Multi-generational Texas dairy finds success in innovation

In the small Texas town of Windthorst, Tex-Stein Dairy has raised cows to produce beef and dairy products for over 60 years.

Chad Steinberger and his family, the stewards of Tex-Stein Dairy, have been farming in Windthorst, Texas since 1959.

The Steinberger Family’s dairy houses heifers just outside the high school softball field. They believe strongly in contributing to their community.

“This town is built on faith; it was established by German settlers back in the late 1800s,” Steinberger said. “The first thing they built was the church on the hill, and the church has been the center of this community.”

One thing that changed the game for Tex-Stein Dairy is Holstein Association is the EZ ID software. This electronic system allows users to manually enter animal information or import it from the herd management software of their choice.

“It’s just something that we feel is important to us — to have some identification on the cows, and to have that paper, and to know the history of that animal, where she came from,” he said. “I think it helps with our mating decisions, too. We can go back several generations to help us in our decision-making on how we make the next generations of animals.”

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