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Jersey Breeders Day at Clandeboye Estate, Northern Ireland

Wednesday 27th February 2019

Jersey event promises to be interesting and informative

Breeding, feeding and managing high yielding pedigree dairy cattle will be the focus of the NI Jersey Breeders’ Day taking place at Clandeboye Estate near Bangor, on Wednesday 27th February.

Organised by the Jersey Cattle Society, and sponsored by United Feeds, the event will be hosted by the Clandeboye Courtyard and runs from 11am to 3pm.

Clandeboye’s herd manager and breed society director Mark Logan extended a warm welcome to all pedigree herd owners and Jersey enthusiasts to attend the event. “The agenda features a line-up of leading industry figures and promises to be an interesting and informative day.”

Keynote speakers at the forthcoming NI Jersey Breeders' Day at Clandeboye include, from left: 
Gary Watson, Producer Services Manager, Dale Farm; Ashley Fleming, Area Manager, Cogent UK; and Dr Keith Agnew, Managing Director, Dale Farm Agri Division. Missing from the picture is Lizzie Bonsall, Identification Quality Manager, Holstein UK.

Keynote speakers at the forthcoming NI Jersey Breeders' Day at Clandeboye include, from left:
Gary Watson, Producer Services Manager, Dale Farm; Ashley Fleming, Area Manager, Cogent UK; and Dr Keith Agnew, Managing Director, Dale Farm Agri Division. Missing from the picture is Lizzie Bonsall, Identification Quality Manager, Holstein UK.

Keynote speakers at the one-day event include:

Ashley Fleming, Area Manager of Cogent UK, who will outline the Jersey bulls tested by Cogent, and discuss the future using Sexing Technology. Cogent has been a long supporter of UK genetics, and its commitment to improving the UK Cattle population remains so. Cogent has been testing UK-born Jersey bulls for a number of years, and the results have been quite a revelation in terms of where UK Jerseys sit on the world stage. During his presentation Ashley Fleming, who is also a highly respected Jersey breeder and international judge, will look at the proofs of UK-bred Jerseys and compare them to the world’s top ranking sires. Jersey genomic testing doesn’t have the volume of samples compared to the Holstein, however, the results are very encouraging. Ashley will conclude by addressing the future of genomics, and give an insight into Cogent’s Sexing Technology and its Jersey plans for the future.

Dr Keith Agnew, Managing Director of Dale Farm Agri Division, will look at dairy cow nutrition and discuss the current feeding regime at Clandeboye Estate. He will also highlight some of the research and development that United Feeds has undertaken and implemented within the Clandeboye Herd. One key area of focus has been utilising new developments in feeds analysis to maximise rumen efficiency and improve forage utilisation. In addition, Dr Agnew will outline the nutritional approaches that have been used to improve the milk, butterfat and protein content within the herd, and the move to introducing lower protein diets.

Gary Watson, Producer Services Manager, Dale Farm, will focus on ‘Using Dairy Herd Management to reduce antibiotics on dairy farms’. His presentation will explain the background surrounding the need for the industry to reduce antibiotics on farms. Gary will outline how milk recording can be used to assist with identifying trends in new mastitis infections, and ongoing infections during the lactation period. He will also look at the dry period, and whether the current management employed on the farm is effective. Selective dry cow therapy is being practiced by many dairy farms now, and Gary will highlight the information available to customers to identify whether their herd might be suitable, and if so, which cows would benefit from this approach. Gary’s presentation will cover the cost benefits as well as the potential to reduce the volume of antibiotic use.

Lizzie Bonsall, Identification Quality Manager, Holstein UK, will explain ARC – Approved Registered Cattle, and how the scheme provides traceability of registered cattle to the industry, with the integral tissue bank providing access to each animal’s DNA. This information can be called upon at any time, allowing increased knowledge through genomic evaluation and parentage verification. By using ARC members of the Jersey Cattle Society have access to premium tissue sampling ear tags, at the best rates, eliminating the barriers to DNA and health testing.

Admission to the NI Jersey Breeders’ Day is free.

To facilitate catering arrangements for lunch please register in advance by contacting Emma at the Jersey Cattle Society, email: emma@ukjerseys.com, or tel: 01926 484035. Alternatively, email mark@clandeboye.co.uk or tel: 07889 532280.

 

11th February 2019

Open invitation to all Jersey cattle breeders and enthusiasts

The Clandeboye Estate’s 18th Century Courtyard is set to welcome Jersey breeders and enthusiasts from throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Jersey Breeders’ Day, organised by the Jersey Cattle Society and sponsored by United Feeds, will take place on Wednesday 27th February 2019 from 11am to 3pm.

Announcing details of the event Clandeboye’s herd manager and breed society director Mark Logan said:
"The event coincides with a Jersey Society board meeting, and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors. It has been more than ten years since we last hosted a Jersey Society event."

"I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm invitation to all Jersey breeders and those with an interest in the breed. The itinerary includes a line-up of industry representatives, and promises to be an interesting and informative day."

Farm manager and Jersey Society director Mark Logan, second right, with keynote speakers Ashley Fleming, Cogent; Dr Keith Agnew, United Feeds; and Gary Watson, Dairy Herd Management. Missing from the picture is Lizzie Bonsall, Holstein UK.

Farm manager and Jersey Society director Mark Logan, second right, with keynote speakers Ashley Fleming, Cogent; Dr Keith Agnew, United Feeds; and Gary Watson, Dairy Herd Management. Missing from the picture is Lizzie Bonsall, Holstein UK.

Topics such as breeding and feeding Jersey cattle will be outlined by keynote speakers Ashley Fleming, Cogent, and Dr Keith Agnew from United Feeds. Gary Watson from Dairy Herd Management will focus on reducing antibiotic usage in dairy herds; while Lizzie Bonsall from Holstein UK will discuss how ARC (Approved Registered Cattle) provides traceability of pedigree animals using an integral DNA tissue bank.

The 2,000 acre Clandeboye Estate, owned by the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, is home to a pedigree dairy herd comprising of 70 Holstein and 30 Jersey cows. The estate also owns a small herd of ten rare breed Irish Moiled suckler cows.

The Clandeboye Jersey prefix was founded in the year 2000, with aim of breeding high type, high production cows with longevity.

Its most prominent families are the Marble/Mabel line which hails from the gold star brood cow Early Renaissance Marbel VG86, imported from Canada; and the Evitas descended from Raughton Lester Evita EX91-2 purchased in England.
Mark Logan said:
"The initial plan was to keep five Jersey cows, but this quickly doubled to ten, and has continued to expand, with the current 30-cow herd averaging 6,570kgs at 5.36% butterfat and 4.03% protein in 305-days. The herd comprises of 13 EX, 10 VG and four GP cows."

Clandeboye has won numerous Ulster Jersey Cattle Club accolades over the years, and has savoured a very successful career in the show ring.

Farm Manager & Jersey Society Director Mark Logan, with Dr Keith Agnew, United Feeds, event sponsor with Clandeboye Tequila Cookie EX93, Reserve Breed Champion at Balmoral Show and 1st Junior Cow, Balmoral Show.

Farm Manager & Jersey Society Director Mark Logan, with Dr Keith Agnew, United Feeds, event sponsor with Clandeboye Tequila Cookie EX93, Reserve Breed Champion at Balmoral Show and 1st Junior Cow, Balmoral Show.

The herd is strip grazed in paddocks during the summer months, with buffer feeding during milking times. Both dairy breeds are managed together at grass, and are housed separately in cubicles during the winter months.

Home-grown maize silage makes up 50 per cent of the TMR ration, with the remainder coming from equal quantities of grass silage and wholecrop wheat. A purchased blend completes the mix. The TMR ration is formulated to provide maintenance plus 32 litres for the Holstein herd, and 25 litres of the Jersey herd. Concentrates are feed in the parlour accordingly to individual requirements.

Visitors to the NI Jersey Breeders' Day will also have an opportunity to learn more about the County Down estate’s diversification projects – the premium brand Clandeboye artisan yoghurt, and a 250Kw anaerobic digester.

"In 2007 we started looking at ways to add value to the milk produced on the farm,” explained Mark."“The Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt brand was launched in 2008. We started out with a natural greek-style product using 300 litres of milk every week, and today, we are processing more than 15,000 litres weekly to fulfill demand for a 15-strong product range."

Clandeboye Yoghurt is available in all major supermarkets, as well as small local outlets across Northern Ireland, and a farm shop on the estate. Clandeboye Greek, Vanilla and three other flavoured varieties are available throughout Aldi stores in Southern Ireland.

Yoghurt production is based in an industrial unit located five miles from the farm. The company employs five full-time staff and is currently planning to relocate to a purpose-built factory which will facilitate its ongoing expansion.

A 250Kw anaerobic digester has made the Clandeboye Estate almost energy self sufficient.

A 250Kw anaerobic digester has made the Clandeboye Estate almost energy self sufficient.

The Clandeboye Estate diversified into artisan yoghurt production in 2008 and is now processing over 15,000 litres of milk on a weekly basis to fulfil demand for its 15-strong product range. Farm manager Mark Logan is pictured with Dr Keith Agnew, United Feeds, who is sponsoring the NI Jersey Breeders' Day on 27th February.

The Clandeboye Estate diversified into artisan yoghurt production in 2008 and is now processing over 15,000 litres of milk on a weekly basis to fulfil demand for its 15-strong product range. Farm manager Mark Logan is pictured with Dr Keith Agnew, United Feeds, who is sponsoring the NI Jersey Breeders' Day on 27th February.

The 250Kw anaerobic digester was installed over two years. It is fed on a mixture of grass, maize and wholecrop wheat silages to produce methane which is converted into electricity. Mark added:
”We are currently providing electricity for the many properties on the estate, with surplus sold to the national grid.

“The system also produces an abundant supply of hot water which is delivered via a district heating system to heat the properties on the estate. The water travels up to 1km between the digester and the mansion house and courtyard, and has allowed the estate to become almost energy self-sufficient.”

Clandeboye Tequila Cookie EX93, at Clandeboye Estate

Clandeboye Tequila Cookie EX93, at Clandeboye Estate

Admission to the NI Jersey Breeder’ Day is free.

To facilitate catering arrangements for lunch please register in advance by contacting Emma at the Jersey Cattle Society, email: emma@ukjerseys.com or tel: 01926 484035. Alternatively, email mark@clandeboye.co.uk or tel: 07889 532280.

 

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