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RIGHT Weeton Mer-
chant Trolley EX has
proved to be a good
foundation cow.
FAR RIGHT
Her daughter Leswid-
den Talent Trolley VG88
has so far bred
Rampage Red and
Shottle daughters.
cow bought in 1965 and the Holly family now
number 29 in all, with 18 currently milking. Five are
scored EX including three in their eighth lactation,
Crossgate Rudolph Holly EX91, Crossgate Leo Holly
EX92-3E and Crossgate RS Holly EX93-4E by the
homebred Crossgate Rotating Star. These capacious,
beautifully balanced cows are also a consistently high
yielding family. The fifth calver Crossgate Dalton
Holly 2 EX92-3E is the first in the Leswidden herd to
record at over 70 kg and is projected to over 15,000
litres this time after achieving LP50 in four lactations.
The Cherry and Rose families also have their
origins in a British Friesian bought in the 1960’s.
They are descended from Woodrose Fence Jan
Cherry bought by Tom’s father Jim in 1965 and it
is the Cherry line that has given the herd another
highly scored individual. Crossgate Lee Cherry EX93-
4E has qualified as LP60 over six lactations and
calved her seventh, a Talent heifer, in April, whilst
ABOVE Eighth calvers
Crossgate Lee Rose EX92-4E demonstrates very
Crossgate RS Holly EX93-4E
similar qualities which is not surprising when you realise that both cows are
(left) and Crossgate Cinder
Lee x Jed x Astre x Astro Jet! The other family developed by the Dauncey’s
Nadine EX92-4E (right) are
and making an impact on the herd are the Neptunes. There are two EX
two exceptional examples
sixth calvers by Comestar Leader and Hanoverhill Mirage and another EX
of families graded up over
Cogent Dalton daughter milking her fifth. All are 50 tonne cows and with 10
daughters between them provide a solid base from which the Dauncey’s can
40 years.
build on the three generations VG/EX already
LEFT The milking team; Tom there.
and Caroline Dauncey with The younger portion of the herd consists of
their daughter Rebecca (left). taller, more powerful frames than the silky
hides of the older cows. Whilst not a particular
favourite of Tom’s, Roylane Jordan has left a
consistent group of daughters including an EX
third calf Holly, and seven of the 11 classified
are all immaculate. And it is this
have already gone VG. Stormatic has also
fastidious attention to detail that
stamped his pattern on a number of cows
permeates throughout the farm
and this trend is continued in the 15 milking
resulting in a culling rate of less
two and three-year-olds by Talent. 10 of these
than 10%, clinical mastitis cases
have been classified with five VG and five GP.
at under 5% and only 12% of
Oliveholme Aeroline has been a bull that has
cows treated for lameness with
impressed Tom, leaving heifers with plenty of
no routine foot trimming. Private
milk and plenty of power. Leswidden Aeroline
and commercial sales through
Rosie VG86-2yr is one such heifer and completes
Holsworthy market provide a
10 generations of VG or EX. The Rosie family
profitable and essential outlet
is a result of a more recent purchase of a
for surplus milking stock, with 20
Stormatic flush from Mussbee Prelude Rosy VG
turned over last year.
who traces back to Romandale.
Crossgate was the prefix chosen Tom made the decision to extend his family
by Mr Dauncey Snr in 1976 when lines after the move to Leswidden and made a
he first graded up the cows, number of astute decisions. Before the Rosie’s
although pedigree animals had arrived, the Sharon and Breeze families were
been bought and bred from since introduced from Pioneer in the late 80’s along
the early 1960’s. The foundation with the Janet’s and Nadine’s from Avondale.
cows included a pedigree Friesian More recently, Weeton blood has been
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