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Bred by R S Musson and owned by J Templeton

Threelimes Faith 56 EX93-4E was born in the autumn of 1997 in Dad’s Threelimes herd. By Robthom Integrity, her maternal line traces back to an Ayrshire cow family; the entire Threelimes herd having been graded up from Ayrshires to British Friesians back in 1974 and then to Holsteins in the early 1980s.

Although she was shown as a calf at the West Midlands YMA calf show, Faith wasn’t to make her debut in the ring as a milking animal until 2003 as a third calver at the National Holstein Show. Although still owned by Dad, Faith had moved up to Scotland with me late in 2002 so that Willy could get her show-ready for the National in April. At this time I was working as Show & Events Co-ordinator for Holstein UK and so was watching the judging from the commentary box with Lucy Andrews. It was the first time that Dad had shown at the

National and it turned out to be an amazing day as, with Willy on the halter, she won the Senior In Milk class, and went on to be Reserve Exhibitor Bred Champion and Honourable Mention Senior Champion. There were tears of joy in the commentary box that afternoon and poor Ashley Fleming, who was doing the commentary, was practically deafened by the excitement! Faith was also nominated All Britain in 2003 and was shown quite successfully up in Scotland in the next couple of years, winning classes at the South of Scotland Dairy Show, Agriscot, Ayr and the Royal Highland. We nearly lost Faith in 2005 when she took a bad case of E-coli after calving down with her fifth calf and was down for a week, but miraculously she never lost the will to live and managed to get up. She was transferred to an outdoor paddock to help her recuperate and was slowly nursed back to full health and went on to produce over 10,000 kg that lactation.

Progeny-wise, we have not been so lucky. She calved a super daughter in 2001 by Comestar Lee who was cut in the same mould as her mum; sadly we lost her with E-coli as a second calver. Faith went on to produce a succession of bull calves until 2009, when she finally produced another heifer by a Kite son out of the Fradon Storm Melodie EX, a full sister to Dalesend Storm Maude. Faith junior is now about to be AI’d to Sanchez so will hopefully be keeping the line going for us here at Syke. The Threelimes herd was dispersed in 2007 and Willy and I bought Faith at the sale, as by now she had become a big favourite. We moved

Bridgelane Celsius Dawn EX90 LP110 Bred and owned by C H Shropshire & Son

Bridgelane Celsius Dawn EX90 LP110 has given 112,268 kg up to date in seven lactations and has currently given 14,907 kg in this lactation. Her highest yield came with her fourth calf, when she gave 15,211 kg in 305 days. She is in-calf to Shottle this time so we are hoping for a heifer as we only have one daughter milking, a GP daughter by Drake. Dawn is a brilliant cow to work with, is easy to milk and her cell count has always been low. Her dam was sired by End-Road Blackstar Majic, who was lost during her first lactation, while her grand dam was by Tesk-Holm Valiant Rockie, a sire that worked well in our herd.

John Shropshire 4 THE JOURNAL OCTOBER 2010

ABOVE This photo from Scottish Farmer shows Jo Templeton in a quiet moment with her favourite Faith, now retired after reaching 100 tonnes.

out of the old farm in 2008 and moved the cows into a purpose built tie stall barn on the site of our coffee shop and ice cream parlour. The barn is open to the public and Faith is one of our star attractions. She is such an enormous, friendly animal and she loves the visitors to give her some attention and is often out grazing on the playing field. She actually produced her last calf out on the grass next to the coffee shop with an audience of customers all willing her on.… a big cheer rang out when it was announced that she’d had a heifer calf! The staff by now realise where the bull calves go so are always most anxious at calving time that a heifer is produced.

Now coming up to her thirteenth birthday, we are very proud that she has reached 100 tonnes of milk but Faith has now fully retired and she will not be put in calf again as she is enjoying her new role being an ambassador for dairy farming at our coffee shop.

Jo Templeton

ABOVE The seventh calver Bridgelane Celsius Dawn EX90 LP110 is back in calf to Shottle.

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