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FAR LEFT
The Ashdon team pic-
tured at the Suffolk Hol-
stein Club prizegiving in
2007. From left, James,
Bobby and Speedy
LEFT Ashdon Honey-
suckle 21 EX is a Lee
daughter projected to
almost 15,000 kg in her
third lactation.
View Four Aces who they seem to click with according to Bobby, just by
pointing the gun at them! Failing that however, a bull is kept on farm for
clearing up and the surefire winner currently resident at Newnham Hall Farm
FARMFACTS
is a massive, stylish two and a half year old EX91 Jordan son. Ashdon Penny
Ashdon Holsteins
Black (Percy) is bred from the influential Pennyroyal family (second placed
q 210 acres (110 maize, 100
family group 2007) which extend back to the original Red Friesian herd and
grass) within the Vestey
now has 54 registered members, with over 80% scored GP or better.
family’s 12,000 acre
Roylane Jordan is a bull that has worked really well in the Ashdon herd,
Thurlow Estate
leaving balanced, stylish cows with fantastic rear udders who were the
winning Bull Progeny Group in the 2008 Herd Competition. Percy’s dam is
q 50
th
Anniversary of a self
Ashdon Pennyroyal 27 EX94-3E, who has just completed her sixth lactation
contained unit with other
averaging 10,000 kg at 4.8% fat and 3.4% protein over the six. One of several
estate businesses contracted
Kemview Vanetas Vision daughters in the Ashdon herd, Kemview left hard
on a commercial basis
wearing, powerful cows alongside Mr Mark Cinder and Boulet Charles of
q 180 milking cows & 120
which there are many daughters still proving their worth. The oldest cow
followers
in the herd however is Ashdon Honeysuckle 9 EX93-3E who is half way q Herd classification; 18 EX,
through her tenth lactation. One of Bobby’s favourites, this Sunnylodge Linjet 52 VG, 61 GP after a couple
daughter is another cow with origins dating back 50 years although with of years not classifying
slightly less family representation – she herself is still to produce a heifer calf,
q CIS Herd average; 9,600 kg
but with a frame and udder belying her age it seems she has time yet!
at 4% butterfat, 3.2% protein
Other Lavenham (and Terling) families have contributed to the consistency
q Loose housed in three groups
of today’s Ashdon Holsteins. The purchase of a few from the Duchess line
in winter, out to grass for
provided the winning LP50 cow in 2008, Ashdon Duchess 21 EX91-2E by
12 hours in summer
Hanoverhill Inspiration and out of Terling Duchess 89 VG. Another in her
tenth lactation with barely a hiccup, she has at least left four heifers so far,
q TMR ration includes grass
although the winning homebred heifer last year wasn’t one of hers; Ashdon
and maize silage, blend, pulp
Duchess 53 VG88 by Jordan is now looking well fresh with her second and
nuts, Milk Max, minerals
is a granddaughter of Lavenham Duchess 888, an EX Tesk, via an 89 point
q 20-year-old 16/16 Fullwood
Kemview.
parlour with covered
The bulk of the herd may contain Lavenham and Terling blood, but
collecting and exit yard, no
there have been a few more recent introductions since Mark Shadwick has
concentrates fed
been acting as breeding advisor. A number of purchases were made at the
q Heifers calved in at 27
Wagtail dispersal including Wagtail Inquirer Rosie EX92-2E, Wagtail Banquo
months, calving interval 400
Ursula VG88 and Wagtail Lee Mary VG87, all of whom have left a heifer days, everything served to
calf at Ashdon and are still going strong in their fourth or fifth lactations. Holstein
Why-Not Raider Dora EX has had four daughters in five calvings. With two
q Semen selection: type based
now milking (a Jordan and Duplex both VG86 and each with a daughter
with minimum milk, cell
registered) and herself predicted to well over 11,000 kg in her seventh,
count, chest and rump width
you get the distinct impression that this will be another family to meet
standards
the Ashdon standards in the future. The investment that Bobby is most
q Semen used at the moment;
excited to watch progress is another to have come from the Why-Not herd;
Drake, Durham Ross, Four
Aces, Ashdon Penny Black
q Original families include
Pennyroyal, Honeysuckle
q Lavenham/Terling families;
Seabreeze, Duchess,
Chancery, Grey, Mistress
Morn, White Lilac
q Other families; Reymerr
Trulin, Wagtail Rosie/Ursula/
Mary, Wappingthorn Ruby,
Why-Not Debbie/Dora
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