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IN A 'CLASS' OF THEIR OWN


A large group of heifer-calves sired by Laurelhill Classic, one of the UK’s top PLI sires have certainly caught the eye of visitors to Brian Mawhinney’s Laurelhill herd in Doagh, County Antrim.

 

Classic is sired by Oman and ranked as one of the UK’s top PLI sires, with a value of £542. Between the August 2014 and December 2014 proofs, his PLI score increased by £47. He also had notable increases in Lifespan (up to +0.5) and Fertility (up to 14.8)

 

In 2013, a loss of conacre and a change in farming policy resulted in the sale of a significant portion of the Laurelhill herd. Classics Dam, Laudan Fay EX91 was also included in the sale that saw the herd reduced to 50 cows. Prior to this, the herd was producing an annual yield of 10,000 litres, milking twice a day.

 

In response to the success of Classic, Brian said: “Having worked with many generations of the cow family behind Classic I have absolute confidence that he will deliver the traits demanded by modern dairy farmers.”

 

Since 2013, Brian has been heavily focussing on the sale of breeding stock and milk production. Laurelhill heifers are first calved between the ages of 23 to 25 months; calves are then hand reared until they are 10 days old, before being housed in groups of ten. The calves pictured are aged between three weeks and three months and are all the result of AI using sexed semen.

 

Ervin McKinstry, General Manager of ABS Ireland commented: “These top-class calves will certainly be an attractive purchase when they come onto the market, possibly as in-calf heifers.”

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