#PolledPlace January/February 2016

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Volume 12 - January/February 2016

#PolledPromoters Photo Contest #PolledBreeder Perspectives #PolledPrices Polled Sales

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#PolledPlacings December Proofs #PolledPassport Tony Van Lith #PolledPastimes Polled Ayrshires #PolledPlace 1


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+2262GTPI +474NM$ +1870M +42F +56P +1.89PTAT +1.48UDC +0.93FLC Aikman x VG86 Lawn Boy P x VG87 Shottle back to C Continental Scarlet-Red EX95 Outstanding Milk Production & High Components Promises High Type & Quality Udders


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RED  POLLED  TYPE  PRODUCTION German Genetics International 2 #PolledPlace

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Polled Reflections from the "Front Porch"

Chapter 3 - New Years Resolutions Well, the new year is upon us and as we sit here and reflect on the past year, we are reminded again of how blessed we are. We are also reminded of the fact that our friends and family are one of our greatest blessings! May God bless each of you in 2016! Now on to the resolution "thing"...no friends, I'm not resolving to drink less Diet Mountain Dew or to eat healthier or to take vitamins more faithfully. It's just not in the cards for this year, probably not next year either, but we'll see! I do, however, have a few goals for our Polled breeding program that I'd like to achieve in 2016. #1 - I'd like to have a greater number of Polled calves born here than we had this past year. It just makes sense considering it's SO EASY! #2 is this - I would love to breed a Red, Polled Advent show heifer for next year. Probably a "stretch" for the near future, but who knows! Of course it would be ok with me if Santa took the hint and left me one under the tree! Probably another "stretch" considering my behavior at times this past year! We'll enough of that. Happy "Polled" New Year from our farm to yours! Donald & Joan Yoder & Family

602 Brent Road Barnesville, GA 30204 Phone: (478)278-2084 Email: donald@yoderfamilyfarm.com

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”Love Showin' #Polled Calves!” Liam Hinz of Hinz Farm, LLC in Pickett, Wisconsin and his calf Dial P are the winners of this year's #PolledPlace Cover Photo Contest. Liam loved showing her at the county fair! Dial P is a daughter of Chipper P. Hinz Farm, LLC was featured in the Sept/Oct 2015 #PolledPanel. Photo taken by Danae Bauer of Farmgirl Photography.

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January 17-21 International Dairy Week Tatura, Victoria, Australia February 9-11 World Ag Expo Tulare, California February 20 March/April #PolledPlace Deadline March 3&4 Golden Oaks Tag Sale Wauconda, Illinois March 4 MN All-Breeds Convention Sale Fargo, North Dakota *see page 13 March 4&5 Minnesota All-Breeds Convention Fargo, North Dakota March 18 Vekis Spring Sale Nunspeet, Netherlands April 1 Catalog Deadline for #PolledPlace Tag Sale April 5 USDA/CDCB Proof Evaluations April 20 May/June #PolledPlace Deadline *includes #PolledPlace Tag Sale Catalog May 7 The Colors of Kulp-Dale Sale Manheim, Pennsylvania May 10 Global Impact Sale Warragul, Victoria, Australia May 20&21 #PolledPlace Tag Sale Monroe, Wisconsin *see page 14 May 21 Pedigree Power II Sale American Falls, Idaho June 20 July/August #PolledPlace Deadline

If lifetime profitability & longevity are your breeding goals... ...then make sure it is Done Right!

Burket-Falls Done Right P-Red VG-86 @ 1-09 120HO2548 aAa 531 *POLLED* A2A2

"Done Right P is an extremely correct and balanced young bull." - Ed Smith aAa® Weeks® Analyst

Sire: Burket-Falls Dazzler P-Red VG-88 (Advent x EX-91 Polled Party) Done Right P's dam just classified EX at 8 years, 1 month. She has produced over 145,000 lbs. of milk. Her udder is well above her hocks and she walks and moves like a 4-year-old. Her udder quality is superb. She is backed by six dams that are VG or EX with lifetime production from 125,000 to 240,000 lbs. of milk! Make sure your breeding program is "Done Right!" Available from Burket-Falls! BURKET FALLS FARM Dave Burket & Sons

1321 Polecat Rd., East Freedom, PA 16637 814-239-2260 | burketfallsfarm@aol.com www.burketfallsfarm.com


Burket-Falls Elevation Sophia EX-93-4E GMD DOM Life: 241,534 4.1% 10022 The solid foundation of our Polled program #PolledPlace 5

“Polled Holsteins: The Solution to your “Horny” Problems”

RED = P (polled) BLUE = p (horned) Watch the animated video at www.dairybullsonline.com! 6 #PolledPlace

It's Time!

Imagine spending your whole life creating a unique bull...like one of those bulls you usually see in the back of the catalog...you know, those extreme high type or show type bulls, Red & White bulls, Polled bulls, outcross bulls or perhaps just a bull with a unique aAa code. You invested in the cow family, you classified, milk recorded, showed, pictured, marketed, flushed and believed in the cow family. You did all the work, took all the risk and paid the interest. You created something that you believe in, but now it seems AIs, for the most part, are only interested in the extreme GTPI bulls and only have room for a few unique bulls. SO IF YOU CREATE ONE, WHAT CAN YOU TO DO? There are a few brave breeders trying to collect and market their own bulls, however once they realize how the distributor or independent sales really work, the novelty quickly runs out. Why? Unless the independent salesperson is getting that $25 semen for $5-$8, they can't make a profit. It's not easy driving around all day if they only sell a few racks at full retail or a lot of racks for $8-$10, and lets face it, there aren't any independent semen sellers out there driving around in their Porsche or spending time on their yacht. It's not anyone's fault, it's just the way it's always been. But...this is 2015! What other business model is still doing commissioned door to door sales successfully in 2015? It's time there was a platform that allowed the breeders of these unique bulls to collect $21 from that $25 sale or $11 from that $15 sale or even $6 from that $10 sale. How many doses would you need to sell to be profitable? What if the semen was $50? Would it matter if you only sold 250 doses? Is that even possible? HAS IT EVER BEEN DONE? HOW MANY HAVE EVER TRIED? We know of a Red bull that is over +3.00PTAT, with positive production and health traits AND no Apple blood. How many of these exist? It's exactly what his breeder was shooting for and we already know there are others looking for the same thing as him, so if you create a bull that suits your own breeding program, and you're going to collect him anyway, why not collect a little extra and see what happens? #PolledPlace 1-855-222-2013 info@dairybullsonline.com



#PolledPlace Photo Contest In December, the 2016 #PolledPlace Photo Contest was held on the Polled Dairy Cattle Facebook page. Polled enthusiasts from around the world submitted Polled photos to the contest and they were voted on to determine who was going to be the cover photo of the 1st issue of 2016. Thank you to everyone that entered, voted and shared these Polled photos and congratulations to our winners! Receiving 1st place with 131 "likes" on Facebook was Liam Hinz of Hinz Farm, LLC in Pickett, Wisconsin with his calf Dial P with "Love Showin' #Polled Calves!" The photo was taken by Danae Bauer of Farmgirl Photography and they are featured on the cover of this issue. Placing 2nd with 116 "likes" was "Spring Into #Polled!" and placing 3rd with 86 "likes" was "#Polled Beauty" both submitted by Sue Crull of Briar Holsteins in Monroe, Wisconsin. Check out the photo album on the Polled Dairy Cattle Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/PolledDairyCattle to see the great group of photos that were entered!


Volume 12 - January/February 2016

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FLUSHING SOON! Polled *RC Crimson Great-Grand-Daughter!

2nd Place

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Larcrest Crimson EX-93 GMD DOM

She's a Golden PP x AltaRoss x Lylehaven Lightning x Crimson!

 Calved at 1-09 milking 70 lbs. with 4.2%F 3.9%P  Very correct heifer and sweet to work with!  We are testing her D&D Mogul Chad P heifer calf for *RC and PP  How high are her numbers? High enough to make Red PP calves!  Currently flushing to D&D Deb Goldwyn P-Red John & Tineke Boschma

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H4370 Town Line Road, Colby, WI 54421 Phone: 715-223-0534 Fax: 715-223-1114 Email: bossideholsteins@hotmail.com Please help us vote for Jean L. Schrago from ABC Genetics for World Dairy Expo's International Person of the Year. A #PolledPromoter from Switzerland!

Broadlin AussieGold-P Heifer x Ardachie Jimi-P Dam! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! POLLED the humane choice POLLED nature’s dehorner POLLED the future is now!

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


Briar Redstar Bunny P-Red*PO

Bunny P placed 3rd in the #PolledPlace Photo Contest and was consigned to the 1st #PolledPlace Tag Sale. She was purchased by Chelsey Wheeler, Wisconsin. We will be offering several Polled calves again in 2016! Some are show-age and many are Red & White!

Save The Dates! The 2nd #PolledPlace Tag Sale will be held

May 20 & 21, 2016 and we are looking forward to hosting the sale again this year! Interested in consigning? Catalog deadline is April 1st. Contact us or Stephanie at 608-732-2757.

Brian & Sue Crull and family

N2552 Balls Mill Road, Monroe, WI 53566 Phone: 608-329-3673 crullbrian@yahoo.com ď ł crullsue@gmail.com #PolledPlace 9 www.facebook.com/BriarHolsteins


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 these breeders for sharing their Polled story and views on the future of Polled in their respective breeds! POLLED AYRSHIRES & HOLSTEINS Long Lane Farm - Conklin, Michigan

Paul & Melissa Courtade We live in Conklin, Michigan and raise Registered Ayrshires. We also have some Registered Holsteins and a few grades mixed in. I farm 320 acres with my wife Melissa. We took over the farm from my parents Leo and Carol and grandparents Paul and Elizabeth. We always had a few Polled cows. The Polled cows have picked up because there is better accessibility to Polled genetics. We never really selected bulls for Polled characteristics, but for the overall bull and Polled was an extra bonus. In the early 70s, my dad had a couple of Polled Hit Parades. Betty’s Chad had the most influence in our herd and most of our Polled cows trace back to him. We try to use most of the Ayrshire bulls available. Polled Ayrshires include Lennon P and Mejor P. For Holstein, we have used the Polled Shottle son, Snowball P and are currently using a Red & White Holstein from the UK, Timeless P. With regards to the availability of Polled bulls, Holsteins and Jerseys have made real advancements in availability. Ayrshires are a little harder as there are fewer bulls. I think the future for Polled genetics is only going to get better. For us, once you have the Polled trait in your cows, it seems to stick. I have Polled calves because I have bred my Polled cows to horned bulls. The future of Polled Ayrshires is strong because there are only a small amount compared to Holsteins or Jerseys, but the breeders really have a passion for the breed. The Polled genetics have a lot of great traits that you would not think of. We have never had a Polled show cow, but they have always been good honest cows that last forever. Polled and longevity seem to go hand and hand. The calves seem to do a little better because you eliminated the dehorning stress.

operator. Milking and cattle care is done by myself (Steve), my wife Mary, our son Anthony, our daughter Supriya and part time employees. We have been dairy farming since 1981. We started using some Polled bulls in the early 1990s, using Burket Falls Houdini P and Burket Falls Polled Plus P. The reason we began using Polled bulls was both labor savings and I felt that it would be a desired trait in the future. My breeding philosophy for Polled is the same as my breeding philosophy as a whole, which is breeding for production (pounds of fat and protein), better feet and legs and improved udders. I also believe in using horned bulls on some of our Polled cows to bring new genetics into our Polled population. One result of such matings is Corann P, an Airaid out of a Leonid out of Polled Party P (scored 85, best record at 4-07 in 329 days 38,083 lbs milk, 4.1 % fat, 1549 lbs. fat, 3.1 % prot., 1162 lbs. prot.). Another example is Cara P, a Micah out of a Norman out of a Total with a best record at 3 yrs. in 329 days 30,719 lbs. milk, 3.7 % fat, 1151 lbs fat, 3.2 % prot., 975 lbs. prot. We also have Polled daughters of Aikman, Apple Crisp, Cutter, Galaxy, Chicago, Krafty, Sympatico, Save, Durable, Jett Air and Super. Most of these are also Red carrier. There was not any one cow family that I started breeding to Polled bulls. I chose the best mating from both polled and horned bulls. Polled bulls represented in our herd include Pledge P, Epithelium P, Paul P, Scott P, Ducky P, Maltby P, Mix P, Snowball P, Icicle P, Toubib P and Ivan PP. We are currently using Homerun P, Red Nick P, Piranha P, Dominant PP, Done Right P, 300 PP, Moneyball P, Socrates P, Cloud Nine P, Alex II P, Ball of Wax PP, Jax P, Orlando P, Siren P, 241 PP and O Hare P. I feel there are an increasing number of Polled bulls and most of the bull studs offer Polled bulls and are expanding their line up. I feel it would be good if more new genetics would be brought into the Polled population and more Homozygous Polled bulls would become available. I only see a larger population of the Holstein breed being Polled in the future. I appreciate the greater emphasis being put on Polled genetics because it will benefit our industry in the future. You are welcome to visit or call us at Marsh Edge Dairy, 17124 Moschel Rd., Reedsville, WI 54230, 920-7754089.

POLLED HOLSTEINS Marsh Edge Dairy - Reedsville, Wisconsin Our farm is located in Manitowoc County in eastern Wisconsin. We milk 80 cows which are Red and Red carrier Holsteins and farm 250 acres. Cropping is done by a custom

Steve, Mary, Anthony & Supriya Leitner

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Firefox P-Red

525HO112 Skiles-View Firefox P-Red (VG-85 2yr) aAa: 4536 Pedigree: Sire: Burket-Falls Alex II-P-ET (EX-90) Dam: Skiles-View Talent Firebird (EX-91 2E) 5-11 305d 34,140 3.5 1200 2.9 989 2nd Dam: Del-Hollow Dist Flo-Red-ET (GP-81) LIFE: 2337 170,280 3.3 5610 2.6 4470 (Classified the first time as a 9yr old cow. Lived to be 11yr old) 3rd Dam: Miss Del-Brooke Roxy-Red-ET (EX-90) 5-11 364d 53,980 3.7 1991 2.8 1494 LIFE: 1739 171,070 3.8 6542 3.0 5068 4th Dam: Del-Hollow MJ Roslyn-Red-ET (EX-91) 3-01 365d 24,040 3.8 906 3.1 740 5th Dam: Ken-Ray Cavalier Avon (EX-91 3E) LIFE: 2095 125,540 4.4 5514 3.1 3869 6th Dam: Ken-Ray Threat Arlene-Red (EX-91 2E) LIFE: 2571 146,760 4.0 5938 3.2 4650

• A polled red & white Alex son! • An impressive bull with lots of strength and width • Sought-after aAa code: 4-5-3-6

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continued from page 10 POLLED JERSEYS Hei-Bri Jerseys - Hawkeye, Iowa

Brian & Heidi Lantzky & family Hei-Bri Jerseys is located in Hawkeye, Iowa and is owned by Brian and Heidi Lantzky. We have two daughters & sons-in Law and a grandson. Brittany, our oldest daughter, lives in Spillville and she helps on an as needed basis with cattle work and general all around help. Our daughter Dayle lives with her husband on the U.S. Marine base in Twentynine Palms, California. Dayle does our herd registrations and is a Field Representative for Global Ag Alliance in Tulare. We have 7 part-time employees and have 175 Registered Jersey cows and 200 Registered Jersey heifers. We started dairy farming in 1998 and we were herdspersons for other dairies before that. We have always had a few Polled Jerseys, but we were inspired to start breeding for more when Brian saw the de-


mand for Polled genetics on sales and by following people on Twitter that are passionate about Polled such as Bryan Quanbury, Eric Danzeisen and numerous others. He saw the value in Polled genetics. Our breeding philosophy for Polled is to breed like any other Jersey, select for balance, production, components and type. If I can find a Polled bull that meets my criteria, I will use more of him than a typical bull. I like the idea of Polled animals, but we want genetic progress. They need to improve on the previous generation. We have always had a Polled family and in the last two years, we spent the time to genomic test and confirm them as Polled. Hei-Bri Jevon Gidee-P and Hei-Bri Impuls Gogo-P are the beginning of what we hope will develop into a great outcross Polled family for the Jersey breed. We are working to incorporate this family's Polled genetics into our descendants of Woodstock Alf Leslie, Heartland Nathan Texas, BW Avery Katie and Heartland Topeka Athena, as well as a few other select families. We also have Santana-P pregnancies confirmed from Hawarden Jace Pix embryos purchased from River Valley and Santana-P pregnancies from Woodstock Critic JB Lila. In our herd, we have Eclipse-P, Critic-P, Oliver-P, Garcia-P, Santana-P, Spartan-P and Gabe-P daughters and are currently using Santana-P, Dillon-P, Critic-P and Design-P. I think there are a lot better options for today than in the past. More Polled bulls such as Critic-P and Eclipse-P are being used for production and type traits versus just because they are Polled. In the future, I would like to see Polled bulls competing for the top of standard lists. Whether its JPI, protein, fat, JUI or type. It can all be done without having to remove horns or should at least be an option. I think the future of Polled is very exciting. I would hope many of the top families will have Polled options soon.

Focus on POLLED sale highlights

Polled Sale Consignments

Golden Oaks Tag Sale


MN All-Breeds Convention Sale March 4 - Fargo, North Dakota




#PolledPlace Tag Sale

May 20&21 - Monroe, Wisconsin



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The Colors of Kulp-Dale Sale

Vekis Spring Sale

March 18 - Nunspeet, Netherlands

Pedigree Power II Sale

May 21 - American Falls, Idaho

Do you have Polled animals selling? Would you like your sale added to our Calendar of Events? Send us your information by Feb. 20th to be included in the March/April Issue!

MINNESOTA ALL-BREEDS CONVENTION SALE Friday, March 4, 2016 - 2:30pm - NDSU Horse Park - Fargo, North Dakota


KY-BLUE RUBEN MARLA-RED-ET EX-94 EX-94-MS DYKS ADVENT LUCY-RED-ET EX-93-2E 3-11 365d 32,170m 4.0% 1276f 3.4% 1099p 3-09 334d 28,530m 3.7% 1056f 3.3% 939p RED & RC POLLED Awesome daughters sell from a Colt POLLED RED Colt 45-P x EX-92-2E Talent w/ 35,000 x Lucy P x EX Sanchez w/ 35,000 x WDE Grand Champion Marla - maternal sister to All-American Kite Linda-Red EX-95-3E Consigned by Dr. Wiseman, PA Consigned by Toppy Hill, MN

VT-POND-VIEW AD ALI-RC EX-92 Making over 30,000m Her 2 Red Carrier Awesome daughters sell! Ali is an Advent x Atwood's EX-92 maternal sister Consigned by Hoover, PA

KHW REGIMENT APPLE-RED-ET EX-96-3E DOM 9-01 365d 36,750m 4.3% 1582f 3.5% 1280p POLLED RED Addiction P sells from a VG Larson w/ 30,000 x VG-88 Shottle sister to Apple, Advent & Acme Choice sells from Apple's VG-88 Shottle sister Consigned by Artimus Syndicate, MN


� Animals from the maternal lines of Atlee, Juror Faith,

Altitude, Baler Twine, Barbie, Raven, Melanie & more

� Potential 7th generation EX-94 � Color Breeds from 2 WDE Grand Champions

� RED POLLED Golden PP x 9 generations VG-EX dams � Milking Shorthorn from a Unanimous All-American � +2500GTPI to +2700GTPI heifers � Fancy, fresh Atwood from maternal sister to Hvezda*RC

Chuck Will Sales 19210 County Hwy 39, Underwood, MN 56586 � Catalogs Available: 218-826-6725 #PolledPlace 13


#PolledPlace Looking forward to many more Polled calves in 2016! Stay tuned for genomic results in our ads throughout the year! We Wish You A Happy New Year! Lemajru Dairy Farm LLC

Charles & Julie Nelkie ď‚ Michael & Abigail O-Farrell 1595 W. State Road, West Branch, MI 48661 Phone: 989-345-2255 Email: lemajru@gmail.com Find us on Facebook!

We have POLLED BULLS for sale - give us a call!

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May 20 & 21, 2016

Hosted by Briar Holsteins, Brian & Sue Crull & family N2552 Balls Mill Road, Monroe, Wisconsin

Catalog Deadline: April lst

Interested in Consigning? Contact: Stephanie Stout 608.732.2757 polledplace@polleddairycattle.com www.polleddairycattle.com

Polled 1st calf VG-86 Bennetch Ladd Anne RC x GP-83 Boliver x EX-91 2E Gold Alaska Due March 2016 with Jax heifer VG-85 Bennetch Proxy Troxy RC X VG-88 Sanchez x EX-90 Fortune Teller x 5 94 point dams to Wilsondale TT Triana June polled Dentist-P daughter, June Piranha-P pregnancies.

Brandt-View Gold Alaska EX-91 2E

Polled 2nd calf VG-85 Ichthus GS Lara-Red VG-85 Bennetch Emerald Peach VG-85 Bennetch Jorgeboy Burky-RC VG-86 Bennetch Sweet Kool-aid VG-86 Hershey-View Arud Brie-RC

MS Pineland Fortune Teller EX-90

Polled Yoder son ready next spring!

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POLLED Sire Rankings

Included on this page and on pages 18 to 21 are the listings of available Polled sires. Do you have available Polled sires to include? Send them to polledplace@polleddairycattle.com by April 10th for the May/June issue. #PolledPlacings for cows and heifers can be found on the Polled Dairy Cattle website at www.polleddairycattle.com.

16 #PolledPlace *Sires in BOLD are A2A2

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POLLED Sire Rankings

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*Sires in BOLD are A2A2

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POLLED Sire Rankings

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#PolledPassport Valiant Dairy Genetics - Tony Van Lith - Canada

A Focus on International Polled

Vieuxsaule Overtime Ginay PP-RC +2052GTPI from the Mit P family Pregnant to Troy We established our current farm in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada in 2006, where we milk around 230 cows on 4 Lely A2 Robots. The home farm is run by my parents and second oldest brother, while my oldest brother is on our second dairy. I mix feed and help with all other chores when I am home from college on the weekends. My

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personal prefix is Valiant, which was formed from a combination of my first and last name and was chosen due to its meaning and also partially from the legendary bull Valiant! I also run a Facebook page, Valiant Dairy Genetics, regarding my own few cows, as well as our other dairy cattle. My personal goal would be to have a large percentage of the herd Polled, but at this point this is not possible due to a lack of support for this at home. I currently select our bulls based on traits such as PL, SCS, DPR, teat placement/teat length, linear (strength vs. stature), as well as a higher emphasis on protein vs. fat. I do all of the matings on the farm, but bull selection is split, which is why our Polled usage is not as significant as I wish it were. We are currently implanting embryos from families such as Sher-Est S-Wind Saturday and two different branches of the Rudolph Missy family. I personally own a Homozygous Polled heifer, Vieuxsaule Overtime Ginay PP-RC who ranks in the top of the world for PP RC animals, as well as being free of the commonly used bull Lawn Boy P. Ginay descends from a Freddie and then the Polled power house, West Port Arron Doon Mit P-Red VG-85 that traces back to Hickorymea Polled breeding. I was inspired to get involved with Polled genetics when I met Roy MacGregor and Bryan Quanbury at the Canadian Dairy Expo (CDX) a few years ago. Right from the start, the idea of

Polled intrigued me, not having to dehorn calves when we can use Polled to dehorn the humane and natural way! I have always loved marketing and figured it would be a great thing to begin with before everyone else did. I flushed Ginay PP-RC three times, but sadly never retrieved an embryo from her. Things would look a lot different in the calf pens if things had gone as planned! I have certainly not given up and am still active within Polled and trying to promote it on social media! For me Polled is the future, no matter what anyone else says! Polled genetics are beginning to climb extremely fast with Polled lines popping up in type (Jacoby's dam is Polled) and the #1 PTAT cow is also from a Polled family. With animals such as Roxy PP, the Polled gene will only keep excelling within the Holstein breed. It is the smart and economical thing to do for the future! #PolledPower Follow Valiant Dairy Genetics on their Facebook page!

Here is a picture of Greg Johnson & I from July 2014 when Roy MacGregor and I visited Tom-Anna Holsteins and toured around with Greg Johnson. That day we all saw what was likely the first Champ-P in the world! Pretty cool trip!

We Wish Polled Breeders Everywhere Happiness, Health & Good Fortune in 2016!


Taughboyne Jerseys ~ Victoria, Australia ~ taughboyne@bigpond.com

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

Polled Ayrshire Available! 14AY0037 Hawksfield Jamison P Polled Burdette Son AVAILABLE from Accelerated Genetics Dam: Elite-Hawk Jessamine P EX-92-2E 6-11 365d 32,409m 3.6 1152f 3.2 1043p Next Dam: Bonnie Brae Jemina EX-91 8-03 305d 25,820m 4.2 1076f 2.9 753p

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Polled Dairy Cattle #PolledPlace, PO Box 813, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 Phone: (608) 732-2757 Email: polledplace@polleddairycattle.com

These Families Have Been CHOSEN! Pine-Tree 2149 Robst 4846

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Offspring from each of these cow families have been mated to: Pine-Tree-GF CHOSEN P-ET*PC +2580GTPI +726NM$ +1744M +63F +58P +2.27PTAT Transfers PA over +2600GTPI for Polled & over +2550GTPI for Homozygous Polled

3476 S 80th Avenue, New Era, MI 49446 Nicholas Mitteer Phone: (231) 578-0618 Email: nick@countrydairy.com www.countrydairy.com www.facebook.com/CountryDairy

Watch for our ad in the next issue with NEW heifer photos!

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Animal Analysis Since 1950

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COVINGTON JERSEYS, LLC 28307 265th Street Leon, IA 50144 Phone: 641-414-5862 Email: tim@covingtonjerseys.com www.facebook.com/covingtonjerseys

Breeding high quality Jerseys for Polled & A2A2

HOMOZYGOUS POLLED Semen for sale! 54JE625 Comet-PP & 54JE626 Zorro-PP

Ring in the New Year with Polled! As the new year begins, it is great to see that many of you are increasing your percentage of Polled animals in your herd, as well as the number of Homozygous Polled animals. Keep sharing them on social media! When you go through the calf pens dehorning and get to "skip" those Polled animals, you're hooked! Why do a job that can be eliminated by using a Polled bull? The number of Polled bulls available continues to increase in each breed and I can't wait to see what will be available to us throughout 2016! I'm excited to share with you the 1st #PolledPlace issue of 2016! This issue is packed with Polled information and more information can be found on the Polled Dairy Cattle website at www.polleddairycattle.com. Special thank you to the contract advertisers that continued their contract ads in 2016 and thank you to the new contract advertisers this year! I look forward to working with you to help promote your Polled genetics! #PolledPlace Tag Sale I'm also looking forward to the 2nd #PolledPlace Tag Sale that will take place on May 20th & 21st and will be hosted by Briar Holsteins in Monroe, Wisconsin. Again, this will be an All-Breeds Polled Tag Sale and embryos, choices and live lots will be offered. Catalog deadline is April 1st. Please contact me if you're interested in consigning (608-732-2757 or polledplace@polleddairycattle.com). Watch for early consignments in the March/April issue of #PolledPlace and the catalog will be included with the May/June issue!

54HO757 CHAD P*RC +2217GTPI Semen Available from: GLENMARK GENETICS inc.


10454 160th St. Glencoe, MN 55336 Cell: (952)297-2811 glenmarkgenetics@hotmail.com

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SchoeneStaciKuh Dairy Sexton 61588 County Road 2  PO Box 203 Millville, MN 55957 Phone: 651-564-0857 Email: schonekuhdairy@gmail.com

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That’s Genetics with a Purpose. See our sires at www.CRV4ALL.US

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Ring in the New Year with Polled Genetics! Over 60% of our milking herd is now Polled and more PO and PP heifers will be entering the milking herd this year!

Working with some of the highest PP animals in the breed.

Polled embryos available. Some guaranteed Homozygous Polled!

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THe Faus Family Nate Faus 607-426-4094 6190 Reading Road, Rock Stream, NY 14878 Email: rollenns@gmail.com We’re on Facebook at Rollen N’s Dairy

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