“COWS that look after themselves” are on every dairy farmer’s wish-list and a new bull launched by Cogent is already proving to produce just this kind of daughter.
The Bolton son, Dunnderdale Kestrel, has graduated through the company’s ‘Visions’ progeny testing scheme, and joins the proven line-up following successful performance in the December 2012 proof run.
Proving themselves to be hard-working and hard-wearing on UK farms, Kestrel daughters also feature the non-extreme type that will effortlessly fit into cubicles and into the modern farming system. They earn him a Profitable Lifetime Index of £165.
Just the kind of cattle required by the profit-driven farmer, they have average stature, a near-ideal set to the legs and feet and outstanding locomotion. Also producing plenty of milk, Kestrel weighs in with a Predicted Transmitting Ability (PTA) for milk of 530kg and over 31kg (+0.13%) fat.
Lancashire producer, Janet Whitlow has seen this performance reflected in her Arnot herd of Holsteins, where she used Kestrel as a young sire.
“This resulted in Arnot Lady 97, a really wonderful heifer which has become a firm favourite,” she says. “She has the ability to look after herself and carry condition while being one of the highest production heifers in the herd at the moment.”
Scoring VG as a two-year-old and described as having ‘the most functional legs and feet that you could wish to have on any heifer’, she adds: “I am really excited about being able to use this bull again.”
Henry Sanderson who has evaluated Kestrel daughters on behalf of Cogent says: “They are beautifully balanced throughout, being of medium stature with plenty of strength.
“Their open, sweeping rib flows smoothly in to silky, well-attached udders which are full of texture.
“With near ideal leg-set, Kestrel daughters are free-moving animals which will suit any farming system.”
For more information call Cogent on 0800 7837258.