Musqie Valley Farms from Elderbank Nova Scotia, is ran by John and Gwen Dillman and their son Reg Dillman along with wife Melissa and two children Kaden and Tate.
The farm was purchased in 1977 by John and Gwen. In 2003 their 30 cow tie stall barn was lost in Hurricane Juan. A 70 cow tie stall barn was built with calving pens and 2 box stalls. The Dillmans milk 45-50 cows with approximately 56% Holsteins, 35% Jerseys and 9% Ayrshires in the herd. The herd classification is 13 EX, 33 VG (with 86.7 pt average) and 10 GP. They were #6 BCA herd in Nova Scotia for all herds in 2013 with a 256 BCA. Their herd averages are 212-242-216 BCA for Holsteins and 272-270-269 for Jerseys.
The Dillmans own 200 acres and rent 100. Their crops consist of 55 acres of corn, 50 acres of pasture, 50-70 acres of legumes and the remaining is in alfalfa and grass. They also run a custom combine operation and will do between 1000-1500 acres this year. They also supply 800-850 birds to the registered Pheasant reserve nearby. John is also a dealer for Quality seeds, Dekalb, Maizex, Elite and Semincan servicing approximately 70-75 customers in Nova Scotia and New Foundland.
Feeding protocol -Calves are housed in hutches and fed headstart when they are born and milk from the tank maxing out at 6 litres per day along with a calf starter. -weaning takes place at 10 weeks where they are put on dry hay along with a calf starter until 6 months of age -Heifers are fed round bale silage and a 20% dairy ration – Milk cows are fed a TMR, Mineral supplement and hand fed a top dressed protein – Dry Cows are fed round bale silage with a ration introduced to close up calvers -Cows and heifers are both on pasture during the summer months with access to free choice dry hay.
Musqie Valley Farms has updated their Facebook page with their fantastic results and photos from the FREX – New Brunswick Provincial Show which included a Supreme & Reserve Supreme win!