Established in 1936, Conant Acres is a family owned and operated dairy farm in central Maine. We currently milk 75 Registered Holsteins and focus on breeding high type cows and developing deep pedigree cow families.
The current herd lactation average is 28,391 Milk with 3.6% Fat and 3.0% Protein. Our most recent classification BAA is 114.8%, which ranks first in the U.S. for our herd size and 12th overall. The Conant Acres herd now includes 71 Excellent, 20 Very Good.
In the early 1970’s, Duane Conant and his wife, Betty, began managing the family farm. At that time, the herd had few registered animals. Driven by his passion for high-type cattle, Duane concentrated his efforts on purchasing promising young Registered cows to replace the commercial cattle in the herd, and many of the early purchases went on to classify Very Good or Excellent.
The Conant family, including son Dennis who joined the operation in 1982, began utilizing embryo transfer with the herd in the late 1970’s. We marketed embryos throughout the world, selling over 800 embryos in consecutive years in the 1990’s.
In April 2003, Dirigo Holsteins Inc. merged with Conant Acres. Steve and Debbie (Conant) Keene – winners of the 1997 Holstein Association USA Outstanding Young Breeder Award, decided to move to Canton and combine the two operations resulting in an excess of cattle. We sold two groups of cattle in Pennsylvania at that time, and have continued to sell a number of fresh cows locally.
Throughout the years, Duane, Steve and Dennis have invested in elite genetics and some of these cows have developed into key foundation cows that continue to impact the herd today. These brood cows, whose impacts are still being felt, include:
- Swampy Hollow Elevation Sweet (3E-92): Dam of Broker and Conant-Acres-JY Sweetness-ET, considered by some to be the cow with the most influence on European genetics as a result of the hundreds of embryos exported over the years.
- Brigeen-C Integrit Robin-ET (2E-95)- More than 300 embryos produced and 18 Excellent daughters, including an EX-94 Goldwyn that is one of the most exciting young cows in our herd.
- Pond-Oak Ned Boy Margot-ET (3E-95) – 7 EX daughters and numerous embryos exported.
We continue to use embryo transfer on elite donors in the herd, and also have fresh cows and breeding bulls for sale. Inquiries are welcome, and we invite you to visit the herd if in the area.