| 19.6°C Dublin

The ¤100k cash cow

She hasn't produced a drop of milk in three years but that hasn't stopped her from filling the coffers for her Wicklow-based owner.

Cradenhill Linjet Fame (right) pulled in another €30,000 in earnings in an auction on the farm of Gary Hurley last week.

It brings the total value of sales of offspring from the pedigree Holstein cow to a whopping €100,000.

Through the extensive use of embryo transfer technology, Mr Hurley has produced more than 35 sons and daughters from the eight-year-old cow, which have been sold on to other pedigree breeders north and south of the border.

And there's more to come, with another 10 fertilised embryos from the same cow being stored in liquid nitrogen on the farm in south Wicklow.

The cow was bought as a five-month-old calf from the well-known cork breeders George and Peter Kingston, for what now seems like the paltry sum of €5,000. They brought the Fame family to prominence in the 1990s when their Moralta Inspiration Fame became one of the highest classified cows in the history of the Holstein Friesian breed in Ireland. She was the grandmother of Cradenhill Linjet Fame.

The latest batch of daughters to be sold were included in a sale of 29 of the Clonpaddin herd's young stock at the Irish Holstein Friesian Association's successful open day last Tuesday. The 26 animals that were sold netted an average of €2,770, with the highest prices being secured by Fame family members.

Her 17-month-old yearling, Clonpaddin G Fame by Gen-mark Stormatic Sanchez, made the top price of €5,500, selling to Clare breeder, Jerry McCormack. Five of her full sisters, born in March, averaged €3,110. But it was a choice of her, as yet, unborn sisters that secured the second highest price of €4,000. Wilson Patton from Ards herd in Co Down will have the choice of either a Windbrook or a Cid heifer calf when they are born in the autumn.

The other cow family that produced the goods for the Hurleys were the Fantas. A December '09 heifer by Frandon Jet Red out of the Emerald Expo Reserve Champion, Clonpaddin GWY Fanta EX (right), made €3,400. The open day also hosted the the national herds and stock-judging competitions results (see below).

Indo Farming