BACK FROM AGRISCOT!!
The cows arrived back at Richaven at 4pm on Thursday after a fantastic show for the team.
We were delighted to win the Junior 2nd Calver class and Intermediate Champion with Richaven Rapture Rebecca VG89-3yr on her first time in a showring since she won as a calf at Norfolk.
Rapture Rebecca is a great example of our breeding policy as she is sired by our own bull, Richaven Rapture, a Goldwyn from the Roxie line.
Best of all, Richaven Goldwyn Adrienne EX95-3E won the Aged Cow Class before taking the Breed Championship and Reserve Agriscot Supercow!
Thanks for all the help from our show team; Gary Jones, Louise Thomas, Jess Quinn, and our Dan! Special thanks to Karen and Mark Hunter for lending a hand in addition to taking care of their own.
Lorry heading North!
The stand looked great due to everyone's efforts and won Reserve Best Presented. We also saw a lot of interest in stock from our top cows and will be sending a lorry north some time in December - any further enquiries would be very welcome.
We are thrilled to announce two new EX95 cows AND a new EX96!!
Our poster girl, Richaven Goldwyn Adrienne has just scored a Maximum Score for the third year running! Now EX95-3E as a fourth calver.
Our other 95 point cow is Fordmill Squawbuck Tandy, milking her 7th. This our oldest milking Squawbuck daughter at Richaven and we are delighted with how they are performing! We have semen available - please contact us for details...
Richaven Raider Squaw, who has been part of our show string for the past six years and competed successfully at many national shows, has now been scored EX96 in her 7th lactation. Raider Squaw has already produced over 74 tonnes of milk and last year, was our highest earning cow combining milk, progeny and embryo sales.
Squaw will be flushed again this winter - please contact us for details.
The pictures of our show team from the 2013 Livestock and Dairy Event.
This year, our string included a number of new faces: 8 out of 9 were out for their first showing under the Richaven banner - click on an image and scroll through to view.
We had a fantastic couple of days at this year's Dairy Event taking the Supreme Interbreed Championship with Loukat Lucky EX93, our 3rd calf Ayrshire.
In the Holstein ring we won several classes and took Reserve Champion with Richaven Goldwyn Dellia EX91.
Thanks to the whole team for turning the Richaven cows out so well.
RESULTS ARE IN!
*ALL BRITAIN SENIOR SECOND CALVER 2012*
Richaven Goldwyn Irene EX-2nd calver
*RESERVE ALL BRITAIN THIRD CALVER 2012*
Richaven Goldwyn Adrienne EX93
Reserve All-Britain Senior Second Calver 2011
*HON MENTION JUNIOR SECOND CALVER 2012*
Richaven Goldwyn Squaw VG88-3yr
*RESERVE ALL BRITAIN INTERMEDIATE HEIFER IN MILK*
Holmland Goldwyn Adeen VG88-2yr
We had a fantastic year with all four of our nominations placed in the top three!
In the last two years, Richaven Holsteins have bred 5 of the top 12 second calvers that have placed in the top three - with 2 class wins!
Lucky Loukat VG89 was nominated to represent the UK yet again in the Ayrshire World Photographic Competition!!
TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS! Nominated All-World 2012 & 2013
Champion Ayrshire Agriscot 2011 & 2012
Predicted lactation; 11,600kgs
Currently giving 37kgs at 4.91%bf and 3.62%p 75 SCC
Due in September to Nexus Dreamer
Richaven Holsteins had a great show at Agriscot 2012
Richaven Goldwyn Irene EX-2nd calver won the Junior Cow class (pictured far right)
Richaven Goldwyn Adrienne EX93-3E was second Senior Cow behind the eventual Breed Champion (pictured far left).
Second Success for Loukat Lucky!
For the second year running, Loukat Lucky EX93 third calver took the Ayrshire Championship at Agriscot. She is now served to Nexus Dreamer.
The Richaven herd was founded in 1993 with the goal of breeding the best, which remains true to this day.
85 cows (including several impressive Ayrshires) are milked twice a day and there are 130 followers.
Adeen, Adrienne, Ashlyn, Bud, Birdy, Dellia, Fransci, Ghost, Irene, Katie, Kay, Mahala, Papoose, Roxy, Squaw.
Ayrshire cow families stem from the Anne, Jonquil and Rene lines.
Sires in use
Brady, Armstead, Golden Dreams, Seaver, Explode, Doorman, Glauco and Shadow
Home-bred Sires in use
Grazing April to October/November, buffer fed grass with maize silage, 1kg 38%protein
60% grass silage, 40% maize silage, 1.5kgs 38%p, ad-lib hay (18-20kgs from the manger), top up in the parlour
Current Classification - 97% VG/EX
Average score - 89 points
Herd Average - August 2013
33.5kgs at 4.32%bf and 3.14%p, 120 SCC
10,465kgs, 4.44%bf, 3.17%p, 99 SCC
Rolling conception (last 3 months) - 90% held to first service...