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Distinguished Junior Member Taylor Pires


Taylor Pires has been a suc- cessful Holstein breeder and agricultural advocate for most of her young life. Be- ing raised on the family dairy with a bright future ahead of her, Taylor wasted no time getting started on her herd. She has also dedicated her time to promoting the dairy industry and participating in activities such as dairy bowl, dairy jeopardy, and cow camp. Being a part of the


California Jr. Holstein Association and the National Holstein As- sociation has provided Taylor with the help to further her en- deavors and improve her involvement with the dairy industry. Taylor has a philosophy that she lives by and tries to implicate into her everyday life as much as she can, it is “If you are ambi- tious boys, let me advise you that on the farm you will find... op- portunity for intelligence and interesting study.” Tis was said by the famous William Dempster Hoard, who seems to be quite a fitting role model for such an outstanding young breeder.


Taylor’s two cows Rocky-Top Astro Veronica and MS A-Exel Melisa milking at the Merced County Fair.


until that point. But with the pain and sadness came strength, that helped Taylor grow as a person and helped her appreciate her many opportunities more than she had before. Taylor had to move her herd to Pioneer Dairy in Los Banos, which she visits routinely when she is home from college. Although she does not get to make as many management choices than she had before, she was thankful that she could continue doing what she loved to do, raise Holsteins.


Even though Taylor isn’t on the farm with her herd as often as she used to be, she still manages to know exactly what goes on with her herd like any dedicated owner would. Te cows are milked three times a day and are fed a standard total mixed ra- tion. She pays close attention to the DHIA tests and monitors her cows’ health and production. Since her heifers are sepa- rated from the rest of the herd, Taylor is able to have a more hands on involvement with them. She feeds her heifers a mix- ture of oat hay, calf manna, and performance, making sure that her animals get exactly what they need to be happy, healthy Holsteins. Although Taylor makes her own breeding decisions, she gladly takes advice and suggestions from the dairy owner Dave Soares.


Taylor’s first registered Holstein calf.


Taylor has been living and breathing the dairy life ever since she can remember. Taking after her father’s love for the industry, Taylor worked hard to ensure that she would become a well balanced breeder. Taylor started her registered herd with a Hol- stein heifer named Precious. Precious served as motivation for Taylor, inspiring her to compete in many shows and striving to exhibit her hard work with pride. She started showing Precious at the fair, and eventually her show herd grew larger. Tis string of animals developed into Tay-Tay Holsteins. Her first Holstein cow was Excels Taboo, and from there her herd grew with time.


Unfortunately, like many other dairies, the economy took it’s toll on the family dairy. As anyone could imagine, it was very difficult for Taylor to move on from what had been her life up


50 California Holstein News Annual 2012


Taylor and her parents at the 2011 National Holstein Convention after she received 2nd place in intermediate dairy jeopardy.


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