Last month Holstein World’s Frank Putman visited some farms in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Sweet Pease Holsteins of Susquehanna, PA, is a great stop for Holstein enthusiasts that like tall, good uddered cows with plenty of strength. A number of Terrason daughters stood out in the milking string. Lloyd and Denise are shown with Sweet Pease Dundee Bently that never stopped growing after her Fall Calf wins in Harrisburg and NY Spring International. Hopes run high for her in 2010. In the background is the recently remolded barn to house show prospects. Out with the horses and in with the heifers!
Ricecrest Farm is an extremely well kept farm. The habits transcend from farmstead to the livestock. Ricecrest Luke Lauren is “living the good life” with other contemporaries. Some of these ladies are here to live out their “golden years”, but they are also a monument to the longevity and massiveness of Ricecrest cattle…
One of an impressive group of Shottle daughters. As fate would have it, the use of Shottle resulted in a number of daughters (many VG) while using Goldwyn left very few daughters. One great practice that could be listed under the old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a lb of cure”, is moving cows to individual pens when noticed in heat. Tall, wide, flat boned cows reside here.
Virginia Holstein breeders will be hosting the National Holstein Convention in 2011 and a young couple that have great enthusiasm and a plan are La Vaun & Jim Janney. Long term goals are to established a renowned herd from which to breed outstanding cows. Cows known by short names -Alicia, Ashlyn, Lana Rae, Toby, Deliha and Miss Special have granddaughters here by Stormatic, Dundee and other top bulls. A home bred family that focused attention on the Janney’s is Janney Talent Scarlett-Red (VG-88) and Janney Distrigene Cinnamon-Red (EX) that have gained R&W All-American nominations.
Lee Heizer of Heiz-Acres has bred both Holsteins and Swiss that have had success at a major level, in the show rings. Hiez-Acres Outside Vermont, the 2007 Res. All-American Jr-3-Yr-Old is much sought after for offspring and embryos. Lee has had the good fortune to have others successfully campaign his prefix, such as the Topps of Ohio.
The Callendar’s in front of a barn of relaxed cows that had just been milked out. Teresa is a committee person for Virginia’s National Convention. Walk-Up Holsteins has had great success using Durham with 18 VG or EX daughters bred here and presently have a good base of his daughters to breed the next generation to keep the herd moving in the right direction. Presently, they have been calving out daughters of M Leader, Pronto and Elmo.
This attractive sign greets travelers in front of Steve and Kathy Rhodes farm. The focus here is red (right down to the roses). Steve works with Paul Yoder of Cherry-Kreek Farm in ownership of some animals. Surprisingly he can be to Paul’s in about 2 hours by traveling through the mountains. Kathy has huge responsibilities for the Fresh Air program that locates city children to a country host for a time in the summer months. A group of heifers slated for export sported white flag tags as they awaited their “taxi” ride out of the US.