Stabiliser cattle in Pembrokeshire are now being talked about so with the kind permission of Peter and Jackie Storrow we held an open evening at Rogeston Farm, to help promote the breed using the Rogeston Herd.
The farm is made up of 320 acres and divided 50% arable and 50% grassland. The herd consists of 97 cows and 30 breeding heifer this has been built up slowly since changing over in 2011 from continental breeds. Some of the older ladies are still on farm so it was useful to show the visitors the process of grading up from different breeds. To fast track the grading up process Peter bought in a number of Pure Stabiliser Cattle from other high health herds.
Peter welcomed the 30 visitors to Rogeston Farm explained what is done at present and the plans for the future. They currently inseminate 90% with bulls in the top 5% of breed to quickly make genetic improvements, to be in a position to sell high quality breeding stock, following up with sweeper bulls.
They belong to a high health scheme and no longer buy in stock to maintain this status.
Peter said “Our only regret regarding the stabiliser is not finding the breed sooner!”
David Alvis Managing Director of SCC gave a brief overview of the company how it originated to the present day explaining about all the efficiencies that the cow can bring to a suckler herd.
Sue from Moocall explained how the Moocall heat and Mocall calving sensor worked www.moocall.com, this was a very interesting concept that Peter has been using he says it’s simple and easy to use and all the information is via an app on to your phone.
The Moocall system has alerted him to heats that he would have totally missed himself some cattle can have a very short heat period.
A walk around the farm followed –
First stop was by the remaining fattening bulls most of which headed north to Morrisons this year.
Moving on to a group of heifers that came running down to see us and just loitered around while everybody stopped and talked. Some new people to the breed were pleased to see how quiet they were.
Two more fields followed where we saw cows and calves and the vasectomised bull which is used in the Moocall system.
We would like to thank Peter and Jackie for hosting a very informal and enjoyable farm walk and a big thank you Jackie for cooking some tasty cakes.