Thursday, Oct. 3, 12:00 p.m.
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, Wis.
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.