St. Jacobs Animal Breeding Corp (St. Jacobs ABC) announced the addition of a new business, St. Jacobs Cows, LLC. The newly formed business will focus on breeding and development of elite dairy cattle, working closely with St. Jacobs ABC.
St. Jacobs Cows, LLC will consist of approximately 60 cows and 60 heifers in a Richford, VT facility leased from Mark and Amanda St. Pierre. The herd will focus on elite females with the extensive use of ET and IVF to breed exclusive cow families. This will allow for the development of cattle and embryos to offer for sale around the world. The operation will also focus on showcasing daughters of certain St. Jacobs ABC bulls for tours and promotion.
St. Jacobs ABC currently sells bovine genetics from their sire program around the world through their sales partners at ABS Global, Inc. The facility will also be a host for future events, and recently kicked off its operations by hosting the Best of Both Worlds Sale on June 25. The Best of Both Worlds Sale featured nearly 200 lots of exceptional Holsteins, selling for an average price of $5,600 with buyers traveling to the sale from all across the US, Canada, and even Mexico.
"The creation of St. Jacobs Cows, LLC will allow us to grow our product lines to provide elite genetics for cattle breeding around the globe," said St. Jacobs ABC owners, Tim and Sharyn Abbott. They added, "We are excited to have all of our cattle in one location and look forward to hosting visitors from around the world."
The operation will be driven by Renee Baker, who will be a managing partner of the facility. Baker is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Vermont State-funded 2+2 FARMS scholarship program in 2002, receiving her Associate's degree from Vermont Tech in 2000, and her Bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont in 2002.
She has worked for top breeding herds in the US and Canada, including Lookout Holsteins and Jerseys in Quebec and Cowtown Holsteins in Vermont. She has worked in animal nutrition and most recently has started her own herd, which will be joining the St. Jacobs herd in Richford.
"Renee is one of the top people in the business today. She knows how to care for and manage great cattle and will be a great asset to our business. We look forward to her leadership to develop the herd into one of the finest in the country," said Tim Abbott.
Located in Franklin, VT, St. Jacobs ABC has been in the development of elite dairy genetics since 1958, supplying some of ABS' most prestigious genetics. Headquartered in DeForest, ABS Global is the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services and technologies. ABS has been at the forefront of animal genetics and technology since its founding in 1941, and is a division of Genus plc.