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REGISTRATION CHANGES IN 2010 From January 1 2010, any calf registered over 60 days from its date

of birth will attract a late fee in addition to a parentage check. New male registration rules came into effect from January 1 2010. Every male calf now has to be Genotyped before it can be registered.

Registration procedure

Some members are apparently unsure as to the exact requirements for registering a calf with Holstein UK. These are the regulations and timescales and apply to all registrations via either telephone registration or internet registration.

Holstein UK registration & BCMS Passport required registration must be 1-15 days from birth

Holstein UK registration only (BCMS Passport applied for separately) • Male and female registration must take place before the 45th day after birth. From 1 January 2010 all Male calves must be genotyped. • Between the 46th – 60th day, an administration fee of £11 is charged. • Male registration over 60 days must be parentage checked by DNA at the member’s cost. An administration fee of £11 is also charged. • Female registration over 60 days must be parentage checked by DNA at the member’s cost. An administration fee of £11 is also charged. If the member has not had a Whole Herd Grade Up, this and

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any other non-registered female animals can be included. This is a once-only offer. All animals born from the date of the Whole Herd Grade Up

must be registered within the normal time rules. • A member who registers an animal that dies within 60 days of birth will get a refund of the registration fee, if applicable (not Complete/THR). The certificate needs to be returned to Holstein UK as soon as possible.

NEWS, VIEWS AND EVENTS - keep up to date with the latest news from Holstein UK


s I write this in mid July, the weather has

finally broken in the south of England as another difficult growing season stretches the resourceful- ness of our members once again. We have an interesting Management feature on page 83 of this issue in which Bryn Davies

looks at the impact of hot weather on cows’ stress levels and ways to address this. This issue takes high production as its theme

and we feature two herds that epitomise how to get high levels of production from the Holstein cow whilst also managing her to enjoy a long and healthy life. The herds are Bervie (pages 18-20), near Montrose in Scotland, and Wilderley (pages 22-24) in Shropshire, both family run operations where attention to detail has been the corner- stone of the herds’ successes. The same criteria also apply to Geoff Spence’s Miresdale herd, winner of the 2009 RABDF/NMR Gold Cup, who held an Open Day in late June – see pages 30-31. Talking of open days, Richard and Dawn Bown

of Richaven threw open the gates of Northfield Farm to allow visitors to inspect their 2009 Premier Pedigree Herd. It was another fascinating day, as reported on pages 8-9. July has been a strange month this year without

the Royal Show at Stoneleigh for the first time in decades. However, other national and regional shows go from strength to strength and there seems to have been a healthy increase in numbers shown at many, providing a greater spectacle for fellow breeders and the general public alike. We mustn’t undervalue the positive impact we can have in representing dairy farming in the UK on ordinary consumers at shows, where the opportunity to talk face-to-face makes it easy to leave them with a positive impression. Other features in the issue include an update on

the legacy left by Castledon Emporer Donfloss, the UK’s only 200 tonne cow. We also visit the Nantwich Veterinary Group to discover how they combine a long-term commitment to pedigree cattle with new ideas and investment to offer the highest levels of service to their clients. Holstein Young Breeders continue to impress me

with their skill and dedication. This was recently demonstrated at the Competition Day, held this year at the Miller family’s Shanael Holsteins. The youngsters competing in the stockjudging and linear assessment classes can be very proud of themselves, as reported on pages 60-65. Finally, I want to let you know that we have had

ABOVE Mark and Sue Nutsford’s Bressingham Raider Pansy 2 EX97- 4E was recently rescored as a ninth calver, making her one of an elite group to have earned the maximum UK score of 97 points. Congratulations to Mark and Sue and to Pansy’s breeders, R G Aves and Partners from Norfolk.

a few changes in my department. Penny Hamza has recently retired on health grounds, and she will be sorely missed having completed almost 22 years service at Scotsbridge House. Another change is that deputy editor Alison Maddrell has left to pursue other opportunities. We wish them both well in the future.


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