Congratulations to Jan and Jeff King of Kings-Ransom Farm, LLC, Schuylerville, N.Y., for being named Holstein Association USA’s 2009 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders! You can see a video presentation about the farm on the Holstein website.
Growing up on a farm, Jan and Jeff have been actively involved in the Registered Holstein business their entire lives. Participating in several Junior Holstein programs when they were younger, their love of working with dairy cattle stayed with them through college. After graduating from Cornell University in 1990 and 1993, respectively, Jan and Jeff returned to their home operation – Kings-Ransom Farm.
The brothers began managing the day-to-day operations of the farm, with major decisions being made jointly with their parents, Edgar and Carolyn. In 1996, the family set up a long-term buyout agreement, which allowed Jan and Jeff to steadily gain ownership of the operation.
Today, Kings-Ransom Farm has expanded and diversified. The Kings are milking 900 Registered Holsteins and farming 2,450 acres. Milking three times per day, their herd currently averages 27,132 pounds of milk, 988 pounds of fat and 844 pounds of protein.