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The latest from the Midlands Group…

The Midlands group met again on the 20th April, Stuart Cadamy reports…

A warm early Summer evening, an even warmer welcome from the Brookes family combined with a great herd of Monty’s to view made for a very special farm walk.
Will Brookes opened the evening by giving a background outline. He informed us that it was really his Father who purchased the first Montbeliarde crossbreds which they liked and this eventually was the catalyst for change.
With more purchases of both pure and crossbreds, numbers have increased dramatically.
Will’s son Matthew explained the day to day running of this family farm and then the 50+ people went to inspect the milking herd, in calf heifers and younger heifers.
The evening concluded with some of the best farm house baking in the county thanks to Will’s wife, Mel, ably assisted by daughters Gemma and Holly.
The evening was closed by society chairman Pete Wood presenting Mel with a large arrangement of flowers and our sincere thanks to all the Brookes family at Nothill.

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Save the Date! – 2017 AGM

The society is pleased to announce the following date for the 2017 AGM:

5th and 6th September 2017  in Staffordshire

Following the same format as recent years, members will meet for the annual dinner and AGM including the announcement of the Society Milk Records competition for the 2016/17 recording year on the evening of the 5th September.

On the 6th September the Society will host its annual open day by kind permission of Smiths Farming Ltd – Needwood Montbeliardes. Phillip and Kath Smith will welcome visitors from all over the UK to Lower Castle Hayes Farm, Needwood, Burton on Trent, to view their herd of 300 cows.

Further details to follow





Jura Betail invite to Progeny visits

Everybody is welcome on  July 12 and 13th to  Jura for their annual Summer Montbeliarde Tour when you will be able to view offspring from sires such as

FLIPEX JB, VALFIN JB, FLASH JB, FUNKY JB, CARDIFF JB, CRUMBLE JB, FRACAS JB, HOLDING JB, HANOVER JB and others

You are welcome to arrive on the Tuesday evening so you can start early on the Wednesday, and leave on the Friday so!

To organize logistic and accommodations, booking needs to be confirmed by June 20 at the latest.
For more details and to book contact

Hélène DUBARLE, Export Manager, Tel : +33 (0)7 61 93 35 35

Jura Bétail

www.jura-betail.fr





Midlands Group meeting

The next meeting of the Midlands group will be

on the 10th May 2017 at 7pm

By kind permision of W G, G M & M BROOKES

HILLBROOK MONTBELIARDES

NOTHILL FARM, CRAKEMARSH, UTTOXETER, STAFFORDSHIRE, ST14 5AT

All are welcome









Successful UK Dairy Expo – Judging Results

Many visited the Montbeliarde UK trade stand at UK Dairy Expo on Saturday 11th March, with over 60 people entering our calf judging competition on the stand.

Ferreol Roche (Coopex) agreed to master judge the pen of four maiden heifers kindly supplied by Messrs Wilson (Blackcombe Montbeliardes). The final placings were Y (388) X (390) B (422) A(426), with just four people having the correct placings, congratulations to the winners:

Martin Ellis, David Cotton, Rob Warburton and EA Kitching

calves in pen at expo

(Correct order of calves from left to right YXBA)

Thanks to members who joined us on the day, to support us welcoming and talking to visitors on the stand and once again to Michael Wilson and Laura Teesdale for bringing the calves and making the first show for the Society such a success!





Montbeliarde Consignment Sale: Date Announced 26th April 2017

HH Harrison and Hetherington

 

Montbeliardes – Looking to sell….   Looking to buy…

Montbeliarde UK are pleased to announce the forthcoming Consignment Sale at Borderway Mart in association with auctioneers Harrison and Hetherington.

Sale Date: Wednesday 26th April 2017

If you have stock to sell, this provides the perfect opportunity –

Entries for the sale close on Wednesday 12th April.

Anyone requiring further details please contact:

H & H Pedigree Office – 01228 406230

Auctioneer – Glyn Lucas – 07711 610255

Auctioneer – Andrew Templeton – 07778 808464

 

The Society hopes you will support the sale, either by consigning or attending on sale day!

Keep checking back for further updates…

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Student looking for work experience

We have had a student from Sparsholt College with an interest in Montbeliardes contact us to see if any members would offer her a three week placement in late February – early March.
If you can help and could use the help please get in touch with the secretary for her contact details.



Visit Jura in France

On the March 22 2017 will be our Montbeliarde Genetic Day at the Parc Expo in Dole.

It’s an inescapable meeting for Jura-Bétail and all Montbeliarde lovers around the world and we would be pleased to welcome you and enjoy with you 3 days in the Jura area.

Without any delay:-

Have a look at the detailed programme enclosed,

Book the dates in your diary,

and let us know as soon as possible about your coming!

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Happy New Year – 2017 selfie??

Montbeliarde UK would like to wish all members and friends all the best for 2017.

Planning and production of the 2017 Full Montey magazine is well underway.
If you have any suggestions of content or are interested in either member or commercial advertising please email the secretary.

And for a bit of fun we’d like to include a picture gallery of Monty Selfies – so get that phone camera and yourself out and about with your cows – and submit them by email no later than Monday 6th February for inclusion!  There will be a small prize for the best photo !

 





December Figures from Jura

DECEMBER PROOFS RELEASE from JURA-BETAIL, THE UNIT SELECTION WHO MAKES CHAMPIONS

Either young or progeny tested, Jura-Bétail bulls confirmed their positions on the podium in 2016.

 

THE GENOMIC OFFER

JORDREN JB keeps his position as the leader of the breed with 170 points of ISU. He maintains all his qualities (milk, content, udder health, reproduction and type) and comes in our offer among the Healthy range with a perfect profile suitable for milk robots.

HARPON JB, for his 6th proofs release remains within the Top 3 bulls of the breed. Still in our Protein range he is ranked +1 020 in milk index and +1.1 in Protein.

Among the new bulls, let’s have a look at LIROUD JB who, with 150 points of ISU, fits into the most performing and outcross sires: within the Top40 bulls, LIROUD JB is the n°1 having the lowest female parentage coefficient. Along with this, he has an outstanding type (121), a very good udder (120) and a good ratio between Protein (+1.5) and Milk (+401).

 

Among the other new young bulls, if you are looking for:

– Milk: JOSTIK JB (Milk +1 201), HARPON JB (Milk +1 020) and LOGALY JB (Milk +987).

– Genetic variability: LIROUD JB, a son of IROUD JB and JELINEK JB, a son of HELLEAN JB.

– Outstanding Udders: JUSSIEU JB (UD 124), LANZAC JB (UD 124), ITEMPLE JB (UD 123), JAMICAL JB (UD 122), LIROUD JB (UD 120), JELINEK JB (UD 119).

 

THE PROGENY TESTED OFFER

Not only Jura-Bétail keeps its position of leader with JORDREN JB, but also the selection unit confirms its know-how with FLIPEX JB.

With 127 daughters, a reliability of 93%, #1 among progeny tested sires for the 3rd consecutive proofs release, FLIPEX JB has proven his abilities to bring our distributors and breeders a dairy potential much higher than average with positive contents (Milk +915, Prot +1.2, Fat +0.5) along with an extraordinary quality of udders.

FRANGY JB, after his release this summer, keeps an exceptional milk level with +1 173 combined to a very good udder quality (119) and healthy (Udder Health +0.8).

FAGUET JB comes with 148 points of ISU with a strong potential in our Protein range: Protein +2.4 and Fat +4.3. He is also very good in functional traits (Udder health +1.0 and Repro +0.8).

Even if CRUMBLE JB is not new, his consistency in his progenies’ qualities is remarkable: a good ratio between Protein (+1.4) and Milk (+231), with good functional traits (Udder Health +1.0 – Fert +0.3 – Long +0.7), easy calving (92), strong on feet and legs (122) and a very good udder (121).

 

SEXED SEMEN OFFER

14 bulls are available today in female sexed semen at 90%:

FLIPEX JB, JEKIL JB, JINOX JB, LUCHO JB, JAMICAL JB, IVIRIEU JB, JUNKY JB, JOZUAL JB, JOCKER JB, IOSHI JB, ILAY JB, IBREUIL JB, IATUS JB and HEFFROI JB.

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Montbeliarde Herd Dispersal

UPCOMING MONTBELIARDE DISPERSAL…
If you are looking from Montbeliarde cattle make sure you are at Melton Mowbray Market on Friday 25th November.
The complete dispersal sale of the milking herd comprising of 120 mainly Montbeliarde cows, including some high quality pedigree French Montbeliardes and 40 followers will go under the hammer on behalf of S & R Vallance.
Sale starts at 11am, catalogues will be available prior to the sale, or can be downloaded following the link below:

http://meltonmowbraymarket.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Montbeliarde-Dispersal-Sale-Catalogue.pdf

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2014-2015 National Herds Competition Results

Many thanks to all members who joined us at Newby Bridge on 6th September for the AGM, when last years herds competition results were announced. Results attached.
On the 7th September we were welcomed by the Wilson family to the Blackcombe herd, where the sun shone and over 60 members and friends enjoyed a varied, interesting day in the sun, seeing a tremendous herd of top class Montbeliardes. a great thanks to our hosts for a great visit !

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Photos to follow



AGM, ANNUAL HERDS COMPETITION RESULTS AND OPEN DAY

FINAL REMINDER….
Please can you make sure that you have notified the secretary on 01609 748385 or emailed montbeliardeuk@hotmail.co.uk by the end of today Thursday 1st September with your menu choices for next weeks AGM at Newby Bridge on Tuesday 6th September.
There is still time to book places for the annual open day on the 7th at the Wilson’s, Blackcombe herd as well.
Don’t forget the annual herds competition results will be announced at the AGM, which is automatic entry to all members – the results are now in and there are some new herds and animals in the top 10 in each category – why not come along to see if it’s you !!


Montbeliarde UK AGM – fast approaching

By now all members should have had notice of the AGM to be held on Tuesday 6th September in Cumbria at the Newby Bridge Hotel, if you plan to attend please book menu choices ASAP with Sarah Liddle the secretary on 01609 748385.
The Open Day is on 7th September from 10.45am at the Wilson family’s renowned Blackcombe herd, again please let Sarah know if you plan to attend for catering purposes- all welcome – members and non members alike! It’s a massive opportunity to see pure and crossbred cattle and meet monty enthusiasts!



New Montbeliarde ProCROSS offering from ABA Viking

A typical ProCROSS, Viking Red x Montbeliarde x Viking Holstein – providing greater benefit than other breed combinations from health traits, efficient production and genetic diversity according to ABA Viking

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ABA Viking to market ProCROSS bull line-up

ProCROSS – the only three-way dairy crossbreeding programme in the world to be underpinned by independent research – will be marketed in the UK by ABA Viking.

Greater emphasis will also be placed on genomic bulls, in line with customer expectation to be at the forefront of scientific advance.

ProCROSS is the rotational breeding of Montbeliarde over Viking Red and Holstein. Three-way crossbreeding is more successful where there is the most genetic diversity, while maximising the complementary strengths, between each of the breeds.

The ProCROSS combination outperformed others in independent trials at the University of Minnesota as a result of the higher production potential of Viking Red and Montbeliarde, compared with the other Red and Alpine dairy breeds.

Roger Trewhella of ABA Viking commented: “It will be far easier for farmers to be able to source those sires best suited to ProCROSS among the Viking Reds, Montbeliardes and Viking Holsteins.

“The research, coupled with fifteen years practical experience, which ProCROSS is based on, gives farmers confidence and removes the lottery of choosing breeds and sires at random.”

This marketing agreement follows the termination of the previous arrangement with ABS Genus, and becomes operational from 1st October 2016.



Montbeliarde UK backs the BVD free Campaign

The BVDFree England scheme was launched on the 1st July 2016. Montbeliarde UK as a Society has agreed to support the national scheme and would encourage all our members to read the attached factsheets and enrol in the scheme that is focussed on eliminating BVD. If anyone has any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Farmer step by step guide to BVDFree

BVDFree farmer flyer

BVDFree BVD Factsheet

BVDFree registration form







Open evening in Staffordshire on 16th June

There will be a open evening at 7.30pm on Thursday 16th June by kind permission of Phillip and Kath Smith, Lower Castle Hayes, Needwood, Burton On Trent, Staffs DE13 9PH.
All members and friends are welcome to attend, refreshments will be provided with donations to charity.
For more details contact Pete Wood on 07815 790522.
If you are interested in Montbeliardes and cross breeding be sure to come along!












2016 Montbeliarde UK AGM and Open Day

This years AGM and Open Day date has now been set.

The AGM will be on the evening of 6th September and on the 7th September (the following day) we will enjoy a herd visit to the fantastic Blackcombe herd of Michael Wilson and family at Monk Foss Farm, Millom, Cumbria. Michael will be well known to members and non members alike as a past Chairman of Montbeliarde Uk and his herd is renowned for both type and production – as last years inaugural Herds Competition showed.

More details will follow – including the AGM and meal venue, but put the date in the diary now !



Montbeliarde UK member judges in France

Nicholas Perrodin

Many members who attended the 2015 Montbeliarde Uk AGM and Open Day would meet one of our French members, Nicholas Perrodin, who has recently judged the Concours Général de Paris where the National Montbeliarde show was held on 28th of February in Paris during the Agriculture show.

We hope Nicholas enjoyed his day, and will be in the UK visiting us again soon.

To see more about the show and the results follow the link

www.montbeliarde.org/Concours-General-Agricole-2016-en.html

 



UK Dairy Expo

Please consider visiting the Montbeliarde stand at the UK Dairy Expo on 12th March – Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
If your’re a local member and can spare a few hours to help ‘man’ the stand that would be greatly appreciated as well.
Our stand in number 44 – see you there!


Montbeliarde Classification Workshop and Open Day

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It was a very interesting and useful day when Meurig James and his team of classifiers joined a group of members and non members at the Cotton family’s Ridgedale Herd near Stoke on Trent on Wednesday 2nd March. Everyone enjoyed great hospitality, a farm walk and lunch. We also had the chance to discuss the direction of the breed and classification, with members keen to keep strength as a main factor in the breed going forward.



Classification Workshop

Montbeliarde UK is delighted to announce a Classification Workshop on 2nd March 2016.

If attending please use postcode ST10 4HY in your sat nav.

The day will commence at 10-10.30am with the classification workshop and then there will be chance to view the herd.

This is be open to all members and will be held by kind permission of Andrew and Teresa Cotton at High Ridges Farm, Tean, Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ST10 4HZ.

Please book places if you plan to attend with the secretary, it is hoped a second workshop will be held further north later in the year.
This will be your opportunity to shape the type of animals which the classifiers score in each category and be an important part of the breeds development going forward.





Coopex Progeny Show and Trip – still time to book a place…

COOPEX Progeny Show 2016

Coopex invites you to join them for the Umotest Show 2016.

3500 persons, 200 foreign visitors from more than 25 countries of the 5 continents will travel to Besançon to see progeny of new Montbeliarde sires.

Anyone interested in attending should confirm their participation with Coopex before January the 15th.

Full details of the trip, including a booking form can be found here:

 COOPEX Show 2016- for web

The Coopex Team



Happy New Year!

Montbeliarde UK wishes friends and members all the best for 2016.

Annual memberships are now due as per letters sent out last month, please complete your standing order forms and return them to your bank.

 



New society herd signs available.

Montbeliarde UK have just launched a new herd sign, as shown in the accompanying picture.

These are water and weatherproof, and made of a plastic adhesive over dibond. Simply drill holes where needed and mount on frames, walls, fences or doors.

Standard size is 50cm x 50cm (for a custom size give us a call)

All signs feature herd prefix, owner/ breeder name and farm name.

Single sided are priced at £50 plus VAT plus delivery Double sided are £60 plus VAT plus delivery

If you would like to order a sign please contact the secretary on 07710 795585 and specify the prefix, name and farm name you would like including.



Great news on registrations

As of 1st October Montbeliarde Uk has reduced the cost of registrations to £5 per female UK born calf in an attempt by the committee to help members in the current agricultural climate.

Other notes include:-
– Bull registrations remain £30
– Imported animals remain £10
– Transfer of ownership is still FOC, unless a new certificate is requested.

So now there is no better time to make sure you have registered all your Monty’s



AGM and Open Day

Thanks to everyone who attended the Society AGM and Open Day last week in Derbyshire.
Pete Wood of the Shottle herd was elected Society Chairman for the next year, contact him on 01773 550215.
Andy Cotton is the new vice chairman.

Two successful herd visits were held on Thursday 24th September, in the morning over 60 people were welcomed by Pete and Kath Wood to the Shottle herd and in the afternoon a similar number were welcomed to Wyedale herd of Messrs Taylor and Furness. More pictures from the open day are on facebook.



Montbeliarde UK Milk Production Competition results

The results of our first milk production competition were announced at last weeks AGM in Derbyshire.

MONTBELIARDE UK HERDS COMPETITION RESULTS 2013-2014

Best Purebred 2013/2014 Heifer – 305 Day Wt of Fat and Protein in kg
PEASBER URBAN DAINTY 746
BLACKCOMBE URIEL 4 730
PEASBER REDON TULIP 3 726
SHOTTLE RED INDIA L LINDA 722
BLACKCOMBE URIEL 3 719
PEASBER REDON FLEUR 695
PEASBER URBAN WINNIE 694
PEASBER SOC CATALANE 679
PLAS LECUYER KEEJEMA 659
BLACKCOMBE ISOLEE 5 657

Best Crossbred 2013/2014 Heifer – 305 Day Wt of Fat and Protein in kg
PEASBER URBAN MORN 2 701
SHOTTLE RAI CORAL 671
PEASBER URBAN MORN 662
RIDGEDALE VIOLET 659
SHOTTLE RED JEANIE 643
PEASBER URBAN MARGOT 642
SHOTTLE RED MAGGIE 621
HOLBECK FEARNE ET 601
RIDGEDALE ANN 601
RIDGEDALE ALICE 2 596

Best Purebred 2013/2014 Cow over one lactation – 305 Day Wt of Fat and Protein in kg
BROCKNA SALLY 975
BLACKCOMBE PHILIPINE 4 947
HOLBECK COQUINE 891
HOLBECK CARESSE 891
BLACKCOMBE REVEUSE 3 880
HOLBECK CAILLASSE 846
BRISTA RAI REGENCE 838
ISEL PERNAN STELLA 832
BLACKCOMBE ELIZABETH 2 820
HOLBECK CHANTERELE 812

Best Crossbred 2013/2014 Cow over one lactation – 305 Day Wt of Fat and Protein in kg
ISEL NENNI STELLA 923
LAPWING CIDER BARREL 897
BEECHES YVONNE 3 850
HOLBECK CALISSE 846
CARWITHAM ANTHEA 4 837
HARLEY UNITY 836
HARLEY DAISY 831
PLAS SOJA DUCHESS 2 812
PLAS MASOLINO DUCHESS 4 806
PEASBER REDON PRIMROSE 798

Best herd on milk yield (kg) With minimum 25 qualifying lactations

Prefix No qualifying lacts Milk Kg
BLACKCOMBE 75 8648
PLAS 78 8448
HOLBECK 255 7610
DEANERY 55 7554
PEASBER 119 7365
COLAPPLE 109 7341
KNOCK CROSS 85 7203
BEECHES 133 7008
OBELISK 171 6867
WOODSIDE 40 6821

Best herd on kg fat and protein. With minimum 25 qualifying lactations

Prefix No qualifying lacts Kg F & P
PLAS 78 620
BLACKCOMBE 75 615
HOLBECK 255 561
PEASBER 119 545
BEECHES 133 521
WOODSIDE 40 516
KNOCK CROSS 85 515
COLDAGH 39 493
DEANERY 55 493
WOLFDALE 33 492

Best herd on overall production. Based on weight of fat and protein and calving interval on 305 day lacts.
Minimum 25 qualifying lacts

Prefix No qualifying lacts Points
BLACKCOMBE 75 1228
PLAS 78 1226
HOLBECK 255 1084
BEECHES 133 1078
PEASBER 119 1078
WOLFDALE 33 1032
COLDAGH 39 1024
DEANERY 55 1020
KNOCK CROSS 85 1006
COLAPPLE 109 990

Best Animal Over Last Three Lactations. Based on combined weight of Fat and Protein in Kg.
(Cows must have completed a lactation in the year to 30th September 2014 to qualify.)
PLAS OXBOW ALMA 3027
BRISTA MOZART SAVEUR 2937
ISEL ARTHUR EDNA 2921
BRISTA MOHAIR ROMAINE 2 2834
BLACKCOMBE OLIVIA 2 2778
PLAS OXBOW ALMA 3 2676
BEECHES EDITH 2 2646
ISEL ARTHUR DAISY 2627
OBELISK MELANIE NIK 2617
ISEL ARTHUR STELLA 3 2576

Best Animal on Lifetime Milk Yield – Lifetime Kilos of Milk.
(Cows must have completed a lactation in the year to 30th September 2014 to qualify.)
BEECHES GOELETTE 87118
KNOCK CROSS PARC-DAVERS MARINE 2 86001
LITTLEMOUNT KATE 78985
CLIFTON MILL CAROL 8 76521
OBELISK BLOSSOM FA 72070
BRISTA ROMA 71722
LYVENNET GAZ 67629
WOODSIDE ROULOTTE 65718
DEANERY BELLA 65695
WOODSIDE TOUTOUNE 65239

Best Animal on Lifetime Yield of Fat and Protein – Lifetime Kilos of Fat and Protein.
(Cows must have completed a lactation in the year to 30th September 2014 to qualify.)
BEECHES GOELETTE 6259
KNOCK CROSSS PARC-DAVERS MARINE 2 6060
LITTLEMOUNT KATE 5179
BRISTA ROMA 5021
ISEL NIORT BETTY 5015
BRISTA ROMANCE 5002
ISEL ILLION STELLA 4956
LYVENNET GAZ 4946
CLIFTON MILL STEFFI 2 4941
TREWEN TAMISE 4902





AGM and OPEN DAY 2015 Programme

AGM Wednesday 23rd September, 7pm at Shottle Hall, Belper DE56 2EB, anyone wishing to attend the meal on the evening MUST contact the Secretary on 07710 795585.

Open day Thursday 24th – Morning visit to Pete and Kath Woods Shottle Herd
White House Farm, Shottle, Belper, DE56 2EE
STARTING AT 10am, with lunch kindly provided by Pete and Kath before we depart for the next herd
– Afternoon visit to Martin and Alison Furness (Furness and Taylor), Wyedale herd
Old Hall Farm, Wormhill, Buxton, SK17 8SL

Anyone requiring further details please contact Sarah on 07710 795585



COOPEX Montbéliarde Bulls COMMENTS – AUGUST 2015 PROOFS – Sold by ALTA UK and R BREEDERS Ltd

Following the latest proof run Coopex have provided the society with the following list of Montbéliarde Bulls sold by Alta in the UK.
MONTBELIARDE Bulls – ALTA UK September:
– GARGANO : Still Number 1 ISU with 170 points. This outcross bull (DIPLO son) is ideal for crossbreeding on Holstein and Friesian. Firstly he is very high for solids +0,15% Protein and +0,19% Fat without losing milk production +807 kg (BB Kappa casein bull). With +0,8 in
Fertility, +1,2 in Longevity and +1 in Udder Health, GARGANO is the bull to use to reduce your vet costs and get healthier cows! His Calving Ease score of 90, makes him also suitable to be use on heifers!

– GAZEIL : Great new CORTIL son from an outcross pedigree (RAVISSANT/OSMIUM), You will use him to get strong and healthy cows very easy to manage: 125 in Temperament, Positive in all health traits (best one to reduce SCC : +2,3), 115 in Udder, 110 in F&L. GAZEIL
is a big fat Specialist with +0,14% in Fat and +32kgs in Fat. BB Kappa casein bull and Easy Calving Bull (CE=91).

– GIBBS : Best VALFIN son available in the UK with high milk production (+768 kg) and solids:
+0,13% P & 32kgs Prot and +0,1% Fat & 40 kgs Fat. His progeny last longer in production in herds (+1 in Productive Life) thanks to great F&L (114) too. This Easy Calving bull can be used on heifers too (CE=91).

– GOLEADOR : He is the Best ULEMO son in the breed in ISU 151, Milk (+653), Protein (+25kgs), Type (119), Outstanding Udder (120), Amazing strong F&L (125), Udder Health (+1,3), and Temperament (118). This Easy Calving bull can be used on heifers too (CE=91). His dam
(NIKOS/MASOLINO) is still alive and in production in 7th lactation and GOLEADOR already got 2 full sisters in our breeding program.

2 new genomic bulls available in conventional and sexed semen :
– HUMMER : New number 1 ISU with 170 points (+7 points since June 2015), This a son of FLASH (URBANISTE son) out of a great TRIOMPHE daughter is the Perfect bull ever. With +1144kg in milk linked to positive solids +0,08% Protein and +0,04% Fat, his proofs reach +41kg
Protein and +45kg Fat. He is definitely a leader in production for volume and solids too! Regarding Health traits, everything is green: high fertility +0,7; low SCC and very positive in longevity +0,9. HUMMER daughters are medium size, with strong and wide chest and good
body deep. They will be good grazers with strong feet & legs (113) and excellent udders (118), and quite in temperament (102). HUMMER is very very easy calving too (CE =92), that makes him completely suitable to be used on heifers. He is also available in sexed semen.

– HARVEY : One of the Best in Calving Ease with 93, very quiet in Temperament (114), and outstanding in functionality +1,5 in Fertility, +0,9 in Longevity, +0,6 in Udder Health, Very positive in Muscularity with 109. Great Bull for Crossbreeding on Holstein and Friesian.
HARVEY is very outcross (DEVIL son out of RICOCHET dam). BB Kappacasein & A2A2 Beta Casein.

3 new genomic bulls only available in sexed semen at the moment :
– IMPEC : Best BRINK son, IMPEC is also the number 1 Montbéliarde bull in Milk available in the UK with +1426kg milk also positive in Protein (+0,04% P) -> 47kgs in protein and 43kgs in Fat. Excellent temperament (119), High Fertility (+0,9) and Very Easy Calving (CE=91; CE
with sexed semen =95). Suitable for grazing system too, medium size (99 in Stature) and strong F&L (113).

– IZGONE : (GNOCCHI son, DOMBINATOR gran son) With +1,2 in Fertility, +1,7 in Longevity, +1,1 in Udder Health, 91 in Calving Ease : IZGONE is the Leader for Health traits in the Breed, Great Muscularity with 110, High Protein level : +0,13% Protein, Low in Stature (96) and Perfect F&L (119)… One of the best Bull for Crossbreeding.

– HOMYGOD : This other outcross pedigree (BOSSIA son out of SATURNE dam) makes interesting using to improve strength (119 in Chest Width and 112 in Muscularity) and protein (+0,06% Protein) and reduce somatic cells score (+0,8 in Udder Health). He is also suitable to be used on heifers (CE=91) and positive in temperament (107).

3 new proven bulls available in conventional semen only:
– FANFANI : This great TRIOMPHE son is the number 1 Montbéliarde bull in Feet & Legs available in the UK (128). With +834kg milk also positive in Protein (+0,06% P) -> 28kgs in protein and 25kgs in Fat. Excellent temperament (113), High Fertility (+0,8) and Very Easy Calving (CE=91). Producing strong cows (body = 111) with very functional udder (108).

– FLOREAL : Totally outcross, FLOREAL (TILLEUL son), is one of the best new bulls available for this season : Very easy calving (perfect on heifers CE = 92), quiet in temperament (108), high positive solids (+0,1%Fat and +0,04%Protein), with a good milk potential (+504).His
first 65 daughters prove, FLOREAL is a perfect bull for grazing with medium size (Stature=102). BB Kappacasein & A2A2 Beta Casein

– ECCLESIA : This outcross pedigree is the Best TARN son in ISU (135 ISU with 75 daughters). ECCLESIA is specialist for solids with +0,14% Protein and +0,21% Fat (+37kgs Fat and +30kgs Protein) linked to a good milk potential +606 kgs. He is also positive for Reproduction traits:
+0,6 Fertility , this bull is very suitable to use on heifers with a Calving Ease Score of 92.

Older proven bulls available at the moment:
– CRASAT : With 376 milking daughters in France, CRASAT is still the number 1 Proven Bull in ISU in the breed. This BEST EVER bull is the leader for solids and volume
production, with +927kg milk; +0,18% Protein and +0,11% Fat -> 45kgs in protein and 46kgs in Fat. Nice temperament (106), High Udder Health (+1,1) and Easy Calving (CE=90). Producing strong cows with medium size (stature 100, chest width 107, body depth 114)
with very functional udder (118) and excellent Feet & Legs 119. CRASAT is a specialist in Muscularity for beef production (111). CRASAT can be used on heifers with CE score of 90, and he is also available in sexed semen (CE in sexed semen = 94).
HYPER is the first son of CRASAT available in the UK and got the same profile (protein & fat specialist with great
type, easy calving) as his sire. CRASAT and HYPER are BB Kappacasein & A2A2 Beta Casein.

– FICASTONE : As his sire URBANISTE, FICASTONE (ISU 151) is perfect for solids production +0,14% Protein and +0,24% Fat with a good milk potential +534 kgs. With his first 20 milking daughters, FICASTONE confirms is a Udder Specialist (118), and totally suitable for grazing system (102 in stature and 113 in F&L) and a perfect sire to produce last longer cows easy to manage: +0,7 in Longevity and 108 in Temperament. He is normal for calving ease (CE=89) and also available in sexed semen. ). BB Kappacasein & A2A2 Beta Casein

– ELASTAR : In the Top 10 ISU with 154, ELASTAR is one of the new best proven bulls. With 266 daughters in milk, ELASTAR keeps the same profile: big fat leader in the breed with +0,25% and +54 kgs. If you look for perfect profitable cows, ELASTAR is THE bull to use for
crossbreeding on Holstein & Friesian: high milk potential with positive protein too (828kg milk with +0,07% Protein), Easy calving bull perfect to use on heifers (CE=90), very quiet in temperament (113) and outstanding high fertility (+1,1). This ROBIN son is ideal for grazing system with small stature (87 in stature), excellent F&L (122), perfectly well attached udders (132 in fore udder, 122 in height and 113 in width udder with strong 129 uddercleft). Available in sexed semen too.

– CORTIL : Best Montbeliarde bull available in the UK in Temperament with 130. CORTIL is from an outcross pedigree and is one of the best proven bulls too with more than 1440 milking daughters. He ticks all boxes : high milk +927kg, positive protein and fat %, low SCC,
great udders (111) and strong F&L (107). Great bull to use for crossbreeding on Holstein & Friesian. He is only available in conventional semen. CORTIL got already 2 sons available in the UK : GUISSENY (ISU 148, +858 kgs Milk, +1,1 Fertility, +1 Longevity, +0,5 Udder Health,
113 Udder, available in conventional and sexed semen, Son on the Reserve Gran Champion of the Coopex Show 2013, a RALBAN daughter) and GAZEIL (ISU 138, already described before).

– EXTRAFIN : Great TIPOLI son (ISU 132), which stay at the same level in adding 327 daughters in his proofs. With 545 milking daughters now, EXTRAFIN proves he is a specialist for Udder Health (+1,5) and low SCC. His milk proof is +648kgs with good Fat% (+0,07%) and
close to neutral in Protein% (-0,02%). He is very suitable to use on heifers too (CE=91), and available in sexed semen too (CE with sexed semen=95).

– COOL : He is the Best PERNAN son in the Montbeliarde breed in ISU with 137 points and 128 daughters in his proofs. COOL is also the Best son of PERNAN for Udder and his progeny got an excellent milking speed (122) and very high fertility (+0,8). That’s make him a very good bull to use to get last longer cows : +0,5 in Productive Life. He is normal for calving ease (CE=89), so you can use him on cows and heifers too.

– DAHON : He stays at the same level (ISU 124) in adding 30 daughters in his proofs. With 228 milking daughters now, DAHON proves he is a Grazing specialist bull as his sire SCOOP: with a nice milk potential +407 kgs with good Fat% (+0,09%) and Protein % (+0,06%). His daughters are quiet (Temperament 108), small compact cows (88 is Stature) with very strong F&L (114). DAHON is a leader bull for udder qualities (118), that’s was a DAHON
daughters which was the Best Udder Champion at the last Coopex Show 2013. All these qualities make DAHON definitely a great bull to use for crossbreeding on Holstein and Friesian cows and heifers too as DAHON is also easy calving (CE=90). BB Kappacasein & A2A2 Beta Casein.

Great proven bulls available with more 10000 milking daughters in their proofs:
URBANISTE (ISU 151), REDON (ISU 141), TRIOMPHE (ISU 138), TIPOLI (ISU 138) and SIR (ISU 137)are the TOP 5 ISU bulls with more 10000 milking daughters in the Montbeliarde breed, and these 5 ones are all still available in the UK ! All belong to the UMOTEST-COOPEX Bulls Stud, great example to show you how reliable and strong is our COOPEX-UMOTEST Breeding Program!
– URBANISTE : 16386 Milking Daughters / ISU 151 / +0,32% Protein and +0,27% Fat /117 Type with 122 Udder and 113 Feet&Legs / +1,1 Cow Fertility / +0,7 Longevity /118 in Temperament / BB Kappacasein & A2A2 Beta Casein / Normal for CE (88) /Available in conventional semen only / FICASTONE and FELINDRA Sire!

– REDON : 37526 Milking Daughters / ISU 141 / +1,9 Udder Health / +0,9 Longevity /114 Type with 116 Udder, 109 Body and 107 Muscularity / +0,09% Protein and +0,17% Fat /Normal for CE (88) / 110 in Temperament / Available in conventional semen only /Sires of lots of COOPEX Bulls among the Best Proven Bull in ISU in the breed : CRASAT!

– TRIOMPHE : 14442 Milking Daughters / ISU 138 / Elected Best Bull of the Year 2014 for Crossbreeding by Dairy Xbred Blog / +891 kgs Milk / +25 kgs Protein & +27kgs Fat /123 Type with 125 Feet&Legs, 117 Udder, 111 Body, 111 Muscularity / +1,2 Cow Fertility /+0,7 Longevity / Normal for CE (89) / Available in conventional and sexed semen too /FANFANI Sire

– TIPOLI : 10054 Milking Daughters / ISU 138 / +1,8 Reproduction / +1,7 Cow Fertility /+1 Heifer Fertility / +809 kgs Milk / +30 kgs Protein and +26kgs Fat / 112 Feet&Legs /BB Kappacasein & A2A2 Beta Casein / Easy Calving Bull (CE=91) / One of the best bull for Semen Fertility / Available in conventional semen only / EXTRAFIN Sire

– SIR : 14257 Milking Daughters / ISU 137 / +1,2 Longevity / +0,6 Cow Fertility /+594 kgs Milk with +0,03% Protein / 107 Feet&Legs, 105 Udder, 104 Muscularity / BB
Kappacasein & A2A2 Beta Casein / Normal for CE (89) / from an Outcross Pedigree Available in conventional semen only / FARAGO Sire

Anyone requiring further details please don’t hesitate to contact the society.



Dispersal Sale Report

HARRISON & HETHERINGTON LIMITED, CARLISLE
WEDNESDAY 26TH AUGUST 2015
DAIRY DISPERSAL SALE

NORTH FIELD MONTBELIARDE HERD DISPERSES IN STYLE

Borderway was once again packed to capacity for the North Field Montbeliarde dispersal owned by the Dent family from Barnard Castle, Bowes. Milk producers from the four corners of the United Kingdom including Orkney, Aberystwyth and the Western Isles descended on Borderway for this unique sale. Trade topped at 1,700gns on a number of occasions with the overall average just over £1200.

Commenting after the sale auctioneer Glyn Lucas said “The quality of the North Field herd of Montbeliardes was outstanding as was their breeding and credit for this must go to Fred and Anne Dent who had carefully and astutely developed this wonderful group of animals since they were established in 2003.”

This was a sad day for the Dent family who were selling their herd due to a family bereavement. Topping the trade at 1,700gns was North Field Garnet an outstanding cow with a massive frame. She was sired by MicMac and was due again to Osmium for December still giving almost 30kgs. She was purchased by A Willey, Broomfield Farm, Newcastle.

Also selling for 1,700gns was North Field Florence 2 sired by Nikos and bred from a top class line of dams sired by many of the breed’s top sires including Lucillius, Genereux and Urganio. This fantastic uddered young cow was fresh in July giving 25kgs and now joins the herd of W & A Hogarth Knockrivoch Farm, Ayrshire.

Another fresh cow that caught the eye of all the top breeders was North Field Billet 2 sired by Lecuyer. She sold for 1,620gns to R. Magnay Greenwrae, Gretna.

There was a wonderful group of in-calf and recently served heifers that averaged £1484 topping at 1,620gns for North Field Bela 8. She was a daughter of Ollia and bred from a Gardian dam that sold earlier in the sale. The very special heifer was purchased by EA Kitching & Co Glencartholm Farm, Canonbie

Averages :
44 Pedigree Cows & heifers in milk £1177.91
25 Cross bred cows £1118.46
12 In-Calf & Served Heifers £1484.88
81 Cows & Heifers £1205.04

Leading prices:
24 A Willey Broomfield Farm, Chopwell, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear 1700
38 W & A Hogarth Knockrivoch Farm, Saltcoats, Ayrshire 1700
42 R Magnay Greenwrae, Gretna, Dumfriesshire 1620
78 E A Kitching & Co Glencartholm Farm, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire 1620
43 J T & E Thornber Higher Greenhead Farm,Gisburn Road,Sawley,Clitheroe, Lancs 1600
37 EH Jones & Co Felin Hen, Capel Dewi, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, 1550
72 J Ferguson & Co Knockeffrick, Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire 1520
76 J Ferguson & Co Knockeffrick, Sorbie ,Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire 1520
13 JS & IM Wilson Monk Foss Farm, Whitbeck, Millom, Cumbria 1500
80 J Ferguson & Co Knockeffrick, Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire 1500



August proofs release Harpon JB is still leader

Jura Betail has provided the following press release:

AUGUST PROOFS RELEASE – HARPON JB STILL LEADER

JURA BETAIL, GENOMIC AND VARIABILITY
Proven bulls
We discovered them very young and they are coming back today enriched with their first daughters’ performances:
With 73 daughters, FUNKY JB is at 155 points of ISU. Excellent on the production traits, with a very good mix between Milk (+681) and Protein (+2.1), he’s also including Type (108) with very good Udders (115).
FLASH JB: Looking at his first daughters calving we had guessed his potential. Thus his 121 daughters drive him to 152 points of ISU. His Type (125) is extreme and combines Udder (118), Body capacity (123, body depth 130) and Feet and Legs (111). Functional traits are good, and the production without defect: Milk +680 and Protein +1.2.
Best son of Santon jb, EMINEM JB brings the originality of his pedigree combined with the production (+577) and the Type (120).
EPARVIN JB: At 136 points of ISU, this son of Saturne compensates his modest dairy level (+188) with an excellent level of Protein (+3.1). With 116 of Temperament, EPARVIN jb’s daughters are easy to manage.
To be noted: ESPRIT JB, the revelation of last spring, is from now on available in sexed semen. A safe bet with his 148 points of ISU, +901kg Milk, good functionals and his Type without default. With an original pedigree (Tilleul jb x Natif jb) he is to be ordered without further delay.

Genomic offer
HARPON JB, with 171 points of ISU, confirms his leadership in the genomic proven bulls range.
This proofs release, full of news bulls and variability, allows us to present you a wide and successful offer:
– The Production with ITALIEN JB (Granit jb x Pernan), JERRY JB (Grésil jb x Devil jb) and the two brothers of this range IOSHI JB (Fournil jb) and IVANOFF JB (Ghana jb).
– The Balance of JOBARD JB (Danube jb x Ugostar), IBREUIL JB (Gedeon jb x Skippy jb), ITEMPLE JB (Brink x Valfin jb), IMATUR JB (Gargoto jb x Octave jb) and IVERSON JB (Gargoto jb x Alibaba jb)
– The Results represented by JISCO JB (Grésil jb x Tilleul jb), JAROK JB (Crasat x Ralban), ILAY JB (Ghana jb x Ugostar) and JALGARY JB (Calgary x Redon)
– The Diversity with IGIROUD JB (Alicant ms x Sir), JEKEDI JB (Ekedi x Piombo) and IVIRIEU JB (Fausto jb x Uberlu jb)
– The Type of INETRU JB (Ghana jb x Triomphe), IDAHO JB (Flash jb x Triomphe) and JARDIM JB (Galpage jb x Octave jb)

Sexed semen offer
13 bulls are available in female sexed semen at 90%:
ESPRIT JB, IDAHO JB, IVANOFF JB, ILAY JB, IBREUIL JB, IVIRIEU JB, HERERO JB, IVERSON JB, IATUS JB, IROUD JB, IOSHI JB, HEFFROI JB and HIKORIS JB



North Field Dispersal

Catalogues are now available for the Northfield Dispersal (on behalf of Messrs WJ & FW Dent, Bowes Co Durham) to be held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Wednesday 26th August 2015

Sale commences at 11am and comprises:
– 47 pedigree cows and heifers in-calf or in-milk
– 23 cross bred cows and heifers
– 12 pedigree in-calf heifers

If anyone requires a catalogue either posting or emailing please don’t hesitate to contact the secretary: Sarah on 01677 451848



Congratulations to the Livestock Event competition winners

Many thanks to everyone who either attended our stand or helped man it this week at the Livestock event.
Our calf judging competition with four calves supplied by Club Chairman Ian Sharman was very popular.
Thanks to judge Clive Norbury, Wright Marshall – who placed the calves in the order 4395, 4396, 4400, 4401 and featured two Montbeliarde x Charolais and two Montbeliarde x Belgian Blues.

Winners were as follows –
Bradley Thompson (Buxton, Derbyshire) 30 x Alderley Anderson sponsored by Genus ABS
Olivia Grindley (Cumbria) 5 doses of Flash JB from Formakin Genetics
Peter Keniwell (Shropshire) 10 doses of Montbeliarde semen from Coopex Montbeliardes
Beth Robson (Newton Rigg College, Penrith) half a tonne of calf feed from GLW Feeds.
Thanks especially to our four sponsors.
There were over 100 entrants.



Livestock Event 2015

We welcome everyone to visit the Montbeliarde stand at the 2015 Livestock Event on 8th and 9th July at the NEC.
We will be located Hall 17, the Livestock Hall on stand LH3.
This year we will have four Montbeliarde x beef calves. We welcome everyone to compete in our calf judging competition. Judge will be Jonny Diamond of Wright Marshall. First prize is 30 straws of Alderley Anderson from Genus ABS, with other prizes kindly donated by Coopex, Formakin and GLW Feeds. Come along and be part of it.



North Field Montbeliarde Herd for sale

The Dent family’s Northfield herd based near Barnard Castle, Co Durham are for sale – with Harrison and Hetherington on 26th August at Carlisle

If you are genuinely interested in good Montbeliarde cattle, which are pedigree registered but not milk recorded then please express an interest in the first instance with Montbeliarde UK secretary Sarah Liddle on 01677 451848.

The herd is BVD free and vaccinated for lepto.
The sale will include cows and heifers as well as in calf heifers, totalling some 80-90 head.



Trip to Jura Betail region of France

As usual Jura Betail will be pleased to welcome you to their area for their annual Montbéliarde Tour:-
It will be held at Lons le Saunier, from Wednesday 1st to Thursday 2nd of July.
You can arrive on the Tuesday evening so we can start early on the Wednesday and leave on the Friday so we will enjoy 2 full days together!

To organize booking cars and accommodation, confirmation is needed before the 18th of June.
For more details contact Hélène DUBARLE
Export Manager, Tel : +33 (0)7 61 93 35 35
Jura Bétail



2015 AGM and Open Day

This years AGM and Open Day will be held in Derbyshire.

The AGM will be on the evening of 23rd September at Shottle Hall, Shottle, Derbyshire and will include the presentation of Herds Competition results from 2014 (this is a new competition – with automatic entry – more details to follow).
The society open day will then be on Thursday 24th September in the morning to Pete and Cath Wood’s Shottle herd only 5 minutes from the AGM venue, before travelling to Furness and Taylors Wyedale herd at Wormhill, Buxton.
More details to follow on the event but those keen to book accommodation should look at both Shottle Hall and The Lion, Belper.





Report on Jura Trip

Helene from Jura Betail reports on the recent Show and tour in France attended by some of our UK members.

JURA PARC 2015
This 2015 session has set high standards for the next coming years: a change of scenery so cows are better enhanced and seen , a quality of progenies always at the top level, an intense enthusiasm among involved breeders and our guests.
In conclusion, Wednesday, March 18 has once more conquered users of Jura-Bétail genetic
Let’s have a little glimpse:
JURA PARC, THE GENETIC DAY
This year again, Jura-Bétail technicians have given everything to offer an impressive show.
There were 80 cows and heifers that have been showed on the ring to present the qualities of their sires. We have discovered progenies of 2014 sires: EPERON JB, ETAIN JB, DEVIL JB and DREMEL JB; the very first progenies of 2015 sires with FLASH JB, FUNKY JB and ESPRIT JB.
And, as it’s always a pleasure for our guests’ eyes, we’ve shown progenies of well-known sires that are now Sires of son: APPOLO JB, VALFIN JB, VIRTUEL JB and VIGOR JB.
Best Udder – New Sires 2014-2015: Great Champion – New Sires 2014-2015 :
Hantise, DEVIL JB’s daughter Hortensia – FLASH JB’s daughter
Best Udder Juraparc 2015: Great Champion Juraparc 2015:
Harmonie – VIGOR JB’s daughter Filature – UBERLU JB’s daughter
FARM VISITS WITH FOREIGN DELEGATIONS
The following day of the genetic presentation is always filled with farm visits. It gives breeders from different countries the occasion to discuss with local breeders and between each other to bring back advices about farm management. For our distributors, it’s the opportunity to discover our new offer and share their own experiences.
On the way, we make a stop at Barretaine to look at Corrida, Merci Jb’s daughter.
She was at the Simagena show this year at Paris where she showed, in her 3rd lactation, a production at 9,480 kg of milk in 305 days, with 40.5 Fat and 38.6 Protein.
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At the farm EARL du Saugie, at Gillois, it’s the occasion to see snow for the first time of their life for few of our visitors (altitude 820 meters) and also to learn about the benefits of hanging holly to avoid skin disorders on animals.
Here, calving is at about 32 months old and the 38 cows in milk show a production of 8,108 kg of milk in average.
Numerous embryo transfers are carried out in this herd. An interesting topic for breeders who look for working on the best Jura-Bétail strains.
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The road goes on through Les Chalesmes, at the farm EARL Yvan Melet where we find Fée, DACIER JB’s daughter who was on the ring the day before at Juraparc.
In her 2nd lactation, she has recorded 9,386 kg of milk in 305 days in her 1st lactation.
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After a well-deserved lunch break, we hit the road till the Pont du Navoy to visit the farm GAEC Droz Grey.
It’s the occasion to see a progeny group of VALFIN JB which reminds everyone about the homogeneity that he brings and particularly on the udder. ==>
It’s also during this visit that our visitors get a precise vision of the meticulous work the Jura-Bétail technicians do specifically with lots of methods for mating plans: evidence is made in this herd where the 92 cows in milk are issued from 52 different sires.
With Jura-Bétail, we guarantee variability!
We conclude our farming day at the farm EARL de L’Eteinche at Oussières to admire a herd of tremendous quality including 2 cows:
Florelle, who was at the Agriculture show in Paris a month ago. DAX JB’s daughter, she is in her 2nd lactation and has produced 7,882 kg of milk in 289 days in her 1st lactation.
And Galaxie, VIGOR JB’s daughter, in her 2nd lactation.
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BULLS’ PRESENTATION
FLASH JB ISOMER JB
THANKYOU TO ALL VISITORS AND USERS OF JURA BETAIL GENETIC



Royal Norfolk Show 2015

Royal Norfolk Show is keen to encourage Montbeliarde Breeders to enter cattle in the Any Other Dairy Breed Cattle Classes that will take place mid-morning on Wednesday 1st July 2015. Anybody interested in entering can find out further details on the Royal Norfolk Website:
http://royalnorfolkshow.rnaa.org.uk/competitors/competition-entries/
Please note cattle entries close on the 20th April



Planning your 2015 Holiday? Visit the COOPEX Show, France

The Coopex Show will take place at the beginning of February, this year it is on the 3rd and 4th. We will be back at Besançon in the Mountains.
Please find attached all details about this great event with some farms visits during the first day and the progeny show on the second one.
If you are interested in travelling, please contact BAY FARMS TOUR in the UK on 01524 423444 or Montbeliarde UK for a booking form







Happy New Year – news for 2015

The committee and Chairman of Montbeliarde UK would like to wish all members and those visiting our website a Happy New Year.
In 2015 we hope you all appreciate the merit and values of Montbeliarde cattle, your interest in the breed is appreciated and a new breed magazine and 2nd issue of ‘The Full Montey’ will be available in the spring, to advertise your herd or company or if you have other ideas for content please contact Sarah on 01325 718778 or email montbeliardeuk@hotmail.co.uk



AGM 2014

Any member who would like to see a copy of the Agenda for the Annual General Meeting ahead of the 2014 AGM next week please contact the Secretary (Sarah Liddle 01325 718778) or email montbeliardeuk@hotmail.co.uk



2014 AGM & OPEN DAY – Ellesmere, Shropshire

PLEASE NOTE THE OPEN DAY IS FROM 10.30AM ONWARDS

Just a little reminder that the next event on the Monty calendar is the AGM on Wednesday 3rd and the Open Day on Thursday 4th September to be held in Ellesmere, Shropshire.

The meeting of the AGM itself will be held at The Boathouse in Ellesmere at 6.30pm on the 3rd September and as in previous years will involve a three course meal. The cost of the meal being £25 per head. (www.ellesmereboathouse.co.uk)

The boathouse is located alongside the mere as you leave Ellesmere on the A495 heading for Shrewsbury. The postcode is SY12 0PA

If you could please let me know by Monday 25th August if you are going to attend the meeting I would be grateful, so I can confirm numbers with the Boathouse for the meal.

Thursday 4th September will involve a farm visit to the Brista Herd of Peter and Fiona Bridge, Stanwardine Hall, Ellesmere. A herd established in 2003, that features both pure and cross bred animals. Both Peter and Fiona have been heavily involved in the Montbeliarde UK Society since its formation and the visit presents the opportunity to see another herd that is succeeding with the Montbeliarde breed.

As always we hope as many members as possible will be able to attend to make the AGM as successful as it has been in previous years.

Accommodation for the AGM is available in two places, both are within very easy walking distance of the Boathouse.

Mereside Farm, Ellesmere, SY12 0PA

01691 622404

www.meresidefarm.co.uk
And

The Red Lion Coaching Inn, Ellesmere SY12 0HD.

01691 622632

www.redlion-ellesmere.co.uk

Please Note:

It is up to you to ring direct to book your own accommodation, although rooms have been reserved at both. When booking please quote Montbeliarde UK. Mereside Farm is a Bed and Breakfast that comes highly recommended by the Bridges but the choice is yours! The rooms vary in cost between £45 and £65.

Once again if I could remind you to let me know if you are attending the AGM by Monday 25th August and hope to meet as many of you as possible in Shropshire.

Directions to Stanwardine Hall
From Ellesmere: Follow the A495 which becomes the A528 towards Shrewsbury for approximately 5 miles into the village of Cockshutt. Take the second turning on the right next to a thatched cottage. This road is signposted Weston and Bagley.

From Shrewsbury: Follow the A528 towards Ellesmere turning left, still on the A528 just after the Bridgwater Arms pub in Harmer Hill. Continue for approximately 5 miles into the village of Cockshutt. Take the first turning by a thatched cottages signposted Weston and Bagley.

Follow this road for exactly one mile and Stanwardine Hall is on your right.

Sarah Liddle (Secretary) 07710 795585 / 01325 718778

 



Dates for your diary

Livestock event – 2nd & 3rd July, we have a stand booked at the show and hope to see you there.

AGM – 3rd & 4th September – hosts for this year are Peter and Fiona Bridge

UK Dairy Day – 17th September, again we have stand booked for the show.

Monty Sale – NEW DATE – Friday 10th October – we would welcome your support for the sale, anyone with any thoughts on the new date please contact either Sarah or Ian.



Johnes Control workshops

Farmer Workshops across Scotland – Control of Johne’s disease in cattle.

Paratuberculosis (Johne’s disease) is of welfare and production concern for cattle farms. A series of QMS funded workshops are being held across Scotland, showcasing how farmers may manage and reduce on-farm infection by developing a long term, strategic approach to control of the disease. Four workshops are soon to be held across Southern and Central Scotland:

Evening of May 26th, 2014 at 6.30 pm:
Kelso: Cross Keys Hotel, 36-37 The Square, Kelso TD5 7HL

Evening of May 27th, 2014 at 6.30 pm:
Lanark: Lanark Agric. Market, Muirglen, Hyndford Road, Lanark. ML11 9AX

Evening of May 28th, 2014 at 6.30 pm:
Newton Stewart: The Crown Hotel, 102 Queen Street, Newton Stewart. DG8 6JW

Evening of May 29th, 2014 at 6.30 pm:
Stirling: Stirling Management Centre, University of Stirling, Stirling. FK9 4LA

Further workshops are due to be held across Scotland throughout the year. If you would like to join one of these evening workshops, or would like to be advised when a workshop is to be held at a location nearest to you, please contact Jo Baughan on 01463 246061 / email jo.baughan@sruc.ac.uk





Monty Mania Sale postponed

It is with regret that we have had to postpone the 2014 sale until October due to shortages of cattle forward caused by the great demand for the breed across the world at this time. Most breeders in the UK are increasing numbers and so have few to sell and cattle in France are scarce due to demand globally. It has been decided to run the sale hopefully in October as long as the committee agree, we have firm commitments from France (full load)and UK breeders that they will have cattle available then. I can only apologise to those of you that have entered cattle but it has not been easy to organise, I hope you will all still support the sale in the Autumn. I would also like to thank Michael Wilson and Clive Norbury for all their hard work trying to get enough cattle for the sale.

I am provisionally going to book the sale with Clive as I can not see any one feeling strongly against but if you do please voice your concerns asap.

regards
Ian Sharman
Chairman



Monty Mania at Beeston this May – entries please

WE MUST HAVE A INTENT TO ENTER WITH NUMBERS BY 31ST MARCH SO WE CAN DECIDE ON WHETHER THRE ARE ENOUGH ENTRIES FOR A SALE TO BE HELD…

Monty Sale on 2nd May at Beeston with Wright Manley
Do you have stock to sell at the society sale this year?
ALL CLASSES OF STOCK FROM YOUNG HEIFERS TO MILKERS AND BULLS ARE WELCOME
Please note we would like:-
ALL BULLS WILL BE FROM AN EX OR VG DAM OR BE CLASSIFIED VG OR EX THEMSELVES
We also welcome crossbred entries although they should be entered.
A SALE OF MONTY AND MONTY CROSS CALVES WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE ON THE SAME DAY – PLEASE CONTACT WRIGHT MANLEY OR IAN SHARMAN WITH DETAILS OF ENTRIES ASAP.
If you have the opportunity to make the trip to the sale an over nighter then why not stay on the doorstep and socialise with other members – friends old and new. Rooms are available at the Wild Boar Hotel (01829) 260309 and the car park will take cattle transport vehicles as well.



Coopex show

The Coopex Show 2014 will take place in Bourg-en-Bresse (one hour from Geneva and one hour from Lyon) on the 4th and 5th of February 2014.
It’s the biggest event for the Montbeliarde breed in France with last years attendance being 4000 people including 350 foreigner customers from more than 25 countries.
On the first day, some farm visits are organized to see how Montbéliarde cows are bred in France in different farming systems, then on the second day, a big progeny show will take place with daughters by URBANISTE, TRIOMPHE, UROCHER, UGOSTAR, ULEMO and UNCHOIX … but also from the new bulls CRASAT, CORTIL, CORSICA, DIOR and DRIBBLE….
It is a great occasion to meet other users of Coopex genetics and with other Montbeliarde farmers (both pure breeders and also those in crossbreeding).
To travel from the UK why not join the BAY FARM TOURS trip by calling 01524 423444
For further details on the trip, either contact the secretary or Bay Farm Tours.



2013 Montbeliarde UK Open Day and AGM

The Society AGM will be held on the evening of Wednesday 4th September at the Westmorland Hotel (Tebay services) single rooms are £90 and double or twin £110 – the AGM will begin at 6.30 – meal at 8.00

Then the following day, Thursday 5th September, the society open day will take in two leading Cumbrian herds by kind permission of the Warburton and Simpson families.
This will be a tremendous opportunity to visit two herds which have had over ten years experience of the breed, with differing systems and influences.
The morning visit to the Colapple herd features cows principally cross bred from Holsteins based on an organic system with 200 cows at Colby Laithes near Appleby. Owned by Rob and Elizabeth Warburton, they will welcome visitors from 10am on Thursday 5th September, offering lunch to visitors at noon.
You are then all welcome to move to the Knock Cross herd of Gary and Kate Simpson at Knock Cross, Long Marton, Appleby, Cumbria where 100 cows average 7500 litres and are 100% Jura Betail bred pure Montbeliardes from 1.15- 1.30pm leaving before the 3.30pm afternoon milking.

To get a preview of either herd read their farm stories in the recent Monty Times magazine, available from the Chairman or secretary!

Postcode for Colby Laithes CA16 6BA
Postcode for Knock Cross CA16 6DT .

Please book your places to enable catering provision by either e-mail to montbeliardeuk@hotmail.co.uk or phone society Chairman Michael Wilson on 07855464770

Finally please book your own accommodation at the Westmorland Hotel (www.westmorlandhotel.com)
or ring 01539 624351



New breed record for Montbeliarde in the UK

With nearly 20 lots of the 114 catalogued making over 2000gns there was great interest at the Monty Mania sale held today (3rd May) at Beeston Castle with Wright Manley auctioneers.
A new breed record was set when lot 27, Gina, a January 2011 Triomphe daughter served and in calf to Valfin for August was knocked down to Peter Bridge for his Whitchurch based Brista herd.
Thanks go to all the sale consignors, supporters and purchasers.



Monty Mania sale this Friday

MONTBELIARDE UK’s – ‘MONTY MANIA’ incorporating THE THIRD ANNUAL HOLBECK CALF SALE At Beeston Castle Auction, on Friday 3rd May.

120 PEDIGREE & PUREBRED MONTBELIARDES: Montbeliarde UK’s First Society Sale of Pedigree and Registered Cattle comprising approximately 40 Milking Cows & Heifers, 36 summer and autumn calving heifers consigned directly from FRANCE by Coopex Montbeliarde and 42 Maiden Heifers and Calves being the Third HOLBECK Heifer Sale on behalf of R Sharman & Sons, New Holbeck Farm, Halam, Newark, Notts. Also 3 Stock Bulls.

The catalogue can be viewed on the Wright Manley website

At Beeston Castle, CW6 9NZ



Recent report from trip to France

Malc & Phil’s Tour De Montbeliarde

From the 4th to the 7th February 2013, Malc and I were given the opportunity to further our International dairying education, with a specific interest in the Montbeliarde.

Malc’s 16 hour journey was not the best start to his week; mine was much more to time. After meeting up with 7 other members of the UK party at Birmingham, we flew to Geneva. From there we were taken by coach to the beautiful, medieval town of Besancon in mid-east France.

On route I had my first farm visit to GAEC des Lisieres. Here a 50 cow herd all under one roof were being looked after by three partners. A herd average of 7517kg at 4.1 and 3.53 may not sound high, but they could not feed wet forage in winter. They had to feed hay and limited concentrates with grazing in the summer. The reason for this is because they were sending their milk to be made into specialist Comte cheese. However, farms doing this were receiving 40-45p per litre depending on the quality of their milk.

As with all the visits, groups of cows were split off for us to inspect. The star of this herd was the 16 year old, 13th lactation cow Madone with a lifetime of 110,000kgs. An average size cow with excellent locomotion and udder texture, still a 2 on udder depth.

Complimentary wine, cheese, salami and cakes were offered before we headed to our hotel.

Tuesday saw the UK party of 18 reunited. The only pure breeders were Michael Wilson (Chairman of Montbeliarde UK) and Laura Teasdale of Blackacombe Monty’s and Tom Sharman (Holbeck). The rest included ourselves, semen reps and cross breeders from Somerset, Shropshire, Lancashire and Campeltown.

We had three herd visits, the first to a family farm of 125 cows averaging 8900kgs at 3.9 3.49. Milked through two robots with fresh cows giving over 50kg, they were allowed to feed maize and brewers grains. Milk was sold for more commercial Emmental cheese production, reflected in the 30ppl price.

Cows here showed more dairy strength than true muscularity, as reflected in the yields. Clean bone and well attached udders with great veination also showed this.

After another long French lunch, the second farm again supplied milk for Comte cheese. (For diversification they also produced 500,000 snails a year) Cow families were the theme here and head of a good one was the 7th calf USINE (sire MICMAC). Just shy of averaging 9000kg with her first 6, she looked good for another few, still being a 4 for udder depth. Michael Wilson, Malc and I had discussions here about rump angle and leg set. We felt some of the younger animals were getting too level for a Monty (3) and too straight. Rumps are normally a lot more sloped in general although legs and feet need to be watched as a whole.

Two to three inches of snow fell during this visit and kept falling all day. It was a good job we kept ploughing onto the last farm, as this was a highlight (GAEC DE CLOUTIERS). 40 of the 65 head were show clipped and washed in a show tie stall. As Malc said, if he was going to milk Monty’s, he would want to milk cows like these. Fantastic conformation, udder quality, feet and legs with the muscularity true breeders were looking for. Senior Cows, Eurogenetique champions and cows chosen for Paris were present. Normal conditions for the herd were simple. A triangular yard, loose housing one side, self locking yolks and feed fence on another and parlour on the other.

Michael Wilson asked how I would break down one of the senior cows. I gave her 97 body, 95 DS, 93 F&L, 90 Mammary. Malc independently did the same, only difference being 91 in the mammary. Throughout the week, Michael Wilson, Tom Sharman and others felt both of us were looking at the cows how they saw them, and were happy with how Holstein UK had taken the breed on board.

Wednesday saw another early start and all of us heading to the COOPEX Progeny Showcase. Two presentations started the day; the first by Michael Wilson on the Cumbrian based Blackacombe Herd. The second on the use of Monty’s in cross-breeding programs by K&L Genetics from Holland.

Then followed the showcase. Around 3000 people attended many young farmers among them to witness a well presented show. 14 progeny groups of between 3 and 15 individuals per group were presented, along with a dozen individuals already in milk by young genomic sires. Genomics and sexed semen are a big part of Coopex and farmers benefit from cheaper semen if allowing coopex to market spare females at set prices for large export orders.

A judge watched each group and chose a winner and best udder to come forward for a championship. He was Max Mermety from Geneva and had had an exchange to the Somerset College as a student. Malc and I had lunch with him (although I wonder if it affected his concentration, as we didn’t follow him too well after that). Lunch was a sit down 4 course meal for 2,500 people. Well organised and executed.

Back to the show, the most impressive group was the large second crop group of Triomphe daughters. Average sized, wide, great udder quality with very good muscle and production. Temperament a possible problem, which is why Stuart Cademy of R Breeders is not selling him .There was concern with some of the genomic sired heifers, as to being too frail and straight in the leg with below average locomotion. There was also a heifer with a 2 and 2 on height and width of udder. Not good for a selected group!

All day Malc and I had a Triomphe heifer picked out as champion and best udder. A strong framed heifer with excellent legs and feet (must have been good for Malc and I to give Excellent legs and feet to a heifer) a very well attached udder with plenty of veins. However, some Coopex political moves maybe made her reserve behind another well balanced heifer by the genomic sire Robin. Slightly stronger in the fore attachment, but bow legged front legs put her behind the triomphe for us.

Even the coopex reps didn’t follow the best udder award. FERREOL ROCHE is the UK rep and he agreed with us that the extreme reverse tilt and unbalance was not what the Monty’s were looking for. We later found out the first 3 in the best udder were by the same mating (URBANISTE x MICMAC), a promotional plus?

An after show party for international visitors finished off the day with more food and wine and ten pin bowling or go-karting for entertainment.

In conclusion I would like to thank Michael and Holstein-UK for giving me the opportunity to study the Montbeliarde breed on home turf.

We have been able to discuss the traits the UK breeders are looking for. The French only box score and linear heifers for bull proof reliability. They look at body/rump/udder/teats/F&L and muscularity. No final score is given and cows are not represented. Some measurements are done with sticks and tapes.

Concerns by the UK breeders present, were over loss of breed character, especially rump angle, width, straight legs and muscularity. However, this is being addressed as the breed does not want to fall into the trap of losing its identity. UK breeders like the UK scoring system and we will all hopefully look forward to scoring more for them.

Phil Oliver



Visit us at UK Dairy Expo

Montbeliarde UK would like to welcome members and non members to our stand at the UK Dairy Expo on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March at the Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
It is an ideal opportunity to collect a Journal, discuss Monty experiences and catch up with old and new acquaintances.



Society sale 3rd May at Beeston – updated February 2013

MONTH MANIA INCORPORATING THE 3RD ANNUAL HOLBECK YOUNGSTOCK SALE

FRIDAY 3RD MAY 2013
to be held by Wright Manley at Beeston Castle

SPONSORS: COOPEX, R Breeders (who will provide Bacon rolls on sale morning to potential purchasers)

The sale will include a consignment of approximately 60 youngstock from the Holbeck herd alongside a selection of 36 high quality imported heifers from France, and a group of 15 from the Obelisk herd. ALL CLASSES OF STOCK FROM YOUNG HEIFERS TO MILKERS AND BULLS SELL (ALL BULLS WILL BE FROM AN EX OR VG DAM OR BE CLASSIFIED VG OR EX THEMSELVES), AND ALL ANIMALS INCLUDING CROSSBREDS MUST BE REGISTERED TO BE ENTERED.
A SALE OF MONTY AND MONTY CROSS CALVES WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE ON THE SAME DAY – PLEASE CONTACT WRIGHT MANLEY, MICHAEL WILSON OR IAN SHARMAN WITH DETAILS OF ENTRIES ASAP.

If you have the opportunity to make the trip to the sale an over nighter then why not stay on the doorstep and socialise with other members – friends old and new. Rooms are still available at the Wild Boar Hotel (01829) 260309 and the car park will take cattle transport vehicles as well.

There is still time to advertise your business or herd in the sale brochure, contact The Farm Organisation to book your space now on 07710 795585





Montbeliarde Uk is sorry to announce loss of member

Montbeliarde UK is sadden by the recent and sudden loss of one of our valued members – Andrew Hemmings of the Obelisk Herd (West Midlands). Andrew has been a staunch supporter of the breed for many years, instrumental in spreading the word and value of Montbeliardes and always keen to help wherever he could. Only this summer he and his family hosted our highly successful open day. At this time we offer our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers to Judith; his wife and his family.



Classifcation for UK Montbeliardes is up and running…

Last week saw two herds undergo classifications visits.

The Holbeck herd of Ian and Steph Sharmans classified 165 animals achieving 81% GP or above with two EX cows amongst them.

Chairman, Michael Wilson also had a visit with equally successful results, scoring 50 animals mostly first and second calvers and achieving one EX, 24VG and 22GP

Anybody interested in classifying their herd or individuals within it, please contact Laura Teesdale (Secretary) for further information.







A.G.M. and open day

The 2012 A.G.M. will be held on the 2nd October at the
Wroxall Abbey Estate,
Birmingham Road,
Wroxall,
Warwickshire
CV35 7NB.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. There will be a 3 course meal available afterwards for those who would like to stay and socialise at a cost of £30 per head.

OPEN DAY.
On the 3rd October the Hemming family have kindly agreed to have a farm walk to view their Montbeliarde cattle. Can we please meet at 10.30 a.m. for an 11 a.m. start. The address is
E.F. Hemming and Sons
Obelisk Farm
Hockley Heath
Solihull
B94 5DD



Top trade for Montys in May

The Holbeck invitational sale produced the UK’s best price for four years at 2,800 gns for the Aug 2009 born heifer, Enticelle, a daughter of Sillon due in Aug. The top quality show of 35 imported French in-calf heifers averaged £2280.60, 8 milking heifers £1863.75, bulling and yearling heifers £1095.41, 40 pure bred heifer calves £841.84 and 2 service age bulls £2362.50