Reese Hansen greets one of the Holsteins during suppertime.
The Jay and Jeanne Hansen farm, which has been in the family since 1864, started specializing in dairy cows in 1953. Today, we milk 150 cows with another 150 replacement heifers on the farm. We operate a closed herd of registered Black & White and Red & White Holsteins.
Cows are milked twice each day, at 4 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
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.
What are the cows fed?
Hansen cows do not graze on grass. They eat a mixture of hay silage, corn silage, high-moisture corn, distillers grain, canola meal and other vitamins and minerals. A milking cow will consume about 90 pounds of feed a day and drink about 40 gallons of water.
Do the cows get to go outside?
All ages of cows can go outside on dirt to get exercise and off the concrete as they wish.
Are your cows injected with antibiotics or growth hormones?
The cows are treated with antibiotics only if they contract a serious infection, which is rare. If a cow has been treated, her milk is withheld from human consumption until the withdrawal period is over. Our cows are not given growth hormones.
Dollar enjoys her corn and alfalfa silage. Hansen cows will eat about 90 pounds of feed a day.