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posite, Steady will appeal to many breed- ers looking for a top type sire. All his linear traits are on the positive right hand side of the bar chart, with particu- lar extremes


being in terms of his daughters having great depth of rib (2.58 body depth), dairyness and angularity (1.54) and a good depth of foot (1.36 foot angle). Udders are also antici- pated to be desirable on his daughters, his progeny so far have indicated he will sire cattle with tight fore udders like Classic at 2.17 and rear udders will be high with a defined ligament. Front teats will be well under the quarter and rear teats will follow suit at 0.76, while teat length is 0.31. With such a strong linear the anticipation is that Steady daughters will be hard working, long living individuals and this is supported by his 0.2 lifespan. His sire Mr Sam does not fare well in terms of Fertility Index and with a strong paren- tal influence on Steady’s figure this low reliability trait (only 51% reliability currently for Steady) is far from ideal at -7.9. Calving ease scores are 1.9 for maternal and -0.1 for direct calving ease so as you would anticipate with a strength sire he may not be ideal on maiden heifers. Production wise,


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of Classic, in fact completed six lactations, all except her first being over 10,000 kg and her best record was her 305 day fifth lactation of 12,344 kg at 4.32% fat and 3.41% protein. Her last calf was in fact the Red & White bull Classic. The family is recognised for its longevity with Classic’s GP84 grand dam giving over 100 tonnes and completing 13 lacta- tions and his EX91 third dam by Hanoverhill Triple Threat Red giving over 90 tonnes of milk while being Champion at the first Red and White Dutch Show in 1985 and, through extensive flushing, having over 40 progeny registered in The Netherlands. Classic offers a massive improvement in Lifespan of 0.7, val- idating the fact that he is bred from a family recognised for their durability and high lifetime yields. Many female family members have been later maturing, scoring GP as two-year- olds but making EX as mature cows once they have devel- oped. This is seen in his daughters; currently he has 18 VG daughters, the highest scored being last year’s Welsh Dairy Show Heifer Champion Penrikka Classic Cinderella VG89. Classic cattle should be good to work with


as he offers a 2.17 temperament, while milk- ing speed is 0.42, locomotion is 1.31 and con- dition score is positive at 0.41. Considerations alongside these include above zero scores on both maternal and direct calving ease, while fertility index and SCC both hover around the midpoint, being -0.7 and +4 respectively. In respect to the type and structure of


Protein Lifespan PIN +£9


POOS STADEL CLASSIC April 2010 Milk Fat


+53 kg +0.8 kg +5.8 kg +0.7


Classic daughters, with Mammary and Feet & Leg compos- ites of 1.33 and 1.53 respectively based on 55 UK daughters in a mere 23 herds, many traits are unlikely to show much change from the animals dam. Strengths include shallow udders (1.38 udder depth) and snugly attached fore udders which blend well into the body wall (1.59 fore udder attach- ment). In terms of frame Classic daughters can be expected to be average sized cattle, lacking extremes but with a slight slope to the rump, there should be some width of chest (0.73) while Classic daughters show some depth of foot angle. His linear shows three traits to the left of the bar chart – all mammary traits; namely both front and rear teat placement and teat length, suggesting a disposition to teats being slightly wider on the quarters and slightly short, although all are less than -1 standard deviation scored traits. There is always a danger that outcross sires are avoided as breeders like familiarity within their sire stacks but this all the time continues to restrict an ever decreasing gene pool, Classic now has a UK proof on which to form your opinion.


-0.02% +0.05%


PLI +£103 SCC 4 96% Rel. 153 daughters in 54 herds (UK)


Type Merit Mammary Legs & Feet


+1.67 +1.33 +1.53


81% Rel. 55 daughters in 23 herds (UK) THE JOURNAL AUGUST 2010 81


Steady daughters offer virtually 200 kg milk, with fat being a strength; Steady has 19.4 kg fat and a 0.14% fat deviation. Lacking UK daughters means there is no account of his daughter’s performance in terms of locomotion but his Canadian proof does cover the management traits. These indicate a good fast milking speed, while milking tem- perament is slightly below the average figure. Analysis of the Test Day Model of his daughters over their first three lactations shows an expected climbing milk yields as they mature, although there are at the moment no contribu- tions from animals in second or subsequent lactations. With the Canadians scoring a number of different traits from those we do here in the UK, other areas of improvement on studying his country of origin proof, include seeing that Steady daughters walk uphill (+8 Front End), have fine silky udders (+11 Udder Texture), track straight when viewed from behind (+8 Rear Legs Rear View) and they have strong loins (+12 loin strength), all of which will appeal to dairy farmers look- ing for a high type Mr Sam son to put in the AI flask.


STANTONS STEADY April 2010 Milk Fat


Protein Lifespan PIN +£22


+198 kg +19.4 kg +6.8 kg +0.2


PLI £92


0.14% 0.00%


SCC 0


66% Rel. 65 daughters in 59 herds (Can) Type Merit


Mammary Legs & Feet


+2.81 +2.49 +2.47


79% Rel. 44 daughters in 41 herds (Can)


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