September 16, 2014

Seisme & MilkSource Genetics Make History: EX-97 Classification Is Highest R&W Cow Ever


Sept. 16, 2014 – History was made today at MilkSource Genetics. Blondin Redman Seisme-Red is the first classified EX-97 Red & White Holstein cow ever.

Holstein Association USA upgraded her classification to the extremely rare and extraordinary EX-97 (MS-99). Only 29 cows ever have reached this pinnacle, all of which were Black & Whites, according to DairyCowDaily.

“Seisme has been a special cow from day one,” said Jim Ostrom, MSG co-partner. “It has been a privilege for Herd Manager Jamie Endvick and the entire team at MilkSource Genetics to work with, and care for, such an extraordinary beauty.”

To put the win into context, Cy Letter, technical superviwor for Holstein Association USA, explained, “There have been about 200 million cows in the history of modern breeding, and Seisme is No. 30 to reach this level. She is also the first-ever Red & White cow.”

In 2013, Seisme was International Red and White Cow of the Year by Holstein International, one of the most prestigious honors in the show cow world.

In addition, Seisme has been named:

• Grand Champion, World Dairy Expo Red & White Show, 2012
• Reserve Supreme Champion, Royal Winter Agricultural Fair, 2012
• Grand Champion R&W, Royal Winter Agricultural Fair, 2012
• Grand Champion Best Udder, Midwest National Spring Show, 2012
• 1st Aged Cow and Grand Champion, Int’l R&W Show, 2012
• Grand Champion, International Red & White Show, 2012
• Cow of the Year, RWDCA, 2012
• Unanimous All-American R&W Aged Cow of the Year, 2012
• All-Canadian R&W Mature Cow, 2012
• Res. Supreme Champion, Royal Winter Agricultural Fair, 2011
• Grand Champion R&W, Royal Winter Agricultural Fair, 2011
• All-Canadian R&W Mature Cow, 2011
• Supreme Champion, Royal Winter Agricultural Fair, 2010
• Grand Champion, Royal Winter Agricultural Fair, 2010
• Res. Supreme Champion, World Dairy Expo, 2010
• Grand Champion R&W, World Dairy Expo, 2010
• All-Canadian R&W Mature Cow, 2010
• 1st Jr. 2Yr. Old & Reserve Grand, Quebec International R&W Show, 2008
• 1st Jr. 2Yr. Old, Royal Winter Fair R&W Show, 2008
• Honorable Mention All-Canadian Junior R&W Cow, 2008

Her sire was Valleyriver Ruben Redman and her dam was Blondin R Marker Supra VG-89-3YR-CAN.

“Seisme is a work of wonder for Mother Nature, but we’re very proud of all the men and women at MilkSource Genetics who work behind the scenes to take care of her,” said John Vosters, MSG co-partner. “These are people who are passionate about their cows. It’s not a job to them — it’s a passion.”