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Frank Regan honored as Master Breeder by Iowa Holstein Association

By Jean Caspers-Simmet
simmet@agrinews.com

Date Modified: 04/11/2013 9:03 AM

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DUBUQUE, Iowa —The Iowa Holstein Association honored both established and beginning breeders at its recent annual convention in Dubuque.

The Master Breeder Award was presented to Frank Regan of Waukon. Linda Pagel, Iowa Holstein Association treasurer, and her family present the award each year in memory of her late husband, Russell, a Sumner Holstein breeder.

"I remember well the admiration Russell had for your dad, and you have gone so much further than your Dad or Russell ever dreamed," said Linda Pagel in presenting the award. "You have indeed put Iowa on the map."

Frank along with his brothers, Ron, Charlie and Bill, and his children Brian, Sheri and Sean, and his nephew, Mitch, operate Regancrest Farm in a partnership. They milk 700 cows with plans to reach 900 cows. Their breed average age of 107.2 ranks them top in the nation for herds over 400 cows.

Regancrest not only is known for high type, solid production and show winners, but also for Holsteins with outstanding genetic value. They have received the Progressive Genetics Herd Award for 22 years. More than 75 cows have earned Dam of Merit and more than 50 cows have been recognized as Gold Medal Dams.

Regancrest has over 430 bulls sold into AI. In the Interbull global database, more than 500,000 Holsteins are sired by a Regancrest-bred bull.

Regancrest Elton Durham is one of the most well-known and highly regarded Regancrest bulls. Durham is the No. 1 sire of Excellent cows in the United States with more than 4,400 Excellent daughters. One of their most notable brood cows is the world renowned Snow-N Denises Dellia. Another favorite brood cow is Regancest — PR Barbie. Barbie's granddaughter. Regancrest S. Chassity-ET, was Global Cow of the Year in 2011.

Lance and Jonna Schutte of Monona were recognized as Outstanding Young Holstein Breeder. The couple milks 110 cows with two Lely robotic units in a new 120-stall free stall barn and milk about 30 cows in the old tie stall barn.

Major accomplishments include developing a herd of high producing cows without sacrificing type and building cow families. The breeding program at the couple's Jo-Lane Farm consists of using the best to improve the herd. They use embryo transfer and invitro fertilization practices on the genetically superior and polled animals, along with using high genomic young sires and top proven bulls on the entire herd.

They have been recipients of Holstein's Genetic Herd Award for the past two years, and this past year were awarded the Brown Swiss National Protein Genetic Herd Award.

Robert and Rita Rahe of Dyersville were honored with the Distinguished Service Award. The couple started farming in 1970 and began converting to registered Holsteins in the early 1980s. After 42 years of dairying, they sold their cows in March 2012.