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NORTHERN WINNER - Stardale
The Stardale herd, representing Lancashire and Adjacent Counties is
owned by Jim Burrow. Jim’s grandfather, James founded the herd over
fifty years ago and father Robert retired in 2006 when the milking
portion were sold. An average of £3008 was achieved and the Burrow
family are now rebuilding the herd from the young stock and 20 cows
that remained on the 320 acre farm.
Today the herd numbers 200 cows and 200 youngstock. Predominantly
young cows, they average 9800 kg at 4.2% fat and 3.2% protein on twice
daily milking and are housed in cubicles. The cows graze outside through
summer, with sugar beet all year round and ration outside, topped up in
parlour. Silage and whole crop are fed in winter.
With 45 EX and 100 VG’s, the cow families with the most influence are
still Vaakje’s, Honey Bee’s and Stella’s. Royal Stella 3 is a family favourite,
she has just gained her ninth EX classification at 95 points, has done over
131 tonnes and is back in calf to Million.
Jim has always prioritised legs and feet and udders in his breeding policy which is built around a philosophy to breed
easy to manage, long living, high component cows. Bulls in use include Oman, Outbound, Jeeves, Talent and Million, with
Outside heifers coming through at the moment.
This is not the first time they have been involved in the competition; they were finalists last year and won the award back
in 1996.
ABOVE Nigel Richards of Eclipse congratulates James Burrow of Stardale, the Northern winning herd.
BELOW LEFT Andrew Birkle of Whinchat Holsteins at Loughborough collects the Eastern award.
BELOW RIGHT Representing Wales are brothers Wyn and Rhys Jones of Feithy.
EASTERN WINNER - Whinchat
Andrew Birkle has farmed 200 acres at Loughborough for
around the last 30 years. The Winchat herd consists of 160
head of young stock and 150 cows averaging around 10,000
litres. Milked twice daily in a new 20x20 Euro 1200 parlour,
the cows are out all night during the summer and then
cubicle housed during winter. Grass, silage and maize makes
up the ration with cake in out of parlour feeders. Cows in the
herd range from heifers up to ninth calvers, and include 52
EX, 70 VG and 14 GP’s.
When it comes to breeding Andrew wants longevity and
type, he likes to look at the bull’s pedigree and if he finds a
sire that works well on his heifers he won’t think twice about
using him again. Sires that have done well in the herd include
Starbuck and Boulet Charles, and more recently he has had
Shottle’s and Goldwyn’s calving in.
The main influential cow families include the Trinje family,
WELSH WINNER - Feithy
the Pamela family, the Flo’s, Sara’s and the Farrah’s of which
Runners up in 2008 and 2006, Huw Jones and son Rhys from
there are nearly 20 milking. The purchase of Ullswater Inka
Carmarthenshire again represented Wales in 2009, having
Ideal as a barren cow established another family which is
won the South Wales competition. In 1973 the herd was
breeding true, and she went on to breed two EX daughters.
graded up to pedigree after the purchase of a couple of
This is the first time the herd has been put forward for the
pedigree animals sparked interest. Huw and Rhys run the
competition and they represented the East Midland region.
herd and 150 followers on their 300 acre unit, while Rhys
Animals bred by Andrew at Whinchat have had show ring
also runs an agricultural contracting business locally.
success for new owners at shows such as NHS, Agriscot and
The herd has since developed to incorporate 60 EX, 72 VG
the Great Yorkshire Show including Whinchat Fred Kelly who
and 20 GP (all 2yrs) with the herd average sitting at 9600kg
was Honourable Mention at the 2007 National.
at 4.2% fat and 3.3% protein. The herd is led by the Lilac
family which stems from one of the original local purchases.
There are now 38 Lilac’s milking, all of which are VG or EX
and unsurprisingly they were the Top Cow Family in South
Wales last year. They are joined by the Margaret’s, Marq I’s,
Grey’s and Lavender’s.
The herd is milked twice a day, housed on sand bedded
cubicles and fed a TMR ration incorporating grass and maize
silage with a protein blend.
Bulls which have shaped the herd include Lee while milking
heifers by Ocean-View Zanzibar, Richaven Lancelot and
Cleevale Delightful are eye catching additions this year. The
use of stock bulls such as Brynhyfryd Invincible have also
left their mark, and he was followed by Tregibby Outlaw
(Outside x Dalesend Storm Maude EX97-5E) who has young
daughters on the ground. At the moment the herd is
using Lightening, Talent, Baxter, Goldwyn and Feithy Aur
(Goldwyn x Feithy Storm Adona EX94-2E).
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