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Calf Care

  • Group housing; calves stay with source farm herd mates until 6 months of age

  • Slow transitions; help reduce stress levels, and allow for health and feed intake to be monitored by staff

  • Extensive individual physical on entry date (height, weight, temperature, navel), as well as vaccinations

  • Calves under 9 months old are offered reverse osmosis filtered water to ensure optimal growth and water intake

  • Smaller group sizes; more room for physical activity and reduces potential illness from spreading


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Breeding

  • Custom tailored breeding based on client specifications (age, sire, height, and weight)

  • Independent A.I. company with many years of experience

  • Ability to work one on one with A.I. tech. to decide which semen company and which bulls to use

  • Heifers are vaccinated, weighed and measured prior to first service to ensure industry growth standards are met or exceeded


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Health

  • Access to records and updates on cattle through DairyComp 305

  • All animals are BVD tested and confirmed negative before entry

  • Extensive vaccination schedule for all animals on farm

  • Work very closely with two seasoned veterinarians to ensure the best care and comfort


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Feed & Nutrition

  • All forages are grown and harvested by our sister company, CY Farms, to ensure quality

  • Diets formulated with the help of Corwin Holtz, Holtz-Nelson Consulting

  • Cull vegetables are fed (seasonally dependent) from local farms to help keep feed costs down

  • Animals are measured for weight and height a minimum of 5 times to track diet performance

  • Annual meeting with dairy forage specialist to evaluate bunk management and forage storage


Facility

  • 5 Weaning barns where calves start on grain and hay and slowly transition to TMR

  • Transition barn where calves continue TMR that gradually changes to a “Grower Ration”

  • 2 Grower barns where heifers slowly learn to be in groups of 120-150

  • Breeding barn where all breeding and pregnancy checks take place

  • 2 finishing barns where heifers receive a second pregnancy check at 121 days carried calf, vaccinations, and hoof trimming