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Holstein USA, American Guernsey to Collaborate with Classification Program
USAgNet - 12/05/2017

The American Guernsey Association announced a partnership with Holstein Association USA to appraise Guernsey cattle throughout the United States through a new Multi-Breed Classification program. The project will be conducted by HAUSA trained appraisers and coordinated with HAUSA staff and AGA staff jointly to provide a widespread opportunity for more Guernsey breeders to classify cows on a regular schedule.

"The AGA is excited about this multi-breed classification program with Holstein USA," said Doug Granitz, AGA CEO/Executive Secretary. "We have been exploring this program with Holstein since July following our National Convention meeting. This partnership leverages the capabilities of both our organizations in support of our members. It will go a long way in supporting the progress of our Guernsey Breed."

Graitz adds that the process has shown their group that Holstein USA is committed to a multi-breed program which will value and ensure the integrity of the uniqueness of the Guernsey breed.

"This partnership will provide us access to a wide range of state of the art services as well as great reliable feedback to our members so that they can make informed breeding and management decisions," he said. "Their current program aligns nicely with our own breakdowns and offers in depth trait breakdowns and research traits that will provide more information for our breed and breeders. I would like to thank the Holstein Leadership, the Guernsey Board of Directors and the Guernsey Type committee for their support and contribution to the realization of the partnership."

Training sessions will be scheduled this winter for HAUSA classifiers, under the direction of members of the Guernsey type committee. HAUSA classifiers will begin scoring in select Guernsey herds in February with the full schedule instituted in March. Additional training will be held at the HAUSA classifier conference this spring.

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