Ringleader – Five Generations of Delight Dams Classified
Ringleader herd presents 5 generations of dams for IHFA Classification inspection
A GP84 heifer backed by four generations of VG/EX dams, including an EX93 6E Diamond Award cow, are all going strong in the herd of breeder Noel O’Donovan – a testament to the breeding strength, consistency of performance and resilience of Holstein Friesian cow families.
The Ringleader herd of Noel O’Donovan & family, Ballymacwilliam, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, presented five generations of the Delight family for scoring when the herd was Inspected for IHFA Classification recently. This feat is a unique achievement and the following outlines the cow family details of five consecutive generations who were assessed and scored on the day.
Ringleader OMan Delight 44 DMD EX93 6E
Lifetime production in nine lactations to date – 91,273kgs milk, 4,224kgs fat, 3,131kgs protein, 4.63% fat, 3.43% protein
– IHFA Diamond Award recipient.
– EX94 mammary.
– 3rd generation VG/EX with her dam Ringleader Zenith Delight 32 EX92 3E having a production average per lactation of 11,290kgs milk, 905kgs milk solids, 4.57% fat, 3.45% protein in 6 lactations.
Ringleader Delight 52 EX94 5E (daughter of OMan Delight)
Lifetime production in 7 lactations to date – 81,906kgs milk, 3,306kgs fat, 2,791kgs protein, 4.04% fat, 3.41% protein
Ringleader Mascol Delight 66 VG89 (daughter of Delight 52)
Lifetime production in 7 lactations to date – 49,341kgs milk, 2,331kgs fat, 1,813kgs protein, 4.72% fat, 3.67% protein
Ringleader DSol Delight 99 EX90 (daughter of Mascol Delight 66)
Lifetime production in 3 lactations to date – 23,808kgs milk, 874kgs fat, 792kgs protein, 3.67% fat, 3.33% protein
Ringleader Hagley Delight 112 GP84 (daughter of DSol Delight 99)
1st lactation projected yield 7,913kgs milk, 557kgs milk solids, 3.67% fat, 3.38% protein
Potential 7th generation VG/EX
Combined these 5 generations of the same family have produced a total of 254,200kgs milk and 19,800kgs milk solids to date. An example of the strong linkage between classification scoring system and lifetime milk production performance borne out of recognising the contributory importance of functional body traits.
Originating from the Ardhill herd of Frank White in nearby Ardfield, Noel purchased Ardhill Delight 2 as an in-calf heifer. She won West Cork Champion of Clonakilty show in 1990 and was scored VG85 on Conformation. There are 45 members of the Delight family in the Ringleader herd today, a high proportion within the herd, achieved without the assistance of flushing or ET intervention.
The family includes 22 cows scored to VG/EX standard of Conformation.
Positive longevity is another characteristic of this high scoring family with seven cows in fifth lactation or greater in the herd presently, all of whom are scored to VG/EX including seventh lactation cows – Ringleader Eight Delight EX, Ringleader Ramos Delight EX 2E, Ringleader Delight 54 EX91 4E.