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Australia Round Five

Graham Madeley with Geoff's bullock team

Graham Madeley with Geoff's bullock team

I flew out of Birmingham airport on the 26th August on yet another jaunt to Australia.  I arrived in Melbourne in the early hours of the 28th  where I was met at the airport by a family friend Jo Pummeroy.  I was then taken to Croydon a suburb of Melbourne that has the picturesque Dandannong hills as a backdrop.

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The Kenprest Herd

Rodway Foggathorpe Primrose 25 EX

Rodway Foggathorpe Primrose 25 EX

In early summer shorthorn breeders were invited to see the Kenprest herd owned by Ken Prestidge at Forest Farm, Earlswood, Solihull. Ken has been breeding shorthorns since 1969. Firstly under the Cherryripe herd prefix and later under the Kenprest prefix. The last time I wrote about the herd it was at its 13th home at Lutterworth in Leicester, since then the cattle have travelled as far as Hampshire,Yorkshire and Somerset  to name but a few before landing at the 19th and final farm!

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Julie Llewellyn finds the breed that suits.

Ashgrove Butterbur 4th VG86

The Llewellyn family farm an all grass based system near Llawhaden Castle, Narberth, West Wales where they milk a herd of around eighty cows, predominantly Dairy Shorthorns. Growing up on her parent’s Holstein Friesian farm Julie Llewellyn’s passion for dairy cattle was instilled at an early age and she began milking cows when she was 12 years old.

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The Churchroyd Feature

The Churchroyd Feature

Reprinted courtesy of Farmers Guardian – photos by John Eveson

Producing the right cow for a system and situation is the goal for Ian Collins. Chloe Palmer visits him ahead of his trip to show cattle at the Dairy Show to find out how he has achieved his goal alongside a showing record which is second to none.

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Reseeding with Shorthorns

Malkin Family - Left to right Rob, Sue, Rodway Lisbet 6th, Tom and Chris

Malkin Family - Left to right Rob, Sue, Rodway Lisbet 6th, Tom and Chris

New kids on the nursery slopes find profitability in the Shorthorn. Chris and Sue Malkin brought their first pedigree Shorthorn in 2011 and yet they are confident that they have found the breed that finally suits their Organic system.

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