#PolledPlace July/August 2019

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Volume 33 - July/August 2019

Your Source for Polled Dairy Cattle!

#PolledPanel Meriville Farm & Bestyet A.I. Sires #PolledPassport Mosnang Holsteins #PolledPrices

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Breeder Perspectives on POLLED

This magazine was developed for those passionate about Polled! In the #PolledPanel feature of #PolledPlace, breeders have the opportunity to share their perspective on Polled. Thank you to Martha Hoffman for sharing your Polled story and views on the future of Polled Milking Shorthorns and Dutch Belted!

Meriville Farm & Bestyet A.I. Sires - Winifred, Martha & Miriam Hoffman - Illinois Farm Background is another new bull we are using a lot today Our farm was started in 1936 when John for his balanced dual-purpose qualities. We and Rosa Hoffman married and started a really like what the calves are looking like so small herd of primarily Polled Milking Shortfar. horn cows. Their son Kenneth took the reins Bestyet Famous-P (our new Polled, A2/ on the dairy farm, adding the Dutch Belted A2 Dutch Belted bull) has given us nice calves breed in 1981. After his passing in 2005, his this year, and we are looking forward to confamily carried on the breeding operation. tinue to use him in our herd. Today his widow, Winifred, and daughters What are your thoughts on the availability Martha and Miriam manage the dairy herd of Polled bulls? and semen business, Bestyet A.I. Sires, that We’re glad to see that Polled is becombegan in the early 1980s. Other family meming more popular. We’re doing our part to bers are involved in varying degrees. provide a wide selection of Polled bulls, with The Milking Shorthorns use the Merivsix Milking Shorthorn and two Dutch Belted ille prefix, and the Dutch Belted herd uses Pictured L-R: Miriam, Martha & Winifred sires currently on our semen list. Bestyet. We provide semen and breeding What would you like to see available in the stock to farmers across the nation who want hardy, grass-based future? genetics for milk production with emphasis on management ease. There is always room for more good Polled bulls, especially How long have you been breeding for Polled and what inspired with traits for long-lasting, low-input cows that are an asset on any you to start? dairy farm. We hope to see more Homozygous Polled bulls becomKenneth always appreciated his Polled Milking Shorthorns, but ing available. emphasized selection for dairy production and excellent udders. Where do you see the future of Polled in your breed? In the past several years, we have decided to add Polled to our list In the Milking Shorthorn breed, we’d like to see more cow of important selection traits. Recently, we found a Polled Dutch families represented to provide the genetic diversity necessary to Belted bull that enabled us to start getting our first Polled animals sustain a higher population of Polled animals. of that breed. In the Dutch Belted breed, the Polled trait is so rare that it What is your breeding philosophy for Polled? isn’t practical to try to have a herd of all Polled animals, but it can We love the benefit of having cows born “dehorned,” and it is definitely become more common, especially by utilizing the breeda major priority in our breeding program. However, we want to be ing-up program. sure they are of practical type and production as well. Additional comments Who was your first Polled cow? We love to network with other Polled breeders—feel free to reach The family’s first Polled Milking Shorthorns came to the herd out! Visit www.bestyetaisires.com for more. long before any of us current farmers were born, so we can’t pinpoint the cows specifically. In the Dutch Belted breed, our first Polled cow was Bestyet Esmerelda-P, from one of the best cow families of the breed. Her grandson is our first Polled and A2/A2 Dutch Belted bull, Bestyet Famous-P, who we collected last fall. What cow families are you breeding Polled into? We’re using Polled whenever we can, keeping in mind our other selection goals, so we are moving towards having Polled cattle in all the cow families. What Polled bulls are represented in your herd? In our Milking Shorthorns, the foundation for many of our Polled animals is the Homozygous Polled bull Meadowbrook Chieftain 9th from a noted Polled breeder in the 1950s. Most of the Polled bulls that factor into our herd are homebred, like our Outlaw son Meriville Outstanding-P. We also have used our two Chieftain sons, Meriville Milk More-P (whose dam was a full sister to the great Meriville Peerless) and Meriville Matchmaker-P. We have used a few Polled outcross bulls like Rojahns Iris NKT Lancer N-ET-P, Adam-P and Ironman-P. The foundation Polled Dutch Belted bull we used was Galoffs Jumbo Eddie, followed by his son, Bestyet Fortified-P. What Polled bulls are you currently using? We’re really excited to be using Finnochio, an A2/A2, Heterozygous Polled bull from the Cantagree grazing dairy in Utah. He’s a native Milking Shorthorn linebred for milk production and good udders, making him a promising sire to use as an outcross in our herd. Meriville Prince Wildflower-P (Homozygous Polled and A1/A2)

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Poley, Ardachie's Polled Pioneer

Congratulations to Ronald Eustice on his fantastic "Polled Pioneers" history. RIP the late Bill Maness of Jersey Origins who compiled the Polled Jersey pedigrees for the book. POLLED the humane choice POLLED nature’s dehorner POLLED the future is now!

Ardachie POLLED Jerseys Marton, New Zealand Email: ardachie@xtra.co.nz

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THANK YOU to the consignors, buyers, bidders and everyone that helped to make this a great sale! Sales staff and cattle prep crew, THANK YOU for all of your hard work! Just over 70% of the animals on the sale were sold to 6 states and 1 province. We wish you the best with your new purchases and look forward to hearing about the memories you make! Special THANK YOU to Manannah-Valley Farms and the Schmitz/Butterfass/Nelson families for hosting the 2019 PolledPlace & Bouquet of Breeds Sale! Sale prices, updates and buyers list can be found on the sale page of Polled Dairy Cattle #PolledPlace website at www.polleddairycattle.com.

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#PolledPhotos "Brunch with a touch of Polled" Goers

Family Dairy LLC in Wisconsin hosted the Shawano County Brunch on the Farm in June. Over 4,400 people were served brunch and countless others came to check out the farm. Matt Goers shared, "Our entire family enjoyed welcoming all the guests for a very special day and also celebrating 150 years of farming the same land. Another fun highlight for me was meeting fellow Polled breeders I’ve never met before that I met through social media. Dan Hinz, Erica Lundberg and Paul Giese all came from different parts of the state to see the farm and of course talk about Polled genetics!" Aerial photo by Distinct Aerial Shots

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June 28 62nd National Jersey Heifer Sale Saratoga Springs, New York June 28 The Legacy of Golden Rose Genetics Christiana, Pennsylvania July 5 Grand National Ayrshire Sale Hamburg, New York August 13 USDA/CDCB Proof Evaluations August 20 Sept/Oct #PolledPlace Deadline August 20 #PolledPromoters Directory Deadline August 24-25 Mox Weekend Tag Sale Markdorf, Germany October 1-5 World Dairy Expo Madison, Wisconsin October 15 Nov/Dec #PolledPlace Deadline December 3 USDA/CDCB Proof Evaluations



A Focus on International POLLED

The Marketplace for POLLED

Mosnang Holsteins - Markus Hehli - Canada Farm Background My parents moved to the farm in Alberta in 1980 from Switzerland and started with a 40 cow tie stall. We now milk closer to 100 cows with a free stall and a flat parlour (or step up/walk through). We also farm about 400 acres of land with alfalfa, barley, and a little corn for our own forage. How long have you been breeding for Polled and what inspired you to start? What is your breeding philosophy for Polled? I started with Polled over 10 years ago with Lawn Boy P. I like the ease of Mosnang Ammo Whisky 7 P-Red Polled cattle and find it to be another Res. Jr. Champion Alberta Dairy Congress Photo © Cowsmo niche to add to my breeding program. Over the last few years, I've been using quite a few more as the Polled bull selection has increased. I'm not willing to give up quality and it needs to be a bull that I would use even if he wasn't Polled. I breed for high type animals that are built to produce a lot of milk (and fat) for a long time. Who was your first Polled cow? My first notable Polled was Mosnang Laron Bianca VG. And she produced a Homozygous Polled Ocean Bay that was also VG. What cow families are you breeding Polled into? What Polled bulls are represented in your herd and what Polled bulls are you currently using? I breed any animal that fits the bull to Polled. Many of my top show cows are being bred to Polled bulls. I have a number of Ammo P heifers that I really look forward to calving in later this year. I used a lot of Ammo P and then now more recently I've been getting a number of Macnut PP calves and have been using Mirand PP very heavily with the first ones to be born this summer. What are your thoughts on the availability of Polled bulls? I think the future for Polled is getting quite exciting because we are past the "pioneer stage" and have top quality bulls available so we don't have to sacrifice quality just to get Polled. What would you like to see available in the future? Where do you see the future of Polled in your breed? I think we will see a lot of Polled come up quickly now as we have more and more homozygous bulls to pick from. Visit www.mosnang.com for more!


POLLED Sale Consignments

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The Legacy of Golden Rose Genetics June 28 - Christiana, PA


Grand National Ayrshire Sale July 5 - Hamburg, NY

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Cheryl A. Carlson 1019 Dutch Hill Rd. Tully, NY 13159 315-238-7026 315-696-8133 wetumpka@twcny.rr.com

Home of High Octane Milk Producers 100% JERSEYS 80% POLLED

Polled Testing There are 2 independent origins of polled, one found in Holstein-Friesian and Jersey breeds (Pf), the other in many European breeds of Celtic origin (Pc) such as Angus, Blonde d’Aquitaine, Dexter, Limousin, Charolais, and Hereford, among others. Polledness is dominant; a polled animal can have one or two copies of the gene. All offspring of a bull with 2 copies of polled (homozygous) will be polled. Genetic testing is a cost-effective means to determine if a polled animal has 1 or 2 copies of the gene. The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory offers a test for the polled gene to assist breeders in selecting cattle that have 2 copies of Polled gene. H/H HORNED. No copies of either Polled molecular marker are present. Pf/H POLLED. One copy of the Polled-Friesian molecular marker is present. At least 50% of the offspring will be polled. Pf/Pf POLLED. Two copies of the Polled-Friesian molecular marker are present. All offspring will be polled. Pc/H POLLED. One copy of the Polled-Celtic molecular marker is present. At least 50% of the offspring will be polled. Pc/Pc POLLED. Two copies of the Polled-Celtic molecular marker are present. All offspring will be polled. Pc/Pf POLLED. One copy of Polled-Celtic and 1 copy of Polled-Friesian molecular markers are present. All offspring will be polled.

Phone: (530) 752-2211 www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/Polled.php

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World Dairy Expo - Tools for Dairy's Progress Hard to believe it, but now that summer is here, it will be over before we know it, and it will be my favorite time of year - - WORLD DAIRY EXPO! This year, #PolledPlace is celebrating five years and also our fifth World Dairy Expo. It is truly a highlight of my year to have so many of you stop by the #PolledPlace booth and share your Polled success stories with me. It is also an honor to share your genetics with attendees at World Dairy Expo through the #PolledPlace and #PolledPromoters Directory. Think about how many "tools" are required to dehorn the animals in your herd, not to mention how much time it takes? As one of the original #PolledPioneers, Walter Schultz, used to say, "Why not dehorn with genetics? It's much easier!" Polled Pioneers NOW AVAILABLE! After countless hours of compiling Polled pedigrees, talking with Polled breeders of the past, present and future, and collecting several Polled photos, the FIRST EVER Polled Dairy Cattle history book is now available! Polled Pioneers: History of Naturally Hornless Dairy Cattle in North America by Ronald F. Eusice is a full color book that showcases Polled in all major dairy breeds. This book is 370 pages and includes 750 photos and pedigree charts. Congratulations to Ron on the completion of this tremendous All-Breeds Polled History project! This book is available on Amazon or by contacting Ron at reustice@gmail.com.

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