Grand-View Calimero Dane-ET is scored EX-94 – the highest score an Ayrshire can receive. The Grand-View herd consists of 20 Excellent cows, 13 of which are scored 91 points or higher, as well as 25 Very Good animals and several Good Plus 2-year-olds.
PHOTO BY STACEY SMART
Grand-View Calimero Dane-ET is scored EX-94 – the highest score an Ayrshire can receive. The Grand-View herd consists of 20 Excellent cows, 13 of which are scored 91 points or higher, as well as 25 Very Good animals and several Good Plus 2-year-olds. PHOTO BY STACEY SMART
    CECIL, Wis. – With a reputation for developing top-quality cattle that excel in the areas of type, production and longevity, Tim Busch is the guy many people turn to when searching for an Ayrshire that can deliver in both the show ring and in the barn.
    Specializing in breeding the finest registered Ayrshires, Busch was once again a recipient of the constructive breeder award presented by the United States Ayrshire Breeders’ Association – an honor he has claimed for the 11th year in a row.
    Growing up with Ayrshires, Busch took over the family farm near Cecil – Grand-View Ayrshires – in the mid-1990s. His wife, Katie, works off the farm full time for Baycom in Green Bay.
    The D cow family at Grand-View was the first in the breed to achieve nine generations of Excellent cows. In recent years, the family added a 10th generation to its Excellent roster – another first for the breed. Busch’s breeding enters the family at the sixth generation with a cow named Diva, whose dam, Chapel-Hill-Ayr’s Heligo Delet EX-91, he purchased at a dispersal.
    “It wasn’t my plan to breed that many Excellent (cows),” Busch said. “It just happened.”
    Diva and her daughter scored Excellent on the same day, taking the number of generations from five to seven in one leap.
    “We started (in-vitro fertilization) and flushing, and everything blew up from there,” Busch said. “People kept coming back for more animals. It was a whirlwind.”
    Busch’s herd consists of 20 Excellent cows, 13 of which are scored 91 points or higher, as well as 25 Very Good animals and several Good Plus 2-year-olds. When it comes to must-haves for breeding, pedigree and type top Busch’s list. Long-legged, deep-bodied cows are what he likes. Good components and longevity are other traits important to Busch.
    “I want the all-around good cow,” he said.
    Animals carrying the Grand-View prefix can be found all over the world, topping sales and winning shows. Busch has bred numerous all-Americans, and a wall in his office is filled with all-Wisconsin accolades.
    Busch has accelerated his best bloodlines using IVF and embryo transfer technology and has sold embryos to multiple countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Finland and Canada.
    Offspring from an embryo Busch previously sold was the second high seller at   International Dairy Week in Australia in January  going for 10,000 Australian dollars.
    From show to production to classification, Ayrshires from Grand-View are known for performing well.  
    Grand-View BBBK Dreamer EX-94-5E is one of Busch’s all-time favorite cows. A two-time nominated all-American  and World Dairy Expo Ayrshire Futurity winner, she was named Wisconsin Cow of the Year in 2016. Dreamer has more than 50 daughters in six countries and about a dozen are scored Excellent. She is the dam of a reserve all-American junior 2-year-old and all-American junior 3-year-old. Dreamer’s granddaughter was honorable mention grand champion at World Dairy Expo two years ago. Just shy of 14 years of age, the ninth-generation Excellent cow was recently laid to rest at Grand-View.
    The D family has branched off in five directions that also go nine generations deep into Excellent. In 2018, a cow from Busch’s ‘Blue’ family was named supreme champion of the Hoard’s Dairyman judging contest, which was the first time an Ayrshire was selected.
    Busch milks 40 cows in a tiestall barn and rotationally grazes his herd while also feeding a total mixed ration nine months of the year. He ships his milk to Red Barn Family Farms where it is used to make artisan cheese in northeast Wisconsin. Busch grows corn and hay on his 40-acre farm.
    “I’d rather deal with cattle than crops,” said Busch, who buys the majority of his feed from a neighbor.
    Ayrshire enthusiasts are in for a treat May 1, 2021, when Busch will offer 55 show heifers and more at a sale event – Genetic Dreams at Grand-View. Six daughters from Dreamer will be in the lineup, and one-third of the animals being auctioned off will trace back to this Ayrshire. Currently at 130 head, the farm is overflowing with cattle, and Busch said it is time to downsize a bit.
    “When your farm is small like mine, you have to do something else. You can’t just rely on the milk check,” Busch said. “Some people enjoy milking cows, but I enjoy breeding cows. For me, it’s all about genetics.”