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herds, breeding policy has become Living as you do in Norfolk, you must fi nd getting
reactive; it needs to be the other coverage and customers for pedigree stock hard work.
way round – fi x your breeding goal What advice can you give other breeders to maximise the
and stick to it. value of their stock?
The National Holstein Show was
Our nearest market is at Newark, which is 90 miles away, while
held in February; how important
Beeston is 160! It helps that Wright Manley send a lorry down to
was the show to the Society
Norfolk before all their sales, so there’s a lot a batch selling goes on.
It’s also good to be able to sell individuals, but this tends to
and, more importantly, the
be restricted to elite animals. I think it’s important to sell your
membership?
very best – don’t try to hype something up if you know you have
The event is very important as it’s
better at home.
vital that we have a National Show
to select our National Champion.
Your last advert in the Journal showed the whole family
The big task we have is to get more
having an active year in 2008 in the show ring, maybe
members there and make the event
there was a message there about the social benefi ts for all
more relevant to all milk producers.
the family in the show ring. Is showing very important and
Perhaps we could use it as a forum
how does the future look for the Airfi eld herd?
to get a European judging panel
Yes, the show ring is relevant to our family as the children were
together to design a European cow?
brought up through HYB and have done well in the ring. As well
as an opportunity to show off our cows to other breeders, and
This next 12 months are going
potential customers, we still regard showing as a very important
to be pretty hectic, so maybe
social outlet and an opportunity to mix with people and share ideas.
you’ve cancelled your season
ticket to Norwich Football Club.
We will never see another Centenary celebration, so how
What does the President do in
do members embrace the Celebration and get the most
his spare time?
out of it?
Well, relegation hasn’t been a
This is a unique opportunity to look back at the lessons of
pleasant experience, but I’ll still be
the past, but also to look forward and work hard to cement a
at Carrow Road when I can. I also
successful future for the breed and the Society. I would hate to
enjoy watching the boys, Robert
see the Society disappear because it didn’t look forward! I also
and Ralph, play rugby together
think members should use the year to socialise more than perhaps
for Holt, and I try to watch Ruth
some of them are used to – Rebecca and I owe a great deal to the
running when I can – I’m very proud
Society for the social contact we have gained through it.
of all three of the children and
We hope that maybe your fondest memories of Holsteins
derive enormous satisfaction from
have yet to come, but you are always humorous as an
seeing them do well.
after dinner speaker, so fi nally let’s fi nish with a little
There isn’t much spare time funny story you can share about cows.
really, as our lives are tied up with Well, I’m sure others have seen odder sights but we once had a
cows and the farming community. cow escape into the dairy. She forced her way past the bulk tank
Rebecca is HYB-mad as Co- and got herself stuck head fi rst in our farm offi ce, which isn’t the
ordinator, so we spend a fair bit biggest room on the farm. The only way I could get her out was
of our time with the youngsters. I to remove the window and climb in front of her, using my ‘charm’
suppose it keeps us young! to persuade her to reverse out the same way she came in.
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