Wednesday, Oct. 2, 12:00 p.m.
Hosted by: Larson Acres, Evansville, Wis.
Sponsored by: DuPont Pioneer
By using the latest technology, Larson Acres produces high quality milk more efficiently while being good neighbors. The Larson Acres herd consists of 2,900 cows, each outfitted with their own electronic ID. With these ID's, the Larson family and farm employees can keep a close eye on production levels. Most of the herd is housed in a cross ventilated barn, built in 2010. Several new calf facilities have also been added along with a wastewater treatment plant. Thanks to this specialized facility, no additional liquid manure storage was needed with the expansion of the herd. Since Larson Acres is located near a growing population, the Larsons have joined the ranks of social media to keep people abreast of changes on the farm. They utilize YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest and have their own website. Their website introduces the Larson family, explains their commitment to producing a high quality product and outlines the expansion process and how it created more jobs for the area. The farm even opened its doors to host the Rock County Dairy Breakfast in 1992 and again in 2012. For all their success, Larson Acres has been honored with the 2010 Distinguished Leadership Award by the Dairy Business Association and the 2011 Distinguished Agricultural Award by the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Madison.
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m.
Hosted by: Dutch Hollow Farm, LLC, Schodack Landing, N.Y.
627 Milking/Milk Production
Sponsored by: American Jersey Cattle Association
Dutch Hollow Farm is home to one of the most productive Jersey herds in the U.S. with a rolling herd average exceeding 19,500 lbs. milk at 4.7% fat and 3.6% protein. Since its inception in 1976 by Paul and Melanie Chittenden, the operation has expanded internally to four times its original size as three sons, Brian, Alan and Nathan, have joined the operation, with never a break in production and type improvement. More than 200 cows have achieved lifetime production in excess of 100,000 pounds milk. Three different Million Pound Clubs – a combination of five herdmates with total lifetime production of over 1 million pounds – have been developed and promoted. Dutch Hollow has been arguably the most influential source of polled Jersey genetics in the U.S. for more than 30 years, following the path blazed by Paul’s father, Stanley Chittenden, at Fair Weather Farms. Milk is marketed through premium quality cheeses manufactured by Cabot Creamery, the Creamery at Twin Brook and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in New York City. Because the farm is located near major urban areas in the densely populated northeast U.S., the Chittendens are keenly aware of how their farming and animal care practices impact consumer perceptions of the dairy business. In an effort to help educate consumers, the Discovery Dairy Center was opened in 2011. This educational program offers lessons that meet the New York education standards in science, social studies and math for children pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Dutch Hollow Farm was honored as the 2012 Master Breeders of the American Jersey Cattle Association.