Sugar Creek Dairy
Sugar Creek Dairy of Elkhorn, WI, is home to more than just a large herd of cows. In fact, its owners Rick and Marleen have developed a strong herd of ladies that like to work and look great doing so. Rick and Marleen are no strangers to farming. Rick’s father moved to Wisconsin from Illinois in the 1950’s and raised his family just 20 minutes south of Sugar Creek. Rick’s family had a very diverse operation, consisting of 60 grade Holsteins, pigs and beef cattle. Rick’s interest was always in the dairy portion of the farm, and he returned home to milk cows after completing his education at UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course. Marleen grew up in Wiota, Wisconsin, attended MATC-Madison and she and Rick married after they finished school. The Adams’ remained at the home farm for 17 years before making the decision to relocate and build.
The Adams’ purchased 100 acres in 1997 with their previous business partner to start Sugar Creek Dairy. Prior to building facilities for 450 cows, the current site was only a cornfield. The cows from both herds were used to help fill the barns, along with the purchase of additional herds and groups of heifers. The Adams’ became sole owners of the Sugar Creek operation in 2007.
Since its start, Sugar Creek Dairy has seen a 100-cow increase, as well as the addition of another freestall barn. Cows are milked in a double-12 Germania herringbone parlor three times a day, and the 600 cows on test merit a 32,267 pound herd average, with a 4.2% and 1345 pound fat test and 3.2% and 1023 pound protein test.
Rick and Marleen have two children. Sara graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in political science and works for in Madison. Ryan, married to Ashley, attended UW-Madison and has a doctorate in Physical Therapy. The labor force at the farm consists of Rick and Marleen, with Rick as the overall manager and Marleen taking on the calf raising and bookwork. They are accompanied by 12 additional workers, including one feeder, one herdsman and ten additional milkers.
Cows at Sugar Creek are divided into five groups based on age and production and are fed a TMR. The entire herd is bedded with sand, and buildings are complete with fans and sprinklers to beat the summer heat. Dry cows occupy the end of one of the milking barns and calve on a straw pack. Manure storage includes a clay-lined lagoon with a cement floor that is hauled twice a year.
Sugar Creek Dairy has been using top tested genomic sires in recent years with great success. Bulls that have had a large influence in the herd include Doorman, Buckeye, Pety, Mogul, Supersire, Munition, Montross, Mccutchen, Baxter, JayZ, Diamondback, Meridian, Monterey, Silver and Commander.
Rick and Marleen put their heart and soul into the success of their operation, and it shows on many different levels. Longevity of cows in the herd is outstanding, and the Adams’ are able to sell surplus animals for dairy at several area arenas. Since 2009, Rick and Marlene have been able to sell 10% of their cattle for dairy. While they do well selling cows for dairy, they continue to market their genetics through the use of Wisconsin publications, such as the WHA News. They have no desire to get larger; rather, they prefer to keep tweaking what they have. They would like to add more feed space in the barns and continue to improve cow comfort by adding rubber mats in the walkways. Rick says, “We strive to make and build a better cow in each generation. You have to be able to do things consistently.”
The Queen and her Court
Ms Sugar-C Alexandr Queen 2E-92 EEEEE
4-05 3x 365 38,950 3.8 1475 2.9 1123
Lifetime: 1412 128,770 3.8 4956 3.0 3909
Sired by Alexander and from 11 generations of EX and VG dams tracing back to the EX-97 4E GMD and All-American, Northcroft Ella Elevation.
Dam: Crescentmead PS Empress-ET
2nd Dam: Crescentmead Morty Ebony-ET GMD
3rd Dam: Crescentmead Manfred Essay GMD DOM
4th Dam: Crescentmead Rudolph Easy DOM
5th Dam: Pintail-Point Essence-ET (by Leadman) GMD DOM
6th Dam: Woodbine-K Rotate Estella-ET GMD DOM
7th Dam: Northcroft Ella Elevation EX-97 4E GMD DOM
8th Dam: Northcroft Ella Arlinda GMD DOM
9th Dam: Northcroft Ella Skyliner
10th Dam: Northcroft Ella Sovereign
11th Dam: Northcroft Conk Design
Sugar-C Uno Essay-ET EX-92 EEEEE GMD
+2136G sired by Numero Uno
2-03 3x 365 36,570 4.1 1505 3.1 1138
3-08 3x 309 30,330 4.2 1297 3.3 1004
4-07 3x 305 34,790 4.8 1672 3.2 1096
She has daughters by Teacher, Mack and Diamondback.
Sugar-C Uno Empress-ET EX-90 EX-MS at 3Y
+2147G sired by Numero Uno
1-10 3x 365 37,690 4.5 1692 3.0 1139
3-02 3x 365 37,890 4.6 1700 3.2 1208
Sugar-C SS Easy VG-85 VG-MS at 2Y +2341G 3-02 325 27,920 4.7 1306 3.5 973
- fresh 4/2 and milking 120 lbs.
- Sugar-C Ferd Endgame-ET (by Ferdinand), +2465G, GP-82 2Y & her Brennan daughter, Sugar-C Brennan Entice, +2500G
Sugar-C T Silky-ET
VG-88 VG-MS at 4Y
+2162G sired by Teacher
1-11 323 35,110 3.2 1115 2.9 1024
- Silky daughter by Diamondback, VG-85 VG-MS at 2Y
Sugar-C Mac Elite
VG-89 EVVVE at 3Y
+2126G sired by Mack
2-01 287 26,830 3.6 967 2.9 781
Sugar-C D Back Arizona-ET
VG-86 VG-MS at 2Y
+2131G sired by Diamondback
1-10 306 27,020 3.3 893 3.1 840
Sugar-C Solomon Royalty-ET, Sept. '18 Solomon x Essay
Sugar-C Doc Special, Dec. '18 King Doc x Essay
Sugar-C D Emerald-ET
VG-85 at 2Y
+2178G sired by Diamondback
1-10 311 27,070 3.9 1058 3.2 870
- Emerald daughter; March '18 Cursh & Nov. '18 Imax daughters
Other Top Genetics
Sugar-C MMC Faith VG-85 VG-MS at 5Y
1-11 3x 365 34,710 3.9 1355 3.2 1108
3-01 3x 365 39,690 3.0 1208 3.3 1309
- VG-86 VG-MS Denver daughter, +2607G, projected to 40,000
- Denver has a Granite daughter, +2664G, with 5 Challenger embryos due and an October '18 Mr Big
Sired by McCutchen
Dam: Regal Armitage Brenda-ET VG-87 VG-MS GTPI +2108
4-03 3x 365 37,370 4.6 1713 3.5 1306
National Elite Performer
2nd Dam: Grandair Jeeves Beella-ET VG-85 VG-MS
5-04 3x 354 46,050 3.1 1445 2.9 1330
Sugar-C Baxter Honeybun EX-90 EEVVV
4-00 3x 354 42,470 3.7 1556 3.0 1270
Lifetime: 1429 150,140 3.6 5405 3.0 4489
- Daughter: Sugar-C Cameron Diaz, EX-90, 4-05 365 52,040 3.6 1857 2.9 1533
- Granddaughter: GP-82 Montross with a May '18 King Tut
Dam: Sugar-C 2590 EX-90 EEVVE GMD
4-02 3x 365 40,940 3.5 1426 3.2 1315
2nd Dam: Sugar-C Reece Honey EX-90 EX-MS
3-05 3x 305 34,590 4.7 1634 3.0 1033
Ms Apples Aria-ET EX-92 2E VEEVE at 6Y
3-10 3x 312 29,830 4.8 1444 3.4 1019
+1935G Destry x Apple-Red EX-96 4E DOM
Her Daughter at Sugar Creek:
Golden-Oaks O Arriel-Red-ET VG-88 EX-MS at 3Y
+1998G sired by Olympian
2-00 336 29,380 3.9 1136 3.4 990
- Daughters by Hypnotic, Loyola-P and Crush
Currently flushing: Sugar-C Zipit-P Jojane +2650G
- Top 50 Polled list in the U.S.
- Offspring by Casper & Simplicity *RC. Embryos by Uncle Fester P & Limelite P.
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