Buschur Dairy Farms, Plain Knoll Holsteins Buschur Family, New Weston, Ohio Number of Milking Dairy Cows: 690 Rolling Herd Average: 29,600 pounds of milk, 90 pounds/cow/day Service Sires: 7HO9545 HERO, 7HO9420 GUTHRIE, 7HO10506 G W
ATWOOD, 7HO10606 OBSERVER, 7HO10272 FORK, 7HO10228 GULF*BY, 7HO11351 SUPERSIRE, 7HO11477 MCCUTCHEN, 7HO11383 MORGAN, 7HO11525 DONATELLO, 7HO11547 SHAN, 7HO11573 SHOTGLASS, 7HO11621 MAYFLOWER and 7HO11452 PARISH Breed Age Average (BAA): 104.9 Acres of Farmland: 1,250 acres
consultant, Loren Elsass. They use Loren’s recommendations as a tool for making mating decisions across the herd. “I feel very fortunate to have such a knowledgeable person visit our herd every few months,” says Steve. Select Reproductive Solutions (SRS) specialist, Rick Ellerbrock is a familiar face on the dairy as well as district sales manager, Mike Long. “Dairy producers don’t fully appreciate the value you can gain through SRS by improving reproductive efficiency, receiving suggestions and analyzing records,” says Steve. “Mike and COBA/Select Sires offer outstanding service that couldn’t be better.” Steve has served on the COBA/ Select Sires board of directors for two years and values the opportunity to become more involved in the cooperative.
“It is a great experience to get to know my fellow board members,” says Steve. “I also enjoy seeing leadership in action and how smart business decisions are made.” Developing and breeding elite genetics The breeding goals at Buschur Dairy Farm are simple. They look to breed a balanced cow while keeping an eye on type. The goal is to breed a medium-sized cow with tremendous dairy strength, wide, level rumps and excellent udders and feet and legs. “I still believe type sells,” explains Steve. “In my experience selling extra animals for dairy, buyers still want type. We have always used the best genetics available to us.” With excellent genetics and reproductive management, they are able to market 300 to 350 heifers for dairy replacements each year.
One of the cows the Buschur family has had the opportunity to own through their involvement in the ART program is Roylane Socra Mira 1760-ET (EX-90). Her sons 7HO11625 S-S-I Goldchip MATTINGLY-ET and 7HO11621 S-S-I Snowman MAYFLOWER-ET are available as Super Samplers™.
One of the most influential sires they used was 7HO5157 Regancrest Elton DURHAM-ET*CV (EX-90-GM). At one time they were milking 125 DURHAM daughters and went back and purchased another 120 units. Their first bull contract was on a homebred DURHAM daughter, PlainKnoll Durable Ducky (VG-86). Bulls like 7HO3948 MJR Blackstar EMORYET (EX-97-GM), 7HO5375 Mara-Thon BW MARSHALL-ET (VG-86-GM) and 7HO5708 Fustead Emory BLITZ-ET (EX-95-GM) have all had positive influences on the herd. Today, the Buschurs use a mix of proven and genomic young sire semen. A majority of their top cows with contract matings are bred to high genomic young sires. Proven sires (60 to 70 percent) were being used on the rest of the herd until recently. Now, about 60 percent of the cows are bred to genomic young sires. They gained confidence in genomic predictions after seeing some of the first milking daughters of genomic young sires. Current service sires include 7HO9545 Siemers Toys HERO 9701ET (EX-92-GM), 7HO9420 Fustead Goldwyn GUTHRIE-ET (EX-94), 7HO10506 Maple-Downs-I G W ATWOOD-ET (EX-90), 7HO10606 De-Su OBSERVER-ET (EX-90), 7HO10272 De-Su FORK-ET (EX92), 7HO10228 De-Su GULF-ET*BY (EX-90), 7HO11351 Seagull-Bay SUPERSIRE-ET, 7HO11477 De-Su Bkm MCCUTCHEN 1174-ET (VG-88), 7HO11383 S-S-I Bookem MORGAN-ET
(VG-86), 7HO11525 Mr OCD Robust DONATELLO-ET, 7HO11547 LadysManor Man-O-SHAN-ET, 7HO11573 Butz-Butler SHOTGLASS-ET, 7HO11621 S-S-I Snowman MAYFLOWER-ET and 7HO11452 Plain-Knoll PARISH 5534-ET (VG-87). They are very happy with their milking OBSERVER, G W ATWOOD, 7HO8190 Gen-Mark Stmatic SANCHEZ (EX-94), 7HO8221 Golden-Oaks St ALEXANDER-ET (EX-94), 7HO8477 Willow-Marsh-CC GABOR-ET (EX-94-GM), 7HO8165 England-Ammon MILLION-ET (EX-92GM), DUSK, ROBUST and SHAMROCK daughters. Family and community focus Buschur Dairy Farms makes a point of being involved in the local community. They have hosted a FFA Farm Day where almost 900 elementary school children get the chance to experience a working dairy farm. In the past, they have worked with local paramedics and the Versailles FFA to host a farm safety day for medical personnel to simulate possible farm accidents. It is easy to see what makes the Buschur family so successful. “Although family businesses have their challenges, I feel blessed to work with my family,” explains Steve. “All of us are thankful to mom and dad for living a life of selflessness to provide a better life for their children.”
Melarry Zenith M&M-ET (VG-85-DOM) is another cow from the ART program Buschurs have been involved in. She is the dam of Super Samplers 7HO11452 Plain-Knoll PARISH 5534-ET (VG-87) and 7HO12058 Plain-Knoll SLEEK 6127-ET.