A new semen company specialising in bulls for cross breeding has
Adela Booth and Gill Derryman, founders of the Alternative Semen Company,
inspect the ‘Hele’ Jerseys of Messrs Piper & Leeson,
and managed by Andercourt. Roger Trewhella and Roger Derryman,
whose experience and knowledge encouraged the business to supply a
range of dairy breeds for the pure and fast growing cross-breeding
markets, look on.
Called The Alternative Semen Company, the business has been
set-up by Gill Derryman and Adela Booth, and draws on the experience
and knowledge of Roger Derryman and Roger Trewhella – both
of whom have been involved in the cattle breeding industry for
over 25 years. Roger Derryman was the inaugural Dairy Farmer
of the Year and runs a successful agribusiness in Cornwall, with
his wife Gill.
Roger Trewhella was a Trehane Scholar who has worked in the
cattle breeding and animal feed sectors. Adela Booth has considerable
experience in the dairy industry at Unigate before setting up
her own company. Regional agent Mair Cavenagh has joined the
company to provide experienced support on farms in Wales, Cheshire,
Shropshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. She is actively
involved in the running of the family farm in Wales.
The company launches with an initial offering of ten high ranking
bulls from dairy breeds including Scandinavian Red, Brown Swiss,
Jersey, British Friesian, Montbeliarde and beef bulls from native
and continental breeds.
A Piuha daughter in Scandinavia. This Sire is ranked number one for Fertility and Calving Ease as well as being number two for Protein Percentage in Finland.
The company’s high flier bulls include: Piuha,
a Scandinavian Red, which is number one for both Fertility and
Calving Ease in Finland as well as number two on Protein Percentage; Perfecta,
which is ranked in top spot for Productive Life in the Brown
Swiss breed in the USA, and Mission, which holds
the same ranking for Daughter Pregnancy Rate. Jerseys include Q
Impuls, a Danish bred bull that has made an enormous
impact within the breed around the world, having been recognised
as the leading performance sire in Denmark, Canada, the USA and
the UK. Kirkby Emperor is one of the British
Friesians in the stud, and he passes on improved
compositional quality and fertility to his daughters as well
as reducing cell counts.
“The trend to cross-breeding is going mainstream as high
output Holstein herds adopt the practice,” says Adela Booth. “The
Alternative Semen Company is about offering the right blend of
breeds and sires to help farmers improve the longevity and robustness
of their cattle.”
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