Faith in jerseys pays dividend

Last updated 10:48 27/11/2013
Raroa
BROWN COW: Appleby’s Ted and Clare Ford with supreme dairy champion Westbourne Louie Minty at Nelson’s A and P Show.

Relevant offers

Dairy

Failure not an option for dairy industry late starters Gore dairy farmers have 'happier cows and happier staff' Dairy PGP gets tick from review panel NZ grass-fed milk preferred for infant formula by US firm Munchkin New methane saving device needed NZ seeds fly to safety in Norway Rain welcomed by farmers, but not the cold Young Māori dairy farmer Jack Raharuhi changes direction and wins award Dairy farmer loses even more to nitrate poisoning No cream from Fonterra with small lift in payout forecast seen

Consistency breeds success on the Ford family's Appleby farm.

Ted and Clare Ford walked away with a swag of ribbons from the weekend's Nelson A and P Show thanks in part to their prized jersey heifer, Westbourne Louie Minty who won Supreme Dairy Champion, All Breed Junior Champion, Jersey Junior Champion and came first in the jersey class.

"We've always run jersey cattle - they are a quality animal and we believe in quality over quantity," said Mrs Ford. "The jersey is a smaller animal and we can get more to the hectare."

The couple commercially milk a 129-strong herd which delivers high milksolid level rather than lots of litres. Farmers are paid on milksolid percentages.

As to 15-month-old Westbourne Louie Minty she's already in calf and will be adding to the herd's milk production from August.

Ad Feedback

- The Nelson Mail

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content