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     14 BC HOLSTEIN NEWS ❁ SPRING 2021
BC Branch News PRESIDENT’S REPORT
  BC Branch Holstein
Association of Canada
Directors for 2021
President
Angela Hamming
6905 68 Street, Delta, BC V4K 4E2 • Ph: 604-818-7113
• Email: pahamming@dccnet.com
Vice President
Carl Barclay
12420 Blackstock Street,
Maple Ridge, BC V2X 5N6
• Ph: 778-875-3709
• Email: carlbarclay@hotmail.com
BC Branch Secretary/Treasurer
Joan Wikkerink
847 Garnett Road, Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L3 • Ph: 250-743-8690 Fax: 250-743-8691
• Email: bcbranch@telus.net
National Director
Ben Cuthbert
13750 Adshead Road, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1H6 • Ph/Fax: 250-245-3299
• Email:b.cuthbert@telus.net
Directors:
VANCOUVER ISLAND
Ridley Wikkerink
3920 Lefran Road, Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L4 • Ph: 2250-920-9347 Fax: 250-743-9700
• Email: rwikkerink@shaw.ca
Thomas Cuthbert
13750 Adshead Road, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1H6
• Ph: 250-618-5551 Fax: 250-245-3299
• Email: canadarocksathockey@hotmail.com
Luke Van Huizen
4440 Koksilah Road, Duncan, BC V9L 6N2
• Email: luke_rockycrestholsteins@hotmail.com
NORTH OKANAGAN
Sydney Fox
5179 Pringle Road, Westwold, BC V0E 3B1 • Ph: 778-220-2518
• Email:sydney.fox494@gmail.com
FRASER VALLEY
Angela Hamming (R/D)
6905 68 Street, Delta, BC V4K 4E2 • Ph: 604-818-7113
• Email: pahamming@dccnet.com
Carl Barclay (LFV)
12420 Blackstock Street,
Maple Ridge, BC V2X 5N6
• Ph: 778-875-3709
• Email: carlbarclay@hotmail.com
Lexi DeJong (CFV)
33775 Aish Avenue, Abbotsford, BC V4X 3R2 • Email: lexidejong09@gmail.com
Greg Hessels (R/D)
4844 – 112th Street, Delta, BC V4K 3N3 • Ph: 778-991-0840
• Email: hesgenholsteins@gmail.com
Mike Duncan (UFV)
1515 Kilby Road, Harrison Mills, BC V0M 1L0 • Ph: 604-799-6453
• Email: northsidecattle@gmail.com
HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
Box 610, Brantford, ON N3T 5R4
Ph: 519-756-8300 Fax: 519-756-5878
or 519-756-3502 (Performance Records)
HOLSTEIN CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2021
VANCOUVER ISLAND HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
Pete VandenDungen, Duncan
Ph: 250-701-1468
Secretary:
Cindy Wikkerink, Cobble Hill
Ph: 250-743-2430 Fax: 250-743-6822
RICHMOND-DELTA HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
Alan Hessels, Delta
Ph: 604-501-1487 Fax: 604-590-2437 Secretary:
Celine Hessels, Delta
Ph: 604-501-1487 Fax: 604-590-2437
LOWER FRASER VALLEY HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
Kevin Antonsen, Aldergrove
Ph/ Fax: 604-856-6650
Secretary:
Carl Barclay, Maple Ridge Ph: 778-875-3709
CENTRAL FRASER VALLEY HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
Kelwyn Hoeppner, Abbotsford
Ph: 604-217-5996
Secretary:
Amanda Luymes, Abbotsford Ph: 778-549-0563
UPPER FRASER VALLEY HOLSTEIN CLUB President: TBA
Secretary:
Ashley Vander Kooi, Chilliwack
Ph: 604-792-8400
NORTH OKANAGAN HOLSTEIN CLUB President:
Brad Carlson, Salmon Arm
Ph: 250-517-0932
Secretary:
Corissa Haambuckers, Enderby Ph: 250-540-2962
    Spring is in the air!
The BC Holstein Branch is using 2021 to go through a “visioning” process of sorts. We have been talking through what our purpose is and what do our members expect of the Branch. Do we need a vision and if so, what is our vision?
Helen Keller, when asked what would be worse than being born blind, answered, “To have sight without vision.”
Clear vision does wonders and among its greatest benefits are direction and passion.
Direction, a path to follow. This begs the question, where do we want to go? Where do we see ourselves, our farms, our industry in 5-10 years? How are we going to get there?
A common thread in our Branch discussion is around PASSION for our cows. We need to acknowledge and celebrate the amazing
genetics that we work with every day! Our cows have developed into incredible athletes who work hard for us every day, and yet we also continually strive for better. We talk about the need to increase milk solids, specifically butterfat, improve reproduction, extend longevity through better conformation, and the wish list goes on. There is no doubt that the most reliable, sustainable and natural way to improve these things is through genetics but yet has this genetic component actually become the most under-valued commodity on our farm?
As we enter into spring, it is a time when we normally gather to celebrate the accomplishments of our fellow farmers via DHI awards/banquets. I would like to say Congratulations! to all of you for a job well done and hopefully we can gather together again soon. In the meantime, I wish you a wonderful spring and that what is seeded now may become a plentiful harvest in the fall!
Angela Hamming
President
We know Spring
is a time of great activity around our farms. Please be safe everyone
Ben Cuthbert
National Director
Have a safe and productive spring everyone!
 NATIONAL DIRECTOR’S REPORT
    The more things change the more they stay the same. Covid continues to impact the Association’s Field Services and Classification with the restrictions impacting farm visits in certain regions.
The AGM, which was rescheduled to July, will occur, but with new parameters. The HC board has released the 2021 Convention Committee from its mandate. Because of the many risks and unknown contingencies associated with organizing the event, the HC board is taking responsibility for organizing and planning a hybrid-type of convention. HC will be proposing a convention program that will allow participants to take part in events virtually. The Master Breeder Gala will also be presented in July with a new format with details yet to come. We strongly urge members to not plan travel to Holstein Canada’s AGM.
Regionalization of services continues to be implemented in the West. The main objectives are to 1. improve the experience of clients at each visit, 2. develop new services that will adapt to present and future needs, 3. improve work/life balance
of employees, 4. improve the efficiency of HC field services. Analysis of semi- regionalization to date is already showing improved efficiency gains.
The first HC webinar was held in March and focused on the use of genomic tools for on-farm genetic improvement. For those interested, the link to hear Dr. Christine Baes and Chris McLaren from Larenwood Farms is https://we.tl/t-t2x3MYq2Ez. The next webinar will be in May and the focus will be on functional classification. Watch our various social media for more details and upcoming events.
HC recently took part in the Western Canadian Dairy Seminar virtually. The participation was excellent. Similarly, HC hosted a virtual booth at CDX (Canadian Dairy Xpo) on April 7-8.
By early April, the HC team will start using the new application to classify and evaluate your animals. Producers will have access to brand new interactive reports with more relevant information to help make better herd decisions.
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        Congratulations to these Top 10 BC Herds!
This award recognizes Total lifetime production of animals in the herd
CRITERIA:
• Includes all cows in the herd having completed a lactation in 2020
• Lifetime milk production of all animals in the herd who have completed a lactation in 2020 are used to calculate the Milk
• Grouped by herd size (herd size = number of animals completing a lactation in 2020)
 Herd Size
 Farm
 Milk
Fat
 Protein
Milk Ave
Milk Freq
 20-39
 EVERGRAZE HOLSTEINS LTD
 1,404,483
56,307
 45,859
39,013
R
 20-39
 KLEIN VIEW FARMS
 1,410,817
58,374
 47,131
38,130
R
 20-39
 B & L FARMS LTD
 1,173,608
45,067
 36,924
36,675
R
 20-39
 GREG & CORAL HESSELS
 909,801
37,058
 31,161
36,392
2
 40-49
 VANVALLEY FARM LTD
 1,697,996
67,037
 54,187
36,128
R
 70-89
  MILKY WAY DAIRY
  2,935,587
 121,865
 93,916
 35,369
2
90-129
FRUEH FARMS LTD
4,225,831
177,280
141,306
39,494
2
 90-129
 SUNNINGHILL HOLSTEINS
 3,253,379
128,773
 109,270
33,198
R
 90-129
 WESTAR HOLSTEINS
 3,062,971
122,685
 98,063
32,935
R
 130+
  WISSELVIEW FARMS
  6,328,756
 252,547
 210,902
 33,844
3
  Herd average.
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