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FAR LEFT
Serlie Colorado
Lillie is one of
the most impos-
ing mature cows
at Morsan.
LEFT Alholm
Rudolph Jingle
has already won
silverware in
2009.
sheds are busy places with the scraper running every 80 minutes and the deep responsible for the day-to-day
sawdust bedded cubicles cleaned three times a day and sprayed with chlorine show barn management and, at
(powerful, cheap and inactive within 90 seconds so no teat damage). just 18, the HYB member from
The farm extends to 2750 acres and much of the feedstuffs are home Panda Holsteins is loving her
grown. A lot of the land work is currently contract worked, but with Joe opportunity to work in Alberta.
Thalen (the youngest son at 16) keen on machinery, this may change in the Molly feeds, clips, washes (once
future. Cows are fed TMR consisting of barley grain, ground corn, maize a week as routine) and halter
silage, corn gluten meal, Megalac, Sodium Bicarbonate, corn distillers, trains the show cows, getting to
beet pulp, cottonseed, soybean meal, alfalfa hay, alfalfa silage, barley most of the shows but taking her
silage, minerals and Fermenten. The on-site mill automatically mixes the turn to stay at the farm when
desired rations, selecting raw materials from 10 bins before the addition of needed. Leiza Montgomery is
feedstuffs from the clamps. The feeding operation relies on a sophisticated due to join the team for three
computerized hammer mill and mixing system which measures and months later this year to assist
double checks all inputs and is regularly calibrated to ensure accuracy. The with the purebreds ahead of the
culmination of accurate feeding and attention to detail throughout housing, next Morsan sale in November,
milking, calving and routines is yielding a herd average of 12,458 kg at just outside Toronto.
3.82% fat and 3.21% protein on 942 records. With all the great cows at
Morsan purchased their first purebred cow in 1998, and they continued Morsan, it’s hard to know
to invest in purebreds due to their ability to sustain higher milk yields over where to start focussing on
a greater number of lactations compared to grade cows. In August 2005, individuals. The show barn
Chris Parry was hired from the UK to establish a structure and develop the already holds Missy (All Canadian
purebred side of the Morsan business and the cows contained within it. Since & All American Goldwyn Junior
then, the Thalen’s have invested heavily in world class genetics and their cow 2-year-old 2008 with a big
families list is a true Who’s Who of the breed. The prerequisite of purchasing index, due in May) and Justine,
a new animal is that it will bring something to Morsan first and foremost, another Goldwyn who was
not that it will simply be marketable as only the very best cattle are worked Junior Champion at the 2008
with and marketed from. Showing has become an important shop window Royal Winter Fair. She is looking
and Morsan have amassed an unprecedented 56 All Canadian and All tremendous in milking form
American nominations. and won Senior 2-year-old at
Showing focuses on the major shows in Canada; the two Alberta provincial the Convention Show just three
shows, the two Western US shows and then the big two - Madison and the weeks fresh. There are the
Royal Winter Fair. The Morsan show barn allows 16 animals to be developed mature cows Lillie and Jingles
in the facility, but with such a plethora of great individuals, competition (who is 11-years-old this year
for space is tough! This is one benefit for those investing in Morsan and has just been Champion
genetics - the animals there have had to work and live in a large scale set at Calgary and the Holstein
up comparable to the UK. The show barn averages 14,221 kg at 3.95% fat Convention Show). Then there
and 3.32% protein on a diet based on hay, 16% protein and beet pulp. The are cows like Taffy, Idem, Boo
philosophy is to work and develop show cows 365 days a year ensuring the Boo, Gypsy and Della (both
show team arrives at a show on form and ready to compete. Chris is assisted owned with Tom and Andy
in the pedigree side of the business by herdsman Erik Klugkist and Vanessa Cope of Huddlesford Holsteins),
Wright (the second daughter of Sandra and Morris). Molly Westwood is Impala, Deannah, Seisme (All
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