What we do and what's available:
- Heifers are on dirt
- In-house breeding
- Breeders have 35+ years' experience
- One headlock per heifer
- No overcrowding
- Heifers are inspected daily
- Customized rations developed by our nutritionist
- Structural health program
- Low pricing
- Detailed records with Heifer Pro & Dairy Comp 305
- Quality care
- WI Dairymen working for Dairymen
- Veterinarian prescribed vaccination program
- Facilities allow for dry conditions which supports great leg and hoof health
- Excellent breeding results on the least amount of days on feed
- Owners with over 43 years dairy experience
WHO'S ON OUR TEAM?
Family Managers: Marty & Mary Weiss and Bronson & Louise Weiss
Olson Farms, Inc.
Olson Farms, Inc. is a fifth-generation family owned and operated farming and custom cattle feeding business located near North Platte, Nebraska, which is in the heart of Nebraska’s crop country and at the edge of the Nebraska Sandhills. Kirk Olson is the president and general manager of Olson Farms, and he and his wife, Tracy, have been partners in the business with his parents, Andy and Marcia, for the last 36 years. Kirk and Tracy also have two of their daughters and a son in law who are involved in the family operation in different capacities.
Olson Farms prides themselves in providing quality care for their cattle by using their years of experience and knowledge in the cattle feeding business while seeking the advice and expertise of qualified veterinarians and feed nutritionist for a consolidated health program.
They have a team of diverse and dedicated employees who are certified in the Beef Quality Assurance Program as well as continuing education in safety training programs that ensure a safe and efficient environment for all.
Brandon Faimon, Marshland Acres West at Olson Farms CowCamp, has managed the yard for 5 years. He is originally from a small community in south central Nebraska where he was raised on a small-scale dairy farm. In 2017 Brandon and his wife Jaimie and their two children, Brenlea & Bowen, moved to southwestern Nebraska.
Brandon’s 11years of feedlot experience and 9 years as a manager, has opened the door to lots of opportunity, learning, and growth. Brandon is certified in a Quality Assurance Program and continues to take part in safety training programs to ensure a safe and efficient environment on the farm. Brandon is excited to keep growing as a cattleman and to keep learning the new ways agriculture has grown to provide the best opportunities for cattle to perform to their highest potential.
Cow Camp Team
Alta Genetics & Reproduction Team
Terry Ohlde is an Elite Account manager for Alta Genetics, starting in 2004. Terry and his team at Alta oversee the breeding and reproductive program at Marshland Acres West. Our goal is for MAW to be at the top of reproductive performance.
Terry also covers Eastern Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas. Terry uses a consultative team approach with his clients which include large progressive dairies and heifer programs in this region. He strives to build relationships with our clients that includes nutritionist, veterinarians, and other consultants. Terry’s goal is to create value, build trust and deliver results.
King Hickman, DVM is a founding partner of GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC (2009). He has been working in the Dairy industry since 1989 and became an owner and partner of Dairy Production Services, Inc. in 2006. Dr. Hickman provides extensive independent nutritional and management consulting including feeding and bunk management, planning and implementation of forage plans, procurement of bids and sourcing and implementation of growing heifer programs. Other services include review and design of vaccination schedules, biosecurity and herd health protocols as well as review of and advice on cow comfort and facilities and overall monitoring of herd performance.
Dr. Hickman is a graduate of Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and holds a certificate from the University of Wisconsin Dairy Health Management Program. He has served the dairy industry for over 30 years as a practicing veterinarian, a Team Business and Development Coach in Allied industry and as a nutrition and management consultant. This broad range of experience has provided him with a unique set of technical, business management and coaching skills.
He is an AVMA and IVMA member as well as a member of the National Mastitis Council. As a career-long member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) he has served as Chairman of the Nutrition Committee and facilitated several educational seminars for veterinarians. He has serviced as a guest lecturer at multiple animal science and veterinary colleges and has broad national and international speaking experience on topics varying from dairy nutrition and cow comfort to change management and people development. Dr. Hickman lives in Sheldon, IA with his wife Kecia and has four children.
Jim Barmore, MSC, PAS is a founding partner of GPS Dairy Consulting, LLC (2009) and has extensive national and international experience providing technical service and management expertise to dairies. In 2003, he started and was owner/operator of Five Star Dairy Consulting, and later in 2009, a founding partner of GPS Dairy Consulting. Jim provides, comprehensive independent nutrition and management consulting to larger dairies, focusing in the areas of forage management, feeding and bunk management, ingredient procurement and inventory management, herd performance monitoring and financial evaluation, cow comfort and facilities expertise, and heifer management. His consulting also involves training, leadership and people development, commercial development and product evaluation, and technical support in the area of nutrition and herd management.
A Wisconsin native, he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UW-Madison in dairy nutrition. Prior to consulting, he gained extensive experience in technical service and product management dairy industry roles. His training and experience in nutrition is balanced with professional experience in commercial development, product management, business management, and coaching. Jim was an early member and is certified by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientist (ARPAS). One particular award and honor was Jim receiving the American Dairy Science Association Young Animal Science Leader – Outstanding Agribusiness Award. He is a member of American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) Professional Dairy Producers of WI (PDPW), and Dairy Business Association (DBA). He has written several popular press articles, and has broad speaking and consulting experience in numerous states and multiple international countries, including speaking at numerous national conferences. Jim has recently services on the PDPW Board, while also serving on the World Dairy Expo Education Committee, University of Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Science Advisory Committee, and WI Dairy 2020 Initiative. Jim currently works and consults with dairies in the Midwest and Australia.