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BREEDERS ACHIEVEMENTS
Rettbar Outside Norah 2 VG89
Bred & Owned by RR Barrett & Son
Rettbar Outside Norah 2 is one of six natural daughters from
nine calvings from our brood cow Rettbar B C Norah 2 EX91-7E
SP LP90, herself one of five heifers from seven calvings. Outside
Norah 2 is also adding to the family rapidly. She calved her ‘fourth’
in September, a second set of triplet heifers. This brings her total
progeny count to ten in four calvings, all of which were heifers,
six of which survived. Her first calving resulted in dead twins but
she calved back under 12 months with another set of twins leaving
us a Shottle heifer. Her third calving then gave us Empire triplets!
Whilst carrying her latest set of triplets by Mario Xacobeo, we
showed her at our local show where she won the dry cow class
three weeks before calving.
Tom Barrett, Rettbar Holsteins
Sabbyna Starbuck Valentine EX90
Dear Sirs,
real pleasure to work with. Over 15 years, she has only had
In these days of Holstein “bashing”, I thought you may be
two days “off colour” with Milk Fever at her fourth calving.
interested in the story of one of our “youngsters” (perhaps
She has perfect locomotion even at 15 years and her hard
this would be better sent to John Craven at the BBC!)
black feet have only been trimmed once. Her udder is still
I am Bob Russell, and I farm at Church Farm in partnership
above her hocks, softer than velvet and milks out cleanly.
with my wife Sally and two sons Tom and Jonathan. We
She has wonderful manners and passes on her relaxed
farm 180 acres with 95 milking Holsteins (Churchstar) and 70
characteristics to her offspring. She has spent all her life
youngstock. We have bred to Holstein since the first semen
as a member of the herd, sleeping in sand cubicles and
importation in 1965 (Oakridges Reflection) and currently
competing at the feed face. As an added bonus she is a
average 10,845kg with 13 EX, 47 VG and the remainder
natural poll. Obviously this cow will never leave the farm
GP. We currently have three cows over 13 years old, eight
and will eventually be retired into a shady orchard.
cows 12-13 years old and seven cows ten years plus (21 cows
In summary, Val combines all the good traits we are aiming
over 10 years). The average age of the herd is 7 years and 4
for:-
months.
1. 140,656kg of milk
The cow that I would like to inform you about is Sabbyna
2. Lifetime Daily Yield of 25.8 kgs/day
Starbuck Valentine.
3. Classified EX90
Sabbyna Starbuck Valentine EX90
4. Very good health and locomotion
Sire: Duregal Astre Starbuck E.T.
5. A very good temperament
DOB: 14.07.94 (over 15 yrs).
6. A natural “will” to milk – and always with a smile!
She was purchased as a heifer from the Pincotts herd in
Val is probably the best cow I have ever milked in 42 years
Gloucestershire.
and I look forward to milking her offspring for years to
To date this cow has bred the following descendants
come.
registered with Churchstar prefix:
Bob Russell, Church Farm, Wiltshire
Churchstar Manat Val VG89 (2
nd
11,081kg)
Churchstar Knight Val EX90 (3
rd
12,784 kg)
Churchstar Champion Val VG89 (2
nd
12,014 kg)
Churchstar Charles Val VG86 (1
st
10,824 kg)
Churchstar Gordon Val
Churchstar Outside Val
Churchstar C.C. Val
Churchstar Shottle Val
Churchstar Rampage R Val
Churchstar Enigma Val
Churchstar Shottle Val
She also bred Churchstar Valentino (by Shottle), currently
used as stock bull at Church Farm. His first crop are just being
born and so far we have had eight heifer calves and three
bull calves from a bunch of 15 heifers.
Val has been an inspiration to all at Church Farm, and is a
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