“The Long Life Cow Competition was created to
celebrate those cows who have made an outstanding lifetime contribution,” comments Genus ABS Andrew Rutter, Breeding Programme Manager who was part of the judging panel. “There are many attributes which mean a cow will last longer. She will suit the management system, she will get in calf regularly over several lactations, and she will be a high producer with good compositional and hygienic milk quality.
“To farmers, a Long Life Cow has a variety of meanings so the criteria were deliberately left open so participants could describe what they thought made their cow a worthy competitor.”
In her 10th
lactation, Mapleigh Juror Socks
was born in February 1996 and has amassed a lifetime yield of over 145,000 litres. Socks is classified EX95. The herd has stopped milk production and the business now focuses on flushing and showing cows and selling heifers.
“Socks has been a remarkable cow who has improved with age,” comments a delighted Terry Cox. “She has been flushed several times and has now calved for the tenth time with an exceptional lifetime yield. She has had an excellent record on cell counts and still has exceptional functional type. She has had an outstanding show career and is being shown again this year.”
Overall the competition attracted over 70 entries, averaging 10.7 lactations each and producing on average 102,131 litres of milk.
Mapleigh Juror Socks
was selected as the national winner from four regional finalists. The other regional finalists were:
- Ballydrum Celsius Betty EX91, a 13th lactation cow with a lifetime yield of 121,738 kg owned by Mr R Woolsey from Toomebridge, Co Antrim
- Cimarron Even Jenny EX91 (4E), a 15 years old Brown Swiss currently in her 13th lactation who has produced over 126,600kg and is owned by The Cimarron Partnership, Malmesbury, Wiltshire
- Avenham Jed Bichon EX90(2), owned by M Rogerson & Sons from Poulton-Le-Fylde, Lancashire who is in her 10th lactation and has already produced 149,892kg.
“I think the competition clearly demonstrates that the modern dairy cow is capable of outstanding production while maintaining good levels of reproduction and withstanding disease threats. It also showcases the exceptional levels of stockmanship onUKdairy farms. A cow won’t last this long without top quality and skilled staff taking an active interest in her well-being,” Mr Rutter concludes.