Regancrest Holsteins to host Farm Progress Hay Expo
By Jean Caspers-Simmet
Date Modified: 06/24/2013 1:02 PM
WAUKON, Iowa —Regancrest Holsteins will host the Farm Progress Hay Expo June 19-20 in an alfalfa field across the road from their dairy just off Highway 9, northeast of Waukon.
Bill Regan said they had visited with Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national events manager, for about five years about hosting the Hay Expo.
"We had to do it in a year when there were enough hay fields on one side of the highway," Regan said. "For safety reasons, show organizers want a site where people don't have to cross highways."
Regan said that they've talked to Matt Hamlett, of Arlington; the Knutsons, of Ossian; the Johanningmeiers, of Waterville; and Stardell Farms at Fredericksburg, all past Hay Expo hosts.
"It's a good show," Regan said. "There is always a lot of new equipment. Machinery companies bring their latest equipment and seed companies have their latest technology."
"Field demonstrations are a highlight of the Hay Expo," said Jungmann. "Demonstrations begin in the morning with mowing, conditioning and chopping then continues in the afternoon with raking, baling and hay handling. Watching the machines operate side-by-side under actual field conditions is an excellent opportunity for producers."
The exhibit field will highlight displays from the major and shortline specialty manufacturers, seed, building and storage facility suppliers, and a range of related product suppliers.
New this year is a 12:30 p.m. session on hay marketing. Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension forage specialist, will offer hay buyers and sellers tips on how they can maximize their resources.
The Allamakee County Cattlemen's Association will make steak sandwiches and burgers; WW Homestead Dairy will sell cheese curds, ice cream and milk; and the Allamakee County Dairy Promoters will make malts. Waukon FFA will park cars and the Allamakee Antique Tractor Association will have machinery on display.
Regancrest has more than 675 cows and just started three-times-per-day milking. They do extensive embryo flushing and transfer work and market their Holstein genetics around the world.
Regancrest was started in 1995 by William and Angella Regan and their family. The partnership began with registered cattle from top cow families in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Many family members are involved in the operation. Frank Regan manages the genetics, daily animal health, vet work and assists with milking. His wife, Mary, is in charge of calf feeding and preparing dinner for employees. Their son, Brian, assists with cropping and helps with custom raising young stock. Daughter Sheri assists Frank with the genetics and marketing. Son Sean and Sean's wife, Krystal, are in charge of the calves. Sean also works with the crops.
Charlie Regan is parlor manager. His son, Mitch, helps with chores and crop work.
Bill Regan is business manager and works with crops and machinery. Bill's wife, Karen, is parlor manager and helps with morning milking. Ronald Regan and brother-in-law Darrel Henning mix feed for the herd. Last fall Sean, Sheri, Brian and Mitch joined the partnership.
The farm employs 15 other full- and part-time workers.
The show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and parking is $10. For more information, visit HayExpo.com or call 1-866-264-7469.