Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m.
Hosted by: Dutch Hollow Farm, LLC, Schodack Landing, N.Y.
627 Milking/Milk Production
Sponsored by: American Jersey Cattle Association
Dutch Hollow Farm is home to one of the most productive Jersey herds in the U.S. with a rolling herd average exceeding 19,500 lbs. milk at 4.7% fat and 3.6% protein. Since its inception in 1976 by Paul and Melanie Chittenden, the operation has expanded internally to four times its original size as three sons, Brian, Alan and Nathan, have joined the operation, with never a break in production and type improvement. More than 200 cows have achieved lifetime production in excess of 100,000 pounds milk. Three different Million Pound Clubs – a combination of five herdmates with total lifetime production of over 1 million pounds – have been developed and promoted. Dutch Hollow has been arguably the most influential source of polled Jersey genetics in the U.S. for more than 30 years, following the path blazed by Paul's father, Stanley Chittenden, at Fair Weather Farms. Milk is marketed through premium quality cheeses manufactured by Cabot Creamery, the Creamery at Twin Brook and Beecher's Handmade Cheese in New York City. Because the farm is located near major urban areas in the densely populated northeast U.S., the Chittendens are keenly aware of how their farming and animal care practices impact consumer perceptions of the dairy business. In an effort to help educate consumers, the Discovery Dairy Center was opened in 2011. This educational program offers lessons that meet the New York education standards in science, social studies and math for children pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Dutch Hollow Farm was honored as the 2012 Master Breeders of the American Jersey Cattle Association.
Thursday, Oct. 3, Noon
Hosted by: Cinnamon Ridge, Donahue, Iowa
Sponsored by: Lely
For over six generations, the Maxwell family, including brothers John and Edwin, and John's daughters, Amy and Kara, has been farming in Iowa. During that time, Cinnamon Ridge has seen growth, adaptation of new technology and diversification. The farm is named for the "Cinnamon" color of the Jerseys and "Ridge" is for the elevation of the farm. In the last 12 months, the farm has expanded to 260 Jerseys, with a rolling herd average of 21,234 pounds of milk, making them the seventh highest producing Jersey herd in the U.S. This expansion was made possible by the addition of robotics. Cinnamon Ridge is focused on becoming the top Jersey production herd in the nation. Their milk is processed on the farm into cheese, which is sold in the retail store and restaurant on site. In addition to the dairy herd, Cinnamon Ridge is also home to a beef cow and embryo operation, a 10 thousand-head swine facility and poultry egg production. The store and restaurant feature all foods grown at Cinnamon Ridge. There is also an event center that the Maxwells' use for farm tours. The farm hosts 2,500 visitors annually from all over the world. The center is also available for public events, such as weddings, and wine and cheese parties. The Maxwells were honored in 1997 as the National Outstanding Young Farmer.
Thursday Oct. 3, 2 p.m.
Hosted by: Mystic Valley Dairy LLC, Sauk City
Sponsored by: Select Sires, Inc.
Mystic Valley Dairy LLC has developed some of the most influential Holstein bloodlines in the world. Mitch Breunig, his wife, Jackie and children, Alison, Lauren and Brayden, are the owners and operators of Mystic Valley Dairy. The 425-cow herd is home to the Jenny-Lou prefix and herd matriarch, Jenny-Lou Patron Toyane. She is the dam of Toystory, Lou and Trump. Toystory is the only bull in history to have more than 2 million doses sold. Trump is currently a Top 100 Type sire, and Lou is a producer favorite. Other notable families in the herd include Chief Adeen, 2nd-Look Durhm Juba and Mellary Goldwyn Fate. Mystic Valley is a top 10 BAA herd, for their herd size at 106.5 and has won numerous Progressive Breeder Awards. Top genetics isn't their only focus. With great care being given to nutrition and cow comfort, this registered Holstein herd has a rolling herd average of 32,651 pounds of milk with a somatic cell count of just 87,000. The freestall barn features extra wide stalls and additional lunge space. The cows receive a SCR rumination monitor to measure cow health and wellness as well aid in achieving maximum reproductive performance. These combined achievements has led to Mystic Valley marketing an extra 80 cows per year and selling embryos to Germany, the Netherlands, China and Australia.