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EMBER OPEN DAY
LEFT The
Ember herd are
happy to graze
whatever the
weather.
BELOW Ember
Magnet
Bridesmaid
2 VG85 is a
result of the
cross between
Petteril Magnet
and Lavenham
Arizona.
ABOVE LEFT Vaughan and Rosemary admire the silver birch sapling given
them by a grateful British Friesian Breeders’ Club for hosting the herd visit.
BELOW Despite the squally April showers, there was a good turn out to
inspect the Ember herd and their new facilities.
T
he British Friesian Breeders Club several cows that have calved at least eight times. They exhibit scope and
opened their summer season with a
size without being too tall, good locomotion is evident and udders across
visit to the Jenkins family’s Ember herd near
the group look exceptional. Progeny of many sires make up the Ember
Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire. Despite
herd, including some interesting daughters of Lakemead Prancer, while
the overcast skies and squally showers, the
event was well supported.
Petteril Magnet and Lavenham Arizona have blended well.
And visitors had plenty to see. Vaughan
Having slowly moved the herd from non-registered to full pedigree
Jenkins and his wife Rosemary have
following his initial purchase in the 1970s, Vaughan has never seen any
invested heavily in the farm to secure a
reason to move away from the British Friesian. “We saw no reason to
future in milk production for their son
change tack and breed a bigger cow”, he explains. The pure Friesian has
William and daughter Myfanwy, both of served us well for 40 years and, in my book, if you have a good thing you
whom share their parent’s passion for the
stick with it!”
British Friesian. While the showers were
Until recently, the herd was managed on a simple system using self-feed
a nuisance, they allowed everyone an
silage and concentrates in the parlour. Following experience away from
excuse to stay under cover and have a good
home, William has altered the system to use a feeding passage and a
look round the new facilities including a
computerised 24:24 herringbone parlour,
mixer wagon, with out-of-parlour feeders. The semi TMR system includes
collecting yard and cubicle shed.
maize and wholecrop wheat silages together with a purchased blend and
Those who ventured out between showers
Trafford Gold.
were impressed by the Ember herd. Cattle
Our thanks go to the Jenkins family for their excellent hospitality and we
tend to last well and the herd include wish them luck with their new regime.
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