'Using more CRV Holstein EU genetics has allowed them to reach their goals'
Woods Hill Farm in Turin, New York, is home to 788 dairy (cows) with a 91-pound tank average, 4.2 percent butterfat, and 3.2 percent protein, milking three times a day. Using 100% CRV genetics for the past 11 years, the dairy has received the Superior Milk Award yearly from their creamery.
'We were blessed to have such a wonderful opportunity to take over this farm. We love our life and love working with our cows.' -
Emily Branagan, Woods Hill Farm, Turin, New York
The story of Woods Hill Farm is both unique and inspiring. Mike Branagan answered a help-wanted ad in the local paper that landed him more than just a job—he ended up becoming part owner of Woods Hill Farm. Mike’s wife, Emily, left her day-job as a pharmacy technician for an opportunity to manage and raise the calves at Woods Hill. In 2017, their youngest son, Corey also became part owner. He plays an active role in helping manage the day to day tasks on the farm.
Breeding makes the difference
Emily is a proud farmer and her love and passion for her herd shines through all her words. She says that since using CRV genetics, her cows have become noticeable healthier, more lively, and on top of that, easier to manage. 'There’s no more struggling with them. You can just see the difference, they’re great.' said Emily proudly.
The Branagans’ have the fullest confidence in their breeding consultant, Tim Fargo, who is helping them attain their future goals. 'Using more Holstein genetics, through CRV, has allowed them to reach their goals and to truly live a Better Life.' says Tim.
Woods Hill’s main focus, when it comes to their breeding program, is to create healthy cows that produce highcomponent milk with a major emphasis on improving efficiency. Tim not only understands Woods Hill’s goal of breeding healthy, long-lasting, efficient cows, but also recognizes that the Branagan family wants to live the CRV motto: Better Cows > Better Life.
|Owners||Mike, Emily and Corey Branagan|
|No. of cows||Cows 788 , Young stock 0-1 y 235, Young stock 1-2 y 238|
|Land in use||640 acres corn and 860 acres Alfalfa|
|Milking parlor||2x16 parallel parlor, milking cows 3x per day|
|CRV products||HerdOptimizer, SireMatch, Ovalert|
|CRV genetics||Sparkplug, Upswing, Intricate, Woody, Eloy RF, Miracle, Blessing, Podcast|
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