The Nosbush Dairy Partnership was created in 1983 by brothers David, Bradley and Leroy Nosbush. The farm was originally purchased by their father, the late Wendelin Nosbush in 1955. Their mother, the late Bernice Nosbush, was instrumental in building a state-of-the art milking parlor in 1972. The brothers began to modernize when they built their first free stall barn and manure storage structure. Other improvements over the past 25 years include: milking center, feed bunkers, commodity shed, shop, cross-ventilated free stall barn, calf facilities, heifer barn, and removal of old young stock housing.
Nosbush Dairy’s goal is to have healthy, comfortable animals. They devote the majority of their effort preventing sickness and discomfort by providing properly designed facilities for their cows that are clean and well ventilated. They work closely with a nutritionist to ensure proper combinations of grains, forage and nutrients in their recipes to feed each group of cattle.
All cows that have calved within the last 21 days are checked for ketosis and have their temperature checked twice a week. Any health issues with these cows are identified and dealt with before they become a major problem. They use a full vaccination program that is administered according to directions developed with their herd veterinarian. A hoof trimmer comes on site every two weeks to maintain the quality of the herd’s hooves. All special need cows are housed in a separate pen. This allows them to be monitored closely and prevent health problems.
Nosbush Dairy takes its commitment to quality dairy products seriously. They have received the First District Association’s milk quality award for fourteen consecutive years. Cows that have been treated with antibiotics are housed in a separate pen and are milked in the original milking parlor which prevents this milk from entering the bulk tank. They have developed a set of protocols for treating animals with their veterinarian. Written records are kept of all treatments given to cows, which are strictly maintained to prevent residues from contaminating the milk or meat. This gives all of the staff the information they need to safely care for the animals. This also ensures the effectiveness of the treatment and results in healthier, happier cows!
Happy cows produce more nutritious milk.