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FRIESIAN LONG LIFE COW WINNER


Deangate Queenie 9th, photographed milking in her 15th lactation, at 18 years old

 

“The Long Life Cow Competition was created to celebrate those cows who have made an outstanding lifetime contribution,” comments Andrew Rutter, Breeding Programme Manager for Genus ABS, who was a member of the judging panel who selected the winners of the compeition.  “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.”

 

Deangate Queenie 9th is 18 years old and is milking in her 15th lactation, having given 126 tonnes of milk so far. “She has been trouble free and is happy walking to grass every day,” comments owner John Robotham . Queenie is the dam of Deangate Tarquin (PLI £180) who is one of the top proven bulls in the Friesian breed today.

 

The Deangate herd is owned by John and Connie Robotham, who farm with their son Ian, in Staffordshire. The current 12 month rolling average for the 100 milking cows is 7454kg in 305 days at 4.36% fat and 3.40% protein, with a calving interval of 386 days. A high proportion of the herd have been classified EX or VG on the British Friesian Classification Scheme and many of the cows have completed at least six lactations.

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