Holstein herd

The Jay and Jeanne Hansen farm has been in the family since Jay's ancestors immigrated from Germany in 1864. It is a designated site in the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.  

The dairy herd originated in 1953. Today, we own 175 cows and 190 heifers, all purebred Holsteins registered under the Jaywood prefix. We operate a closed herd and sell our surplus cows. We have mostly Black & White Holsteins but we have a few Red & White Holsteins as well.

Cows are milked every day at 4 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

BELOW: Watch an 8-year-old cow give birth to a heifer on the Hansen’s Farm Fresh Dairy farm.


Cows are pregnant for nine months, just like humans. They have their first calf at 2 years old and are bred to have one calf each year. Cows can live to be 10-15 years old. They spend six hours a day eating and an additional eight hours chewing their cud. They have one stomach with four compartments.

Blake Hansen mingles with the dry cows.

Blair Hansen feeds the dry cows.