Randall Lineback Cattle

Vermont’s first official State Heritage Breed

About

Kim on the cover of Guernsey Breeders Journal, Christmas 1991

Kim on the cover of Guernsey Breeders Journal, Christmas 1991

I was born and raised on a dairy farm in New York, where we bottled our milk in our own proscessing plant right on the farm. We ran a door-to-door delivery service and a drive-through milk store, and also sold apples, eggs, and other products we raised on the farm. In 1987, after I graduated from high school, our farm was sold and the land developed. Shortly after, I headed north to continue the family’s tradition of working with land and animals.

I first managed Valley Farms in Walpole, New Hampshire, where we had a show herd of Guernseys. We had remarkable success in milk production, flushing embryos, selling bulls to stud in the AI industry, and selling and showing breeding stock across America.

• In 1990, Moonglow, and EX-90 at 4 years old, was #16 in the breed for CPI. She was contracted by major AI organizations and was sold in the Guernsey Americana sale in Madison, WI. Dave, an ET son of Moonglow’s, was contracted by ABS.

• In 1991, Muffie, an EX-93 6-year-old, was first for protein and 9th for milk of all Guernsey cows in the United States. She was also classified as a gold star dam and was in the top 300 for CPI.

• In 1991, Valley Farms had 3 “milk flow queens”, a designation given by the American Guernsey Association for the top 100 Guernsey cows for milk production.

• Also in 1991,Valley Farms was in the top ten in the country (for herd size 50-75 cows) for milk production, fat and protein.

• 1991 was also a great year for Kim, one of my own heifers, as she was classified VG-86 as a 2-year-old and was on the Christmas cover of the Guernsey Breeders Journal.

• A calf born under my management was officially the 3-millionth Guernsey to be registered.

• During my 2 years of management of Valley Farms, herd production was raised by over 2,500 lbs, with a herd average of over 16,000 lbs of milk per cow.

In 1992, I took a job in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont managing a large commercial herd of Holsteins. During my 5 years at the Gingue Farm, we raised the herd average by nearly 5,000 lbs per cow. My responsibilities included breeding (AI), herd health (I did most of the farm’s veterinary work), adjusting nutrition daily in a TMR system, crop work, and of course milking. We milked nearly 200 Holsteins.

In 1993, we implemented a rotational pasture system of intensive grazing during the summer months. At the time, the farm was in the top 5 in the state (for herd size) for milk production. In 1995, the owner of the farm recieved the state’s Farmer of the Year award.

In 1995, after concluding that the cost of starting my own farm was prohibitive, I sold my own cows and enrolled in college for my second love: building reproduction furniture. After graduating form North Bennet Street School, I opened my own business and am currently designing and building furniture for a living. I still frequently hay, breed cows and relief milk for nearby farms. It is my hope that with my skills and connections in the dairy world, I can do something valuable for the future of the Randall breed.

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Randall Linebacks are a rare breed of cattle which originated in Vermont and are steadily gaining popularity. Here you will find photos and stories about my own Randall Linebacks, as well as my experiences on New England dairy farms.

My childhood home, Randall Farms of Mt. Sinai, NY is also a subject near and dear to me. I have been collecting photos and memories and will share some of them here.

(The name is a coincidence; historic Randall Farms and the Randall Lineback breed bear no known connection.)

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