Peter, Kelly, Fynn (9) and Raelene Allison are joined by
Bonacord Murmur Bolt at LIC's Premier Sires Breeders' Day
held in Hamilton recently. Photo by LIC
When it came to naming a Jersey bull calf born the same
year as the Olympic Games were on, there was one obvious choice
for Peter Allison.
The Otago farmer chose to name it after champion sprinter
Usain Bolt, which proved to be a good move.
Bonacord Murmur Bolt was among the dairy industry's top bulls
whose breeders were recently recognised at a function at
LIC's headquarters, at Newstead, Hamilton.
About 120 breeders from throughout the country attended LIC's
Premier Sires Breeders' Day after supplying a bull calf to
the co-operative which went on to form part of the 2013-14
team of elite bulls for artificial breeding.
Busy Brook Robust-ET S3F, bred by Nathan Bayne of the Henley
Farming Company in Outram, was the only other Otago bull in
Premier Sires bull teams, both daughter proven and
genomically selected, sire three out of four dairy cows in
New Zealand - contributing about $300 million each year to
the economy, or more than $17 billion since LIC began
artificial breeding services in the 1950s.
LIC's general manager of genetics, Peter Gatley, said the
breeders' day was a very special day on LIC's calendar
because it celebrated a group of farmers whose expertise as
breeders deserved commendation.
Premier Sires were responsible for producing the next
generation of high-genetic-merit, high-performing dairy
animals, Mr Gatley said.
Some of the Holstein-Friesian, Jersey and KiwiCross bulls in
the elite team were paraded at the day, including Bonacord
Murmur Bolt. Mr Allison said the bull, which was sent north
as a calf in January last year, came from a very good family
and he was delighted with its success.
Three generations of the Allison family attended the
breeders' day - Mr Allison, his wife Raelene, their son Kelly
and grandson Fynn (9).
Jerseys were a very placid breed and ''very hard workers''
when it came to producing kilograms of milk solids per body
weight of the cow, Mr Allison said. A 400kg Jersey could
produce 500kg ms, which was very efficient.
The Allison family also has Ayrshire and crossbred cattle.