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LEFT & BELOW The herd is grazed day and night
during the summer months but the cows always
have access to the yard and a buffer ration of maize
silage and soya.
r First registered in Volume 2 of the Herd
r Herd closed to females since 1913
r All 11 cow families all trace back to before
r Guy Trehane the third generation to run
the farm
genetics and ensuring that poor fertility is not a problem, an area Guy
r 550 acres on the urban fringe of
feels they are mastering with particular attention now paid to pre-calving
feeding using a high fibre, zero protein transition ration for 45 days.
Guy has seen a correlation between low Condition Score at calving with
r One of the first farms to grow maize
poor conception rate and silent heats, but the new ration has improved
r Farm policy to optimise the use of manure
this. The biggest challenge at present is maintaining good condition and r 172 cows average 9840 kg at 3.90% fat and
fertility on animals giving up to 50 litres per day in early lactation.
3.34% protein
The herd is largely autumn calving and the winter ration consists of
r Sires in use: Tennyson, Brinstar Solo, Bolton,
one TMR for the entire herd plus feeding cake to yield in the parlour. In
addition to the maize and grass silage, the TMR includes home grown
Champion & Terminator
wheat and rolled oats, soya, chopped straw, vitamins and minerals. Guy’s
‘holy grail’ would be to balance the home produced ration with farm
grown protein, but despite a number of attempts with different crops this
remains a dream for now.
During the summer, the herd is grazed both night and day for as long as
possible, while they always have access to a buffer ration of maize silage
and soya.
The 11 families that make up the herd all have names beginning with
the letter H: Harebell, Hartstongue, Hasty, Haughty, Hectic, Heliotrope,
Herda, Hermione, Heyday, Hopeful and Housemaid. The Hermione’s
have been by far the most successful numerically; the most recent being
Overside Dragon daughter Hermione 744 born in January. The Herda and
Housemaid families are the next two strongest, with 522 and 324 heifers
registered respectively, while the Haughty’s are the most reluctant heifer
breeders with 104 in the Herd Book. Surplus cattle aren’t sold in great
numbers, but are always popular with existing customers.
As a former director of Genus, Guy has remained loyal to the stud, and
sires that have worked well in the last 20 years include Paltzer Sexation
Bert, Celsius, Lexus, Marconi, Sinatra and Modesto. Heifers calving in this
year are mainly by Penn-England Garrison, Lexvold Heldostar Hale and
Calbrett-I H H Champion while the cows are in calf to Moet Brinstar Solo,
Sandy Valley Bolton, Burlane Tennyson, Airone Slocum Terminator, Kelstein
Dynasty and more Champion. There is already a Solo daughter in the herd
from his test period, Hermione 681 GP81-2yr, who has impressed so much
that the bull was used again. Around 30 units of Cornerstone semen are
used every year as Guy feels that all breeders have a duty to help progeny
test young sires.
Guy’s role as a National Trust Council member has brought together
his experience of farming and love of the countryside with the chance
to shape the policy of the UK’s largest landowner. “The interaction
between livestock farming and the landscape is vital here in the UK”, he
suggests. “The way we manage our cattle here at Hampreston relies on
grazing grass as much as possible, and I wouldn’t want to go down the
Californian route of intensive dairying because of the knock on effect
on the countryside.” An enthusiastic visitor to other farms to see how
they manage their enterprises, Guy is happy that the system in place at
Hampreston is the right one for the farm but is always willing to adopt
new ideas.
What of the future? Guy and wife Anne have four children all forging
careers away from the farm, but who may well wish to return there in time,
just as Guy and his father did. Time will tell what will become of the herd,
but right now it stands as a beacon for the breed’s history, the commercial
necessities of a family farm and good environmental stewardship.
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