The Zimmer Family is a fourth generation farm located approximately an hour south east of Edmonton at Daysland, Alberta. The farm is owned by Bob & Pat Zimmer along with their sons and families, Duane, Vicky, Josh and Noah Zimmer and Brad, Shauna, Damon and Carson Zimmer. The Zimmer family milks around 90 cows and farms 3800 acres of cropland consisting of mainly canola, wheat and peas.
Although the Zimmer’s are fourth generation farmers, the first registered cattle were purchased in 1998. Duane is primarily responsible for the dairy and his increased interest in good cattle provided him with the incentive to purchase some better cows in 2001 at the Sunnylodge Dispersal. The purchase of Sunnylodge Jennifer would grant Zimmer Holsteins the exposure required to put them on the marketing map. Zimmer Holsteins is honoured to be receiving their Master Breeder Shield from Holstein Canada in 2018.
In 2008 at the Royal Winter Fair a few different families were invested in including Smithden Bolton Alexandria. “I feel fortunate that one of those purchases included Alexandria, a high genomic cow. The purchase of Alexandria and the fact that genomics has levelled the playing field for index cows has fueled our interest in index and genomics,” said Duane.
Today Zimmer Holsteins goal is to have outstanding high numbered individuals from great cow families.