The Petersheims moved to their current location in southwest Wisconsin in 1995. Before purchasing their Vernon County farm, they rented Ralph’s home farm in Pennsylvania, which was nestled along the Welsh Mountain. They sold their herd before moving to Wisconsin, and purchased the grade herd that was on the farm. Ralph and Sheila did, however, bring a load of heifers and calves as well as Welsh-Edge Leadman Ginger. Welsh-Edge has become a 100% registered herd once again since their relocation.
Welsh-Edge is home to 90 milking females in a remodeled 70-cow sand bedded tie stall barn. The herd’s rolling herd average is right at 21,000 lbs milk, with 3.7%F and 3.0%P. The BAA is 108%, with 16 Excellent, 32 Very Good and 29 Good Plus cows. The Petersheims pasture the milking herd extensively during the growing season. Their desire is to remain profitable but not necessarily to break records. Ralph and Sheila accomplish remain profitable by grazing and feeding high forage diets, which translates into healthy, low maintenance, cows with great longevity. Approximately 70% of the cows that leave Welsh-Edge are sold for dairy purposes, which greatly enhances the farm’s bottom line.
Ralph and Sheila have invested in several cow families over the years, including DRA-August, Bic Betty, Blackrose, and Rudolph Amy. While they enjoy working with these families and their offspring, their favorites remain in their Leadman Ginger family. This family continues to easily transmit true dairy strength and high scoring cows. The Petersheims are milking daughters of Durham Gingerheart, EX-92 3E, by Astronomical (EX-91), Roy (EX-92, EX-90, VG-86, and GP-80 at 2 yrs, with none lower), Stormin Norman (VG-86, VG-85, VG-85) Stormatic (VG-85), and an exciting Plaid that needs to see a classifier.
The Petersheim family is looking forward to hosting this Barn Meeting and invite you to join them for lunch and speaker Dr. Matthew Dorshorst. The farm is located at E5633A Sag City Rd., Viroqua, Wis. To get to the farm from Viroqua go south on US-14/US-61/WI-27 and turn right onto WI-27/WI-82, follow WI-27 for 7 miles, turn right onto Sag City Road and go 2 miles to farm on left side of road.
For questions regarding these meetings or other WHA events, contact the WHA office at 1-800-223-4269 or visit the web at www.wisholsteins.com.