This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
29


role in encouraging the next generation’s interest providing Jersey calves for Ian’s girls Charlotte and Jessica to show and this summer David’s three year old son, Matthew, enjoyed his first show.


As much as Marion has helped the next generation she admits her interest and knowledge of pedigree Holsteins came from her brothers. “Having grown up on the family farm I used to help with general work and feeding calves. Harry and John’s interest and development of their herds from non-pedigree to pedigree is where I gained my knowledge which helps me in my work now as a member support officer for Holstein UK. “Looking back my sons and nephews gained a lot from HYB, as well as from each other. Mini calf shows held at Holmes Mill leading up to the Border and Lakeland Calf Show were probably more competitive than the real thing. David, Stuart, Ian, Richard, Andrew, Michael and Craig, all passed on experience, tips and knowledge on clipping, showing and judging, between each other,”


comments Marion. Marion’s son Andrew is a dairy sire specialist with Cogent and as well as keeping Ian and David up to speed on the latest genetics, he also benefits from their feedback. While David picks Andrew’s brains on new bulls Ian likes to hear what he has been seeing both in terms of breeding and systems.


“I like to use second crop bulls,” comments Ian, “I look for cows to have good longevity and although I like to keep an eye on current bulls, I prefer the reliability and price of second crop bulls.”


Andrew benefitted from spending time at Holmes Mill while growing up. “My interest in the industry definitely stems from time spent helping Uncle John and Ian. We used to have our own mini calf shows there, it was really good learning from each other for showing, clipping and judging.” Ian’s brother Richard is another set of eyes and ears on the road travelling the country to shows and sales both photographing and clipping.


Richard keeps the rest of the family updated on trade and results.


“Richard is a great help to me helping clip cows for shows, winter and classification. I couldn’t manage to do all the routine work plus clip on my own as well,” explains David. Ian adds: “Knowledge is regularly shared from one generation to the next and although sometimes the older generation can be quite historical in their views it is always good to have healthy debate, questioning your decisions.


“I regularly use the computer to keep up to date on what is happening or research while planning the next project, while Dad likes to read farming magazines. I have a scientific point of view and like hard evidence to prove something will work, not just because someone says it worked for them.”


David also helps Border and Lakeland Holstein Young Breeders coaching for stock judging and reason giving, commenting that it is rewarding


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108