Saturday, October 8, 12:00 p.m.
Hosted by: Maple Ridge Dairy, LLC, Stratford, Wis.
1,022 Milking/Transition Cow Management
Sponsored by: AgSource Cooperative Resources
Getting cows off to a good start after calving is essential to Maple Ridge Dairy, LLC. Ken Hein and his brother-in-law Gary Ruegsegger are partners in the dairy with assistance from Ken’s dad, Phil Hein, Jr. Maple Ridge Dairy tracks several key areas very closely during the transition cow period including somatic cell count, feed intake and daily milk weights. When numbers appear inconsistent, the issue is immediately addressed. By doing this, the dairy addresses fresh cow problems and prevents them from becoming larger and more costly issues. Additionally, cows off to a good start have more productive lactations, which is reflected in their rolling herd average of 31,014 lbs. and a somatic cell count of 118,000. Both Ken and Gary are members of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and serve on numerous boards. Last year, they were honored as 2010 Master Agriculturalists.
World Dairy Expo is an international trade and cattle show for dairy producers. This year’s show will take place October 4-8 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. For more information, contact World Dairy Expo at 608-224-6455 or visit www.worlddairyexpo.com.