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calved in as two year olds this year with all going VG-2yrs
and Oman as Andrew points out is negative on type.
The McCollums, like all milk producers, are struggling
to make a living from milking cows, they are however
focusing on maximising their milk price while
endeavouring to reduce the costs of production.
This may not be by selecting conventional sires, but
Andrew’s selection is providing cows for his system that
do what is required of them. Bulls going into AI are a
consequence of the high genetic merit cows he has,
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Maybe if this article is reviewed in another ten years,
the daughters of Jose, Boliver, Alton and Jardin now in
calf will provide the backbone to another chapter at
Ballycairn.
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FARMFACTS
Ballycairn Holsteins
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• Andrew McCollum in partnership with his parents,
Iris and William
• 400 acres farmed near Coleraine, Northern Ireland
• 250 Holsteins, and 300 followers
• 50 acres whole crop, remainder grass

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• 9000 litre average, 4.33% fat and 3.47% protein,
180 SCC
• Highest PLI herd in UK
• Selection criteria fi tness traits, components and
feet and legs
• Sires in use-Legend, Leif, Hayden, Garrett, Ping
and Donairo
• Current herd established 1998 with purchases from
Europe and North America
We’ve moved
• Families include Tinnie, Belle, Horizon, Elise, Pietje
and Lizzy among others
• 40EX, 101VG and 23 VG-2yr olds p
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