Populair red impact donor cows

Which RC and Red Holstein cows have been intensively flushed over the past 20 months? HI made a list and presents a wide selection of donors that will provide the foundation for the future international Red Holstein population.


Breeders reacted enthusiastically to the invitation from HI editors to report their most popular RC and Red donor cows. Take Adri and Jolanda Hoogerbrugge of Highbridge Farms in Parkhill, Ontario. They symbolize the passion with which breeders, assisted by their Red and RC donor cows, work on new generations of Red Holsteins of splendid quality. The couple milk 110 cows and reported no less than 10 of them as donors. Further questions led them to pick their two most prominent donors for the table of this article including the 2004-born H-Bridge Talent Jessica-Red VG-86 (Talent x Faber) and their latest acquisition, Scientific SH Doreen Rae RC, a Shottle heifer from Scientific Dior Rae RC VG-89 (Goldwyn x Scientific Debutante Rae RC EX-92).


Eleven years ago Adri and Jolanda Hoogerbrugge emigrated from the Netherlands to Canada. ‘We wanted to milk cows and be actively involved in breeding them. In Canada we saw the opportunities to achieve this. We are now using ET a lot as a valuable long-term investment.’ The first cow to be flushed was Granduc Jennifer Convincer RC VG-85, a granddaughter of Cloverlands Skylar Cherry-Red VG-87. ‘In the Netherlands we bred red & whites. In Canada the classifier encouraged us not to breed Red Holsteins because they were supposed to be of inferior quality. Fortunately the bull Rubens RC broke through around the time. He gave Red Holstein breeding a new impulse.’ From the Convincer, Hoogerbrugge bred two blooming family branches via a black & white Jordan daughter and the red & white daughter H-Bridge Faber Jennifer-Red VG-85. ‘From the Jordan we have two red Redliner granddaughters (mgs Redman) who went VG-87 and VG-88 as 2nd calvers. Both Redliners are being flushed. H-Bridge Faber Jennifer-Red VG-85, the dam of the prominent donor cow H-Bridge Talent Jessica-Red VG-86, transmits very well. She already has five VG daughters and so far has received 5 breeding stars.’ Hoogerbrugge, who has the ambition to breed the first entire Red Holstein herd of Canada, is flushing a lot and does not refrain at all from using genomic bulls. ‘In my opinion the choice for talented Red and RC bulls is the only way to parallel the top of the Holstein population.’


The list with Red Holstein and RC donors has many cows from well-known and lesser known families. One of the most influential North American breeding families is undoubtedly the descendents of Glen-Drummond Splendor VG-86, the 34-star Canadian Formation daughter. In 2004, the Irish syndicate First Choice Genetics LTD invested in the acquisition of her daughter Gen-I-Beq Talent Savanah EX-91 RC. In June, Savanah will calve for the 4th time, this time with a Destry daughter. The last flush during her completed lactation was with Crackholm Secure-Red (Mr Burns x Goldwyn x Durham x Splendor) with the goal to rigidly anchor the family qualities. Savanah RC, whose type score is expected to move up, proves her brood cow talents with her 4 two-year-olds by Aladdin, Wire and Baxter, all with 84 or 83 points.
One of the donor cows from a lesser-known North American family is Morningview Max Brandy RC VG-87, of Rocher Holsteins in New Glarus, Wisconsin. Or is she? Schaulane Outside Barbie EX-90 (Outside x Lindy), the dam of Marmax daughter Brandy RC, is also the granddam of the top genomic bull and sire of sons Laeschway Jet Bowser (Jet Stream x Boliver). ‘Just like her Outside dam, Brandy is a fantastic frame cow,’ explains Roger Arn, of Rocher Holsteins. Arn is consigning a first choice Colt P daughter to the upcoming Red & White Convention Sale. ‘The marketing of Brandy offspring is going very well. So far not a single one has been sold for less than $5,000. This may be due to the positive reports about the breeding accomplishments of Brandy’s dam, Barbie.’ Arn has 9 young Brandy daughters in the raising program sired by Magna P, Satchel-Red, Pembroke RC, Destry RC, and Sterling RC. In addition, Arn is milking two-year-olds by Para RC and America-Red. ‘All three have super udders!’


This year in Europe the Dutch Alumette family emerged with a new generation of donors. Jan Kolff of JK Eder Holsteins, the owner of Alumette VG-89 (Lightning x Stadel), is currently working with the granddaughter JK Eder Alumette 2 VG-87 (Mr Burns x Classic). The Alumette family shines at Zeedieker Holsteins too, the farm of the firm Landbouwsluis, in Genemuiden, the Netherlands. This is the result of purchased Canvas embryos from Alumette. ‘From this combination we had a red and a red factor daughter. The black & white had the best type but her red & white sister, Zeedieker Canvas-Met-Red VG-85, is now proving to be the better brood cow. I doubted for a little while whether we would miss out with the Canvas daughters. But nothing could be further from the truth. The offspring from Canvas-Met-Red are scoring very well for genomics. Her Manitas son Zeedieker Man-Red has fantastic scores for the CRV test. But because of an IBR positive test, he couldn’t be sold. We now sample this beautiful bull ourselves. During his first classification round he went VG-88.’ Evert Korenberg, farm manager for Landbouwsluis, is equally enthusiastic about Zeedieker Lawnet-Red P VG-86, the Lawn Boy two-year-old from Canvas-Met-Red. ‘We have flushed her five times and can sell 7 to 8 bulls from her. The combination of a good cow family that has proven to produce active sires along with her good performance, red color, the polled factor and the favorable genomics of her first offspring, make Lawnet a popular donor.’


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