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PREMIER PEDIGREE HERD
PREMIER HERD
COMPETITION 2009
Mark Logan, Farm Manager of the Clandeboye Estate in
Northern Ireland judged the regional winners of this year’s
Premier Pedigree Herd Competition, with the national results
announced at the Dairy Event. Ken Proctor, HUK President and
Nigel Richards, Sales and Marketing Director of sponsors Eclipse
were on hand to present the awards.
A full herd feature on the winning herd will run in the December
Journal, meanwhile we take stock of the finalists;
NATIONAL & WESTERN WINNER - Richaven
ABOVE Mark Logan explains to a
With 2009 the Centenary year, Richard Bown chose to enter his Richaven
captive audience his placings in the
competition.
herd into the competition for the first time. Based in Worcestershire and
representing the West Midlands region, the herd comprises of 85 cows
FAR LEFT The Bown family from
Richaven are crowned the Premier
and 100 to 150 young stock.
Pedigree herd.
Two years ago Richaven were amongst the top five highest yielding
BELOW Sam McCormick of Hilltara
herds in the UK and
collects the reserve award this year.
this year should
average 10,700 kgs.
NORTHERN IRISH
Milked twice daily the
WINNER & RESERVE -
cows are loose housed,
Hilltara
fed 60% grass, 40%
Third place in last year’s Premier
maize, 2kg of 38%
Pedigree Herd Competition, Sam,
protein and hay ad-lib
Trisha and son John McCormick from
through winter, the
the Hilltara herd own 250 cows with
aim being to achieve
a similar number of young stock
18-20 litres from the
on their 300 acre farm in Northern
manger and top up
Ireland.
in parlour. Regarding
The 230 cows milking average
classification the aim is 9277kg at 3.95% fat and 3.20%
for every second calver protein. Between 30 and 35 flush and
and above to be VG or show cows are kept on a straw yard
Excellent. with the remainder cubicle housed
Richard’s breeding in fantastic new facilities installed in
policy is Type based with a view to “produce a functional deep bodied
2008. High yielders are kept in during
cow with good legs and feet, an udder to match and an animal that will
mature and stand the test of time”. With 45 different bulls in the
flask to pick from, Goldwyn is currently most consistently used
alongside Raider, Jasper and two of their own bulls; Richaven
Squawbuck and Majestic.
There are many successful families within the herd; Squaw, Ghost,
Roxy, Fransci and Mahala’s but Richard admits his favourite are
the Squaw’s.
A summer contracting business and time constraints mean that
showing has been on hold recently but Richard is striving to keep
improving the herd and hoping to enter the genetics market on
a more global scale. The title of Premier Pedigree Herd 2009 may
go some way toward helping achieve this.
THE JOURNAL OCTOBER 2009 17
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