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Two 50:50 bulls were then bred. Brinkworth Cornelius was a Dalmatien son of Brinkworth ABOVE LEFT Joe’s father
Candy 2 who outmilked her contemporaries over seven lactations after her dam had
pictured in 1984 with some of the
completed nine and her granddam eight. Whilst a Holstein base leaves Cornelius negative
Brinkworth British Friesians. From
for his production proof, he is still 0.2 Lifespan and a whopping +11.5 Fertility Index.
He doesn’t qualify for a type proof, but he has one EX and 12 VG ‘s out of18 daughters
left, Dinny born 1977, Cagey born
scored and nearly all were scored VG for feet and legs. Brinkworth Hurlstone was a Sears
1970, Demelza born 1973 and
Saber son of Brinkworth Happy, another cow not classified as at the time Friesians were
Dinny 2 born 1981
penalised by the Holstein system in place, but who calved every 365 days and averaged
ABOVE Hill End Farm plays host to
around 4.7% butterfat and 3.5% protein. Hurlstone’s 44 qualifying daughters have left
him with a slightly below average production proof as expected, but positive for butterfat,
over +8 FI and 0.3 Lifespan.
milk proof, but conversely, a 0
These daughters are working in other herds too, as excess stock is sold every year as
Holstein Fertility Index converts to
bulling or in-calf heifers, mainly to local herds. It was when they started selling stock off
a -7 Friesian FI so care is needed.
the yard that Ro realised how much breeders were now looking for some Friesian blood The swing towards health and
in their replacements and the commercial reality these days is that they actively seek
welfare parameters now heavily
as much Friesian blood as possible. This also applies to the Brinkworth bulls that have a
weighted within the £PLI system
successful trade and repeat customers looking for an easy to manage bull that will leave
means Ro is happier with today’s
easy to manage cows. Temperament plays a big part of this and Ro has repeatedly turned
down otherwise suitable proofs of both Holsteins and Friesians if they are negative for
breeding tools and more confident
temperament after a couple of bad experiences with bad tempered Friesian bulls many
about future UK breeding. Both
years ago. Walking around the cows leaves you with the sense that this has worked for
Ro and Joe believe that breeders
them as even though the stock are not coddled in any way, the herd is extremely quiet could ‘dip in productively in
without being tame. Not much extra time is available for bothersome cows with Joe both directions’ and create an
virtually a one man band milking over 90 head with only one part time assistant and the
effective UK commercial cow with
need for confidence in temperament and problem free cows becomes more apparent as
universal appeal given the breadth
you walk round the yard. There is an interesting mix of enterprises including rearing all
of pedigrees available. With a
bull calves to weaning, stables and paddocks with several horses, pigs, the cheese factory
and son-in-law Chad’s honey business – there are over 100 hives dotted around the region.
healthy profit margin, one man
Ro also contributes to the ‘Dairy Farmer’ and has in the past been a member of many
able to manage 94 cows, a herd
committees, including the MDC focus group that established the independent British
inbreeding coefficient of less than
Friesian evaluation base. 1% and still time to enjoy life, this
It is this awareness of the distinct difference between Holstein and Friesian proofs is one comment they seem well
that have enabled Ro to breed a cross so successfully and she is keen to point out the
qualified to make.
importance of this. For instance a +724kg Friesian milk proof converts to a 0kg Holstein
34 THE JOURNAL OCTOBER 2009
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