Two new Northern Ireland ‘Master Breeders’ have been confirmed by Holstein UK. In total ten high-performing herds, including Bellemont N&N McCollum, Co Londonderry, and Ernevale J J Gunn, County Fermanagh, have surpassed qualification and claim this prestigious breeder recognition.
Master Breeder rewards Holstein members whose herds achieve a high standard in both classification and production and therefore breed productive, trouble-free long living cows that display desirable traits and conformation. Cows and heifers in each herd are allocated points according to set criteria and only animals carrying the member prefix, and which are recorded as having produced a lactation within the last two years, are eligible for inclusion in the calculation. A herd achieving an average score of four points or more and a total point score of 150 or more, will qualify the member as a Master Breeder.
The Master Breeder Winners 2018
– Aireburn, G B Moorhouse, North Yorkshire
– Bassingthorpe, G H Harrison & Sons, Lincolnshire
– Bellemont, N & N McCollum, County Londenderry
– Ernevale, J J Gunn, County Fermanagh
– Evening, Evening Hill Farm Limited, Cumbria
– Gatrog, E & C Thomas, Carmarthenshire
– Onston, T H & R M Rowland, Cheshire
– Sterndale, W J Nadin & Co, Derbyshire
– Townlaw, B Sloan, Ayrshire
– Wilderley, W H Higgins, Shropshire
Over 120,000 Holstein classifications have taken place over each of the past five years, highlighting the continued popularity of this service as a tool for identifying cows that thrive in modern production systems. Most classifications are carried out for private farmers but many are also undertaken on behalf of the AI industry to progeny test UK Holstein sires.
Sue Cope, Chief Executive Officer for Holstein UK, commented; “Holstein UK would like to congratulate the ten winners on their cattle breeding achievements. Holstein UK Master Breeder is an important status that really does carry credibility and desirability. It demonstrates the breeders’ strengths in rearing and progressing cattle to an outstanding standard and offers the herd a level of superior ranking.”
Congratulations to all breeders on a successful classification!
Source: Farming Life