Wednesday February 20, 2013

Holstein Association reports successful 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- Holstein Association USA reported that 2012 was another solid year for U.S. Registered Holsteins and program activity, with interest in Registered Holstein cattle continuing to grow.

CEO John M. Meyer reported in his State of the Association address at regional member meetings this winter that registrations at the end of last year totaled 362,669, up 2,520 from 2011.

"Looking down memory lane, 10 years ago in 2002, we registered 315,488 Holsteins," said Meyer. "Because of you and the world’s most profitable cow, the U.S. Registered Holstein, registrations have increased 47,181 in the last 10 years."

Furthermore, the Association identified 204,474 Holsteins last year through the Basic ID program, which is a stepping stone to full registry status. Animals identified with Basic ID are not eligible for Holstein USA recognitions or Official Holstein Pedigrees. Basic ID, combined with registrations, bring the total number of animals identified in 2012 to 567,143.

"These numbers are good examples of how the market share of Registered Holstein cattle continues to expand from coast to coast," Meyer added.

Participation in the Holstein COMPLETE program is also strong, with 281,359 cows enrolled in the program at the end of 2012, which is an increase of 10 percent over 2011 numbers.


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Holstein COMPLETE is the Association’s premier program, bundling registrations, classification, production records, pedigrees, and other services together for one annual fee.

"We classified 228,541 cows in our regular Classification program," reported Meyer. "Through the SET classification program, 88,586 animals were appraised, which is a 3 percent increase in the number of cows over 2011."

The number of genotyped animals continues to increase annually. In 2012, 26,796 genomic tests were performed, compared to 19,474 in 2011, an increase of 7,322. "There is more genomic testing of Holstein cattle in the United States than there is of any breed of cattle anywhere in the world, helping to ensure the genetic superiority of U.S. Registered Holsteins," Meyer stated.

The increased interest in the Registered Holstein cow is evidenced by the fact that the Association welcomed 629 new adult members and 966 Junior members in 2012, which is a 3 percent increase in adults and 8 percent increase in Juniors.

For more information about Holstein Association USA or U.S. Registered Holsteins, visit www.holsteinusa.com.

Vermont Custom Cabinetry welcomes new sales designer

WESTMINSTER --Sandra Connolly has joined Vermont Custom Cabinetry as a Direct Sales Designer. She brings more than 25 years of experience working with home owners, builders, interior designers and architects. Her specialties include creating cabinetry designs, coordinating new construction as well as home remodeling projects throughout the U.S. She will be based out of the Westminster Vermont office and is available for design/build consultations.

Vermont Custom Cabinetry designs and builds high quality custom and semi-custom cabinetry at its Westminster Vermont location and also operates a showroom in Keene New Hampshire. Vermont Custom Cabinetry is available nationwide www.vermontcabinetry.com

SeVEDS kicks off Economic Strategy development

BRATTLEBORO -- On Friday, Feb. 15, Southeastern Vermont Economic Development Strategies will host a Windham Region Community economic development kickoff event from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Brattleboro Retreat Education Conference Room. This event begins the official public engagement process for creation of a federally recognized Windham Region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, and will be facilitated by national CEDS consultants ViTAL Economy and the SeVEDS board.

The purpose of the Community Economic Development Kick-off Event is to communicate the region’s vision and identify and discuss potential economic development opportunities that could lead to the realization of this vision.

This process and event are open to the public throughout the region. Employers, municipalities, non-profits, and educational institutions are especially encouraged to attend. Now is the time to bring forth your knowledge of and passion for Southeastern Vermont; the CEDS is scheduled to be completed and available for additional public comment in September of 2013.

RSVP by Feb. 13 at http://seveds-ceds.eventbrite.com/ or by emailing lsibilia@brattleborodevelopment.com.

For more information on SeVEDS or the CEDS process visit www.seveds.com