The dairy is a partnership established in 2004 between Gary and Linda Olson (Glo-Crest Holsteins) and their daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Jay Jauquet. Jay also works as a Regional Sire Analyst for Alta Genetics where he has been employed for 16 years. Gary has been involved with Registered Holsteins his whole life. They have built the herd to today's RHA of 3x 31,013M 1,162F and 953P on 325 cows and a total herd of 650 Registered Holsteins. The milking herd is housed in a 4-row sand-bedded freestall barn and milked in a double-8 parallel parlor.
The emphasis at Synergy Dairy is on breeding moderate size cows with great udders, low SCC, good DPR and high production emphasizing pounds of protein. They utilize embryo transfer and IVF to help grow their best genetic cow families and to be able to send 5-10 bulls into AI service annually.
Jay and Heather's sons, Mason, Carter and Evan, along with their cousins and other local youth enjoy exhibiting Synergy animals at various shows. They are proud of their first Junior All-American nomination this year as well.
Hoof care at Synergy starts with good nutrition and cow comfort. The lactating diet is formulated so it will provide enough physically effective fiber to stimulate chewing. The particle length of the TMR is then closely monitored. Corn silage was harvested as shredlage this past fall, allowing them to remove straw from the lactating cow ration. The starch level in the diet is limited to less than 26% of the total dry matter. In order to meet the ME requirement for a high producing herd without increasing starch levels, the diet incorporates fat in the form of Energy Booster 100. During the summer, the diet is supplemented with higher levels of potassium carbonate. Twenty percent of the added zinc and manganese is from a complexed source (Zinpro).
A copper sulfate footbath is used six days a week for lactating cows and once a week for the dry cows and prefresh group. They find hoof trimming an essential part of their hoof care and have John Thurk in once a month to do a group of 30-40 cows in rotation, including prefresh heifers. They believe none of these management tools is as important as good cow comfort and having a well bedded and groomed sand-filled freestall barn.