Production is key
DAIRY farmers are increasingly seeking top production Holstein sires that offer at least 1000kg of milk, 30kg protein and £100 PIN at the expense of more moderate production but higher type bulls.
To meet this demand Herdwise added a new US sire to its stud at the show – Cleitus son Howcrest Aristides. Sire analyst Angela Taylor said he was one of only six US bulls available in the UK offering over 30kg of protein and over one point of type on the US score.
He boasts 1222kg milk, 33kg (-0.15%) fat, 30kg (-0.09%) protein, £105 PIN and £114 ITEM.
"He will suit the commercial dairy farmer looking for a high weight of protein but also offers good feet and legs and dairy character," said Ms Taylor. Limited stocks of semen are available priced £25 a straw. *