Awards galore for pedigree cow
Over the past year Tikorangi sharemilkers and holstein-friesian pedigree breeders Wayne and Leeanne Taylor have experienced great success with Muritai Goldson Willow.
Their cow won the three year old section, was named the intermediate champion, took out the all breeds intermediate class title and was named queen of the mountain all breeds dairy cow across all age groups at the Hawera A & P Show.
She followed this up by winning second in the three year old class, being named reserve Holstein Friesian champion, winning the three year olds all breeds class, three year old all breeds intermediate champion and supreme in milk dairy exhibit of the show over all age groups at the Stratford A & P Show.
Then at the Rototura A & P Show she won the three year old class, was the North Island intermediate champion cow and won the all breeds two and three year old and all breeds champion titles.
It’s no surprise as Muritai Goldson Willow is the granddaughter of Muritai Leader Willow, the 2013 Valden Cow of the Year winner.
The Valden Cow of the Year title is awarded to a cow that has completed at least four lactations and is deemed to have contributed, or have the potential to contribute, to the breed.
Calculation of title includes factors such as production worth, protein breeding value, number of lactations, show results, Star Brood status and daughter-proven sons in AB.
The Taylors have won the Valden Cow of the Year title four times now, all from the same cow family.
Wayne puts their success in breeding great cows down to several ‘good’ factors: investing in good genetics, good luck and good judgment. “It’s about the right bulls mated to the right cows and the genes fall into place,” he says.
The pair developed their stud in 1985 after a lifelong interest in breeding originating from Wayne’s childhood visits to the Awatuna farm of his aunt and uncle, Cathryn and Allan Phillips, who owned the Koramo friesian stud.
Learning from other breeders helped him develop his good eye for a great cow. Their stud was named Muritai meaning sea breeze in Maori.
They now calve around 200 and supply bulls to LIC and CRV Ambreed most years. Wayne is a director of Holstein Friesian NZ.
Wayne says Muritai Goldson Willow stood out due to her correct dairy frame as well as being a good producing cow.
Her three year old lactation figures show that this season she produced 7850 litres and 612 kilograms of milk solids in 260 days.
Fat was 4.36%/343 kilograms and protein 3.43%/269 kilograms. With a heifer calf Muritai Goldson Willow delivered last spring plus another on the way the successful lineage is looking set to continue.
Her calf Muritai Impressive Willow did well at the Stratford and Hawera A & P Shows taking out junior calf in all classes at Hawera and Holstein Friesian junior calf and all breeds junior calf at Stratford. The Taylors are 50:5 0 sharemilkers on a 68ha effective unit at Tikorangi.
The farm is supported by a 20ha block used for grazing young stock and growing silage. Both Wayne and Leeanne take an active role on the farm as they employ no staff.
They say that being in their mid 50s they don’t have the goal of farm ownership and are happy to continue focusing on breeding and developing their herd to its best potential.
Wayne says having supportive farm owners means the world. “We’ve very lucky and have a good job we cherish.”
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