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Over 50 Holstein enthusiasts gathered at Kiefland Holsteins on Saturday, June 29 at 1:00 P.M. for the annual field day. The afternoon began with a power point presentation about the dairy given by Chad Kiefer. The power point highlighted the many ways switching to robots and incorporating new technology, such as rumination and activity collars, has decreased the labor needed to run the 288 cow milking herd and improved their herd statistics.
Next the Kiefer family displayed four of their cows for our judging contest, which was officiated by Winona County 4-H Dairy Judging Coach, Abbie Wirt. Throughout the afternoon members were able to view the cows getting milked by the 5 Lely Astronaut robots and visit with the Kiefer family. The activity collars transmit their data to the farm computer whenever the cow goes to the robot to be milked, making information on the milk temperature, conductivity, and much more is available for the herdsmen.
Additional technology on the farm included a Lely Juno feed pusher, which tours the feed alleys to ensure feed is always within reach. Furthermore, a video camera records the calving pen activity, allowing it to be viewed in the farm’s office. With less labor needed for the milking herd, Linda Kiefer began feeding calves 3 times per day, which has improved calf health, especially throughout the winter months. Kiefland Holsteins is a family operation with Gary & Linda working full-time on the farm. Their son, Chad also works full time. Chad’s wife Kendra, sister Courtney, and Courtney’s husband Ross all assist in the operation part-time.
The farm has hosted many foreign visitors and served as a tour destination for the Precision Dairy Conference. The afternoon wrapped up with ice cream bars served by the Chad and Kendra’s daughters, Brea and Ava.
Click on the links below to view the results from the 2013 World Dairy Expo shows, these results are MN exhibitors only and have been pulled from the World Dairy Expo website.
To see a live feed or a full listing of results please visit www.worlddairyexpo.com.
The 2013 Midwest Fall National Show was held in conjunction with the MN State Fair open show on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. The official judge for the show was Chad Ryan of Wisconsin. Judge Ryan placed 87 heifers and 83 cows for a total of 170 head.
Senior and grand champion honors were presented to Craigcrest Rubies Gold Rejo-ET, the first place four-year-old cow, exhibited by Craigcrest Holsteins. Crarigcrest Rubies Gold Rejo-ET was also the top bred and owned animal of the show. Reserve senior champion and reserve grand champion honors were given to the first place aged cow Jen-D Devil Tiffany-Red, exhibited by Reid Stransky and Jeni Dingbaum. Best udder of the show was presented to Brookhill Goldwyn Cecile, exhibited by Heatherstone Enterprises, Inc.
Thank you to all exhibitors for participating in the show, to all sponsors for sponsoring the awards and to all volunteers for helping the show run smoothly. We hope to see you all again next year!
It was a chilly morning in Minnesota for the 2013 Minnesota Fall Harvest Sale, but that didn’t stop buyers and bidders from filling the bleachers at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Minn. The sale was held on Saturday, November 23, 2013. At the sale 92 lots were auctioned off and included two choices, two half lots and nine head on the Red & White Showcase. The sale averaged $2,691 on the 92 lots. The Red & White Showcase had an average of $2,261 on the nine lots.
The 2013 Fall Harvest Sale also featured an online/onsite embryo auction. Four lots sold on the auction and averaged $343 per embryo. The high selling embryo lot was a package of five #1 embryos from Landis Mrk Camern ZsaZsa x Halogen. This package was consigned by Ryan Krull, George, Iowa and purchased by T-Spruce Holsteins, Richmond, Minn.
The high selling consignment of the day was lot 2, a first choice Jabir female from Farnear-TBR-BH Gerri-ET. This lot was consigned by Kenny Rohe of Hawick, Min and was purchased by Melarry Farms of Rice, Minn. The second high seller was lot 7, T-Spruce Numero Uno 7316. This high genomic heifer was consigned by T-Spruce Holsteins of Richmond, Minn. and was purchased by Blue Horizon, Verndale, Minn. A full list of selling prices and buyers can be found by clicking the link below.
Thank you to all who participated in the MHA Fall Harvest Sale and helped it to be a success. Thank you to all buyers, bidders, consignors, selectors, and sale staff!