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Scottish Holstein Herd Takes Top Spot

NMR’s top Holstein herd ranked on yield in its latest Annual Production Report is Dumfries-based producer Stuart Harvey. He runs his 278-cow herd, with brother John and mother Margaret, at Drum Farm near Beeswing.

Drum Farm production here, for the year ending September 2014, has increased by 25g of fat and protein and 473kg of milk to this latest record of 903kg fat and protein and 12,252kg of milk on three-times-a-day milking; enough to move them up from the second spot in 2014 into first place.

This herd has also reduced its calving interval by two days to 399 days during the past 12 months.

Stuart, Margaret and John Harvey

Stuart, Margaret and John Harvey

In second place, and just 1kg of fat and protein behind the Harveys, is John Shropshire’s 52-cow herd from Market Drayton, Shropshire, with 902kg of fat and protein and 13,753kg of milk on twice-a-day milking.

In third place and moving up from eighth is the Ley family’s 199-cow herd, based at Sutcombe, Devon. Milked twice a day, this herd achieved 872kg of fat and protein and 11,817kg of milk.

Following Nick Cobb’s two herds, which rank fourth and fifth, is the highest placed newcomer to the national rankings; a Devon-based herd belonging to the Tythcott family. And following Somerset-based Gold Cup holder Michael Eavis’s herd in seventh place are two more newcomers. The Evan’s herd from Pembrokeshire is eighth followed by Chris and Margaret Hall’s herd from West Yorkshire, which has moved to ninth place from 19th. In 10th place is the Church Farm Partnership’s herd, from Dorset.

All Change In Other Breeds

The NMR annual report has new names in the top places in each of the main dairy breeds.

Ayrshire – The Harvey’s herd from Cornwall moves from second to first place. This herd leads the Ayrshire rankings with 659kg of fat and protein and 8,943kg of milk, followed in second place by the Windel’s herd from Wiltshire.

Jersey – The Wadman’s herd, from Somerset, has moved up to first place with 770kg of fat and protein and 6,810kg of milk from 158 cows, followed by their second herd of 16 cows.

Friesian – Moving to the top spot from third is Wayne Gratton’s herd from Derbyshire. His 85 cows achieved 619kg of fat and protein and 8,112kg of milk. The Archer’s herd, also from Derbyshire, is in second place.

Shorthorn - C Royle’s herd moves from fourth place to first with 519kg of fat and protein and 7,365kg of milk, followed in second place by the Thomas’s herd from Pembrokeshire.

Guernsey – G A Payling’s herd of 61 cows moves from second to first place this year with 642kg of fat and protein and 7,065kg of milk, followed by the Bray’s herd from Guernsey.

Top Holstein Genetic Ranking

For the fourth consecutive year T H Davis’ 122-cow Holstein herd from Gloucestershire is in top place in the genetic merit rankings with a PLI of £246. In second place is Easom and Sons 303-cow herd form Derbyshire with a PLI of £186.

The national tables rank the top 1% of NMR-recorded herds by breed based on fat and protein production and on genetic merit for the year ending September 2014. Herds are also ranked, within breeds, by county.


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