Hoard's Dairyman Guernsey Farm

A KEY COMPONENT OF THE MAGAZINE

Originally purchased in 1899 by our founder W.D. Hoard, the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm has serves as a key component of the magazine, which was first published in 1885. The primary reason for having the farm is to keep all employees of the magazine, especially the editors, keenly aware of the on-farm aspects of the industry we cover in our 20 issues a year and through our other media services. We, perhaps, are the only agricultural publication in the world that is fully engaged in the business it covers.

From the original 100 acres located on the north edge of Fort Atkinson, the farm has grown to have nearly 400 acres of cropland owned with another 480 rented. On a typical year, we have about 450 acres of corn, 350 acres of alfalfa and 50 acres of wheat. Custom farming operators take care of our cropping.

Our herd now contains both Guernseys and Jerseys. We house most of our milking herd in a two-row, naturally ventilated free stall barn that was built in 2007. We house many of our Jersey cows in our old comfort-stall barn that was converted to free stalls in 2010. We milk all of our cows in a double-10, herringbone parlor built in 2007.

Soon after birth, we take our heifer calves to a grower near Elkhorn, Wis., about 25 miles away from the farm. The heifers stay there until they are close to calving for the first time.

Our milk averages about 3.7 percent protein and 4.8 milkfat. We ship the milk to Torkelson’s Cheese Company at Lena, Ill., where it is made into Muenster and other cheeses. We are members of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative.

Hoard’s Farm home to nation’s top cheese producer

Date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014

Efforts of the farm staff were recognized last weekend at the American Guernsey Association’s annual meeting.

Dairyman Iceman Rosebowl

by Maggie Seiler, Hoard's Dairyman Editorial Intern

Fort Atkinson’s historic Hoard’s Dairyman Farm was recognized by the American Guernsey Association for having 28 of the 100 top Guernseys nationally for milk and components production. The Association reviewed the farm’s 147 Guernsey lactation records in 2013 to make its ranking.

Of the 28 award-winning cows at the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm, Dairyman Iceman Rosebowl was recognized as the best of the best by being named the nation’s highest-producing Guernsey cow. The American Guernsey Association’s formal name for these elite cows is “Component Queen.” Read more