New National Milk Production Record Set

Ever-Green-View My Gold-ET has set a new single-lactation national milk production record. Bred and owned by the Kestell family’s Ever-Green-View Holsteins in Waldo, Wis., My Gold-ET calved at four years and three months, and set a 365-day record of 77,480 pounds of milk, with 1,992 pounds of fat and 2,055 pounds of protein. 

By comparison, the actual production average for all U.S. Holstein herds enrolled in production-testing programs in 2015 was 24,958 pounds of milk, 920 pounds of butterfat and 710 pounds of protein. My Gold’s production breaks the record set by Bur-Wall Buckeye Gigi, owned by Behnke family, Brooklyn, Wis., in 2015, of 74,650 pounds of milk in 365 days. 

“My Gold-ET is an exceptional milk cow that comes from a line of strong genetics. When we produce offspring we never plan on setting another record. Setting a record while surpassing her dam is amazing to me. There is no doubt in my mind that genetics play a role,” explains Tom Kestell. 

Ever-Green-View Holsteins is owned by Tom and Gin Kestell. They milk 94 cows with a BAA of 111.4 percent, and all but three cows are Excellent in the udder. Ever-Green-View’s Rolling Herd Average is 44,122 pounds of milk, 1,680 pounds of fat, and 1,362 pounds of protein.