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ALL Top genomic females Balisto Marci


Glenton Cinderella


Galaxy Elaine


GPLI (£) GTPI 267 247


2416


Grafeeti Hattie 238 229


Another 17 over £200 GPLI


Tim justifies: “I spend around £4,000 a year on genomic tests, which may sound a lot but if you put it into context it really is good value. £4,000 could easily be the price of a fancy heifer but with genomics I can find a new high ranking female within my herd that I didn’t know I had. For example the number two ranking female within my youngstock group is Huddlestone Glenton Cinderella (£241 GPLI) – she is from a homebred family and would have probably been used as a recipient had genomics not found her.” The herd’s highest genomic star is currently Huddlestone Balisto


FARM FACTS r Milk contract: Arla r Soil type: Weald clay and lower greensand, 200 acres brooklands in HLS


r Ft above sea level: 30m r Arable: 700 acres – milling wheat, winter barley, maize, Italian rye grass (not inc Scottish farm)


r Cow ration: TMR – three rations


r Acreage: 2,050 r Parlour: 32 point rotary


THE JOURNAL AUGUST 2014 85


2237 2332


TM NM ($) 2.31 798


*only tested on UK system


2.16 716 2.06 779


ABOVE LEFT Huddlestone Rocky Georgia £172 GPLI +3.08 Mammary and +2.27 Feet and Legs. Shamrock x VG Boliver x De-Su Oman 6121 VG86.


YOUNG- STOCK ARE GENOMIC TESTED


ABOVE RIGHT Tim’s favourite cow is Huddlestone Shottle Dellia EX91 from the Regancrest Dellias. She has some high testing daughters with great type (Grafeeti Dellia +2.97 udder, +2.52 feet and legs, positive components, great fertility and lifespan £177 PLI).


Marci £267 GPLI (6/14) (Balisto x VG86-2yr Man-O-Man x EX92(3E) Shottle) who ranks at number seven in the UK and number six for GTPI in Europe (+2416 GTPI 6/14).


Investing in some top females, Dutch Mogul daughter Twin Gaya 9 is an exciting purchase made with Diamond Genetics. Being the number two outcross heifer in Europe at the time of purchase, she carries no Oman, Goldwyn, Shottle or Planet for three generations. Gaya was flushed to Camaro, La Bron and Platinum while in the Netherlands; now she is at Huddlestone she will be flushed to Sandy-Valley Dreamweaver before being put in-calf.


Management


The herd is run in three groups – a high group which is predominately in- calf or served, a low group which goes out to pasture and a fresh group of


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