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ABOVE LEFT Crossrigg Altitude Lucy
ABOVE RIGHT Crossrigg Lyster Lucy - 2nd calver
Lakeland Herds Competition Best Family classes. Amazingly as an eighth
1700 excellent quality straws
calf cow, Lucy 7 returned to win her class at last years Northern Expo,
in his first collection. He will
going on to be Honourable Mention and secure the third of her trio of
be marketed by Harry Venfield
All Britain mature cow nominations.
and John Harrison. Meanwhile
Lucy 7 however is so much more than a genuine show cow, she is a cow
there are Goldwyn pregnancies
that has passed her own innate power, capacity and dairy strength on
from Lucy 18, as there are from
though the generations - the Lucy family was top cow family in the 2009
the old girl herself. ET work on
Border and Lakeland Winter Classic.
the family has kept yielding
Lucy 7 has now yielded over 94 tonnes of milk and last scored EX96
in January making her 5E. She is in calf to the herd sire at Crossrigg,
eggs well under the expertise
Richaven Majestic VG88 (a Goldwyn son of Richaven Mattador Squaw
of Debbi McKellar of BESS,
who is also available through Foundation Sires UK), while her eldest
and the family will be heavily
daughter is a 64 tonne Robthom Integrity daughter who went EX94-
flushed over the next year to
4E on the same day. The Integrity has the same stamp, and it’s a true
capitalise on its success.
picture that is evident in all the Lucy’s of this line, big powerful cows
Crossrigg Royal Lucy is
that still retain an openness and quality of bone, carrying silky udders
another VG heifer in the herd
and moving freely (especially in the case of the older Lucy’s who belie
today. Sired by the Wedgwood
their age).
Royal bull, she is still giving
Lucy 7’s first daughter to carry the Crossrigg prefix is the EX91 3
rd
calf
over 35kg having already
Tcet Lyster, Lyster Lucy, who overpowers even her dam and Integrity
accumulated over 9,000kg in
sister. She is due in August to Wedgwood Royal, and is a good prospect 250 days in her first lactation,
for the ring later this year and next. In 2007 Crossrigg Lustre Lucy and with the family stamps of
secured the Junior Championship at Northern Expo, showing the family’s power and dairy strength, she
fortitude as young animals in the show ring as well. This Wedgwood is worthy of her 87 point heifer
Laramie daughter of Lucy 7 is now calved and in the Crossrigg milking
classification score. Lucky Leo
herd where she to displays the family’s natural will to milk. Having the
is her Acme son who has been
strength and capacity to produce and flourish, she has just scored VG86-
kept to influence someone’s
2yrs. Lustre Lucy is not the only calf from the family to do well though.
herd later in life, with him
Under the direction of young handler Alyshia Barraclough, Crossrigg
again being bred from five
Altitude Lucy was a class winner at the 2008 Border and Lakeland
generations VG or EX, with
calf show, going on to place 12
th
in her class at the last National Calf
the same two generation EX
Show. Altitude Lucy is a January 2008 daughter of Lyster Lucy who
Integrity x Weeton Jaguar Jed
gave 13,287kg in her third, and is sired by KHW Elm Park Acme EX who
is a brother to the better known red sire Advent Red. The Harrison’s
cross.
admit to not chasing fashion when it comes to breeding, favouring the
With eleven Lucy’s in the
strength and fortitude of cow families, and making decisions based on
milking herd at Cliburn near
what will suit their own cows.
Penrith, of which ten are
Acme is featuring quite heavily in the Lucy family now, especially as
scored, and they are all VG or
Lucy 7’s latest offspring is a bull, aptly named Crossrigg Lucys Legacy,
EX (five from this direct line) it
who will be the first Lucy offspring to be sold from the farm. Despite
is easy to see why the Harrisons
numerous attempts by would-be purchasers, no females or embryos
think they found a gem in
have been sold from this Lucy line, and as John intends to build and
Ewefields Lucy 7 EX96-5E. For
develop the family further for his own herd this is not likely to change
the Harrison’s, cows have to
in the foreseeable future. Tapping into Lucy genetics instead will be
live in cubicles, graze and work.
afforded by Crossrigg Latitude, a Red carrier young sire again by Acme Lucy and her descendants do
from Crossrigg Lucy 18 VG87, an Allen grand daughter of Lucy 7 via just that, but as you have seen,
the EX94-4E Integrity. This young Allen is one of John’s favourite Lucy’s they do an awful lot more
after Lucy herself, and the 16 month old bull is prolific, producing over besides!
40 THE JOURNAL OCTOBER 2009
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