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Lori Snider Heads National Holstein Co
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everything is going as planned.”
The total committee of four in
cludes Lori’s mother-in-law,
Mary Ann Snider who dialled the
entertainment; Lilly tfichll, Lori’s
co-chairman from State College;
Pat Landis of Lancaster County
who was responsible for the fa
vors; and Maij Harpster of Spruce
Creek, in charge of hostesses.
“We had a wonderful time with
the planning and scheduling,”
Lori says. “We met with the travel
and convention center at Pitts
burgh, and were treated royally to
the sights, sounds, and tastes of
Pittsburgh, which really is a won
Highlight of the week is a
luncheon to be held at the Westin
William Penn Hotel, a grand old
luxury hotel that reflects Lori’s
taste. Her own family resides in a
Victorian style farmhouse com
plete with gingerbread trim.
In honor of Pittsburgh’s ethnic
melting pot background, the
luncheon will include a group of
musicians playing tamburitzas,
and stringed musical instruments
that evolved from the ancient,
An Amish theme will run
throughout the luncheon with ta
bles covered with Amish quilts
and pillow shams as centerpieces.
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the style of various quilt patches
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the menu will include various
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“It’s an expensive event,” Lori
admits. “And, if we charged to
cover our costs, not many would
be able to afford to come. We are
very grateful to HJ. Heinz for
footing a lot of the bill fra: all of
The luncheon is scheduled for
Tuesday and, on Wednesday, the
women will tour an Amish settle
ment near Ohio. Another group
will tour the Frick mansion and
“I knew what those attending
would be expecting,” Lori says.
“Because I haven’t missed one
since I was married. Attending the
National Holstein Convention has
always been a Snider family tradi
“We’ve been all over the Unit
ed States and enjoyed every one.
Pre-convention tours have given
us the opportunity to see such
sights as .Yellowstone or Mt.
The* Sniders’ three older chil
dren, Ross, 16; Greta, 13; and
Nora, 11 have also enjoyed each
convention as they got old enough
to do so.
“Ross was only nine months old
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when we took hi.n to Nashville in
a cattle truck loaded with one of
our cows.” remembers Lori. “It
was hot and not too comfortable.
The baby flew home with his
grandmother,” she recalls fondly.
This year the three older chil
dren will attend the’luncheon and
sale but Lori’s hectic position at
the convention prohibits them
from attending other events.
And, since they are involved in
softball, they were happy to stay
with aunts who live nearby.
Well acquainted with the world
of Holsteins, the Sniders of Sing
ing Brook have a herd of ISO and
more than 500 acres of farm land.
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grees are a good management tool,
according to Holstein producers,
but they are also a near-necessity
when it comes to merchandising.
Across the country, producers are
using Official Holstein Pedigrees
to make breeding decisions, look
up ancestry, and enhance sales of
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Gary Wilson of Greenbush,
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in a variety of ways in his herd.
Ordering the pedigrees, when he
ideintifies his calves allows him to
get a headstart on production in
formation later on. Those same
pedigrees give more credibility to
his merchandising as well.
‘The pedigree is of utmost im
portance,” he said. “I rely on the
Holstein pedigree for all the offi
cial information, buying or sell
ing. It’s something I have to have -
ti’s a given.”
Official Holstein Pedigrees can
be ordered with three generations,
four generations, or five genera
tions of ancestry. Pedigrees are or
dered for making breeding deci
sions, merchandising information,
or for use in sale catalogs.
Wilson said he sells quite a few
females, and all bulls are sold as
breeding stock. “It gives more
credibility to the sale. It’s a source
of information we use all the
time.” he said. “It’s almost essen
tial to have a pedigree for our cli
entele and our export buyers.”
For example, he recently sent
11 pedigrees out of state to a po
tential buyer. Those pedigrees,
along with pictures, will likely be
all that the buyer will need to see
to make his decision, Wilson said.
“Based on the pedigrees and pho
tos, I can probably complete the
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sale over the phone.”
Wilson has the pedigrees updat
ed after each herd classification
and genetic update, to make the
most current information avail
able. He also frequently gets up
dated pedigrees on animals in the
top end of the herd and his high
He noted that pedigrees lend a
certain professionalism to mer
chandising. “If I’m standing out in
a cow lot with all the pedigrees in
a book where I can look up the in
formation right there, it adds
credibility to the sale. That way
I‘m not saying T don’t know
about that cow’ or Til have to go
check on that'”
Wilson said a pedigree is “a
given” when it comes to buying or
selling cows. “I won’t buy or sell
an animal without a pedigree.” he
stressed. “I request one when I’m
buying cattle and my selling is
based on pedigrees. You can see
the production information, the
depth of the cow family and the
classification score. It’s a good
management tool, plain and sim
When selling his breeding bulls
to the bull studs, he provides the
most up-to-date pedigrees as well.
“That way they have a workable
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