A Report from Brazil by Emily Novinskie
It was an exciting day three of the 2011 Latin American GMS Reunion. Two very different herd types made for viewing of excellent GMS results.
The first stop was at the Chacara Fini herd, owned by Han Jan Groenwold of Colonia Castrolanda Brazil. The Groenwold herd has been on GMS since 2002, running on a Show Type conformation formula with a 5% production emphasis on Milk. The herd is comprised of 516 cows milking an average of 34.4 liters (76 lbs) per day and a 305 rolling herd average of 11,398 liters (25,075 lbs) on three times a day milking.
The highlights at this herd included a pair of 2nd lactation 29HO10124 BOLIVER daughters, pictured below. Boliver Heringa 7923 (left) is currently classified 85 with a projected production record of 14107 kg (31,100). Boliver Dora 7924 (right) is currently classified 82 with a projected production record of 11,500 kg (25,353 lb).
We also saw a pair of 1st lactation 29HO11111 BOLTON daughters – Bolton Maaike 8130 (left) is classified 82 with a projected production record of 14680 kg (32, 363 lbs). Bolton Martha 8120 (right) is classified 80 with a projected production record of 17242kg (38,012 lbs).
A sweet first lactation 29ho10664 GARRISON daughter (below) was also showcased. Garrison Grietje 8163 is scored 82 with a projected production record of 13,948 kg (30, 750 lbs).
A walk through the free stall barns found many more fantastic GMS results. Owner Hans Jan Groenwold, who is also president of the Brazil Holstein Association, noted that the average number of lactations in the herd is just shy of 3 lactations with an average lifetime production of 32000 kg or 70,547 lbs.
The afternoon stop was at the Chacara Papagaios owned by Raul Fernando Los of Colonia Castrolanda Brazil. The Los herd has been off and on the GMS program for many years, but have been on since 2002 running on the Intensive Management conformation formula with a 20 percent production emphasis on NetMerit$. The herd is currently milking 230 animals and hopes to expand from within to 450 milking animals by using 100% ABS Sexation within their heifer population.
The free stall barn at this herd once again characterized the consistent results that using the GMS can bring a dairyman. The hands down show stopper at this farm was a three year old 29HO10483 JAMMER daughter. Nina II 329 (below) holds a production record of 9,405 kg (20, 734 lb) and was pronounced ‘A great example of the ideal Intensive Management cow’ by GMS Manager Amy VanderMark.
Stay tuned for tomorrows travels of the dairy farms in Brazil!