15 September 1995

Cogent small herd membership

SMALL herds will be offered a special membership package to join the new Cheshire-based Cogent bull proving programme.

Standard membership for the scheme, which aims to reduce UK reliance on overseas genetics, is £25 a month. That provides 40 straws a year of semen for use on first-calved heifers. Extra semen to meet Cogents requirement of serving all milking heifers with its young sires costs £5 a straw.

In return for support, founder members secure priority use of, and a 50% discount on, Cogent-proven sires, and free registration and classification of progeny. &#42