Business Rural Summer 2021

48 | DAIRY PEOPLE » Ashvale Jersey Stud More milk per kilogram of body-weight T he breed’s ability to deliver more milk per kilogram of body-weight underlies Rodney Dobson’s objectives since he established the highly successful Ashvale Jersey Stud at Gropers Bush in Southland in 1968. With a Breeding Worth (BW) of 222, the stud ranks in the country’s top 2% of Jersey herds. Running 530 registered cows on a 156ha block 30km west of Invercargill, Ashvale Jerseys embody Rodney’s linking of milk output to body weight. “Our Jersey cows weigh between 415 and 420kg each, which means they’re delivering about 1.2kg of milk solids per kilogram of body-weight,” Rodney says. “Compare that to a 520kg Friesian doing 450kg/ MS, and the Jerseys are giving you a big advantage in efficiency, plus they’re more environmentally friendly. “Our basic breeding objective is to produce animals of high Breeding Worth with good udder traits.” The stud holds an annual, and this year it had an average BW of 284 across the 44 yearling bulls sold, with an average price of $2831 and a top price of $4250. All Ashvale bulls are DNA-profiled so buyers can add value from their resulting progeny. Rodney supports the elite female Jersey Pride sale run by Jersey NZ and Link Livestock where, Robert 027 439 5096 Email: Photos: Young Ashvale bulls (top). Ashvale’s cows averaged 504kg in milk solids production last year, with several producing over 700kg. Hugh De lacy AROS CONTRACTING LTD ~Silage Specialists~ For a friendly, quality service call Tony & Janette Carmichael 03 224 6357 or 027 457 2037 Proud to support Ashvale Jersey Stud