December Holstein meeting

HYB member and Harper Adams Unviersity student Andrew Patterson, Crumlin, is one of the speakers at Holstein NI's open meeting on Monday 15th December, at the Ballinderry Inn, Moira at 8pm.
HYB member and Harper Adams Unviersity student Andrew Patterson, Crumlin, is one of the speakers at Holstein NI's open meeting on Monday 15th December, at the Ballinderry Inn, Moira at 8pm.

Holstein Northern Ireland has extended a warm invitation to all milk producers and breed enthusiasts to attend its open meeting at Ballinderry Inn on Monday 15th December at 8pm.

Guest speakers are Alison Maddrell, manager of Diamond Genetics UK, and Holstein Young Breeders’ Club member and Harper Adams University student Andrew Patterson.

Diamond Genetics specialises in trading high genomic and interesting pedigreed embryos, heifers and bulls.

With offices in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain and the US, Diamond Genetics has access to a large and extensive pool of genetics, as well as a considerable marketplace for client sales.

Sister company Eurogenes has responsibility for on-line sales and marketing, with regular embryo, heifer and elite bull sales conducted on-line.

Diamond Genetics also organises overseas tours to events in Europe and North America. Alison Maddrell’s presentation will focus on the company’s recent tour to the World Dairy Expo in Madison, where visitors had an opportunity to see fresh calved two-year-old heifers by leading AI sires Mogul, Uno, Headliner and Supersire. She will also highlight many other interesting individual animals and families, including milking daughters of Planet and Shamrock.

Student Andrew Patterson from Crumlin, County Antrim, recently spent twelve months on work experience at Butlerview Farm in America.

The state-of-the-art facility is home to some of the world’s top show cows and leading genomic females. The farm milks 25 cows and has 250 youngstock. Based 45 minutes south of Chicago, Bulterview Farm is a satellite centre for Tans Ova Genetics and operates an extensive IVF and ET programme.

The new show barn was built in 2009 costing three million dollars, and has 26 large box stalls to accommodate the show cows. Andrew’s daily routine started at 4.30am, milking and scraping out the show barn. Throughout the day his role varied, depending on the weather and time of year.

Andrew’s presentation will outline his experiences during the year, the highlight of which included helping the Butlerview team at World Dairy Expo and the Toronto Royal Winter Fair. He thoroughly enjoyed his time in America, and was privileged to work with some of the best cows in the world, and meet numerous high profile breeders and cattle fitters.

Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.

For further information contact Holstein NI secretary John Martin on mobile: 07711 041128.