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the Debbie family. Why-Not ABOVE LEFT Suffolk’s Elite Cow 2007, Ashdon Pennyroyal 27 EX94-3E, dam of the
Intention Debbie EX93-2E has Jordan sired stock bull Ashdon Penny Black, has now completed over 67 tonnes
now completed over 70 tonnes in six lactations.
of milk before the end of her
sixth lactation but it is her fresh
ABOVE RIGHT Ashdon Seabreeze 59 by Roylane Jordan was the winning Home
third calf Jordan daughter who
Bred Heifer in 2007. Scored EX in her third lactation, she has a 94 point mammary
is Bobby’s particular favourite,
system
and it is not hard to see why. A
BELOW The Ashdon herd perform well on this 25-year-old permanent pasture in
tall, open cow, she has a fantastic
summer, supplemented with a basic TMR.
udder and oozes style, explaining
her EX91 score. Intention Debbie
nuts, Milk Max and minerals. This is fed to groups all year round. In winter
came from Bob Kirk’s herd along
the herd is split into three groups; highs, heifers with the lower highs and
with her sire Joylan Intention, an
the mediums. Nothing is referred to as ‘low’ here! In summer, the highs and
Integrity out of the great brood
heifers are run together, going out during the day with TMR in the shed at
cow Sonnhalde Jubilant Arlene.
night with the mediums in during the day to clean up the feed and out to
The Ashdon team are not afraid
grass at night. Dry cows and in-calf heifers are run in a paddock next to the
to invest in UK genetics with a
yard during summer and are brought in a month prior to their due date to
number of herd sires featuring
be introduced to a high dry matter ration. Since this practice was adopted
in the sire list. Ashdon Grand
five or six years ago, there have been no caesareans, only one D.A. which
Canyon (Contented family),
was easily rectified and minimal metritis. Northpoint Vets are generally
Ashdon Trust (Reymerr Trulin)
only called in for monthly scanning with Bobby and Speedy taking care of
and Lavenham Cashier all have
routine health issues. 60% of the herd are in heat and served within 55 days
several impressive daughters as
meaning the all year round calving pattern is steady with around 15 calvings
does Intention, while Percy looks
a month and a level milk supply of 9,000 litres picked up every other day.
set to follow this trend.
Foot bathing is carried out three times a week with a simple gate system
Another purchase,
funnelling cows through the baths after they exit the 16/16 Fullwood parlour
Wappingthorn Prelude Ruby
and the team work on the basis of milking a cow a minute. A 12 hour split
13 EX92-2E by Sonnhalde Riki
for the highs is achieved with a 4am start then 3pm with the mediums
Prelude, provided the 2008 Elite
running through before the highs. The biggest problem is that with no
Cow Trophy, unsurprising given
parlour feeding, this herd of some of the most relaxed, friendly cows in the
her average of 12,500 kg over
country can need persuading through sometimes!
her first four lactations (a top
Sadly, the last few years saw both Mr Vestey and John Copland suffer from
record of 14,500 kg) at almost
very ill health and this affected the tempo of life for everyone at Newnham
4% fat and 3.2% protein. This
Hall Farm. With the renewed vigour that Robin Vestey has brought to the
has been achieved in a herd
business however, the atmosphere is now one of enthusiasm and hope for
averaging 9,600 kg on a simple
the future. A return to showing is also planned and with a trip to this year’s
TMR with six ingredients; grass
Royal Norfolk on the cards; our President had better ready himself for a very
and maize silage, a blend, pulp
convincing challenge!
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