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Scheduling is also to change as
of August 1 and members will geta
letter in the mail explaining sche
However, the three options are
to be Area Scheduling, Non-Area
Scheduling, and Special Schedul
ing. The names are fairly self
explanatory and the costs are asso
ciated with the degree of conveni
ence the breeder desires.
Non Area Scheduling is more
expensive that regular Area Sche
duling and requires Oat participa
tion in a herd classification prog
ram has occured within the past 14
months and will again within the
next 14 months. Under this prog
ram. the breeder decides when the
classification is to occur.
The Special Scheduling howev
er is for those who, for example,
are preparing for a herd dispersal
and/or don’tqualify for entry in the
Non-Area Scheduling. It is a one
Other topics covered during the
forum included animal identifica
tion, genetic issues, alternative rat
ing systems, animal care, member
ship and finance.
Financing of the Holstein Asso
ciation is becoming critical.
Leslie G. Fogg
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Farm Rite Inc.
Farmers Equip. Sc Supply Co.
Miller Equip. Co.
Bethel ' .
Zimmerman Farm Service
Carlisle Farm Service
Fancy Furrow Farm Ag Equip.
Stanleys Farm Service
Umbergers of Fontana
Hutton Farm Equipment
0 & D Farm Equipment Company
R»lphW Kyle Inc.
Homas E. Sibert Farm Equip.
Peoples Sales Sc Service Inc
Shuey Sales <tc Service
A L Herr & Brother
Lincoln Supply & Equipment Co,
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according to John Cope.
The association has been basi
cally operating with an annual loss
of $270,000, although income
from earnings off of die associa
tion’s reserve fund which has a
cash value of $l4 million, though a
paper value rtf $l6, million.
According to Cope, for the past
four to five years, the association
began paying some overhead
expenses with earnings from the
reserve fund. He said that practice
has extended to the point that all
earnings from the reserve fund are
used to pay association operating
expenses, above what registration
fees and dues and other revenues
“We have come to a critical
stage in the association,” Cope
said. “We have become used to
using earned income from the
reserve to the point of using all of it
to tun the organization.”
He said that while the associa
tion is not in financial danger, it
has come to the point where addi
tional revenues must be generated.
Investments made by the associ
ation have been earning well, he
said, but a fee increase in registra
tion has been proposed. He said
that rental of office space in the
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Space is about to be leased.
Costs for a new computer sys
tem and other improvements in the
main office will translate into sav
ings. once the equipment is paid
for. In the meantime, he said that
the annual loss has been averaging
about $270,000 in actual cash loss
and the association leadership is
projecting a similar loss for the
Registrations have been down,
along with total cow number num
bers. Cope said the percentage of
Holsteins being registered hasn’t
changed, but the real number has
declined, because the total number
of cattle available for registration
Opening up the association’s
herd book has added some
registration numbers, he reported,
but he compared 1992 registra
tions of 360,000 to last year’s
340,000. He said only 320,000 are
projected for 1994.
Discussion coveted what' kinds
of price increases for registrations
might be reasonable, and whether
or not a pedigree should be
included in that price was also
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Cope said that the association
shouldn’t be quick to give away
pedigrees, since the basic value of
the organization is in the informa
tion it generates through pedigree
Bill Nichol, manager of the Pa.
Holstein Association said that he
thought an increased registration
fee that included a pedigree would
be a better way of doing business.
He said that since dairymen
already pay for all the information
gathering systems upon which the
Holstein Association depends,
then they shouldn’t be expected to
pay a lot for the pedigree.
Animal identification was
reviewed. The Holstein Associa
tion has adopted a permanent, two
ear-tag system, or die use of an ear
tag in one ear and a transponder in
the other, for animal identification.
The association also has other
options for identification, but
Cope said that field work done
with the tamper-proof ear tags
shows a low rate of loss. In the
event an ear tag is lost, members
will have a certain amount of time
to submit for a replacement tag.
Among a number of other items,
up for consideration at the national
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convention are three proposals for
change of the association Bylaws.
A name change from the
Holstein-Freisian Association of
American to Holstein Association
of America Inc. has been prop
osed. Cope said that although the
association has adopted a new logo
with the name Holstein Associa
tion and has pretty well ceased to
use the word “Freisian” in any of
its literature, it is still the legal
name of the association.
Those supporting an official
change now have said that in Eur
ope cattle breeders associate the
Freisian name as refering to a dual
purpose line of Holstein, rather
than the predominately dairy
functional animal that is represen
tative of the breed.
A membership fee increase
from the current $lO per year to
S2S is also to be considered, as
well as a proposal to stop the
requirement of actually cancelling
registrations of animals after they
For more information, contact a
local Holstein leader, or contact
the national association at its Brat-
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