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Farm tour at Hupperts Sept. 5

Left to Right: Jason Kjos, Kay and Lawrence Huppert, Lori, Ambrea and Amelia Kjos. Submitted photo.

Dairy enthusiasts and the general public are invited to attend the Pierce-Pepin Holstein Club's twilight meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Huppert Brothers Inc., of River Falls.

Visitors will have the opportunity to visit a family farm, tour their operation and participate in a dairy judging contest. A roast beef lunch will be served, along with dairy refreshments. A semen auction featuring some of the breed's top bulls, a dairy speaker, and door prizes will round out the evening.

Huppert Brothers Inc. is located just north of River Falls off of Highway 35, on Cty. Rd. U. Signs will be visible.

Huppert Brothers Inc. was named a Wisconsin Century farm in 2000; in 2002 they hosted St. Croix County's Farm City Days and were also named St. Croix County Conservation Farm of the year.

"Milk quality is a top priority and we receive milk quality awards each year from Hasting Creamery. We want to make sure that we are producing a quality product for consumers," stated Jason.

The families' involvement with Registered Holsteins started with a calf that Jason bought at the state convention sale held in River Falls in 2004. "Sugar" began her show career at the Pierce County Fair where she took home Supreme Champion honors in 2006. After winning at the county fair, she was exhibited at the Minnesota State Fair where she was Reserve Intermediate Champion of the Red and White Show. She's also been to World Dairy Expo three times, placing eighth as a Junior 3 Year Old in 2007.

Sugar was the start of the farm's line of genetics but things haven't stopped there. "We like to focus on red and white cows and different cow families," states Jason. "We have a bunch of different families, including individuals from the Blackrose, Elegance, Tiara, Sellcrest T Roseanne and Derrwyn Factor Miata families."

A purchase from the Blackrose family, Rosedale Reliance-Red-ET, was another addition to Huppert Bros., Inc., that brought home top honors. "Purchasing these animals was a great way to get back into the Registered Holstein business, but we are most proud of the homebred animals we've developed from these foundation heifers," says Jason.

Huppert Brothers Inc. has a rolling herd average of 25,752 lbs of milk and a BAAof 106.9. Jason says their breeding philosophy is based on type and longevity, something he learned from his father-in-law who has always emphasized the importance of good type animals.