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.
The Brinsbury Herd of Dairy Shorthorns was founded in 2002 following the merger between Brinsbury the ‘West Sussex College of Agriculture’ with Chichester College. It was immediately obvious that there was very little student experience in suckler cows and the decision was made to purchase some dairy cows. The herd was formed with the purchase of 40 Dairy shorthorns from two herds. A further 20 Ayrshire cows were added in 2008 to take the numbers up to a more commercial number.
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.
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!
The Kirk family has been milking Shorthorns since the 1940s as their father Victor Eric had always kept the breed. In the 1960s Victor and his father decided to introduce the Holstein Friesian to the Shorthorn nucleus.