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ABOVE Crackholm Fever is proving to be a very popular bull in the UK. He is backed by eight generations VG/EX and is ranked fifth top Type Merit proven sire available in the UK (5/2014).


Pedigree Wania Alta L Carman VG85-2yr (Tradition Leadman) Derienna Rudolph Karma VG86-2yr (Rudolph) Crackholm Karmas Design VG86 (Influence Mattie) Crackholm Emory Fashion EX92 (Emory Blitz) Crackholm Fever (Goldwyn)


Riverdane Fever Spotless, (Fever x VG87 Drake x EX93 Stormatic) is the first Fever heifer to have gone VG89 max score in the UK. Read more about the Riverdane herd on page 10.


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MANAGER SAYS: Michael Dennison: After seeing Fever test daughters for the last four years, it’s no big surprise to see he has lots of satisfied customers in the UK. Being a Goldwyn from an EX92 Emory which descends from the Gail family from Startmore that has had many successful bulls over the years. He tends to breed taller cows that can carry extra condition in their thighs. With management traits becoming more important to dairymen worldwide, it is easy to see why Fever is very popular. Being a Repromax sire, which on average is 2.6% higher conception than average semen is always a great start. He has extremely low cell counts with high fertility and it is commonly said how they are calm to work with. All in all it is easy to see why youthful heifers are developing into highly classified cows with the ability to last, which is shown by 25% extra survival rate than herd average at fourth lactation.


SEMEX USA SIRE ANALYST SAYS: Mike West: People are really happy with their Fevers. He has been a very popular sire and because of his very complete breakdown he was used on a wide range of cows and heifers. The Fevers stand out almost in every barn you see them in, and are herd favourites for lots of reasons. Dairymen like their extremely correct foot & leg structure, and although they can be slightly straight through their hock when you combine their impressive, trouble free feet they are amongst the best feet & leg cows we see today. The udders are shallow and well- attached and have a good width to them with correct teat placement. He is also a bull that fits well in the breed for rump improvement. He sires sloping rump angles with strong loins that suit a large portion of the breed. His impressive results are amplified by the fact that he is a Semex HealthSmart, Repromax, Calving Ease, Robot Ready and Show Time sire... He is one of the rare bulls in the breed that has something to offer all dairymen.


FINAL THOUGHTS: For breeders looking for a great health sire with excellent locomotion, Fever


is for you. If you don’t want cows too tall, make sure you protect for stature as Fever transmits a large score (+2.58). He transmits long teats (+0.33) an ideal rump angle (+1.5) and high rear udders (+2.42), farmers looking to breed high Type will be very happy with his daughters.


THE JOURNAL AUGUST 2014 67


Photo by Han Hopman


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