Is­land Hol­stein breed­ers re­ceive spe­cial des­ig­na­tion

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Two Hol­stein breed­ers in Prince Ed­ward Is­land have re­ceived the high­est dis­tinc­tion the breed or­ga­ni­za­tion con­fers. Lexis Hol­steins, for­merly of Free­town, and Win­ter­bay Hol­steins of Bed­ford have been des­ig­nated as mas­ter breed­ers by Hol­stein Canada.

“The Is­land’s dairy in­dus­try takes great pride in its breed­ing prac­tices and its fo­cus on dairy ge­net­ics is known across the na­tion for its high qual­ity,” says Alan McIsaac, min­is­ter of agri­cul­ture and fish­eries.

“This recog­ni­tion for two hard­work­ing Is­land farm fam­i­lies is a tes­ta­ment to the Is­land’s con­tin­ued agri­cul­ture suc­cess.”

Gene and Ch­eryl Small­man and their son Jody op­er­ated Lexis Hol­steins in Free­town un­til their herd was dis­persed in Au­gust 2013.

The Small­mans now re­side in Kens­ing­ton. The Lexis herd was es­tab­lished around very strong cow fam­i­lies with solid pro­duc­tion and con­for­ma­tion. One of the best an­i­mals bred at Lexis was Lexis Gold­wyn Lulu EX 94. She was nom­i­nated three times for All Cana­dian and was twice named Hon­or­able Men­tion All Cana­dian.

John and Janet Bys­ter­veldt, along with their son Jef­frey and his wife Amy, op­er­ate Win­ter­bay Hol­steins in Bed­ford. The Bys­ter­veldts milk 80 cows in a mod­ern tie stall barn.

Their very suc­cess­ful breed­ing pro­gram has pro­duced some great cows in­clud­ing the 2010 Royal Win­ter Fair Grand Cham­pion Win­ter­bay Gold­wyn Lotto.

Good man­age­ment and an ac­tive em­bryo trans­fer pro­gram have helped the Bys­ter­veldt fam­ily to achieve the honor of be­ing named mas­ter breed­ers.

The Hol­stein As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada be­gan in 1884 and was in­cor­po­rated na­tion­ally in 1901. It re­mains the only or­ga­ni­za­tion au­tho­rized to reg­is­ter Hol­stein cat­tle in Canada.

The mas­ter breeder award is the high­est hon­our an in­di­vid­ual Hol­stein breeder can achieve. Th­ese mas­ter breed­ers are rec­og­nized for hav­ing the best ra­tio for breed­ing cows that pos­sess the com­plete pack­age — high pro­duc­tion and out­stand­ing con­for­ma­tion, with high pro­fi­ciency in re­pro­duc­tion, health and longevity.

Prince Ed­ward Is­land Hol­stein breed­ers have achieved re­gional, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion. Hol­stein cat­tle have come away with top hon­ours at the Royal Win­ter Fair and a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions. The ge­netic qual­ity of Hol­stein cat­tle bred in this prov­ince is widely rec­og­nized, and breed­ers have been highly suc­cess­ful in the sale of em­bryos to mar­kets around the world.

Lexis Hol­steins and Win­ter­bay Hol­steins will re­ceive their mas­ter breed­ers shield at the Na­tional Hol­stein Con­ven­tion in April, join­ing with other breed­ers from Prince Ed­ward Is­land who have been pre­vi­ously rec­og­nized.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Prince Ed­ward Is­land Hol­steins, go to hol­stein­

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