Tim Shearer and/or Irene Vietinghoff
2019 – 12th Line of Asphodel, RR2, Norwood, ON K0L 2V0
- Breed(s): Milking Shorthorns, Holsteins & Jerseys
- Number Milked: 50-55
- Housing Style: tie-stall; heifers are boarded out
- Herd Classification Score: 13 Ex, 26 VG, 13 GP
- Rolling Herd Production Average in 305 days: 7590 kg milk, 4.0%F, 3.3%P
- Current Service Sires: Jett Air, Fever, Kaiser Royalty, Mocha, and Minister
- Herd Health Status: Johne’s negative status
- Acres farmed: 100 owned; 200 rented
A Genetic Source for Three Breeds
Tim Shearer and Irene Vietinghoff of Lynmark Farms, Norwood, ON, have the distinction of working with three breeds of dairy cattle in their barn. In the Holstein and Jersey breeds they focus on breeding a balanced animal for type and production. With their Milking Shorthorns or “Shorties” as they affectionately call them, the couple strive for purity of bloodlines while improving the breed to keep genetic diversity available to the breed and dairy industry. As of 2013 they have a homebred Excellent in all three breeds.
In the Milking Shorthorns, Lynmark Farms is home to descendants of Fieldcrest Rubin Pearl (Ex-8E-5*) who is the only 8E cow in the breed in Canada and also tied for most brood stars in the breed. Pearl’s amazing life story was profiled in the New Zealand annual Milking Shorthorn magazine and in the 2012 winter issue of the American Milking Shorthorn Journal. Her granddaughter, Lynmark Out Fleece (Ex-94-2E), holds the distinction of representing the longest generational line of Very Good or Excellent classified cows in the breed at 10 generations. Fleece was voted Canadian Milking Shorthorn Cow of the Year in 2012, was Grand Champion at the National Show 2012, and CanWest DHI high production award winner. She also had embryos sold to Ireland. Two-thirds of the Milking Shorthorns in this herd trace back to Pearl. Hauxwell Clara 20th (Ex-5*) is the foundation of the highest indexing Milking Shorthorn family at Lynmark. Clara has 2 Excellent, one Very Good, and 2 Good Plus classified daughters, and four highly productive daughters who have achieved over 300% BCA. This is a family that has produced show winners and CanWest DHI production award winners at the Milking Shorthorn National Show. The Lynmark show string has also earned Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor awards at their national breed show.
Due to a chronic lack of heifer calves, Lynmark has only two Jerseys at present: an Ex-2E out of the Mamie family at Enniskillen, and an Ex-90-4yr who goes back on her maternal line to the well-known Evening family.
Among the Holstein population at Lynmark, Savage-Leigh PS Lenore-ET (VG-87) is a recent purchase with Doug Wherry of Oshawa. She is a “Shottle” daughter of Savage-Leigh Leona-ET (Ex-96-2E-USA) who was Reserve All-American in 2012, while her grandam Savage-Leigh Licorice-ET (Ex-92-USA-DOM-GMD-2*) and her Ex-92 third dam were also All-American nominees. This family has been a source for A.I. bulls, and Lenore herself already had a son sold for an A.I. program. Arron Doon Rubens Longfora Lu (VG-87) is another deep-pedigreed Holstein in the herd. Her dam, Arron Doon Gibson Lavish Lu (VG-6*), had two sons in A.I.
Tim and Irene have sold live cattle across Canada and into the United States, and they’ve also marketed embryos to Australia, Ireland, the United States and in Canada. They are presently in discussions to also sell embryos to New Zealand. Lynmark Farms have young stock and embryos available on a regular basis, and the couple are pleased to say they have had repeat business especially from buyers seeking show heifers.
Visitors are welcomed at Lynmark but urged to contact them ahead. They have hosted visitors and tours from the Baltics, USA, Ireland, New Zealand, Peterborough County, the Canadian Milking Shorthorn Association, 4-H clubs and individual breeders.
Tim and Irene’s reasons for joining forces with the LLG group are clearly defined. “We hope the LLG will expand our exposure to a broader market and we will be able to maximize income from ET and have more sales. Also this is a window to make the Milking Shorthorns more visible to a broader market and maybe have people diversifying their herds.”