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THE ALLURE OF THE
ASHLYNS
In the last
a full sister, Smiddiehill Drham
Ashlyn who was bought by
month alone, Sterndale & Riverdane Holsteins.
two members
She was a VG88-2yr heifer in
Derbyshire and had a natural
of the same
Goldwyn daughter with her fi rst
cow family
calf with four full Goldwyn ET
have been sold
sisters as well as an ET Talent
brother, Affection, who is being
at auction in
marketed by Kingstreet Sires.
the UK commanding the top prices in their respective
Drham Ashlyn gave 10,426kg at
4.87% fat and 3.55% protein and
sales, grossing over £38,000. They are descendants of is currently dry and due to Talent
Tri-Day Ashlyn, but what makes the family so sought
in October. One of the February
2008 born Goldwyn’s, Sterndale
after by breeders the world over and where in the UK Ashlyns Gold was lot 8 at the Sale
is the family now? Sarah Liddle investgates;
for the Century and summoned
a last bid of 18,500gns to Geoff
Tri-Day Ashlyn EX96-2E is a 2* brood cow, as well as being designated a Gold
Lewis of the Lewis Pearson
Merit Dam (GMD) and Dam of Merit (DOM) in her country of origin, the
Partnership (St Brides), from
United States (awards recognising the potential of individuals to breed
Haverfordwest, South Wales. She
progeny of the highest calibre). These awards follow on from a successful
is due to Sterndale Mercury Red
show career for Ashlyn, who was Reserve All American Senior Calf in 1997
next March and is a potential 5
th

and Honourable Mention All American Senior Yearling in 1998, before she
generation VG or EX.
returned as a milking animal to be 1
st
3yr old at Madison and All American
Another line of the Ashlyns
Senior 3yr old 2000. She is also one of the few cows to be crowned Royal
which is sought after everywhere
Winter Fair and World Dairy Expo Champion in the same year. That was 2001
is via the EX92 Stormatic
when she went on to be All American and All Canadian 4yr old.
daughter of Ashlyn, EK-Oseeana
Ashlyn’s dam was a Dreamstreet Odyssey daughter; Bendy-Brook Odyssey
Ambrosia, who is a third
Favourite EX92-2E was bred from a VG86 cow and was herself one of three
generation straight EX from
EX maternal sisters. Tri-Day Ashlyn is one of four excellent full sisters by
the family and has bred sale
Encore and has an EX91 sister by Astro Jet, although none have had more
toppers the world over. She is
than one VG or EX daughter themselves to develop their own lines.
rumoured to be on tremendous
Tri-Day Ashlyn has progeny around the world, including two EX sons by
form and a possible contender at
Integrity and Lee. Oseeana Astronomical, the Robthom Integrity son, has
this years World Dairy Expo. Full
been a Junior Premier Sire at numerous shows across the world due to his
sisters by Toystory, Ernest-Antony
ability to throw big calves with tremendous body, frame and style. The 1999
Amaryliss and Ernest-Antony
born bull still has a UK type score of 1.59 in the latest proof summary based
Amaretto sold for $85,000 and
on over 500 UK daughters, of which 23 so far have scored EX (and he has 3
$71,000 respectively at the ADI
EX sons). EK-Oseeana Aspen the Comestar Lee son in contrast has not got an
1
st
Edition Sale in Canada 2007
offi cial UK proof but has daughters contributing to his fi gures from the UK,
and the 2007 World Classic
USA, Australia, Canada and Germany.
sale in the US. Maternal sisters
These bulls have 12 EX and 14 VG female siblings and are bred from Ashlyn.
have also sold for $69,000 and
She yielded four lactations, the best being her 3
rd
lactation when she had
$60,000. If you add to this the
a record of 17,373 kg calving at four years and nine months of age, with a
two other Toystory sisters sold
test of 5% fat and 3.5% protein in 305 days. Ashlyn’s only two UK daughters
at Smiddiehill during their
were both embryos purchased by Smiddiehill. Smiddiehill Durham Ashlyn
March 2008 dispersal these six
was bought for 15,000gns by the Haffey’s at Glasson and Kilvergan in
daughters sold from EK-Oseeana
Northern Ireland and has since scored VG85-2yrs while completing a 1
st

Astronomical have totalled over
lactation of 8,338kg at 4.48% fat and 3.44% protein and she has a Jasper £180K.
heifer. Served to Stormatic she is now dry and has Million and Talent Smiddiehill Toystory Ambrosia
pregnancies. was one of the Smiddiehill sale
Sired by Regancrest Elton Durham; acknowledged as one of Dellia’s greatest toppers at 27,000gns, purchased
sons and unavailable in the UK, the other UK daughter of Tri-Day Ashlyn is by David Jones on behalf of
Sheikha Alkhalifa of Sahara
58 THE JOURNAL OCTOBER 2009
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