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.”

Bella Blue, a fifth-lactation Guernsey, is on pace to make back-to-back 34,000-plus-pound milk records. She is the first Guernsey to classify Excellent-95 since 2008.

Rolling Prairie Bella Blue

by Corey Geiger, Hoard's Dairyman Managing Editor

With record lows and extended cold snaps, spring is nowhere in sight.

Hoard's Dairyman Farm

by Amanda Smith, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Like many of you, the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm met its match this winter. Amidst frozen feed, frozen pipes and a few calves lost too soon, we’ve battled unpredicted and unforeseen cold.

And, as every member of our farm team can attest, they’re tired.

It’s taken a toll on our 400-plus-cow herd of Guernseys and Jerseys, as well. Production has been steady for most of the winter, averaging 67 to 69 pounds along with a 5.0 percent fat and 3.9 percent protein, but is starting to slowdown.

These high averages enabled the Hoard’s Dairyman herd to excel on national breed production lists this past year. For protein production, the Jersey component of the Fort Atkinson,Wis., based herd is eighth in the nation.

With an average score of 81.5 points and production bumping the 20,000-pound mark, the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm Jerseys are performing well.

Jersey cows

by Corey Geiger, Hoard's Dairyman Managing Editor

The Hoard Farm team, headed up by Jason Yurs, continues to be pleased with the performance our Jersey herd. This group was evaluated by a pair of American Jersey Cattle Association appraisers on a very cold Thursday in late January.

On that day, the entire herd averaged 81.5 points on the 300-plus head. Had the 25 cows sold weeks earlier to a young dairyman been included in the mix, the average would have been 81.9 points.

A number of young Guernsey bulls, without official proofs, have daughters classified at the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm. Average age at first calving is 23.5 months.

by Corey Geiger, Hoard's Dairyman Managing Editor

The Hoard Farm team headed up by Jason Yurs continues to be pleased with the performance of young sires’ daughters. On December 13, a number of young bulls had daughters either scored for the first time . . . or very early in the evaluation process.

Ripley Farms Aaron Cordell, a young bull with 11 daughters in his production proof, has four appraised at the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm: 85, 81, 77 and 76, respectively. Cordell’s daughters ranged from 86 to 77 on feet and legs scores, from 86 to 76 in the udder.

University of Kentucky student had hands-on learning on dairy operation.

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard's Dairyman Online Media Manager

Makenzie Waymeyer completed her 3-month farm internship in early August. She is a senior at the University of Kentucky majoring in career and technical education, which is the educational path to teaching high school agriculture and serving as an FFA advisor.

Enjoy this short video on Makenzie’s summer at the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm.

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Picture-day planning starts far in advance.

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

The Hoard’s Dairyman Farm typically pictures cows at the farm once each year for promotion, marketing and advertising purposes. This generally occurs in summer or fall. This year, a beautiful summer day was the backdrop for 10 cows.

But, before picturing can start, there was a lot of work that went into planning the day’s events. The first item the farm team needed to decide on was which cows would be pictured – those for A.I. companies and for the farm itself. Hoard’s Dairyman Farm uses many young sires and they are frequently photographed as progeny-test daughters to be used by A.I. companies in their marketing projects.

Balance of production and type earn recognitions.

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

The American Guernsey Association presented awards at their National Guernsey Convention Awards breakfast. Hoard’s Dairyman Farm Manager, Jason Yurs attended the convention in Oklahoma as the farm garnered several honors.


The 2012 National Guernsey Queen Kami Schuler from Wisconsin holds the
Nyala-Bedford Trophy as Jason Yurs displays the Commercial Herd plaque.

The High TPE Lactation Average for Protein and High TPE Lactation Average for Fat were both won by Hoard’s. The 140 Guernsey records averaged 22,624 M 4.7% 1,067 F 3.4% 770 P. On a cheese yield basis, that equates to 2,610 pounds of cheese per cow.

Young cows also score well.

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

Association appraisal team apply final scores.

by Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manger

Shawn Styer The Hoard’s Dairyman Farm began in 1899 and Jerseys arrived in the fall of 2009 to join our long-established Guernsey herd.

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