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LANCASHIRE COW IS LONG LIFE SUCCESS


The Long Life Cow Award is organised by leading cattle breeding business Genus ABS.  “While there are many competitions which seek out the ‘top’ cow, none of them focuses on lifetime contribution,” comments Genus ABS Sire Analyst Andrew Rutter who was a member 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.”

 

Avenham Jed Bichon EX90, owned by W Rogerson & Sons, from Game Farm, Poulton-Le -Fylde was the Northern Regional winner.  Born in December 1998, she is in her tenth lactation and has yielded a staggering 150 tonnes on milk in her lifetime producing over 10 tonnes of combined fat and protein in the process.

 

She first calved in January 2001 and over her life she had averaged 30kg per day, consistently outperforming her contemporaries.

 

“She is a strong willed character who has never seen the vet,” comments James Rogerson.  “She has never been any trouble, and has produced good quality milk combined with low cell counts and excellent yields.  She now has five daughters milking in the herd.”

 

Overall the competition attracted over 70 entries, averaging 10.7 lactations each and producing on average 102,131 litres of milk. 

 

“The competition demonstrates that the modern dairy cow is capable of outstanding production while maintaining good levels of reproduction and withstanding disease threats,” continues Mr Rutter.  “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.”

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