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2017 Master Breeders

///2017 Master Breeders

2017 Master Breeders

WestGen wants to congratulate these 4 amazing herds from Western Canada on their Master Breeder shields. – Congratulations!!

Bullseye, May 2018

Master Breeders 2017

Master Breeders 2017

Alley Holsteins, Saskatchewan

Alley Holsteins

Alley Holsteins

Approximately 30 minutes north west of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, lies the little town of Dalmeny (pop. 1830), which is home to Alley Holsteins and the Leyenhorst family. Albert, Heather, Logan and Kaetlyn are very excited to be receiving their first Master Breeder Shield from Holstein Canada at this year’s National Convention.

“Currently we are milking 160 Holsteins and 1 Jersey and we have around 25 dry cows. Our rolling herd BCA is 291-294-289 and our current herd classification is 30 EX, 115 VG and 50 GP.

We were shocked! We really didn’t expect to get it. Being a Master Breeder was always kind of a background goal. We have always tried to breed good cows and give them a place to live that was comfortable and would let them achieve their maximum potential. So, although it was a goal, it’s not the only thing we were striving for.

Our future goals include continuing to breed a profitable herd of Holsteins and to continue to provide them with a healthy comfortable environment, so they can maximize their potential. We also hope to raise and teach the 3rd generation to grow up and love cows and farming as much as we do!”
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Hyljon Holsteins, Saskatchewan

Hyljon Holsteins

Hyljon Holsteins

Hague, Saskatchewan, is located about 45 minutes north east of Saskatoon and is home to the Hylkema family at Hyljon Holsteins. Hyljon is proud to be receiving their second Master Breeder Shield, especially since their big move from British Columbia 3 1/2 years ago.

Hyljon Holsteins began in 1981 when John started with 26 cows on the BC Quota Building program. Both John and Susan had grown up on their family’s dairies and were married in 1985. They purchased their own farm in Chilliwack, BC, in 1986. Through the years they have focused on building a quality herd with superior genetics and top production and they were very happy to receive their first Master Breeder shield in 2002. All eight of their children participated in the 4-H program and several of them also participated in the Western Canadian Classic with tremendous success. With several of the kids keenly interested in dairy farming, John and Susan decided to move to Saskatchewan to expand their operation. Today they milk over 600 cows in a freestall barn.

“We didn’t think we had a chance for a second shield after dispersing our herd in 2014! We felt the dispersal was kind of the end of that kind of excitement for us. We didn’t take very many cows with us, it would have been harder to move them all, and the ones that did come didn’t perform super well. We’ve maintained our goals of breeding strong and balanced cows and so hearing that we’d be receiving another shield was an unbelievable feeling! This one is almost more satisfying because the whole family has been a part of this one and we are all planning to go to Quebec together! The support from the Saskatchewan Holstein community has been amazing and it seems like many of them will be heading to Quebec with us!

Our future plans include the next generation taking over – we are currently succession planning. Expansion is on-going, our newest barn is almost complete, and we will then have room for 850 cows. Our sons are already planning where to put a new parlour, but they’ll have to wait until the new barn is paid off first! We plan to continue what we’ve always done: breeding balanced cows and enjoy the industry we love.”
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Pennview Farm, Manitoba

Penner Farm

Penner Farm

Located approximately 45 minutes Southeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the small community of Blumenort. Right on the outskirts of town is a striking red barn which is owned by Larry and Eleanor Penner, and is the previous home of the Pennview herd. Larry and Eleanor are very proud to be receiving their second Master Breeder shield this year.

“We dispersed our herd in 2011 because I was getting older and the girls were not genuinely interested in dairy farming. We probably would have sold out sooner, but we had a great herdsman, Stuart Reimer, who we really enjoyed working with, so he and I carried on side by side a bit longer than expected. We also sold because we felt we’d achieved many of our dairy farming goals, which were: breeding an Excellent cow, selling a bull to AI, marketing embryos and obtaining a Master Breeder Shield. In our dairying career we bred many Excellent cows, sold several bulls to AI, sold embryos to 26 countries and earned our first shield in 2001. We’d never even dreamed of getting Master Breeder shield until we received our first one!

It was very exciting to get the phone call from Holstein Canada about receiving this shield! The experience has been very different then when we got our first shield. At that time AI companies were starting to buy more and more bulls and the embryo market was very good for us. Then our main goal was to get better and better, so receiving our first shield was a major accomplishment towards that goal. This time it is still good and exciting, but it’s just a bit different because we don’t work and breathe cows every day!”
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Zimmer Holsteins, Alberta

Zimmer Holsteins

Zimmer Holsteins

It’s been a meteoric rise for Zimmer Holsteins which first purchased registered cattle in 1998 and 20 years later is a Master Breeder. The fourth generation Daysland Alberta farm is owned by Bob and Pat Zimmer along with their sons and families, Duane, Vicky, Josh and Noah Zimmer and Brad, Shauna, Damon and Carson Zimmer. The Zimmers milk about 45 cows in a robot barn built in 2016 and farm 3,800 acres of cropland consisting of mainly canola, wheat and peas.
Duane, who is primarily responsible for the dairy, purchased “some better cows in 2001 at the Sunnylodge dispersal.” A foundation cow to come out of that purchase was Sunnylodge Jennifer, “put them on the marketing map.”

Zimmer Holsteins also shows at the Royal Agricultural Wnter Fair and was involved in the purchase of Smithden Bolton Alexandria. Duane says the “purchase of Alexandria and the fact that genomics have levelled the playing field for index cows has fueled our interest in index and genomics.”
Today Zimmer Holsteins’ goal is to have outstanding “High numbered individuals from great cow families.”
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