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12 GENUS LONG LIFE COW


he 2015 Genus ABS Long Life Cow is Lliwe Rosette 25 owned by B and V Davidson, Gretna, Scotland. Genus ABS Cornerstone manager Hannah Noble said the award recognised cows which had made an outstanding lifetime contribution. “There are many attributes which contribute to a cow lasting longer. She will suit the management system, get in calf regularly over several lactations and be a high producer with good compositional and hygienic milk quality. Most importantly she will be profitable.”


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Lliwe Rosette 25 EX95 was born in November 1998 and as she approaches her 18th birthday she is still going strong. Rosette is now into her 11th lactation and with a lifetime milk yield of 152,196kg – equating to an impressive average yield of 13,836kgs, she continues to impress. With her outstanding conformation and exceptionally low cell count - averaging just 76 over her productive life, Rosette remains a firm favourite with the Davidson family. Speaking about the award, Craig Davidson said: “Rosette can only be described in one word – awesome! She has


produced more than 152 tonnes of milk over her lifetime this far and has consistently got back in calf despite having had two sets of twins and a period of embryo transfer. I wish I could clone her as I will never milk a more profitable long life cow.” The other finalists in the competition, which was judged by Mary Mead, were Amber Lovely Lily EX90 28, a 15th lactation cow with a lifetime yield of 110 tonnes, owned by J Hole and Sons, Ashover, Derbyshire; Blackisle Pauline, owned by Richard Pilkington, Wrexham. Pauline is a 7th lactation British Friesian cow who has amassed a lifetime yield of over 92 tonnes so far and; Ballydrum Celsius Betty, a 14th lactation cow with a lifetime yield of more than 138 tonnes, owned by R. Woolsey, Toomebridge, Co. Antrim.


MIKE REYNOLDS RECEIVES HOWARD SNEEZBY AWARD


his year’s Howard Sneezby award winner is Mike Reynolds, Holstein UK’s Show Vet.


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Mike was presented with the award in recognition of his long-term service to the organisation and the assistance and encouragement he has constantly given. Presenting the award Holstein Society President Randolph Miller said Mike was the ultimate example of everything a recipient of this award should be. “Mike is never too busy to help anyone and is dedicated to ensuring the welfare of cows and exhibitors no matter what the issue.”


WORMANBY HERD WINS 2015 HOLSTEIN UK PREMIER HERD AWARD


he Hodgson family of the Wormanby herd are the winners of the 2015 Holstein UK Premier Herd competition. Judges were last year’s winners, Eifion and Wyn Jones from the Carmarthen-based Feithy herd.


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Congratulating Harry, Margaret, David and Louise Hodgson, the judges said they had been impressed with the standard across all the finalists. The Wormanby herd had the most consistent


quality throughout. It is a herd with great strength and depth throughout,” explained Wyn Jones.


Commenting on the herd’s win, David Hodgson said: “We are overwhelmed to win the Premier Herd, having won the Northern Area region on two previous occasions it is definitely third time lucky for us.”


Runners up were previous winners R V Winter and Son’s Corringham herd and taking the honourable mention were


Read more about the Wormanby herd on page 28


Robert and Miranda Bowen with their Lan herd.


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