About Our Farm

Gold Mine Registered Milking Shorthorns is owned by Nathan and Jody Nus, located in the rolling clay hills of Fayette County.  Tillable land, timber and pasture total 500 acres.  Crops consist of corn, alfalfa, alfalfa/grass, and oats.  The herd is housed in a 40 stall comfort tie stall barn with mattresses and tunnel ventilation.  Corn silage, haylage, dry hay, ground corn and commercial protein/mineral mix constitute the milking herd TMR ration.  Milk is marketed to Associated Milk Producers Incorporated, where it is manufactured into NFDM or fluid for bottling.  Nathan's parents milk 35 Holsteins on an adjoining farm, and together both families share field and crop work.

In December 2007, a new heifer facility was completed, with a cantilevered front, drive-by feed pad and curtained rear; heifers ranging from 9 months to pre-fresh are housed in the five-bay barn.  They are fed a modified TMR.  The herd is 100% AI serviced, utilizing genetics from the Milking Shorthorn, Illawarra, Swedish Red, and Red Holstein breeds; in 2006, aAa Animal Analysis was incorporated into the breeding program. Embryo transfer has also been successfully utilized for several years.

Gold Mine QD Butterscotch 1000

In 2006, Nathan and Jody received the American Milking Shorthorn Association’s Harry Clampitt Young Breeder Award.  They are members of the Iowa, Wisconsin and National Milking Shorthorn Associations.  To date they have bred and owned six William J. Hardy Bronze Award cows, and developed one purchased cow, including, Gold Mine S Blaser Beauty 309 2E91, Gold Mine KAO QD Riata 144-EXP 2E93, Gold Mine Othello QD Parti 139 3E94.  These cows have each produced over 100,000 pounds milk lifetime in fewer than 5 lactations.  Two Silver Hardy Cow Award recipients have been bred and owned, each cow producing over 150,000 pounds milk lifetime in under 9 lactations.  These special cows are Gold Mine EBROSE KAO Karli 147 2E91 and Gold Mine R Outlaw Bella 338 2E92.

Karli was named the 2009 Cow of the Year and received the 2009 Willard E. Gerner Meritorious Brood Cow Award in 2010.  Bella produced the 2009 Top Milk Record and garnered the W. Arthur Simpson Memorial Award at this years AMSS National Convention with a record of 7/06 305d 2X 33,760m 2.7% 915f 2.9% 968p.  In 2010, Bella again produced the Top Milk Record with a record of 08/06 305d 29,480m 2.4% 693f 2.8% 785p.  Bella also received the 2011 AMSS Cow of the Year award.  For the 2011 AMSS production year, the herd is ranked second in the nation, receiving a Bronze Progressive Breeder award with 62 completed records ME’d at 21,842m 727f 647p, and the 2010 Top Herd Increase Award of +1,513 milk.  They have received the Bronze Progressive Breeder award five years and the Silver Progressive Breeder award once.

Gold Mine G Shimmer 838-EXP

Many Gold Mine bred animals have performed well in the show ring at the state and national levels. Several show animals are sold each year through sales and privately across the country; many have gone on to receive All American accolades. In 2009, Gold Mine G Shimmer 838-EXP was 1st Jr. and 2nd Open Spring Yearling Junior Champion of the Junior Show at the World Dairy Expo, and went on to be named the 2009 Jr. All American Spring Yearling and the 2009 Res. All American Spring Yearling for Nicole Allen of Stitzer, Wisconsin.

In 2011, Gold Mine QD Butterscotch 1000 was sold through the Wisconsin Dairyland sale to Crimson Fever Cattle of Austin, Minnesota, where she went on to be 3rd Fall Calf at the International Show and 1st Fall Calf and Res. Junior Champion at the Minnesota State Fair.  Butterscotch ended the 2011 show season as the HM All American Fall Calf!

Gold Mine Poppy's OT Kay EX-95

One cow bred at Gold Mine that has gone on to world wide recognition has been Gold Mine Poppy’s OT Kay, EX-95, EX-MS, 2005 All American Aged Cow, and World Record Holder for milk production, with a record of 5-10 365d 46,666 3.31% 1544f 3.06% 1427p and a lifetime production of 221,791m 7,623f 6,796p in 6 lactations. Poppy is owned by Spungold/Raggi of  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

The Gold Mine prefix was founded by Jody’s great great grandfather, William Meyer, in 1887, near rural McGregor.  Jody’s grandparents, Maurice and Bonnie Meyer, were active members of the AMSS, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota associations.  Maury passed away in 2011.  Bonnie remains on the home farm.  Jody’s aunt, Marlys Meyer, enjoys staying active with breed activities, and the entire family strives to support the Milking Shorthorn breed at every opportunity.  With the passing of Jody’s grandfather, the Maurice Meyer memorial Progressive Performance Herd Award was established to recognize herds combining outstanding production and type.  The Gold Mine herd was the recipient of the 2011 award in the 40-79 cow group.

Thank you for you interest in our genetics!  Cattle, embryos and semen for sale at all times.  We welcome those new to the Milking Shorthorn breed and make every effort to ensure your investment in our genetics is successful.

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