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The Holstein breed originated in Europe. The major historical developement of this breed occured about 2000 years ago in what is now the Netherlands and more specifically in the two northern provices of North Holland and Friesland which lay on either side of the Zuider Zee. The original stock were the black animals and white animals of the Batavians and Friesians, migrant European's who settled in the Rhine Delta region about 2,000 years ago. For many years, Holsteins were bred and strictly culled to obtain animals which would make best use of grass, the area's most abundant resource. The intermingling of these animals evolved into an efficient, high-producing black-and-white dairy cow.    more...

Latest Holstein Breed News

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Holstein Judging Winners Announced
UK - Holstein UK has revealed the winners of its inaugural All Britain Judging Competition....
Monday, January 27, 2014
Cows Yield More For Daughters, Study Finds
US – Holstein dairy cows produce significantly more milk for daughters than sons, a joint study between Kansas State and Harvard...
Friday, December 06, 2013
German Guarani Tops Bull Profit Lifetime Index Again
GLOBAL - December’s Holstein bull indices see Guarini retain number one position for profitable lifetime index (PLI)....

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