Since returning home from university to farm, George Morgan has been impatient to switch his family’s spring block-calving herd to the VikingJersey breed and has used every tool in the box to reach his goals. This includes using sexed semen, X-Vik, from VikingJersey for all dairy inseminations, introducing state-of-the-art activity monitors to keep fertility on target, and making a one-off purchase of heifers from Denmark.
As a result, he says all dairy calves born this spring ‘look much more like Jerseys’ than the farm’s previous breeds.
Farming around 400 acres with his father, Henry, at Fardre Farm in Abergele, North Wales, the move to Jersey follows years of breeding with the North American Holstein, followed by a period of crossbreeding in the early 2000s.
He says: “Dad was using North American Holstein genetics 30 or 40 years ago but, like a lot of producers, started to find they were losing longevity and becoming more problematic.
“He also liked the idea of making better use of grazed grass, so he started cross-breeding with the Jersey and moved to spring block calving in the early 2000s.”