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.

Makenzie Waymeyer feeding Jersey calf

University of Kentucky student to spend three months in Fort Atkinson.

While the Hoard’s Dairyman editorial internship program is celebrating its 25th year in 2013, there is another internship we offer. Just down the road one mile, you will find Makenzie Waymeyer, the fourth Hoard’s Dairyman Farm intern.

Last fall, she visited the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm when she participated in the collegiate dairy judging practice prior to World Dairy Expo. Makenzie inquired about an internship and spoke with Jason Yurs, the farm manager. She submitted a resume and cover letter once she returned to Kentucky. While the farm does not always have an intern each year, the program is available to enthusiastic college students interested in working on a modern dairy operation.

Four Guernseys in the Hoard's Dairyman Herd are Class Production Leaders

American Guernsey Association appraiser, Brian Schnebly evaluated the Hoard’s Dairyman Guernsey herd on September 27 and 28. His visit was just days before hundreds of visitors will tour the farm while at World Dairy Expo.

A highlight was a cow that was raised to EX-94 with an excellent udder. Her name is Rolling Prairie Bella Blue and made over 30,000 pounds of milk and 1246 pounds of fat last lactation. She is sired by Rolling Prairie Maxie Pistol. She has one daughter in the herd.

New excellents

Jan made over 28,000 pounds of milk and 1300 pounds of fat last lactation. She is sired by Idle Gold E Challenge-ET. She is backed by two EX-91 dams with top production.

The 2011 Guernsey Component Queens were compiled from all 305-day DHI and DHIR lactation records received and made official by the American Guernsey Association. To be considered official for production recognition programs and awards, the cow must have had at least 8 test days with components measured for a 305D record and 9 test days with components measured for a 365D record.

Classification provides 29 Guernsey 2-year-olds at the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm with their first score.

The Guernsey 2-year-olds at the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm, managed by Jason Yurs, are looking better than ever and it was evident during their most recent classification on May 21, 2012.

Nationally, the breed set new production averages.

Based on a record of 91,028 lactations, the Jersey breed set new category records for pounds of milk, fat, and protein. In 2011, the breed averaged 18,633 pounds of milk, 889 pounds of fat, and 676 pounds of protein. Average yield on a Cheddar cheese equivalent basis was record-setting, as well, at 2,294 pounds.

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