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ABOVE Brinkworth Nougar VG85 pictured in her fifth lactation is 50:50 Holstein
Friesian and sired by the stock bull Brinkworth Hurlstone, himself 50:50
ABOVE RIGHT Ninth lactation Brinkworth Grey Falcon EX91-3E (55%
Holstein) sired by O-Bee Blackstar Wade has averaged well over 9,000kgs
RIGHT Brinkworth Truth BFE92-2E pictured at 15 years of age in her
12th lactation, was maternal sister to popular herd sire Brinkworth Thor
in order to achieve these levels in great feet and legs – very rarely
a herd with a lot of older cows, do any cows go lame. Norton, a
with a primary driver the need to Dutch Ned-Boy son was one of
produce milk for a family cheese the first Holstein bulls used and
run by eldest daughter Ceri. 15% Ro says they were impressed by
of the herd’s milk is diverted for good looking daughters with
cheese production with the factory high milk quality. Since then,
located beside the yard. A recent Kendall, Dalmatien (Nugget Klark
successful foray into ice cream may x Charles), Brilea Barrick (Emerson
also prove beneficial to everyone. x Dellia family) Paradise-R Sears
Outcrossing to Holstein did not Faber and Vantage-PT Merchant
take place until the introduction are some examples of Holstein
of the £PIN system which distinctly sires that have provided the no-holes proofs that Ro seeks out and a lack of
favoured the higher yields of the many popular sire choices such as Starbuck and Prelude blood means that
Holstein, but a dual approach
today, Shottle can be used with no concern about inbreeding levels. Friesian
was adopted aiming to achieve
bulls used recently include Dovea Sem and the current herd sire is Brinkworth
a 50:50 balance to protect the
Gulliver, a PT Merchant son of Brinkworth Greylag EX, a 50:50 Norton
strengths of the Friesian based
daughter who milked over 10,500kgs in her seventh.
herd. Selection criteria used to
The lack of choice coming through in the Friesian listings after the massive
identify suitable Holstein bulls
swing towards Holstein in the 80’s and 90’s meant that the Collingborns
was, and still is, based on a solid
decided to start breeding their own. Brinkworth Thicket by Maybar Juniper
all round proof; less than 2 for
was in her ninth lactation back in 1996 producing 10,000 litres. She had been
stature, plus for milk quality, good
bred to Brynhyfryd Lawman and when she calved a bull calf, he was retained.
fore udder attachment and a good
Seven of the 12 resulting Brinkworth Thor daughters that were classified went
temperament score. Fashion plays
VG either on the Holstein or Friesian scheme and many of them are still in the
no part so a diverse range of sires
herd today milking their eighth. His Huddlesford Doraman sister, Brinkworth
have been used but have left a
Truth BFE92-2E was still in the herd at 15 years of age and this early success
very uniform herd of average sized
of producing the type of cows the Collingborn’s wanted encouraged them to
cows with good attachments and
look at their own herd again for ideal genetics.
THE JOURNAL OCTOBER 2009 33
e5-09 Brinkworth 2.indd 3 23/09/2009 09:14:22
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