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THE INTERVIEW HEAD TO HEAD


that I should be ranked alongside them. It is also a tremendous refl ection on my own family, the Ropner family and all the people who have been involved at Dalesend over the last 60 years.


You are well known for your involvement with the Dalesend herd; can you tell us about your background and your 40 years with the herd?


Bernard Liddle - Holstein UK President 2010-11


What does it mean to you to become President of Holstein UK?


It is obviously the greatest honour that


can be bestowed on a member of the Society, and for that my thanks go to particularly my friends and colleagues within the North East Club who proposed me. When I think of all my predecessors of Holstein UK and back through the other two previous societies who have held this position, I feel very humbled


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The only son of a Yorkshire Dales farmer, and a family bet- ter known within the sheep breeding world (I’m the ‘black sheep’ having transferred my allegiances to cattle), I was brought up in Middlesmoor at the head of Nidderdale, and educated at Ripon Grammar School. I did two years practical experience (18 months was a requirement in those days) at a pedigree Essex saddleback herd of pigs and one year at Dalesend before doing an NDA and MRAC at the Royal Agri- cultural College at Cirencester. I returned to Dalesend to start off a fourth herd of cows for more experience, and then when the previous manager died prematurely, Mr Ropner invited me to take over the management of the farm some 41 years ago.


Soon after that we started Herdwise, the AI company, and


I was closely involved with it throughout its existence. We realigned our business in 1970 to just one herd, erected a new dairy unit in 1986 and extended it in 2003. We lost all our young stock as a contiguous cull in 2001 and moved the young stock from Dalesend to Newton Grange the same year.


What do you see as your greatest achievements with the Dalesend herd?


Our highlights have to be being Nation Premier Pedigree Herd twice. In 1993 we showed 26 different animals through the show season with Dalesend Lettice 23 EX93-4E being the leader, whilst in 2004 the win was mostly due to the success of Dalesend Storm Maude EX97-5E in the hands


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