About Ja-Bob Holsteins
Ja-Bob Holsteins are owned by Mark and Joy Yeazel. They farm 145 acres in Eaton, Ohio. Herd average is 27,500 give or take, with 1000 fat and 900 protein.
Helen: Our herd is based on the genetics of Sky-Hi Mars Helen-ET RC EX 92 , who to date has more than 100 bulls in AI that trace to her maternal female lines and hundreds more that trace maternally through the male side. Helen is one of 19 cows on the Wisconsin Wall of Fame. Helen has over 350 known Excellent maternal female descendants in ten countries around the world, including USA, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Switzerland and Australia. She has over 1000 maternal female descendants that scored VG in twelve different countries. Today almost 80% of our herd comes from the Helen family, including a couple of lines with 8 and 9 generations of EX tracing directly to Helen!
Jordan/Ranger: Ja-Bob Jordan-Red-ET and Horizon Ranger are the most famous bulls to trace directly to Helen. Currently we have two bulls that are in active AI service. We are indeed blessed to have a bull like Jordan carry the Ja-Bob prefix and congratulate Jean-Louis Schrago of ABC Genetics for his success, persistence in proving red bulls and faith in the Helen family.
Breeding Philosophy: Our breeding philosophy is directly related to my philosophy for life. I never set out to breed one of the top red bulls in the world. I only hope to breed a bull that whether he graduates into proven status or not, the dairy farmer will look at the resulting cow and say "that was a good cow for me". We are about helping people become all they can, breeding cows that will help dairyman reach that next plateau, and raising our children to be productive citizens with a heart for helping others. I often employ those who need mentoring to overcome life's challenges and every once in a while, we find ourselves with a house guest, someone who has a need. We try to focus on things that have an eternal effect, because life on this earth is short.
Missionary Support: We support Caminul Felix, an orphanage in Romania. We traveled there in 2007 to help them with their dairy operation. I have helped them buy several pieces of farm equipment and 24 bred heifers. We are now working to help Eternal Families Tanzania build a house and farm for orphans whose parents have died from TB, Malaria and HIV/Aids. We also support missionaries Dirk and Karen Martin in Haiti. We traveled to Haiti in 2003 to help them run a sports camp for blind and handicapped Haitian Children. I have my own ministry “Junk for Jesus”, which I collect and recycle scrap metal to raise funds for ministries and missionaries worldwide.
Helen's Influence: Our family is extremely blessed to have the Helen family to work with and believe it will work for you also, just like it has for many, literally around the world (Jordan is now in 47 countries) It is extremely rewarding to receive notes from England, Germany, Canada and many breeders in the US about the success of their cattle related to the Helen family. Let us know if we can help you start your own line of the Helen's!
Read the article about Ja-Bob Holsteins at Holstein International
We are known as Ja-Bob Holsteins throughout the world, and the influence of our breeding program has touched at least 47 different countries.
Red Genetics: For many years, we focused on red genetics. About 25 years ago we started breeding for polled.
Polled: By introducing the polled gene, we are able to produce cattle that naturally do not have horns.
A2 Beta Casein: We also include selecting for A2 Beta Casein protein for our milk, which is considered easier to digest by many consumers.
Slick gene: Our current breeding program is focused on producing cattle with slick hair. The "slick" gene produces shorter hair. Shorter hair is important for heat tolerance, and is not a trait typically associated with Holsteins. We want to make red Holstein genetics that help cattle in the tropics produce more milk and keep cooler by being heat tolerant. Producing environmentally responsible milk has always been a priority at Ja-Bob Holsteins!