STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The votes are in for Pennsylvania Holstein Association members’ favorite cows. Several of the cattle will be featured during the next few months, with the complete collection to be included in the June issue of the Holstein Profiles.
The association membership voted from among 24 entries selected by the 100th Anniversary Committee. A painting done by Profiles editor Debbie Cornman will be unveiled and auctioned at the anniversary celebration, Nov. 8-10, 2013, to be held in State College. Prints and notecards will also sold during the celebration.
The first featured cow is Burket-Falls Elevation Sophia, owned and bred by John Burket of East Freedom in Blair County.
Sired by Round Oak Rag Apple Elevation, Sophia was scored EX 93 4E and was a gold medal dam and dam of merit. Born Aug. 8, 1974, she lived to be 16½ years old with a lifetime milk production of 241,000 pounds, 4.1 percent, 10,100 fat. She was All-Pennsylvania 4-year-old in 1979, and nominated Junior All-American from 1979 through 1982.
More than 90 percent of the Burket herd traces back to Sophia on the top and bottom side of the pedigrees.
She is the foundation of five generations of GMD-DOM cows, has produced at least 130 Excellent offspring in the Burket herd, in addition to countless others in different herds, and more than 100 bulls have entered AI from her family.
However, her most distinctive quality is that she is naturally polled and her name can be found in most polled pedigrees today.
For more information, call the Pennsylvania Holstein Association at 814-234-0364.