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Star Brood Award

The Star Brood Award recognises the impact that cows can have within an individual herd as well as the national herd. Points are awarded to each cow based on the achievements of her progeny, 8 points make a Star.

The minimum compulsory standards to qualify for the award are:

  • Three progeny classified Good Plus (GP) or higher
  • Three progeny with a combined fat and protein of 700kgs on any lactation

The same progeny does not have to qualify for each section; however, they do need to be direct progeny of the cow (sons and daughters) rather than grandsons or daughters.

A qualifying female will receive one star for every eight points achieved by her progeny. If any progeny of a qualifying female earns Star Brood status, they will receive:

  • First star - 2 points
  • Subsequent stars - 1 point per star

As of February 2021, the Star Brood Award is now calculated automatically for all Holstein UK members free of charge. Star Brood Award certificates for individual animals are available on request by contacting the Membership Services team. Cows which achieve Star Brood status will have the number of stars added to their individual pedigree record as well as on registration certificates, online factsheets and herd lists. 

If a member wishes to query the number of stars awarded to a cow, then they should contact the Membership Services team. An investigation fee will be charged for each query.

View your individual Star Brood herd list

Points are awarded as follows:

Classification

Female Classification Points Male Classification Points
GP 1 GP  1
VG  3 VG 2
EX 6 EX  3
Multiple EX    1 point per EX Multiple EX   1 point per EX

Additional points are also awarded for the number of generations of VG / EX (for 3 generations and above). There is no upper limit to the number of generations of VG / EX. Points continue to be awarded so long as each generation achieves VG / EX.

No. of Generations VG / EX Points No. of Generations of VG / EX Points
3 1 8 6
2 9 7
3 10 8
4 11 9
7 5 12 10

Female Production

Points are awarded for animals which receive the Lifetime Production (LP) Award

LP Award Points LP Award Points
LP50 1 LP160 12
LP60 2 LP170 13
LP70 3 LP180 14
LP80 4 LP190 15
LP90 5 LP200 16
LP100 6 LP210 17
LP110 7 LP220 18
LP120 8 LP230 19
LP130 9 LP240 20
LP140 10 LP250 21
LP150 11    

An animal with a Superior Performer (SP) award will receive 3 points.

Heifer Lactation Points 2nd and above Lactations Points
700 kgs F&P 1 800 kgs F&P 1
800 kgs F&P 2 900 kgs F&P 2
900 kgs F&P  3 1000 kgs F&P  3
1000 kgs F&P  4 1100 kgs F&P 4
1100 kgs F&P  5 1200 kgs F&P 5

Male Progeny

Genetic Type Index
For males with a minimum of 65% type merit (TM) reliability

TM 65-84% Points TM 85% and above Points
1.5 3 1.5 6
1.75 4 1.75 8
2.0 5 2.0 10
2.5 6 2.5 12

Male Production PTA
Points are awarded for males with positive PTA values for combined fat and protein kg (CFP)

Reliability % Points
50-69 3
70-80 4
81 and over 5

For bulls over 70% reliability, an additional point is awarded per 10kg CFP e.g., a bull with a PTA of +40kg CFP would receive 8 points.


The table below shows Star Brood Cows with 50 stars or more, as of  December 2021, ranked by the number of stars awarded.

TOPMARK RAIDER RHAPSODY ALMOND 25/06/1994 125
ACECROFT GOLDWYN LILA Z WILLSBRO 05/11/2006 103
ALH POLLY ABSOLUTE 03/06/2006 93
AVENHAM OUTSIDE J ROLLS AVENHAM 07/12/1999 91
CONDON AERO SHARON TALLENT 20/01/1991 89
WOODMARSH ZOEY WOODMARSH 03/06/2005 89
DENMIRE GOLDWYN MARIE 102 DENMIRE 24/09/2008 87
DENMIRE STORM MARIE 12 DENMIRE 03/02/1998 84
BOND HAVEN DIXIE ROX JOYLAN 02/09/1988 84
WINTERSELL MILA 10 WINTERSELL 18/11/2005 83
DENMIRE GIBSON MARIE 22 ABSOLUTE 06/09/2002 81
COPYWOOD INTEGRITY SARA RED RIVERDANE 01/04/1999 77
RIDGEFIELD GOLD LUST WILLSBRO 01/07/2007 76
CLAYDEN ASTRE RHAPSODY 2 WILLSBRO 14/05/1998 75
RIVERDANE ROSE WILLSBRO 16/06/2007 72
STANNOCK FORMATION RICKI ERROLSTON 05/01/2000 72
SHERDON LUCINE SHERDON 27/09/1995 70
SMIDDIEHILL DURM ASHLYN RIVERDANE 01/12/2005 68
PRIMSLAND INSPIRATION KIMO PAINLEY 09/08/1989 68
WILLSBRO SHOTTLE ROXY 2 WILLSBRO 16/05/2007 67
COMESTAR ORALIE PRELUDE WEETON 02/03/1994 67
STARDALE LEADER ROXY WILLSBRO 17/11/1998 65
COGENT LUKAS MADELINE BB 19/09/1998 64
CURTISMILL GOLDWYN ODYSSEY CURTISMILL 18/02/2006 62
WILLSBRO G C PAMMY WILLSBRO 07/12/2012 62
OVERSIDE JED AMANDA OVERSIDE 20/06/1996 61
RELOUGH DANTE DANNA 3 RELOUGH 28/03/2001 60
JOYLAN BLACKSTAR ROXIE RELOUGH 24/06/1993 60
RELOUGH WADE ROXIE RELOUGH 11/02/1998 60
FIELD OF DREAMS FORMATION ERLE SMIDDIEHILL 15/04/1999 58
HEMBLE BROKER HONEY 2 ALANDREW 24/03/1992 57
PREHEN GOLDWYN FROUKJE PREHEN 23/10/2006 57
WOODMARSH FORMATION MELODY 4 WOODMARSH 21/10/1997 57
COLDSPRINGS ROYAL A RED BUTLERSARMS 23/08/1988 56
HORIZON JUB HELENE WHARTONSPOOL 28/12/1991 56
RIDGEFIELD STORM GHOST 2 CARITAS 20/08/1999 56
STARDALE BLACK VAAKJE 3 STARDALE 15/08/1982 55
DENMIRE MORTY MARIE 33 DENMIRE 03/03/2004 54
SPRING-GROVE STORM ROSE HOLMLAND 20/02/1998 52
HANOVERHILL JUROR MEGGIE HILLTARA 05/07/1997 52
RIVERDANE SHOTTLE AMBER WILLSBRO 13/09/2009 52
SAMHAVEN SECOND LOOK AUGUST TONIAN 18/09/1997 51
FLEURY NICK LUEUR CIDERHOUSE 02/07/1991 50
ARDS DUPLEX O RUTH INGLEVIEW 12/01/2006 50
WILLSBRO NIAGRA PAMMY WILLSBRO 22/12/2010 50
BILSROW SR SHOWER BILSROW 20/11/1997 50

Last updated 01-Jan-22