02.15.14 Craigcrest rejoices reconfirm

We are proud to announce that Craigcrest Rejoices Reconfirm is selling in the March Madness 10th Anniversary Sale at Frederick, Maryland (March 15, 2014). Reconfirm is a daughter of Craigcrest Rubies Gold Rejoice. We believe she is one of the finest heifers we have offered for sale. Visit our website again in early March for the latest info about Reconfirm.

Craigcrest Rejoices Reconfirm

01.30.14 recent classifications

Here are the highlights of our herd classification in mid-December. The herd stats are now: 16 EX, 39 VG, and 10 GP - ALL HOME-BRED!

We have eight new VG 2yr olds:

And the other classification updates include:

01.07.14 Master Breeder Award

It was very exciting to receive a phone call today from Holstein Canada CEO Ann Louise Carson telling us that we are one of the twenty 2013 Master Breeder Award winners!

We are in the process of updating our website, so check back in mid-January for lots of new info and photos. Until then - follow us on twitter and check out our new facebook page.

09.06.13 summer 2013

The last few months have flown by and now we are heading into fall. Here are some highlights since our last blog post.

“Craigcrest Rubies Gold Charm” sold in the Taste of Ontario National Convention Sale to Wildina Holsteins. Thanks John. “Craigcrest Rubies Rosewood” got to stay in Wisconsin following Duckett’s Celebration Sale. Thanks Mike and Julie for your purchase. We’re excited about our purchase of two beautiful heifers at the Celebration Sale – Miss Blackys Bikini and Duckett-SA Hero Fina. Fina is a granddaughter of Frosty and is #25 on the list of Top PTAT Heifers in the US (under 24 months).

Mid-April we bid a fond family farewell to Yasuhiro Makihara who returned to his home in Japan following a year of working at our farm. Arigatou Yasuhiro!

James with Yashuiro and Elgin outside of barn

Kathleen Baird, a recent Ridgetown Campus grad, joined our staff as herdsperson in April. She’s a fantastic addition to our farm team! We sure enjoyed hosting Ruben Schapmaan as an intern this summer. Thanks Ruben for all of your hard work and your enthusiasm for dairy farming.

Ruben, Elgin and Kathleen in front of barn

Our weather this year was almost a complete opposite to last year. Cooler and wetter would be the key words. We had abundant hay crops but we ended up rolling and wrapping it all. Thanks to team efforts and the help of some local custom balers and wrappers we got ’er done and it made some really nice feed.

Cut hay field

August 2013 marked our 10th Anniversary as E. & J. Craig Farms. We got to celebrate this milestone with two awesome events in the last week of the month. Craigcrest Rubies Gold Rejoice was Grand Champion at the Midwest Fall National Holstein Show, Minnesota State Fair. More show photos are available at www.dairyagendatoday.com

Elgin poses at Minnesota State Fair after winning Grand Champion

We had Champion Junior Herd at Dufferin-Wellington Holstein Show with Craigcrest Rings Engagment (Jr. Champion), Craigcrest Rejoicrs Reconfirm (HM Jr Champion) and Craigcrest Rejoices Rosalyn (5th Sr. Calf). Congrats to 4-H’ers Chevonne, Genna, Connor and Blair.

Chevonne, Blair and Genna pose with the Champion Junior Herd

04.05.13 ready for the spring sales

Here’s your chance to purchase into our Rubie Family. You can’t deny that these pretty little ladies, backed by multiple generations of Excellence, outstanding milk production numbers, demonstrated longevity and star brood potential, are attractive options for any herd.

Craigcrest Rubies Gold Charm (December 1, 2012) sells April 10th at the Taste of Ontario National Convention Sale. She’s sired by Goldwyn and is a sister to Craigcrest Rubies Gold Rejoice. See the catalogue online at www.cowsmo.com Special thanks goes to the Cowsmo team for designing the ad below.

Craigcrest Rubies Rosewood (September 24, 2012) sells May 4th in Duckett’s Celebration Sale. She’s sired by Atwood and is also a sister to Rejoice.

show age sisters sell

03.07.13 West Central District Farm Tour

We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to our farm on Wednesday, March 13th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. There are 12 Wellington County farms on the tour - Canhope, Dannroving, Sprucecho, Krul, Aveline, Rickeen, Earlen, Fraeland, Glenvue, Fieldhouse, Walkerbrae and CRAIGCREST. Here's a link to the map with the correct location information for our farm. Our address was listed incorrectly in The Link magazine.

01.31.13 classification day

Woody and Yasuhiro had the cows looking their best when the classifier visited last week. It was one of the coldest days of winter 2013 but we had hot results in the barn. Overall our herd stats are 20 EX, 37 VG, & 2GP with an average of 87.4 pts.

Topping the day with the highest score in our herd is Craigcrest Goldwyn Starlet EX 94 4YR

Adding to Excellence - Six of our EX cows added another E to their scores:
Birchwind Laurier Feebee EX 90 4E Craigcrest Dundee Jackie EX 90 3E
Craigcrest Sky Fame Ethel EX 90 4E 1* Craigcrest Dundee Brianne EX 90 3E
Craigcrest Dolman Rosemary EX 90 2E Craigcrest Dundee Rapture EX 90 2E

New Excellents – We now have 20 EX cows in the herd:
Craigcrest Lyman RubyMae EX 90 Craigcrest Drake Ambition EX 90

Terrific Two Year Olds – Six cows score VG on their first classification:
Craigcrest Laurin Ecstatic VG 87 Craigcrest Laurin Odelle VG 86
Craigcrest Arbor Ruby Rae VG 85 Craigcrest Sanchez Raspberry VG 85
Craigcrest Ring S Sunshine VG 86 Craigcrest Ring S Senorita VG 85
***Sunshine and Senorita are both daughters of Craigcrest Rubies Gold Ring EX 93 2E

Other Classy Cows – Other scoring results:
Craigcrest Laurin Onyx VG 89 3YR Craigcrest Laurin Excelle VG 88 3YR
Craigcrest Redesign Bubbles VG 87 3YR Craigcrest Goldwyn Rosebud VG 87 3YR
Craigcrest Laurin Ruben VG 85 3 YR Craigcrest Noralee GP 83 2YR

01.21.13 nominations

We’re really happy to announce that Rubies Gold Rejoice has been nominated All-Canadian and All-American for the FOURTH consecutive year! You can see her Sr. 3 Yr. Old class in the January edition of both the Holstein Journal and Holstein World. Thanks to these publications for sponsoring the competitions.

We're CelebratingAll American All Canadian Nominations

In 2012 She's been nominated againCraigcrest Rubies GOld Rejoice

11.30.12 rawf photo time

We sure enjoyed our week at The Royal. We tied in the Lencrest string with the Bowers family and friends. The 2012 Holstein Show was one of the best. Rejoice looked regal throughout the Sr. 3 Yr old Class and placed 5th. Compliments to Judge Callum McKinven on his work in the ring – professional and classy!

Highlights of the week included meeting up with friends from near and far, chatting with Royal visitors about dairy farming, cheering on Lencrest Giller Belle as she placed HM Senior Champion in the Jersey Show and celebrating with Richard Caverly on his win with Sweet-Pepper Black Francesca who was Grand Champion Ayrshire.

Thanks to Richard for sharing these photos from the Royal - a reflection shot of Rejoice and a photo of the show crew.

Team Lencrest

Rubie's reflection on the show box

11.05.12 the royal

We're making the final preparations for Royal Week. Congrats to Conner, Blaire and the rest of the Wellington 4-H Dairy Team who placed 3rd in "Premier County" at the TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic.

Elgin, Yasuhiro, and REJOICE, will be travelling into Toronto on Tuesday for the Dairy Show on Friday. Each year we enjoy meeting up with friends and fellow dairy farmers from Canada and around the world.

See you there!

11.04.12 photo time

Here’s Rejoice’s 2012 World Dairy Expo photo. WOW! Thanks Cybil!

Craigcrest Rubies Gold Rejoice

10.29.12 time flies

Every year the months of September and October seem to fly by. Elgin travelled to Australia in September to judge at both the Royal Melbourne Dairy Show and the Royal Adelaide Show. Hospitality in Australia is always fantastic and he had the opportunity to judge excellent classes of dairy cattle.

Elgin and James had a great week at World Dairy Expo. Tying in a show string with Mike & Julie Duckett, and FROSTY, was a highlight. What a tremendous team they work with to care for and prepare the cattle for the show ring! Along with milking, feeding, chores and trips to the wash rack there was time to check out the WDE exhibits and visit with fellow dairy farmers.

CRG Rejoice looked topnotch for her 4th consecutive WDE appearance. She placed sixth in a very competitive Sr. 3 YR Old class. We appreciate the fact that her home-bred development from winning the Winter Calf Class in 2009 to being in the top group as a SR 3 YR Old is followed with great interest. Rejoice’s daughter, Craigcrest Rejoices Ayame, sold for $13,000 to Mark Butz in The World Classic Sale. Congratulations Mark.

The rest of October has been filled with corn harvest, barn washing, field work and feeding all of the new heifer calves. We’ve had quite a run of heifer calves. Time consuming but positive!

With so much time away and so many things to get done, we truly appreciate our wonderful dedicated and hardworking Craigcrest team. Thanks Woody, Yasuhiro, Don, and Debbie!

09.30.12 world classic sale

Craigcrest Rejoices Ayame will be at WDE too - in the World Classic Sale line-up! She’s Rejoice’s first daughter to sell and a top-notch offering. She was born May 2012 and is sired by BRADNICK. The sale is on Friday, October 5, 2012, in Madison, Wisconsin.

Ayame is backed by 4 generations of EX cows – Rejoice (EX 92 US), Montdale Dundee Rubie (EX 93 5*), KAS Carlton Ruby (EX 91 5E 5*), and her dam (EX 90 3*) If you are interested in more info about Ayame please contact Elgin on his cell 519-831-3519 or email us at craigcrest@xplornet.com. The World Classic catalog is online available here.

By the way, the name Ayame was selected by our good friend Yasuhiro Makihara. It is the Japanese word for the beautiful iris flower. See two posts below for a photo.

09.29.12 classification update

We’re Expo bound! Rejoice recently scored EX 92 US and we’re happy to be showing her in the SR. 3 YR OLD class on October 6th! If you’re at WDE, be sure to stop by and have a visit. You’ll find us tied with Mike and Julie Duckett.

Now for the classification update. A Holstein Canada classifier was into the farm just before we left for Madison and highlights of that scoring include..... Rejoice’s sisters - Gold Nugget VG 88 3YR, Saphire EX 93 3E and Amethyst EX 90 3E.

09.05.12 rejoice's daughter selling!

Craigcrest Rejoices Ayame (pronounced "i-ya-may") is the first daughter of Craigcrest Rubies Gold Rejoice to be offered for sale. Ayame was born May 2012. She sells October 5 at the World Classic 2012 Sale in Madison Wisconsin. Be sure to visit our website again soon as we will be providing more info and updates. Here she is!

Craigcrest Rejoices Ayame

09.03.12 the rubie family

As promised we've updated the Our Herd page with more details on the "Rubie Family". We believe in developing cow families that excel in type, milk production and genetic potential, and the Rubie Family does it all!

We've also included some "comments from the cowman"; Elgin's perspective on the development of this cow family that we are so proud of. Check it out here >

09.01.12 a great night

We had a fantastic night at the Dufferin-Wellington Holstein Show. E & J Craig Farms won Premier Exhibitor and Premier Breeder. Congrats to all the other exhibitors, and thanks to our mighty team who helped in the ring and behind the scenes.

Dufferin Wellington Holstein Show Premier Breeder

07.16.12 home from the west

We recently returned home from a few days visit to Alberta. The highlight was attending Rocky Mountain High Sale 2012. The owners of Rocky Mountain Holsteins, staff and sale crew sure know how to do it right! We enjoyed their western hospitality and a great sale. Congrats to Rocky Mountain Holsteins on the purchase of Craigcrest Rubies Gold Sparkle. We look forward to hearing more about Sparkle in the months to come.

Rocky Mountain Farms

We finished off the trip with a couple of days of sightseeing. We took Hwy 1A for most of the trip between Cochrane and Lake Louise. The scenery was magnificent from the foothills to the heights of the Rocky Mountains. Lots of people highly recommended lunch on the patio overlooking Lake Louise and they were absolutely right!

Joan and Elgin by Lake Louise

06.24.12 dairy agenda today

A new ad featuring FULL SISTER to Rejoice, Craigcrest Rubies Gold Sparkle, has been posted on Dairy Agenda Today. Sparkles sells in the Rocky Mountain High Sale on July 5th. She's a January 2012 calf sired by Goldwyn.

Dairy Agenda Today

head west for gold

Full sister to Rejoice & Gold Ring Sells July 5th Rocky Mountain High Sale, Cochrane, Alberta

Invest in this Family of Possibilities. Craigcrest Rubies Gold Sparkle is lot #120.