Witter Center’s dairy herd ranked fourth in the nation, best in New England

The herd of Holsteins at the University of Maine’s J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center was ranked fourth among U.S. colleges and universities by the Holstein Association for its 2020 Top Breed Age Average. The designation places the Witter Center’s herd at the top among New England colleges and universities.

Breed Age Average compares the characteristics of an animal or herd to the breed’s average for an animal of similar age and stage of lactation. The Witter Center’s ranking is a product of careful stewardship of the herd’s breeding program, which has led to new additions that increase the center’s score as they mature into milking age.