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News from VikingJersey
Tremendous success in South African
Jersey Herd competition
By Peter Larsson, Breeding Manager VikingJersey
Willie van Niekerk and son Wimpy, in back row, with their team and trophies, after great success with their VJ Husky daughters.
H
erd competitions are organised
annually by the different Jersey
Clubs in South Africa and this
year, the Overberg region competition in
the Southern Cape, was held in September with eleven herds participating.
Every farmer was invited to select a
group of 20% of his first, second and
Third lactation and older cows. Three
cows older than eight years as well as a
mother and her two daughters were two
more groups. A sire group of at least
five daughters in milk, was the 6th group
that was judged.
This year Willie van Niekerk from
“Van Niekerk Boerdery” in the Caledon
did exceptionally well and won the overall competition. His first and second
lactation group took the honours.
Furthermore, his sire group, a group of
VJ Husky daughters in their first and
second lactations, came first as well.
Willie and his son Wimpy manage the
dairy farm. They milk 380 Jerseys and
the average daily production is 23 kg of
milk per cow with a butter fat percentage of 5.6% and 4.1% protein. They have
been clients of VikingGenetics distributor, Genimex, since 1997 and have made
heavy use of Viking Jersey bulls
throughout these years.
“I use the NTM from Viking as my
breeding strategy and have had huge
success especially with my solids and
udder health,” says Willie. “The Huskies
are an example of what we want in the
herd, strong deep bodied cows with very
functional udders and excellent protein
production,” he adds.
VJ Husky daughters from Willie van Niekerk,
winning a Herds competition in South Africa.
November 2019 | vikingnews
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