Dutch Belted Cattle Association of
2006 Dutch Belted Spring Picnic
Held Saturday, April 29, 2006
At Pine Grove Farm, Peter and Christina Winch
12742 Brown School Rd
Despite the rain, a good turnout traveled to southwest Wisconsin to
view Pine Grove Farm, the home of Peter and Christina Winch.
Twenty eight people from Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin
attended the Farm Open House. The Pine Grove Herd consists of 170
milking cows and 90 replacement heifers. About 70% of the cows
are Dutch Belted and 90% of the heifers. Winch's started breeding
Dutch Belted cattle in 1991 with the Breeding Up Program. Now
they are just beginning to have a good number of home bred animals
reach full registration status. The farm is run mainly on a
rotational grazing basis. Peter then feeds silage and baleage
from the 400 acres they farm and buys dry hay and shelled corn.
When not on pasture, the cows spend their time in one of three coverall
buildings. Two of those have free stalls with one containing the
feed bunk. The milking parlor is a swing 12 set up with automatic
takeoff. The cows average about 17,500 pounds of milk per
year. They calve on a spring and fall calving schedule putting
our visit right in the heart of the March-May calf crop.
Thanks to Peter, Christina, and the whole Pine Grove gang for hosting