Managing for Profit

Missouri Cow of the Year owner: Management is key

The dairyman who owns Missouri’s Cow of the Year says management, along with involving family members in the operation, is the key to his success.

2015 Cow of the Year owner Brad Groves, Billings, Mo., flanked by daughter Kiera and son Taylor, at the Heart of America Dairy Expo, Springfield, Mo., Jan. 30, 2016.Brad Groves of Billings, Missouri, raised that state’s Cow of the Year as determined by the Missouri Holstein Association.

“She has 217,000 pounds of milk lifetime,” Groves told Brownfield Ag News after accepting the award during the Heart of America Dairy Expo in Springfield, Missouri.  He was describing the dam that’s still producing on his farm in southwest Missouri.

“So far, to date, three very good daughters (born of this cow),” he said, adding that the cow has produced a total of 47 embryos in its last two flushes.

The Groves family pitches in to make their dairy a success, but Brad says it takes a watchful eye to make it successful.

“Management is the key,” said Groves.

AUDIO: Brad and Taylor Groves (3 min. MP3)

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