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FAR LEFT Puttercrest
Mrshl Horizon VG87 is
in her 2nd lactation.
LEFT Ballycairn
Mascol Agella VG87, is
a daughter of another
successful bull at
Ballycairn; Mascol.
She is 6th generation
VG or EX.
the UK’s number two cow for PLI. LEFT Ballycairn Jesther Tinnie
Garter Tinnie has three VG-2yr EX92, is from the founder of the
daughters and three sons in AI by Tinnie family, the LP100 Dutch
Goldwyn and Toystory. Another EX importation.
daughter of Princess, Ballycairn Jesther
Tinnie EX92 is the dam of Andrew’s
ABOVE RIGHT Ballycairn Goldwyn
current favourite family member,
Tina VG86-2yrs is a daughter
Ballycairn Goldwyn Tina VG86. Tina
of Jesther Tinnie and currently
is projected to achieve over 9000kg
Andrew’s favourite young cow in
in her fi rst lactation, at 5% fat and
the herd.
4% protein, and has a son, Ballycairn
Jardin Theodore who is going to Moving back to the needs
Genus, as well as pregnancies by of Ballycairn, one reason the
Jeeves, and she is now on fl ush again. Tinnie family has fared so well
The other two EX sisters to Jesther in Northern Ireland is due to the
Tinnie include daughters of Brett high components of the family
and Trent, while a VG Lancelot, VG87 and their good feet and legs. The
Shottle and a VG-2yr old Oman daughter with pregnancies by Planet Belle family, originating from
complete Princess’ female progeny. the Southland herd in Holland
Ballycairn is now a closed herd, fl ushing their own best families and is also proving its worth. The
supplementing them with embryo purchases from four or fi ve matings purchased cow was a Manfred
a year. Their most recent additions have been ET Planets from the Pine daughter who scored VG87, she
Tree Misty family. Planet is an exception to Andrew’s breeding criteria bred a high producing EX92-2E
which focuses on feet and legs, needing cows to walk to grass and live in Dutch Boy daughter with four
cubicles. He generally ignores the overall type merit of a sire, preferring lactations over 11,000kg (her
to focus on individual composites such as over 2.0 on feet and legs, and best just short of 14,000kg in 305
avoiding any other major fl aws. Each cow is individually mated and he days in her 4
th
), as well as a VG
wants to avoid using too many bulls at any one time. He points out the Webster and a EX91 Addison.
importance of feet and legs in a nutshell - a cow with a weaker udder The Addison has already bred
can be milked, but an animal which has gone off its legs can’t! Andrew one EX and four VG daughters,
considers that inbreeding is more likely to throw up genetic recessives, the youngest being a very
however the old adage of line breeding working is proved by his own exciting VG-2yr old Shottle.
Avest No Elise who was an EX91-2E cow with seven crosses of Bell in her A number of bulls have shaped
pedigree, enabling her to produce 5% fat, breed four VG daughters and the herd, many of which are
produce over 70 tonnes of milk in her lifetime. not the usual culprits. Jocko for
Andrew is keen to embrace technology and consider new ideas. example bred a number of high
Genomics, for example, he felt, offered the opportunity for AI companies producing animals which wore
to open up the gene pool, however there is still a fl ux of Shottle, Goldwyn well at Ballycairn, and the Jesther
and Oman sons on test and he has yet to select bulls for breeding on the daughters are similar. Oman has
back of a genomic proof, for although it is a really good tool it may never been Andrew’s favourite sire,
replace a 100 daughters in 100 herds proof. Meanwhile he has continued while he was missed by many
to breed the Ballycairn herd pure, feeling the Holstein breed has more in the UK who will now see
than enough to offer him. He says with the size of the breed there is his infl uence through his sons;
scope for everyone to breed the type of cow which suits their own needs. Andrew is concerned he uses the
sons of Oman that are only better
24 THE JOURNAL OCTOBER 2009
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