This morning the Holsteins rolled into the fairgrounds at St. Paul, MN for the Midwest Fall National Holstein Show. This is the second annual edition of the show, and exhibitors from MN and surrounding states will make it lively and competitive as always, we”re told. The Midwest Fall National Show will be held on Wednesday officated by Bob Fitzsimmons, East Montepelier, VT. For many years the show has served as an early test for the upcoming International Holstein Show in Madison, WI. Look for online results later in the week!
Archive for August, 2006
Underwood, Minn. – A slight breeze and a clear sky made a perfect day for nearly 150 Holstein members who gathered for the Minnesota Holstein Association Field Day held Tuesday August 8, 2006. Chuck and Sue Will along with the Tachibana Family hosted the event at their farm, Willolea Holsteins, in Underwood, Minn.
“I thought it was a nice crowd,” said Chuck. “Things went reasonably well.”
The morning started with a judging contest consisting of three classes: winter calves, senior two-year-olds and 125,000-pound dry cows. Officiating the contest were members of the University of Minnesota senior dairy judging team. The top winners in each age division were awarded tickets to a Minnesota Twins game, courtesy of the Midwest Dairy Association. After the scores were tallied and ties broken by random draw, Nathan Bakken won the junior division, Diane Stoterau claimed the tickets in the women’s division and Alan Grunhord took first in the men’s division.
Following a complimentary lunch, the first seminar began at 1 p.m. with M.J. “Moe” Bakke of Custom Dairy Performance, Inc. His seminar provided valuable information about calf care and ways to improve calf management. Merlin Carlson from California presented the second seminar with “Straw bale chat down memory lane with Merlin” and seminar three featured Brian Kelroy, a classifier from the Holstein Association, USA, who explained the new breakdown of classification.
Field Day participants were invited to walk around the barn and view the facilities at Willolea Holsteins following the workshops. Willolea Holsteins has 100 head of animals and is currently milking 31 cows with two 93-point cows. They have a BAA of 110.8 and are averaging 74 pounds per day on two-time-a-day milking.
“My favorite part [about Field Day] was seeing my old friends, making new ones and showing people my Willolea cows,” said Chuck. “I love talking about my cows.”
After the conclusion of Field Day, Chuck Will Sales held the “Willolea Invitational” sale where lots were sold to 18 different states with an average of $3,335. Purchased by Steven Langmaid and Vt-Pond-View Farm in Vermont, the highest selling lot, Morrill Miss Scarlet-Red-ET, sold for $13,200 and was consigned by Gypsy Hill Farm.
For further information on the Minnesota Holstein Association, log onto the website at www.mnholstein.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at (320) 259-0637.
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New proof information was released on Monday, thoughts anyone? Any bulls surprise you?
This proof run showed a change in the TPI formula, due to the new way USDA calculates Productive Life. Cows will now receive credit for their time in production after 10 months-in-milk per lactation and after 84 months of age. Previously, credits were limited to the first 10 months of each lactation and stopped accumulating credit after 7 years of age.
I always like to hear what people are thinking or if there are any new bulls to get excited about. Drop me an email!
Here’s the latest from Tim!
The names keep coming in! Take a look at some of the latest responses:
“Naming calves is something that our whole family enjoys and with over 100 heifer calves born a year, we get out the dictionary as often as the baby name book. Some of our favorites include our Elvis song family. It started with Railane Blue Suede Shoes who has Railane Kentucky Rain, who then had Railane Love Me Tender and Railane Little Sister. We also have a breakfast cereal family. Names in this family include Cheerios, Froot Loops, Oatmeal, Crispix, Trix, Lucky Charm, Apple Jacks, Honey Comb and Frosted Flakes. Another family is the heart family that started with Broken Heart because of a marking on her head. Family members include Precious Heart, Restless Heart, Carefree Heart, Faithful Heart and Hopeful Heart.”
Barbara Wogsland of Railane Holsteins
“Some bull names that were a little odd…Cheeko Boogie Motion-TW, Pack-Herd Bunky Boo, Centerdel Mr Twister and MM-T Pocket SS Kamasutra. A cow name that is a little different was C Logic Marijuana.”
I hope you all have enjoyed reading these names as much as I have enjoyed receiving them. I thought now would be a good time to share with you some of the names I have helped come up with on my family”s farm. One of my first 4-H heifers was named Raylore Levi Blackberry. Her dam was Raylore In Blossom-TW, an Inspiration daughter. Although she didnt have any heifers, she did have a Starbuck sister that I showed, Blacklily. She now has 3 daugthers by Cousteau – Blacklace, Blacksatin & Icelily (born during a snowstorm) and a daughter by Mr Sam – Ms Lily. So basically the naming scheme has been either Black____ or ____lily.
Well, all of these naming suggestions we have received should really add to your list of potential cow names! Feel free to keep sending some more as you think of them.