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SIRE ROAD TESTS
COGENT EASTER EX92
ABOVE Catshead Krista 54 GP81-2yr has VG88 Legs & Feet.
LEFT Cogent Easter EX scores well for management traits.
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he highly scored EX92 Cogent Easter is a son of home- and balanced proof for both type and production.
grown talent Cogent Courier and boasts a seven genera- A bull with a positive Lifespan coupled with pluses on
tion VG/EX maternal line descending from a Dutch branch of Condition Score (0.66), Locomotion (1.78) and high compo-
the well known Lou Etta family. Easter lacks reliability at this nents while offering body traits with some power, Easter
early stage, offering 47 daughters in his proof spread across may well appeal for use on more grazing based systems as
36 UK herds, but what he does offer is a very well rounded well as on farms looking for a balanced all round sire.
ERBACRES DAMION *TL *TV
LEFT Erbacres Damion daughters have started calving
in the UK.
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aramie is a newly proven sire in the January proof round, but he
has been in the limelight for some time, with daughters winning in
the show ring both here and in North America. A daughter was a class
BELOW Bev Baker’s BB Damion Ghost is freshly calved winner at the 2007 Northern Expo and he has numerous progeny with
and has yet to see the classifier.
All American and All Canadian nominations and wins.
The youngest Holstein bull ever to be scored EX96, and currently
the highest scored bull in Canada, Laramie is a Comestar Lee son
from the 2002 Royal Winter Fair Supreme Champion Idee Lustre
EX95-3E 6*. Yet another sire who demonstrates the importance and
strength of cow families, he makes the ninth generation of VG or EX.
For this reason, he already has 182 daughters registered in the UK,
the eldest of these being born in 2005. His oldest daughters should be
milking now and some should be scored in the early part of this year,
although the majority will only pass their second birthday during the
course of 2008.
Lustre, Laramie’s dam, is a Robthom Integrity daughter who
completed four lactations with an astounding third record of 21,060
kg at 5.2% fat and 3.15% protein. She is a VG89-3yr Canadian classi-
fied animal, bred in Prince Edward Island, Canada who went on to be
EX95-3E in the USA, where she was owned by Ehrhardt Farms. She
has bred five VG daughters and a number of sons, with Laramie hav-
ing full sisters scored VG86-2yr and VG89. There are further sisters
by Cousteau, Champion and Durham. Laramie also has maternal
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et another son from the phenomenal Dellia family is on
brothers and sisters at Ridgefield and Bartonvale here in the UK.
the cusp of greatness. Damion daughters have started
Laramie’s immediate sire stack is Lee x Integrity x Astro Jet.
Returning with a 62% Good Plus and better rating on his current
calving in the UK, and his daughters are starting to impress with udders one of the sire’s strengths, many will say the
Canadian daughters’ results in a Canadian Final Class score of +13,
around the world in milking form as they begin to add to best is yet to come as Damion’s calve in. sufficient for joint 18
th
place in the Canadian top conformation rank-
his second crop proof. At this year’s All Britain Calf Show,
Damion is a double cross of Dellia, which may have rung ings, and a UK type merit of 2.13. A sire of extreme stature and tre-
two of Sahara Holsteins class winners were by Damion, and
alarm bells on the temperament stakes as Dellia’s family is mendous body depth, in combination with oodles of angularity, this
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