Mosnang Holsteins is located in Rimbey, AB, which is about 90 minutes southwest of Edmonton. The Hehli family, who immigrated from Switzerland in 1980, milks 100 cows in a freestall barn with a step up parlour. There herd is mostly Holstein, with a few Jerseys as well, and many of the animals in their herd can be traced back to Mosnang Lightning Bolt EX-92 2E 3* and Westpride Petula B EX 9*. At Mosnang, the aim is to breed cows for type and production that can compete at shows and make superior lactations for many years. Proof of that includes cows like Mosnang Saloon Liquor who was Grand Champion at Alberta Dairy Congress 2018 and has claimed two titles in the All-Western competition the past two consecutive years, all while completing two Superior Lactations.
Jersey Canada have awarded Markus & Amanda Hehli, Mosnang Holsteins (MOSNANG), Rimbey, AB with the 2022 Young Achiever award.
Markus & Amanda Hehli farm alongside Markus’s parents at Mosnang Holsteins near Rimbey, AB. Originally a 100% Holstein herd, the herd’s first Jersey was purchased in 2006 through the Calgary Dairy Classic sale as an Intermediate Yearling. Bramville Golden Boy Zippy EX-93-2E soon became Markus’s favorite cow in the herd and was the foundation of the Mosnang prefix. Zippy went on to provide the Mosnang prefix with 8 progeny (3 males) with a classification of GP+100%. These 8 progeny continued the family-line by producing 79 progeny.
There are currently 32 Jerseys with the Mosnang Prefix registered with Jersey Canada. Of these 32, 14 are classified with GP+100%. The herd currently consists of 110 milking females of which 10 are Jerseys with an additional 15 Jersey heifers coming up.
Even though the Mosnang Jersey herd is small Markus and Amanda have had a great time taking them out to the shows across Western Canada including, Saskatoon, Calgary Dairy Classic, the Westerner Dairy Showcase, and IPE in Armstrong BC. Some show highlights include:
• 2021- Mosnang She’s Gone Viral- HM Grand Champion Alberta Dairy Congress
• 2018- Krahn Girls Showdown Never Forget- Junior Champion IPE
• 2018- Mosnang Straight Tequila Night- Jr. Champion Calgary Dairy Classic
• 2017- Mosnang Snap Dragon- Junior Champion Calgary Dairy Classic & IPE
• 2015- Mosnang Nitro ZOom Zoom- Junior Champion Westerner Dairy Showcase
• 2011- Bramville Golden Boy Zippy- Grand Champion Saskatoon
Both Amanda and Markus are key players at Mosnang on a daily basis. Both can be found regularly in the parlour milking, moving cattle around, and feeding the show pen.