150 cows support five owner families, 35 employees
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.