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FAR LEFT
Leswidden Talent
Miss America VG86
offers great future
prospects.
LEFT One for the
showring; Leswid-
den Zen Janet
VG87 is the sixth
homebred genera-
tion from an Avon-
dale family.
impressing the Dauncey’s after Caroline’s decision at the Weeton Sale in 2004
and again demonstrates the great
to invest in a yearling. Weeton Merchant Trolley EX is due to calve again
udder attachments that define
soon but has so far only produced one heifer in four calvings. The quality
this group of hard wearing cows.
of her VG88 Talent daughter goes some way to make up for this though,
The Dauncey’s later
showing distinctly similar body conformation to her youthful dam. She has
introductions to their herd blend
also produced Rampage Red and Shottle heifers in her two calvings and the
Dauncey’s are excited about the future of this family. Bought as a calf at the
seamlessly with those who are
same sale, herdmate Weeton Astronomical Neoma VG has also become a
the product of generations of
family favourite and her Talent daughter calved in at the start of May with a
type-based breeding policy under
Shottle heifer.
the Crossgate, now Leswidden
Three Carol’s were bought at the Llydan dispersal in 2006 as a guarantee
banner. The herd has been
of rapid family establishment. And rapid it has been. A prolific family at
classified regularly since the
Llydan, Ren Top Carol EX, Glenn Prog Carol EX and Rapsy Kendall Carol end of the 70’s after Tom was
VG88, each from a different branch of the family, have left six daughters at impressed by the logic behind
Leswidden between them in the last two years. Other high profile pedigrees the system explained in ‘The
were introduced by way of buying in youngstock from near neighbours
Profitable Cow – Dairy Cattle
Lanhydrock, firstly with the acquisition of Lanhydrock Merchant Miss
Showmanship’ as ‘producing
America VG. Now due to calve her fifth, she has so far bred a VG86-2yr
higher yielding and longer
Talent daughter whose first calf was a Red heifer by Rampage. Another calf
lasting cows’. Published in 1979
to come from the Lanhydrock sale, although with Oakroyal origins, was
Lanhydrock Lysyer Christmas VG88, a Tcet Lyster daughter who has managed
by Holstein Canada, Tom insists
to produce two 86 point Talent’s to date.
that the same applies today and
Although wary of showing due to a high herd health status (no TB, no IBR),
a classification breakdown of 20
Tom is now considering sending two outstanding individuals to the Royal
EX, 45 VG, 21 GP with 15 not yet
Cornwall Show this year, both of Avondale origins. Lyswyn Silky Nadine EX91 is
scored stands as testament to
a massive framed third calf Cousteau with a welded on udder who was nearly
the quality throughout that won
lost at calving with a twisted uterus. Out of Crossgate Cinder Nadine EX92-4E, Leswidden Holsteins the Cornish
who is halfway through her seventh lactation, and with an 89 point second Small Herd Competition in 2008.
calf Lyster sister, Silky Nadine is sure to turn heads with a public appearance. With the same promise currently
The other potential competitor is Ocean-View Zenith daughter Leswidden Zen
evident in the younger portion,
Janet VG87 from a VG Jordan. This big, black milking heifer is incredibly stylish
it would suggest that Leswidden
Holsteins are only at Land’s End
BELOW Projected to 15,000 kg in her fifth lactation, Crossgate Dalton Holly
in a geographic sense. Watch this
EX92-3E is currently the highest recorded cow in the Leswidden herd.
space!
FARMFACTS
Leswidden Holsteins
q Situated outside St. Just, 7 miles from Lands End
q 100 cows and 90 followers
q 1
st
Cornwall Club Small Herd Competition 2008
q CIS Herd average; 9,700 kg (projected 10,250 kg, April ave. 36 kg)
at 3.8% butterfat and 3.2% protein, SCC 65
q 20 EX, 45 VG, 21 GP, 15 N/S
q TMR ration of grass silage, Trafford Gold, blend and minerals
q Extensive grazing 8/9 months of the year rotating through paddocks
q All year round calving with a level supply contract
q Parlour and cubicles constructed in 1974 to be replaced in 2009
q Home bred families; Holly, Cherry, Rose, Neptune, Christmas
q PI families; Carol, Gail, Miss America, Trolley, Koral, Nadine, Janet
q Bulls in use; Shottle, Goldwyn, Talent, Empire, Design, Bolivia
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