Holstein World: What is the one trait that you feel the Holstein breed needs to improve today? Do you have any advice for fellow dairymen and women just beginning their own herd?
Mark & Stephanie: We feel that feet and legs has really become an issue. The Holstein breed really is a great package but to insure endurance we feel that the breed needs to bring back more depth of heel. Cows that walk better eat more, milk more, breed back faster and stay in the herd longer. Our advice to people beginning in the Holstein business is to invest in good cow families that breed true and utilize them by flushing. Embryo transferring is the fastest way to develop a cow family. Also, don’t worry what everyone else is doing and don’t worry about winning shows.