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BREEDER’S CHOICE
In the Journal’s never ending quest to bring you news about your neighbours, friends
and peers, we throw light on what a further fi ve members are currently using to breed
their future herd members, and focus on what makes them decide what to purchase.
David Wilson, Gravelhill Edgar Cowin, Ballaterson
Our Northern Irish contributor this issue is David Farming at Ballaugh on the Isle of Man, Edgar milks 140 cows
Wilson who milks the 150 cow Gravelhill herd near
through robots, and is getting a 10,000 litre average. The herd
Newtonabbey in County Antrim. The herd average
is cubicle housed, and fed grazed grass and zero grazed, in
is 9523 kg at 4.23% fat and 3.20% protein with the
addition to TMR which incorporates grass silage, maize silage,
herd cubicle housed and fed a TMR ration with grass
triticale lupin silage, and some crushed barley and protein.
and maize silage as the main components, and this is
topped up in the parlour.
Edgar considers breeding must haves as feet and legs and
When choosing bulls the criterion is
udders, size and chest width, together with capacity and teat
high type with good udders, legs
length (for robots), with no major negatives on all traits. He
and feet, but consideration is
says robotic milking makes you more aware of faults in your
always given to SCC as well.
cows.
Bulls in use include: Bulls in the fl ask at Ballaterson:
England-Ammon Million Alfrag Juror Ford
Picston Shottle
Regancrest Mr Drham Sam
Go-Farm Allen Scooby Du
Sandy- Valley Bolton
Glen Valley BW Captain
Braedale Bambam
Den-K Marshall LL Laurin
New-World Empire
Andacres Monty Onward
Velvet-View-KJ Sensation
Sunday Dur Hyman Winston
In the region of 15-20% young
There are no young sires used, as they are not considered
sires are used and they include Rosedale Touchdown,
value for the cost of semen when proven bulls can be bought
Moet Commander, Windsor-Manor Z Dragon, Moet
for a little extra.
Corporal, Windy-knoll-View 4Acres, Laurelhill Classic,
Savagh Leigh Lingle, Butler Butz Sam Angler
Brian & Andrew Whitfi eld,
John Round, Roundelm
Alderbarrow
The 320 cow Roundelm herd is run by former Gold Father and son Brian and Antony Whitfi eld milk 150 cows
Cup winner John Round in Gloucestershire. On twice a near Wem in Shropshire. The 9,300 kg average is from a
day milking, the herd averages 11,000 kg at 3.9% fat
TMR ration, which is mainly made from maize, together
and 3.25% protein fed on a TMR incorporating 70%
with lucerne and grass silage (both made in big bales, not
maize to 30% grass silage. The herd is housed on sand
clamped), and the herd is housed in both yards and cubicles.
cubicles.
Alderbarrow’s decision-making for breeding considers udders
When choosing sires the fi rst consideration is
most importantly as selling surplus stock is an important
reliability and then selecting a team of bulls to
element to the business. Good feet and legs, strength,
complement various bloodlines, at least one should
longevity and consistent cow families are
have a 2
nd
crop daughter in the Roundelm herd
(Garrison). Other criteria are lifespan, foot angle, and
also prerequisites.
all udder traits, weight of milk, and fat and there is a
Service sires include:
preference for outcross sires.
REW Buckeye
Sires on the service list at the moment:
Magor Bolivia Allen
Sandy-Valley Bolton Lutz-Brookview Burt
MD Durham Delight Atlas
Penn-England Garrison Ridge-Star Jammer
Picston Shottle
Mr Million Mega Man Palmcrest Breakout
Roughly 10% young sires are used,
Rockali Bradley Picston Shottle
and at the moment these include
Regancrest Design
stock bulls Alderbarrow Zevs and
Kellercrest Langdon (sexed)
Alderbarrow Zebedee who are Shottle
Ralma Focus (sexed)
and Goldwyn sons respectively from
Young bulls in use include two homebred stock bulls,
Woodmarsh Zoey VG88, an Outside from the Zandra family,
a Bolton x Marconi and a Shottle x Convincer.
and both bulls have brothers in AI.
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