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Pine Grove Farm Dutch Belted
2006 Dutch Belted Spring Picnic

  Held Saturday, April 29, 2006

At Pine Grove Farm, Peter and Christina Winch

12742 Brown School Rd
Fennimore, WI
(608) 822-7806

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 the event.

Dutch Belted group          Dutch Belted at feed bunk

Dutch Belted cow          Dutch Belted cow 2

Dutch Belted cattle          Dutch Belted at gate

Dutch Belted at window          Milking Parlor

Dutch Belted calves          Dutch Belted calf