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Holstein Foundation Educational Workbooks
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The Holstein Foundation Education Workbooks are a series of booklets designed to provide basic knowledge in a wide range of topics relating to the dairy industry. They are ideal for use by all ages, from junior dairy project member to a coach or leader seeking reference materials.

All of the workbooks can be downloaded free of charge from the Web site in a PDF format.

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Dairy Judging
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Dairy Judging serves as an excellent introductory reference for anyone interested in learning more about evaluating dairy cattle. It covers the PDCA Unified Scorecard, terminology, preparing and presenting oral reasons, and linear evaluation. Practice exercises and resources are provided.

44 pages
Last updated: Feb. 2010

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Judging
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Showring Ready
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Showring Ready - A Beginner's Guide to Showing Dairy Cattle serves as a guide for youth, parents and dairy project leaders who are interested in learning the basic skills associated with caring for and exhibiting dairy cattle at fairs and other shows. Along with the basics, such as washing and halter training, detailed sections cover clipping and showmanship skills. Several pictures are included to help illustrate key points. Resources include heifer growth benchmarks and educational worksheets.

36 pages
Last updated: April 2015

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Pedigree Questions & Answers
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Pedigree Questions & Answers assists young people in learning about pedigree formats, reading pedigrees, and acquiring basic skills in comparing and evaluating pedigrees. Several practical exercises are included.

24 pages
Last updated: Sept. 2013

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Pedigree
   
Understanding Genetics
and the Sire Summaries
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Understanding Genetics and the Sire Summaries was developed to help individuals learn more about dairy cattle genetics and the genetic evaluation system. This workbook covers the biology of genetics, how genetic progress is made, influenced and measured, some of the technology that is used by breeders to speed genetic progress, and a detailed explanation of the Holstein sire summaries. Several educational worksheets are also included.

35 pages
Last updated: January 2015

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World of Dairy Cattle Nutrition
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World of Dairy Cattle Nutrition serves as a basic introduction to ruminant nutrition for young dairy enthusiasts. This workbook and corresponding exercises outlines the digestive system and how it affects individual cow and herd management.

24 pages
Last updated March 2015

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Nutrition
   
Working with Dairy Cattle
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Working with Dairy Cattle provides information that will help make young people's experience of raising a dairy calf both educational and successful. It discusses basic principles such as feeding and caring for an animal, record keeping, marketing, developing and showing animals, developing good personal character and gaining leadership experience.

27 pages
Last Updated: Sept. 2009

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