Wow what a cow

This is one amazing dairy cow. Her name is Murribrook Lieutenant Tina 2EX and she is a superb example of a Holstein dairy cow.

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Tina is 16 years old and has had 12 calves and has just gone into the resting paddock waiting to have her thirteenth calf.

In her lifetime she has produced a whopping 153000 litres of milk. That means Tina  provides 1500 Australians with milk each year

Up until recently Tina has always taken pride of place leading the cows to and from the dairy. She has this knack of knowing when milking is due and lines up at the paddock gate to notify the herd its times to walk back to the dairy.

Contrary to animal activist propaganda which suggests dairy farmers treat their cows  “as little more than milk-producing machines,” good dairy farmers select and breed from cows who have a number of qualities that ensure healthy and happy cows.

These qualities include:

  1. longevity
  2. compact udders that allow cows to carry their milk comfortably
  3. good “feet and legs” which help them to walk comfortably. This is very important on our farm as we milk three times daily and our cows walk a lot. For more info see previous  post “ when too much walking is not a good thing “
  4. Feed conversion efficiency. The aim here is to breed cows who can turn grass into milk as efficiently as possible. This has a number of advantages including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and all livestock owners know how important that is. Our cows have a feed conversion efficiency rating of 2.7 which is very high. This means they can turn 1kg of feed into 2.7 litres of milk  which means not only high productivity but little eco footprints

There is lots of science to cow breeding and genes that deliver these qualities have all been identified through genomic mapping

A mature cow like Tina is a product of both her genes (15% genetics) and how she was raised (85% environmental influences)

Tina is a great example of this proven science. Tina is a direct descendent of a very famous imported cow  called  Walkerbrae Triple T Toni, Ex 24*.  Toni was imported by Murray Sowter .

Walkerbrae Triple T Toni

How gorgeous is she and how much does Tina look like her.

Murray was involved in the first live exports from Canada. See his website here http://www.murribrook.com/cow-families/toni.html

We are very pleased to have a number of Tina’s decedents in our herd such as Lightening Tina who is her granddaughter and just about to have a calf of her own

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Lightening Tina – Tina’s granddaughter they are all peas in pod

These days Lieutenant Tina has a life of luxury. She lives in a paddock close to the dairy and doesn’t have to walk very far to access water and shade.  She is just adorable and she has a special place in our hearts.

Read about Tina in the Illawarra Mercury here 

One thought on “Wow what a cow

  1. What an effort!!! How many kilograms of fat and protein has Tina produced in her lifetime? I have often wondered what the Australian lifetime records are!

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