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“What do you want to know about Queen of Calves? They can’t swim any better. One drowned in a large pond. I thought with scientifically proven wider hips, they’d be better swimmers.” Wayne Shaw

WAYNE AND KATE SHAW, PATERANGI JERSEY STUD, WAIKATO. A FOURTH-GENERATION WAIKATO DAIRY FARMER, WAYNE SHAW’S FAMILY HAS DEEP ROOTS IN DAIRYING. “MY GREAT GRANDFATHER BROUGHT THE FIRST JERSEY BULL TO OUR REGION FROM THE TARANAKI IN A TRAIN,” WAYNE SAYS.

“We’ve just completed our 3rd season raising our calves on the Queen of Calves programme. Only one mob of in-milk cows that were raised on the Queen of Calves programme, by my father Ray, has completed a full year’s production. The group comprises 55 x 7-year-olds and they averaged 492 kilograms of milksolids in a year when our herd average production was only 392 kilograms milksolids. Now in their fifth lactation, this group has only had 2 empties.

“Our 2011-born Queen of Calves-raised calves have a BW of 142-289,” says Wayne. “They will be amazing. They’re out of our best cows. There are no excuses. They stand to be the best progeny we’ve ever raised. It’s my absolute passion to rear calves from my best cows mated to the best-proven sires then start them on the Queen of Calves programme. I am stoked with how the animals look and the great gains that I see every herd test. With the farm now in drought conditions and the animals under a little stress, the Queen of Calves heifers are looking good and doing well.

“They calve-down well. They are a better overall stature. Their milk production was 28% ahead of the district in the fi rst lactation”. Now Wayne rears all his calves on the programme. See his testimonial on www.queenofcalves.com.

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