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Apply for the Holstein Association Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder Award

We would like to encourage members from Minnesota and South Dakota to apply for the Distinguished Young Breeder Award. You can download an application at the Holstein USA website on the awards page or request a copy from the Minnesota Holstein Association office. Application is due to MHA Office by: January 25, 2019. Please see the award requirements below:


  • To recognize significant accomplishments of young Registered Holstein® breeders.
  • To recognize young Registered Holstein breeders for their commitment to preserving the dairy industry and for achieving excellence in their daily lives.
  • To motivate other dairy producers to achieve similar goals by creating awareness of the successes young breeders have with Registered Holsteins.


  • Applicant(s) can nominate themselves, or be nominated.
  • The nominee(s) must be between the ages of 21 and 40 (as of January 1 of the award year) and must be a member of the Holstein Association USA, Inc.
  • Applicants applying as a couple or as business partners must all meet the age requirements. Herd ownership and/or management responsibility are required, and the herd they manage must be on DHIA test.
  • Two letters of recommendation must accompany application.
  • Person(s) being nominated by someone other than themselves will be expected to complete the application and submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Employees of Holstein Association USA, Inc. and their immediate families are ineligible to enter.

The winning applicant at the state level will be recognized at the 2019 All-Breeds Convention and will move on to the National level. At the National level, the winning applicant will receive travel and lodging expenses (for up to two people) to the National Holstein Convention, complimentary tickets to the Convention banquet, a $2,000 cash award, and the Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder plaque. Their name will also be engraved on a permanent plaque that hangs in the Holstein Association USA headquarters in Brattleboro.