The Holstein Association USA board of directors met June 27-28, 2016, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. President Gordie Cook chaired the board meeting held during the 131st National Holstein Convention and Annual Meeting at The Saratoga Springs Hilton hotel.
The board honored retiring Directors Gayle Carson of Tennessee, Corey A. Geiger of Wisconsin, and Peter B. Waterman of Maine. All were formally recognized during the awards banquet on July 1st for their many contributions and leadership on the Association board of directors.
Update on 2016 Business Plan
Staff presented updates on the 2016 Management-by-Objective Business Plan and year-to-date financials during the Board meeting. At the end of May, registrations stood at 150,969, up one percent more than the same time last year. Staff reported a four percent increase in the number of animals enrolled in Holstein COMPLETE®.
2016 Financial Update
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Barbara Casna presented the Association's consolidated financial statements through the end of May, 2016, and reviewed the reserve fund report for the same period. Year-to-date the Association has net income from operations of $390,000.
AgriTech Analytics (ATA)
AgriTech Analytics (ATA) General Manager Bill VerBoort reported the dairy records processing center has had steady enrollment in the second quarter of the year with more than 950,000 records processed monthly. ATA's net operating results were $9,000 more than the same time last year.
Other Board Action
With the elimination of the embryo transfer form submission requirement, the Association now relies solely on information supplied by breeders on their registration applications. The board took steps to preserve the integrity of Association records by implementing an animal birthdate oversight plan.
This plan incorporates the use of a computer algorithm to identify outlier herds where animals appear to be registered with birthdates beneficial for show ring purposes. These herds may be visited unannounced, prior to any particular show date, for on-farm record audits.
President Cook presided over the reorganization meeting of the board on July 1st. The board welcomed newly-elected Directors Peter Dueppengiesser, Region 1, Steve Keene, At-Large, and Benjamin Newberry, Region 4, along with re-elected Director Mark Kerndt of Iowa. Directors serve three-year terms.
The next scheduled board of directors meeting will be held November 16-17 in Minneapolis, Minn.