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GOLD CUP FINALIST


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OPPOSITE LEFT High genomic Dutch Mogul daughter Twin Gaya 9 pictured with Tim, son Ryan and Adam. Purchased with Diamond Genetics, she was the number two GTPI outcross heifer in Europe.


ABOVE LEFT Huddlestone Bolton Steffi EX92-3rd calf (Bolton x EX Outside) 2nd lact 14,972kgs at 3.95%BF.


ABOVE RIGHT Huddlestone Shamrock Steffi (Shamrock x Bolton Steffi) +2.89 Mammary and +1.98 Feet and Legs (genomics), £145 GPLI, +2046 GTPI, +2.7 PTAT has a full sister £183 GPLI.


BELOW RIGHT Left to right: Huddlestone Roylane Steffi VG89 (gdam Bolton Steffi). Middle, Huddlestone Holstein Steffi EX91(3E) 12 stars (by Mtoto), she is the matriarch with 80 decendants. Right, Huddlestone Steffi VG89-2nd calf by Emerson, she bred two EX daughters who have had a big influence on the herd including a McCormick gdaughter that until recently was the highest in the world!


HERD STATS Herd size: 410 Milk yield: 10,200kgs, 3.84%F, 3.07%P (x3) milk sold


Cell count: 120 Calving interval: 399 Current AI sires: Grafetti, Guarini, Mardi Gras, Pepper, Predestine, Distinction, Supersire, Jacey and Cabriolet


conversation it’s clear that hard facts and science drive the business forward, Tim explains: “It’s about knowing your weaknesses and finding your strengths; and costing, benchmarking, classification and genomics are all things we get excited about.” A family-run establishment, Tim and Marion run the farm together and recently their three sons Keith (23), Matthew (22) and Ryan (20) have all been made directors. Seeing them as the future of the business, quarterly meetings are held where they can share ideas and all have an input in the way the operation is run.


A qualified nutritionist, Marion does all the rations, which are mixed on the farm, as well as managing the sheep side of things. Her North Country mule flock is crossed with Suffolk and Texels and although managed extensively, achieves fantastic results.


The right ‘Type’


Having 25 new Excellent, eight multiple Excellent (including two x 94 points), 11 VG two-year olds (22% VG two-year olds) and a total of 50 VG cows during the herd’s latest classification, Tim says that his breeding goal is simple: “We are just trying to breed the cow that will be the most profitable and adaptable in the future – built right for functionality; bred right for fertility, disease resistance and production; while making them kind to the eye.”


Having the herd slogan of ‘Breeding cows that last’, attention to detail is paramount at Huddlestone and time management, top quality food, good





We are just trying to breed the cow that will be the most profitable and adaptable in the future


’ Tim Gue


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