Cattle breeding specialist to speak at Fleckvieh meeting
SLATE Quarry Fleckvieh Genetics has confirmed that it will host a farmers’ meeting in the Cohannon Inn, Dungannon (beside the Tamnamore Roundabout on the M1) on Thursday February 7th 2013. Events get underway at 8pm.
The key speaker of the evening will be renowned international cattle breeding specialist Hans Kerkhov. He will be discussing the results of a major of a major comparative breed trial recently undertaken at Wageningen Livestock Research Centre in the Netherlands.
“The work has shown that Fleckviehs will out yield Holstein cows over a four year period,” Slate Quarry’s Jim Hamilton stressed.
“These figures take account of overall yield, component percentages plus total weights of fat and protein. Another key result from the trial is the confirmed longevity of Fleckvieh cows.”
The Hamilton family is currently milking 180 Fleckvieh cows on their farm in South Tyrone.
“We have an additional 40 cows to calve over the coming weeks,” Jim added.
“The cows currently going through the milking parlour are averaging 30 litres of milk per day at 4.3% butterfat and 3.55% protein.
“The breed is noted for its ability to milk well, excellent fertility levels plus good legs and feet. Cows are also very docile and easy to work with.”
He continued: “I would encourage as many dairy farmers as possible to come along next Thursday evening. The Dutch trial investigated every aspect of cow productivity and management over a sustained period of time.
“Its results are extremely conclusive and clearly point to the important role which Fleckvieh cows can play within the dairy sector.”
The meeting is a forerunner to a sale of elite Fleckvieh breeding stock in Granville Mart, Dungannon on Friday February 15th 2013. The event gets underway at 12.00 noon with animals available for inspection from 10am that day.
“This is our second annual sale,” confirmed Slate Quarry’s Ian Hamilton.
“Last year’s event was a tremendous success and we want to build on this in 2013. The main purpose of the sale is to further promote the benefits of milking purebred and crossbred Fleckvieh cows.
“There is strong evidence to confirm a growing demand for Fleckvieh breeding stock here in Northern Ireland. There was a complete clearance at last year’s sale and semen sales have doubled over the past 12 months.”
A total of 60 animals have been entered for the February event: 20 milking heifers – all calved within the past six weeks – 10 in calf heifers, 15 breeding bulls, 10 of which are genomically tested and five ET bulls, five elite pedigree heifer calves, which will be sold on choice, plus five first cross Holstein/Fleckvieh calves and five maiden crossbred heifers, the 10 of which were born and reared at Slate Quarry Farm.
“The bulls entered for the sale represent the very elite of the current breed development programme ongoing in Austria,” Ian Hamilton concluded.
For further information, telephone Jim Hamilton on 07590444732 or visit the website: www.fleckviehgenetics.com.
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