In 1972, after 35 years of practicing
veterinary medicine in North Adams, Massachusetts, Doc and Briggs
Cunningham formed the partnership
that created Bush River Jerseys. A year later, Doc purchased Briggs Cunningham's interest
and became its sole owner. Doc has never wavered from his philosophy that high
milk yield and functional type are the primary requirements for profitable dairying with
- 2010 AJCA Lactation Average on 345
17,973M 843F 642P 2,185CY
- In the Herd Today: 40 Excellents and
220 Very Goods
- Average Appraisal: 81.6% (March 2011)
- Highest Appraised Cows: SAR Andre, E-95%;
Ahlem Legion Bambi 4265, SAR Chairman Tiger Lily and SAR Sambo Fairie are E-94%.
All animals are bred A.I. to the top genetics available.
The goal? Profitable production levels, while maintaining proper teat placement, correct
feet and legs and improved rear udders.
River Jerseys are milked twice daily in a parlor
that uses the
newest milking technologies.
The milking herd
at Bush River Jerseys,
comfortable in their new home.
Cow comfort and stress reduction are
paramount at Bush River. The herd is milked in a state-of-the-art,
24-stall rotary parlor. Cows are housed in a recently built freestall
The milking herd is fed a total mixed
ration twice (TMR) daily. Cows have free-choice access to hay, salt, bicarbonates, liquid
feed and a trickle magnetic
feeder. The TMR utilizes various commodities, depending on price and the
A typical ration includes a custom 18% dairy meal,
soy hulls, citrus pulp, maltlage, whole cottonseed and at least one of the following
forages: corn silage, small grain silage, sorghum or tropical corn silage. Hay crops
include brown top millet, oats and alfalfa.
Heifers are raised on pasture, hay and silage.
They always have access to liquid feed.