Top herds honored by Tulare DHIAPrint
The Tulare Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) honored outstanding herds at the organization’s annual banquet.Tulare DHIA herds were tested through a 305-day lactation with a minimum of 10 tests per year.
Top producing herd honor went to Rob Van Grouw’s Elbow Creek Dairy, Visalia, with 30,192 lbs. energy corrected milk (ECM). ABS Global sponsored the award.
The winner of the milk quality honor was Sweeney Dairy, Visalia, with an average SCC of 90,000 cells/ml. Bank of the West sponsored the milk quality award.
Other top herds recognized were:
• Second high herd – Ribeiro Dairy Farms, Tulare, 30,126 lbs. ECM. DHI Provo sponsored the award.
• Third high herd – Rio Blanco Dairy, Tulare, 29.392 lbs. ECM. Farm Credit West sponsored the award.
• Fourth high herd – Fernoak Farms, Tulare, 28,574 lbs. ECM. Sousa and Co., sponsored the award.
• Fifth high herd – Dairyland Farms, Tipton, 28,339 lbs. ECM. Penny Newman Grain Co., sponsored the award.
• Sixth high herd – Fernjo Farms, Tulare, 27,718 lbs. ECM. Golden State Feed and Grain sponsored the award.
• Seventh high herd – Machado Dairy and Farming Inc., Tulare, 27,667 lbs. ECM. Quality Machinery Center sponsored the award.
• Eighth high herd – Sousa Farms, Tipton, 27,610 lbs. ECM. Agri-Tech Analytics sponsored the award.
• Ninth high herd – Rob Van Grouw Dairy, Visalia, 27,339 lbs. ECM. Griswold LaSalle Cobb Dowd & Gin sponsored the award.
• Tenth high herd – Riverbend Dairies, Tulare, 26,957 lbs. ECM. All West/Select Sires sponsored the award.
Herds in the top 10 milking 3X were: Elbow Creek Dairy, Fernoak Farms, Dairyland Farms, Fernjo Farms, Machado Dairy and Farming Inc., and Riverbend Dairies
In 2011, Tulare DHIA tested 130 electronic data processing (EDP) herds milking a total of 235,993 cows, producing an average of 22,926 lbs. ECM.
DHIA report dedicated to Larry D. Flood
The Tulare Dairy Herd Improvement Association’s 2011 annual report was dedicted to the late Larry D. Flood for his 16 years of “unparallelled honesty and dedication” to the association as its office manager and accountant.
Flood earned a Master’s of Science degree in agricultural economics at Brigham Young University, which enhanced his ability to work in the field of accounting at Tulare DHIA. He was known for his integrity and commitment to his family.
He and his wife, Anne, raised 10 children and have 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and together they played sports, sang, cooked, watched old movies, and served in the church. Flood was born Oct. 30, 1944 and passed away in 2012.