College of the Ozarks Dairy Herd Named 6th In Nation
Student dairy worker and herdsman Haley Hines shows one of the Holsteins at the FFA Day.jpg Photo: Image by College of the Ozarks
from an edited press release:
In the January 2013 issue of Holstein World, the College of the Ozarks dairy ranks 6th out of the top 18 college dairy herds in the nation in the category of “Leading Breed Age Average Herds.”
“The success of our program is due to better breed genetics and good herd management practices,” said Assistant Farm Manager Bryan Cizek. “The majority of our herd is rated as ‘good plus to very good,’ which we will only build upon in the future.”
Based on the classification score each animal receives, the Breed Age Average (BAA) is calculated with adjustments for the cow’s age and stage of her lactation cycle. A BAA score of 100 is the “average,” Holstein Herd classification. This adjusted score helps Holstein breeders compare their individual animals and herds.
College of the Ozarks BAA score is 104.80. The top college, SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology, Cobleskill, NY, had a score of 109.20.
“College of the Ozarks is considered one of the top college Holstein herds in the United States,” said Assistant Dairy Manager Tamara Holder.
“This has allowed agricultural students to have the experience of participating in the Oklahoma State Holstein Sale, Missouri State Holstein Sale, the Missouri University Sale and the National Holstein Sale.”