North Harbor Dairy Farm: Focus on Feed Efficiency & Components

Category: Testimonials
Producer and CRV representative in barn
Tim Fargo, CRV USA, Brian Robbins, North Harbor Dairy Farm

“We have always been a detail-oriented, high-production dairy. But we have always struggled with components. I made the CRV jump because we wanted to focus on components. We saw the value of components and we knew it was going to continue to increase," says Brian Robbins, owner of the 1,200-cow herd North Harbor Dairy Farm in Sackets Harbor, New York. With the help of CRV Sales Representative Tim Fargo, Brian adapted a new breeding strategy. "Nowadays I don't get too involved in it. I told Tim what I was looking for, eight or nine years ago. He has done very well. So, I don't really ask a lot of questions," Brian Robbins says.

"We’re breeding for a small and more efficient animal. Our milk production is in the low to mid-nineties with super high components. And that’s where we want to be. Feed efficiency and high components. Obviously, a lower income over feed costs means a lower income for the dairy”, explains Brian.

With Tim at his disposal, Brian achieved the herd he was looking for. “Most of the herd now are CRV cows and components just come with it. Year-round we’re averaging 4.30% butterfat. Quite regularly 7 pounds of components are shipped. Components are something that we don’t really worry much about anymore”, says Brian.

CRV SireMatch Utilized at North Harbor

CRV’s sales representative Tim Fargo assists in reaching Brian's breeding goal: “We have discussed North Harbor’s breeding goals and CRV chooses the group of sires to fit these at each proof update. We’re managing the strategy of sexed with beef on dairy mainly through SireMatch, CRV’s breeding management program that helps to select the bulls that match the breeding goal best,” Tim says.

Brian is preparing to start with the HerdOptimizer program to gain insight into the genetic potential of his herd. "That’s going to help us improve decisions about who is bred to dairy and who is bred to beef. We think that will help tremendously in making sure we are retaining the preferred dairy pedigrees,” Brian concludes.

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