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BREEDER’S CHOICE
This issue we have taken a selection of comment on bulls, breeding decisions and
mating choices from four different areas of the UK.
Graham Kirby, Absolute Janet Spicer, Saxelby
Graham, from Kirkham in Lancashire, owns
Farming with her parents in the Midlands, Janet Spicer runs the
40 cattle that are both cubicle and loose Saxelby herd, consisting of 100-120 cows which average 10,500kg
housed and fed barley straw and haylage.
at 3.8% fat and 3.13% protein. The herd is fed maize and grass
Unlike most, Graham doesn’t sell any milk,
silage, crimped maize, molasses and a blend through a diet
instead he markets and sells embryos and
high genetic merit young stock.
feeder,. They are mainly cubicle housed apart from the 15 older
cows kept on a loose straw yard.
His selection criteria for bulls is thus linked to
what will produce saleable Type is the priority in her bull selection with feet and legs,
and profi table offspring
locomotion and mammary traits being top of the list. Production
Bulls in use include:- also features as a close second.
Braedale Goldwyn
Bulls in the fl ask currently:-
Ladino Park Talent
Morsan Frontrunner
Magor Bolivia Allen
Debonair Snowfall
Picston Shottle
Magor Bolivia Allen
Long-Langs Oman Domicole Simms
Oman
Regancrest Mr Samuelo
Sicy Knowledge Ginary Twister
Due to the nature of Sandy-Valley Bolton
Graham’s business and the

market he supplies, he doesn’t use any young
In the region
sires, although he does rear and sell young
of 10% young sires are used, with
stock bulls
the majority being sons of Goldwyn, they have also bred two
Talent sons that are out of the full sister to Aaron Rosina EX95 4E
Bernard Liddle, Dalesend
which may be used in the future.
The 150 cows Bernard manages at Dalesend
are cubicle housed and fed down a central
feed passage, grass and maize silage in equal
Aled Jones, Hendy
amounts topped up with brewers grain and
Aled Jones and family farm 119 hectares on the outskirts of
blend. The herd is averaging 8,700kg at Caenarfon, North Wales, with a 200 head herd of holsteins
4.15% fat and 3.22% protein. that average 9,300kg at 3.98% fat and 3.28% protein.
Criteria for selection of sires is type based
When choosing sires he always looks at the pedigree and
with an emphasis on the components; rump
selection is often based on good cow families. Bulls used must
angle, udders, legs and feet alongside health
also score highly on type
traits including; locomotion, legs and
traits.
feet and udders.
Sires currently used:-
Ladino Park Talent
Sandy-Valley Bolton
Bulls in use at Hendy include:-
Far-O-La Debbie Jo
Den-K Marshal LL Laurin
Drake Ladino Park Talent
Den-K Marshal LL Laurin
Cogent Maestro
Regancrest-Mr Drham
Ked Outside Jeeves
Sam Magor Bolivia Allen
Jenny-Lou Marshall P149
Approximately 10% of young sires are
Between 5% and 10% young sires
used within the herd, the majority of which are from either
are used, including from the Spottie family-
Genus Cornerstone or Cogent Vision programmes. This last
Gillette Scare (Dundee x Rudolph Scariet),
year they have also used a homebred bull Derwyn - a Shottle
Dunnerdale Kestrel and Berryholme Fullfl ow.
son from the infamous Dellia family, from which they are
hoping for some very promising results.
THE JOURNAL OCTOBER 2009 83
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