Faith in jerseys pays dividend

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

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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.

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- The Nelson Mail

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