Learn About the Growing Demand for Holstein Steers

Posted: November 6, 2015

Steve and Dan Gross, Manchester, will host an open house on Friday, November 19, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for producers to learn more about raising dairy beef. After more than 20 years in the dairy beef business, the Gross’ are experts in management practices.

JBS USA, a national leader in calf-fed beef, is seeking Pennsylvania producers to help expand their branded product line. Successful programs require producers to feed Holstein steer calves a high grain diet from weaning through approximately 1,375 pounds, market weight.

Planned activities for the drop-in event include a milk replacer feeding demonstration at 10:00. At 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m Steve and Dan will answer questions and present an overview of the operation. JT Loewe, JBS Cattle Procurement/Head of Contracting, Greeley, CO, will discuss their contract program following Gross’ presentation. Signage throughout the facilities will offer tips on rations, housing and carcass data. A complimentary lunch will be served, starting at 11:00 a.m.

Open House sponsors include the following businesses and organizations: Agri-Basics, Inc., BB&T Bank, JBS, King Construction, Lancaster Dairy Farm Automation, PA Beef Producers, Penn State Extension, Purina and Sturdy Built Manufacturing. To register for this event, please contact the Chester County Extension Office at 610-696-3500 by Friday, November 13. For more information or questions, please contact Cheryl Fairbairn, Penn State Livestock Team, at

(Contributed by Leon J. Ressler, District 17 Director as part of his Now Is The Time Column for November  7, 2015.)