Anderson's Royola to host WHA Convention tour
The farm tours are scheduled to get underway at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; bussing will be provided.
Anderson's Royola was established in 1949 by the late Andrew "Andy" and Jeanette Anderson, Tom's parents. Tom and Sharie purchased the family farm in 1976, and partner Justin Hintz joined the operation in 1998.
"I began working for Tom and Sharie in high school," Hintz explained. "I had spent much of my time as a youth working on my grandfather and great uncle's 200-cow commercial dairy operation and so I had always had an interest in dairying."
"While working for the Andersons, I began to purchase my first registered animals," Hintz continued. "Tom was willing to allow me to house them on his operation while teaching me about breeding, pedigrees and caring for registered Holsteins. After graduation I decided to purchase some more cows of my own."
When Hintz joined the operation 13 years ago, 20 milk cows were added, along with a 16-cow dry cow facility.
The farm has expanded from its original size of 220 acres to 450 tillable acres with corn, wheat, soybeans, oat and alfalfa as the staple crops. About 200 acres are also rented.
Today the farm consists of over 140 head, including 75 milk cows. The Rolling Herd Average is 25,653 pounds of milk, 983 pounds of fat and 815 pounds of protein on two-times-a-day milking, with a BAA of 107.8 percent. Their milk is shipped to Agropur, one of the WHA Convention sponsors.
Calves are raised in hutches until weaning, at which time they are moved to super hutches until about 5 months of age. Next they are moved to a neighboring farm until confirmed pregnant, then brought home and put on pasture until calving.
Their herd philosophy is to breed for a balance of type and index, with an emphasis on deep cow families. On average, they sell 10 to 12 breeding age bulls to local farmers annually.
When evaluating pedigrees for purchasing potential herdmates, both Anderson and Hintz look for strength of the cow family, multiple generations of excellents, high components and the ability to milk.
Anderson's Royola has earned 25 consecutive Milk Quality awards, were awarded the Waupaca Bankers Outstanding Farm Award and were honored with the Progressive Genetics Herd Award.
Involved in the community
In addition to managing the dairy farm operation, Anderson is also involved in the community. He has chaired the Waupaca-Waushara Show Opportunity Sale for over 20 years and just last year they hosted the county twilight meeting on their farm.
In addition, Tom and Justin have served several leadership roles on the county Holstein board, and both are assisting in coordinating the WHA Adult Convention, Feb. 24-25, at the Comfort Suites Fox Fire & Ale House, Waupaca.
Both Tom and Sharie, who is a dietary supervisor at Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca, are active members of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Big Falls. They have three children, Shane (deceased), Kotti and Adam.
Tom is also an avid hunter and enjoys golfing, fishing, shooting and collecting firearms in his spare time.
Recreational activities Hintz partakes in include hunting, attending Holstein sales, golfing, spending time with his family, snowmobiling and watching the Green Bay Packers.
In the near future, Anderson's Royola hopes to be adding a pack-type barn for weaned calves, potential sales animals and flush heifers.
They might also look into some type of a sand-bedded freestall barn to house the milking herd, providing the opportunity to milk a few more cows.
"We believe that there will be opportunities for all types of operations in the future," Tom concluded. "Operations our size may become organic dairies, or provide genetics, or provide milk for specialty cheese, or derive extra income by selling grain or hay."
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