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Milk is average at 288 kg, but with the aforementioned one of eleven sisters and four brothers to Easter. The sisters
good quality at +0.04% fat and +0.09% protein. Fertility are mainly ET daughters by September Storm and Titanic,
index and Somatic Cell Count both show slight deviations with three of them VG so far. The sire stack behind Mtoto
to the wrong side, -1.6 and 2 respectively, while milking Elegance is VG Gibbon x VG88 Mascot (dam of Wilpe Dennis
speed shows a slight positive (0.27), probably indicative of who sprung to fame as the late identified sire of Moet
his pedigree, being a son of Mtoto daughter Cogent Mtoto Nansen) x VG86 Cleitus x VG88 Bell x EX94-4E Astronaut.
Elegance EX91. With so few flaws, Easter offers a balanced breeding
Surveying Easter’s linear, there are few areas of concern option for many dairy farmers. Unfortunately his current
or regions to protect although the bull may not excel in lack of daughters limits assurances, and with only 75 daugh-
many traits either. Daughters of Easter can be expected to ters registered his reliability is unlikely to increase until a
be of average stature (1.26) while having both body depth second crop influx in three years time. 38 daughters of the
and chest width, but not being too extreme (angularity 75 born have been scored, with a test daughter scoring
0.58). Rumps should show a slight slope while having some VG85, and a further 16 scored GP as two-year-olds, so this
width (1.04). Legs will have a slight straightness BLAD and CVM-free sire has plenty
and moderate foot angle. Fore udders and liga- COGENT EASTER EX92 BLF CVF to offer with a no holes proof, but
ment are both just stronger than average, while
April 2009
be conscious of the lack of assurance
Easter’s strongest trait is a 2.05 on rear udder in his figures.
height. The remaining udder traits, such as udder
Milk +288 kg
depth, teat placement and length, are all stuck
Fat +14.3 kg +0.04%
on the no change central area of the linear chart.
On the pedigree front, Easter is from the Mtoto
Protein +16.5 kg +0.09%
Type Merit +1.90
daughter at Cogent who has a best record so
Lifespan +0.2
Mammary +1.62
far in her fourth of 13,562 kg at 3.86% fat and
PIN +£32 PLI +£140
Legs & Feet +1.62
3.36% protein. She has now calved her fifth at
71% Rel. 34 daughters in 27 herds
Bev Baker’s BB herd, a heifer by Toystory, who is
88% Rel. 47 daughters in 36 herds
This issue we look at a couple of interesting sires with different appeal
for breeders with varying selection criteria
L
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
recognised for having an edge (maybe accounting for their
list ranked on type, and with over 2.8 on Legs & Feet and
the show ring both here and in North
sustainability?).
America.
However
A daughter was a class
his American proof, encompass-
Udder composites, there is no trade off with this sire. From
winner at the 2007 Northern Expo and he has numerous progeny with
ing 650 daughters indicates a 3 (mid point) on the disposi-
his linear, Damion daughters can be expected to be very tall
All American and All Canadian nominations and wins.
tion scale and international farmers with milking daughters
(3.1) with extreme width throughout, coupled with depth
The youngest Holstein
have
bull
not
ever
seen
to be
an
scored
issue in
EX96,
this
and
area.
currently
By Durham from a VG89
and angularity (although those looking for show animals
the highest scored bull Encorein Canada, , Regancrest LaramieEncore is a Comestar Dahlia, LeeDamion’ son s grand dam is
may want to protect for length of neck). Legs will err to the
from the 2002 Royal the Winter EX95 Fair Snow-N Supreme Denises Champion DelliaIdee herself. Lustre Dahlia is a full sister
straight side (-2.21), which may require caution from some
EX95-3E 6*. Yet another to Dellias sire who highest demonstrates scored the daughterimportance , who and resides in the UK’s with the number of straight legged cattle bred over recent
strength of cow families,
Richaven
he makes
herd
the
of
ninth
Richard
generation
Bown,
of
Ketby
VG or EX.
Dellias Encore EX94-
years, and hand in hand with this is the steep foot angle,
For this reason, he already
3E. She
has
is
182
also
daughters
sister to
registered
16 VGs and
in the
13
UK,
EXs.
accounting for the 2.83 Legs & Feet composite. Udders from
the eldest of these being
Damion
born in
has
2005.
already
His oldest
had
daughters
widespread
should
use
be
in the UK and,
this sire should make Damion daughters a pleasure to milk,
milking now and some
despite
should
popularity
be scored in
and
the early
availability
part of this
issues
year
in
,
the UK which
welded on fore udders (2.88) and extremely high rear udders
although the majority
is
will
making
only pass
him
their
pricey
second
, will
birthday
be in many
during
semen
the
tanks now. At
(3.41) set the bar, while shallow udders with strong liga-
course of 2008.
Lustre, Laramie’s
the
dam,
other
is a Robthom
end of the
Integrity
UK scale,
daughter
he has
who
21 classified daughters
ments cause both rear and fore teats to be closer than zero
completed four lactations
from
with
over
an
1000
astounding
registered
third record
in the
of
UK
21,060
at the time of writing.
at 1.39 and 0.68 respectively.
kg at 5.2% fat and 3.15%
With
protein.
that in
She
mind,
is a VG89-3yr
his track record
Canadian
so
classi
far is
-
immaculate,
It is always incredibly exciting when daughters of a popular
fied animal, bred in Prince
100%
Edward
GP or better
Island, Canada
with 12
who
VG
went
(including
on to be
one
sire start calving on UK soil, with the
EX95-3E in the USA,
son).
where she was owned by Ehrhardt Farms. She
ERBACRES DAMION *TL *TV
question of whether they will exceed,
has bred five VG daughters
Daughters
and a number
from Holland,
of sons, with
the
Laramie
USA and
hav
Czech
- April 2009
match or fail expectations; on this occa-
ing full sisters scored Republic VG86-2yr contribute and VG89. to There his are proof further and sisters this aver-
sion all indications are that Damion will
Milk +306 kg
by Cousteau, Championage milk and bull Durham. needs Laramieusing on also high has fat maternal testing be a hit.
brothers and sisters at
cattle
Ridgefield
(he is -0.11%
and Bartonvale
fat) while
here
protein
in the UK.
is good
Fat +2.7 kg -0.11%
Laramie’s immediate
(0.04%).
sire stack
Type
is Lee
is

where
x Integrity
the
x
bull
Astro
excels
Jet.
though,
Protein +13.1 kg +0.04% Type Merit +3.29
Returning with a 62%
as anticipated
Good Plus and
by
better
his UK
rating
scored
on his
daughters.
current
His
Canadian daughters’
Interbull
results in a
proof
Canadian
is generating
Final Class score
a converted
of +13,
Type
Lifespan +0.2 Mammary +2.89
sufficient for joint 18
th
Merit
place
of
in
3.29,
the Canadian
good enough
top conformation
for a spot
rank
just
-
PIN +£16 PLI +£96 Legs & Feet +2.83
ings, and a UK type
outside
merit of 2.13.
the top
A sire
ten
of
on
extreme
the UK’
stature
s available
and tre-
sires
mendous body depth, in combination with oodles of angularity, this
87% Rel. 10 UK daughters in 8 herds 89% Rel. 117 daughters in 41 herds
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