We welcome Michigan breeder Scott Long this week to the Holstein World blog. Be sure to read each day as we ask Scott a series of questions all week!
Holstein World: What are the current stats at Long-Haven? Number of acres farmed? Type of facilities? Family members involved? Sires being used? Major cow families that are being developed?
Scott Long: We are currently milking about 60 cows. We own and farm roughly 600 acres on which corn, wheat, soybeans and alfalfa are raised. Most of the feed is grown on the farm. The cows are housed in a tie-stall barn that has 66 tie-stalls and 6 box stalls. There are currently 26 EX, 25 VG, and 6 GP in the herd. There are six EX Durhams, with 3 @ 94, 1 @ 93, 1 @ 92 (2nd lact.), and 1 @ 90. Family members that are involved are my parents, Doug and Beverly Long, my wife Jennifer and our two children Taegan and Grant. My grandfather Carlos still lives on the farm as well.
Current sires being used are Dundee, Roy, Advent, Durham and Talent. Current cow families include: a Stormatic granddaughter of Elegance that is VG and was 2nd milking yearling at the Eastern National in 2005. Long-Haven Durham Randi, a Durham that scored 92 second lactation that completes 11 generations of Excellents. A Champion from the Roxy’s that was reserve All-Michigan Sr. 2-year-old this year and is scored VG-88. Her dam is a maternal sister to Gloryland Lana Rae (2E-94). The Champion completes nine generations of VG and EX. Sipka Trish Durham is a 6th generation Excellent and is scored 2E-94 and 98 MS. Trish’s Skychief sister is also here and due in January. Mayerlane-DK Moriah-ET is 2E-91 and completes seven generations of excellents. Her first four classified daughters are all VG, ranging from 85 to 88. Also, a September Storm daughter of MS Kingstead Chief Adeen, and members of the Renita family.