Registered Holsteins are large, stylish animals with color patterns of black and white and are known for their outstanding milk production. They produce more milk, fat and protein than any other breed. They’re also known for desirable conformation, efficient feed use and environmental adaptability.
A mature Holstein cow weighs about 680 kg and stands 147 cm tall at the shoulder. Holstein heifers can be bred at 13 months of age, when they weigh about 363 kg. It is desirable to have Holstein females calve for the first time between 23 and 26 months of age.
Average milk production for registered Holstein herds enrolled in the Association’s programs in 2001 was 11,253 kg of milk, 412 kg of butterfat and 336 kg of protein per year. When this production is compared to the 2001 annual average production for all Holstein herds enrolled in official milk control (DHI) – 9,800 kg of milk, 357 kg of butterfat and 300 kg of protein – registered Holsteins clearly outperform non-registered cattle, resulting in an expected higher return on investment.
Contact: Holstein Association U.S.A
1 Holstein Place
Brattleboro, VT 05302-0808 USA
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