Boost your herd with our Whole Herd Grade Up offer available to Holstein UK members. We are offering 50% OFF upgrades to Whole Herd Grade Up completed by 30 June 2017. This offer is six easy steps to pedigree, enhancing the value of you herd and providing access to a number of other services available from Holstein UK.
To take advantage of this offer call Membership Services on 01923 695200
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Six easy steps to your registered herd
Contact Membership Services, a Holstein UK Classifier or the CIS team who will then arrange for a Field Officer to visit your farm at a convenient time to discuss the next steps.
You must be a Holstein UK member to Grade Up, a team member will advise you how to sign up and register a prefix.
The Field Officer will collect information on cows going back as many generations as necessary.
Information is taken from on farm records, milk records & software along with a BCMS or DARDNI download of animals on the holding.
The Field Officer will gather as much information as possible and walk through the cows to advise on Breeding Tools available from Holstein UK, the Type Classification system and check for any cross breeding in the herd.
The Field Officer will create a spreadsheet of all alive Holstein/Friesian animals on the farm which are then sorted into families.
Cost can be established at this stage; if the grade up is done on Fast Track Pedigree, cost can be determined as soon as the data is checked. If members pay through direct debit, the cost of the grade up can be spread over 6-12 months.
Once the data has been collated, the Field Officer will go through it with the Member, making sure only animals they want registering are on the list. Non breeders etc. can be excluded.
The Field Officer will ensure that the farm knows how to register calves by internet or telephone within 45 days of their date of birth and will discuss pedigree packages such as THR and Holstein Complete.
Westhouse Herd Grade Up
Alan Fisher farms with his wife Julie and three children, in partnership with his wife’s parents - on their 200 acre farm, Westhouse Farm in Cumbria. The farm consists of 240 animals – made up of the 160 pedigree dairy herd and additional young stock. The farm restocked with pedigree cattle after the Foot & Mouth outbreak of 2001 and continued to be registered as pedigree after getting a Holstein prefix.
Westhouse Farm has been milk recording with CIS with good milk records going back many generations – with a wealth of data built up. In January of this year the family took a business decision to grade up the whole herd.
Alan Fisher says; “When I first considered grading up the whole herd, I have to admit it did seem a daunting task but knowing that pedigree attracts a premium and with the ability to follow animals heredity to make breeding decisions, I soon became interested in the opportunities it presents. The upgrade process was extremely simple and was precisely managed by the CIS team. I provided Marion Holliday (HUK Member Support Officer) with my BCMS number to that they could check through my herd data – and the whole herd was upgraded on Fast Track Pedigree. It could not have been easier! It is too soon to be seeing major improvements but I am feeling very optimistic about the results to come."