The Pagenkopfs are excited to host a barn meeting and hope that Holstein breeders will come out for lunch, speaker Dr. Chris Booth and great fellowship with other Holstein breeders. The farm is located about 3 miles east of Lancaster on County Road A at 4613 County A, Lancaster.
The second WHA Barn Meeting will be held on Monday, March 28 at Forest Ridge Holsteins, Kurt and Sarah Loehr, Eden, Wis. Working with Kurt and Sarah on the farm are Kurt's parents, Randy and Ellen, several part-time employees and Kurt's brother, sister, and grandmother who help when needed.
Forest Ridge Holsteins is home to 100 milking females and 140 heifers. Currently, 50% of all animals are registered with the remaining half sire ID. The current herd average is 25,500 pounds of milk with 3.8%F and 3.1%P. Kurt and Sarah’s current (and first) BAA in October 2010 was 109.9%. The Loehrs run approximately 700 acres of hay and corn, and all crop work is done jointly with Kurt's uncle who farms a half-mile away.
Forest-Ridge is excited to showcase several cows that they are currently working with. They have a full sister and maternal sister of Rosedale Lexington, VG-89, Reserve All-American Junior two-year-old in 2010. The Loehrs also have a full sister to Van-Goh Durham Treasure, EX-95 Nominated All-American, a Rubens daughter from Greenlea Rub Marlene-Red, EX-94 and Champion of the International Red and White Show at WDE, and several descendants of Stelbro Michelle Rubens 3E-93, Nominated Red and White AA 2004, including her daughter Forest-Ridge Minnie, EX-93, who was Nominated Red and White AA in 2009.
Additional cows of interest include Krull Goldwyn Echo, VG-88 and daughter of Krull Elegant Rose, 2E-93 GMD DOM, and granddaughter of Elegance. Forest Ridge Drake Jemma, EX-90 EX-94 MS at 3-06, has seven generations of EX behind her going back to GBM Valiant Starbuck Janice, EX-94 3E. Wegnerlann Durham Geneva, VG-87, is from the Gabby family at Wegnerlann Holsteins, as well as Wegnerlann Miss Universe, fourth and Best Bred and Owned Winter Yearling at the 2010 WI Championship, who is due early March and goes back to Sarah's very first purchased calf at age 11.
The Loehrs open their doors to everyone to see their new and updated facilities. They moved into a brand new special needs barn in December, their tie-stall barn was remodeled in 2008, and their calf barn is just six years old. Kurt and Sarah try to emphasize that with excellent cow comfort, longevity and productivity will provide financial compensation. The farm is located at W2133 Randellen Lane, Eden. To get to the farm from Fond du Lac, follow Hwy. 23 east about 10 minutes to Hwy. W, turn south on Hwy. W and proceed straight through two stop signs; after the second stop sign, the farm will be on your right.