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Morwick Sand Queen EX96-2E is the most famous of four EX sisters.


FAR RIGHT One of the herd’s


current favourites, Morwick Lentini Mitzy EX92-2E.


EX behind her. FARMFACTS


q D A Howie and Sons, family partnership of father David and sons Michael and Andrew


q Based near Acklington on the Northumberland coast, 10 miles from Morpeth and 30 miles from Newcastle


q Registered the Morwick prefix with Holstein UK in 1995, previously a pedigree Ayrshire herd


q 200 cows and 200 followers, 1000 acres farmed with 700 acres cereals (winter wheat, oilseed rape, spring barley, winter barley, maize and pulses)


q 15,000 litres per year sold to ice cream business run by Angie Howie


q Cow families which dominate include Mitzy, Sandy, Marshawn, Molli and Queen. New families recently added include Mahogany and Tina


q Service sires include Classic, Jotan, Fidelity and Toystory q Herd averages: Ayrshire crosses 9400 kg at 4.11% fat and 3.24% protein CI 415 days and the Holsteins 9900 kg at 3.97% fat and 3.17% protein and CI 425 days


q Sires to have shaped the herd include Ranger, Lentini, Talent and Rustler


q Herd contains Holsteins, Ayrshires and Jerseys with 30 EX and 70 VG out of 150 classified


Numerically the greatest family, and the one for which Morwick will be best known, is the Queen family, which can be traced back to an Ayrshire, Coquet Queen 38. In 2002, Morwick Sand Queen EX96-2E won both the Holstein and Supreme Championship at the Royal Highland and a couple of weeks later the Holstein and Supreme Championships at the Royal Show. Sired by Morwick Sand Ranger, Sand Queen is out of Morwick Queen 27 EX (Ayr.), a Romandale Star Chief daughter. She bred eight daughters and, of the seven scored, five are already EX. Sand Ranger is a Horizon Ranger son from the Sandy family, who is the top type Red and White proven sire, scored EX and still has a PLI of £121, as he is high components and has bred over 780 Holstein UK registered daughters including 24 EX. There are in fact four full sisters by Sand Ranger, including the prize winning Sand Queen and two of the herds brightest stars are her younger full sisters, Sand Princess EX90 and Sand Duchess VG86. Sand Duchess is now in her second lactation giving over 38 kg at 6% fat. Sand Queen 2 Red EX91-2E a fifth calf full sister has already given over 5000 kg in her fifth at 4.8% fat, while she is also breeding on well. She has an EX90 third calf Talent daughter and a promising fresh Duchess Advent Duke Red daughter who is yielding over 36 kg/ day in her first.


Morwick Lentini Queen VG87 is Sand Queen’s eldest daughter and one of the 20 Queen’s currently in the milking herd. She already has three Talent daughters in the herd, scored VG88 and two at VG87. Lentini is one of the red and white sires Michael wished he had used more of, especially with the success of Morwick Lentini Mitzy EX92- 2E. She is served to Classic and has given 14,228 kg in 354 days at 4.12% fat and 3.31% protein in her fourth. She also has twins milking


their first by Ja-Bob Jordan Red with both yielding over 34 kg per day and both scored GP84-2yr. Other sires that have shaped the herd include Hanoverhill Romeo, Horizon Ranger and his son Morwick Sand Ranger (although Michael is conscious of over dominating a herd with one family), Rubens, Elegant and Chatter. Latterly the younger cattle impressing are by Talent (fats have suffered slightly though) and Duke while a lot of this year’s heifers are impressive Rustler Red daughters. In the past Outside has also been used successfully, as about one third of the herd is black and white coloured, and now Toystory and Emphasis are in use alongside the red sires Classic, Fidelity, Jotan and Picolo.


Sand Queen helps establish Morwick Ice Cream


Another dimension to Morwick was added in 2003 when Michael’s wife Angie took the step of establishing Morwick Ice Cream, a parlour and plant in old buildings on the farm. Conscious that the farm had to support three families and with Michael and Angie having three sons, William Peter and Ben (William is about to enter his third year of Agri Marketing and Business at Harper Adams, Peter has just finished his A Levels and hopes to study agriculture and Ben is still at school), diversification and adding value was an obvious step.


22 THE JOURNAL OCTOBER 2010


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