Top heifer

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Top heifer

Postby regolith » Sat May 24, 2014 1:02 am

Top score on classification that is, she was equal top for production with another two at the first herd test but the other two finished up 1 + 2 and 103 tested poorly on the remaining three herd tests.
She's also going to be a very late calver next year, so far from the most favoured two year old on the farm right now.

This is her mum at six years, coming up seven:
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103:
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I can't claim the credit for breeding her - the farmer who leased her dam in 2010 put her to a crossbred bull called Tirohanga Mystique, who was apparently useless because the AI company have dumped him as if he never existed.

Next season's two year olds:
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Re: Top heifer

Postby regolith » Sat May 24, 2014 1:11 am

The heifers I like best this year are 109 and 100, numbered 3 + 4 for production and both are AyrshireJersey crosses.
103 would be favourite if her production had held up to her early promise.
Her half sister also by Mystique was top production 2 yr old but isn't as pretty.
Pre-calving photo of her from last spring:
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Re: Top heifer

Postby branguscowgirl » Sat May 24, 2014 1:38 am

Great pictures! I love those top bangs on the girls! Thank you for sharing!
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Re: Top heifer

Postby Nesikep » Sat May 24, 2014 2:27 am

can't see the rest of her, but 77 has a nice face :)
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Re: Top heifer

Postby regolith » Sat May 24, 2014 6:23 am

77 is the daughter of that red cow whose rear end you can see by the trough in 105's photo.
I'm liking those Murmur daughters better by the day... that tiny black heifer in between the two Jerseys is also Murmur-sired, and displaying the main reason I didn't use that bull again.

I've got proper photos of 77, having technological problems with both camera and computer right now but I can get them up in a couple of days.
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Re: Top heifer

Postby bigbull338 » Sat May 24, 2014 7:40 pm

your cows are milk wagons.
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Re: Top heifer

Postby regolith » Wed May 28, 2014 3:44 am

This is what the rest of 77 looks like:
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Back to the two year olds, in order of 'like' I'd go 100, 109, 103, 89, then maybe 78... but you can't argue with production and two ugly two year olds are first and second for that.

100. I like this heifer better every time I look at her. She's out of my old 101, a Swissy-looking tall Jersey cow, sire is Ayrshire.
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121, the heifer that did the top production out of the two year olds, she's the one who's tied her tail in a knot
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Another photo of 105, who was second top for production in her age group. The classifier gave her a very low udder score, good dairy conformation score.
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Re: Top heifer

Postby regolith » Wed May 28, 2014 3:54 am

more in-calf heifers:
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Leora... been keeping an eye on this one since birth, will soon find out if she can live up to expectation
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as a newborn nearly two years ago:
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45 and 129
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Re: Top heifer

Postby piedmontese » Wed May 28, 2014 6:45 am

I enjoy your pics more than any other. I myself come from a dairy background and still sadly remember the day my dad sold out. I notice you x a lot. Mostly all 100% Holsteins in my area. Still have a lot of family left n the business.
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