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Working From Home: COVID-19 Ontario’s 2019 Master Breeders 2020 AGM Recap Dairy Women’s Service Award District Tour Photos Combined Component Awards Open & Closed Show Schedule 2020 All-Ontario Competition Rules 2019 Heart of the Herd Winners Lights, Camera, Cows...

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2019 All-Canadian Results 28 Jr-All Q&A with Ashley Smith 33 EYBS: Back from Belgium 34

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President’s Message 6 LinkedIn 8 Sale Highlights 19 Youth Feature 35 Emma Roszell

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Best of the Breed 37 Pursuit of Excellence 38 Superior Production 39 Holstein Happenings 40 Branch News 41 Index of Advertisers 41 In Black and White 42

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Holstein Ontario 20 Corporate Place, Brantford, ON N3T 5R4 Phone: (519) 653-6180 Fax: (519) 756-9982 Email: branch@ontario.holstein.ca www.ontario.holstein.ca EDITOR, Andrea Emond aemond@ontario.holstein.ca (519) 209-5553 DESIGN Laura Donkers, Andrea Emond AD DESIGN Leanna Lowry, Laura Donkers SECRETARY, Mary Poirier branch@ontario.holstein.ca CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Clarissa McCallum, Bonnie Cooper CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Amanda Comfort, Lianna Kolff, Mary Poirier GENERAL MANAGER & EAST-CENTRAL ONTARIO REP Merina Johnston merinajohnston@ontario.holstein.ca (613) 360-0641 EASTERN ONTARIO REP, Jenna Hedden jhedden@ontario.holstein.ca (613) 888-9250 WESTERN ONTARIO REP, Jordan Eastman jeastman@ontario.holstein.ca (519) 861-8235 WEST-CENTRAL ONTARIO REP, Amanda Comfort amandacomfort@ontario.holstein.ca (519) 865-3815 2020/2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT, Tara Bullock PAST PRESIDENT, Brad Lowry VICE-PRESIDENT, Wilf Strenzke NATIONAL DIRECTOR, Dennis Werry ADDITIONAL BOARD MEMBERS Cole Verburg, Kyle MacLeod, James Cranston, Tom Hawman, Alan Hawthorne

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE “NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED CITIZENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD; INDEED IT’S THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAS.” MARGARET MEAD

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Being able to serve as the President of Holstein Ontario this coming year is an honour and a privilege. It is a responsibility I take seriously, with reverence for all the work and accomplishments of those before me. It is my hope that I can play even a small role in work that will be done in the coming year to further advance the Branch and its members. I have been part of this great industry my entire life and have been influenced by family who believed in the necessity and value of service to one’s community. My grandfather was a soldier turned Holstein breeder who lived through WWII. He milked cows and shipped milk before the inception of the Milk Marketing Board and was part of the evolution of the AI industry when he served as a board member of United Breeders. My husband Randy and I have raised our three children Lily, Aidan and Liam on our farm near Lakefield, Ont. where I have also served as Secretary of our local Holstein Club for 15 years. While life on the farm isn’t always easy, we can’t imagine a better place to teach our children the value of hard work, perseverance, kindness, humility and the importance of the care and keeping of others through the work on the farm. We hope to also have instilled in them the value of responsible leadership and the spirit of volunteerism. It is my intention to work collaboratively over the next year with my fellow board members to provide an equally strong sense of leadership and guidance. We hope that through the positive leadership and strength of the team that works for the Branch - and in essence for all of us - we will continue to find new roads forward into a future that meets the needs of today’s breeder. I look forward to meeting many of you over the coming year and wish everyone a year of good health, both in the barn and the house, bountiful crops and strong milk prices. Respectfully yours, Tara Bullock

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Passionate Farmers. Prosperous Breed. Progressive Industry.

Providing outstanding service & exceptional opportunities to our members to ensure longevity and excellence in the Holstein Breed.

Passion. Integrity. Teamwork.

Youth Activities. Education. Breed Promotion. Industry Advocates.

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SHOWCASING GLOCCA MORRA FARMHOUSE & STUDIO Rhonda Evans and her family own and operate Glocca Morra Farmhouse and Studio, just south of the 401 on Highway 15 in Kingston, Ontario. We first got to know Rhonda through her involvement on the Frontenac AGM committee and what a pleasure it has been! Rhonda not only decorated our banquet room to the nines, she also donated some of her artwork to our Fun Auction this year! Pictured above are just a few of her unique pieces that were on display and up for auction. Rhonda and her friend and business partner, Adele, offer studio space at the sixth generation farm, as well as creative workshops for young and old. They hope to be up and running again and making art with everyone again soon!

“My heart is fluttering!” West-Central Field Rep Amanda Comfort says when she looks at this photo. Though she appreciates the humans in the snapshot she took while out on the Waterloo Farm Tours on March 11, (from l to r, Tim, Philip, Josh and Justin Bos), it’s the cow that has her really excited. Bosdale Shottle Liberty EX-96 was part of Bosdale’s Reserve All-Ontario Breeder’s Herd in 2019, along with her granddaughter, Bosdale Doorman F Libby, who also claimed Reserve All-Ontario Senior 3-Year-Old in the competition. Together with a third cow, Bosdale Atwood R T Elsa, they made up the Reserve Breeder’s Herd. “It’s all about cow families and this one clearly breeds true!” Amanda says.

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The cows just couldn’t get enough of 13-month old Colton Nooyen as he helped with morning chores at Brabantdale in Navan, Ont. PHOTO SUBMITTED.

Hulsdale Macnut Monza and her friend, Ghost, are having a hard time following social distancing rules at Hulsdale Farms in Schomberg, Ont. PHOTO SUBMITTED.

Congratulations to these Spirit of 4-H Winners, who were recently recognized at their respective banquets. Brant (Erica Sayles), Perth (Mark Knill). PHOTOS SUBMITTED.

INTER-COUNTY 4-H DAIRY CATTLE JUDGING COMPETITION JULY 28, 2020 9AM • WOODSTOCK, ON Open to all 4-H Dairy Members. The top 4 seniors are eligible for a 10-day, all-expenses paid trip to World Dairy Expo in Madison in October! For more details, visit www.ontario.holstein.ca/youth Thank you to our major sponsor John Deere Canada for their contribution to this great youth event!

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your support. Thank you also to our loyal readers. The mandate of the magazine has always been to connect our members with the happenings in the Holstein industry, and in looking back over 41 issues of content, we can confidently say we have been successful in achieving our goal. Through all of you, we have witnessed the ups and downs of the industry. Like many in media, we have had our struggles. But through it all, we have done our best to stay current, relevant and entertaining. It has been an absolute pleasure to share our magazine with you over the past decade. We look forward to an exciting time ahead!

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I think it would be fair to say, we all had a different idea of how 2020 would go. This year has tested us in ways we never imagined. In some areas, we have risen to the occasion, and in others we have struggled, but through it all we have banded together and supported each other. At Holstein Ontario, we’ve had several difficult decisions to make. We ceased on-farm service on March 17, along with Holstein Canada’s own precautionary measures to suspend classification and on-farm services as well. Shortly after, our office formally closed. These actions will have a negative financial impact on the Branch, which we will need to adapt and react to accordingly. But they were the right decisions for one important reason. The farmer is the backbone of Canada, and one of the most important industries to keep operational in this trying and difficult time. You need to stay healthy, you need to stay functioning, and you need to stay farming, and we will gladly sacrifice to give you every opportunity to do so. We support you and thank you for everything you do for us, and the rest of Canada. Our team members have been working from home for some time now and are adjusting to this change and the challenges it presents. But with these challenges we’ve also had opportunities – opportunities to connect in ways we never have before, opportunities to support each other and be there for each other, opportunities to think differently about how Holstein Ontario services our membership. Here’s a glimpse into our new reality, and we hope to connect with you sometime in the near future.

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ANDREA EMOND EDITOR, THE LINK AEMOND@ONTARIO.HOLSTEIN.CA • (519) 209-5553 While working from home isn’t new to me, trying to do so while occupying two kids is definitely proving challenging! Fortunately, my husband is also set up from home and we take turns wearing our “teacher hats” during the day with them and continuing with our “real jobs” once they go to bed. When our school work is done, we have fun making up daily obstacle courses outside (one included rolling down the large hill by our property!), making maple syrup from some trees we tapped, reading new books and cooking meals together. We’ve never had so much family time, and although the days are sometimes long, we’re making the best of our new normal. I do miss the team and my friends at Holstein Canada dearly! I am so thankful for the technology we all have available, though, to be able to stay connected and continue to work on projects together. And I don’t think I’ve ever been so thankful to be so BUSY! I put together most of the magazine you are currently reading while in isolation, and boy, did it feel great to have a purpose these last few weeks! Instead of thinking of all the things that could have gone wrong, I have to focus on the ones that went right. I’m so grateful to everyone who pulled together to make this issue happen!

JORDAN EASTMAN WESTERN FIELD REP JEASTMAN@ONTARIO.HOLSTEIN.CA • (519) 861-8235 I’ve spent the last two weeks at my kitchen table in Brantford. The main tasks so far have been updating club info and planning the Western Junior Show, along with the 4-H InterCounty Dairy Judging Competition. I’m also looking forward to reaching out to members to work with them to resolve any issues as effectively as possible given the new circumstances we find ourselves in. And if anyone feels they could use my services, don’t be shy to reach out via phone, text or email.

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JENNA HEDDEN EASTERN FIELD REP JHEDDEN@ONTARIO.HOLSTEIN.CA • (613) 888-9250 Working at home for me has been bittersweet. I miss my customers on the road, but am thankful I have a barn to go to and am still able to see cows every day! I have been busy working on a number of projects including helping customers with herd catch-ups through T4C and DairyComp; reviewing herd trends with customers through Compass, in order to help better understand their Phenotypic data vs Genotypic data; and working with clubs to schedule upcoming events throughout the summer! If I can help you with anything during this unique time, please reach out to me. I’m happy to help! W W W. O N TA R I O. H O L ST E I N . C A


Working From Home in the Face of COVID-19

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MARY POIRIER SECRETARY BRANCH@ONTARIO.HOLSTEIN.CA • (519) 653-6180 My work life these days is different, for sure, but I have taken a few steps to make it manageable. I have a dedicated space set up as a working environment, complete with a desk, a few plants, a comfortable chair and a huge bay window which offers lots of natural light. Being able to gaze outside while working makes me happy. Once I was able to come to grips with these unprecedented times, it was a matter of settling down, penning out what needed to be done and working from that list. Right now, I’m focusing on putting things in place for our youth events this summer. We have to assume things will move forward and make sure we everything ready to go. I’ve also been working on a number of projects, too, for the Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund. Constant contact with co-workers, friends, and family helped me stay motivated! Adjusting to new ways of doing things by using video calls and WhatsApp to chat with friends and relatives has been fun and getting in a daily walk to my mom’s house (2,000 steps each way!) definitely helps too.

Barbara Royle Ford Scholarship The Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund is a registered charity that has invested over $900,000 in funding to various youth programs over its 25-year history. At its core, the Trust Fund is an organization created with gifts from generous individuals, industry partners and companies who are committed to the dairy industry. The Trust Fund is honoured to have received a generous contribution from the Estate of Barbara Royle Ford, which will be used to fully fund the Scholarship program. These scholarships are available to students who have successfully completed at least one year of a university/ college program and are enrolled in subsequent year(s). Each summer, the Trust Fund awards eight scholarships of $1,000 each to support students who have submitted an impressive application based on their community involvement, post-secondary achievements and agricultural pursuits, along with success in the 4-H program. Deadline for submission is June 15, 2020.

AMANDA COMFORT WEST-CENTRAL FIELD REP AMANDACOMFORT@ONTARIO.HOLSTEIN.CA • (519) 865-3815 I’m motivated these days by the membership and believe if there’s a will, there’s a way. I continue to help people through phone, text, email and even Facetime; technology has been a lifesaver! So far, I’ve been working on herd catch-ups (pssst, if you’re behind – call me!), setting up web and Compass accounts, having discussions with producers on Haplotypes, recessive traits, A2A2 and genomic testing, and preparing for a full summer of twilights, county shows and Judging clinics. The day will come when we are ready to hit the road once again and it feels great to be getting ready for it all. I look forward to driving in your lane in the near future; in the meantime, let’s chat! W W W. O N TA R I O. H O L ST E I N . C A

Barbara Royle Ford was a Holstein breeder who farmed in Milton. She was the first woman in Canada awarded Holstein Canada’s coveted Master Breeder Shield. She started breeding Holsteins in her early 20’s, working under the Bardholm prefix, established by her father, W.R. Royle. The prefix was transferred to her name in 1955. When she married Clarence “Junior” Ford – the start of a 46-year union – the dedicated Holstein couple operated a farm with “his and hers” prefixes: Clarence oversaw his “Fairford” cattle, and Barbara continued to work with Bardholm genetics. In 1975, her efforts with Bardholm cattle won her the Master Breeder designation. Barbara passed away in 2019 at the age of 90. The Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund is extremely pleased to receive such generous support to help develop our leaders of tomorrow.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: JUNE 15, 2020 Application available at https://ontario.holstein.ca/youth/tf/scholarship/ ONTARIO DAIRY YOUTH TRUST FUND 20 Corporate Pla ce, Brantford, ON • N3R 8A6 ontdairyyouthtrustfund@gmail.com

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DARCROFT - The MacLeod family of Embro, Ontario are proud of their family-run farm, Darcroft. Paul and Ellen MacLeod started the farm back in 1972, and today their sons, Jared and Kyle, and their partners, Caitlin and Rebecca, are an integral part of the operation. Jared focuses on the crops and feed, while Kyle manages the herd. Jared’s wife, Caitlin, feeds calves and keeps busy with their four young children. Kyle’s fiancé Rebecca Delaney McGlinchey pitches in wherever needed. Ellen keeps the farm’s books and feeds calves, and Paul helps on a daily basis and according to his sons, “pretty much does whatever he wants” the rest of the time.

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that were both balanced and feminine. Three EX and 20 VG cows bred by 14 different sires stem from this family. Another contributor, Sutom Raider Spirit EX 3E 12*, delivered aggressive cows with high fat and great udder texture. Finally, Darcroft Ned Betty EX 14* brought great legged cows with balanced frames that were fertile and milked well. Paul moved the herd from Niagara to Woodstock 1983 and in 2016 they moved again, this time to Embro. The MacLeods are proud to have won each of their shields with three different herd sizes (10-20 registrations in 1989; 2039 registrations in 2000 and 40-59 registrations in 2019). They’re grateful for the help and guidance provided by so many people along the way and stress that there is no such thing as a self-made person or farm. Their advice to others, whether in day-to-day life or dairy farming, is to surround yourself with intelligent people you respect and admire, who challenge you to be the best version of yourself. “Stay sharp, stay hungry,” they say, “but also stay true to yourself and your goals.” W W W. O N TA R I O. H O L ST E I N . C A


LARENWOOD - Chris, Grant and Dan McLaren operate Larenwood Farms in Drumbo, Ontario. There, they crop 600 acres and milk 100 cows in the sandbedded free-stall parlour barn they moved into in February 2012. The family is honoured to be receiving their first Master Breeder Shield and are proud that their homebred herd, closed for 50 years, has generated all of the points for their shield. Their first VG cow came 25 years ago, and their first Excellent, just six years ago. Chris is thrilled to be fulfilling a goal he put in writing and posted in his office the year they moved into the new barn: Top 5 Management Herd and a Master Breeder Shield. Several cows helped the family attain this shield. Larenwood Rudolph Ritz 216’s extreme production, exceptional health traits and correct functional traits have proven important. Larenwood Morty Ritz 409, their first EX cow, was a great example of the Ritz’s line’s power, style and willingness to produce. Going back 30 years, Shiek helped the herd improve udders. Rudolph

continued this tradition, and more recently, Windbrook and Lauthority have been instrumental in creating brood cows that could build great cow families. Attention to detail in everything the McLarens do has been key to their success. Surrounding themselves with great people, including their staff, nutritionist, vet and the staff at EastGen and Semex, has allowed their operation to improve each year. Chris’s dad, Grant, has always supported him, allowing him to take control of the breeding when he came home to farm and acting as a good sounding board over the years. The McLaren’s advice to others who one day hope to receive a Master Breeder is simple: keep the cow first in everything you do. Using a balanced breeding approach is important, and using tools such as classification will help you stay on track. Manage the details, know your cow families and learn as much from others as you can. Perhaps most importantly, don’t ever think you know it all.

WILMARLEA - Wilmarlea Farms, located in Embro, Ontario, is owned by John and Susan MacKay. John’s parents, Willard and Mary started the farm back in 1947. Today, several team members are involved to help make the operation run smoothly: John and Susan’s son, Willy, their herdsman and assistant herdsman, Craig Gillis and Laurence Mackay, and Samantha Boyse, their valued fulltime night milker. Everyone plays an important role and works well as a team to ensure a high level of success on the farm. The MacKays are proud of the layout they chose for the sandbedded free-stall barn they built in 2006. In 2018, they added an additional 200 ft to allow for even more space and comfort for their 160 milking cows. The new barn supports good cow flow and provides an enjoyable working environment for the entire family. The family does all of their own fieldwork, with some shared equipment, and divides their acreage between corn and alfalfa, with a smaller amount being dedicated to wheat, hay and soy beans. They also take on some custom work on the side.

MAPLEBROUGH - Mike Risebrough was born and raised on his family’s Holstein farm, Maplebrough, in Uxbridge, Ontario. He’s worked on the farm his entire life, and in 1992, he became a partner in the operation that his parents, the late Gordon and Dorothy Risebrough, started in 1951. Mike runs the farm with his wife, Susan, and his three daughters, twins Megan and Hannah (23) and Grace (16). The youngest, Grace, helps out with a variety of chores on the farm when her busy dance and school schedules allow. Megan and Hannah enjoy life on the farm, too, helping to brush cows and playing with the barn cats any chance they get! Mike’s nephew, Jamie, spent a lot of time on the farm growing up, and after graduating from Guelph in 2007, he joined Mike on a full-time basis. In 2012, he became a partner. Jamie’s wife, Rachel, owns a small animal clinic in Uxbridge and acts as the farm’s capable veterinarian. Together, they have two daughters, Alexa (4) and Lauren (2), both of whom are active little farm girls! Mike and Jamie milk 41 cows and crop 250 acres of hay, corn, soybeans and wheat. They are thrilled to be receiving the farm’s first Master Breeder shield and credit a number

Though they find it difficult to pinpoint one predominant cow family who takes the spotlight, the MacKays do have a few herd favourites, including Wilmarlea Gibson June, EX 90 4E. This prolific cow has left many granddaughters and even great granddaughters in the herd today, including Wilmarlea McCutchen Milly EX 90. Another cow, Wilmarlea Bigstone Breana EX 90 2E is valued for her size and strength. Breana went 87pts as a 2-year-old and always flushed well. She has several daughters that have contributed points to this shield. The MacKay family is thrilled to be receiving their first Master Breeder shield. It has taken a lot of hard work and they say they couldn’t have done it without the daily effort put forth by their staff, along with their dedicated vets and nutritionist. Their advice to others, who may one day hope to achieve a shield, is to work hard at your goals and be willing to change if you need to in order to achieve results. And, they add, to always remember that a little success leads to a lot of success.

of cows for helping them attain it. Maplebrough Privilege Rose EX was their first Excellent cow in 1991 and over 40 per cent of their Master Breeder points go back to her. Maplebrough Jackpot Rachel VG 86 4* contributed 27 per cent of the points and yielded 100,000 kgs of milk in her lifetime, an accomplishment two of her descendants also achieved. Lastly, High Point Rox Ella EX 2E 6*, who goes back four generations to Glenridge Citation Roxy, was one of the few cows the Risebroughs added to their herd after being a closed herd for most of the farm’s existence. She contributed the final 10 per cent of the necessary points. The Risebroughs are justifiably proud of their family’s deep-rooted tradition of farming. Mike and Jamie make up the 5th and 6th generation to farm here. They don’t take the farm’s history for granted. They stress the role that good feed plays in their operation and work hard each year to produce a high-quality homegrown yield to feed their herd. Their advice to other breeders is to never stop improving. Whether measuring yourself on the feed side or with the cows, always try to do better than the year before. Leading sires with strong type numbers, combined with excellent feed, will always pave the way for success.


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FRONTENAC COUNTY PLAYED HOST TO THIS YEAR’S AGM, AND WHAT AN EVENT IT WAS! FROM THE IMPRESSIVE FARM TOURS AND A NIGHT OF RECOGNIZING OUR INDUSTRY’S BEST AT THE EASTGEN EVENING OF EXCELLENCE ON DAY ONE, TO A DAY OF MEETINGS AMID A BLAZING SNOWSTORM ON DAY TWO, THIS YEAR’S EVENT WAS ONE TO REMEMBER!

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CELEBRATIONS Four Ontario Master Breeders were celebrated at our EastGen Evening of Excellence on the evening of the 25th. Awards were also presented to the 2019 All-Ontario winners, Gay Lea Production winners, Outstanding Dairy Woman and the Ontario-wide Heart of the Herd recipient for the past year. A Fun Auction in support of the Ontario Dairy Youth Trust Fund capped off a great night, raising close to $10,000.

RESOLUTIONS Seven resolutions were voted on by members in attendance and two were carried as follows: (1) TRACEABILITY DairyTRACE should initiate the process

to have the ear tag number from shipped animal associated with the cheque stub and/or receipt, to ensure traceability is maintained.

(2) GENE EDITING A task force consisting of industry stakeholders (processors, retailers, producers, breeders, Dairy Farmers of Canada and CFIA) should be formed to determine if precision breeding programs which require the editing of genomes are in the best interest of the dairy industry, providing recommendations to either cease gene editing projects or provide guidelines to regulate and identify the animals involved in gene editing.

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1. Bonnie den Haan (fifth from left) was 2019’s Outstanding Dairy Woman. Presenting the award are past winners, from l to r: Nancy Beerwort, Karen Velthuis, Barb Fraser, Heather Parkin, Deb Knapton, Ruth Vogel and Sandy O’Hara, 2. Gay Lea Production Award winners with Gerald Schipper (see page 19 for details), 3. John Beerwort Jr. providing some comic relief during presentations, 4. Grant Evans (r) accepts the province-wide Heart of the Herd award for Highview Rambo Tanner, 5. The fun auction gets underway, 6. Morgan Howard accepts her All-Ontario award from EastGen’s Brian O’Connor, 7. Ontario Dairy Youth Award winners from l to r: Justin Crowley, Lindsey Cook, Jill McCallum, Steve Oosterhof, 8. All-Ontario winner Christine Armstrong with Quality Seeds Representative Steve Holmes and Brian O’Connor, 9. Holstein Ontario Vice-President Tara Bullock thanks President Brad Lowry for his service to the Board, 10. Ontario’s Master Breeders, Mike and Jamie Risebrough (Maplebrough) John MacKay and Chris Gillis (Wilmarlea) Chris McLaren (Larenwood) and Kyle MacLeod (Darcroft). Presenting are Brad Lowry (l) and Dave Johnston (far right), 11. Ann Louise was honoured by Ron Sleeth, 12. The All-Ontario award sponsors with Ethan McMillan, 13. Gerald Schipper speaks to a resolution at the Branch AGM.

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MEETINGS & BUSINESS For the second year in a row, a Past Presidents breakfast was hosted by the Branch on February 26, followed by the Annual General Meeting. Highlights included messages from President Brad Lowry, General Manager Merina Johnston, and financials from Vice-President Tara Bullock. In 2019, the Branch experienced a loss of $4,763; however, taking into account unrealized gains on investments, the net income for the 2019 fiscal year was $26,683.

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GUESTS • Holstein Canada President Gerald Schipper and CEO Ann Louise Carson shared stats from the past year and Ann Louise was presented with a gift and thanked for her contributions on behalf of the Branch. • Karen Velthuis, Chairperson for the 2021 National Holstein Convention shared plans and extended an invitation for all to attend in Ottawa next April.

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• Neil Petreney, CEO of Lactanet, detailed the partnership between CanWest DHI, CDN and Valacta and highlighted some facts and trends. • The 2019 Ontario Dairy Youth Award winners shared slides on their home farms and memories of their travels to Madison, WI and World Dairy Expo.

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The Outstanding Dairy Women’s Service Award is the brainchild of Tara Bullock of Lakeside, Ont., and was created in 2011 to recognize the efforts and highlight the work and accomplishments of Ontario women in dairy. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Bonnie den Haan, who embodies everything this award stands for! Bonnie was recognized at the EastGen Evening of Excellence held at the time of Holstein Ontario’s Annual General Meeting in February.

BONNIE’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DAIRY INDUSTRY:

“It has been an absolute joy to see her in a position that brings together everything she has unconsciously been working for her entire life. She is our influencer, co-pilot, dreamer, reality maker and we couldn’t be more proud to call this lady our mom.”

• Bonnie and her husband John operate Haanview Holsteins and Sheldon Creek Dairy near Loretto, Ontario where they farm 500 acres and milk 80 dairy cows with their daughters Emily den - DAUGHTERS EMILY DEN HAAN Haan and Marianne and Mike Edward. They also operate an onAND MARIANNE EDWARD farm dairy, processing the milk from Haanview Farms into fluid milk products, yogurt and kefir that is sold across Ontario under LEADING AND INSPIRING OTHERS: the Sheldon Creek Dairy name. • Bonnie has been a 4-H leader in Simcoe County for 27 years. • Class 13 AALP graduate • She has been a speaker at several youth events including Dairy • Long-standing committee member on the Simcoe County Milk Sen$e, the OAC Leadership Conference and Canadian Dairy Committee Expo. She loves to hear the stories of young producers at industry • In 2018, Bonnie became a Board Member for Dairy Farmers events and encourages them to continue to grow and stay involved. of Ontario. Bonnie presents at various events and is passionate • Bonnie recognizes people’s strengths and encourages them to play about the industry, sharing the knowledge she has gained to those strengths. She is known for calling farmers to invite them throughout her lifetime. to join her at an event, or a conference where they can learn about • In 2019 Bonnie became Director for Dairy Farmers of Canada. the industry and network. Through this position she has travelled across Canada visiting • She has also been an inspiration to other women in Ag by showing other provinces, and meeting dairy farmers from across the county. that anyone can be a leader in an industry with great passion, • Board Member at Farm and Food Care dedication and hard work.

WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT BONNIE: “Her dedication to passion projects, her ability to speak publicly, her willingness to relate to people, her sharp and analytical mind, and her confidence to ask hard questions or give tough replies, have proven time and time again that she enhances the dairy industry.” – Joan Craig, Ag Women’s Network “Bonnie is a forward-thinking woman who has always met life’s challenges head-on. Not only is she business-savvy, she has done a fabulous job of encouraging her own children and other young people interested in agriculture to set goals and work hard to achieve them.” – Tara Reynolds, Wallenstein Feed & Supply Ltd.

ON WORK-LIFE BALANCE:

HER PASSION FOR THE INDUSTRY:

• Since being on the DFO Board, Bonnie spends 10-15 days a month in meetings or at conferences and yet she still finds time to feed calves, wake up at 5 a.m. to help with processing milk, drive tractor and spend time with her grandchildren. • Bonnie has four children and seven grandchildren and makes it a priority to spend time with them often, having them over for sleepovers and taking them to places like The Royal Winter Fair or the local fair for a fun day out. She is also very active and loves to help all of her grandchildren to learn how to ski, skate and swim, just as she did for her own children. • Bonnie is also involved in her church where she often volunteers to help with community dinners or reading scripture in Sunday service.

• Bonnie is very passionate about educating people on the quality of Canadian milk. Haanview Farms and Sheldon Creek Dairy recently started running tours for the public to learn about dairy farming. • Last spring, Bonnie appeared on an episode of The Agenda with Steve Paikin where she debated with an Animal Rights Activist/ Lawyer about the welfare and quality standards that Canadian dairy farms operate under. • Bonnie is a registered Lobbyist for Dairy Farmers of Canada and meets with Ministers of Parliament on a monthly basis to discuss the challenges and successes within the dairy industry.

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Owned by Brabantdale Farms Ltd., Ottawa

Owned by Sunny Plains Farms, Joyceville

Produced as 1 Year Old in 305 days 15,467 kg. Milk 746 kg. Fat 512 kg. Protein CompositeFP 1,258 BCA (Deviation) 415 (+175) M 537 (+274) F 430 (+191) P

Produced as a 2 Year Old in 305 days 16,129 kg. Milk 777 kg. Fat 542 kg. Protein CompositeFP 1,319 BCA (Deviation) 381 (+122) M 492 (+203) F 401 (+140) P

NEWMORNING GRENWY LOLIPOP 1827

GOULDHAVEN LIQUID G BRITTANY

Owned by New Morning Holsteins, Monkton

Owned by Gouldhaven Farms, Foresters Falls

Produced as a 3 Year Old in 305 days Produced as a 4 Year Old in 305 days 18,325 kg. Milk 916 kg. Fat 633 kg. Protein CompositeFP 1,549 16,430 kg. Milk 937 kg. Fat 565 kg. Protein CompositeFP 1,502 BCA (Deviation) 368 (+111) M 501 (+218) F 398 (+126) P BCA (Deviation) 337 (+31) M 515 (+186) F 362 (+48) P CROVALLEY WINDBROOK ABELLA JOALFARMS BAXTER RIANNA Owned by Crovalley Holsteins, Hastings

Produced as a 5 Year Old in 305 days 20,472 kg. Milk 979 kg. Fat 694 kg. Protein CompositeFP 1,673 BCA (Deviation) 417 (+172) M 535 (+268) F 442 (+184) P

Owned by Allan & Lorne Vis, Murillo

Produced as a Mature Cow in 305 days 20,229 kg. Milk 984 kg. Fat 667 kg. Protein CompositeFP 1,651 BCA (Deviation) 396 (+135) M 521 (+227) F 412 (+137) P

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Western Ontario August 12 August 7 August 19 August 27 September 1 September 11

Middlesex - TBD Elgin - Kevin McGriskin Lambton - Josh McKay Oxford - Jeff West Bruce-Grey - Steve Fraser Perth-Waterloo - Steve Fraser

Open to Huron, Essex-Kent Closed Closed Closed Open to Huron Closed

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East-Central Ontario August 7 August 8 August 27 September 4 September 7 September 10 September 11 September 19

Northumberland - Matt Yates Peterborough (Ex)- TBD Simcoe - Kevin McGriskin Hastings (Quinte) - TBD Ontario - Mike West Durham - Morgon McMillan Prince Edward - TBD Victoria (Lindsay Ex) - TBD

Open to all counties Open to all counties Closed Open to all counties Closed Closed Closed Open to all counties

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Closed Open to Eastern Ontario Open to former Lochiel Township Open to Pontiac County Closed Closed Closed Closed

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2020 COMPETITION GUIDELINES This competition is effective for the 2020 Show Season and is open for members of Ontario exclusively. Animal must be a Registered Holstein, 75% purity or higher. To be eligible, animals must achieve at minimal one (1) of the qualifying show placings (as outlined below) while owned by or in partnership with an Ontario member. Qualifying show placings include the following: • First (1) or second (2) prize at an Ontario County Show, OR • Top five (5) at the National Holstein Convention Show or an Ontario Regional Show, including Ontario Spring Discovery, Maxville Holstein Show, Ontario Summer Show, EOWQ Championship Show, and Autumn Opportunity, OR • Top eight (8) Ontario-owned placings at the 2020 Black & White Holstein Show or Red & White Holstein Show at the Royal Winter Fair. Only one entry for Junior Breeder’s Herd per exhibitor. Multiple entries per exhibitor may be submitted for Breeder’s Herd, but each herd must be comprised of three (3) separate animals and must qualify separately as per the requirements above. In the Breeder’s Herd and Junior Herd classes, only one substitute will be allowed per herd. Senior animals (cow classes) must qualify while in milking form, including Milking Yearlings, and only show placings while in milking form will be considered relevant. Summer calves may qualify via a Junior Calf Class, but only if a Summer Calf Class is not available at the qualifying show. Production cows may qualify via a Mature Cow Class, but only if a Production Class is not available AND Production Qualifications of 60,000 KGs are met at the qualifying show. *Placings at shows outside of Ontario must be provided, but are not considered qualifying shows.

RED & WHITE CLASSES

• Animal must have been shown at any two (2) recognized Branch Holstein shows to qualify for entry.

4-H CLASSES

• You must be a member of a 4-H Dairy Calf Club. • You must have shown your project at your club achievement day. • Entry form must show calf’s actual placing in the class, as well as 4-H placing in the class. • 4-H Members must lead their own calf in at least two (2) Holstein Ontario recognized shows but the animal need only qualify in one (1) show to be eligible. Qualifying 4-H placings include the following: • Placing first (1) or second (2) 4-H Calf (in its class) at an Ontario County Show, OR • Placing first (1), second (2), or third (3) 4-H Calf (in its class) at an Ontario Regional Show, including Ontario Spring Discovery, Maxville Holstein Show, Ontario Summer Show, EOWQ Championship Show, and Autumn Opportunity, OR • Placing first (1), second (2), or third (3) at an Official 4-H Show with 75 or more 4-H members participating in the show. The date and location of these 4-H shows needs to be submitted to Holstein Ontario prior to the show date and a complete marked catalogue must be sent to the Branch office no later than 15 days after the shows, OR • Placing in the top eight (8) Ontario-owned 4-H placings at the 2020 Holstein Show, Red & White Holstein Show, or TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic at the Royal Winter Fair. • All-Ontario 4-H entries require a separate entry form and photo, listing only those shows where the 4-H member led his/her own calf.

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1. Summer Calf - born on or after Jun. 1, ’20 2. Junior Calf - born Mar. 1 ‘20 - May 31, ‘20 3. Int. Calf - born Dec. 1, ’19 - Feb. 28, ’20 4. Senior Calf - born Sept. 1, ’19 - Nov. 30, ’19 5. Summer Yrling - born June 1, ’19 - Aug. 31, ’19 6. Junior Yrling - born Mar. 1, ’19 - May 31, ’19 7. Intermediate Yrling - born Dec. 1, ’18 - Feb. 29, ’19 8. Senior Yrling, non-milking - born Sept. 1, ’18 - Nov. 30, ’18 9. Junior Breeder’s Herd, 3 animals bred by exhibitor 10. Milking Yrling - born Sept.1, ’18, to Feb. 29, ’19 11. Junior 2-year-old - born Mar. 1, ’18 - Aug. 31, ’18 12. Senior 2-year-old - born Sept. 1, ’17 - Feb. 28, ’18 13. Junior 3-year-old - born March 1, ’17 - Aug. 31, ’17 14. Senior 3-year-old - born Sept. 1, ’16 - Feb. 28, ’17 15. 4-year-old - born Sept. 1, ’15 - Aug. 31, ’16 16. 5-year-old - born Sept. 1, ’14 - Aug. 31, ’15 17. Mature Cow - born prior to Sept. 1, ’14 18. Longtime Production Cow - must have made 60,000 Kgs by show time 19. Breeder’s Herd, 3 animals bred by exhibitor 20. Junior 4-H Calf - born after Mar. 1, ’20 21. Intermediate 4-H Calf - born Dec. 1, ’19 - Feb. 28, ’20 22. Senior 4-H Calf - born Sept. 1, ’19 - Nov. 30, ’19 23. Summer Yrling 4-H Calf - born June 1, ’19 - Aug. 31, ’19 24. Junior Yrling 4-H Calf - born Mar. 1, ’19 - May 31, ’19 25. Junior All-Ontario animal - Junior Calf to Senior Calf 26. Junior All-Ontario animal - Summer Yrling to Senior Yrling 27. Red & White Calf - born Sept. 1, ’19 - Aug. 31, ’20 28. Red & White Yrling non-milking - born Sept. 1 ’18 - Aug. 31, ’19 29. Red & White Junior Cow - born Sept. 1 ’16 - Feb. 29 ’19 30. Red & White Senior Cow - born prior to Sept. 1, 2016

ENTRIES Owners must submit an official entry via Assist Expo for each animal they wish to enter. Go to https://www.assistexpo.ca/all-ontario-holstein-competition to enter by November 13, 2020. Note: Each entry for each class requires a photo (see photo requirements below). A fee of $50 per entry ($25 for 4-H and Junior All-Ontario) applies and can be used towards a 2021 ad in The Link. ENTRY DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 13, 2020. For Further Information contact Holstein Ontario: 519-653-6180 www.ontario.holstein.ca/awards/all-ontarios.

PHOTO REQUIREMENTS Your entry must be accompanied by a professionally-taken 5x7 side-shot photo taken in the current show season. Photos must show the stage of lactation the cow was in when she competed. A Senior Yearling may be entered in both the milking & non-milking class but a picture must be provided in both milking and non-milking form. Exhibitors must submit three (3) individual pictures of the members of your Breeder’s Herd and Junior Breeder’s Herd. Group shots will not be accepted. Digitally manipulated photos will not be accepted.

SELECTION All qualifying entries received by the deadline will be submitted to a panel of 18 judges who will place their top six in each category. Points will be assigned as follows: 1st (9 points), 2nd (6 points), 3rd (4 points), 4th (3 points), 5th (2 points), and 6th (1 point). Judges with qualifying entries in the class are blocked from voting on that class. Additionally, 12 randomly-selected voting results will be compiled from the 18 sets of results to determine the All-Ontario winner for each class. Top placing animals will be recognized as All-Ontario, Reserve All-Ontario, and Honourable Mention All-Ontario respectively, followed by 3 nominated animals (4 in the case of a tie). Prior to voting, an effort will be made to allow each entrant 24 hours to review the accuracy of their entry via a live link, as well as view others in the class. Entrants will be notified of the final results via email. Results will be published in the Winter 2021 issue of The Link Magazine. Presentation of awards will be made at the Holstein Ontario Annual Meeting in Feb. 2021. Results will not be considered official and cannot be published by any other company until after presentations are made.

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HIGHVIEW RAMBO TANNER EX-91-9E-CAN • • • • •

At 14 years old, Tanner has had 12 lactations and has produced over 118,000 kgs of milk She transitioned smoothly from from a tie-stall to a robot, not an easy feat for a cow her age Tanner’s dam, Treasure was an EX-90 5E Jolt daughter, who also accomplished 9 lactations 93 for feet and legs, and 92 for dairy strength Tanner is bred back to Sandy Valley Limocar and due in July

HIGHVIEW HOLSTEINS, PORT PERRY • 430 head; 150 Milking (120 in a robot pack barn and 30 in a tie-stall) • 29ME, 13EX, 80VG, 63GP • BCA 226-243-219 • Average Kgs 10,541

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ANIMAL & OWNER LEGEND-MAKER SHAQUILLE GENESIS EX-91-4E 4* Legend-Maker Holsteins KENTVILLE SHOCKING LADY EX-92-4E Kentville Holsteins LOYALYN GOLDWYN PANSY EX-90-6E 2* Rob & Alice Bumstead SHURRHOLME SILAS CINDY EX-92-6E Maple Knoll Farms LAIDLAWN CHAMPION FERGIE EX-90-4E W. Paul Laidlaw HUIZTEIN SHOTTLE ALISON EX-91-4E 2* Huiztein Farms Inc BOSDALE GILBERT ELISE EX-90-2E Bosdale Farms Inc MARK-A-VALLEY WILDMAN AIMEE EX-90-4E Mark-A-Valley Farm

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THE HEART OF THE HERD COMPETITION WAS RELAUNCHED IN 2018 TO CELEBRATE LONGEVITY AND STRENGTH IN THE BREED, AS WELL AS PRODUCTION. THIS COMPETITION RECOGNIZES THOSE ANIMALS THAT PRODUCE YEAR-AFTER-YEAR, BREEDING BACK WITH EASE, HITTING EXTREME LACTATION NUMBERS AND RACKING UP MULTIPLE EXCELLENT SCORES. IN 2019, 4,131 ANIMALS QUALIFIED FOR THE COMPETITION.

BREAKDOWN OF COMPETITION All animals Bred & Owned by an Ontario Member are eligible, no entry required.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Animals meeting the below minimum requirements are assigned points as per the formula, with the top number of points awarded being declared the winner. 1. Must be classified 85 or higher. 2. Must have produced at least 60,000kg lifetime. 3. Must be alive in the year of competition (determined by lactations and/or calvings occurring in the year in question).

FORMULA: • Classification: 5 points awarded for scoring 85, with 1 point added for every point above 85, and 1 point added for every ME. • Longtime Production: 6 points awarded to a cow that has 60,000kg, one extra point awarded for every 10,000kg over 60,000kg. • Lactations: awarded 1 point per lactation. • Superior Lactations & Progeny: awarded 1 point per superior lactation and 1 point for every son/daughter that has scored VG/EX, to a combined cap of 10 points. • All-Ontario: 1 point for every All-Ontario nomination in milking form.

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Tie-Breaker: Most kgs. Lifetime Butterfat.

ANIMAL & OWNER ALTONA LEA GOLDWYN CALLIE EX-90-4E 2* Frank Barkey & Family OSCROFT ARES REINE EX-92-5E Oscroft Farms BERKELVIEW ANGEL AN EX-90-2E Berkelview Farms VERLIN BOLTON DARLA EX-90-6YR Verlin Holsteins MILVALEA FINAL CUT FIONA EX-95-6E Milvalea Holsteins HIGHVIEW RAMBO TANNER EX-91-9E Highview Holsteins CROVALLEY ALLEN ANGELA EX-92-7E Crovalley Holsteins WALTZ ACRE BLINK GOLDWYN EX-92-3E 2* Waltz Acre Farms HAANVIEW OUTSIDE MAYA EX-90-5E Haanview Farms Inc RAILSIDE GIVENCHY SNOWBALL VG-87-5YR Rail Side Farms JOALFARMS BAXTER RIANNA EX-91-4E Allan & Lorne Vis KENCHAR ALLEN JUSTINE EX-95-7E Scott Tamlin DANDYLAND INCOME LOYAL EX-90-7E Dandyland Farm

EAST COUNTY CARLETON-RUSSELL DUNDAS FRONTENAC GLENGARRY LANARK LEEDS-GRENVILLE PRESCOTT RENFREW STORMONT

ANIMAL & OWNER QUINNDALE TALENT JETSKI EX-93-7E 2* Quinndale Holsteins VRIESDALE GOLDWYN BUTTONS EX-90-5E 2* Vriesdale Holsteins SUNREST CARISMA LEEANN EX-90-3E 1* Sunrest Farm DENVAN GOLDWYN KIM EX-90-4E Adrian St. Denis PENLOW GEORGANA FORTUNE EX-91-6E Penlow Farms GERANN GOLDWYN JACEE EX-91-6E Gerann Holsteins DERIC SHOTTLE FIFA EX-90-3E Ferme Lavigne Inc ROBDOT DOLMAN FASCINATION EX-90-4E Robdot Holsteins ROSEVINE MR SAM OLIVE EX-90-5E Rosevine Farms


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HIGHVIEW HOLSTEINS THAN MEETS THE EYE STORY BY ANDREA EMOND

his year’s Heart of the Herd winner, Highview Rambo Tanner EX-91-9E, is everything you would expect a champion to be. Scored 91 with 92 points for dairy strength and 93 for feet & legs, she certainly looks the part. Add to that her problem-free calvings, each year like clockwork for the past 12 years, and her remarkable 118,232 kg lifetime yield, and you have yourself a fine cow! But apart from all of these accolades, what makes Tanner really special is the place she calls home. Highview Holsteins Ltd. is located in the rolling hills of Port Perry, Ont., in Ontario County. The late Ross Evans started the farm back in 1954 with his wife, Barb, when he purchased an 88-acre farm one side road over from the home farm and took out a prefix with Holstein Canada. Growing up, he had worked with his dad and brother on a mixed farm on Scugog Line 9 with a few laying hens and some pigs and cows. Ross attended school up until grade nine, and later went to work for Roy Ormiston of Roybrook. It was there he developed his passion for good cows.

MAKING GOOD, BETTER A lot has changed on the farm since then, and that’s just the way Ross would have wanted it. He was a progressive farmer for his time, always wanting to move forward and expand the farm for the next generation; always wanting to make good, better. Numerous improvements over the years included adding 50 stalls to the original 42-cow tie-stall barn, widening the stalls, adding mats and later, upgrading pulsation. Neighbouring land was purchased over time and the family undertook a number of construction projects, including adding sheds for equipment, silos for feed storage, a pole barn in the late 1960s, and a new chicken barn in the early 2000s to accommodate 2,600 laying hens. The biggest change by far, however, took place just over three years ago when the family built their new robot barn. The sprawling 140’ x 332’ compost pack barn with space for 120 cows features a WeCover fabric roof over steel trusses, which contributes to the barn’s light and airy feel. Lactating cows spend most of their time on the pack and make regular trips to one of two Lely T4 robots located on the north end. Though the learning curve was steep and the first few days in the new barn were exhausting, both the cows and the Evans family are thriving today.

While Ross focused on the cows, Barb looked after the hens and sold eggs at the door. Like most farm kids, their six children, Beth, Neil, Elden, Grant, Janice and Wendy, were all expected to pull their weight at home. “We got to come home from school and watch Commander Tom, but we had to be out in the barn for evening Cows are averaging 10,400 kg per lactation, up over 1,000 kg per cow, chores by 4:30 p.m.,” the youngest son, Grant, says with a smile. W W W. O N TA R I O. H O L ST E I N . C A

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and the herd’s BCA has gone from 210 in the old barn to 230/240 in the new setup. Somatic cell count has come down significantly too, being caught quickly by the robot’s screening system. Breeding and fertility has also improved as a whole, with cows getting pregnant a lot quicker due to improved sightlines on heats. “We can catch them a lot easier now,” Grant explains. Perhaps most importantly, and a factor owing much to this success, is the undeniable fact that the cows are so much more comfortable in their new environment. Twisted stomachs and milk fever have all but disappeared and teats aren’t getting stepped on like they did in the old tie-stall. It’s made day-to-day life on the farm much less labour-intensive and enjoyable for all involved. In the old barn they needed three to four people to get through chores; now they can manage with one or two.

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TEAM WORK Grant and his older brothers, Elden and Neil, along with nephews Carl and Graig, manage the farm today. Grant himself has always worked with the cows, and says if he wasn’t a dairy farmer, his next choice would have been to work for an A.I. company. After high school, he attended a four-day breeding program put on by what was then United Breeders in Guelph, and loved every minute of it. In fact, he even put in an application to work for them later, but never heard back. “Dad probably sabotaged it [so I could come home and work on the farm]!” he jokes, looking back. All joking aside, he still loves what he does after all these years. “There’s nothing I regret as far as sacrifices; nothing else I wish I could have done.” Elden is often found doing chores before anyone else is out of bed. His own family’s schedule means he needs to work when the others haven’t yet made it to the barn. He also does the robot mix, coordinates the dairy cow mix, and measures and mixes the dry cow feed. And if that isn’t enough, he’s also the family electrician. Neil and his son, Carl, are head of crops and machinery at Highview. The family owns 890 acres and rents another 750 in and around Port Perry and Uxbridge. They make all of their own feed for their cows and sell their excess wheat, corn and soy as cash crop. They also do custom harvesting for area farms. Neil’s wife, Rose, is the farm’s bookkeeper and often pitches in with chores, and another son, Graig, looks after the hen operation. Additionally, he manages 30 head in a tie-stall at a separate site, which is also under the Highview umbrella. “That’s what’s so cool about farming,” Grant says. “You have the opportunity to do so many different things.”

PASSION PROJECT Interestingly, one of the endeavours Highview has been involved with in recent years has little to do with cows at all. The farm is an active filming site, attracting big-name directors and producers in search of a rural farm setting for their productions. Most recently, the Port Perry farm has played host to The Handmaid’s Tale series, a Viggo Mortensen film entitled Falling, and a Netflix film called Awake. Grant is also a listed animal handler and Highview animals have been cast in movies such as My Louisiana Sky, Map of the World, Close Encounters, Camp Rock 2, ‘Til Death do us Part and a Disney movie called Cow Belles, in which Rambo the bull makes an appearance.

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PHOTOS: (PREVIOUS PAGE) It takes a dedicated team to run Highview Holsteins. Pictured here are (back row, l to r): Carl, Grant, Elden, Rose and Neil. (Front row, l to r): Chantel, Willa, Justin and Graig. 1. Grant at the entrance of the new barn, 2. The loft of the old barn was used to film scenes in The Handmaid’s Tale, 3. Cow comfort is evident in the family’s new compost pack barn; milk per cow is up over 1,000 kgs per cow! 4. Calves are moved to hutches at one day old, 5. A Highview field is turned into a plane crash site for a soon-to-be-released Netflix film, 6. One of the original barns at Highview, 7. This old barn and its silo may be familiar to fans of The Handmaid’s Tale. It was used to film the “Colonies” scenes in season two of the popular series, 8. The farm has been in the Evans family since 1954, 9. Ross and Barb Evans, the farm’s founders. PHOTO 5 BY GRANT EVANS, PHOTO 9 SUBMITTED. OTHERS BY ANDREA EMOND.

other “farmy” props. Grant and his family were happy to oblige. And then others started calling. Some were after a rundownlooking place (an abandoned barn on one of their properties that was previously used for equipment storage fit the bill); others needed a working dairy barn with cows. In one instance, they asked for a chicken. But not just any chicken. They needed a chicken that would sit on Joe Jonas’ (of Jonas Brothers fame) head for a scene in Camp Rock 2.

It all started back in the mid-1990s when the CBC’s iconic series, Grant said yes before really thinking about what he was agreeing to do. Road to Avonlea, was filming nearby. Someone had given the “I spent the summer training a chicken to stay on my head,” he directors Grant’s name, as they needed some round bales and a few says like it’s the most normal thing in the world. After putting

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Step 1. Carry said chicken The Evans family did a lot of showing in the earlier days. Grant’s around for a few days, 20 father and his uncle Floyd enjoyed taking a string to the Royal Winter Fair and were mainstays at the Port Perry Fair each year. All of the minutes at a time. kids took part in 4-H, which made showing a natural part of their Step 2. Wear a cap. Set the upbringing as well. As time went on, however, and life got busier, the chicken on your head and hold family was just as happy to sell a good cow and watch the pros bring it there. out her best. Such was the case for Highview Jasper Cherry EX-95. Step 3. Set the chicken on your Purchased by Barclay Phoenix, Trent Valley Holsteins and Jason Mell head and let go. Stand there. Do as an 84-point second calver in 2008, Cherry was Grand at Ontario County in 2008 and Reserve at Summer Show the same year. In this for 20 minutes at a time. 2009, she was 2nd Four-Year-Old at the Royal and 1st at World Dairy Step 4. Put the chicken on your Expo. In 2011, she caught the eye of Westcoast Holsteins, B.C., who head, walk around and do a few purchased her and bred an EX-93-3E Sid daughter out of her the chores. next year. Step 5. Put the chicken on your Jasper was a sire that did well at Highview, as did other bulls of the head and leave it there. time such as Lindy, Prelude and Stylist. Today, the farm breeds for His hard work paid off and the chicken stayed put on Joe Jonas’ head during a scene that showed the actors arriving at camp on an old farm truck with chicken cages in the back. Demi Lovato, who also starred in the movie, took a liking to the docile chicken and disappeared with it for over an hour once filming had wrapped up for the day.

Grant and his family watch every production after it comes out and have fun recognizing their animals and scenes from their farm. A tour of the old barn and grounds used recently for The Handmaid’s Tale gives a sense of the process involved in preparing the set and the level of commitment needed for a successful filming session. For example, large holes were cut in the side of the barn to 9 blow in heat to keep the actors warm during filming in late November. Lights were added and new stairs were installed, then beat up and made to look original to the barn. Interestingly, for the type of scene that was being filmed, the producers wanted a rundown look and insisted that previous damage caused by raccoons be left intact. “Sometimes it’s a lot of work,” admits Grant, who along with his wife, Lisha, performs regularly on stage at the Herongate Barn Dinner Theatre in Pickering. “And when they come in to look, it’s like your property is auditioning for the part.” But it’s also another revenue stream for a farm with seven full-time employees and three part-time, and one they’re having a lot of fun with. While no filming W W W. O N TA R I O. H O L ST E I N . C A

is booked at the moment, Grant expects Hollywood to come calling again at some point in the future. “Once people get a hold of you and know you’re there, they’ll keep coming back.”

a balance of type and production and more recently, Justin has been using Alligator, Bardo, Sidekick and Artist to achieve that mix. The family has also kept a few bulls on the farm over the years, including one named Rambo. He sired this year’s province-wide Heart of the Herd winner, Highview Rambo Tanner EX-91-9E, and was kept on the farm until the age of three. In that time, he sired six daughters, three of which are VG-88 or higher. Although Highview doesn’t spend a lot of time in the show ring these days, they have earned some pretty impressive accolades in recent years. In 2018, Holstein International placed them as the fourth highest herd in Canada for the most Excellent cows with 48 (also appearing on the list from Ontario was Bosdale, Crovalley, Farisview, Holtbyholme and Kingsway). At Holstein Ontario’s recent AGM, Grant was honoured to receive recognition for Tanner’s Heart of the Herd victory. “There are so many good cows in Ontario and across Canada and everybody has a cow like her in the herd,” he says. “We’re proud to accept the award on their behalf.”

As for the future of the farm, the Evans family has a few ideas. First and foremost, they want to continue to stay on top of the latest technology for their fourth generation dairy farm. Then there are the upgrades they need to do, including building a larger chicken barn in the next five to ten years to meet ministry standards and a shop to store their combines and other harvesting equipment. They’d also like to build another Harvestore silo, to get away from all the plastic waste associated with storing bales in tubes. A succession plan that would allow the three older brothers to step back at some point in the future is also in the works, and with the next generation steadily gaining shares in the corporation and training for several years now, Grant knows the farm will be in great hands. “I do like to feel we’d be missed still,” he adds. One thing he hopes to pass onto the next generation, whether at his own farm or in general, is the importance of positivity. “It’s so important to stay positive and to really enjoy what you’re doing,” Grant says. “If you’re not enjoying it, try something else. There’s a lot of negativity in the world these days and as farmers, we’re so fortunate that we can farm.” THE

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109 MEADOW GREEN ABSO FANNY-RED Triple-T Holsteins, OH, T & L Cattle Ltd., BC, Frank A. & Diane Borba, CA, Frank & Carol Borba, CA & Mike Berry, OR

59 LOYALYN GOLDWYN JUNE

Pierre Boulet, QC

31 MILKSOURCE GOLDWYN JENAY-ET Royal Lynn Holsteins, Cayuga, ON & Up-Ridge Holsteins, Embro, ON

Junior 3-Year-Old Females (9) AC RES HM NOM

10 KINGSWAY SANCHEZ ARMADILLO Kingsway Farms, Hastings, ON

NOM

126 FLOYDHOLM MC EMOJI-ET

La Femme Fatale, Milksource LLC, Shawn & Seth Nehls, & Crescentmead, WI

37 IDEE DOORMAN LYSA

Michael & Julie Duckett, WI

34 TOLAMIKA ARMANI WILL Ferme Glauser & Fils Inc., QC

1 BEST NORD ATWOOD LOLLY

Ferme Yvon Sicard, Pierre Boulet, Mathieu Chartrand & Kelly Hardy, QC

0 JACREST TONKA NARCISSA

0 BOSDALE SHOTTLE LIBERTY

Quality Holsteins, Vaughan, ON

Bosdale Farms Inc., Cambridge, ON

0 MIDAS-TOUCH JEDI JANGLE-ET

0 WINTERBAY FEVER LEGACY

Westcoast Holsteins, BC

Ferme Blondin & Blondin Sires, QC

Mature Cows (8) AC RES

116 JACOBS JORDAN CARMEL

Ferme Blondin & Blondin Sires, QC

73 JACOBS LAUTHORITY LOANA Ferme Jacobs Inc., QC & Pat Conroy, IN

A NOTE FROM BONNIE When the Holstein Journal announced in March 2019 that it was ceasing publication of its monthly magazine, Peter English, Holstein Journal owner and publisher, stated that he would be continuing the All-Canadian Holstein and Red & White contests. He planned to utilize the Journal’s website, www.holsteinjournal.com, to publicize the All-Canadian nominations and winners. Peter was working on the 2019 All-Canadian contests when he died unexpectedly on November 29, 2019. All work on the competitions stopped with his untimely passing. In late January, Peter’s family gave the go ahead for the All-Canadian contests to resume. Myself, Bonnie Cooper, former editor of the Holstein Journal, with help from France Lemieux of Quebec and administrative assistance from Holstein Canada, took on the job of completing both contests. On February 26th, the nominations in the All-Canadian Holstein contest were posted on the Holstein Journal website. On March 6th, the results of the 2019 All-Canadian Holstein and Red & White contests were announced on the website. The English family, and the team involved in the AllCanadian contests, extend their deepest thanks to everyone for their patience and cooperation as we worked to honour and fulfill Peter’s wishes for the 2019 contests. For pictures, show records and more details on the 2019 All-Canadian contests, go to www.holsteinjournal.com. Sincerely,

Bonnie Cooper All-Canadian Contest Coordinator and former Holstein Journal editor

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Senior 2-Year-Old Females (10) AC RES HM

Wendon Holsteins, AB

NOM

5 Year-Old Females (9) AC RES

NOM

111 IDEE WINDBROOK LYNZI

JM Valley Holstein & Stephane Gendreau, QC, Richard W. & Shannon Allyn, CT & Frank A. & Diane Borba, CA

5 GARAY DEMPSEY AMAZING

Gaspar Fillion, QC, & Ricky & Elizabeth Hall, VT Frank A. & Diane Borba and Brandon Almeida, CA

Junior 2-Year-Old Females (12) AC RES HM

57 OAKFIELD GC DARBY-ET

Trent Valley Holsteins, Peterborough, ON, Jason David Mell, WI, T & L Cattle Ltd., BC, Frank A. & Diane Borba and Frank & Carol Borba, CA

Ferme Jacobs Inc., QC

1 LELLAVAN AVALANCHE FUJI

2 VALRICK CHARLIE MELODIE

Signature Holsteins, Morrisburg, ON

19 JACOBS HIGH OCTANE BABE Westcoast Holsteins, BC

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Gerald Lavallee & Fils, QC

1 JEANLU STANLEYCUP ALEXIS

83 EASTRIVER WINDHAMMER RUTH 405

Ferme Glausier & Fils, QC

12 WESTCOAST EXPANDER LAURAMIE

12 WEBB VIEW LADY BELL WILDTHING Frank, Charlotte, Amelia, Lily, Jax, Louis & Harrison Borba, CA, Landree & Dakota Fraley, PA, and Cael, Chase & Caden Cannon, IA

89 CRAIGCREST RUBIES SMARTY PANTS

Westcoast Holsteins, BC

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129 SWEETVIEW DEMPSEY HURRYUP

Michael & Julie Duckett, WI

52 WEEBERLAC TICKLE ME-RED

Ferme Blondin, QC, Alyson Philips, TX & Kurt Wolf, IA

20 JACOBS DIAMONDBACK LISAN Ferme Jacobs Inc., QC

6 JACOBS SOLOMON BRIDAL

Elmvue, NY

1 JACOBS CONTROL BRISK-ET

8 SKYCREST MINCIO PRICKLES

Oakfield Corners Dairy, NY

Milksource LLC, and Laurie Fischer, WI, Ransom-Rail Farms Inc., NY

6 PIERSTEIN CICERO TIME OUT

1 PIERSTEIN DEVOUR ROULA

Elmvue Farm, NY

Pierre Boulet & Ferme Jacobs Inc., QC

4 FRADON ARMANI JORDEY-ET Michael & Julie Duckett, WI

1 STONYWAY GOLDWYN VEE

Hodglynn Holsteins, Kincardine, ON, & Little Star Holsteins, Watford, ON

4-Year-Old Females (11) AC RES HM NOM

129 MAPLELEY GOLDWYN JULIA

Lookout Holsteins, QC, Frank A. & Diane Borba, CA, Gerald Todd, TN & Elitehaven Genetics, Ireland

38 ALFINCH ZELGODIS TACI

Milking Yearling Heifers (10) AC RES HM NOM

4 CAMPHOLS JACOBY ROCKEBY

Pierre Boulet & Ferme Yvon Sicard, QC

4 OAKFIELD WB TIFFANY-ET

Ava Doner, Courtice, ON, Donelea Holsteins, Whitby, ON, Aleah Farms Ltd., Beaverton, ON, Select Farm & Export Services Inc., Hanover, ON, and Gerard & Jose Gonzalez, Mexico

4 GEG JACOBY POPPY

3 CROVALLEY SOLOMON SPARKLE

MilkSource LLC, WI

Alicia & Jonathan Lamb, NY

Ferme Vinbert Inc., Ferme Belgo 2010 Inc. and Ferme Belgarde Inc., QC, Kingsway Farms, Hastings, ON & Silvercrest Farms, Newington, ON

Senior 3-Year-Old Females (10)

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Pierre Boulet, QC & London Dairy Farms, London, ON

36 ARETHUSA DARYL SIENNA

0 VINBERT KINGBOY BIRDY

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13 PIERSTEIN EXPANDER ROYSE

Lookout Holsteins, QC, & Frank A. & Diane Borba, CA

MilkSource LLC and Laurie Fischer, WI

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48 BLONDIN AVALANCHE DARLEEN

Ferme Blondin & Blondin Sires, QC

T & L Cattle Ltd., BC, Frank A. & Diane Borba and Frank & Carol Borba, CA

2 ANTIA ABSOLUTE JOLINE-RED

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126 IDEE IMAC 645

Weeksdale Holsteins, PE, Hodglynn Holsteins, Kincardine, ON, & Frank A. & Diane Borba, CA

Breeder’s Herd (10) AC RES HM

127 JACOBS DOORMAN VICTOIRE-ET

MilkSource LLC, Laurie Fischer and Legendholm Holsteins, WI, and Ransom-Rail Farms Inc., NY

61 MS BEAUTYS BLACK VELVET-ET

Michael & Julie Duckett, WI

14 JACOBS GOLD CHIP ATTORNEY Ferme Jacobs Inc. & A. & R. Boulet, QC

4 FLORBIL DOORMAN LILLY

Florbil Farms Ltd., Mildmay, ON, Quality Holsteins, Vaughan, ON, Beckridge Holsteins, Keswick, ON, Oscar & Eric Dupasquier, Guelph, ON, & Agriber Societa Agricola SRL, Italy

2 WEEKSDALE BRADNICK DELAUNEY Weeksdale Holsteins, PE

1 MS SMITH-OAK PW D MAGGIE-ET Michael & Julie Duckett, WI

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140 FERME JACOBS INC., QC 38 FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC., QC 28 KINGSWAY FARMS, HASTINGS, ON 13 WENDON HOLSTEINS, AB 1 GERALD LAVALLEE & FILS, QC 0 LOOKOUT HOLSTEINS, QC

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129 MISS OCD DOORM GEORGETTE-ET

Kevin Doeberiener and Lindsay Bowen, OH & Bill Schilling, MI

59 OCONCREST DEMPSEY SENORITA

Junior Heifer Calves (13) AC

19 ALL-GLO BYWAY MONTRAL-ET

NOM

2 SAVAGE-LEIGH SELSER-RED-ET

Clarkvalley Holsteins, Woodville, ON, & London Dairy Farms, London, ON

52 CLAIRCREST SIDEKICK BELLINI

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26 JM VALLEY DOORMAN GALLY

Savagedale Farm, Bradford, ON, Robert Wilmot, Newmarket, ON, & Echo Glen Farm, Dorchester, ON

NOM

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119 KNONAUDALE OHYAH

JM Valley Holstein, Jean-Philippe Proulx & Stephane Gendreau, QC

55 REYNCREST AVALNCHE LUSHA-ET *

Velthuis Farms Ltd., Osgoode, ON

30 MAPEL WOOD DOORMAN DANCER * Howard-View Holsteins & Howard-Haven Holsteins, Burgessville, ON

AC RES HM NOM

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126 WINDCROFT DRMAN IRREPLACEABLE

Westcoast Holsteins, BC

14 BLONDIN KING DOC CHEWY Ferme Blondin & Blondin Sires, QC

3 MS TRIPLE-T ON THE PROWL-ET

Greenlark Farms & Vicki Fletcher, Pembroke, ON, Weeksdale Holsteins, PE, Rocky Allen, Australia

Senior Heifer Calves (9) AC RES HM NOM

AC RES

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83 WEEBERLAC JACOBY PANDORA * Chestico Holsteins, NS Hayley Cox, NS, South West Mabou 4-H Club

4 CANHOPE BEEMER BRECKETT *

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129 GARDEN-STATE AIRLIFT EXPOSE*

Owner during 4-H season – T & L Cattle Ltd., BC Kyle Bouma, PE, Pleasant Valley 4-H Club

Weeksdale Holsteins & Diamond Hill Farms, PE Layne Whalen, PE, Pleasant Valley 4-H Club

6 RI-JUL TATOO MAGIC-ET

Karnview Farms Inc., Woodstock, ON Megan Atkinson, Woodstock, ON, Ingersoll Kiwanis 4-H Club

74 PREMIUM DEMPSEY VIOLET

Owners during 4-H season – Francis Morneau, Best Nord Holsteins & Ferme Beaudoin, QC Marie-Rose Morneau, QC, Richmond Club

44 OCONNORS LUSTER LOVE

Beckholm Holsteins, Sunderland, ON Kaylin Beckett, Sunderland, ON, Durham West 4-H Club

35 HARVESTACRE RUNWAY MODEL

Owners during 4-H season – Andrew & Joel McOuat, Ferme Blondin, Jean-Philippe Proulx & JM Valley Holstein, QC Hannah McOuat, QC, Lachute 4-H Club

30 RIVERDOWN ATWOOD ABRIDGET

Riverdown Holsteins, Metcalfe, ON Serena Allardyce, Brantford, ON, Brant County 4-H Club

10 EMBRDALE JUNIE CRUSHTIME

Embrdale Farm, Asphodel-Norwood, ON Brent Stockdale, Asphodel-Norwood, ON, Norwood Dairy 4-H Club

NOM

5 OCD SOLOMON CALYPSO-ET

Jaelynn Phoenix, Uxbridge, ON, & Sierra Empey, Dorchester, ON Jaelynn Phoenix, Uxbridge, ON, Durham West 4-H Club

33 PIERSTEIN AVALANCHE GIPSY

Pierre Boulet, QC & Vale-O-Skene Holsteins, Little Britain, ON Brittany Dracup, Stirling, ON, Hastings 4-H Dairy Calf Club

27 TRINAL UNDENIED LEXIS

12 CHERRY CREST BRINGER OF RAIN

Cherry Crest Holsteins, Martintown, ON Isabella Poirier, Williamstown, ON, Glengarry 4-H Club

Velthuis Farms Ltd., Osgoode, ON

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4-H Junior Heifer Calves (9)

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12 DUCKETT SIDEKICK OLLIE-ET *

Weeksdale Holsteins & Diamond Hill Farms, PE

41 MISS OCD UNDENY GEORGIE-ET

Owners during 4-H season – Keaton Phoenix, Uxbridge, ON, Jay S. Robertson, Phelpston, ON, & Dylan Brantner, PA Keaton Phoenix, Uxbridge, ON, Durham West 4-H Club

Ferme SS Kennebec, QC Laurie Bourque, QC, Quebec Centre

7 COMESTAR LAMAGOLDY GOLDWYN *

Trinal Holstein & Arrowhead Dairy, Teeswater, ON Joseph Kapteyn, Georgian Bluffs, ON, Wiarton Sr Dairy Club

2 KNONAUDALE DOOR AGGIE *

Owners during 4-H season – Knonaudale Farms Inc., Crysler, ON, & Kingsway Farms, Hastings, ON; and Velthuis Farms Ltd., Osgoode, ON Jasmine Uhr, Crysler, ON, Stormont County 4-H Dairy Club

Ferme Bri-Mer, QC Veronique Brisson, QC, Ormstown 4-H Club

RES

4-H Summer Yearling Heifers (6)

Westcoast Holsteins, BC

Brian Joseph Enright & Jaquemet Holsteins, Winchester, ON & Diamond Hill Farms, PE

122 DUCKETT SIDEKICK OLLIE-ET *

1 BRISMER DENVER OAKLEY

Velthuis Farms Ltd., Osgoode, ON Brendan Velthuis, Osgoode, ON, Carleton-Vernon Dairy Club

61 OCD DOORMAN MAGIC-ET

4 CASHELLS DEFIANT LOUIS V

NOM

Owners during 4-H season – Andrew & Joel McOuat, QC Matthew McOuat, QC, Lachute 4-H Club

Beckridge Holsteins, Keswick, ON

Reyncrest Farm, NY & Fly-Higher Holsteins, NY

HM

60 REYNCREST AVALNCHE LUSHA-ET *

0 HARVESTACRE BREAKING NEWS

9 HS-HOTSTUFF AN SPICY-RED-ET

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22 COMBHAVEN DOORMAN ELISE

110 SF-SHADYLANE ADRAN-ET

AC

67 MAPEL WOOD DOORMAN DANCER *

Beckholm Holsteins, Sunderland, ON Mariah Beckett, Sunderland, ON, Durham West 4-H Club

Christopher Savage, MD

4-H Intermediate Heifer Calves (9)

Howard-View Holsteins & Howard-Haven Holsteins, Burgessville, ON Madison Dyment, Burgessville, ON, Brant 4-H Club

3 GLEANN GRACIE A

Intermediate Heifer Calves (11)

NOM

125 FERME BLONDIN, QC 62 REYNCREST FARMS, NY 16 BRIAN JOSEPH ENRIGHT, WINCHESTER, ON 4 JM VALLEY HOLSTEIN, QC 1 CROVALLEY HOLSTEINS, HASTINGS, ON 1 KINGSWAY FARMS, HASTINGS, ON

84 MS CAUGHT A GLIMPSE-ET

Sillsway Farms, Roslin, ON

Smithden Holsteins Inc., Woodstock, ON Taylor Buckrell, Norwich, ON, Oxford 4-H Club

Ferme Malic & Ponderosa Holsteins, QC

Clarkvalley Holsteins, Woodville, ON, & London Dairy Farms, London, ON

1 MS SOLOMON SKITTLES-ET *

HM

8 MALIC PONDE DEBORAH

Select Farm & Export Services Inc., Hanover, ON, & Gerardo & Jose Gonzalez, Mexico

Ferme Cerpolait SENC, QC

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Benbie Holsteins Ltd., SK

Howard-View Holsteins & Howard-Haven Holsteins, Burgessville, ON George Mason, Woodstock, ON, Tavistock 4-H Club

3 MS BORDERVIEW CRUSH SUE-ET

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11 CAMFLAT CHIEF CHIQUITA

95 REYNCREST DRM LOVEBUG-ET

Ron Canning, Palmerston, ON., & Tyler Canning, Palmerston, ON

4 OCD FLASHY ZIPPY

Savannah & Kolton Crack, QC Kolton Crack, QC, Richmond 4-H Club

0 KENNEBEC JACOBY NETFLIX

0 GARDEN-STATE AIRLIFT EXPOSE * T & L Cattle Ltd., BC

Sillsway Farms, Roslin, ON Ryan Sills, Roslin, ON, Tweed/Stirling 4-H Calf Club

0 SMITHDEN CINDERDOOR AABRIELLA

4-H Junior Yearling Heifers (9)

Ferme Glauser & Fils Inc., QC

1 BRABANTDALE SIDEKICK AMAZON

45 MS SOLOMON SKITTLES-ET *

54 CAMFLAT DIAMONDBACK AMAZE

Beckholm Holsteins, Sunderland, ON

Junior Breeder’s Herd (6)

NOM

63 HI-CALIBRE GOLDCHIP ARIEL

Owners during 4-H season – Porter Weeks, PE, Vector Genetics, Rockwood, ON, & Browntown Farms Ltd., NS Porter Weeks, PE, Pleasant Valley 4-H Club

Owners during 4-H season – Mapel Wood Farms, Jerseyville, ON; Fred Fallowfield, Woodstock, ON Tyler Gunby, Alberton, ON, Ancaster Dairy Club

Smithden Holsteins Inc., Woodstock, ON

AC RES HM

97 CANHOPE BEEMER BRECKETT *

Ron Canning, Palmerston, ON & Tyler Canning, Palmerston, ON Tyler Canning, Palmerston, ON, Dufferin 4-H Dairy Calf Club

0 MAPEL WOOD DENVER ECHO

Howard-View Holsteins, Burgessville, ON

0 SMITHDEN TREVOR PUMPKIN

54 HAMMERTIME DOORMAN NOVA-ET

Weeksdale Holsteins, PE, Select Farm & Export Services Inc., Hanover, ON, Dan Hovden, IA, & Gerardo & Jose Gonzalez, Mexico

NOM

133 HOWARD-VIEW UNIX LYNN

JM Valley Holsteins, QC

Brian Joseph Enright, Winchester, ON, & Liberty Genetics, Kemptville, ON, Frank A. & Diane Borba and Brandon Almeida, CA

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Ferme Godin & Frères, QC

3 JM VALLEY CRUSHTIME JAZZY

1 SUN-MADE LARIONS CRAYON

Summer Yearling Heifers (9)

5 GODIN NAT LAUTRUST

HM

Summer Heifer Calves (7)

4 WEEBERLAC JACOBY PANDORA *

Howard-View Holsteins & Howard-Haven Holsteins, Burgessvile, ON

RES

Huybregts Farms Ltd. & Konanaudale Farms Inc., Crysler, ON & Montdale Holsteins, Russell, ON

Chestico Holsteins, NS

0 COMESTAR LAMAGOLDY GOLDWYN *

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4 LIMBRA ATMOSPHERE ALEXIA

Ferme Bri-Mer, QC

AC

4-H Senior Heifer Calves (7)

JM Valley Holstein, QC

Triple-T Holsteins, OH, Michael Heath, MD & Sam McWilliams, PA

0 BRISMER CINDERDOOR ALABAMA

Junior Yearling Heifers (9)

Trent Valley Holsteins, Peterborough, ON, Werrhurst Holsteins, Oshawa, ON, & Jason David Mell, WI

12 MS MCWILLIAM DEMP LADY LUCK

Westcoast Holsteins, BC

0 SAVAGEDALE DRMN WILLIE

Ferme Blondin & Blondin Sires, QC

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Beckholm Holsteins, Sunderland, ON

HM

110 WINRIGHT SOLOMON ESPRESSO

NOM

4 SMITHDEN CG GUINEVERE

Smithden Holsteins Inc., Woodstock, ON Jackson Ray, Fergus, ON, West Luther Dairy Club

4 VC-LANGELANDS JACOBY MOJITO

Owners during 4-H season – Langelands Farms, Utopia, ON; Markay Holsteins, East Garafraxa, ON, & Earl Lennox, Orillia, ON Matt Lange, Utopia, ON, Cookstown 4-H Club

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Senior Cows (8 entries) AC

RES HM

Yearling Heifers (6)

42 MEADOW GREEN ABSO FANNY-RED

RES HM

RES

16 ANTIA ABSOLUTE JOLINE

MilkSource LLC & Laurie Fischer, WI

4 COLGANADOS D AVIANCA-RED-ET

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Alicia & Jonathan Lamb, NY

Junior Cows (6) AC

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Triple-T Holsteins, OH, T & L Cattle Ltd., BC, Frank A. & Diane Borba, CA, Frank & Carol Borba, CA & Mike Berry, OR

40 SCENIC-EDGE JORDAN-RED

Ty, Jacey & Hadley Ross, AZ

32 KNONAUDALE LULULEMON

Knonaudale Farms Inc., Crysler, ON, Select Farm & Export Services Inc., Hanover, ON, Ava Doner, Courtice, ON, & Gerardo & Jose Gonzalez, Mexico

21 SAVAGE-LEIGH SELSER-RED-ET Westcoast Holsteins, BC

Heifer Calves (10)

63 WEEBERLAC TICKLE ME RED

Alyson Philips, TX, Ferme Blondin, QC, & Kurt Wolf, IA

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17 BLONDIN AVALANCHE DARLEEN

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15 GLAUSTAR JACOT MAJESTY RED

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Ferme Blondin & Blondin Sires, QC

Glaustar Holsteins and Lookout Holsteins, QC, Frank A. & Diane Borba, CA & Adam Fraley, PA

56 HS-HOTSTUFF AN SPICY-RED-ET Reyncrest Farm, NY, & Fly-Higher Holsteins, NY

12 REYNCREST SAVANNAH-RED-ET

Dakota J. Fraley, PA

11 DUCKETT DBACK GYPSY-RED Colin & Karen Leach, Lindsay, ON

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Open to 10 to 25 year olds, the Junior All-Ontario Program, run by Holstein Ontario, allows passionate Holstein enthusiasts to be recognized at county, regional, and national shows for animals owned and shown under their prefix*. To obtain a membership or transfer animals to your name, please contact your Holstein Ontario Rep. The All-Ontario Competition also has Junior All-Ontario Heifer Classes! Check out page 21 for more info. Program registration to open in June - stay tuned for more details. Members must enter their animals annually into the competition to be recognized or to participate in the Junior All-Ontario Program and/or Junior All-Ontario Show. To register or for more program info: https://ontario.holstein.ca/youth/jr-all-ontario-program/ *Animals may be owned jointly with parents OR another Junior Member.

Junior All-Ontario Show Take part in a unique Junior All-Ontario event – the Junior All-Ontario Show! For registered Junior All-Ontario Program participants, this event includes an open show for all ages of animals and a showmanship component.

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JR ALL-ONTARIO PROGRAM MEMBER

What other opportunities have you undertaken for youth in the dairy industry, and where have you seen the most value?

I’ve been a part of 4-H, and I’ve worked at open dairy shows in and outside of Canada, meeting a lot of people and seeing their perspectives. I’m fairly involved in Ridgetown’s Dairy Club, currently serving as It’s a really good program that allows youth to get into buying, the President. Through my involvement in things like the school’s selling, owning and showing their own cattle. It gets young people annual embryo sale and planning our spring break trip to Quebec, into looking after their own animals when they might not otherwise I’ve met a lot of people I may not have otherwise interacted with. have had that chance. Describe the Junior All-Ontario program in your own words.

What would you say to a young person considering taking part in the Junior All-Ontario Program?

What have you learned being a part of the program?

Even though it was only my first year, I gained a lot of experience taking my own cattle. Usually at shows, I have my dad or hired help, so this was a good chance to do it on my own. The guest speakers were also really important and talked to us about general cow health and reproduction, which is especially helpful when you’re owning your own cattle and making your own breeding decisions.

I’d tell them it’s a great program; it’s a great experience and a lot of fun and a good opportunity to meet lots of new people. It’s also a good chance to compete against people that are at the same level as you and there is lots of support along the way. If you could have ANY cow standing in your barn, who would it be and why?

Florbil Doorman Lilly! She’s a really nice cow with a good pedigree It would be cool if the program expanded to other provinces and it and I always like seeing her at shows. would be great one day for the program to have a big national show. What would you change about the program and why?

What are your future goals and plans?

After I complete my diploma at Ridgetown, I hope to finish my The highlight for me was being able to take quite a few heifers out to Agricultural Business degree in Olds, Alberta. After that, I plan the show. And I had every one of them place in the top five of their to continue in 4-H, either as a member or leader, and work in the Agribusiness sector. And, of course, I will always be involved in my class, so it was a pretty proud first year for me! family’s dairy farm, Smithden Holsteins. What has been the highlight of your Junior All-Ontario ‘career’ to-date?

“The guest speakers were also really important and talked to us about general cow health and reproduction, which is especially helpful when you’re owning your own cattle and making your own breeding decisions.” - ASHLEY SMITH


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STORY BY CLARISSA MCCALLUM

Memorable Calves, Lifelong Friendships and All the Chocolate EYBS 2019 LIVES UP TO ITS EXPECTATIONS

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EYBS is a week-long competition in Battice, Belgium designed to teach young people all aspects of showing and other important aspects of the dairy industry. Last summer, Team Canada (consisting of Brooke Boonstoppel (NB), Lee Morey (AB), Frédéric Fortier and Francis Blanchette (QC), Brent Sayles, and myself Clarissa McCallum (ON), as well as our chaperone Pier-Olivier Lehoux (QC), began our journey by meeting at the Montreal airport. Many of us had not met before and yet there was not a single person that would have thought we weren’t all lifelong friends by the end! Once we arrived in Brussels, we were taken to the Awé facilities where they house Belgian Blue Bulls for semen production. After touring the facilities, we headed to Hautmont Hill Holsteins, a well-recognized herd in the industry. After our visit at Hautmont, we travelled to the fairgrounds in Battice, where we met our host families, crammed our overpacked luggage and ourselves into tiny cars and headed home for some sleep. The time change hit most of us very quickly, but thankfully, Lee’s jokes made staying awake easier. Bright and early the next morning, we arrived at the fairgrounds. Each participant was assigned a heifer based off their height, from various breeders in Belgium. One of the calves named “Farfelue” gave us some extra special memories, taking four of us to get her to the wash rack before almost breaking it! We were fortunate to be allotted an extra calf to switch out for this very purpose. We started the day by attending opening ceremonies where we were given all of the supplies we would need for the week and then got to work setting up our display and washing our calves. Our day one workshops included washing, bedding and feeding. For these, we were split up into three groups as there were 150 participants, each group speaking a different language. The next two days were filled with exceptional learning from industry professionals around the world. These workshops included clipping, showmanship, marketing by Pier-Olivier, an ST-Genetics presentation, judging and working with a Belgian classifier. During

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these workshops, we became very good friends with team Australia, Ireland and the UK, among others. That night, we attended a dinner with all of our host families and some of the other participants from Holland, where we spent the night socializing and getting even more excited for the days ahead. Conformation day started with a 4 a.m. wakeup call. Under Judge Hébert, Brooke, Francis, Frédéric, and I placed first, Brent placed second, and Lee placed fourth in our respective classes. Brooke topped off the day receiving Honourable Mention. Clipping was also judged on the first day and at EYBS, you are the only person allowed to clip your animal. Brent placed second in the competition and Lee, third. That night, we had the chance to socialize with more countries at the “gastronomical” tour. Each country brought a food or drink that represents their country; our team brought Maple Whiskey. One may have thought we couldn’t top our day one performance, but we were ready to make our country proud on day two. With another early morning preparing our pack and display for the judges, we were focused for showmanship but still kept our joking spirits. The day did not disappoint: Brooke and Frédéric placed first, Brent and myself placing second, Francis third, and Lee sixth in our respective classes. To top off the day, Brooke was named Reserve Champion Showperson and Brent was Honourable Mention, with Frédéric also being pulled out for the champion lineup! To cap off an exciting week, we spent our last full day exploring Brussels by taste-testing local cuisine, checking out famous architecture, touring museums, and, of course, buying all the chocolate! This week was without a doubt exciting, tiring, full of amazing memories, and most importantly, it gave each of us friendships that will last a lifetime. To be able to connect with some of the most passionate industry professionals from around the world and compete against the best youth from 15 other countries has made us all into better showmen, people, and leaders in our industry. Thank you to all of the sponsors who made this once in a lifetime experience possible! W W W. O N TA R I O. H O L ST E I N . C A


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TWENTY YEAR OLD EMMA ROSZELL IS NO STRANGER TO BALANCING HARD WORK WITH SCHOOL. She was born and

raised at Feederlane Farms in Wainfleet, Ont., and has worked with cows from a young age. These days, she’s attending Brock University to become an accountant, but her love of the farm she’s always known has never left her. Feederlane Farms began in 1973, when Emma’s Grandfather, Don Green, purchased it from his uncle. Originally a shorthorn beef operation, Don pulled the cows off the calves when he took over and began milking the ones that would allow it. Over time, the shorthorns were replaced with Holsteins. Emma’s mom, Brenda, grew up on the farm and later instilled her love of Holsteins in her daughter. When she was little, Emma, like many farm kids, remembers helping to feed calves and coming up with names for the babies. In 2010, Emma’s family made the transition from a tie-stall barn to a pack-style compost barn with a double-8 parrabone parlour. “The parlour was designed for shorter people like my mom and I,” Emma explains. “I was 10 when we moved to the parlour, and from that point on, I was able to help milk.”

Emma Roszell with Alderberry Expander Sue Anne, 3rd Int Calf Niagara County 2019. PHOTO SUBMITTED.

and together they had quite a year, winning Grand at both the 2017 Paris and Norfolk 4-H Shows and Reserve in Ancaster. On top of that, Red Mistress was Honourable Mention Junior Champion at the Niagara Show in 2019. After housing and raising Red Mistress for the past two years, Emma now owns her and her first calf, Red Merlot, on her own. Red Mistress’s second calf, a December daughter by Mirand, is due to be sold at the next CDX, with 100% of the proceeds going to 4-H. “I’ve always been very passionate about red calves,” says Emma, “and Red Mistress is the best! I’m really excited to see what kind of calves I can get out of her.”

It started off as a few days after school, then summers when she was free, and now, Emma will visit her mom once a week or whenever she is short on help to lend a hand. She also tags and registers calves on the farm and loves to help get the cows ready when they’re due to have the classifier in. Emma’s younger brothers Matthew (18) and Hunter (16) both worked on the farm growing up, too, though Matthew is more interested in returning to the farm after school than Hunter. Matthew travelled to World Dairy Expo as part of Ontario’s Dairy Youth Judging Team in 2019 and is currently completing his first year of his Agricultural diploma at Ridgetown. Hunter spends his time playing competitive travel basketball and is part of his high school team as well.

Emma is active in 4-H and has been a member of the Wainfleet Calf Club since she was 10 years old. Being part of the club has earned her an even deeper understanding of cows, as evidenced by her success at the Inter-County Dairy Youth Judging Competition in past years. Emma has competed at the event every year she was eligible and has won several awards there, including Top Senior Quiz for several years running.

- EMMA ROSZELL

“I love being on the farm,” she says, “I hope to always be involved.”

Emma’s mom, Brenda, is one of the leaders along with Charlene Yungblut and Frank Stoop. As one of the older members of the group, and one of the few who comes from a farm, Emma enjoys helping the younger ones learn how to train, clip and wash their Emma took out a Junior membership with Holstein Canada under the calves. Her family supplies, on average, 10 4-H calves each year. Feederline name and currently owns 15 animals. Her favourites include “It has certainly taught me a lot about leadership and community Keylas Fever Danelle EX-90-2E, her first Excellent cow and first off- involvement, not to mention, working with young kids,” she says. farm cow purchased from the Haldimand County Club as a heifer in Emma values her mom’s opinion and looks to her for guidance in 2014, and Mottle Advance Miley EX-90-4YR, her second Excellent all she does. “My mom helps me with all of my on-farm breeding cow who was second Senior 2-Year-Old at the Junior All-Ontario Show decisions and I know I can always count on her to have my back. in Woodstock in 2017. Also high on her list are two homebred animals: She never stops showing me how strong she is.” Watching her mom Feederlane Impression Candi VG-88-3YR, who was first in Niagara’s run a farm all on her own as a female, Emma adds, is very inspiring. Breeders’ Cup 2+ Lactation class in 2019 and first Senior 3-Year-Old at their county show in 2019, and Feederlane Chelios Taboo VG-85-2YR, In her free time, Emma enjoys playing slo-pitch in a Women’s rec league in Niagara during the summer. She also serves as Niagara’s Club who was Junior Champion at the show the same year. Secretary, a position she took on four years ago and continues to enjoy. In 2017, Emma was lucky enough to show Vogue Loyola Red Mistress on behalf of CDX, after entering a special contest they were As for what the future holds for Emma, she hopes to continue her offering at the time. Red Mistress was Emma’s first polled animal work at the accounting firm of Root Bissonnette Walker LLP in Fonthill, where she is currently completing a work term as part of her accounting degree. Her dad, Brent, is an accountant and Emma credits him for sparking her love of numbers. The farm will “My mom helps me with all of my on-farm breeding always hold a special place in her heart and whether she’s crunching decisions and I know I can always count on her to have numbers in an accounting office, or leading cows at her county my back. She never stops showing me how strong she is.” show, it will always be a part of her life.

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Top Classifying Herds in Ontario in2019

Holstein Canada calculated the average final score of first lactation Holsteins classified in 2019 by herd size and province. Based on the number of female Holstein registrations for the year, the herds were then categorized into seven groups according to Master Breeder Program parameters. We have featured the top 20 herds in each category. Where do you stack up? AVERAGE FINAL SCORE OF FIRST LACTATION HOLSTEINS CLASSIFIED IN 2019 BY HERD SIZE AND PROVINCE Classification Herd Size 7-14 Registrations Per Year

Top 20

Number of Animals Classified

Farm Prefix

Classification Herd Size 15-19 Registrations Per Year

Average Final Score

Farm Prefix

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Average Final Score

Classification Herd Size 20-24 Registrations Per Year

Top 20

Number of Animals Classified

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LITTLE STAR

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85.14

LOVSHIN

19

85.00

J-STAR

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85.60

MARTHAVEN

8

84.63

PATIENCE

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85.00

CEDARPATCH

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84.89 84.79

SANDY CREST

9

84.33

RIVERMAR

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84.45

MAPLEKAY

19

RYLA

6

84.33

DOUGFORD

7

84.43

KENTVILLE

14

84.57

LISALAND

6

84.33

RJF

12

84.33

CALAWAY

7

84.43

ERINCREST

10

84.10

TRENT VALLEY

14

84.21

CENTURY STAR

16

84.31

VALIANT

5

84.00

DARWELL

9

84.11

ELANDEE

14

84.21

GLENIRVINE

19

83.89

VALE-O-SKENE

23

84.00

TOMALYNN

18

84.17

LIFLOC

11

83.73

UNIQUE

6

84.00

HIGH POINT

17

84.06

WATDALE

12

83.67

EBYBROOK

13

83.92

KILLCROFT

21

84.00

MOREVIEW

18

83.56

DON-MAIR

24

83.83

LOYALYN

14

84.00

TRINAL

41

83.54

DAPPLEDALE

14

83.64

DOWNIEBROOK

12

84.00

BEAVERBROCK

12

83.42

KENCHAR

9

83.44

DORAL

35

83.97

BARCREST

12

83.33

BONNIE BRAE

7

83.43

HAELZLE

20

83.95 83.89

STARHILL

6

83.33

PHOENIXHOLM

15

83.40

LIBERTY-GEN

9

CHALAMAR

11

83.27

LEGEND-MAKER

13

83.38

PONDVUE

15

83.67

BRUSHDALE

8

83.25

STEVENLEA

12

83.33

SLOPEYSIDE

9

83.56

LILBRI

8

83.25

WELOVALE

10

83.30

HIDDENSPRING

15

83.40

MONOAK

17

83.24

WILLOWHAVEN

7

83.29

KAYMANOR

18

83.39

DUFFYDALE

10

83.20

ALMARLEA

13

83.15

ERROLEA

13

83.38

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Classification Herd Size 25-29 Registrations Per Year Number of Animals Classified

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Top 20

Average Final Score

Farm Prefix

Classification Herd Size 30-39 Registrations Per Year Number of Animals Classified

Average Final Score

Classification Herd Size 40-59 Registrations Per Year

Top 20

Number of Animals Classified

Farm Prefix

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LEACHLAND

11

84.55

GLENVUE

17

84.82

RUTI

26

RIVER DALE

17

84.47

HODGLYNN

21

84.67

BROWNLANDS

11

84.92 84.55

KAWARTHA

18

84.22

CANHOPE

20

84.60

SIGNATURE

12

84.50

LOCHDALE

26

84.19

LORNEVA

15

84.60

HOLTBYHOLME

17

84.35

WILLOWLANE

16

84.19

CLARKVALLEY

20

84.40

FARISVIEW

20

84.35 84.25

GENDARRA

6

84.17

SHADYRAIL

25

84.24

FLORBIL

28

ROCKABERRY

14

84.14

HARTHAVEN

26

84.23

BELMORAL

34

84.15

SUNNYLODGE

7

84.14

RICKHAVEN

19

84.21

SUNNY PLAINS

25

84.12

CLAIRCREST

18

84.11

EARINCLIFFE

15

84.20

BECKRIDGE

13

84.08

GLEN ISLAY

14

83.93

HICKLEE

11

84.18

CARLDOT

34

84.06

FRICOSONS

12

83.92

HILLMARK

17

84.18

DELCREEK

20

84.05

MEADOWBLOOM

17

83.88

BRUVIEW

18

84.17

JACREST

25

83.84

ELMCROFT

17

83.82

HARVDALE

16

84.00

MARFLOACRES

24

83.83

WELANE

20

83.60

HEATHER HOLME

25

83.92

ULMAR

29

83.83

WEEBERLAC

17

83.59

LLOYALHOLME

12

83.92

ALEAH

22

83.82

HAANVIEW

24

83.58

GOULDHAVEN

19

83.89

JOALFARMS

24

83.67

BENCREST

12

83.58

FOUNTLANE

17

83.88

KARNVIEW

32

83.66

FIELDHOUSE

22

83.41

GLENGARRY

21

83.86

SMYGWATYS

39

83.64

PLOEGSWAY

14

83.36

RALANES

16

83.81

CLAYHAVEN

29

83.62

BURNACRES

18

83.28

SAUDER HOLME

18

83.78

SQUIBBLAND

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EX-94 & Higher / VG-88 2-Year-Old & Higher

• SUTHERHILL GOLDWYN LIVELY EX-94-5E-CAN Bred by Sutherhill Farms, St. Marys; Owned by Jacrest Holsteins, Wallenstein

Over 125,000 kilograms of Milk (Milk Per day of Life)

SLOPELANE PROPULSION HUMPY EX-90 Slopelane Holsteins, Mount Forest

EXEMDALE BOLTON VITAMINE EX-90 Chretien Family Farm, Navan

• HYDEN BLITZ PIZZA EX-92-7E-CAN 3* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189,424Kgs ( 36.29) Bred and owned by Hyden Holsteins, Milverton

SHADYPINE HOWIE MARIGOLD EX-90 Shadypine Holsteins, Alma

NIRUOBAS JOLLIETTE JETTAIR EX-90 Ferme Sabourin Inc, Crysler

• SUMMITHOLM WIZARD LILA GP-80-4YR-CAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145,632 Kgs (30.71) Bred and owned by Joe Loewith & Sons Ltd, Lynden

GINGDALE DEEGAN JENIFER EX-90 Gingdale Holsteins, Alma

TEMPLEHAVEN DAVINCI EMMA EX-90 David Templeman, St Marys

WAYSIDE SENNET SALLY EX-90 Wayside Holsteins, Listowel

MARTVILLE BARNABY JASKINE EX-90 Martville Farms Inc, Moose Creek

DAIRY-DOC ENDURE ALANNA EX-90 Dairy-Doc Holsteins, Woodstock

PINE ACRE DIESEL ARCTIC EX-91 Pine Acre Holsteins, St. Jacobs

SUMMERSTIME CHELIOS APEX EX-90 Summers Farms Ltd, Fonthill

DELIMA GENUITY MARION EX-90 Delima Holstein Ltd, Drayton

• HYDEN BAXTER FRECKLES VG-85-6YR-CAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145,564 Kgs (33.96) . Bred and owned by Hyden Holsteins, Milverton, • REIJNEN MARION TESSEL 3 VG-85-3YR-CAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .144,026 Kgs (30.81) Bred and owned by Reijnen Dairy Farms, St. Marys • WARDWAY LOMAX CARMITA VG-88-5YR-CAN 1* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141,183 Kgs (30.98) Bred and owned by Wardway Farms Ltd, Woodstock • WALLACEVIEW MR BURNS RAMADA VG-87-6YR-CAN 2* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140,470 Kgs (33.91) Bred and owned by Wallaceview Holsteins, Palmerston • OPSTERLAWN BUCKEYE BERDINA VG-88-5YR-CAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140,231 Kgs (32.42) Bred and owned by Opsterlawn Holstein, Alma • SUMMITHOLM JETSTREAM JASMINE GP-81-2YR-CAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138,482 Kgs (31.62) Bred and owned by Joe Loewith & Sons Ltd, Lynden

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• MCINTOSH RAINI NORMAN EX-91-6E-CAN 2* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137,892 Kgs (30.17) Bred and owned by McIntosh Holsteins, Embro

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• MCINTOSH DANA LEE EX-90-6E-CAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137,580 Kgs (25.87) Bred and owned by McIntosh Holsteins, Embro

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• MELISTAR HI METRO CAMEO VG-85-4YR-CAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134,918 Kgs (24.54) Bred and owned by Melistar Holstein, Vars

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• ALEXERIN OUTSIDE 927 GP-83-5YR-CAN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134,200 Kgs (30.65) Bred and owned by Alexerin Dairy Inc, Manotick

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• MOUNTAINOAK BUCKEYE MAGGIE VG-86-4YR-CAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130,913 Kgs (29.43) Bred by Mountain Oak Farms, New Hamburg; Owned by Quiet Oak Farm, New Hamburg

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• HEATHER HOLME VELVET ELECTRA EX-93-7E-CAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130,618 Kgs (30.48) Bred and owned by Glen & Curtis Mcneil, Goderich

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Classification Herd Size 60+ Registrations Per Year Number of Animals Classified

VOGUE

Average Final Score

7

84.71

KINGSWAY

45

84.44

BOSDALE

62

84.31 84.25

CROVALLEY

24

KARNVILLA

44

84.16

UP-RIDGE

45

84.16

FRAELAND

33

84.12

CHAKELBURG

32

84.09

WINRIGHT

44

84.05

QUALITY

35

83.94

HOLZER

54

83.89

DOANLEA

35

83.86

CHERRY CREST

52

83.83

AIJA

52

83.65

VALCROFT

30

83.63

LOCKMAR

37

83.62

WALNUTLAWN

34

83.59

MAIFIELD

66

83.52

OCONNORS

66

83.50

SILVERCAP

17

83.47

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• SUMMITHOLM CARNIVAL TICKLE GP-80-2YR-CAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133,359 Kgs (33.36) Bred and owned byJoe Loewith & Sons Ltd, Lynden

• S-S-HOLSTEIN GARRETT 1839 VG-86-6YR-CAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130,191 Kgs (38.03) Bred and owned by Ontario Inc 1024248, St. Bernardin • GREIDEN MR SAM AMELIA VG-85-12YR-CAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129,142 Kgs (26.5) Bred and owned by Greiden Farms Ltd, St. Marys • SUMMITHOLM PECOS ODYSSEY VG-85-4YR-CAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127,868 Kgs (34.17) Bred and owned by Joe Loewith & Sons Ltd, Lynden • GREIDEN BILLION EVONNE VG-85-4YR-CAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126,085 Kgs (31.51) Bred and owned by Greiden Farms Ltd, St. Marys, • SUMMITHOLM TRES TIMA GP-80-2YR-CAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125,818 Kgs (29.72) Bred and owned byJoe Loewith & Sons Ltd, Lynden • VALKEN LINDON FABLETTE VG-85-11YR-CAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125,816 Kgs (30.04) Bred and owned by Haspengouw Farm Inc, Casselman

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Excellence

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A NEW EXCELLENT COW OR A VERY GOOD TWO-YEAR-OLD IS A BREEDING ACCOMPLISHMENT. These cows are the highlight of any herd visit and a source of pride for their breeders and owners. From December 2019 through to the end of February 2020, there were 491 1st time Excellent cows and 548 Very Good 2-year-olds classified in Ontario. Those classifying EX-91 and above and VG-87 and above are listed here - a complete list can be found under the Awards-Lists tab at www.holstein.ca. Congratulations to the owners and breeders of these fine animals!

DECEMBER - FEBRUARY EX’S

CARLDOT DOORMAN LYNDSAY EX-93 Carldot Farms, Stratford GUYVIEW AIRLIFT APPLE EX-93 Burnacres Farms, L’orignal LEGEND-MAKER YORICK CHANCEY EX-93 Don-Mair Farms, Mt. Hope Legend-Maker Holsteins, Mt. Hope ULMAR WICKHAM WINSCONSIN EX-93 Pfister Dairy, Mitchell WALNUTLAWN SOLOMON JENNA EX-93 W alnutlawn Farms Limited, Tavistock ALDERBERRY SAMMY VIVACIOUS EX-92 Rick Alders, Wainfleet BEAVER RAY DOORMAN MIRANAYIE EX-92 Remi Leroux, Ste. Anne De Prescott BELLWIN ELUDE SPITES EX-92 Eric & Sarah Martin, Elora

ADIEU WINDBROOK TRAILBLAZER EX-91 Breamont Holsteins, Tavistock

KIRKLEA DOORMAN JOS LOUIS EX-91 Robert D. Macdonald, Dalkeith

ALNOR JETT AIR COLTTE EX-91 Natureview Holsteins, Alma

KRUL WICKHAM PETWIK EX-91 Krul Holsteins Ltd, Arthur

BECKHOLM ABSOLUTE BUTTONS EX-91 Ron Canning, Palmerston

LAIDLAWN WINDBROOK CELINE EX-91 Faircrest Farms, Brantford

BERTENSVILLE GILLESPY PHILLIS EX-91 Kemmere Holsteins, Mitchell

LIMBRA SAMMY RAMONA EX-91 Huybregts Farms Ltd, Crysler

BOSDALE CHELIOS PORTRAIT L 698 EX-91 BOSDALE CONTRAST LEANNE EX-91 Bosdale Farms Inc, Cambridge

LINCREST SHOTTLE STELLA EX-91 Vriesdale Holsteins, Mountain

BROOKTURN DEMPSEY PLEASANT EX-91 Brookturn Holsteins, St. Anns BURGHAVEN DEMPSEY LYNDEX EX-91 Maplelane Farms, Wyoming CALBRETT WINDBROOK SNOWFALL EX-91 Signature Holsteins, Morrisburg

MAPLELEY DOORMAN LORA EX-91 Mapleley Holsteins, Winchester MARKVALE DOORMAN JACKPOT EX-91 Markvale Holsteins, Beachville MARTINDEL GRADE EFFIE EX-91 Dennis E. Martin, Palmerston

CANHOPE DEMPSEY LAURALIE EX-91 Ron Canning, Palmerston

MAYBLOSSOM IMPR DEVARY 1286 EX-91 Mayblossom Farms, Embro

CAUSEWAY WINDBROOK SUE GRACE EX-91 Thomas Roth, Bright

MCINTOSH CARRIE MAC EX-91 McIntosh Holsteins, Embro

CLAYNOOK REBA WICKHAM EX-91 Claynook Farms Ltd, New Hamburg

MERLANE LASHES MASCARA EX-91 Merlane Farms, Drayton

FIELDHOUSE WINDBROOK WHITNEY EX-92 Fieldhouse Farms, Ariss

CRESTO DOORMAN MABLE EX-91 Spring Crest Farms, Mt. Forest

FLORAVIEW COTTAGE EX-92 Floraview Farms Inc, Elmira

DARWELL IMPRESSION CORA EX-91 Les & Darlene Sharpe, Orton

MS GOLD BARBARA BRIGHT-ET EX-91 Walkerbrae Farms, Guelph Crasdale Farms, PE

GLENGARRY GOLDSUN RIPPLES EX-92 G lengarry Stock Farms Inc, Apple Hill

D-LINE 980 EXPLOSION ECHO EX-91 Edgewater Farms, Wellandport

MAPLEKAY O K EILEEN EX-92 Maplekay Farms Limited, Woodstock

DOWNIEBROOK FINSCO FORMOST EX-91 Downiebrook Farms Ltd, St. Pauls

MAPLEKEYS REGINALD MIMI EX-92 Maplekeys Farms, Aylmer

FRADON BUXTON JESSICA EX-91 Rose Vega Farm, Branchton

MILESTONE MALLARD MILKYWAY EX-92 Alex Dolson, Rockwood

GARHAVEN SALVINO HYMN EX-91 Gary B. & Dorothy J. Hunt, Tweed

NEWMORNING SABATHA RIANNA 1921 EX-92 New Morning Holsteins, Monkton

GLENVUE DOORMAN LIZ EX-91 Glenvue Holsteins, Rockwood

RIVERMAR BRAZZLE SHEBA EX-91 Rivermar Holsteins, St Jacobs

SIGNATURE SCARLETT A EX-92 Signature Holsteins, Morrisburg

GOWRIE LAUTRIM LICORICE EX-91 Jay S Robertson, Phelpston

ROSYMILL UNDER THE WALL EX-91 Elo & Barbara Bowman, Listowel

SPERO GILLESPY SAM EX-92 Spero Holsteins Limited, Embro

HAANVIEW SHADOW MERLE EX-91 Andrew Den Haan, Fergus

SHADYRAIL SEAVER MYSTIC EX-91 Randy & Lynette Martin, Harriston

SQUIBBLAND PEACH DEMPSEY EX-92 K. Dean & Debbie Squibb, St. Pauls

HATCHLEY LIONEL CYNTHIA 422 EX-91 Talsma Farms Inc, Harley

SHYLANE UNO BEATRICE EX-91 John Mccallum, Stratford

SUNSPARK REGINALD APPLESAUCE EX-92 Calaway Holsteins, Woodstock J-Star Holsteins, Woodstock Markridge Holsteins, Ingersoll

HAVENVALLEY CONTRAST BALLET EX-91 Havenvalley Holsteins, Wallenstein

SILVERCAP DREAMS TRILLIUM EX-91 Silvercap Holsteins, Puslinch Smithden Holsteins Inc, Woodstock

BOSDALE ATWOOD R T ELSA EX-92 Bosdale Farms Inc, Cambridge CARLDOT BOMBERO FLURRY EX-92 Carldot Farms, Stratford Wilhelmshaven Holsteins, Stratford

THO309 CHELIOS LEGEND EX-92 Signature Holsteins, Morrisburg

HIGH BEAM REESES CHEESECAKE EX-91 High Beam Holsteins, Mount Forest HOLZER SEA EMERALD EX-91 Bushy View, Lakeside

ULMAR CHELIOS CARAMBA EX-92 ULMAR SOLOMON ELMA EX-92 Pfister Dairy, Mitchell

JACREST REGINALD ARACADE EX-91 Jacrest Holsteins, Wallenstein KARNVILLA DURANGO HAPPY EX-91 Karnview Farms Inc, Woodstock

ABBYLAYNE JETTAIR MISSY EX-91 Albert Fledderus, Lowbanks

NORMLYNE WBK CARAMEL EX-91 Ferme Normlyne, Alfred Michel Beaulieu, Ste. Anne de Prescott PINE ACRE DIESEL ARCTIC EX-91 Pine Acre Holsteins, St. Jacobs POPLARVALE BRADNICK EXCLAIM EX-91 Poplarvale Holsteins, Millbank REIDHAVEN TONI SMOKIN EX-91 K. Ian Reid, St. Marys

SKINHEIR DEMPSEY REBECCA EX-91 Skinheir Holsteins Inc, Mitchell SMITHDEN ED ALLONSY EX-91 Smithden Holsteins Inc, Woodstock SPEEDSIDE SHOTTLE DOREEN EX-91 Bruce Witmer, Woodstock

SQUIBBLAND JAGUAR REGINALD EX-91 Calaway Holsteins, Woodstock J-Star Holsteins, Woodstock Stonebed Holsteins, Stratford STANTONS B G ARKADELPHIA EX-91 Darcroft Farms Ltd, Embro STONE-FRONT CORVETTE HERB EX-91 Dennis E. Martin, Palmerston TEDLIZ SUPERPOWER NELLA EX-91 Tedliz Holsteins, Poole TOLAMIKA DEMPSEY LIV EX-91 Frankhaven Holsteins, Woodstock TORPEDO DEMPSEY BROOKE EX-91 Fairview Acres, Moorefield ULMAR DOORMAN TOKIO EX-91 ULMAR SHOTTLE DREAM EX-91 ULMAR WICKHAM EVI EX-91 Pfister Dairy, Mitchell UP-RIDGE BOZEMAN PLAYTIME EX-91 Up-Ridge Holsteins, Embro VALLEYVIEW LENNON POLLY EX-91 Valleyview Holsteins, Mount Forest VALMAR GOLD CHIP JEWEL EX-91 D.W. Karn Farms Inc, Woodstock Derek Karn, Woodstock VONBURG SAMMY MICHEALA EX-91 C. W. Vondervoort, Woodstock WEBDALE BRAWLER BETTY EX-91 Webdale Farms, West Montrose WEBHAVEN DUDE TICKLISH EX-91 Webhaven Holsteins, Arthur WILLOWLANE DEMPSEY BREAH EX-91 Brian Slaughter, Warwick Twp WYRIDGE CINDY EX-91 Elverne M. Wideman, Mt. Forest

DECEMBER - FEBRUARY VG’S DAPPLEDALE LUMINEER MISTY VG-87 Dappledale Holsteins, Greenbank JACREST HI O LOVOYA VG-87 Jacrest Holsteins, Wallenstein JM VALLEY CHIEF ACAPELLA VG-87 Karnview Farms Inc, Woodstock KNONAUDALE LULULEMON VG-87 Ava Doner, Courtice Gerardo & Jose Gonzalez, Mexico Knonaudale Farms Inc, Crysler Select Farm & Export Services Inc, Hanover OCD ATWOOD BRASH-ET VG-87 D.W. Karn Farms Inc, Woodstock Derek Karn, Woodstock

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records in each age division for December 2019 through the end of February 2020! ANIMAL NAME

CLASS

AGE

M

F

P

BCA Comp

M

F

P

DEV Comp

BRABANTDALE BOURBON ANOKY

VG-85

01-09

419

410

382

1,211

(+176)

(+143)

(+137)

(+456)

BRABANTIA UPRIGHT DARLENE

GP-81

01-10

394

336

361

1,091

(+169)

(+93)

(+136)

(+398)

PLOVER HAVEN KIAN HILL

GP-81

01-10

381

406

356

1,143

(+135)

(+139)

(+114)

(+388)

G-77

01-10

384

371

352

1,107

(+147)

(+122)

(+106)

(+375)

GP-83

01-09

388

361

399

1,148

(+132)

(+89)

(+143)

(+364)

WOOLRICH COURAGEOUS SCARLET

GP-81

02-01

396

362

384

1,142

(+138)

(+90)

(+119)

(+347)

YORELLEA JETTAIR ONTARIO

VG-87

02-11

413

420

386

1,219

(+127)

(+111)

(+94)

(+332)

VELDALE BUICK 1181

GP-80

02-11

363

357

380

1,100

(+111)

(+100)

(+118)

(+329)

NEWMORNING ELLIOT ANDREA 2059

VG-85

02-09

343

445

354

1,142

(+86)

(+160)

(+80)

(+326)

PEDENIA TAMPA BIONDA

GP-82

02-03

363

351

363

1,077

(+120)

(+91)

(+115)

(+326)

PROGENESIS DENVER BETSY

VG-88

03-03

375

492

392

1,259

(+107)

(+197)

(+120)

(+424)

BELMORAL DOORMAN DENISE

VG-85

03-01

395

507

397

1,299

(+108)

(+192)

(+102)

(+402)

GILLETTE MISSOURI BONITA

GP-83

03-07

362

416

368

1,146

(+118)

(+141)

(+118)

(+377)

SANDYCREEK ELUDE TESSA

VG-85

03-08

387

395

404

1,186

(+115)

(+115)

(+124)

(+354)

SUNNY PLAINS ACROBAT SODAPOP

VG-86

03-06

408

411

372

1,191

(+138)

(+111)

(+101)

(+350)

IKENDALE LETITSNOW BARTON

G-79

04-01

387

472

390

1,249

(+107)

(+164)

(+107)

(+378)

DYNASTY MCCUTCHEN LILLY

EX-93

04-02

306

422

327

1,055

(+79)

(+166)

(+98)

(+343)

CASTLE DALE LAUTHAR MORGAN

VG-87

04-00

309

351

350

1,010

(+90)

(+121)

(+121)

(+332)

BOSDALE V DOOR CINDERELLA

EX-91

04-01

376

415

380

1,171

(+107)

(+111)

(+111)

(+329)

CEDARMARSH CHELIOS HILDA

VG-87

04-04

302

414

324

1,040

(+71)

(+163)

(+88)

(+322)

GILLETTE DAY TAYLOR

VG-88

05-01

348

435

344

1,127

(+104)

(+159)

(+93)

(+356)

BOSDALE JETT AIR DIANNA

EX-90

05-03

363

450

339

1,152

(+94)

(+148)

(+70)

(+312)

CLEARCREST BIGSTONE LEVI

VG-86

05-03

322

486

361

1,169

(+62)

(+156)

(+87)

(+305)

CANEDA LATISHA MURAL

VG-85

05-09

332

353

314

999

(+93)

(+102)

(+66)

(+261)

EX-93-2E

05-03

311

406

320

1,037

(+61)

(+128)

(+69)

(+258)

BESLEA PATRICK HOOLAHOOP

EX-91

06-03

399

471

410

1,280

(+128)

(+153)

(+139)

(+420)

YORELLEA FANTASY IVORY

VG-87

09-07

365

492

380

1,237

(+78)

(+181)

(+87)

(+346)

BOSDALE WINDBROOK ELISE 531

EX-90-2E

06-01

314

482

330

1,126

(+45)

(+180)

(+61)

(+286)

SUNNYBLOOM ARTI SAMANTHA

VG-85

08-03

368

322

352

1,042

(+100)

(+37)

(+80)

(+217)

MAURLA FEVER FRISKY

VG-85

06-11

306

363

323

992

(+48)

(+96)

(+69)

(+213)

YEARLINGS BRABANTDALE FARMS LTD, OTTAWA BRABANTIA FARMS INC, WILLIAMSBURG PLOVER HAVEN HOLSTEINS, ILDERTON

A H E MASTERFUL ELSJE

A.H.E. DAIRY FARM, WATFORD

ROYAL ACRES MASCALESE HELEN

ROYAL ACRES FARMS INC, LISTOWEL

2 YEAR OLDS LARRY GINGRICH, ELMIRA

YORELLEA FARMS, ST. EUGENE VELDALE HOLSTEINS, WOODSTOCK

NEW MORNING HOLSTEINS, MONKTON PEDENIA HOLSTEINS, LUCKNOW

3 YEAR OLDS DREAMVIEW HOLSTEINS & LEBOLD FARMS INC, WELLESLEY BELMORAL FARMS LTD, TEESWATER FERME GILLETTE INC, EMBRUN SANDY CREEK FARMS, IROQUOIS SUNNY PLAINS FARMS, JOYCEVILLE

4 YEAR OLDS IKENDALE FARMS LTD, WALKERTON ALLAN MILLER & MARKAY HOLSTEINS, EAST GARAFRAXA CASTLE DALE FARMS, CALEDON

BOSDALE FARMS INC, CAMBRIDGE CEDARMARSH FARM, ELMIRA

5 YEAR OLDS FERME GILLETTE INC, EMBRUN BOSDALE FARMS INC, CAMBRIDGE SPRUCETONE HOLSTEINS, BRADFORD SUNSET MEADOWS INC, DALKEITH

STONYWAY GOLDWYN VEE

HODGLYNN HOLSTEINS, KINCARDINE & LITTLE STAR HOLSTEINS, WATFORD

MATURE COWS WARDWAY FARMS LTD, WOODSTOCK YORELLEA FARMS, ST. EUGENE BOSDALE FARMS INC, CAMBRIDGE

BLOOMFIELD FARMS LTD, ILDERTON MAURLA FARMS, MT. FOREST

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PLEASE NOTE SOME EVENTS MAY BE CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 AND THE GOVERNMENT’S PHYSICAL DISTANCING RECOMMENDATIONS. WE HAVE MADE EVERY EFFORT TO PROVIDE THE MOST UP-TO-DATE DETAILS BELOW, BUT PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL HOLSTEIN CLUB OR EVENT ORGANIZERS FOR UPDATES.

APRIL 2020 April 3 POSTPONED - Sunnylodge’s Spring Opportunity Sale, Hugh Fawcett Sale Arena April 3 POSTPONED - Stormont Celebration of Agriculture, North Stormont Place April 3 CANCELLED - L&A Holstein Banquet April 4 POSTPONED - Simcoe County Banquet April 6 CANCELLED - New Liskeard Breeders’ Cup April 7 CANCELLED - Nipissing Breeders’ Cup

June 26 Durham County Twilight - Landomills Farms Ltd., Enniskillen, 7 - 9 p.m. June 27 Maxville Holstein Show, 9 a.m. June 29-30 East-Central Junior Show Orono Agricultural Society June 30 Lambton County BBQ & Family Day

JULY 2020 July 2

July 3 Ontario County Twilight, Elmcroft Holsteins, Sunderland July 6-7

April 8 POSTPONED - Waterloo Breeders’ Cup

Easten Junior Show & EastGen Challenge, Spencerville Agricultural Society

April 15-18 CANCELLED - National Convention, Saskatchewan

July 7 Dufferin County Twilight

April 22 POSTPONED - Ontario Spring Discovery - Jersey Show, Ancaster April 23 POSTPONED Ontario Spring Discovery - Holstein Show, Ancaster

MAY 2020 May 7-9

POSTPONED -Dairy Sen$e, Trent University

JUNE 2020 June 23 Perth County Twilight Meeting, Sutherhill Farms, St. Marys June 25 Waterloo Twilight Meeting, Cookridge Farms, Wellesley, 7 - 9 p.m. June 26 Brant-Wentworth Twilight, Featherston Farms, Brantford, 7 - 10 p.m.

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July 17 Future Ready Sale at Fraeland July 17 Dinner on the Dairy, Shady Lea Farms Ltd., Caistor Centre, 4 - 8 p.m. July 21 Glengarry County Twilight, Raisinvalley Holsteins, Martintown, 7:30 p.m. July 22 Lanark County Twilight, Nandale Farms, Pakenham, 7 p.m. July 23 Prescott County Family Night Starhill Farms, Vankleek Hill, 7 p.m. July 23-24 Ontario Summer Show, Lindsay Ex Jersey Show & Showmanship (23); Holstein Show (24) July 28 Inter-County Judging Competition Woodstock Fairgrounds July 30 Prince Edward County Twilight, 6:30 p.m. July 31 Niagara County Twilight, Spierdyk Farms, Wainfleet, 7 p.m.

July 9 - 10 EastGen Challenge Stratford July 9 Waterloo Golf Day, Elmira Golf Club, 2:30 p.m. July 9 Wellington Twilight Meeting, Drewmartin Holsteins, Alma, 7 p.m. July 10 Lennox & Addington Twilight, The Lennox Family, Napanee, 7 p.m. July 14 Dundas Twilight Meeting, Melenhorst Holsteins, Winchester, 7 p.m. July 15-16 Western Junior Show, Woodstock Agricultural Society July 15

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YOUR 2020/2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS At Holstein Ontario’s recent Annual General Meeting held in Kingston, Tara Bullock was voted in as President for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Current Board members include, Back row, (l to r): Cole Verburg, James Cranston (Member at Large), Kyle MacLeod, Alan Hawthorne, Tom Hawman. Front row, (l to r): Wilf Strenzke (Vice-President), Tara Bullock (President), Merina Johnston (GM), Brad Lowry (Past President) and Dennis Werry (National Director to the Board).

IN MEMORY GARY CAIN

JANUARY 14, 2020 IN HIS 75TH YEAR Gary served on the Holstein Ontario Board from 2008 to 2015 and was President in 2014. He was a fun-loving man who wore a big grin and always had a joke to share. Gary loved spending time with his friends in the Holstein industry and always supported local Holstein events, especially those that benefitted youth. Gary was a proud dairy farmer and partner of Rovelon Farm in Bethel, Ont. In addition to his involvement on the Holstein Ontario Board, he also served on the Brant County Milk Producers Committee and the Committee of Adjustment for Brantford Township. He was a Volunteer Firefighter, Director of Ayr Farmers Mutual Insurance and a Trustee of Bethel Stone United Church. He will be missed by many.

MURRAY PEARSON

FEBRUARY 2, 2020 IN HIS 74TH YEAR Murray served as a Board member with the Ontario Branch for six years from 1987 to 1992. He was a “gentle soul” who loved to laugh and had a sharp sense of humour. For more than 40 years Murray followed his passion of breeding purebred Holstein cattle ultimately earning Holstein Canada’s highest honour of Master Breeder. Following his retirement to St. Marys he remained active in the dairy industry as well as volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and working tirelessly as Chair of the Property Committee at St Marys United Church. He was a Charter Member of the Kintore Optimist Club and active member of Kintore United Church. We remember Murray fondly.

EARL OSBORNE

MARCH 28, 2020 IN HIS 91ST YEAR Earl was instrumental in the formation of the Ontario Holstein Branch in the early 1980s and served on our Board for a number of years as a National Director. He was President of Holstein Canada in 1985 and very well-respected in the industry. Earl grew up in Ripley, Ont. and moved with his family to a farm outside of Guelph as a young man. He operated a successful dairy farm in Wellington County and won a Master Breeder shield in 1977. As President of Holstein Canada, Earl hosted international visitors and travelled extensively, sharing his knowledge in Canada and abroad. He served for several years as an Official Judge for Holstein Canada and served on various milk committees for Wellington County and the Dairy Farmers of Ontario. He will be dearly missed. W W W. O N TA R I O. H O L ST E I N . C A

WESTERN DIRECTOR: ALAN HAWTHORNE We are pleased to welcome Alan Hawthorne to the Holstein Ontario Board! Together with Kyle MacLeod, Alan will represent Western Ontario. Alan hails from Listowel, Ontario where he and his wife, Penny, and children, Cassie and Jordan, run Bobmur Farms. They milk 55 head and crop 300 acres split between soybeans, high moisture corn, corn sileage and alfalfa grass. Alan has been a 4-H leader of the Listowel 4-H Dairy Calf Club for over 25 years. He was involved in the Perth County Holstein Club for a number of years and served as their President in 1998. Alan and Penny were also part of the organizing committee that started the Ontario Red & White Holstein Show, which was held in Listowel up until 2016. In his free time, Alan enjoys watching his kids show their animals at area 4-H shows and cheering them on in hockey, field hockey and lacrosse. Alan’s father, Bob Hawthorne, also served on the Holstein Ontario Board from 1988 to 1995. We look forward to the fresh ideas and new perspectives Alan will bring!

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(l to r) Duncan, Arlene, Foster, Maryn, Connal and Hugh Hunter. PHOTO SUBMITTED.

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Maple-Ain Farms Ltd HUGH AND ARLENE HUNTER AND FAMILY (MARYN, DUNCAN, CONNAL, FOSTER) HERD SIZE: 95 MILKING AND DRY COWS OPERATION TYPE: TIE-STALL SMITHS FALLS, ON - LEEDS COUNTY

Seeking out mentors in the industry sometimes takes work but it’s 1. What is your family’s history with Holsteins? My grandmother’s father had purebred Holsteins from around 1915 worth the effort. and she and my grandfather bought some animals at his dispersal in 10. How do you use genomic information in your herd and what are the 1950s. your thoughts on the future of genomics?

We currently only make use of genomics through the use of young Our breeding goals are likely quite similar to many modern breeders: bull genomic proofs, which make up roughly 30 per cent of our to breed a long-lasting, trouble-free cow that strikes a balance matings. Into the future, we can definitely see the use of genomics to identify the bottom end of our heifer inventory and assist in raising between strong production and functional type. fewer replacements. 2. What are your breeding goals?

3. What genetic tools are most important in your breeding program?

Classification, DHI and registration.

11. How many cows do you flush each year? How do you market your embryos that are for sale?

4. Describe the ultimate/ideal cow for your operation:

We used to flush and market embryos on a more regular basis but it is now a buyer’s market. We occasionally flush a few cows from our favourite cow families.

The ideal cow for our operation would be angular, of moderate stature with good feet and legs, with a well-attached and wellbalanced mammary system. She would first calve at 23 months old, calve regularly and hopefully classify Excellent by her third or fourth calf. We are satisfied for cows to look “immature” for their age.

12. Being in the breeding business, what traits do you find sell the best? What trait do you value most?

Milking speed is becoming increasingly important, but we still feel that the traits that are valued most by buyers are mammary system Our Current Heart of the Herd is Maple-Ain Goldwyn Inka EX- and feet & legs. 92 5E. She has been a trouble-free cow that has just received her fifth “E” after calving with her eighth calf at nine years old. Her 13. Which bulls do you feel has had the most impact on your herd over youngest daughter recently scored VG as a 2-Year-Old and won the the years and today? Historically bulls like Comestar Leader and Comestar Outside lay First Calf class in our Breeders’ Cup. the base for tremendous brood cows. More recently Goldwyn, 6. What are you most proud of in your herd/operation? Dempsey, and High Octane are having an impact. Many of our We are proud of the fact that our family has been able to make a heifers/young cows are sired by Impression and Unix. living in agriculture for coming on six generations now. We are happy that mostly homebred cow families have sustained us over 14. What are the management practices in place on your farm that you the decades with the use of the most practical bulls of the time to feel contribute the most to the success of your operation? Why? As the farm has expanded over the past 20 years, the workload has culminate in winning three Master Breeder shields. expanded to include non-family members. We have been blessed 7. If you could improve one thing in your herd/operation, what would with tremendously committed and caring staff, including Craig it be? and Sandra Dickson, whom are a pleasure to work beside every Given the milk market growth of the past five years, our dairy is full day. The move to 3x milking a number of years ago has made a to capacity. Extra space for milking/dry cows and heifers would be significant difference in cow health and production. Also, updating advantageous. our feeding system three years ago has allowed us to do a better job growing heifers and more accurately feeding cows. 5. What cow in your barn is currently the “Heart of the Herd”?

9. What is one thing you would tell a young farmer starting out that you wish you had been told?

Listen to what other successful individuals in agriculture have to say.

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