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His maternal grandam was Tri-Day Ashlyn EX96, an iconic show cow in the USA that was supreme champion at the World Dairy Expo show in Madison in 2001.


Ashlyn had the tremendous width throughout her body that Asterix also displays and bred a number of big, handsome bulls herself, notably Oseeana Aspen (by Integrity) and Comestar Lee sons, Oseeana Astronomical and Absolute Lee.


Asterix was an embryo from Ashlyn's daughter, EK-Oseeana Ashlyns Allure EX91. Allure's sire, Regancrest Elton Durham,


Drointon Asterix Mania VG88


was perhaps the best type bull in the USA in his generation and notably both his parents were scored EX95.


Asterix was progeny tested through Cogent's Vision program in 2007 and strong demand meant he didn't go through the lay off period, common in the pre-genomic days. He has left his mark on the UK Holstein population with just under 4000 pedigree registered progeny in the UK and his proof still boasts a point of type merit, £144 PLI and notably has a nice positive for fertility and good direct calving ease. Bridgend Asterix Magic EX94 tops the list of just under 200 VG and Excellent daughters across the country. Another daughter, Drointon Asterix Mania VG88 received an All Britain heifer nomination in 2014. Bull classification


may be a low priority in sire selection for most breeders, well behind PTA, pedigree and progeny. One thing it does reflect on strongly though is the high standards of bull care and management at the owners' farm or stud. An animal simply won't get to 97 unless its environment is highly favourable. Both of the UK's major bull studs, Cogent and Genus, excel in bull husbandry. Genus had their own star bull, Ballycairn Oman Pello, raised to EX95 last year.


The ever increasing use of semen from young genomic sires is lessening the chances of bulls making it into the age bracket where high scores can be awarded. Probably only the best bulls will be kept to maturity in studs in the future. At the same time, type merit keeps steadily improving in the population. Only time will tell if these factors offset each other and another specimen to match the likes of Asterix appears again in the UK.


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