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Benefits and cash incentives included
New York Holstein membership drive underway

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The New York Holstein Association annual membership drive is underway. There are cash incentives for sing-ups by November 30th.

The organization, founded in 1920, closely follows the words of its mission statement: “To promote the Holstein breed for the economic and social benefit of its Junior and Senior members.”

By becoming a member of New York Holstein, every breeder has the opportunity to take full advantage of the numerous benefits that come with membership.

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of membership is the networking that occurs with other members. Through sharing of information on breeding, marketing, and improved genetics, as well as many other aspects of modern-day dairy farming, members have the opportunity to connect with many of the most successful Holstein breeders in North America.

Nowhere is the opportunity for visibility and networking any greater than through the New York Holstein News, the Association’s monthly publication which is included as a benefit of membership. Sales, shows, special events, breeder and commercial advertising are all included each month. The News is one of only two monthly, state breed organizations sponsored magazines in the United States today. It is also available, at no charge, on the New York Holstein website, www.nyholsteins.com.

New York Holstein also has an excellent cooperative arrangement with Farmshine and Holstein World. You can purchase these publications at a discounted rate right along with your NYHA membership for ongoing coverage of regional and nationwide dairy cattle and events.

Included in State Association membership is membership in local county clubs. This includes voting rights and the ability to participate in local meetings, activities, shows and sales. These local clubs are a great way to meet other local breeder members who share common interests, goals and challenges.

Another benefit of NYHA membership is the savings on registrations when a member is both a state and national member. The possible savings on registrations can quickly cover the $25 cost of membership with Holstein USA and the New York Holstein membership fee of $50 base fee plus $1 per milking animal fee with a 300 cow maximum. New members, who include any person who has not been a member for the last 5 years along with young adults who have just graduated from the junior association, are welcomed with a discounted fee of $30.

Incentives for memberships paid by November 30 earn cash rebates for local clubs. Also given as incentives for memberships paid by November 30 are discount coupons from AI organizations and other participating vendors. This program, implemented by the Membership Committee, this year includes coupons from Taurus Service, Accelerated Genetics, Select Sire-Power, Field of Dreams Genetics, Richard Mellinger Semen Sales, and Animal Medic. This offers a potential savings to members of $165.

Annual events are a big part of New York Holstein available to every member. At the state convention each January, recognition awards, including Young, Active and Retired Master Breeder and others recognize and honor the accomplishments of worthy members. The Convention ET Sale has several times been one of the highest averaging sales in the country. Spring Dairy Carousel, each April, has become an internationally recognized all breed show and sale event drawing animals and people from across the United States and Canada.

The state picnic in the summer, at a different host farm each year, is a day of Holstein fraternity, good food and sometimes a sale.

The Harvest Sale at Halloween time is the breeders’ sale held at Cornell in cooperation with the Cornell Dairy Club. All events, whether offering herd building animals or just the camaraderie of fellow breeders, offer the social and economic benefits our mission statement outlines. Also offered anytime is private treaty sales and marketing.

The Association has multiple member recognition awards including Outstanding Young Breeder, Active Master Breeder, and Retired Master Breeder. These awards celebrate the accomplishments of Association members at the annual convention each January.

The New York Junior Holstein Association, at 1000 members strong, is active, enthusiastic, fun and educational. The $10 membership fee allows members, 21 years old and under, to participate in Convention activities of Dairy Bowl and Jeopardy, Speech Contest, Distinguished Junior Member recognition. A junior judging contest, open to any young person, is held each year at Carousel. Junior members pursuing a college degree in a dairy related field are encouraged to apply for our NYHA Scholarship. To date, over $60,000 has been awarded.

There are many benefits, both social and economic, that come through membership in the New York Holstein Association. Local, state and national levels have offerings for everyone along with the significant possible savings.

For more information on joining NYHA, call Office Manager Jennifer Ginzery at 607-273-7591 or jginzery@nyholsteins.com or Executive Manager Patsy Gifford at 607-316-0867 or pgifford@nyholsteins.com

News Editor Michael McCaffrey is also happy to give you more information at 607-218-6378 or mmccaffrey@nyholsteins.com.

“Please join us and enjoy the benefits of membership,” says Executive Manager Patsy Gifford.