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DIRECTORS' REPORT & RESPONSIBILITIES
OUR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
In setting out our aims and objectives the Trustees have given careful consideration to the Charity Commission’s general guid-
ance on public benefit and in particular to its supplementary public benefit guidance on the advancement of animal welfare, the
advancement of environmental protection or improvement and the advancement of education, and fee charging.
The Charity aims to increase the efficiency of dairy cattle, specifically Holstein and Friesian, in a sustainable manner consist-
ent with the advancement of animal welfare and environmental protection. In doing so, to be recognised as the pre-eminent
Independent Dairy Cattle Breed Society in the world through the provision of animal information and member services.
Membership of the organisation is available not only to those whose interests are in the husbandry of Holstein and Friesian
Cattle, but the wider general public. Within the categories of membership there is a junior section for those aged up to 27 years
of age with similar interest to those above and again this section is not restricted. The Charity also offers a reduced member-
ship for families who wish to maintain a communication with the Charity. The Trustees do not consider the membership fees of
£50 and £10 for the above categories restrictive. Trustees are levied the same fees for services as those incurred by the normal
members of the Charity.
Our key objectives for the year have included the promotion of animal registration and assessment from which the charity
undertook 214,913 registrations of animals. The Charity has established validation process. One of these involves the authen-
tication of parentage via DNA samples. The Charity constantly monitors the level of tests undertaken to ensure an acceptable
compliance level.

Of the 214,913 animals registered with the Charity 136,812 (63%) details were passed to the Cattle Movement Service as pass-
port applications.
During the last financial year the Charity undertook 112,653 inspections of animals which were assessed on 10 varying traits.
The results of these assessments were published in the charity’s journal and are freely available to view on the charities website.
The assessments are acknowledged by the industry for independent use in valuation of animals.

The Charity’s trading subsidiary is actively involved is disease testing and records a number of on farm events both on a com-
pulsory and optional basis. Through its subsidiary the charity undertook work on a electronic medicine book for on farm use
which was successfully entered into the Queens Award for Innovation in 2008.
The Charity helps to facilitate the improvement of the breed through a broad range of research and policy activities; these
include the development of an independent breeding programme (WEBMATE), and a Bull Selector programme. The Charity has
also developed a “Virtual” cow. This offers enormous benefits for education, training and welfare breeding outcomes, and will
be further developed in the forthcoming years. Other research has been targeted towards “Type Merit”, which looks to reduce
the effects of traits that are detrimental to lifespan. These projects are funded directly from within the charities funds and are
intended to assist members with the provision of information and education that allows the highest standards of breeding and
welfare to be met. The Charity has also promoted and arranged a number of on farm health planning meetings throughout the
UK to explain the principles and benefits available to veterinary groups to source heath information available on the charities
website.
The Charity has also been consulted on and responded to matters relating to dairy cattle breeding with Government and other
recognised bodies. Such matters that have arisen recently are the Consultation into Health and Welfare of Dairy Cows by the
Farm Animal Welfare Council, Consultation into Bovine TB compensation arrangements in Wales, and Consultation on the
Responsibility and Cost Sharing with DEFRA.
Information is available to the wider community via the charities own web-site www.holstein-uk.org and via its trading subsidiar-
ies www.thecis.co.uk and www.thecdi.co.uk. The organisation also publishes bi-monthly journals to communicate, and promote
relevant topics to its members.
ANNUAL REPORT 7
2008-2009 Annual Report.indd 9 22/09/2009 16:19:52
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