I learned a lot about the software and generating reports specific to our herd. Back at the farm, Doug [Moyer, NorthStar Team Leader] helped me learn more about what those reports mean and how we can use them to increase our bottom line.” Along with the more traditional PCDART features, Wirth Dairy began using the Energy Corrected Milk (ECM) feature. Using DHI test day data, ECM corrects milk weight based on the amount of energy the milk contains. By taking each individual cow’s component production and adjusting to 3.5 percent fat and 3.2 percent protein, producers receive an ECM value which allows them to evaluate all cows on an equal comparative platform based on the amount of energy the animals produce. “The ECM graphs give us a ‘big picture’ look at our herd,” said Andy. “Before we really started utilizing PCDART, we would make

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management decisions, such as culling, based on only pounds of milk.” “Receiving DHI information after our monthly test day was a big eye opener for us. I had always assumed that the cows producing the most milk were the most profitable – that’s not always the case. Using the ECM feature, we found that some of our highest producing cows were actually costing us money!” In addition to DHI testing services, Wirth Dairy relies on NorthStar for genetics. “We’ve never purchased semen from anyone else,” reported Andy. “NorthStar offers the best with Select Sires genetics.”

The reproduction We’ve never purchased program for Wirth semen from anyone else. Dairy includes visual NorthStar offers the best with heat detection and a combination of Select Sires genetics. Pre-Synch, OvSynch and Re-Synch programs. To manage proven and young sires into one of five unique synchronization, Andy uses PCDART’s timed genetic lines. Each line is based on common A.I. program which provides injection and A.I. traits the sires inherited from their ancestors, schedules. With this program, every cow is and are identified in the system by a color. listed on a timed A.I. report unless marked as “With Lynnae’s [Dick, NorthStar Sales bred, pregnant or coded as reproductive cull. Representative] help, we started using the Sires for the herd are selected using the StrataGEN system in the Spring of 2013,” Select Sires StrataGEN™ breeding system, recalled Andy. “The system has made breeding which uses genomic insight to categorize both easy because we’re able to use a handful of bulls that work for all of our cows, eliminating the need to select specific sires for each animal.” Building on their goal of cow health, the Wirth family intends to expand the herd within the next few years. “With the new double 16 parallel parlor we built in 2009, we’re ready to expand,” stated Andy. “We’re currently in the process of building our fourth free stall barn, which will give us the space needed to max out our parlor at 1,100 cows.”

“The ECM graphs give us a ‘big picture’ look at our herd,” says Andy here with NorthStar Team Leader Doug Moyer.

Excited for what the next few years promise, Andy said, “We have a lot of goals to reach within the next couple of years, but I’m confident that we have the information necessary to be successful.”

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In today’s society, information is available at your fingertips wherever and whenever you want it, and everyone wants it now. Dairy producers are no different, and there is no place information is needed more than standing alongside your veterinarian looking at a cow they just diagnosed open, or evaluating a sick cow in the barn aisle.

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Utilizing Vet Check Maxx, the PocketDairy version made specifically for tablets, Frazier only uses a home-based desktop computer to synch his tablet and create reports, preferring to use handheld devices for all input and records lookup. “It seems a lot easier to input on a device when you’re in the barn,” he added. “It saves the extra input when working with the vet. I bring up the cow, verify, and just go down the line. Everything is at my fingertips.” “Our vets like all the info we have access to immediately, too,” Frazier said. “I can get more data on each individual animal during the vet check without having to go shuffle through papers. It saves us time and I can mark everything right then.” Vet Check Maxx is optimized for tablet screens seven inches or larger, enabling you to look up and input information on each cow all on one page. Repro, health, protocols, chores – it can all be viewed and entered easily while cowside.

“I’ve always been told you should know For Lucas Simpson of Red Creek Farm in how much, when, how you did it, who did Saranac, Michigan, keeping accurate records it – that’s all on PocketDairy.” ~ Lucas Simpson

of the heifers they raise for a local dairy is extremely important. “Our customer wasn’t too sure about not having his heifers listed in his PCDART program at the home farm,” noted Simpson, who looked into several programs before deciding upon PocketDairy Heifer Grower. “The file transfer makes it easy. When the heifers arrive, he exports the heifer files from his PCDART, emails them to me, and I upload into our PCDART,” said Simpson. Red Creek Farm has been using PCDART since 1998 to manage their milking herd, so PocketDairy was an easy choice for Simpson. Once the heifers are headed back to the dairy, Simpson exports the heifers from his PCDART and emails the files to his customer to upload. “I’ve always been told you should know how much, when, how you did it, who did it – that’s all on PocketDairy,” added Simpson. Admitting that bookkeeping has never been his strong suit, Simpson says that the dairy program keeps him organized. With animals from two farms plus their own heifers and milking herd of 40 to keep track of, having all animals in one system is more efficient and allows him to easily send regular reports to his heifer customer. Simpson shared, “He appreciates that I go a little overboard on reports and records!” Simpson also utilizes Vet Check Maxx. “I can enter when I see a problem, and when I treat it,” he said. “All of our protocols and chores are right there. We use PocketDairy to enter all of our breedings and track the trigger – are we using a lot of CIDRs or lute? I can run a report later to find out. The suggested sires to use are right there, too. It’s an easy way to have everything together.” Tracking heifer growth became easier for Simpson when he paired an RFID wand with

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Herd Management Data Continued PocketDairy. With the RFID wand tied to the scale system in the barn, Simpson is able to easily and accurately obtain the animal ID as she steps onto the scale. “We used to yell across the barn with the animal ID for weight,” remembered Simpson. “Now we use the wand and enter her weight right then. It’s nice that I don’t have to sit down at the laptop to enter them all later.” “When we’re doing things with a lot of animals, the [RFID] wand is handy,” he added. “We use it for sorting animals in and out of pens. It’s easier to keep track of where the animal is and I don’t have to manually enter group changes. Plus, a red bar comes on the bottom of the screen if there is something I need to worry about with an animal that the wand picked up.” Tony Brunink utilizes PocketDairy for the 1,000-cow Hidden Hills Dairy, LLC in Mc Bain, Michigan. He started using PocketDairy on a tablet in April for their weekly herd health, but has been accessing their records on his smartphone for almost three years now. “[PocketDairy] is real slick – I love it,” said Brunink. “What used to take two or three hours for paperwork now just synchs and I print the reports,” noted Brunink. “It has really simplified things. If a cow is called open, we can make a decision on her right now rather than going back later to look at her info.” PocketDairy was a natural fit for the Bruninks. “We’ve used PCDART forever, we have it on four computers. We know it,” commented Brunink. “There’s a lot of info you

can pull off of it once you know how.” Support for PCDART and PocketDairy is never far, whether it be by phone or on-farm. “I never worry about getting “What used to take two or three hours for paperwork now just support,” said synchs and I print reports. PocketDairy has really simplified things.” Frazier. “If ~Tony and Brian Brunink Kassy (Fry, NorthStar DHI Services Coordinator & IT Support Specialist) manner,” added Frazier. “It saves time! The can’t figure it out, Larry (Glista, NorthStar DHI usability, accessibility and efficiency are Technical Services Coordinator) is always just a essential to our management.” phone call away.” In a world of mobile technology, The fact that Simpson has never had any PocketDairy gives you the information you formal PCDART or PocketDairy training speaks need to make management decisions for your to how user-friendly it is. “I follow DRMS’ herd anytime, anywhere. With the ability Facebook page for their Tuesday Tips,” Simpson to input vital data cowside, PocketDairy said. “A lot of times I end up saying, ‘wow, I eliminates the paper shuffling and double never knew I could do that!’ I know there’s a lot input, saving time, maximizing herd health more I could be doing with it, but it’s simple checks and increasing efficiency. In a world enough to use and I know help is always where endless information is available there.” instantly at your fingertips, PocketDairy “It may seem hard to start entering data in,” makes it easy to access your herd’s production, reproduction and health data wherever you Simpson continued, “but once it is a part of your day it’s so easy! It’s a system designed for are. what you’re doing – it makes managing our farm easier.”

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Heiman’s Holsteins

Progressive Dairy Producer of the Year

Our top goals are making sure our animals are healthy and producing to their ability. To achieve that, we depend on our employees, nutritionists, veterinarians and our entire NorthStar team. For the family owned and operated Heiman’s Holsteins in Marshfield, Wisconsin, maintaining healthy and happy cows is top priority. However, the busy owners know that this goal can only be achieved through teamwork. “Honestly, my top goals are making sure our animals are healthy and producing to the best of their ability,” stated Josh Heiman. “In order to achieve this goal, we depend on our employees, nutritionists, veterinarians and our entire NorthStar team.” Solidifying the old saying “there’s strength in numbers,” Heiman’s Holsteins’ team strategy is proving its success as the dairy accepts NorthStar’s 2016 Progressive Dairy Producer

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of the Year Award. Established in 1975, the award recognizes one herd that has shown the greatest five-year increase in dollar value. Since 2012, the Heiman’s herd has increased milk production by over 6,000 pounds, and dollar value by $976. In February, the Heimans moved their 175cow Holstein herd to a larger family-owned location, which includes a brand-new DeLaval rotary parlor with a robotic post dipper that works alongside the dairy’s employees. With the new technology and a dozen employees on the farm, the Heimans understand the importance of a strong team. “Our NorthStar team has really helped improve our efficiency and profitability through their consistent and dependable work,” said Josh. “Other companies we’ve worked with would often send a different rep every time they came to our farm. With NorthStar, I know who I’m going to see and when I’m going to see them. Our Reproduction Specialist Tyler (Freund) is here 350 days a year, which means he knows our herd, knows how to improve our animals and most importantly, treats our dairy like it’s his own.” Acknowledgement of Heiman’s teamwork strategy extends far beyond the dairy’s walls. “When I’m driving the milk truck to collect from the 190 dairies that contribute to the cheese factory, I’m often stopped by other producers,” said Kelvin Heiman. “They ask me what we’re doing over at the farm that makes us so productive and profitable. I just tell them we use NorthStar,” laughed Kelvin.

When it comes to keeping accurate records, the Heimans depend on NorthStar’s DHI testing. “We started DHI testing when I was just a kid,” recalled Josh. “Then about ten years ago we switched from owner sampler to official DHI test. With the accurate, unbiased records that DHI testing provides, we’re able to make better management decisions.” Pinpointing high SCC cows is one way the Heimans use their DHI data. “Our DHI records are sent to us as early as two days after our test date,” explained Rodger Petri, Heiman’s Holsteins’ Herd Manager. “When cows are recorded at a high SCC, I immediately send a milk sample to be cultured for mastitis organisms. Then I look back at the cow’s health and production history in PCDART. Using the cow’s history along with culture results, I’m able to decide if she needs treatment or if it’s time for her to leave the farm.” “Our DHI records keep everyone in the loop,” added Josh. “Once a month we have our whole team [nutritionists, vets, AI specialist, NorthStar sales representative and herd management staff] gather for a meeting. We cover everything from feeding to breeding – all of which is based off of our DHI reports. The meetings give us varying perspectives on our records and really help us dive deeper into our DHI reports.” With the abundance of information DHI testing provides, Heimans rely on PCDART to file and sort their testing records. “I started using PCDART in the late 80’s,” recalled Rodger. “I just couldn’t believe the convenience PCDART provided with storing and organizing records.” Though PCDART provides immeasurable benefits to the dairy’s management protocols,

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it is PocketDairy that propels it ahead of alternative dairy record programs on the market. “I would be lost without Pocket Dairy,” admitted Rodger. “By far the biggest benefit of PCDART, PocketDairy has made my everyday tasks much more efficient.” Kicking off the handheld revolution in 2000, PocketDairy allows producers to step out of the office by placing PCDART right in the producer’s hand. With the ability to access lists and create new lists from a handheld device, producers can ditch the multiple paper reports. “Before PocketDairy, I would print off a stack of reports, bring them to the farm and then have to keep track of them all day,” recalled Rodger. “If I didn’t lose my reports by the end of the day, they were ruined from the elements of working on a dairy farm.” Extending beyond the farm, Rodger is able to rest easy knowing he has access to the herd’s information anytime and anywhere. “When I was traveling out of state I got a call from someone on the farm,” said Rodger. “There was a sick cow and a decision had to be made. I simply looked up the cow’s history on PocketDairy and was able to make a decision without physically being on the farm. Pocket Dairy has helped by keeping me out of the dark. It’s simple, easy and fast.” Genetics and reproduction are other areas where Heimans rely on their NorthStar team. “With Tyler, we really don’t worry about our reproduction program,” admitted Rodger. “Tyler works with us to determine where we want our herd to be and how to get us there.” “The progression Heiman’s Holsteins has made with their genetics over the past few

Rodger Petri, Kelvin Heiman, Andy Heiman, Josh Heiman years is very exciting,” stated Tyler. “Working with Rodger, Josh and Andy Heiman, I’m able to pin down the dairy’s reproductive goals. Heimans are in the cheese market which is a big factor in our genetic choices, however we aren’t letting up on type and production! Recently, we began using more genomic young sires in the breeding program.” “We’ve seen the benefit of using good sires and continue to see the benefits as our RHA has increased by 4,300 pounds just in the last year!,” said Rodger. “That’s one reason we’ve never strayed from Select Sires genetics.” Now using gender SELECTed™ semen on heifers, and first and second lactation cows, Heimans are noticing and adjusting to the quick benefits that follow. “Sexed semen has been a God-sent for the dairy’s replacement animals and expansion goals,” explained Rodger. “The only problem we’ve run into with sexed semen is now we have to find room for all of our heifers,” laughed Josh.

Calving ease is yet another benefit Heimans have gained since breeding with gender SELECTed semen. Rodger noted, “The biggest benefit we’ve seen is that we rarely have to pull a calf from our heifers or cows. We just make sure the feet are in the right position, and we let the cow do the rest. It has been much less stressful for our animals and our employees.” With Select Sires’ extensive catalog of sires to choose from, Heimans know that choosing traits to improve their herd is important if they want to be profitable. “We know there’s more that goes into selecting sires than simply choosing impressive or popular bulls,” admitted Rodger. “That’s why we have Perry.” NorthStar SMS Evaluator Perry Phend evaluates the dairy’s herd and helps determine what traits need to be added to improve overall animal quality. “I started using SMS in the late 90’s with Dale Sabo,” said Rodger. “The benefits of SMS are simple. We have

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Heiman’s Holsteins Continued eliminated inbreeding within our herd and we aren’t crossing any bloodlines. We use the information Perry gives us from the evaluation, and then work with Tyler and Wayne [Westrich, NorthStar Sales Representative] to make sure we’re buying the right semen for our animals.” With all that goes into sire selection and breeding, the importance of fast and accurate pregnancy testing goes without saying. “We’ve used NorthStar’s milk pregnancy testing for years now,” stated Rodger. “Not only do we receive results within two days of sample collection, but the convenience of submitting samples during our DHI test day makes testing a no-brainer. I just give David [Kohn, NorthStar DHI Specialist] a list of cows we need to pregnancy test, and he takes care of everything. It’s just one less thing to worry about.” Putting their trust in NorthStar’s pregnancy testing options has paid off for Heiman’s Holsteins. “There have been multiple times that the milk pregnancy test has caught open cows that were on the list for dry off,” said Rodger. “The test has proved its worth in open cows alone.”

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Our NorthStar team has really helped improve our efficiency and profitability through their consistent and dependable work.

Heimans make sure their heifers receive the same accuracy and speed when it comes to pregnancy testing. “For our heifers, we send weekly blood samples direct to the NorthStar Wisconsin Laboratory,” said Rodger. “We receive our blood pregnancy results in the same amount of time as the milk samples.”

Additionally, NorthStar offers a variety of diagnostic health testing that can all be analyzed on just one sample. “I’m all about speed and convenience,” said Rodger. “When I found out that we could have pregnancy, Johne’s and leukosis testing run on one sample at a reduced cost, I was sold. The fact that the samples can be collected and submitted by our DHI Specialist is the cherry on top.” Receiving diagnostic results is easy with NorthStar’s online reporting system. After samples are analyzed, results are uploaded to the producer’s private online reporting system. Logging into the system gives producers access to all current and past NorthStar diagnostic reports, which can then be entered into PCDART.

“Receiving results via Web Reports has worked really nice” claimed Rodger. “I receive results as soon as our samples have been analyzed, print them off and attach them to Tyler’s clipboard so he knows what needs to be accomplished when he comes to breed.” While the Heimans have made remarkable strides in the past five years, the future promises many new challenges and opportunities. Currently, Heiman’s Holsteins is preparing to host the 2018 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. “We’re fortunate to be hosting Farm Technology Days with my in-laws and neighbors, the Steinweis Family,” said Josh. “We have a lot of work to accomplish before then, but we’re confident that we’ll be successful with our team by our side.”

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Progressive Dairy Producer of the Year Award The Progressive Dairy Producer of the Year Award is presented to the producer who has shown the greatest total increase in dollar value over the previous five years. All producers using NorthStar’s DHI Services are eligible for this award.

2016

Heiman’s Holsteins, Marshfield, WI

2002

Jason Shinn & Sons, Croswell, MI

1986

Boge Dairy, Shepherd, MI

2001

Perry Cisco, Hudson, MI

1985

Butler Farms, Fowlerville, MI

2015

Zoromski Family Farms, Custer, WI

2000

Gilde Farms, Lake City, MI

1984

Stanley Fay, Stockbridge, MI

2014

Feltz Family Farm, Steven’s Point, WI

1999

Tim & Sandy VerHage, Allegan, MI

J & D Brenner Farms, Hopkins, MI

Gross Farms, Weidman, MI

Edwin Bretschneider Jr. Ludington, MI

2013

1998

1983

John Wykes, Litchfield, MI

Kent Inniger, Middleton, MI

E. Kuyers & Sons, West Olive, MI

1982

2012

1997

Mel & Rod Stofer, Leslie, MI

Rosebrugh Dairy, West Branch, MI

Frank Vanderwal, Lake City, MI

1981

2011

1996

Louis McNeilly, Barryton, MI

Larsen Farms, Scottville, MI

Jim Hardy, Saranac, MI

1980

2010

1995

Ken McBroom, Vulcan, MI

Reid Dairy Farm, Jeddo, MI

Stamp-Dale Farms, Marlette, MI

1979

2009

1994

Larry & Wayne Webster, Elsie, MI

Terry & Jean Nugent, Lowell, MI

Touchdown Dairy, Marion, MI

1993

1978

2008

Dr. Clint Meadows, Hickory Corners, MI

Randy & Carol Erickson, Bear Creek, WI

Earl & Jeff Horning, Manchester, MI

1977

2007

1992

Dorman Stout, Clayton, MI

River Ridge Dairy, Coopersville, MI

Bush Farms, Swartz Creek, MI

1976

2006

1991

Richard Wright, Corunna, MI

Mibelloon Dairy, St. Louis, MI

Nobis Dairy, St. Johns, MI

1975

2005

1990

2004

John & Andy Sweet, Stockbridge, MI

1989

Arndt Farms, Deckerville, MI

2003

Crandall Dairy Farms, LCC Battle Creek, MI

1988

Videto Vista Farm, Spring Arbor, MI

1987

Watercrest Farms, Northville, MI

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TOP TOPHERDS HERDSBY BYSIZE SIZEAND ANDDOLLAR DOLLARVALUE VALUE

HERD OWNER ADDRESS BREED HERD SIZE MILK FAT FAT % PROT PROT % VALUE 3X 3X 25-74 25-74 Cows Cows

11 ** 22 ** 33 44 ** 55 ** 66 ** 77 88 99 10 11 11 ** 12 12 13 13 14 14 ** 15 15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 ** 20 20 ** 21 21 22 22 23 23 24 24 TT

Nor-Bert Farms Farms Floyd & Calvin Brandt Brandt Bruce & Brenda Long Long Floyd & Calvin Brandt Brandt Badger Holsteins Holsteins Ron & Nicole Wussow Wussow Steve Landis Landis Wilstar Holsteins Holsteins Tim & Sandy Verhage Verhage Daryl & Pam Nunes Daryl & Pam Nunes Petro Farms Farms David & Jane Pescinski Pescinski Doug & Scott Long Long Diedrick Family Farm Farm Dave Klamer Klamer Calvin Bodeis Bodeis Justin & Darci Daniels Daniels Dave Beschta Beschta Grass Ridge Farm LLC LLC Sue-Dan Farms, Inc Inc Glenn M Weaver Weaver Verl A Weaver Weaver Pete & Brenda Bricco Bricco Brent Robinson Robinson Max L Paul Paul

Bremen, IN IN Bryant, WI WI New London, WI WI Bryant, WI WI Unity, WI WI Cecil, WI WI Goshen, IN IN Pine River, WI WI Allegan, MI MI Deerfield, WI Deerfield, WI Gobles, MI MI Colby, WI WI Clayton, MI MI Chilton, WI WI Conklin, MI MI Mayville, MI MI Hixton, WI WI Shiocton, WI WI Pittsville, WI WI Bloomer, WI WI Goshen, IN IN Goshen, IN IN Marion, WI WI Caro, MI MI Goshen, IN IN

B B X X H H H H X X H H H H H H H H H JJ H H H H H H H H H H H H H H JJ H H H H G G H H X X H H

27 27 45 45 51 51 70 70 55 55 45 45 35 35 66 66 43 43 59 35 35 58 58 69 69 60 60 51 51 65 65 48 48 67 67 53 53 62 62 69 69 34 34 51 51 70 70 67 67

33,508 33,508 30,609 30,609 33,151 33,151 31,102 31,102 27,096 27,096 31,147 31,147 27,225 27,225 28,420 28,420 29,401 29,401 31,439 25,794 25,794 28,751 28,751 28,703 28,703 27,850 27,850 29,357 29,357 27,318 27,318 27,253 27,253 27,436 27,436 22,952 22,952 24,992 24,992 25,984 25,984 20,741 20,741 26,344 26,344 23,761 23,761 25,522 25,522

1,679 1,679 1,260 1,260 1,187 1,187 1,206 1,206 1,203 1,203 1,129 1,129 1,170 1,170 1,122 1,122 1,109 1,109 1,086 1,096 1,096 1,071 1,071 1,035 1,035 1,050 1,050 998 998 992 992 978 978 1,021 1,021 1,032 1,032 1,018 1,018 1,022 1,022 1,091 1,091 997 997 1,002 1,002 982 982

5.0 5.0 4.1 4.1 3.6 3.6 3.9 3.9 4.4 4.4 3.6 3.6 4.3 4.3 3.9 3.9 3.8 3.8 3.4 4.2 4.2 3.7 3.7 3.6 3.6 3.8 3.8 3.4 3.4 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.7 3.7 4.5 4.5 4.1 4.1 3.9 3.9 5.3 5.3 3.8 3.8 4.2 4.2 3.8 3.8

1,201 1,201 949 949 1,037 1,037 929 929 924 924 912 912 858 858 883 883 897 897 923 879 879 868 868 903 903 841 841 907 907 870 870 885 885 824 824 815 815 792 792 774 774 691 691 788 788 783 783 806 806

3.6 3.6 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.4 3.4 2.9 2.9 3.2 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1 2.9 3.4 3.4 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.2 3.0 3.0 3.6 3.6 3.2 3.2 3.0 3.0 3.3 3.3 3.0 3.0 3.3 3.3 3.2 3.2

$6,559 $5,034 $5,022 $4,864 $4,829 $4,640 $4,627 $4,557 $4,554 $4,553 $4,472 $4,403 $4,376 $4,297 $4,293 $4,201 $4,193 $4,191 $4,182 $4,114 $4,097 $4,095 $4,061 $4,052 $4,052

75-149 75-149 Cows Cows Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN H 110 30,266 1,448 4.8 1,046 3.5 $5,682 11 * Farms IN H 110 30,266 1,448 4.8 1,046 3.5 Darrell & Bonita Richard Goshen, IN H 77 30,813 1,359 4.4 941 3.1 $5,270 22 Richard IN H 77 30,813 1,359 4.4 941 3.1 Brantmeier Hilrose Dairy Sherwood, WI H 109 32,991 1,230 3.7 994 3.0 $5,051 33 Dairy WI H 109 32,991 1,230 3.7 994 3.0 Ladine Farms Bellevue, MI H 145 35,132 1,171 3.3 1,018 2.9 $4,956 44 * Farms MI H 145 35,132 1,171 3.3 1,018 2.9 Norman Gross Weidman, MI H 132 32,132 1,142 3.6 960 3.0 $4,764 55 * Gross MI H 132 32,132 1,142 3.6 960 3.0 Country Dairy New Era, MI H 99 28,444 1,200 4.2 887 3.1 $4,761 66 * Dairy MI H 99 28,444 1,200 4.2 887 3.1 Andrew & Joan Meyer Chilton, WI H 101 27,687 1,183 4.3 892 3.2 $4,724 77 Meyer WI H 101 27,687 1,183 4.3 892 3.2 Jeff & Alisha Bigler Lakeview, MI H 104 29,266 1,141 3.9 927 3.2 $4,689 88 Bigler MI H 104 29,266 1,141 3.9 927 3.2 Jonas Zimmerman Wakarusa, IN H 141 27,733 1,179 4.3 840 3.0 $4,620 99 Zimmerman IN H 141 27,733 1,179 4.3 840 3.0 Twinkle-Hill Brown Swiss Watertown, WI B 80 26,242 1,145 4.4 890 3.4 $4,617 10 10 Swiss WI B 80 26,242 1,145 4.4 890 3.4 Chilton, WI H 111 29,099 1,086 3.7 931 3.2 $4,557 Charles Maurer 11 11 Maurer WI H 111 29,099 1,086 3.7 931 3.2 John & Dee Winkelman Watertown, WI H 82 28,176 1,100 3.9 892 3.2 $4,517 12 12 Winkelman WI H 82 28,176 1,100 3.9 892 3.2 Jeff Knuver Fremont, MI H 146 30,540 1,096 3.6 888 2.9 $4,511 13 13 Knuver MI H 146 30,540 1,096 3.6 888 2.9 Larry E. Haywood Hastings, MI X 83 29,522 1,071 3.6 925 3.1 $4,510 14 14 * Haywood MI X 83 29,522 1,071 3.6 925 3.1 Starward Farms Sebewaing, MI H 93 27,954 1,085 3.9 902 3.2 $4,496 15 15 Farms MI H 93 27,954 1,085 3.9 902 3.2 Mike Lyon Eaton Rapids, MI H 128 31,585 1,060 3.4 915 2.9 $4,474 16 16 Lyon MI H 128 31,585 1,060 3.4 915 2.9 Jeff Alexander Hanover, MI H 108 30,508 1,037 3.4 936 3.1 $4,449 17 17 * Alexander MI H 108 30,508 1,037 3.4 936 3.1 Steve Jankowski Withee, WI H 94 28,350 1,086 3.8 873 3.1 $4,448 18 18 Jankowski WI H 94 28,350 1,086 3.8 873 3.1 Robert Lee Marion, MI H 116 24,794 1,153 4.7 782 3.2 $4,435 19 19 Lee MI H 116 24,794 1,153 4.7 782 3.2 Foxland Farms LLC Greenleaf, WI H 120 31,172 1,030 3.3 933 3.0 $4,429 20 20 * LLC WI H 120 31,172 1,030 3.3 933 3.0 Patrick & Joe Murphy New London, WI H 131 27,413 1,082 3.9 861 3.1 $4,412 21 21 Murphy WI H 131 27,413 1,082 3.9 861 3.1 Jonathon Zimmerman Goshen, IN H 118 30,464 1,058 3.5 879 2.9 $4,398 22 22 Zimmerman IN H 118 30,464 1,058 3.5 879 2.9 Petro Farms Gobles, MI X 98 28,559 1,041 3.6 888 3.1 $4,363 23 23 * Farms MI X 98 28,559 1,041 3.6 888 3.1 Hillebrand Farms Cornell, WI H 104 26,596 1,060 4.0 848 3.2 $4,329 24 24 Farms WI H 104 26,596 1,060 4.0 848 3.2 Jeff & Jill Pinter Curtiss, WI H 88 29,204 1,028 3.5 884 3.0 $4,326 25 25 Pinter WI H 88 29,204 1,028 3.5 884 3.0 150-299 150-299 Cows Cows E. Kuyers & Sons West Olive, MI H 161 36,085 1,293 3.6 1,104 3.1 $5,424 11 ** Sons MI H 161 36,085 1,293 3.6 1,104 3.1 United Pride Dairy LLC Phillips, WI X 166 27,075 1,220 4.5 947 3.5 $4,913 22 ** LLC WI X 166 27,075 1,220 4.5 947 3.5 3 * Seehafer Acres Marshfield, WI H 290 31,099 1,216 3.9 917 2.9 $4,868 Seehafer Acres Marshfield, WI Badger Holsteins Unity, WI H 247 31,409 1,157 3.7 979 3.1 $4,833 44 ** Holsteins WI H 247 31,409 1,157 3.7 979 3.1 Abel Acres Inc. Loyal, WI H 299 31,110 1,200 3.9 910 2.9 $4,815 55 ** Inc. WI H 299 31,110 1,200 3.9 910 2.9 Gordon Dick McBain, MI H 257 33,663 1,131 3.4 987 2.9 $4,793 66 ** Dick MI H 257 33,663 1,131 3.4 987 2.9 Devon & Doreen Zimmerman Claypool, IN H 151 29,693 1,147 3.9 953 3.2 $4,753 77 Zimmerman IN H 151 29,693 1,147 3.9 953 3.2 Doug Westendorp Nashville, MI H 247 33,382 1,110 3.3 988 3.0 $4,740 88 MI H 247 33,382 1,110 3.3 988 3.0 Ryan Litwiller Middleton, MI H 260 30,368 1,190 3.9 858 2.8 $4,692 99 ** Litwiller MI H 260 30,368 1,190 3.9 858 2.8 Dan, Paul & Nate Elzinga Zeeland, MI H 253 30,801 1,137 3.7 929 3.0 $4,689 10 10 ** Elzinga MI H 253 30,801 1,137 3.7 929 3.0 Bob Van Daalwyk Hilbert, WI H 193 32,642 1,084 3.3 987 3.0 $4,670 11 11 ** Daalwyk WI H 193 32,642 1,084 3.3 987 3.0 Charles & Christopher Weber Elmwood, WI H 161 28,166 1,152 4.1 880 3.1 $4,626 12 12 Weber WI H 161 28,166 1,152 4.1 880 3.1 Juengels Corner Oak Grand Blanc, MI H 178 28,050 1,148 4.1 877 3.1 $4,610 13 13 ** Oak MI H 178 28,050 1,148 4.1 877 3.1 Mark Anderson Waupaca, WI H 199 30,444 1,116 3.7 914 3.0 $4,608 14 14 ** Anderson WI H 199 30,444 1,116 3.7 914 3.0 Carson Acres LLC Hesperia, MI H 153 30,649 1,082 3.5 919 3.0 $4,532 15 15 LLC MI H 153 30,649 1,082 3.5 919 3.0 Ken Zuiderveen Falmouth, MI H 237 29,584 1,092 3.7 907 3.1 $4,531 16 16 ** Zuiderveen MI H 237 29,584 1,092 3.7 907 3.1 Sperry Dairy Farm LLC Coldwater, MI H 183 27,870 1,114 4.0 860 3.1 $4,493 17 17 LLC MI H 183 27,870 1,114 4.0 860 3.1 Dale Brinks McBain, MI H 222 27,579 1,091 4.0 880 3.2 $4,470 18 18 Brinks MI H 222 27,579 1,091 4.0 880 3.2

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TOP HERDS BY SIZE AND DOLLAR VALUE 3X

19 * 20 21 22 * 23 * 24 * 25 *

HERD OWNER

ADDRESS

James Reid Harold Dodde David Dezeeuw Curry Farms No.3 Ed Walter Farm Inc. Brad & Laura Friesen James & Brad Ritter

Jeddo, MI Falmouth, MI Falmouth, MI Tawas City, MI Oshkosh, WI Barron, WI Byron, MI

BREED HERD SIZE H H H H H H H

239 243 171 211 253 212 202

MILK

FAT

FAT %

PROT

PROT %

VALUE

27,136 28,867 28,557 29,648 28,854 27,994 28,682

1,095 1,074 1,099 1,059 1,074 1,058 1,052

4.0 3.7 3.8 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.7

869 892 856 906 868 887 890

3.2 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.2 3.1

$4,458 $4,455 $4,451 $4,446 $4,411 $4,401 $4,395

300-499 Cows 1 * Zoromski Family Farms LLC Custer, WI H 421 32,105 1,298 4.0 1,028 3.2 $5,280 2 * Trappers Turn Dairy Scandinavia, WI H 354 33,005 1,208 3.7 1,012 3.1 $5,029 3 * Crandall Farms LLC Battle Creek, MI H 314 32,787 1,193 3.6 993 3.0 $4,956 4 * Dan & Tim Liner Van Dyne, WI H 451 32,845 1,166 3.6 1,007 3.1 $4,913 5 * Ledgerock Dairy LLC Larsen, WI H 400 31,581 1,190 3.8 946 3.0 $4,857 6 * Rusk Rose Holsteins Ladysmith, WI H 339 30,876 1,169 3.8 923 3.0 $4,759 7 * Bill & Lisa Bowerman Quincy, MI X 370 29,550 1,158 3.9 920 3.1 $4,720 8 * House Farms Mt. Pleasant, MI H 344 30,723 1,115 3.6 934 3.0 $4,643 9 * Kent Inniger Middleton, MI H 392 31,429 1,108 3.5 935 3.0 $4,630 10 * Verhoef Dairy Colby, WI H 385 30,218 1,080 3.6 951 3.1 $4,583 11 * Sparks Quaker Acres Fremont, MI H 427 30,197 1,104 3.7 907 3.0 $4,564 12 * Pasch MBM Weidman, MI H 304 31,448 1,090 3.5 918 2.9 $4,554 13 * Rick & Connie Schuessler Antigo, WI H 335 29,809 1,095 3.7 894 3.0 $4,516 14 * Robert Getzloff Wilson, MI H 469 29,660 1,080 3.6 886 3.0 $4,463 15 Earl & Jeff Horning Manchester, MI H 428 29,089 1,075 3.7 891 3.1 $4,456 16 * Breezy Hill Farms LLC Weyauwega, WI H 426 29,667 1,057 3.6 912 3.1 $4,452 T * Kohn Farms Krakow, WI H 377 29,669 1,072 3.6 891 3.0 $4,452 18 * Buning Dairy LLC Falmouth, MI H 403 30,697 1,057 3.4 909 3.0 $4,451 19 * Hilger Farms Inc. Bloomer, WI H 413 28,954 1,081 3.7 878 3.0 $4,447 20 * Meadow Muth Farms LLC Frankenmuth, MI H 401 30,222 1,063 3.5 878 2.9 $4,408 21 * Norm Hammond Dowling, MI H 481 29,739 1,053 3.5 865 2.9 $4,357 22 * Doug Seiler Carson City, MI H 341 29,861 1,031 3.5 891 3.0 $4,349 23 * Micke Dairy LLC Reedsville, WI H 485 30,078 998 3.3 917 3.0 $4,314 24 * Rem-Jem Dairy LLC Unity, WI H 434 28,772 1,062 3.7 830 2.9 $4,312 25 * Cole Apple Farm Bancroft, MI H 389 27,278 1,075 3.9 811 3.0 $4,303

500-999 Cows 1 * Rosy-Lane Holsteins LLC Watertown, WI H 983 31,888 1,315 4.1 1,015 3.2 $5,298 2 * Brickstead Dairy LLC Greenleaf, WI H 883 32,917 1,249 3.8 1,003 3.0 $5,115 3 * Wegnerlann Dairy LLC Ettrick, WI H 649 32,785 1,214 3.7 1,024 3.1 $5,065 4 * Lew-Max Holstein LLC Belding, MI H 578 33,243 1,220 3.7 987 3.0 $5,015 5 * Pebble Knolls Dairy Brandon, WI H 711 31,664 1,154 3.6 993 3.1 $4,852 6 * Dave & Stacy Jauquet Luxemburg, WI H 651 33,300 1,135 3.4 1,013 3.0 $4,848 7 * Blaser Farms Inc. Gillett, WI H 584 32,005 1,179 3.7 943 2.9 $4,826 8 * Wilson Family Farm Carson City, MI H 825 30,347 1,148 3.8 987 3.3 $4,820 9 * Chapin Family Farms Remus, MI H 746 31,364 1,173 3.7 945 3.0 $4,812 10 * Hoffmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Happy Holsteins LLC Peshtigo, WI H 594 34,483 1,094 3.2 1,013 2.9 $4,751 11 * Marcus De Jong Dorchester, WI H 566 30,515 1,104 3.6 961 3.1 $4,663 12 * Larry E. Haywood Hastings, MI H 900 32,284 1,095 3.4 966 3.0 $4,658 13 * Pickart Dairy LLC Malone, WI H 718 30,697 1,137 3.7 911 3.0 $4,656 14 Emerald Acres De Pere, WI H 566 29,312 1,136 3.9 904 3.1 $4,635 15 * John & Mark Egan New London, WI H 777 32,435 1,065 3.3 989 3.0 $4,624 16 * Grass Ridge Farm LLC Pittsville, WI H 505 31,754 1,066 3.4 976 3.1 $4,600 17 * Jeff Brenner Hopkins, MI H 698 28,613 1,128 3.9 836 2.9 $4,488 18 * Tony Rosbrugh West Branch, MI X 606 29,854 1,077 3.6 898 3.0 $4,478 19 * Dick Van Rijn Deford, MI X 660 30,377 1,063 3.5 913 3.0 $4,472 20 * Preston Farms Quincy, MI H 800 29,981 1,078 3.6 884 2.9 $4,456 21 * Petro Farms Gobles, MI H 863 30,977 1,041 3.4 927 3.0 $4,445 22 * Jamey Klaasen Coopersville, MI H 986 28,935 1,084 3.7 870 3.0 $4,440 23 * Beck Dairy Farms Campbellsport, WI H 938 29,043 1,081 3.7 873 3.0 $4,439 24 * Kurt Chase Hastings, MI H 630 27,861 1,130 4.1 804 2.9 $4,432 25 * Rodney Daniels Whittemore, MI H 504 30,684 1,019 3.3 934 3.0 $4,401

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TOP HERDS BY SIZE AND DOLLAR VALUE

3X HERD OWNER ADDRESS BREED HERD SIZE MILK FAT FAT % PROT PROT % VALUE 1000+ Cows 1 * Wayside Dairy Greenleaf, WI H 1,999 31,715 1,314 4.1 970 3.1 $5,213

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

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Rickert Bros United Pride Dairy LLC Tag Lane Farm Abel Dairy Farms Badger Holsteins Country Aire Farms Quantum Dairy LLC Sugar Creek LLC Autumn Vista Dairy Johnson Farm LLC Winkel Dairy LLC Dairy Dreams River Ridge Dairy Co.,Inc. Cary Dairy Farm Shiloh Dairy Heller Farm Inc. Seidls Mtn View Dairy VDS Fulton Lake Breeze Dairy Stahl Bros. Dairy Herrema Dairy Pine Breeze Dairy LLC Jeff Shriver & Max Carlson Rich-Ro Dairy

Eldorado, WI Phillips, WI Ixonia, WI Fond Du Lac, WI Unity, WI Greenleaf, WI Weyauwega, WI New London, WI McBain, MI Daggett, MI Lake City, MI Casco, WI Coopersville, MI Battle Creek, MI Greenleaf, WI Alma Center, WI Luxemburg, WI Fulton, MI Malone, WI Luxemburg, WI Fair Oaks, IN Pine River, WI Fremont, MI St Johns, MI

H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H

1,009 2,006 1,185 1,622 1,630 3,122 2,406 1,259 2,015 1,570 1,068 3,172 1,418 1,134 2,347 1,082 1,113 2,755 3,007 1,378 4,066 2,369 1,506 3,411

31,368 31,212 30,890 32,656 30,917 31,974 30,617 30,854 30,670 29,595 30,892 29,558 28,396 31,537 29,530 28,303 29,078 29,701 29,909 28,504 28,706 29,187 29,637 27,712

1,260 1,222 1,200 1,171 1,173 1,174 1,170 1,172 1,146 1,142 1,154 1,115 1,171 1,132 1,112 1,105 1,055 1,048 1,026 1,052 1,039 1,006 1,025 1,029

4.0 3.9 3.9 3.6 3.8 3.7 3.8 3.8 3.7 3.9 3.7 3.8 4.1 3.6 3.8 3.9 3.6 3.5 3.4 3.7 3.6 3.4 3.5 3.7

948 996 1,005 984 975 957 950 945 924 930 901 926 840 885 908 888 905 895 919 886 875 909 880 874

3.0 3.2 3.3 3.0 3.2 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.1 2.9 3.1 3.0 2.8 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.2

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Screening with Mastitis PCR I wanted to know exactly what we were dealing with. PCR provided the peace of mind we were looking for. For some a treasured heirloom is a family recipe. For others, it’s Grandpa’s first tractor stored in the back barn. For those whose dairy farm has been in the family for generations, it’s both an heirloom and a business. This is the case for fourth generation dairy producer Tom Oesch. Knowing that mastitis is one of the most prevalent and costly diseases facing today’s dairy producers, Oesch believes that screening for mastitis is the most effective way to insure his dairy will survive for years to come. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it,” Oesch stated. Oesch’s Alto, Michigan dairy, SwissLane Farms, Inc. began using NorthStar’s Mastitis PCR testing after expanding their herd and adding a robotic milking parlor in 2011. “We started using NorthStar’s Mastitis PCR testing upon Julie’s [Ainsworth, NorthStar SRS Coordinator] recommendation,” recalled Oesch. “I knew we picked up a few bugs during the expansion and I wanted to know exactly what we were dealing with. PCR provided the peace of mind I was looking for.” Equipped with two milking parlors – the dairy’s original double 16 parlor currently milking 1,600 cows, and an eight-robot parlor which milks 500 cows, SwissLane was already relying on NorthStar’s DHI testing for the dairy’s herd records. “For us, it made the most sense to utilize the samples that were already being pulled for DHI testing,” explained Oesch. “We had the laboratory keep milk samples from the top ten highest SCC cows in our

conventional herd and the top five highest SCC cows in our robotic herd,” said Oesch. “The laboratory then analyzes those fifteen samples, along with a bulk tank sample, using the Contagious 3 Mastitis PCR panel.” Throughout the past three years, the dairy has not changed their testing program. Though Oesch continues to receive mostly mastitis negative reports, catching contagious mastitis before it has the chance to spread is his goal. Recently, the dairy was reminded of why PCR testing has become a routine part of their management program. “About three months ago we received a report that really scared me,” explained Oesch. “One of the 15 high SCC cows and our bulk tank sample tested positive for Mycoplasma bovis. We’ve had reports in the past that showed positive animals for staph, but Mycoplasma bovis is something no dairy producer wants to deal with.”

Without skipping a beat, Oesch contacted Dr. Todd Byrem, Director of Antel BioSystems, NorthStar’s R&D Division. “I gave Todd a call and asked for his advice,” said Oesch. “He understood my concern and the urgency of the situation. Within an hour we had a game plan.” Understanding that the hospital pen would be the most likely place to find the onset of a Mycoplasma mastitis outbreak, Oesch began screening those animals first. “We pulled milk samples from all of the cows in our hospital pen and sent them to the laboratory to be analyzed using the Complete 16 Mastitis PCR panel. In the past we had used traditional culturing on our hospital pen animals but with Mycoplasma bovis threatening our herd, I knew we needed the speed and sensitivity of PCR.” Unlike traditional culturing, which needs time for growth to occur before an accurate Continued on next page.

Knowing mastitis is one of the most prevalent and costly diseases facing dairy producers today, fourth generation producer Tom Oesch believes PCR screening is the most effective way to insure SwissLane Dairy will prosper for years to come.

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Mastitis PCR Continued assessment can be made, Mastitis PCR detects DNA in the animal’s milk to determine infection. This factor gives NorthStar the ability to report mastitis results up to ten days sooner than traditional culturing. “I was shocked when I received our results the next day,” recalled Oesch. “Immediately, I was relieved. The report showed every animal negative for Mycoplasma bovis.” An isolated case, Oesch was able to catch the infected animal and remove her from the farm before the contagious mastitis spread throughout the herd. “Though we’re still on high alert at the farm, I can’t help but think about how much money a Mycoplasma bovis outbreak would have cost us in animal loss, milk production and treatment,” Tom reflected. “With current milk prices, I’m not sure how our dairy would have bounced back from that. This experience has really reinforced why we use PCR testing.” When it comes to family heirlooms, preservation is key. “We want to protect our farm so it can continue to be profitable from generation to generation,” explained Oesch. “I don’t know what a contagious mastitis outbreak would have done to that dream. That’s why we screen for mastitis using NorthStar’s Mastitis PCR testing.”

Strategic Mastitis Surveillance ~ Dr. Todd Byrem, Ph.D., Director, AntelBio

Bulk tank or group testing is a convenient and economical means to evaluate herds or groups on an ongoing basis. It establishes a baseline for comparison and rapid alert in the case of mastitis outbreak. Enhanced sensitivity of DNA testing enables detection of mastitis causing organisms in diluted samples. Results are quantitative, and individual values can be compared to historical values. Significant changes in DNA levels direct control efforts to organisms of greatest concern. Screening your herd for mastitis is one of the most effective ways to prevent an outbreak. While some may be intimidated by the extraordinary sensitivity of PCR, others find confidence in knowing that a negative result means pathogens are not lingering within their herd. DNA testing for mastitis detection works in ways culture can’t! • Speed – Identifies all organisms in as little as 24 hours. • Versatility – Detects up to 15 major mastitis causing organisms in one assay. • Flexibility – Tests milk from treated cows and preserved samples. • Convenience – Allows sample analysis on routinely collected DHI samples. • Improved Detection – Detects dead and dying organisms that would have resulted in ‘no-growth.’ • Cost Savings – Samples, including DHI collected, can be effectively pooled, reducing cost. For more information visit www.northstarcooperative.com/diagnostic-services/ or call NorthStar Cooperative at 800.631.3510.

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TOPPROTEIN PROTEINBREED BREEDHERDS HERDSBY BYDOLLAR DOLLARVALUE VALUE TOP 3X3X

HERD OWNER HERD OWNER

ADDRESS

HERD HERD SIZE

MILK

FAT

FAT %

PROT

PROT %

VALUE

Ayrshire Ayrshire

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Tim Busch Busch

Cecil, WI WI

43 43

19,458 19,458

722 722

3.7 3.7

611 611

3.1 3.1

$3,015

Brown Brown Swiss Swiss Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN 27 33,508 1,679 5.0 1,201 3.6 $6,559 11 ** Farms IN 27 33,508 1,679 5.0 1,201 3.6 Twinkle-Hill Brown Swiss Watertown, WI 80 26,242 1,145 4.4 890 3.4 $4,617 22 Swiss WI 80 26,242 1,145 4.4 890 3.4 Sunburst Swiss De Forest, WI 35 24,527 891 3.6 845 3.4 $3,888 33 Swiss WI 35 24,527 891 3.6 845 3.4 Thad Coning Goshen, IN 145 19,819 806 4.1 669 3.4 $3,334 44 Coning IN 145 19,819 806 4.1 669 3.4 Green Meadow Farms Inc. Elsie, MI 28 19,407 786 4.1 628 3.2 $3,207 55 ** Inc. MI 28 19,407 786 4.1 628 3.2 Mark Dietsche Bloomer, WI 110 17,544 769 4.4 613 3.5 $3,128 66 Dietsche WI 110 17,544 769 4.4 613 3.5 Jason Weihrouch Melrose, WI 38 17,410 722 4.1 618 3.5 $3,019 77 Weihrouch WI 38 17,410 722 4.1 618 3.5 Guernsey Guernsey Verl A Weaver Goshen, IN 34 20,741 1,091 5.3 691 3.3 $4,095 11 Weaver IN 34 20,741 1,091 5.3 691 3.3 Dean Kronk Elkhart, IN 43 17,734 780 4.4 603 3.4 $3,139 22 Kronk IN 43 17,734 780 4.4 603 3.4 Jersey Jersey Petro Farms Gobles, MI 35 25,794 1,096 4.2 879 3.4 11 ** Farms MI 35 25,794 1,096 4.2 879 3.4 Grass Ridge Farm LLC Pittsville, WI 53 22,952 1,032 4.5 815 3.6 22 ** LLC WI 53 22,952 1,032 4.5 815 3.6 Ron & Nicole Wussow Cecil, WI 93 20,906 1,074 5.1 731 3.5 33 ** Wussow WI 93 20,906 1,074 5.1 731 3.5 Jenks Jersey Farm Marathon City, WI 691 20,233 968 4.7 807 3.9 44 Farm WI 691 20,233 968 4.7 807 3.9 Larry E. Haywood Hastings, MI 127 20,929 983 4.7 768 3.7 55 ** Haywood MI 127 20,929 983 4.7 768 3.7 Walnutdale Farms Wayland, MI 611 18,150 1,024 5.6 679 3.7 66 ** Farms MI 611 18,150 1,024 5.6 679 3.7 Susan Green Elsie, MI 56 20,786 949 4.6 775 3.7 77 ** Green MI 56 20,786 949 4.6 775 3.7 D & P Dairy Marlette, MI 29 19,974 926 4.6 688 3.4 88 Dairy MI 29 19,974 926 4.6 688 3.4 Bill Seyller Fond Du Lac, WI 42 18,838 915 4.9 649 3.4 99 Seyller WI 42 18,838 915 4.9 649 3.4 Richlo Dairy Farms Engadine, MI 36 18,441 840 4.6 699 3.8 10 10 ** Farms MI 36 18,441 840 4.6 699 3.8 Spring Creek Farms Inc. Hixton, WI 93 17,307 838 4.8 590 3.4 11 11 Inc. WI 93 17,307 838 4.8 590 3.4 H & H Dairy LLC Manitowoc, WI 93 16,658 831 5.0 600 3.6 12 12 LLC WI 93 16,658 831 5.0 600 3.6 Andy Dums Rib Lake, WI 52 17,429 810 4.6 626 3.6 13 13 Dums WI 52 17,429 810 4.6 626 3.6 Michael Heckaman Argos, IN 196 16,947 817 4.8 611 3.6 14 14 ** Heckaman IN 196 16,947 817 4.8 611 3.6 Marty & Sheri Wenger Middleville, MI 163 17,454 780 4.5 585 3.4 15 15 MI 163 17,454 780 4.5 585 3.4 Michelle Popp Unity, WI 27 16,168 763 4.7 590 3.6 16 16 Popp WI 27 16,168 763 4.7 590 3.6

$4,472 $4,182 $4,126 $3,993 $3,964 $3,893 $3,890 $3,671 $3,567 $3,467 $3,259 $3,257 $3,255 $3,243 $3,105 $3,065

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Bill Seyller Fond Du Lac, WI 56 26,392 893 3.4 789 3.0 $3,801 Seyller WI 56 26,392 893 3.4 789 3.0

Mixed Mixed Breeds Breeds 1 ** 21 ** 32 ** 43 ** 54 ** 65 ** 76 ** 87 ** 98 ** 109 ** 11 ** 10 12 11 13 12 14 13 15 14 16 15 17 16 18 17 19 18 ** 20 19 21 20 ** 22 21 23 22 ** 24 23 25 24 26 25 27 26 ** 28 27 29 28 30 29 ** 31 30 32 31 33 32 34 33 35 34 36 35 37 36

Floyd & Calvin Brandt Bryant, WI 45 30,609 1,260 4.1 949 3.1 $5,034 Brandt WI 45 30,609 1,260 4.1 949 3.1 United Pride Dairy LLC Phillips, WI 166 27,075 1,220 4.5 947 3.5 $4,913 LLC WI 166 27,075 1,220 4.5 947 3.5 Badger Holsteins Unity, WI 55 27,096 1,203 4.4 924 3.4 $4,829 Holsteins WI 55 27,096 1,203 4.4 924 3.4 Bill & Lisa Bowerman Quincy, MI 370 29,550 1,158 3.9 920 3.1 $4,720 Bowerman MI 370 29,550 1,158 3.9 920 3.1 Larry E. Haywood Hastings, MI 83 29,522 1,071 3.6 925 3.1 $4,510 Haywood MI 83 29,522 1,071 3.6 925 3.1 Tony Rosbrugh West Branch, MI 606 29,854 1,077 3.6 898 3.0 $4,478 Rosbrugh MI 606 29,854 1,077 3.6 898 3.0 Dick Van Rijn Deford, MI 660 30,377 1,063 3.5 913 3.0 $4,472 Rijn MI 660 30,377 1,063 3.5 913 3.0 Petro Farms Gobles, MI 98 28,559 1,041 3.6 888 3.1 $4,363 Farms MI 98 28,559 1,041 3.6 888 3.1 James & Joseph Rieden Mount Calvary, WI 462 30,353 979 3.2 895 2.9 $4,228 Rieden WI 462 30,353 979 3.2 895 2.9 Kent Folkema Fremont, MI 1,337 27,232 1,013 3.7 842 3.1 $4,203 Folkema MI 1,337 27,232 1,013 3.7 842 3.1 Maly Farms Bryant, WI 547 26,090 1,001 3.8 813 3.1 $4,115 Farms WI 547 26,090 1,001 3.8 813 3.1 Bruce Martin Whittemore, MI 150 26,238 997 3.8 818 3.1 $4,114 Martin MI 150 26,238 997 3.8 818 3.1 Brent Robinson Caro, MI 70 23,761 1,002 4.2 783 3.3 $4,052 Robinson MI 70 23,761 1,002 4.2 783 3.3 Twin Oak Farms Dorchester, WI 33 23,200 947 4.1 771 3.3 $3,889 Farms WI 33 23,200 947 4.1 771 3.3 Seth Ponstein Hamilton, MI 86 25,652 941 3.7 769 3.0 $3,882 Ponstein MI 86 25,652 941 3.7 769 3.0 Stanley Ferris Cement City, MI 139 24,870 932 3.7 768 3.1 $3,854 Ferris MI 139 24,870 932 3.7 768 3.1 Herr-Lane Holsteins Newton, WI 67 23,802 949 4.0 738 3.1 $3,837 Holsteins WI 67 23,802 949 4.0 738 3.1 Fisk Farms Sand Lake, MI 214 25,277 909 3.6 787 3.1 $3,832 Farms MI 214 25,277 909 3.6 787 3.1 Goodrich Farms LLP New Richmond, WI 49 23,774 901 3.8 794 3.3 $3,818 LLP WI 49 23,774 901 3.8 794 3.3 Auburnvale Swiss Fremont, WI 101 22,696 910 4.0 778 3.4 $3,806 Swiss WI 101 22,696 910 4.0 778 3.4 Goodrich Farms LLP New Richmond, WI 195 24,296 880 3.6 796 3.3 $3,771 LLP WI 195 24,296 880 3.6 796 3.3 Breezy Knoll Farm Boyd, WI 62 24,140 917 3.8 736 3.0 $3,755 Farm WI 62 24,140 917 3.8 736 3.0 Richlo Dairy Farms Engadine, MI 366 24,606 867 3.5 792 3.2 $3,732 Farms MI 366 24,606 867 3.5 792 3.2 Robert Knynenburg Custer, MI 219 24,845 898 3.6 745 3.0 $3,727 Knynenburg MI 219 24,845 898 3.6 745 3.0 Tracy & Theresa Sohn North Branch, MI 129 22,731 930 4.1 705 3.1 $3,725 Sohn MI 129 22,731 930 4.1 705 3.1 Carter Farms LLC Crystal, MI 117 25,243 865 3.4 788 3.1 $3,723 LLC MI 117 25,243 865 3.4 788 3.1 Chris & Mike Rasmussen Edmore, MI 809 25,415 868 3.4 783 3.1 $3,722 Rasmussen MI 809 25,415 868 3.4 783 3.1 Twin River Dairy Inc. Freeport, MI 421 20,714 928 4.5 695 3.4 $3,692 Inc. MI 421 20,714 928 4.5 695 3.4 Marvin Ramer Nappanee, IN 68 23,311 883 3.8 745 3.2 $3,682 Ramer IN 68 23,311 883 3.8 745 3.2 Arden & Nicholas Eadie Conklin, MI 451 25,741 840 3.3 770 3.0 $3,630 Eadie MI 451 25,741 840 3.3 770 3.0 Taylor Creek Farm LLC Pickford, MI 29 20,353 894 4.4 705 3.5 $3,623 LLC MI 29 20,353 894 4.4 705 3.5 Wes Weaver Sheldon, WI 154 22,909 883 3.9 710 3.1 $3,616 Weaver WI 154 22,909 883 3.9 710 3.1 Dan Armbruster Syracuse, IN 80 19,785 908 4.6 680 3.4 $3,610 Armbruster IN 80 19,785 908 4.6 680 3.4 Robert & Veronica Dallas Harbor Beach, MI 57 22,053 866 3.9 712 3.2 $3,573 Dallas MI 57 22,053 866 3.9 712 3.2 Lem-D-Acres Hilbert, WI 81 23,186 850 3.7 721 3.1 $3,554 Lem-D-Acres WI 81 23,186 850 3.7 721 3.1 Robert & Veronica Dallas Harbor Beach, MI 156 24,633 829 3.4 730 3.0 $3,525 Dallas MI 156 24,633 829 3.4 730 3.0 Saxon Homestead Farms Cleveland, WI 587 19,535 873 4.5 676 3.5 $3,514 Farms WI 587 19,535 873 4.5 676 3.5

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TOP DOLLAR VALUE PROTEIN BREED COWS BY AGE HERD OWNER

ADDRESS

COW ID

SIRE ID

AGE

MILK

FAT

305 DAY LACTATIONS

FAT %

PROT

PROT %

VALUE

Ayrshire

Petro Farms Gobles, MI 93 Jr 2 yr 24,562 1,233 5.0 738 3.0 $4,556 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN BRENDA BURDETTE Jr 2 yr 19,978 1,069 5.4 690 3.5 $4,035 Miller Vue Hastings, MI 603 BURDETTE Sr 2 yr 23,639 887 3.8 738 3.1 $3,680 James Van Buskirk Carleton, MI 3160 LOCHINVAR Sr 2 yr 19,104 806 4.2 634 3.3 $3,267 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN TETRA BURDETTE Jr 3 yr 28,014 1,339 4.8 1,004 3.6 $5,321 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN SIMMAN BURDETTE Jr 3 yr 27,965 1,333 4.8 951 3.4 $5,209 Petro Farms Gobles, MI 7629 BALTIMORE Sr 3 yr 24,555 924 3.8 778 3.2 $3,850 Andrew & Melanie Lucht Antigo, WI SYDNEY POMEROY Sr 3 yr 25,235 930 3.7 753 3.0 $3,823 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN CLEO DOUBLWHAMMY 4 yr 34,082 1,561 4.6 1,204 3.5 $6,270 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN MARGE 142563 4 yr 28,714 1,343 4.7 1,017 3.5 $5,358 Jacobs Hillview Dairy Inc. Hilbert, WI 10022 PASSELI *TF 5 yr 28,971 1,036 3.6 937 3.2 $4,441 Kent Folkema Fremont, MI 18 5 yr 27,390 995 3.6 924 3.4 $4,307 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN TUESDAY BB KELLOGG Aged 26,686 1,390 5.2 956 3.6 $5,356 Tim Busch Cecil, WI BLUE PARDNER Aged 24,779 1,118 4.5 742 3.0 $4,275 Brown Swiss Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN PINK GOLDEN BOY Jr 2 yr 32,304 1,458 4.5 1,176 3.6 $5,952 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN TANGLED BROOKINGS Jr 2 yr 30,771 1,503 4.9 1,117 3.6 $5,951 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN SBEATY TANBARK Sr 2 yr 36,966 2,079 5.6 1,372 3.7 $7,892 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN JOANNA DOMINATOR Sr 2 yr 37,051 1,898 5.1 1,342 3.6 $7,382 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN JOJO ALTAJOEL Jr 3 yr 30,576 1,464 4.8 1,111 3.6 $5,841 Twinkle-Hill Brown Swiss Watertown, WI 862 TANBARK Jr 3 yr 29,687 1,381 4.7 1,080 3.6 $5,572 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN FRAN VIGOR Sr 3 yr 34,616 2,027 5.9 1,279 3.7 $7,582 Shiloh Dairy Greenleaf, WI 8077 BROOKINGS Sr 3 yr 28,535 1,390 4.9 1,080 3.8 $5,589 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN LANG SECRET 4 yr 48,980 2,754 5.6 1,849 3.8 $10,511 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN WHISPER VIGOR 4 yr 32,564 1,667 5.1 1,167 3.6 $6,463 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN MARDALE TITANIUM 5 yr 31,684 1,672 5.3 1,146 3.6 $6,433 Twinkle-Hill Brown Swiss Watertown, WI 720 5 yr 33,317 1,429 4.3 1,133 3.4 $5,806 Twinkle-Hill Brown Swiss Watertown, WI 572 SUPREME Aged 34,912 1,416 4.1 1,173 3.4 $5,853 Jenlar Swiss Chilton, WI TREAT DYNASTY Aged 29,525 1,441 4.9 994 3.4 $5,566 Guernsey Verl A Weaver Goshen, IN MARISSA ANSWER Jr 2 yr 19,970 1,213 6.1 616 3.1 $4,263 Verl A Weaver Goshen, IN TESS RAINIER Jr 2 yr 19,994 974 4.9 683 3.4 $3,783 Dale & Becky Voelz Leopolis, WI LAYLA BANGER Sr 2 yr 17,755 818 4.6 642 3.6 $3,305 Double-Take Dairy, LLC Clintonville, WI 707 ROYALTY Sr 2 yr 17,070 801 4.7 538 3.2 $3,071 Dean Kronk Elkhart, IN RAPID BOLERO Jr 3 yr 24,556 1,183 4.8 853 3.5 $4,638 Verl A Weaver Goshen, IN KARAMEL ADVANCE Jr 3 yr 21,451 1,251 5.8 721 3.4 $4,556 Verl A Weaver Goshen, IN MARTY ALTANIC Sr 3 yr 26,971 1,430 5.3 831 3.1 $5,232 Verl A Weaver Goshen, IN SAGE LEVI Sr 3 yr 20,036 1,162 5.8 656 3.3 $4,207 Verl A Weaver Goshen, IN EMILY AARON 4 yr 24,436 1,544 6.3 819 3.4 $5,485 Verl A Weaver Goshen, IN MARGO YOGIBEAR 4 yr 23,746 1,526 6.4 757 3.2 $5,324 Lyle & Carla Weaver Goshen, IN DASH CHALLENGE 5 yr 17,708 885 5.0 705 4.0 $3,588 Thurow Farms, LLC Scottville, MI 395 ALSTAR 5 yr 16,934 784 4.6 678 4.0 $3,281 Thurow Farms, LLC Scottville, MI 421 Aged 24,200 1,175 4.9 778 3.2 $4,481 Dean Kronk Elkhart, IN BIBBY BANGER Aged 24,314 1,037 4.3 753 3.1 $4,088

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TOP DOLLAR VALUE PROTEIN BREED COWS BY AGE 305 DAY LACTATIONS HERD OWNER

ADDRESS

COW ID

SIRE ID

AGE

MILK

FAT

FAT %

PROT

PROT %

VALUE

Jersey Brent Moyer Caro, MI 63 LYNDON Jr 2 yr 28,555 1,292 4.5 960 3.4 $5,125 Ron & Nicole Wussow Cecil, WI 511 SUREFIRE Jr 2 yr 27,548 1,237 4.5 872 3.2 $4,823 Shiloh Dairy Greenleaf, WI 9248 Jr 2 yr 24,602 1,245 5.1 862 3.5 $4,811 Matt Grams Harrisville, MI 90 SUCCESS Jr 2 yr 20,281 1,268 6.3 839 4.1 $4,807 Johnson Farm LLC Daggett, MI 2110 O-STYLE Sr 2 yr 35,546 1,484 4.2 1,073 3.0 $5,846 Ron & Nicole Wussow Cecil, WI 441 DRIVER Sr 2 yr 34,556 1,345 3.9 1,120 3.2 $5,577 Country Aire Farms Greenleaf, WI 12197 ROY Sr 2 yr 24,141 1,348 5.6 925 3.8 $5,182 Country Aire Farms Greenleaf, WI 12858 Sr 2 yr 23,941 1,335 5.6 913 3.8 $5,127 Country Aire Farms Greenleaf, WI 11911 VITO Jr 3 yr 38,520 1,484 3.9 1,226 3.2 $6,137 Shiloh Dairy Greenleaf, WI 7864 ARON Jr 3 yr 26,273 1,511 5.8 1,089 4.1 $5,899 Shiloh Dairy Greenleaf, WI 8500 SAM Jr 3 yr 24,746 1,550 6.3 1,033 4.2 $5,889 Shiloh Dairy Greenleaf, WI 8601 SAM Jr 3 yr 26,289 1,523 5.8 1,002 3.8 $5,772 Country Aire Farms Greenleaf, WI 10968 ACCESS Sr 3 yr 36,435 1,517 4.2 1,208 3.3 $6,178 Badger Holstein Unity, WI 1109 IATOLA Sr 3 yr 26,797 1,494 5.6 959 3.6 $5,624 Grass Ridge Farm LLC Pittsville, WI 50 65599253 Sr 3 yr 29,640 1,403 4.7 1,063 3.6 $5,596 Susan Green Eslie, MI PLUSH ACADEMY Sr 3 yr 32,155 1,356 4.2 1,104 3.4 $5,564 Jenks Jersey Farms Marathon City, WI 2193 FABULOUS TREASURE 4 yr 28,430 1,625 5.7 1,066 3.7 $6,155 Country Aire Farms Greenleaf, WI 10449 ALEXANDER 4 yr 32,335 1,563 4.8 1,094 3.4 $6,068 Shiloh Dairy Greenleaf, WI 6980 CELEBRITY 4 yr 31,417 1,435 4.6 1,122 3.6 $5,792 Wayside Dairy Greenleaf, WI 10345 MAXIMUS 4 yr 26,511 1,591 6.0 897 3.4 $5,754 Ron & Nicole Wussow Cecil, WI 201 BARBARIAN 5 yr 27,850 1,614 5.8 997 3.6 $5,999 Ron & Nicole Wussow Cecil, WI NORA VINDICATION 5 yr 27,286 1,527 5.6 1,088 4.0 $5,943 United Pride Dairy LLC Phillips, WI 9754 5 yr 27,137 1,404 5.2 1,049 3.9 $5,562 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN DAWN GOVERNOR 5 yr 27,972 1,324 4.7 1,005 3.6 $5,284 Herrema Dairy Fair Oaks, IN 14051 SPIKE Aged 28,680 1,605 5.6 1,042 3.6 $6,062 United Pride Dairy LLC Phillips, WI 9187 Aged 30,602 1,471 4.8 1,045 3.4 $5,739 Walnutdale Farms Wayland, MI 3509 Aged 22,023 1,417 6.4 880 4.0 $5,264 Grass Ridge Farm LLC Pittsville, WI 4 IMPULS Aged 25,194 1,298 5.2 980 3.9 $5,161 Milking Shorthorn Johnson Farm LLC Daggett, MI 2306 WALDHORE Jr 2 yr 28,039 1,123 4.0 890 3.2 $4,571 Petro Farms Gobles, MI 84 Jr 2 yr 29,491 1,007 3.4 879 3.0 $4,265 Mark Yeazel Eaton, OH 735 Sr 2 yr 16,677 758 4.5 599 3.6 $3,071 Petro Farms Gobles, MI 85 Sr 2 yr 18,398 766 4.2 580 3.2 $3,065 Petro Farms Gobles, MI 745 Jr 3 yr 28,727 1,123 3.9 806 2.8 $4,422 Brandon & Corey Fleming Jackson, MI 3110 TED Jr 3 yr 20,480 828 4.0 690 3.4 $3,430 Charlie & Katie Bue Alma Center, WI CHICAGO JOHNATHAN 4 yr 25,005 987 3.9 875 3.5 $4,187 Paul Rodes Deford, MI 33 4 yr 20,557 959 4.7 704 3.4 $3,786 Johnson Farm LLC Daggett, MI 9308 ROZEL 5 yr 27,897 1,070 3.8 986 3.5 $4,610 Auburnvale Swiss Fremont, WI SEQUIN KOURT 5 yr 26,796 966 3.6 835 3.1 $4,070 Twin Oak Farms Dorchester, WI APRICOT KING Aged 22,712 879 3.9 763 3.4 $3,701 Thad Coning Goshen, IN 1008 461269 Aged 22,729 831 3.7 758 3.3 $3,571 Red & White River Ridge Dairy Co.,Inc. Coopersville, MI 3249 DURHAM-RED Jr 2 yr 30,056 1,391 4.6 899 3.0 $5,271 River Ridge Dairy Co.,Inc. Coopersville, MI 3169 Jr 2 yr 34,541 1,323 3.8 979 2.8 $5,266 River Ridge Dairy Co.,Inc. Coopersville, MI 2601 DAGGER-RED Sr 2 yr 29,900 1,422 4.8 878 2.9 $5,310 Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI 2330 MAURY Sr 2 yr 32,095 1,282 4.0 977 3.0 $5,147 River Ridge Dairy Co.,Inc. Coopersville, MI 1603 JORDAN-RED Jr 3 yr 31,693 1,522 4.8 984 3.1 $5,762 River Ridge Dairy Co.,Inc. Coopersville, MI 2064 LIAISON-P*RC Jr 3 yr 35,077 1,465 4.2 971 2.8 $5,611 River Ridge Dairy Co.,Inc. Coopersville, MI 1807 ARUDOLF-RED Sr 3 yr 28,752 1,786 6.2 878 3.1 $6,221 James & Joseph Rieden Mount Calvary, WI 1127 LOGAN-RED Sr 3 yr 34,137 1,303 3.8 1,058 3.1 $5,357 River Ridge Dairy Co.,Inc. Coopersville, MI 1373 ALTATAILOR-RED 4 yr 32,891 1,852 5.6 951 2.9 $6,539 River Ridge Dairy Co.,Inc. Coopersville, MI 1327 4 yr 35,263 1,731 4.9 1,102 3.1 $6,519 River Ridge Dairy Co.,Inc. Coopersville, MI 9990 5 yr 30,150 1,767 5.9 994 3.3 $6,390 River Ridge Dairy Co.,Inc. Coopersville, MI 451 5 yr 36,507 1,562 4.3 996 2.7 $5,907 Ladine Farms Bellevue, MI 104 Aged 38,373 1,407 3.7 1,188 3.1 $5,874 Juengels Corner Oak Grand Blanc, MI BOOMER KIAN Aged 33,022 1,520 4.6 1,044 3.2 $5,872

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TOP LIFETIME COWS FOR MILK PRODUCTION HERD OWNER

ADDRESS

COW ID

SIRE ID

LACT. #

MILK

FAT

FAT %

PROT

Holstein Kinnard Farms Inc. Casco, WI 4301 WINDBREAKER 8 408,022 11,928 2.9 10,663 Gordon Dick McBain, MI 843 MATHIE 10 384,270 15,939 4.1 10,892 Kohlman Dairy LLC Chilton, WI 1024 9 378,062 12,738 3.4 10,071 Harold Dodde Falmouth, MI 1455 DANE 12 376,583 13,988 3.7 10,876 Harold Dodde Falmouth, MI 1519 DANE 9 366,217 13,138 3.6 10,196 H & K Dairy Bannister, MI 1280 9 363,441 12,386 3.4 10,460 Kohlman Dairy LLC Chilton, WI 639 WIZARD 12 360,638 11,864 3.3 10,381 Lew-Max Holstein LLC Belding, MI 2628 BREEZE 7 359,095 11,123 3.1 10,879 Oesch Swisslane Alto, MI 3598 WARRIOR 11 357,202 14,054 3.9 9,902 Badger Holsteins Unity, WI 226 SAILOR 11 356,477 13,094 3.7 10,482 Ron Brinks McBain, MI COOKIE WIZARD 10 355,049 9,941 2.8 9,160 Sam Yonkman McBain, MI 620 128086528 10 354,788 12,785 3.6 10,095 Cary Dairy Farm Battle Creek, MI 4199 BRASS 10 354,483 12,605 3.6 10,250 Gordon Dick McBain, MI 1204 BLITZ 6 348,486 11,978 3.4 8,674 Grass Ridge Farm LLC Pittsville, WI 1000 MR SHIPS 7 342,267 13,108 3.8 11,270 Doug & Scott Long Clayton, MI NANCY STROMATIC 10 340,490 14,754 4.3 11,489 Bob, Mike & Matt Cnossen Falmouth, MI 2337 MAGNUM 12 338,880 16,845 5.0 10,383 Tag Lane Farm Ixonia, WI 6153 TREDWAY 9 337,896 14,088 4.2 10,823 Walnutdale Farms Wayland, MI 7825 11 337,760 11,410 3.4 10,248 Lew-Max Holstein LLC Belding, MI 2393 MOSCOW 9 335,854 11,463 3.4 9,381 Twin River Dairy Inc. Freeport, MI 21 MOE 12 334,963 12,298 3.7 10,103 Chapin Family Farms Remus, MI 2785 MCNEAL 10 333,908 11,774 3.5 9,936 Country Aire Farms Greenleaf, WI 7021 8 332,712 11,251 3.4 8,979 Paul Meyer Byron Center, MI 2764 DURHAM 7 329,194 8,483 2.6 7,661 Quantum Dairy LLC Weyauwega, WI 43 11 328,314 10,969 3.3 9,650 Oesch SwissLane Alto, MI 4801 TOUCH 9 327,014 12,046 3.7 10,059 Ted & Jonathan Keenan Osseo, MI 761 9 326,917 8,085 2.5 8,943 Tag Lane Farm Ixonia, WI 6150 O MAN 9 326,279 11,882 3.6 9,401 River Ridge Dairy Co. Coopersville, MI 5882 LINDSAY 12 325,659 13,469 4.1 9,344 Dan, Paul & Nate Elzinga Zeeland, MI 1800 BRITT 9 325,570 12,351 3.8 10,161 Oesch Swisslane Alto, MI 4307 DILLON 10 324,704 9,066 2.8 8,818 Rich-Ro Dairy St Johns, MI 376 ALTATMAC 11 322,414 9,955 3.1 8,777 Troy Haynes Middleton, MI 80 11 321,713 3,982 1.2 4,175 Brecht Farm Shepherd, MI DIANE MARATHON 9 321,195 10,209 3.2 8,796 Gordon Dick McBain, MI 1325 DAMION 6 318,622 10,531 3.3 8,870 Bob Van Daalwyk Hilbert, WI 413 SIR 8 317,575 10,257 3.2 8,560 Quantum Dairy LLC Weyauwega, WI 3096 PIPPEN 8 316,055 11,805 3.7 10,229 Quantum Dairy LLC Weyauwega, WI 62 11 315,595 11,022 3.5 9,479 Buning Dairy LLC Falmouth, MI 2202 PIPPEN 9 315,278 11,868 3.8 9,894 H & K Dairy Bannister, MI 1293 BLUE RIBBON 8 315,071 10,028 3.2 8,490 Kinnard Farms Inc. Casco, WI 4802 FREDERICK 8 313,990 7,458 2.4 8,423 Bruce Martin Whittemore, MI 323 SAILOR 8 313,418 13,055 4.2 9,758 Gordon Dick McBain, MI 1190 O MAN 7 312,530 11,451 3.7 9,448 Nor-Bert Farms Bremen, IN VIVAN INTRIGUE 9 311,967 13,929 4.5 10,012 Chapin Family Farms Remus, MI 2949 O MAN 8 311,380 10,877 3.5 9,185 Pebble Knolls Dairy Brandon, WI 1814 ALI 9 311,266 8,725 2.8 9,318 Doug Seiler Carson City, MI 339 9 310,817 10,827 3.5 9,365 Nobis Dairy Farms St Johns, MI 5162 ABE 8 310,681 10,914 3.5 8,965 Country Aire Farms Greenleaf, WI 4839 DIE-HARD 9 309,338 12,232 4.0 8,838 Lew-Max Holstein LLC Belding, MI 2674 LIBERTY 8 308,136 11,279 3.7 8,782 Lake Breeze Dairy Malone, WI 8809 8 308,102 8,402 2.7 8,470 United Pride Dairy LLC Phillips, WI 2326 CLOVER 8 307,360 11,559 3.8 9,560 Dan & Tim Liner Van Dyne, WI 1062 O MAN 8 307,326 10,671 3.5 9,772 Brantmeier Hilrose Dairy Sherwood, WI VICTORI GOLDWYN 7 307,261 12,078 3.9 8,718 Lake Breeze Dairy Malone, WI 8715 9 307,039 9,391 3.1 8,484 Dave & Stacy Jauquet Luxemburg, WI LUKA PIED 9 306,988 11,546 3.8 9,414 Doug Westendorp Nashville, MI 1252 MAGNET 8 306,825 8,824 2.9 7,685 Crailoo Dairy Farm LLC Brownsville, WI 269 DUTCH BOY 9 306,461 11,486 3.7 9,407 Dave & Stacy Jauquet Luxemburg, WI 1824 8 306,455 10,445 3.4 8,730 Ladine Farms Bellevue, MI 11 STEADY 9 305,638 10,775 3.5 9,186 Kinnard Farms Inc. Casco, WI 5063 BOW 7 305,102 11,562 3.8 8,947 Autumn Vista Dairy McBain, MI 5497 MAGNA 9 304,921 9,717 3.2 8,320 Badger Holsteins Unity, WI 3134 JEBADIAH 8 303,859 10,867 3.6 9,338 Gordon Dick McBain, MI 1261 O MAN 7 303,838 11,156 3.7 9,057 Tag Lane Farm Ixonia, WI 4854 6 303,733 10,331 3.4 8,691 Cary Dairy Farm Battle Creek, MI 5041 CUMULUS 8 303,465 10,337 3.4 8,751 Seidls Mtn View Dairy Luxemburg, WI 1811 8 303,138 6,483 2.1 7,998 Kent Folkema Fremont, MI 1538 9 302,810 11,659 3.9 9,445 Mike Lyon Eaton Rapids, MI 590 BRONWIN 8 302,753 8,137 2.7 8,006 Lew-Max Holstein LLC Belding, MI 2719 AUGUSTINE 8 302,283 9,562 3.2 8,236 H & K Dairy Bannister, MI 1242 RUDOLPH 8 302,054 10,079 3.3 8,595

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PROT % 2.6 2.8 2.7 2.9 2.8 2.9 2.9 3.0 2.8 2.9 2.6 2.8 2.9 2.5 3.3 3.4 3.1 3.2 3.0 2.8 3.0 3.0 2.7 2.3 2.9 3.1 2.7 2.9 2.9 3.1 2.7 2.7 1.3 2.7 2.8 2.7 3.2 3.0 3.1 2.7 2.7 3.1 3.0 3.2 2.9 3.0 3.0 2.9 2.9 2.9 2.7 3.1 3.2 2.8 2.8 3.1 2.5 3.1 2.8 3.0 2.9 2.7 3.1 3.0 2.9 2.9 2.6 3.1 2.6 2.7 2.8


TOP LIFETIME COWS FOR MILK PRODUCTION

HERD OWNER

ADDRESS

COW ID

SIRE ID

LACT. #

MILK

FAT

FAT %

PROT

PROT %

Holstein Cont. Tag Lane Farm Ixonia, WI 2191 ALTAADAM 9 301,953 10,380 3.4 9,353 Ralph Jr, Patricia & Carl Schlusler Bancroft, MI 530 124916368 11 301,894 8,558 2.8 8,323 Dan & Tim Liner Van Dyne, WI 941 MORTY 9 301,454 10,152 3.4 8,962 Quantum Dairy LLC Weyauwega, WI 3263 PIPPEN 5 300,865 10,399 3.5 9,394 Ken Zuiderveen Falmouth, MI 204 REVENUE 9 300,590 13,125 4.4 9,824 Darrell & Bonita Richard Goshen, IN PHLOX BW MARSHALL 10 300,543 13,123 4.4 9,238 Tag Lane Farm Ixonia, WI 3146 ELAND 10 300,337 11,372 3.8 8,515 Benthem Bros. McBain, MI 2536 O MAN 8 300,334 9,816 3.3 8,146 Ayrshire Tim Busch Cecil, WI FADE TUXEDO 9 220,721 7,769 3.5 6,884 Landstad Dairy LLC Bonduel, WI PEPERMI POKER 8 212,654 6,919 3.3 5,967 Brown Swiss Gary Nielsen Coral, MI 15 ANDY 10 286,037 10,835 3.8 9,186 Thad Coning Goshen, IN 682 ABSOLUTE 11 279,816 10,790 3.9 9,028 Tony Rosbrugh West Branch, MI 2384 11 258,233 12,511 4.8 9,473 Auburnvale Swiss Fremont, WI PUDDING ENERGY 5 246,826 9,228 3.7 8,440 Bill & Lisa Bowerman Quincy, MI MILAN 197108 7 244,485 9,404 3.8 7,798 Auburnvale Swiss Fremont, WI FARRAH 8 239,534 9,423 3.9 7,056 Jenlar Swiss Chilton, WI TREAT DYNASTY 7 232,789 10,390 4.5 7,947 Mark Dietsche Bloomer, WI METEOR 196280 6 215,761 8,094 3.8 6,921 Thad Coning Goshen, IN 924 ZEUS 7 203,963 7,366 3.6 6,014 Jersey Grass Ridge Farm LLC Pittsville, WI 1464 GORDO 8 252,952 10,492 4.1 8,189 Brent Moyer Caro, MI 182 DUNKIRK 7 251,419 6,159 2.4 5,305 Jenks Jersey Farm Marathon City, WI 931 ADVENTURE 10 235,180 11,141 4.7 9,163 Jenks Jersey Farm Marathon City, WI 345 RESCUE 8 217,140 8,628 4.0 7,473 Michael Heckaman Argos, IN BELLE SAMBO 8 216,979 9,879 4.6 7,537 Michael Heckaman Argos, IN PATSY CONNECTION 11 204,513 10,771 5.3 7,257 Jenks Jersey Farm Marathon City, WI 1320 PARKER 8 203,240 8,974 4.4 7,541 Saxon Homestead Farms Cleveland, WI 1743 PARAGON 11 200,852 10,114 5.0 7,454 Brent Moyer Caro, MI 189 SULTAN 4 200,503 4,947 2.5 3,755 Red & White Arden & Nicholas Eadie Conklin, MI 2905 REDWOOD-RC 8 316,405 11,662 3.7 9,214 James & Joseph Rieden Mount Calvary, WI 355 MARMAX 6 252,000 8,307 3.3 7,391 Arden & Nicholas Eadie Conklin, MI 3337 8 249,068 7,740 3.1 7,036 Arden & Nicholas Eadie Conklin, MI 3387 LIFE-RED 7 224,212 7,651 3.4 6,313 Arden & Nicholas Eadie Conklin, MI 3532 6 217,474 7,682 3.5 6,422

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HERD OWNER

ADDRESS

Mike Bosscher McBain, MI * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Gilde Farms LLC Ken & Andrea Moeller Dave & Rick Tacoma Crandall Farms LLC Tjerk & Ramona Okkema Gordon Dick Lyle & Carla Weaver Bruce Riffle David & Jaime Owen Raterink Dairy Farm Kohn Farms Ken Meekhof Grass Ridge Farm LLC Wilson Family Farm Beattie Dairy Farm Leroy Zimmerman Duane & Janet Molhoek Sperry Dairy Farm LLC Voight Acres Rodney Daniels Lew-Max Holstein LLC Loren Hanson Jesse & Rachel Thoma Roger Markey Pete & Brenda Bricco Terry Koebel Wes Weaver Dennis Blazek Stuart Farms Winkel Dairy LLC Greg Pluger Brightside Dairy LLC Albert Tiles Brooks Dairy Farms Russell Letter Smith Dairy Farm Chris & Jeremy Brenner Ryan Litwiller Bob, Mike & Matt Cnossen Tim & Sandy Verhage Dale & Becky Voelz Houska Dairy Farm Claytop Holsteins First Farms Benthem Bros. Scotts VDS Ephraim & Esther Martin Greg Illig & Sons Gerard Antuma Ledgerock Dairy LLC Mark Anderson Ken Tebos Kurt Chase Dick Van Rijn Wirth Farms Ladine Farms Abel Acres Inc. Matt Seeley Thad Coning Nienhuis Dairy Farm Nathan & Arlene Nolt Mark & Kathy Endert

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Lake City, MI Seymour, WI Falmouth, MI Battle Creek, MI Blanchard, MI McBain, MI Goshen, IN Custer, MI Pulaski, WI Zeeland, MI Krakow, WI Cadillac, MI Pittsville, WI Carson City, MI Holton, MI Carson City, MI Falmouth, MI Coldwater, MI Shiocton, WI Whittemore, MI Belding, MI Elk Mound, WI Manawa, WI Sandusky, MI Marion, WI Three Oaks, MI Sheldon, WI Oconto Falls, WI Lowell, MI Lake City, MI Marion, MI Greenleaf, WI Scottville, MI Waupaca, WI Seymour, WI Fremont, MI Litchfield, MI Middleton, MI Falmouth, MI Allegan, MI Leopolis, WI Elsie, MI Howard City, MI Ionia, MI McBain, MI Scotts, MI Sheridan, MI West Branch, MI Spruce, MI Larsen, WI Waupaca, WI Falmouth, MI Hastings, MI Deford, MI Evart, MI Bellevue, MI Loyal, WI Shepherd, MI Goshen, IN Zeeland, MI Boyd, WI Gladwin, MI

BREED H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H X H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H H X H H H H B H H H

HERD SIZE 273 239 35 311 314 512 257 85 158 61 97 377 192 558 825 328 74 170 183 259 504 578 294 68 42 51 109 154 193 371 1,068 181 717 88 257 62 132 167 260 533 43 59 169 264 293 1,435 1,857 119 303 413 400 199 141 630 660 690 145 299 85 145 304 82 80

MILK

FAT

26,618 28,775 23,038 28,381 32,787 25,541 33,663 24,900 24,509 25,914 24,817 29,669 26,706 30,899 30,347 24,072 25,973 28,427 27,870 24,676 30,684 33,243 27,443 25,131 25,009 26,344 24,056 22,909 27,935 27,715 30,892 28,675 30,635 24,063 25,513 26,800 23,092 28,339 30,368 28,171 29,401 23,456 23,321 25,372 31,058 28,743 27,121 24,248 26,907 25,291 31,581 30,444 25,704 27,861 30,377 28,384 35,132 31,110 25,827 19,819 27,860 23,352 24,446

1,008 1,078 833 974 1,193 931 1,131 920 985 928 887 1,072 1,013 1,063 1,148 897 972 1,048 1,114 920 1,019 1,220 1,068 942 962 997 891 883 992 1,013 1,154 973 976 829 1,034 1,001 851 955 1,190 1,055 1,109 922 871 1,017 1,002 1,014 819 899 892 860 1,190 1,116 982 1,130 1,063 972 1,171 1,200 931 806 927 868 865

FAT % 3.8 3.7 3.6 3.4 3.6 3.6 3.4 3.7 4.0 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.8 3.4 3.8 3.7 3.7 3.7 4.0 3.7 3.3 3.7 3.9 3.7 3.8 3.8 3.7 3.9 3.6 3.7 3.7 3.4 3.2 3.4 4.1 3.7 3.7 3.4 3.9 3.7 3.8 3.9 3.7 4.0 3.2 3.5 3.0 3.7 3.3 3.4 3.8 3.7 3.8 4.1 3.5 3.4 3.3 3.9 3.6 4.1 3.3 3.7 3.5

PROT 783 823 688 881 993 795 987 744 700 766 765 891 835 960 987 749 791 846 860 759 934 987 836 814 777 788 759 710 892 843 901 848 905 727 783 774 700 847 858 860 897 739 701 787 903 856 805 782 827 774 946 914 791 804 913 829 1,018 910 772 669 839 744 776

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PROT % 2.9 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.1 2.9 3.0 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.3 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.2 3.1 3.0 3.2 3.1 3.2 3.0 2.9 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.1 2.9 3.0 3.0 2.8 3.1 3.1 3.2 3.0 3.1 2.9 3.0 3.0 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.0 3.0 3.1 2.9 3.0 2.9 2.9 2.9 3.0 3.4 3.0 3.2 3.2

VALUE $4,081 $4,339 $3,451 $4,181 $4,956 $3,903 $4,793 $3,780 $3,862 $3,845 $3,735 $4,452 $4,188 $4,560 $4,820 $3,728 $4,001 $4,304 $4,493 $3,806 $4,401 $5,015 $4,331 $3,964 $3,946 $4,061 $3,731 $3,616 $4,244 $4,207 $4,682 $4,120 $4,240 $3,517 $4,141 $4,048 $3,518 $4,071 $4,692 $4,346 $4,554 $3,770 $3,572 $4,105 $4,304 $4,238 $3,647 $3,793 $3,870 $3,685 $4,857 $4,608 $4,025 $4,432 $4,472 $4,082 $4,956 $4,815 $3,863 $3,334 $3,984 $3,642 $3,698

SCC ACTUAL 55,000 57,000 60,000 62,000 62,000 62,000 64,000 65,000 65,000 68,000 68,000 68,000 69,000 69,000 69,000 70,000 71,000 71,000 71,000 72,000 72,000 72,000 73,000 74,000 77,000 77,000 78,000 78,000 78,000 79,000 79,000 80,000 80,000 81,000 81,000 82,000 82,000 83,000 83,000 83,000 84,000 85,000 85,000 86,000 86,000 86,000 86,000 87,000 87,000 87,000 88,000 89,000 90,000 90,000 90,000 90,000 91,000 91,000 92,000 92,000 92,000 93,000 94,000


HERDS < 100,000 SCC & ≥ 3,000 DOLLAR VALUE 3X

HERD OWNER

ADDRESS

BREED

HERD SIZE

MILK

FAT

FAT %

PROT

PROT %

VALUE

SCC ACTUAL

* Lemajru Dairy Farm LLC West Branch, MI H 128 24,051 909 3.8 757 3.1 $3,772 94,000 Eric Steenstra Coopersville, MI H 177 24,640 907 3.7 749 3.0 $3,755 94,000 Dale Brinks McBain, MI H 222 27,579 1,091 4.0 880 3.2 $4,470 94,000 * * * * * *

Meadow Muth Farms LLC Matt & Sarah Winker Randy & Cindy Dragt Ron Brinks Hoffman’s Happy Holsteins LLC Rudy Klisiewicz Marvin Ramer Sparks Quaker Acres Sunburst Swiss Milk Source Genetics LLC Nickleplate Farms Skudlarek Dairy Farm Jered Litwiller Norm Hammond Chapin Family Farms Jason & Leann Szakal Wolschleger Dairy Mark & Ellen Schaefer

Frankenmuth, MI Belgium, WI Howard City, MI McBain, MI Peshtigo, WI Stanley, WI Nappanee, IN Fremont, MI De Forest, WI Kaukauna, WI Ionia, MI Posen, MI Carson City, MI Dowling, MI Remus, MI Corunna, MI Harbor Beach, MI West Bend, WI

H H H H H H X H B H H H H H H H H H

401 116 222 229 594 85 236 427 35 65 385 244 268 481 746 71 126 132

30,222 25,360 25,154 29,780 34,483 22,411 24,015 30,197 24,527 23,795 23,912 23,297 25,866 29,739 31,364 21,351 26,271 24,208

1,063 891 931 1,017 1,094 880 866 1,104 891 930 863 834 901 1,053 1,173 818 959 877

3.5 3.5 3.7 3.4 3.2 3.9 3.6 3.7 3.6 3.9 3.6 3.6 3.5 3.5 3.7 3.8 3.7 3.6

878 749 775 888 1,013 714 742 907 845 753 722 718 783 865 945 656 785 754

2.9 3.0 3.1 3.0 2.9 3.2 3.1 3.0 3.4 3.2 3.0 3.1 3.0 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.0 3.1

$4,408 $3,719 $3,865 $4,308 $4,751 $3,614 $3,637 $4,564 $3,888 $3,817 $3,592 $3,509 $3,808 $4,357 $4,812 $3,348 $3,959 $3,687

94,000 95,000 95,000 95,000 95,000 96,000 96,000 96,000 97,000 97,000 97,000 98,000 98,000 98,000 98,000 99,000 99,000 99,000

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2016 NorthStar Cooperative DHI Annual Performance Summary

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NorthStar Breaks Ground for New Wisconsin Laboratory NorthStar Cooperative broke ground September 8 for a new laboratory in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. The new location will be home to a state-of-the-art facility which will perform sample analyses for NorthStar’s DHI Services, as well as milk, blood, fecal and tissue sample analyses for a variety of production, disease and health related traits. The new 11,700 square foot facility will be equipped with advanced tools and technologies including infrared spectroscopy, flow cytometry and ELISA, allowing for sample analyses for BVD, Johne’s, leukosis, mastitis, MUN, neospora, progesterone, pregnancy, fat, protein, SCC and more. Scheduled for completion next spring, the expanded facility will also include office and meeting space to support the 250+ NorthStar team. “It is an exciting time at NorthStar as we make significant capital investments in the state of Wisconsin to enhance our growing business ventures,” said Mark Adam, NorthStar Cooperative General Manager. “The future Kaukauna site benefits both our member-owners and customers as we become more efficient with our services, ensuring that our future is as bright and as wide as our imagination will allow.” Established in 1944, NorthStar has been providing Select Sires genetics and reproduction services to Wisconsin dairy and beef producers since 1975. In 2000, the Cooperative began providing DHI Services as a result of mergers with Michigan DHI, and Fox Valley DHI in Wisconsin. • Monitors activity, eating time, rumination and temperature • Saves valuable time and money • SensOor ear tag, no collars or batteries to change • Easy installation - plug and play • Solid state equipment with a five-year warranty

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Over the past 16 years, interest in NorthStar’s DHI Services has skyrocketed. As a result, NorthStar has outgrown the current Appleton laboratory location which has been in operation since 2000. Today, the Wisconsin lab processes more than 2 million samples annually for producers using NorthStar’s DHI Services, as well as veterinarians, industry and producers from across the U.S. who send samples direct for analysis. NorthStar’s two laboratories process more than 4.3 million samples annually.


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