Today, the herd totals 100 + milking cows, and 170 replacements. Approximately 80% is naturally polled and 75 to 80% is either red or red carrier.
To date, over 110 Burket Falls bred animals have classified excellent. At least twenty-five have been designated Gold Medal or Dam of Merit status with many exceeding 200,000 pound lifetime production. In addition, the herd has developed numerous All-American nominations both black and white and red and white.
Our breeding goals have never changed..... to continue to develop eye-appealing, profitable POLLED dairy cattle.
We are not sure what the color of the dairy cow of the future will be..... But we are sure that she will be POLLED!
Burket Falls Farm is located in the rolling hills of south-central Pennsylvania (Blair County). The farm is owned and operated by Dave Burket and Family.
Dave took over the farm from his father, Frank, after graduating from high school in 1950.
After starting with a herd of grades (mostly Guernseys), in 1960, Dave traveled to Wisconsin to buy registered Holsteins. From that initial purchase of 11 registered Holsteins, the majority of the current herd originated.
The introduction of the polled gene was a result of that purchase. Princess Fayne Houwtje was purchased in dam and she was the start of the polled family at Burket Falls.
Aside from being naturally hornless, she produced seven consecutive records of over 1,100 pounds of butterfat in the late 1960s and the early 1970s. Her polled daughter, Burket Falls Citation Shiny VG (daughter of Rosafe Citation R) continued the tradition by producing five 1,100 pound records herself.
Princess' polled son, Burket Falls ABC, Gold Medal, (a son of Glenafton Rag Apple Charmer) was used heavily in the herd and was later leased to American Breeders Service. ABC was the first known polled Holstein to enter A.I. He also was the paternal grandsire of Burket Falls Elevation Sophia EX- 93 4E GMD DOM with 241,000 pounds of milk and 10,100 pounds of fat.
Burket Falls Grandee- RC, Gold Medal, was a son of Burket Falls ABC from a VG- 87 daughter of Winterthur Ivanhoe Kid Sampson. Grandee was also used heavily in the herd and introduced the red factor.
Dave Burket receiving the Red and White Master Breeder Award from Elmer Carpenter in 2000.
Dave Burket receiving the Pennsylvania Holstein Association's Hall of Fame Award in 2002