Grasshill Farm Ltd.
Lloyd & Barbara Wicks,
Shawna, Holly, Emily & Matthew Wicks
102 Kenstone Beach Rd., Bobcaygeon, ON K0M 1A0
- Breed & Herd Size: 900 Saanens
- Number Milked: 337 on milk recording
- Herd Classification Score: 37 Ex, 110 VG, 21 GP, 2 G
- Rolling Herd Production Average: 1,762 kg milk, with records up to 4,000 kg
Quality Genetics – High Quality Milk
Grasshill Farm Ltd. has been in the business of breeding quality genetics and shipping high quality milk from a typically run family farm for over 50 years. The farm is under the management of Lloyd and Barbara Wicks and children Shawna, Holly, Emily and Matthew, with Emily and Matthew recently home full-time managing and expanding the scope of the operation.
At Grasshill, they have always made high health standards, efficient production and conformation traits that equal long life their main goal. “Although we have been fortunate to breed many animals that have produced Canadian and even world championships, we have always been most pleased with the number of cows – approximately 30, that have produced more than 100,000 kg milk in their lifetimes and we currently have 36 goats in the herd with over 10,000 kg and still producing,” says Lloyd Wicks, who notes that they hope to soon have their first goat to hit the 20,000 kg level.
“We feel that these lifetime levels are the best proof of true profitability at the farm level and shows an animal’s ability to handle the stress of high production in various conditions,” says Wicks.
The Wicks family is very pleased to have been one of the few herds in Canada to have been awarded three Master Breeder awards from Holstein Canada and have an ongoing commitment to adding a fourth as they continue to breed Holsteins, in addition to developing their goat operation. “With animals sold to approximately 80 countries around the world, we look forward to working with breeders around the world looking for this kind of animal.”
At time of picturing, Grasshill Katarina had been milking 800 days, producing an average of 7.2 kg milk per day.
One of the new genetic traits being incorporated into the Grasshill Farm Ltd breeding program for increased profitability.