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LEFT L-R Stuart, Helen, Glynis and Colin Rogers at their new home, Longmoor Farm.


ABOVE RIGHT Cherwell Durham Heather Red VG88 3yrs, mother of Longmoor’s first polled calf and mother to a black & white Alchemy daughter.


BELOW The first polled calf born at the farm was Chipper Heather (Chipper P x VG88 Durham Red x EX90 Tait x EX90(2E) Regiment Red), born in December 2013.


HERD STATS Herd size: 240 Herd yield: 10,000kgs (x2) Cell count: 90 Calving interval: 379 days Pregnancy rate: 42%


like tyre fitters and people to fit hydraulics – you have to find that stuff out!” But with Mark Wood from Portway Farm and other close friends helping to load the cows at one end and Michael Elce, their Semex adviser, helping with the milking at the other, it’s safe to say that despite a bumpy ride, it was all smooth sailing from there.


Setting up home


Signing X on the line in March 2010, it was five months later in September that the family had the keys to their new abode. Through the cold and snowy Christmas period, the old farm parlour was ripped out and a new Westfalia 24 x 30 was installed in a different farm building, on the 28 February 2011 their cows were first milked at Longmoor Farm and that was the beginning of many developments. Later came a new shed, the cubicles – and there are more to come – a new handling system to make every- thing easier, user friendly and better for the cows, new bulk bins


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were put in and a major revamp of the silage clamps took place. Not plan- ning on making another move again, Stuart says: “We have a secure future here which is enabling us to do all of the work we’ve done.” And the work is still ongoing having increased the herd from 160 to 240.


Polled and genomic – the way forward A trip out to America to the World Classic Sale in 2012 opened Stuart’s eyes and he came home seeing first-hand the money that could be made from genomic and polled animals. Purchasing the high genomic Vekis Elsa 12 was


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