Holstein Association USA Holds Board Meeting during National Holstein Convention


Holstein Association USA Holds Board Meeting during National Holstein Convention

Holstein AssociationThe Holstein Association USA board of directors met July 7-8, 2013 in Indianapolis, Ind. President Chuck Worden chaired the board meeting held during the National Holstein Convention and Annual Meeting at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown hotel.

The board honored retiring President Chuck Worden of New York and Director Leroy Eggink of Iowa and recognized their contributions and service to the Association during a dinner on July 8th.

Update on 2013 Business Plan
During the meeting, staff presented updates on the 2013 Management-by-Objective Business Plan and year-to-date financials. Reporting on year-to-date Holstein COMPLETE® activity, 279,434 cows were enrolled. Compared to June, 2012, this is a gain of 1,739 cows.

The board heard a report on the feed efficiency research project for which the Association is providing Type Evaluation Services. The Classification team will be scoring herds participating in the project at Iowa State University, the University of Florida, and Virginia Tech during July and August. The study is being conducted by several universities and the USDA with support from the Holstein Association.

Staff reported enthusiastic feedback on an Association-funded and directed research project that is intended to find haplotypes of elite Holstein females that are associated with their valuable and unique phenotypes. The first significant outcome of this research is that genome samples from 620 phenotypically elite cows, owned by 354 Holstein Association members, will be contributing to the August genetic evaluations.

2013 Financial Update
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Barbara Casna presented the Association's consolidated financial statements through the end of May, 2013 and reviewed the reserve fund report for the same period. The Association and its subsidiaries show year-to-date net consolidated revenues of $452,000.

AgriTech Analytics (ATA)
AgriTech Analytics (ATA) General Manager Bill VerBoort reported June 2013 enrollment of 872,144 cows. ATA continues to expand the number of states it is doing business in.

Other Board Action
The board approved a new fee schedule for the family and non-family whole herd transfer of animals in a single account or herd to a single ownership. Significant savings will be realized in herds larger than 200 animals. Please contact Peter Cole at 802.451.4127 or Customer Service at 800.952.5200 for more details.

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7.18.2013