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BRITISH FRIESIAN


HURRAY FOR BRITISH BREEDING G


enus are delighted to report an order for 1,500 straws of Morcourt Hilton and 2,000 straws of Deangate Quentin BFE94, destined for Chile. Genus has now exported British Friesian semen to 17 very diverse countries over the last fi ve years, including the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.


Although much credit should be accorded to Genus for their support of the British Friesian, without the formation of the British Friesian Breeders Club 24 years ago, 100 years of pedigree breeding would have been lost and we would not be reporting on this good news story. Neither would there be a Black and White alternative to put complementary genetics back into the national herd. Dedicated to the survival and development of the modern British Friesian, great progress has been made. Understanding what farmers require in their cattle without the infl uence of the show ring ‘internationalisation’ has paid dividends. The reputation of the British Friesian for superior fertility, robustness and suitability for grazing situations has caused many to look again at what the UK has to offer. We should be proud that it is our breeders that took the initiative and refused to capitulate all those years ago. Although the majority of semen is used in non-pedigree herds, a look at the pedigree of the progeny of British Friesian bulls shows that many, and often the majority, are 01s (the Holstein breed code).


FOCUS


ABOVE Deangate Quentin has received an export order of 2,000 straws to Chile.


BELOW Morcourt Tina 81 is the dam of Morcourt Hilton who has received an order from Chile for 1,500 doses.


DATE FOR YOUR DIARY... Kirkby Herd Visit, 3 September, 11am


This herd visit to Middlefi elds Farm, Hinckley, should prove fascinating for various reasons, not just the cows. Not only have they established a successful system of robotic milking in a grazing situation, but the input from Don and Jackie’s technophile progeny has allowed the farm to be viewed by absolutely anyone from anywhere in the world, or just from the warmth of the kitchen! A real treat for techie farmers and their offspring!


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