Breeding company Dairy Daughters has congratulated customers of two of its hottest bulls which have produced an impressive five nominations in the maiden heifer classes of the recently announced All Britain Awards.
This means the small, Somerset-based company – whose sales are all undertaken by phone and which prides itself on offering top quality genetics at cost-effective prices – has performed better than any other company in the youngstock section of this prestigious national award.
The two bulls that have clinched it for the company are Golden-Oaks ST Alexander and Jotan Red, which have together earned Dairy Daughters more nominations in the junior, intermediate and senior maiden heifer classes than any other AI company.
“We’re delighted that the quality of these bulls has been recognised at such a high level and we’re particularly thrilled to have dominated the youngest age categories which represent the next generation of dairy cow replacements,” said Alison Dunphy from Dairy Daughters.
“And whilst we are proud of the two bulls concerned, we recognise that it is the skill of the breeder in using them to such good effect that is behind these achievements.
“So we’d like to offer our hearty congratulations to the Westwood family from Exmoor for producing Panda Alexa Fools Gold and Panda Allyander Fools Gold, which have been nominated in the junior heifer class, together with Bill Nadin and family from Derbyshire for breeding Sterndale Alexander Ghostly – nominated in the same class – and Sterndale Alexander Ashlyn in the intermediate heifer class.”
These heifers are all sired by Alexander who is making a big impact around the UK and internationally, and as more daughters come into milk, his reputation is growing for breeding fertile, healthy dairy cows which are also high for production and type.
“Also to be congratulated are Kevin Rickard and Martin Webber from Gwent for the senior heifer nominee, Tonian Jotan Roxy Red (below), who reflects the high type credentials of Jotan, her sire,” continued Mrs Dunphy.
“All of these heifers already have a string of show wins to their credit – most notably at the All Britain All Breeds Calf Show in 2012 – and Dairy Daughters is delighted to be associated with such high calibre breeding.”
With a reputation for picking bulls that went on to become amongst the most important in the Holstein breed – including Oman and Planet – Dairy Daughters appears to have picked two more dairy sires which promise to have a high international profile.
“We are extremely proud to see Alexander and Jotan daughters performing so well in this important, Holstein UK-organised competition, and from what we hear amongst our customers, we are confident their performance will continue in this vein,” she said.
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Source: Holstein UK