Archive for May 2019

ATTENTION:  Dairy Farmer Cooperatives – Align, Merge or Die!

For the last century dairy farmers have successfully joined together for mutual benefit and, as a result, that joining has facilitated very significant improvement in all aspects of dairying. However, whether today’s farmer cooperatives recognize or admit it, working together in dairying in the form of cooperatives, associations, societies and alliances is currently under challenge. Challenges, especially on value-added and effectiveness will come from competitors offering enhanced, expanded and linked services for dairy farms. Tomorrow’s farms will list quite different priorities in services needed. These different priorities and the rapidly changing dairy economy mean that cooperatives will need to adjust their services in order to stay relevant.

This Bullvine article is a call-to-action for farmer cooperative organizations to address the future and to work with other organizations for the benefit of farms and members. Cooperatives that primarily focus on their organization’s past success will be recorded in the history books as a tool no longer used.

Is Your Organizations Involved?

Every organization that has a dairy producer board of directors that sets policy provides direction oversees finances and serves dairy farms is subject to the challenges. Farmer organizations were established when there were seven to ten times more farms than those currently shipping milk. Most cooperatives started as a specific service or as regional groups. Over time they have grown the size of the areas serviced but have not necessarily expanded the scope and effectiveness of the services provided.

Tomorrow’s dairy farmers need their cooperatives to remove duplication, eliminate ineffective programs and to increase the effectiveness of services retained. Often cooperatives are slow to critically evaluate and improve or eliminate member services.

These challenges must be addressed by all cooperatives – breeds, herd/milk recording, artificial insemination, milk and genetic marketing, input buying groups, milk transport, farm supplies, data/genetic analysis and any other cooperative seeking to a share of time and money from dairy farms.  

Is Your Cooperative Ahead of the Challenges or Falling Behind?

We are talking about CHANGE. Dairy farming is no longer characterized by labour-intensive, stand-alone enterprises with less than 100 cows. Today’s dairies and those that survive into the future will be specialized in scope and programs. Narrow margins mean that farms and their service organizations must focus on increased efficiency and effectiveness. In general, consumers want cheap food of high quality. For processors and stores that means listening to and not telling customers what they will get and what they will pay. Consumers will set the standards and the products. Tomorrow’s new consumers will live in Africa and Asia, as that is where population growth will occur.

Farmer cooperatives once had a single focus and ‘life was fine’. Breeds registered animals and may have assisted with animal marketing. DHI’s milk recorded the cows and details to manage by. A.I. sampled bulls and inseminated females. Milk marketing cooperatives bargained for price. Data centres analyzed and reported. In the past, farmer cooperatives provided most of the services needed on-farm except for animal health, equipment and financial services. In improvement cooperatives, the technology was not advanced. Reasonably priced labour accounted for 60-70% of total costs. Travel was relatively inexpensive, and farms were not demanding in the scope of information they wanted to know. (Read about future data needs at  Owner Collected Data: The Future of the Dairy Industry) Government services filled in where cooperatives did not provide.

Yesterday Is Gone

But that was yesterday and yesterday is gone! The technical and legal reasons as to why cooperatives were started no longer exist. Tomorrow’s farms will buy and use services based on value-added and/or cost-benefit.

The Changing Scope of Tomorrow’s Services

Dairy farms will require an extensive array of linked services all the way from inputs to the point of sale of product. In some cases, farms will be very large and will be vertically integrated from the soil to the consumer.

Overall, farm performance and profit will be more important than purity and individual animal performance. Services will cover all animals on the far, not just milking cows. Feed conversion, animal health and welfare and future consumer product buying decisions will be added to selection and improvement programs. Technology will replace labour and will greatly enhance decision making. Specific nutrients in feed will be integral to feeding regimes.  In total, dairy farming will be all-encompassing, and the services used on-farm will be markedly different. So will the sources that win the privilege of providing what is needed.

Private Companies Will Take on Whatever Services Cooperatives Ignore

Where once farmer cooperatives were the primary providers of service, private providers have filled in when farmer needs expanded, and services became more sophisticated.  A need was seen and answered.

Private or Cooperatives – Improvement Will Occur

On-farm improvement, profit and success will take place no matter whether the service provider is a cooperative or a private company. Current cooperatives that have stood still and not increased scope or benefits to their services will be left behind.

What are Progressive Cooperatives Doing?

Progressive cooperatives have expanded their scope of services or joined forces with other cooperatives or private companies to provide a more complete scope of services.  A.I. organizations have done extensive combining and expanding over the past fifty years. Breed societies have been the sector most determined not to join with others. With herd recording falling in between the other two.

The need to combine is not new to 2019. Cooperatives have been joining and expanding services for quite some time. The global list is long – LIC (NZ), Select Sires (US), CRV (NL & BE), Semex (CA), Viking Genetics (Scandinavia), Milk Marketing Board (UK, later disbanded by the government), Fonterra (Oceania), … and many more.

Recent examples of combining/aligning include URUS (US cooperative CRI and NL private Koepon Holdings); and Lactanet (effective June 01, CDN, Valacta and CanWest DHI will be combined in CA).

At present, there are farmer boards or trade associations planning their futures where they may be part of a combined or aligned organization.

Is it too Late for Some Cooperatives?

Yes, the time is up for farmer cooperatives which are standing still on providing and implementing value-added services. Other organizations, some of them global, are expanding to compete with the services that the standstill cooperatives have provided.

Many services are going private company or global. Where once farmers felt it necessary that their country have its own national cooperative services. It won’t be long until there are discussions on having an international animal registry, herd recording and genetic evaluation services? Already there are proprietary company genetic indexes.

Is Your Cooperative Ready for Vertical Integration?

In the future, vertically integrated farming companies will provide all their own on-farm services and may outsource for new progressive value-added services.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

The tradition of farmer cooperatives has been to stick with their tried and true limited scope of services. For them, change or die is written on the wall. Their choices include: immediately provide much more value to users; combine with partners to save costs and add value; or close the doors and save their members the expense.

 By the time farmers discontinue the use of their cooperative’s services, it will be too late for those organizations to be able to take items of value to another organization.

Dairy farmers wanting to see their farmer-owned cooperatives continue need to stop being silent and demand dynamic progressive action by their leaders.

No matter the outcome on who provides on-farm services, the positive outcome is that dairy farms will be well served in the future.

Owner Collected Data: The Future of the Dairy Industry

Traditionally, in dairy cattle breeding, it has been a rule that only third party captured and verified data had been allowed to be published. By extension, anything less than that is considered second rate and must not be published. Is that the way for the future? The Bullvine is laying all the cards on the table so tomorrow’s dairy people can see both from the past and to the future.

What’s Behind Us?

Over the past 150 years, investors put their dollars down and imported dairy breeds into their countries. To protect their investments, they started their own breed societies to record and verify lineage. DHI’s were started to authenticate yield and % Fat and for management purposes. Independent expert conformation evaluators were hired to compare animals to a visual ideal. All these steps were used to confirm that the animals were what their owners claimed them to be in most countries, that has been the basis for publishing performance and genetic information for commercial purposes.

Minimum accuracy levels of at least 80% REL, were required for listing sire daughter proofs until genomic indexing came on stream a decade ago. DHIR cow records were considered to be accurate, only requiring monthly DHI supervisor visit results being used in the calculations of lactation totals. Owner recorded production records were not considered unbiased and publishable. The functionality of a cow was determined by breed society conformation scoring.

Everyone Benefited

Breeders that have been marketing breeding stock received financial benefit by having publishable information to document the animals they were selling. Breed societies gained memberships and business because cattle owners wanted to be part of the selling crowd. DHI’s benefited through dairy farmers participating in their programs. A.I. benefited because dairy farmers could trust the published information on their sires. Researchers benefited because they had reliable data to analyze. Genetic evaluation centres helped by knowing the data they used could be depended upon as accurate and third-party verified. Internationally standards were developed for all forms of dairy cattle data and rules and regulations were adhered to. Dairy farmers benefited because they had information to breed, feed, manage and perhaps market their animals. Moreover, so dairy cattle genetic and actual performance advancement occurred at a slow to moderate rate.

Past Data Collection will not take your Dairy into the Future

Dairy folks have been trained to require 90+% accuracy when making sire selection decisions. However, the fact is that the last 5-10% in accuracy for a few traits is too costly for what it adds in improving overall herd profitability. Having expanded information from many more observations including health, reproductive, efficiency and functional traits that directly influence bottom line profit far out-weigh the last ten per cent inaccuracy for any single trait.  Furthermore, beyond genetics, the expanded animal data will be very valuable for nutrition, management and business purposes.

Dairy Data Isn’t the Destination

For many dairy people, who are comfortable with the past, the future with automated systems looks frightening. Yet for many progressive dairy people wanting to advance and to be viable and sustainable, they realize that the future provides opportunities when it comes to animal information and how to use it.

The following are some Factors that will mark the Turning Point in Data Collection:

  • Animal parentage will be determined using a sample supplied to a DNA lab. Tomorrow’s breeders will target the gene composition of their animals – much more than breed purity.
  • Only the genetically elite purebred females will be selling for more than their value as milk producers. The days of $3000+ for above average bred heifers are behind us.
  • The most accurate lactation information for a cow will be the on-farm computer captured weights and compositions from every milking during a lactation. Soon there will be routinely calibrated devices accurately to measure %fat, %protein and udder health, with more measurements to come, at the parlour level. A cow measured 100 to 900 times in a lactation will have more accurate information than from 4-8 supervised test day samples run through an internationally certified lab. Since all cows in a herd will have data captured using the same device, within-herd comparisons will be accurate.
  • Dairy managers will require more milking cow information on health, feed conversion/feed intake, stress factors, rumination, mobility, reproduction, and more. They will want the information instantaneously with all on-farm data capture systems linked, combined and modelled in order to feed, breed and manage in real time.
  • Dairy managers will also want on-farm data capture and analysis systems that include calves, heifers and dry cows.
  • Herds will be mated on an animal group basis, determined by genetic merit, instead of animal phenotype. Epigenetics and nutrigenetics information will be used when making mating decisions.
  • Genomic indexes will increase in accuracy, to 80%-90% REL, within the next decade provided there is phenotypic data captured on-farm and shared to central databases for analysis.
  • 95+% of the sires used will be genomically evaluated, and their sexed semen will produce 95+% female offspring. There will be no need to keep sires in stud after 50,000 doses have been frozen.
  • The availability of more and more on-farm economically relevant data will far out-weigh the value of third-party verified data on a limited number of traits for 95+% of dairy farms.
  • Plan for the rate of change and animal improvement to be even faster in the future.
  • Tomorrow’s dairy operators will require all the data, from the field to the fork, to be successful.

Are There Steps to Get to the Future?      

The short answer is yes. However, it will require proactive and dynamic decisions by the dairy industry:

  1. Dairy people will decide for themselves what individual dairy animal data and information they will consider, trust and use.
  2. Individual animal data/information, when published, will be labelled as to the data source.
  3. On-line apps will be used for sourcing, comparing and benchmarking data and information.
  4. Computer software-based learning technologies will provide herd managers with comprehensive and forecasting models, so dairy enterprise plans and strategies can be achieved.
  5. Dairy cattle owners will focus their genetic improvement planning on their herd’s economically important needs.
  6. Private company proprietary genetic indexes are here to stay. Companies will need to be able to show relevance and accuracy for their indexes.

Time and technology will wait for no person. You will either be with or ahead of change, or you will quickly finish behind the pack.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

‘The bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn.’

Past measures that were in place to protect the innocent from wrong information have served the dairy improvement industry well. However, the future will use animal data and information much differently.

Dairy people, their advisors and service providers, are already in the Age of Data Super Power. The volume of data will increase exponentially. The large volume of data points for many more factors will lead to high overall accuracy and facilitate dairy farm success.

Organizations and breeders that stick with the past will remain in the past. In the future individuals and organizations that implement new procedures, new technology, new systems and new disclosure and accountability protocols will be the leaders.

 

 

 

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Western Spring National Red & White Holstein Show 2019

Date: May 16th, starts at 12 noon local time (2pm EST)
Judge: Nathan Thomas
Location: Richmond, Utah.

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GRAND CHAMPION: ARROYO-VISTA PAT-RA-RED-ET (PAT),1ST JUNIOR 3-YEAR-OLD, CAL CAB HOLSTEINS, GRAISSON & MANDY SCHMIDT, PAT & STEVE MADDOX, CA
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION: HOL-STAR MALO ROZ-RED-ET (MALONE), 1ST 4-YEAR OLD, CONNOR CORREIA, CA
HM GRAND CHAMPION: MS BARB ACT BEAUTY-RED-ET (ACTION), 2ND 4-YEAR-OLD, BEAUTY SYNDICATE (MADDOX, SCHMIDT, BERRY & T&L CATTLE), CA

SENIOR CHAMPION: HOL-STAR MALO ROZ-RED-ET (MALONE), 1ST 4-YEAR OLD, CONNOR CORREIA, CA
RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION: MS BARB ACT BEAUTY-RED-ET (ACTION), 2ND 4-YEAR-OLD, BEAUTY SYNDICATE (MADDOX, SCHMIDT, BERRY & T&L CATTLE), CA
HM SENIOR CHAMPION: KNOTT-RUN CON ITTYBITTY-RED (CONTENDER), 1ST AGED COW, MICHAEL BRUBAKER, ID

SENIOR & GRAND CHAMPION OF THE JUNIOR SHOW: HOL-STAR MALO ROZ-RED-ET (MALONE), 1ST 4-YEAR-OLD, CONNOR CORREIA, CA

ARROYO-VISTA PAT RA-RED-ET
Intermediate Champion
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Cal Cab Holsteins, Graisson & Mandy Schmidt Pat & Steve Madd, Riverdale, CA

INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION: ARROYO-VISTA PAT-RA-RED-ET (PAT),1ST JUNIOR 3-YEAR-OLD, CAL CAB HOLSTEINS, GRAISSON & MANDY SCHMIDT, PAT & STEVE MADDOX, CA
RESERVE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION: RUANN A BONNIE-65924-RED-ET (AVALANCHE) 1ST SENIOR 2-YEAR-OLD, STEVE & PAT MADDOX, CA
HM INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION: YARD-O-UTE MA GINGER-RED-ET (MALONE), 1ST SENIOR 3-YEAR-OLD, WADE YARDLEY UT

SCENIC-EDGE JORDAN-RED
Junior Champion – Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Jacey Ross, GILA BEND, AZ

Junior Champion: Scenic-Edge Jordan-Red (Jordy), 1st Summer Yearling, Jacey Ross, AZ
Reserve Junior Champion: Roll-N-View 1Moretime-Red (Jordy), 1st Fall Calf, Mitchell Coleman and Kestin Martin, CA
HM Junior Champion:Midway Jordy Ariza-Red-ET (Jordy), 1st Spring Yearling, Ty Ross, AZ

Winter Heifer Calf

Born December 1st, 2018 to February 28th, 2019


PAPPYS AVALNCH READY-RED-ET
1st place Winter Heifer Calf
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Kylie Konyn, Escondido, CA

  1. PAPPYS AVALNCH READY-RED-ET, 8403201362738
    Kylie Konyn, Escondido, CA

Fall Heifer Calf

Born September 1st, 2018 to November 30th, 2019

  1. ROLL-N-VIEW 1MORETIME-RED, 840003140280387
    Mitchell Coleman, Turlock, CA
  2. WINSTAR JORDY 1701-RED-ET, 8403200121982
    John Andersen, American Falls, ID
  3. WINSTAR JORDY 1697-RED-ET, 8403145980323
    Kayd,Taryn,Slayter,Coltyr,Syree,& Denim,Kinsley Goss&Dutcher, Merino, CO
  4. TOLAMIKA UNSTB DYNAMITE-RED-TW, CAN13217448
    Danica Rupard, Ephrata, WA

Summer Yearling Heifer

Born June 1st, 2018 to August 31st, 2018

  1. SCENIC-EDGE JORDAN-RED, 8403134706675
    Jacey Ross, GILA BEND, AZ
  2. BUTTER-DELL DIAM GEORGI-RED, 8403147814493
    Kent & Daniel Buttars, UT

Spring Yearling Heifer

Born March 1st, 2018 to May 31st, 2019

  1. MIDWAY JORDY ARIZA-RED-ET, 8403149753976
    Ty Ross, Gila Bend, AZ
  2. PAPPYS AVALNCH RENEE-RED-ET, HO840F3139659195
    Ty Jacey & Hadley Ross, UT

Fall Yearling Heifer

Born September 1st, 2017 to November 30th, 2017

  1. ARB-FLO-SPR HONEYBUN-RED-ET, 8403146448910
    Hadley Ross, Gila Bend, AZ

Senior Two Year Old Cow (must have freshened)

Born between September 1st, 2016 and February 28th, 2017

RUANN A BONNIE-65924-RED-ET
1st place Senior Two Year Old
Western Spring National Red & White Holstein Show 2019
Steve & Pat Maddox, Riverdale, CA

  1. RUANN A BONNIE-65924-RED-ET, 3138307658
    Steve & Pat Maddox, Riverdale, CA
  2. ST-JACOB DESTRY LAVA-RED-ET, 8403137522977
    John Conrad, EskDale, UT

Junior Three Year Old Cow

Born between March 1st, 2016 and August 31st, 2016

ARROYO-VISTA PAT RA-RED-ET
1st place Junior Three Year Old
Western Spring National Red & White Holstein Show 2019
Cal Cab Holsteins, Graisson & Mandy Schmidt Pat & Steve Maddox, Riverdale, CA

  1. ARROYO-VISTA PAT RA-RED-ET, HO840F3130272580
    Cal Cab Holsteins, Graisson & Mandy Schmidt Pat & Steve Madd, Riverdale, CA

Senior Three Year Old Cow

Born between September 1st, 2015 and February 29th, 2016

YARD-O-UTE MA GINGER-RED-ET
1st place Senior Three Year Old
Western Spring National Red & White Holstein Show 2019
Wade Yardley, Lehi, UT

  1. YARD-O-UTE MA GINGER-RED-ET, USA143560276
    Wade Yardley, Lehi, UT
  2. ESKDALE EFFECT LUCKY-RED, 8403134516378
    John Conrad, EskDale, UT

Four Year Old Cow

Born between September 1st, 2014 and August 31st, 2015

  1. HOL-STAR MALO ROZ-RED-ET, HOUSAF73507468
    Senior Champion
    Grand Champion – Reserve
    Connor Correia, Tulare, CA
  2. MS BARB ACT BEAUTY-RED-ET, HO840F3125564023
    Senior Champion – Reserve
    Beauty Syndicate Maddox, Schmidt, Berry, T&L Cattle, Riverdale, CA

Six Year Old and Older Cow

Born before September 1st, 2013

KNOTT-RUN CON ITTYBITTY-RED,
1st place Mature Cow
Western Spring National Red & White Holstein Show 2019
Michael Brubaker, Buhl, ID

  1. KNOTT-RUN CON ITTYBITTY-RED, USA142280430
    Michael Brubaker, Buhl, ID
  2. PRIDE-JS JACK 821-RED, USA71486551
    Bracken Schumann, Richmond, UT

Premier Exhibitor Banner

  1. ESKDALE DAIRY / JOHN CONRAD
    ESKDALE, UT, SK
  2. KNOTT-RUN FARMS LLC. / MICHAEL BRUBAKER
    BUHL, ID
  3. RUANN GENETICS / STEVE & PAT MADDOX
    RIVERDALE, CA
  4. CONNOR CORREIA
    TULARE, CA
  5. YARD-O-UTE HOLSTEINS / WADE YARDLEY
    LEHI, UT
  6. CAL CAB HOLSTEINS, GRAISSON & MANDY SCHMIDT, PAT & STEVE MADDOX / CAL CAB HOLSTEINS, GRAISSON & MANDY SCHMIDT PAT & STEVE MADD
    RIVERDALE, CA
  7. SCHUTIME / BRACKEN SCHUMANN
    RICHMOND, UT, ON
  8. GRAISSON & MANDY SCHMIDT, STEVE & PAT MADDOX, T&L CATTLE, MIKE BERRY / BEAUTY SYNDICATE MADDOX, SCHMIDT, BERRY, T&L CATTLE
    RIVERDALE, CA

Premier Breeder Banner

  1. RUANN
  2. HOL-STAR
  3. KNOTT-RUN
  4. YARD-O-UTE
  5. ARROYO-VISTA

Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019

Date: May 16th, starts at 12 noon local time (2pm EST)
Judge: Nathan Thomas
Location: Richmond, Utah.

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APGAMBO ATWOOD KEENAN
Grand Champion – Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Alex Gambonini, Steve & Pat Maddox Graisson & Mandy Schmidt, Riverdale, CA

GRAND CHAMPION: APGRAMBO ATWOOD KEENAN (ATWOOD), 1ST 5-YEAR-OLD, ALEX GAMBONINI, STEVE & PAT MADDOX, GRAISSON & MANY SCHMIDT, CA
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION: ARROYO-VISTA PAT-RA-RED-ET (PAT),1ST JUNIOR 3-YEAR-OLD, CAL CAB HOLSTEINS, GRAISSON & MANDY SCHMIDT, PAT & STEVE MADDOX, CA
HM GRAND CHAMPION: PAPPYS ATWOOD FELMA (ATWOOD), 1ST AGED COW PAPPYS FARMS LLC, UT

APGAMBO ATWOOD KEENAN
Senior Champion – Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Alex Gambonini, Steve & Pat Maddox Graisson & Mandy Schmidt, Riverdale, CA

SENIOR CHAMPION: APGRAMBO ATWOOD KEENAN (ATWOOD), 1ST 5-YEAR-OLD, ALEX GAMBONINI, STEVE & PAT MADDOX, GRAISSON & MANY SCHMIDT, CA
RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION: PAPPYS ATWOOD FELMA (ATWOOD), 1ST AGED COW PAPPYS FARMS LLC, UT
HM SENIOR CHAMPION: PAPPYS EMPHASIS VELVET (EMPHASIS),N 1ST PRODUCTION COW, PAPPYS FARM LLC, UT

HOL-STAR MALO ROZ-RED-ET
Grand Champion of the Junior Show
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Connor Correia, Tulare, CA

SENIOR & GRAND CHAMPION OF THE JUNIOR SHOW: HOL-STAR MALO ROZ-RED-ET (MALONE), 1ST 4-YEAR OLD, CONNOR CORREIA, CA
RESERVE SENIOR & GRAND CHAMPION OF THE JUNIOR SHOW: RYAN-CREST HNOTIC ELANAH-ET (HYPNOTIC), 1ST SENIOR 2-YEAR-OLD, CHLOE & CHASE VANDEREYK, CA
HM SENIOR & GRAND CHAMPION OF THE JUNIOR SHOW: ROLL-N-VIEW BRADNICK EMV (BRADNICK), 7TH SENIOR 3-YEAR-OLD, DONOVAN MIGUEL, CA

ARROYO-VISTA PAT RA-RED-ET
Intermediate Champion
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Cal Cab Holsteins, Graisson & Mandy Schmidt Pat & Steve Maddox, Riverdale, CA

INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION: ARROYO-VISTA PAT-RA-RED-ET (PAT),1ST JUNIOR 3-YEAR-OLD, CAL CAB HOLSTEINS, GRAISSON & MANDY SCHMIDT, PAT & STEVE MADDOX, CA
RESERVE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION: RYAN-CREST HNOTIC ELANAH-ET (HYPNOTIC), 1ST SENIOR 2-YEAR-OLD, CHLOE & CHASE VANDEREYK, CA
HM INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION: WHEY-MAT BRADY QUEEN (BRADY), 1ST SENIOR 3-YEAR-OLD, MATT & LENA LEAK, UT

RYAN-CREST HNOTIC ELANAH-ET
Intermediate Champion of the Junoir Show
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Chloe and Chase VanderEyk, Tipton, CA

INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION OF THE JUNIOR SHOW: RYAN-CREST HNOTIC ELANAH-ET (HYPNOTIC), 1ST SENIOR 2-YEAR-OLD, CHLOE & CHASE VANDEREYK, CA
RESERVE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION OF THE JUNIOR SHOW: ROLL-N-VIEW BRADNICK EMV (BRADNICK), 7TH SENIOR 3-YEAR-OLD, DONOVAN MIGUEL, CA
HM INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION OF THE JUNIOR SHOW: WHEY-MAT SID TESLA-ET (SID), 5TH JUNIOR 3-YEAR-OLD, MATT & LENA LEAK, UT

SCENIC-EDGE JORDAN-RED
Junior Champion – Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Jacey Ross, GILA BEND, AZ

Junior Champion: Scenic-Edge Jordan-Red (Jordy), 1st Summer Yearling, Jacey Ross, AZ
Reserve Junior Champion: Budjon-Abbott Ava Amanda-ET (Avalanche), 1st Fall Calf, Brandon Almeida, CA
HM Junior Champion: Ruann Jest Kingpin-80236 (Kingpin), 1st Spring Yearling, Steve & Pat Maddox, CA

Junior Champion of the Junior Show: Scenic-Edge Jordan-Red (Jordy), 1st Summer Yearling, Jacey Ross, AZ
Reserve Champion of the Junior Show: Roll-N-View 1Moretime-Red (Jordy-Red), 1st Fall Calf, Mitchell Coleman and Kestin Martin, CA
HM Junior Champion of the Junior Show: Whey-Mat Undenied Kelsi (Undenied), Kael Leak, UT

Premier Breeder: Pappys Farms LLC, UT
Premier Exhibitor: Arizona Dairy, Ty, Jacey & Hadley Ross, AZ

Winter Heifer Calf

Born December 1st, 2018 to February 28th, 2019


PAPPYS AVALNCH READY-RED-ET
1st place Winter Heifer Calf
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Kylie Konyn, Escondido, CA

  1. PAPPYS AVALNCH READY-RED-ET, 8403201362738
    Kylie Konyn, Escondido, CA
  2. YARD-O-UTE DIAMONDBACK 3107, 8403204072550
    Wade Yardley, Lehi, UT
  3. SKYKOMISH UNDENIED AMBER-ET, HOUSAF144693795
    Michael Oliver, Zillah, WA
  4. CALORI-D BEEMER RACED-ET, HO840F3204215109
    Jeff Maxey, CO
  5. SKYKOMISH TATOO ALICE-ET, HOUSAF144693768
    Sutton Russell, NM
  6. PAPPYS SANDSTORM RATTLE, 8403201362741
    Jeff Maxey, CO
  7. BUTTER-DELL HYPNOTIC GIA, 8403147814547
    Kent & Daniel Buttars, UT

Fall Heifer Calf

Born September 1st, 2018 to November 30th, 2019

BUDJON-ABBOTT AVA AMANDA
1st place Fall Heifer Calf
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Brandon Almeida, Hilmar, CA

  1. BUDJON-ABBOTT AVA AMANDA-ET, HO840F3200059506
    Brandon Almeida, Hilmar, CA
  2. ROLL-N-VIEW 1MORETIME-RED, 840003140280387
    Mitchell Coleman, Turlock, CA
  3. WHEY-MAT UNDENIED KELSI, 8403150592983
    Matti,Kael,Trey,Kayson,Stockton Leak, Cornish, UT
  4. WHEY-MAT DOORMAN SILVERADO, 8403150592992
    Matt and Lena Leak, Cornish, UT
  5. PAPPYS SOLOMON RASH-ET, 8403201362717
    Pappys Farms LLC, Farr West, UT
  6. WHEY-MAT DOORMAN BERLIN-ET, 8403150592985
    Matt and Lena Leak, Cornish, UT
  7. WOODMANSEES DRMN BLUSH-ET, HO840F3151980880
    Steve & Pat Maddox, Riverdale, CA
  8. LORITA DOC LEA, 840003136008701
    Mitchell Coleman, Turlock, CA
  9. MS SKYKOMISH SLOMON ABBY-ET, HOUSAF144628250
    Michael Oliver, Zillah, WA
  10. BLACKSTONE SOLOMON MIS DIOR, 8403200121995
    Zachary Damrow, Pocatello, ID
  11. WINSTAR JORDY 1701-RED-ET, 8403200121982
    John Andersen, American Falls, ID
  12. WINSTAR JORDY 1697-RED-ET, 8403145980323
    John Andersen, American Falls, ID
  13. BLACKSTONE ALL GIVENCHY-ET, 8403145980319
    Zachary Damrow, Pocatello, ID
  14. WHEY-MAT BYWAY JETTA, 8403150592984
    Jeremiah Lungwitz, CO
  15. TOLAMIKA UNSTB DYNAMITE-RED-TW, CAN13217448
    Danica Rupard, Ephrata, WA
  16. DOUBLETREE BLAKE GIGI, 8403200373290
    Doubletree Dairy, Holden, UT
  17. BUTTER-DELL DRIVE DONETTA, 8403147814520
    Harris Mickelson, ID
  18. PAPPYS AVALANCHE ROSEANN-ET, HO840F3201362723
    Steven Roberts, ID

Summer Yearling Heifer

Born June 1st, 2018 to August 31st, 2018

SCENIC-EDGE JORDAN-RED
1st place Summer Yearling
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Jacey Ross, GILA BEND, AZ

  1. SCENIC-EDGE JORDAN-RED, 8403134706675
    Jacey Ross, GILA BEND, AZ
  2. RUANN DOC GLORY-83405-ET, HO840F3148330469
    Steve & Pat Maddox, Riverdale, CA
  3. JO-COSTA SOL MELINDA 69201, 840003199692808
    Mitchell Coleman, Turlock, CA
  4. MS ST-JACOB DMNDBACK BEV-ET, HOUSAF144551095
    Michael Oliver, Zillah, WA
  5. PAPPYS AVALANCHE RAISIN-ET, 8403139659216
    Pappys Farms LLC, Farr West, UT
  6. BUTTER-DELL DIAM GEORGI-RED, 8403147814493
    Kent & Daniel Buttars, UT
  7. MS ESKDALE CRUSH RAVING-ET, 8403139120108
    John Conrad, EskDale, UT
  8. WINSTAR DOC 5101-ET, 8403150919197
    John Andersen, American Falls, ID
  9. UTAG ARCHRIVAL ELLEN, 8403149239995
    Utah State University, Wellsville, UT
  10. CANYON-BREEZE UNDEN CARESS, 8403129405387
    Sutton Russell, NM

Spring Yearling Heifer

Born March 1st, 2018 to May 31st, 2019

RUANN JEST KINGPIN
1st place Spring Yearling
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Steve & Pat Maddox, Riverdale, CA

  1. RUANN JEST KINGPIN-80236, 8403147999200
    Steve & Pat Maddox, Riverdale, CA
  2. LEAKBROS DRIVE SUNDAY, 8403150592961
    Matt and Lena Leak, Cornish, UT
  3. MIDWAY JORDY ARIZA-RED-ET, 8403149753976
    Ty Ross, Gila Bend, AZ
  4. VELA-NOVAGEN SOLO SIREN-ET, 8403150318746
    Lourenco Pires, Modesto, CA
  5. MILKSOURCE GOLD MAVERICK-ET, 840003132912640
    Mitchell Coleman, Turlock, CA
  6. PAPPYS AVALANCHE RITA-ET, 8403139659188
    Wade Yardley, Lehi, UT
  7. YARD-O-UTE MCCUTCHEN GINGER, 8403139853714
    Wade Yardley, Lehi, UT
  8. OUR-FAVORITE CHARMING-ET, 8403146397666
    Ty Ross, Gila Bend, AZ
  9. BLACKSTONE DOORMAN PRADA-ET, 8403145980141
    Zachary Damrow, Pocatello, ID
  10. PAPPYS D BACK BEAUTY-ET, 8403139659192
    Wadeland South Dairy LLC, UT
  11. PAPPYS CINDERDOOR ROSANN, 8403139659193
    Jeremiah Lungwitz, CO
  12. PAPPYS AVALNCH RENEE-RED-ET, HO840F3139659195
    Ty Jacey & Hadley Ross, UT
  13. MISS PRETTY PHENOMENAL-ET, 8403136496590
    Danica Rupard, Ephrata, WA
  14. MS SYREES-KIDIN CRSH LUCY, 8403149337132
    Kayd,Taryn,Coltyr,Slayter,Syree Goss, Merino, CO
  15. MS WINSTAR1ST GRADE 4868-ET, 8403146121066
    John Andersen, American Falls, ID
  16. MS WINSTAR JORDY 4960-ET, 840003146121158
    John Andersen, American Falls, ID
  17. UTAG EASTWOOD FRIZZ, 8403149239974
    Utah State University, Wellsville, UT
  18. PAPPYS SOLOMON REVIVAL, 8403139659185
    Harris Mickelson, ID
  19. PAPPYS VOGUE PROUD, 8403139659214
    Ty Jacey & Hadley Ross, UT

Winter Yearling Heifer

Born December 1st, 2017 to February 28th, 2018

HAMMERTIME BRADY RAELYN
1st place Winter Yearling
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Ryan Matheron, Hilmar, CA

  1. HAMMERTIME BRADY RAELYN-ET, 8403137538254
    Ryan Matheron, Hilmar, CA
  2. MAIZ-N-BLU DB LILLY-ET, 8403143322441
    Pappys Farms LLC, Farr West, UT
  3. MS BROWNKING DEFIANT MEG, 8403146571680
    Luke Brown, 95 East Brown Lane, UT
  4. VELA-NOVAGEN D EMBER SPIRIT, 840003134420787
    Lourenco Pires, Modesto, CA
  5. RJOHN PRESTIGE CHAMPION-ET, HO840F3138127409
    Graisson Schmidt, Tyler Dickerhoof Matthew Day, Riverdale, CA
  6. MS ESKDALE MISTER MOONBEAM, 8403139120027
    John Conrad, EskDale, UT
  7. BUTTER-DELL CINDERDOOR JANE, 8403147814435
    Kent & Daniel Buttars, UT
  8. CACHE-VALLEY DEFIANT MAGIC, 8403144929560
    Mike Harris, Richmond, UT
  9. PAPPYS CINDERDOOR FILTER, 8403139659179
    Steve Edstrom, CO
  10. PAPPYS DIAMONDBACK ROCK-ET, 8403139659176
    Patryce Elderidge, ID

Fall Yearling Heifer

Born September 1st, 2017 to November 30th, 2017

MS ESKDALE KASHMIR LINATA
1st place Fall Yearling
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
John Conrad, EskDale, UT

  1. MS ESKDALE KASHMIR LINATA, 8403131387410
    John Conrad, EskDale, UT
  2. ARB-FLO-SPR HONEYBUN-RED-ET, 8403146448910
    Hadley Ross, Gila Bend, AZ
  3. CACHE-VALLEY BRO DEZIRE, 8403144929534
    Mike Harris, Richmond, UT
  4. PAPPYS CINDERDOOR FROSTING, 8403139659170
    Emmie Willoughby, UT
  5. OCEAN-VIEW ATWD SHEDAISY-ET, HOUSAF144369216
    Glenn Mickelson, Nibley, UT
  6. MS ESKDALE COTTON ROULETTE, 8403131387396
    Bracken Schumann, Richmond, UT
  7. UTAG SID STEPH-TW, 8403133588485
    Utah State University, Wellsville, UT
  8. CACHE-VALLEY BRO DIZZY, 8403144929533
    Mike Harris, Richmond, UT
  9. PAPPYS ADDICTION LULU, 8403139659156
    Jaden Wilks, ID

Best of Three Females


1. Matt & Lena Leak, UT
2. John Conrad, UT
3. Pappys Farms LLC, UT
4. Kent & Daniel Buttars, UT
5. Utah State University, UT
6. Mike Harris, UT

Junior Two Year Old Cow (must have freshened)

Born between March 1st, 2017 and August 31st, 2017

ESKDALE MCCUTCHEN BOUNTY
1st place Junior Two Year Old
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
John Conrad, EskDale, UT

  1. ESKDALE MCCUTCHEN BOUNTY, 8403131387315
    John Conrad, EskDale, UT
  2. PAPPYS BEN ROSEANN, 8403126310592
    Pappys Farms LLC, Farr West, UT
  3. PAPPYS BEN JAMIN, 8403139853654
    Matt and Lena Leak, Cornish, UT
  4. PAPPYS DOORMAN ASHLYN-ET, 8403126310584
    Pappys Farms LLC, Farr West, UT
  5. CACHE-VALLEY SHOT DIMPLE, HO840F3137019858
    Mike Harris, Richmond, UT

Senior Two Year Old Cow (must have freshened)

Born between September 1st, 2016 and February 28th, 2017

RYAN-CREST HNOTIC ELANAH-ET
1st place Senior Two Year Old
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Chloe and Chase VanderEyk, Tipton, CA

  1. RYAN-CREST HNOTIC ELANAH-ET, HO840F3140284266
    Chloe and Chase VanderEyk, Tipton, CA
  2. RUANN A BONNIE-65924-RED-ET, HO840F3138307658
    Steve & Pat Maddox, Riverdale, CA
  3. MS BRIDGERLAND DM ROSE-ETS, 8403137456236
    Braden Anderson Wade Yardley, Newton, UT
  4. ST-JACOB DESTRY LAVA-RED-ET, 8403137522977
    John Conrad, EskDale, UT
  5. CANYON-BREEZE DMAN ASPEN-ET, HO840F3129404904
    Utah State University, Wellsville, UT
  6. PAPPYS KINGBOY BUTTON, 8403126310578
    Pappys Farms LLC, Farr West, UT
  7. SEAGULL-BAY GC SERENA-ET, 8403138735686
    Greg Andersen, American Falls, ID
  8. TRENT VALLEY DEMPSEY FIRTH, CAN11954923
    Mike Harris, Richmond, UT
  9. CACHE-VALLEY ARIANNA, 8403137019835
    Mike Harris, Richmond, UT
  10. UTAG BRADY ELEQUENT, 8403133588424
    Utah State University, Wellsville, UT

Western National Futurity

Utah Holstein & Richmond B&W

WHEY-MAT BRADY QUEEN
1st place Western National Futurity
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Matt and Lena Leak, Cornish, UT

  1. WHEY-MAT BRADY QUEEN, USA73877042
    Matt and Lena Leak, Cornish, UT
  2. PAPPYS ATWOOD BARB-ET, 8403126310514
    Pappys Farms LLC, Farr West, UT
  3. YARD-O-UTE MA GINGER-RED-ET, USA143560276
    Wade Yardley, Lehi, UT
  4. BUTTER-DELL CARSON DESERAE, USA74090889
    Kent & Daniel Buttars, UT
  5. MISS ERIC WADE ASHLEY, USA72188704
    Eric Evans, Buhl, ID
  6. YARD-O-UTE DM ELLIE-ET, HOUSAF143559120
    Wade Yardley, Lehi, UT
  7. ESKDALE MCCUTCH FRAULEIN-ET, HO840F3135144876
    John Conrad, EskDale, UT
  8. UTAG WINDBROOK ZILLA-ET, 8403133588313
    Utah State University, Wellsville, UT
  9. ESKDALE KBOY DELUCY-ET, HO840F3128590751
    John Conrad, EskDale, UT
  10. WHEY-MAT SID TESLA-ET, USA73877051
    Matt and Lena Leak, Cornish, UT
  11. DYK-VUE ARCHRIVAL ADDIE-ET, 8403129406391
    Mike Harris, Richmond, UT

Junior Three Year Old Cow

Born between March 1st, 2016 and August 31st, 2016

ARROYO-VISTA PAT RA-RED-ET
1st place Junior Three Year Old
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Cal Cab Holsteins, Graisson & Mandy Schmidt Pat & Steve Maddox, Riverdale, CA

  1. ARROYO-VISTA PAT RA-RED-ET, HO840F3130272580
    Cal Cab Holsteins, Graisson & Mandy Schmidt Pat & Steve Maddox, Riverdale, CA
  2. PAPPYS ATWOOD BARB-ET, 8403126310514
    Pappys Farms LLC, Farr West, UT
  3. ESKDALE MCCUTCH FRAULEIN-ET, 8403135144876
    John Conrad, EskDale, UT
  4. BRIDGERLAND BRAZZLE 554, 8403137456219
    Kyle Anderson, Newton, UT
  5. WHEY-MAT SID TESLA-ET, USA73877051
    Matt and Lena Leak, Cornish, UT
  6. CACHE-VALLEY DEFIANT ROAR, 8403137019806
    Mike Harris, Richmond, UT
  7. DYK-VUE ARCHRIVAL ADDIE-ET, 8403129406391
    Mike Harris, Richmond, UT

Senior Three Year Old Cow

Born between September 1st, 2015 and February 29th, 2016

WHEY-MAT BRADY QUEEN
1st place Senior Three Year Old
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Matt and Lena Leak, Cornish, UT

  1. WHEY-MAT BRADY QUEEN, USA73877042
    Matt and Lena Leak, Cornish, UT
  2. CHUGG CARTER DEBONAIR, USA144237474
    Pappys Farms LLC, Farr West, UT
  3. RUANN KING GLORY-61555-ET, HO840F3133419335
    Steve & Pat Maddox, Riverdale, CA
  4. MILKSOURCE DOORMAN JINX-ET, 8403130675991
    Matt and Lena Leak, Cornish, UT
  5. YARD-O-UTE MA GINGER-RED-ET, USA143560276
    Wade Yardley, Lehi, UT
  6. BUTTER-DELL CARSON DESERAE, USA74090889
    Kent & Daniel Buttars, UT
  7. ROLL-N-VIEW BRADNICK EMV, 8403130799875
    Donavan Miguel, Hilmar, CA
  8. MISS ERIC WADE ASHLEY, USA72188704
    Eric Evans, Buhl, ID
  9. YARD-O-UTE DM ELLIE-ET, HOUSAF143559120
    Wade Yardley, Lehi, UT
  10. ESKDALE EFFECT LUCKY-RED, 8403134516378
    John Conrad, EskDale, UT
  11. UTAG BRADY ADDIE, 8403133588341
    Utah State University, Wellsville, UT
  12. UTAG WINDBROOK ZILLA-ET, 8403133588313
    Utah State University, Wellsville, UT
  13. ESKDALE KBOY DELUCY-ET, 8403128590751
    John Conrad, EskDale, UT
  14. TRIPLECROWN CHELIOS PRISTA, 8403133119913
    Zachary Damrow, Pocatello, ID

Four Year Old Cow

Born between September 1st, 2014 and August 31st, 2015

HOL-STAR MALO ROZ-RED-ET
1st place Four Year Old
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Connor Correia, Tulare, CA

  1. HOL-STAR MALO ROZ-RED-ET, HOUSAF73507468
    Connor Correia, Tulare, CA
  2. MS BARB ACT BEAUTY-RED-ET, HO840F3125564023
    Beauty Syndicate Maddox, Schmidt, Berry, T&L Cattle, Riverdale, CA
  3. LEAKBROS CHELS DAISY-ET, 8403128187641
    Matt and Lena Leak, Cornish, UT
  4. DAR-LYNDA MCCUTCHEN 56402, 3125326991
    T&L Cattle, S & P Maddox, G & M Schmidt S & P Maddox, G & M , Riverdale, CA
  5. AIR-OSA-B ATW BLUSH19218-ET, 8403125501458
    Joey Airoso, Tipton, CA
  6. BUTTER-DELL ATWOOD BRITT-ET, USA74090785
    Kent & Daniel Buttars, UT
  7. BRIDGERLAND GOLD CHIP ADDIE, USA74401256
    Kyle Anderson, Newton, UT

Five Year Old Cow

Born between September 1st, 2013 and February 29th, 2016

APGAMBO ATWOOD KEENAN
1st place Five Year Old
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Alex Gambonini, Steve & Pat Maddox Graisson & Mandy Schmidt, Riverdale, CA

  1. APGAMBO ATWOOD KEENAN, HOUSAF73173416
    Alex Gambonini, Steve & Pat Maddox Graisson & Mandy Schmidt, Riverdale, CA
  2. UTAG ATWOOD ELEVATE, USA72429411
    Utah State University, Wellsville, UT
  3. SEAGULL-BAY STRN OAKLEY-ET, 8403013923940
    Greg Andersen, American Falls, ID

Six Year Old and Older Cow

Born before September 1st, 2013

PAPPYS ATWOOD FELMA
1st place Mature Cow
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Pappys Farms LLC, Farr West, UT

  1. PAPPYS ATWOOD FELMA, HOUSAF71067331
    Pappys Farms LLC, Farr West, UT
  2. CLAQUATO-RH EVE-ET, HOUSAF71317483
    Steve & Pat Maddox, Riverdale, CA
  3. VANDYK-K PARLIMENT, HOUSAF141367671
    Matt and Lena Leak, Cornish, UT
  4. T-TRIPLE-T PREMIUM-ET, HOUSAF71435077
    Matt and Lena Leak, Cornish, UT
  5. KNOTT-RUN CON ITTYBITTY-RED, USA142280430
    Michael Brubaker, Buhl, ID
  6. PRIDE-JS JACK 821-RED, USA71486551
    Bracken Schumann, Richmond, UT
  7. E-EVANS-A RINHOLT EMMILY, USA68981000
    Eric Evans, Buhl, ID

150,000 lb Cow

Individual cow production record required

PAPPYS EMPHASIS VELVET
1st place Production Cow
Western Spring National Holstein Show 2019
Pappys Farms LLC, Farr West, UT

  1. PAPPYS EMPHASIS VELVET, USA68786351
    Pappys Farms LLC, Farr West, UT
  2. PAPPYS RAUL CINDY, USA68786300
    Pappys Farms LLC, Farr West, UT
  3. CANYON-BREEZE AT REASON, USA68973814
    Cory Gillins, Minersville, UT

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  1. PAPPYS FARM LLC / PAPPYS FARMS LLC
    FARR WEST, UT
  2. WHEY-MAT HOLSTEINS / MATT AND LENA LEAK
    CORNISH, UT
  3. ESKDALE DAIRY / JOHN CONRAD
    ESKDALE, UT, SK

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  3. UTAG

Hey Dairy Industry: Are We Making Progress or Are We Just Circling the Wagons?

In the first quarter of each new year, one of the highlights we enjoy is the opportunity to take part in seminars, conferences and annual meetings that focus on the future of our dairy industry.

Murray and I had the opportunity to attend NDHIA Conference where I knew we would get to meet committed dairy people from all sectors of the industry. Recently, Murray has also enjoyed speaking at several meetings, and The Bullvine and Milk House platforms are filled with lively discussions of what is good, bad and ugly about the future. Canadian Dairy Expo is another source of information and inspiration.

NDHIA Repeats the Mantra – Connect. Collaborate. Be Credible.

At the National Dairy Herd Improvement Association AGM, Jay Mattison caught everyone’s attention with an oft-repeated mantra:   Connect!  Collaborate!  Be Credible!

We circled back to those words several times in meetings, hallways and conversations.

Murray spoke on “Leadership and Vision” in Mission Valley, San Diego and reframed and reiterated points from a Canadian presentation, “Another speaker who works providing services to dairy farmers showed statistics and examples and then said, “It’s not what a service is intended for, it is the on-farm results that matter.” That makes perfect sense.  If our dairy future is to sustainable, it has to achieve improvement.

Are we dawdling or doing?

 The very word “improvement” is a difficult concept for us.  We think we need to achieve perfect results in order to improve the dairy industry.  But perfection is not the problem.  What we really need to change is how to make the move from thinking about the many actions we take, to actually producing those results by taking action.

Achieving a goal is only a momentary change.  For instance, treating all sick calves …doesn’t deal with what is causing the calves to be sick.  Likewise, spending the time needed to document and treat that struggling pen of low producing cows, while it may earn a checkmark on a daily to-do list, more time and money will be spent as that pen fills again. Again focusing on the low end steals time and attention away from multiplying the positive inputs of healthy animals. We all recognize repetitive stress.  It is the repetitive part that needs to be dealt with and, hopefully, removed.  

Can you list a recurring incident of management, environment or genetics that is causing this kind of problem in your herd? Margins are too narrow for dawdling.

From Recording Symptoms to Addressing Causes

Dairy success has to concentrate on moving away from dealing with treating the symptoms to addressing the causes. It makes no sense to restrict success to one scenario when there are many paths to dairy success.  

Three recognized options are

  1. Selling surplus animals or product
  2. Selling zero profit animals
  3. Outsourcing services
  4. Forming new partnerships that are a win-win-win for all sides
  5. Seek out agri-tourism that is based on skills that are already available. (tours; baking; seminars;)

Progress is about progression.  Logical forward growth. We have to move from symptoms to solutions. 

The UP and Down Trajectory.  Which are you following?

Regardless of where you fit in the big picture of North American Dairy farming, there is one thing we can all agree 100% upon.  Dairy Data needs to find a new upward trajectory.

However, this rising line can’t be drawn, if the data points are not recorded.  We can no longer wait for data points with too much time lapsing in between. Is the goal a single report of 100% or a continuous upward trajectory of improved results recorded in real daily working time?

If you want to predict where your dairy will end up, all you have to do is follow the curve of tiny gains and losses.  See how your daily choices compound down the line.

2020 Vision

Twelve months from now we will succeed or fail based on what steps we actually took based on our 2019 visioning. The dairy industry is changing – farm to farm, family to family, organization to organization … It’s not changing month to month but day to day. As meetings, reports, slides and statistics are highlighting reports of farm sales, severe depression, and regrettably rising numbers of mental and physical health issues. There is no single right way that will be effective. It could be that your dairy is trying to change – health, money productivity, relationships or all of them. Not all at once. Not 100%. One step at a time.

It’s Better to be Slow than to be Stopped

Accomplishing one extra task is a small feat on any given day. Repeating and adding to it on a daily basis adds up to a significant change when accumulated over a dairy year. Small changes don’t appear to make any, or enough difference until you cross a critical threshold and unlock a new level of performance.

In the early stages of change, you expect to make progress ina linear fashion, and it’s frustrating how ineffective changes seem to be during the first few days, week and even months.  It doesn’t feel like you are going anywhere.  But gradually you cross a critical threshold and unlock a new level of performance.  Improvement is achieved!

Unfortunately, the early temptation is to slip back into the crowd. There seems to be temporary security in numbers.  But change doesn’t wait to be put on our agenda.  Change can’t be bullied into moving at a pace that we find acceptable.

We become experts at managing the status quo.

Unfortunately, there are at least three things that go wrong when you stay stuck:

  1. Decisions take longer to make and are no long guided by reality. As your company grows you strive to have staff carry out increasingly specialized tasks, but, if they must run everything by you as they did in the past, it drags out decision-making and leads to missed opportunities that require swift action.
  2. Risk and investment are avoided, stifling growth. Your dairy is probably long past the new business stage. If you maintain the same cash-obsessed, risk-averse, reactive mindset that helped you get started, you probably won’t invest time and resources in dairy endeavours that will yield a return down the road.
  3. Innovation becomes impossible when you approach decision-making with a “this is the way we’ve always done it” attitude. When you don’t allow yourself or your staff to experiment with new ideas, your dairy stagnates, making it harder to keep up with the competition or to adapt to new dairy market challenges.

Change doesn’t wait to be put on our agenda.  Change can’t be bullied or managed into moving at a pace that we find acceptable.

Take Advantage of the Resources Around You

Whenever you’re in meeting rooms, there are tremendous to tap into to make dairy improvement happen in the real world of 2019.  It takes questioning, listening and a willingness to entertain new and different approaches. So much potential to be unlocked. Choose! Don’t snooze or you’ll lose. While science supports genetics, genomics and nutrition, ultimately success can only come through the day to day actions and choices made on each dairy operation. We can pare back.  We can eliminate.  But there inevitably comes a time when that is no longer possible. At some point, we have to increase the profitability.  Not higher numbers of cattle.  But more efficiently productive cattle.

Take ACTION!

It starts with understanding the changes that are needed, investing in them and, most important of all, taking action. The fields represented have been around for many years. What is needed is a synthesis of the best ideas, successful dairy farmers, scientists and associations figured out a long time ago … combined with the compelling discoveries being made recently. 

When you repeatedly solve problems by targeting maintenance of your current levels, you can only solve the problem caused by your current system. There is no forward progress.

We need to get all of the inputs – nutrition, genetics, feed, environment- pulling together in the same direction so that the outputs provide solutions.

Same Old. Same Old. Yeah BUT.

Many times we keep talking about the same scenarios: “If you lose 300$ on each calf, you raise – you are fighting a war with yourself.  Your decisions are your own worst enemy.  You have seen slide after slide showing the statistics. You have watched and listened as the current reality was spoken. If the current trajectory is maintained the end is approaching.

I wondered to myself, how many others were having my “yeah but” moment.  “Yeah what he or she says is true for some, BUT I am not in the group” because I don’t do genomics. I love the lifestyle. Or I just bought a ticket to win the lottery.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

There is no end day when everything will return to the way it was once before.

There is no end day when we can stop working hard. 

The target isn’t about achieving a final end game. It is about initiating the cycle of endless refinement and continuous improvement. 

From where I sit, DHIA President George Cudoc sums it up best.  I agree with his thinking that it isn’t the writers, the speakers, the slides, the awards and the statistics that make the difference.  Any one or all of these may give you a reason to be inspired or overwhelmed and decide to keep your own counsel.  It’s just words and information. There isn’t any impact until that information finds it’s way into the action plan of your workday.

Countless moderators, managers, mentors and dairy peers are encouraging everyone to take that information forward.  Use it.  Don’t keep circling the wagons.  Move forward.  Collect!  Collaborate. Be Incredible!

 

 

 

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Doing Dairy-Beef Ian Crosbie’s Way

Every dairy farmer is also a beef producer – even more, today than in the past. How so? Today there is considerably less demand for springing bred or newly calved heifers. Also, we must factor in sexed semen, and more effective on-farm cattle management and dairy farms are being advised to breed from 30% to 50% of their lower producing or lower profit cows and heifers to beef sires. The Bullvine wishes to share with you how one innovative dairyman, Ian Crosbie owner of Benbie Holsteins from Saskatchewan Canada, approached this profit opportunity. 

The Usual Approaches to Dairy-Beef         

New born male calves are quite variable in price going from no value, even a negative value when sold at sales barns, to over $150 depending on breed, time of year and number of calves on the market. With less demand in North America for milk-fed veal calves, even choice new born Holstein calves are not bringing the returns they once did.

Some farms have always bred a portion of their animals to beef sires to garner higher dropped calf prices. But that has not been a widespread practice.

Today with the extensive use of sexed semen on the top females in a herd and the surplus of fresh first calvers, dairy farms are looking to find a way to generate revenue from the lower end of their herds by producing animals that will enter the meat trade. Therefore they use beef sires on a portion of their herd. In some cases, they are even breeding all females beef and buying all their replacement milkers on the depressed price market for newly calved females.

Dairy-Beef Not All Roses

Dairy farms that retain all their half beef animals and grow them out for meat find no problem with growing them. They have the feed and the facilities, but when it comes time to send them to market, they face packer buyer price discrimination against part dairy animals in the live animal auction ring.  Breaking even or no profit on raising these animals for the meat market was not what the dairy farms had as their objective.

If selling their half beef dropped calves at the farm or at auction, dairy farms can obtain from 2x to 3x the price for a dairy calf, so most farms take that route for marketing their dairy-beef calves.

Setting the Benbie Scene

Benbie Holsteins, a high genetic high performance 160 milking cow Holstein family farm, has for a few years been breeding a portion of their lower end females to Angus sires.

Ian explains his decisions to investigate in using more beef sires as follows: “There are multiple reasons that breeding the dairy herd to beef semen made sense for us at Benbie Holsteins. The main reason for beginning breeding a portion of our herd to beef semen was to try to control how many replacement two-year-olds we were calving in. And from which genetics we were getting our replacements. It’s no secret that over a ten-year period extra replacements are typically sold for less than the cost of raising them. Sexed semen has added to the problem of surplus dairy heifers, and we did not want to overstock or further invest in our heifer facilities for replacements that were undervalued.”

Ian continued in his explanation: “We focus heavily on our top end genetics in the Holstein herd and through genomic testing, performance testing, ET, IVF and sexed semen we can genetically optimize our next generation of replacement females. Being located in Saskatchewan, we have good demand from beef producers for cross-bred Angus/Holstein calves, especially during calving season where those calves can bring up to $500 as drop calves.”

Ian Did His Homework

“After researching and learning about the Wagyu breed, mainly through YouTube, I became very interested in producing Wagyu/Holstein cross beef.  This has led to the launch of Saskatchewan Snow Beef in 2018.”

When asked ‘Why Wagyu?’ Ian’s response was: “Wagyu beef is the best money can buy, plain and simple. The breed is world renowned for its ability to deposit fat (marbling) throughout the muscling of the animal — the intense marbling results in a juicy, tender steak.  The ‘Canadian Prime’ grade for beef is the highest standard. Approximately 1-2% of all Canadian beef is graded Prime. The Wagyu breed will reach at least Prime over 80% of the time due to their superior marbling ability.  Wagyu crosses well with Holsteins. Calving ability is second to none; we have yet to assist a calving. And coming from two intensely bred parent lines the cross offspring have hybrid vigour. We have found the resulting calves to be extremely aggressive and healthy.”

Ian Received Great Advice

Ian himself is a great contributor in the dairy cattle industry; however, in this endeavour, he sought out and got valuable advice from Wagyu industry people. He credits Ken Kurosawatsu and Kevin Hayden of Wagyu Sekai, Puslinch Ontario for helping him get started and selling him full-blood Wagyu semen.  Ian found that a specialized diet is needed to finish the animals before slaughter and for that advice, he gives credit to Dr Jimmy Horner from Texas. Ian’s comments on his advisors include “seek out experts and follow their advice; it has been a key to our success”.

Benbie’s Production Routine

For the first 18 months of life, Benbie’s Wagyu/Holstein crosses are raised with their dairy animals. After that, they are separated and feed the specialized diet until they are finished at 28 months of age. There are approximately a dozen animals in the finishing pen at any given time. Although that number is not large, it must be remembered that Snow Beef has been in operation for just over a year and it easily fits into Benbie Holsteins without requiring extra labour and facilities. Benbie Holsteins now breeds 35% of its females to beef – 50% to Wagyu and 50% to Angus – so, Snow Beef will grow in size. Ian added: “Working with a good butcher is necessary. Shane Oram of Westbridgeford Meats has worked with us to get the cutting and wrapping done in a way to get the most value out of each carcass.”

Marketing Does Make A Difference

Coming from the milk production industry where producers seldom get involved in selling milk, Ian reports that he did considerable work on detailing his Wagyu meat’s attributes and finding customers for his product. Ian reports: “There is a lot of education that is needed to convince the general public to purchase beef at a premium price.  Selling directly to high-end restaurants in my province was always my business plan. And although those restaurants appreciate the quality and taste, margins are very tight in that industry so convincing them to pay a premium for the meat has been challenging.” Snow Beef is working with two high-end restaurants in Regina.

To support his marketing Ian is now participating in ‘Verified Beef Plus’, a program to document that the meat Snow Beef sells meets high standards for animal health and welfare.

It’s Results that Count

Ian shared with The Bullvine some of the dollars and cents side for Snow Beef so far. “Expenses for feeding to 28 months of age are definitely higher than that for springing heifers, but there are none of the heat detection, breeding and calving expenses that go with dairy heifers. All expenses in the per animal costs are about $4,500 to get the meat in the deep freezer.”

“Raising to 28 months results in extra marbling and high levels of Oleic Acid in the meat. That has a direct positive impact on the beef’s palatability and has shown to decrease levels of LDL cholesterol.”

“When finished properly the best cuts of Snow Beef (8-10% of hanging carcass) retails for $45/lbs. Margins per animal to date for Snow Beef far exceed margins for raising surplus dairy heifers, which for most dairy farmers is now a negative number.” Snow Beef only sells Prime grading meat under its label. And since it is early on in this initiative, Snow Beef is not stating exact extra profit numbers. But be assured there is considerable extra profit.

Every New Venture will have Pros and Cons

In researching for this article, The Bullvine was reminded of some facts:

  • Starting a dairy beef enterprise will not be a fit for all dairy farms.
  • A realistic business plan, including specialized marketing, can be a key to realizing a profit.
  • Tomorrow’s consumers will pay more for organic and grass-fed and for a product with total traceability and documentation.
  • Hair colour will not change meat quality, but coat colour is a factor for live animal buyers.
  • Feed costs may be saved for the growing but not finishing phase by utilizing lower quality feed or refused feedstuffs left over from the milking herd.
  • Feed and labour are the key expenses, but as with every enterprise, exact records are a necessity.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

The effort and energy expended most often determines the degree of success. Thank you to Ian Crosbie for sharing his approach to creating an additional profit centre on their farm. As with all new ventures adding dairy-beef to a farm requires both a production plan and a marketing plan.

 

 

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