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Lancaster County Holstein Association
Spring tour planned to noted herds
in eastern Pa. and New Jersey

LANCASTER, Pa. -- The Lancaster County Holstein Association’s annual spring tour takes place on Wednesday, March 5, and you’re invited to come along. Tour stops include two Holstein farms in eastern Pennsylvania and three in New Jersey.

Ensenada Holsteins near Doylestown in Bucks County will be the first stop. This is where the world renowed Ensenada Taboo Planet was bred. David and Sharon Bishop own the farm and David and son, Josh, are in partnership on the dairy. The herd consists of 105 cows in an 80-cow tie stall barn. The have a 27,000-pound herd average with 65% of the herd tracing back to Planet’s dam. They flush cows and heifers every month and consider about 85% of the herd to be recipients while only the top 15% are fbred or flushed. They farm about 500 acres, but only own about 100 acres. This progressive dairy feeds a TMR mix to all cows in a high, medium and low production groups.

Jimmy and Jerry Harris, whose farm is near Perkasie in Bucks County, milk 50 cows in a tie-stall barn built in 2010. They have about 10 Excellent and 15 Very Good cows in the herd and a 30,000-pound herd average. They feed a TMR mix and use no BST. Notable cows in the herd include a Durham from Integrity Robin, several Durhams from Tri-Day Ashlyn, and several family members of the Welk Shade Sterling Kizzy family. They own 70 acres and rent 330 more, selling grass hay to local farmers and horse farms.

Cedar Lane Farm near Oldwick, N.J. has been in existence for over 150 years and consists of about 2000 acres. The dairy herd was started in the early 1940’s by J. Seward Johnson, owner of Johnson & Johnson. Owned today by his grandson, Tucker, the Milk & Honey prefix has been re-established. Many great cows and bulls have been bred here over the years, including a top Red & White genomic bull for type – Milk & Honey Destry Moses-Red. The original herd was dispersed in 1978. Tucker Johnson has rebuilt the herd, which includes Holsteins (B&W and R&W), Brown Swiss and Jerseys. Their Excellent Dundee was grand champion at the All N..J. State Show in 2012. Bill Taylor is the farm’s currently manager.

Kevin Beiler’s Garden State Farm near Elmer, N.J. will be the fourth tour stop. The Beilers moved from upstate New York a couple of years ago and milk in a renovated tie-stall barn. All cows, heifers and calves are under one roof. Their herd average is 23,000M. Among the herd’s “stars” are an Excellent 3-year old Absolute daughter, an Excellent-92 Redliner from the same family as Advent, and several VG milking daughters of Sanders. Also likely to be of interest is the Lely automated calf feeder. The family owns 30 acres and rents 200 tillable acres.

Marv Stoltzfus and family also came in from upstate New York and built a brand new set-up. They moved the cows into the 60-cow tie-stall barn just a few weeks ago. The barn features LED lighting throughout. The herd’s type appraisal is summed up with a 109.0 BAA and includes 5 EX and 17 VG cows. Average production is around 25,000 pounds. Of note are numerous Roxy family members, a full sister to the R&W bull Carson, an EX-92 Mr. Burns with four VG Reality daughters, and an EX Advent from Chief Adeen. Marv also has three polled R&W Colt daughters due in Feb. or March.

The tour bus will head back home after stopping for dinner.

Morning pick-up times are: 6:30 sharp at Oregon Dairy and 6:55 sharp at White Horse Fire Company. Please pack your own lunch. Milk and snacks will be provided, courtesy of Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative. Also helping to underwrite the costs is Select Sires. The price of the tour is $30 per person; dinner not included. RSVP by March 1 to Daryl and Jolene Martin, 717-653-6048

Please note: The Lancaster County Holstein Association is also planning a 2-day trip to Lylehaven Farms, May 22-23. Some other farm stops will be included on the 22nd with the Lylehaven Sale being the highlight on the 23rd. A late evening return is planned. If you have any interest of going or have questions, call Galen Martin 717-203-2562.