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Five in a Row for Annandale
by Jack Lawson
The Annandale Holstein Herd from Milton at Beattock run by Matthew and William Armour has topped the Scottish league table for production for the fifth year in succession. Their 138 cows averaged 12334Kg milk with a combined fat and protein output of 893kg in 305 days.
Second and third place was a carbon copy from 2008 with M/S R & M Harvey, Nether Keir at Auldgirth with 86 cows averaging 11478kg milk and 840kg combined fat and protein then Stuart G Mair & Sons, Kinnermit, Turriff with 257 cows averaging 11821kg milk and 818kg fat and protein.
In the Ayrshire/Red and White league table M/S Howie of Muirside Farms at Dumfries held on to their 2008 title with an increased yield with their 94 cows averaging 9772kg milk and 754kg fat and protein. William and Andrew Watson, Muir, Mauchline, third last year moved up to second position with an extra 14kg fat and protein and Ardyne Farms at Dunoon came in third spot.
The Jersey section has the same top three intact with Robert Hunter, West Tarbrax Farm, Shotts in the lead with a yield of 6810kg milk and 634kg closely followed by Alderston Farming, Alderston Mains, Haddington with 6205 kg milk and 587kg and third position C M A Haigh, Airyhemming, Glenluce with 5481kg and 563kg.
For individual cow yields the Holstein Friesians were led by Cogent Titanic Hannah EX with an outstanding yield of 17071kg milk and 1327kg. She is in 305 days in her second lactation from KSH Farmers, Kennetsideheads, Kelso.
The Howies at Muirside had a clean sweep of the top five Ayrshires /Red and Whites leading with Howie's Angel 4th, in her third lactation, who gave 14216kg milk and 1085kg fat and protein. The leader in the Jersey breed was the top cow last year from Robert Hunter now having completed her 4th lactation with 11046kg milk and 1028kg fat and protein.
Heifer 305 day yields were led by Achavilly Delta Rhona with 11496kg milk and 1057kg fat and protein from Noel McCarragher, Ferny Cleugh, Lochmaben. The Ayrshire/Red and Whites by Muirside with Howie's Miss Barbour 2 with 10158kg milk and 837kg fat and protein. The top Jersey heifer came from the Hasties with Alderston Maca Mallow who gave 7564kg milk and 703kg.
Commenting on the 2009 results for Scotland Jack Lawson on behalf of the Scottish Dairy Cattle Association [SDCA] and the Cattle Information Service [CIS] said
“This is not a competition but it does demonstrate that Scotland with the largest herd size in Europe has outstanding production cows with super management and well selected genetics. Overall yields are not the highest on record, which can be accounted for by weather and fodder quality over the 2008 - 2009 period but the results do demonstrate that we have good stockmanship, excellent animal welfare and are not afraid to use modern technology to the benefit of dairy cows and the industry in general.
“I only hope that milk buyers, supermarkets and the general public recognise the effort, dedication and expertise involved in producing milk and reward our dairy farmers fairly.”