The Wisconsin Holstein Association has scheduled this year’s Barn Meetings for March 24, 28 and 30 and April 1, 2011. All meetings will start at 11:00 a.m. and will feature presentations by Dr. Chris Booth or Dr. Matthew Dorshorst on reproductive tools and current reproduction protocols.
Dr. Chris Booth is a food animal veterinarian and partner at Dairy Doctors Veterinary Services located in Plymouth, Wis. He provides medical, surgical, and production medicine services to clients ranging from 50-3000 cows, while helping them maximize animal health, production and profitability. Dr. Booth frequently provides training sessions for clients in the areas of transition cow care, milk quality, and reproduction management. His discussion at the barn meetings will involve utilizing available reproductive tools to meet your herd's reproductive goals.
Dr. Matthew Dorshorst is a 2005 graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison Veterinary School. Matthew and his father Charles Dorshorst operate a veterinary clinic in central Wisconsin as well as the farm. Matthew specializes in embryo transfer and reproductive ultrasound as well as other advanced reproductive procedures, including invitro fertilization. His topics for the barn meetings will include a brief summary of current reproduction protocols and the use of ultrasound in herd health reproduction programs. He will also discuss an overview of embryo transfer and other advanced reproductive techniques.
The first of four meetings will be held at Paradise-D Holsteins, the Dan and Nancy Pagenkopf Family, near Lancaster, Wis, on Thursday, March 24. The Pagenkopf family has been involved in the Registered Holstein industry for over 25 years. Dan and Nancy’s three children, Craig, Scott and Andrea, along with Craig’s wife Ela, help out in various aspects of the farm. The Pagenkopfs also have two additional part-time employees who are mainly relief milkers.
They currently milk 130 Registered Holsteins, and their cows are housed in a 58-cow tie stall barn and a 97-cow free stall facility. The Pagenkopf’s rolling herd average is 26,500 pounds of milk on twice a day milking. They operate a combined 500-acres that are owned and rented, and raise 125 heifers and 60 bulls annually. The milking herd is fed a TMR.
Dan and Nancy and family have been marketing Registered Holstein bulls and embryos both domestically and internationally since 1995. Their main goal is to continue to breed and develop strong cow families that interest both the local dairyman as well as the A.I. industry with profitable genetics including production, type and longevity. The herd currently has family members of Paradise-D proven bulls Gilmore, Sparta, Suede, Swift, Mast and Paradise.