Holstein Association USA will unveil new “ideal Holstein cow and bull” models on June 30, during the 2016 National Holstein Convention in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Created by renowned agricultural sculptor Carol Herden of Carol’s Original Works in Minnesota, the models were created in the image of the ideal Holstein cow and bull paintings (pictured here), created by Bonnie Mohr in 2012. Holstein enthusiasts will have the opportunity to purchase limited edition models for the first time at the National Holstein Convention.

“We are delighted to pay tribute to our beloved Holstein breed with these new models,” said Holstein Association USA CEO John Meyer. “The paintings we unveiled in 2012 are magnificent in their own right, and now these models bring them to life even further. They provide a 3-D portrayal of the animals registered Holstein breeders across the country are striving for – balanced, functionally correct and profitable.”

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Only 100 limited edition cow models and 50 limited edition bull models will be available for purchase. Each model is hand-painted, individually numbered and comes with a certificate of edition from the sculptor. They are beautifully mounted on an oak base.

In the art and collector world, the lower the number a piece has in a run, the more valuable it is typically considered. The number 11 cow and bull models will be the lowest number models available to the public, and they will be offered at public auction at the start of the National Holstein Convention Sale, June 30, at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Holstein Foundation and its youth and young adult educational programs.


The remaining models will also be available for purchase starting on June 30. Special pricing will be offered for orders placed during the convention. Any remaining models may be purchased through Holstein Association USA.  PD

—From Holstein Association USA news release

PHOTOS: Limited edition “ideal Holstein cow and bull” models will be unveiled at the upcoming Holstein Association USA meeting. The models are based on paintings created by Bonnie Mohr. Photos provided by Holstein Association USA.