Meet the Herd

My family’s herd of cattle was sold in April 2015, and I did write about this CLICK>>>here to read more about that very trying experience.  Nonetheless you can take a stroll through memory lane with me below and learn about why I love the Registered Holstein so much!  Blessings!

So why do I love cows so much??  What is the big deal about Registered Holsteins?  They are a key piece to all of my God-given success(es).  From showing them in the county fair or the SD State Fair, to helping care for them day in and day out growing up on my family’s dairy.  They taught me the true meaning of putting something and someone before myself.  In fact, I consider working with them as therapy for the simple fact that they take my attention away from everything else in this crazy world.  Holsteins have taken me all over the U.S., some trips even all expense paid!  They LARGELY contributed to paying my way through college where I pursued a B.S. in Agriculture Dairy Production ,in short, to learn more about them!  They bought my first car, and put new tires on it at one time!  Buying my first Holstein heifer at the age of 12 (with money that I saved from showing Holsteins in 4-H) paid a portion of my trip through the National FFA Organization to Brazil in May 2013.  I can confidently say that God gave me these great creatures to help teach me more about love, trust, dedication, care, encouragement, inspiration, hope, kindness, hard-work and ultimately helped develop respect for myself, others and God.  The Holstein is what first sparked all of my interest in agriculture and I would say they motivate me to pursue my dreams and my God-given calling!  So take a stroll through these photos below and meet the herd that I hail from!

HEY Y’ALL!  Welcome to the barn, a walk down memory lane now.

LOOKING GOOD there honey, also known as Ms Vision Gen-Sanchez Rena, pictured here as two year old cow, for those involved in the Registered Holstein breed, she was classified VG-87, and now EX-90 with an EX-91 mammary system (udder).  We love her.

Clean those stalls lil sister! (She tells me she doesn’t miss this, I don’t believe her! I miss it!)

Content, clean, happily growing Holstein calves!

It must have been GRAIN TIME! YUM! Eat up little Holstein babes! A calf that is hungry and aggressively eating and drinking is usually a happy and healthy one!

Cows get to take it easy in the afternoon between milkings, these ladies rest over 12 hours a day in their clean, bedded, ventilated in the summer, warm in the winter, barn with water and feed at their “hooves”!  A good dairyman or dairywoman sees to it that his or her cattle are comfortable.  If they don’t care for their cattle personally, successful dairy farmers are invested in continually training and educating their employees.  This continual training and educating is sometimes referred to as insurance for ultimate cow comfort and above all, safe and happy employees!

This is a heifer that I got to help save, she was born backwards which is a difficult way for cows to give birth.  Thankful for all who helped save her that day.  The mindset that every person, every calf and every cow counts makes a dairy farmer more successful.

All the best to you!!  Thank you for taking a stroll down memory lane with me and visiting ‘the herd’!  My husband and I are grateful to own a couple of the original herd mates.  They were two young heifers, Bradnick and Aftershock, when we bought them in April 2015.  They have now matured into two, first time mothers producing milk.  They reside near my family’s home in Northeastern South Dakota.  A gracious neighbor cares for and milks them and my father takes care of their calves.

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