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BREEDERS ACHIEVEMENTS


again is numerically strong, from the Deeside herd in 1968, but they originate from Lavenham. Lastly, we have Goldie 56 EX91-2E and Goldie 64 EX92-4E. Goldie 64 has an EX dam, an EX daughter and has just calved her tenth calf. Goldie 56 is sadly no longer with us having failed to get in calf after eleven calvings, nine of which yielded heifer calves. Both of these cows were sired by Hawksmoor Envoy, a Prelude son. As you may guess, the Goldie family is extremely prolific; the original Goldie was an ASR from which I graded up back in 1968, through four generations in those days. She was a tremendous milker and I’m pretty certain that she achieved 100 tonne status but I don’t think I applied for the award.


The Holstein breed has had some bad press in recent years for lacking longevity, but I hope this contribution to The Journal will help to reassure some of the sceptics that these cows will last and milk well if they are bred and looked after sensibly. We have just had this group of cows together reaching LP100 status and we have two more about to get there, but latterly I have tended to move cows on sooner. With the dairy trade and barren market both being fairly buoyant, it seems sensible to keep


Castledale Panatella Gwenda 3 BFE90 LP100 Bred and owned by G Stockdale & Sons


We recently had the pleasure of the first cow in our herd to reach 100 tonnes. Despite the fact that we only started milk recording the herd when Gwenda 3 entered her second lactation, her official production stands at 106 tonnes at 4.12% butterfat and 3.39% protein at the end of her twelfth lactation. A daughter of Foxhole Panatella, she has always been a trouble-free cow and very easily managed, a true British Friesian!


She has four daughters. The eldest, Gwenda 6 EX91- 4E, is a Langley Brandy 2 daughter in her eighth lactation and she has produced 64 tonnes. Gwenda 3’s next daughter, by homebred stock bull Castledale Diamond and currently in her fifth, is also EX. Two daughters have still to enter the herd; one by Langley Bonus and the other by Castledale Fanfare. Now due to her thirteenth, Gwenda 3 shows no signs of wanting to retire just yet!


Gavin Stockdale


ABOVE LEFT Shoremar Maverick daughter Hawksmoor Topee 20 EX92-3E.


ABOVE RIGHT Hawksmoor Goldie 56 EX91-2E produced nine heifer calves in 11 calvings.


a slightly younger herd, although there are other cows I feel sure are capable of reaching 100 tonnes. Whilst we are immensely proud of these old girls, it’s a fact that it’s the younger portion of the herd that creates interest when people visit.


Rob Clare


ABOVE Castledale Panatella Gwenda 3 BFE90 having completed twelve lactations.


THE JOURNAL AUGUST 2010 15


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