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Top NMR Herds Break Production Records

The top seven Holstein herds in NMR’s Annual Production Report published in January have all achieved more than 850kg of fat and protein and above 11,600kg of milk.

Within this top group, herd size ranges from seven cows to 715 cows and calving interval from 386 days to 423 days. The report includes a ranking of the top 1% of herds by breed based on fat and protein production and on genetic merit for the year ending September 2013. Herds are also ranked, within breeds, by county.

jenkin family L to R  Margaret (with Thomas), Beccy (with Chloe), Mabec Talent Annie, son Matt and father Graham

The Jenkin family L to R Margaret (with Thomas), Beccy (with Chloe), Mabec Talent Annie, son Matt and father Graham

In top production place nationally from 17th last year is Matt Jenkin’s nucleus breeding herd from Helston in Cornwall. A family team, Matt manages the cows with his land agent wife Beccy and parents Graham and Margaret. The herd yielded 997kg of fat and protein and 13,315kg of milk on twice a day milking. A unique system, their 65-ha farm supports 250 Holsteins and 120 newly calved heifers are sold annually. Matt is also a business manager for nutrition company BOCM Pauls.

Moving north and to a large dairy herd milked three times a day is Stuart Harvey’s Dumfries-based herd from Beeswing. Mother Margaret and sons Stuart and John’s 249 cows moved up from sixth to second place and produced 878kg of fat and protein and 11,779kg of milk.

In third place from last year’s top place is John Shropshire’s herd from Bridge Farm in Market Drayton, Shropshire, with 872kg of fat and protein and 13,092kg of milk from 53 cows.

Moving into the top 10 in fourth place is A J M Eavis’ herd from Glastonbury, Somerset. This 303-cow herd has produced 356kg of fat plus protein and 12,101kg of milk.

Church Farm Partnership, Dorset, Wilderley Hall Farms, Shropshire, Nick Cobb, Dorset and Willie Ley, Devon take places five to eight respectively.

Moving up from 42nd to ninth place is Tack Farms from Herefordshire followed in 10th place by the Miller’s Shanael herd from Worcestershire.

Also worth noting as newcomers to the top 20 and the top 1% national production ranking are David and Ollie Coombes’ herd from Dorset in 13th place followed by Robert and Gordon Reid’s herd from Banbridge, Northern Ireland. And Rhys Lougher and family from Bridgend, Glamorgan are in 17th place.

Other Breeds
Wiltshire-based Ayrshire herd moves into top place this year from eight. The Windel’s 83 cows produced 606kg of fat and protein and 8,216kg of milk.

Pearn Watt’s Shorthorn herd form Norfolk stays in top place with 621kg of fat and protein and a yield of 8609kg.

The Wadman’s Jersey herd from Somerset also holds top spot with 762kg of fat and protein and 7197kg of milk. New in third place is Marcus Grey’s herd from Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

Top Holstein Genetic Ranking
The NMR Annual Report shows no change in the top two Holstein herds ranked on genetic merit for the third consecutive year. In top place is T H Davis’ 111-cow herd from Gloucestershire with a PLI of £131 – up £9 from the year ending September 2012. In second place is A G Ludwell’s 311-cow herd from Devon with a PLI of £10.


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