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Four New Sires Join Avoncroft Stud

Avoncroft has introduce a new generation of sires from Holland Genetics that has moved cattle breeding goalposts and rearranged the PLI rankings after the February proof run. Highlights include a team of Addison sons and a world-class red carrier.

A bull that will interest both black-and-white and red-and-white Holstein breeders is newcomer, and the world's highest indexing red carrier, Delta Canvas RF. He is the leading PLI sire at £98, has an excellent type profile and is easy calving.

Canvas combines two great cow families. He is by Delta Sparta RF, from the Tex family at Art-Acres, and out of Delta Canberra, a VG87 Celsius granddaughter of Delta Esmeralda VG86, the famous Cleitus daughter out of Walkup Bell Lou Etta VG88.

Canvas daughters are consistent in type and are tall with wide sloping rumps, as well as having the beautifully veined, square udders of the Tex family. They also have good feet and legs, with excellent locomotion.

Delta Canvas RF is available from Avoncroft priced at £35/straw

Two outstanding Addison sons have been added to the Avoncroft stud and there are now three sons of Addison that are all in the top 30 PLI list in Avoncroft's active sire line-up. Each has their own individual qualities, but what they all have in common is the production strength, quality udders and low somatic cell counts they inherited from their great sire.

There are very few sons of Addison with high components, but the number-six PLI sire De Crob Adept, out of a VG85 Ronald granddaughter of Holim Heidi, is one.

Adept's daughters produce quality milk from quality udders. His robust, deep-bodied daughters have tremendous width from front to back and milk with great ease while at the same time maintaining good condition.

Adept offers the component power of the Heidi cow family combined with the production strength from Addison to the breed.

De Crob Adept is available from Avoncroft priced at £24/straw.

Producers looking to improve milk-yield would do well to take a look at Mr Milkmaster (Addison x VG86 Cash) as he is the breed leader for kilograms of milk.

His sire, Addison, is one of the highest milk bulls in the world, but Milkmaster has moved the goalposts yet again and is now in a league of his own at a dazzling +1,529kg. In the top 20 PLI list at £82, Milkmaster is an easy calving sire and his daughters are deep-ribbed cows with strong front ends.

Mr Milkmaster is available from Avoncroft priced at £16/straw.

Another early Addison son who graduated from the November proofs also fared well in the latest run, moving up in production to £73PLI. Beverlake Louson,

by Addison and out of a VG88 Jabot daughter from the Lou Etta cow family, is

a top bull for udders and also a leading sire on udder health.

Beverlake Louson is available from Avoncroft priced at £17/straw.

Canvas daughters [click on image to enlarge]
Canvas daughter
Delta Vera 3 VG85-2yr
Canvas daughter
Gonnie 122
Canvas daughter
Nelie 34 VG86-2yr

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