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Jardin: Trouble-Free Cows With Lots Of Protein

Bull Semen and Inimex logoThe Jocko Besne -son Jardin from East Friesland emerges as an absolutely reliable all-round sire at the highest level. In addition to his breeding value


Jardin is a typical sire representing the East Frisian breeding philosophy which attaches great importance to proven cow families with deep-seated conformation quality. The cow family behind Jardin can be traced back until 1902 and has already produced numerous show cows as well as several positive sires. That is why Dr Eiso Busemann, breeding director from the Verein Ostfriesischer Stammviehzüchter (VOSt), wanted a bull out of the Tonic-daughter Dea. “The D family of Hermann Grünefeld, Backemoor, has been known as a reliable source for top genes for a long time. Dea had already attracted attention at her first appearance at the Excellent Show in 1998 and when she won the young classes in Leer two years later, there were not any other obstacles to a mating contract. As the cow had a very good udder, the mating with the sire of sons, Jocko Besn, seemed to be a match.”



Successful family

Jardin was born on January 17th 2001 as one of six calves out of Dea’s flush with Jocko. While he was in his test period at VOSt his full brother Joker was used as natural service bull in the breeders herd and produced several good cows with average 86 points. Among the full sisters is e.g. Delfine VG 87, the dam of the Goldwyn-son Gerke of VOSt who is waiting for his first breeding values. Dea has an-other positively tested son at LTR: the Ford-son Forever. Her best known daugh-ter is out of a flush with James. The successful show cow Dema 3/EX 92 has so far reached a lifetime production of more than 67,000 kg in five lactations. She has a Fortune-son at VOSt whose full sister Dela VG 86 has recently calved for the 2nd time and shows 3.8 % protein.

Dea’s Goldwyn-daughter Deern VG 86, at 3.9 % protein, is intensively flushed for contracts. She belongs to the currently most appealing cows of the family.
When Dea won the Champion title at the Excellent Show in 2000 another son of the D family was in the spotlight. The Royal II-son Roy out of the Levi-daughter Dorin VG 89 was represented by a progeny group. He comes from a family branch which produced several positive sires. For example, the Zack-son Zador and the in Brandenburg more heavily used Storm-son Sudan, both out of the Prelude-daughter Doris VG 88, are well-known nationally. The Heldostar-daughter Dorina EX 91 also goes back to this part of the family. Dorina won her class at the Excellent Show 2010 and was awarded for the highest lifetime production (100,278 kg) of all show participants.

Breeder Hermann Grünefeld milks 170 cows today, using three milking robots. For him, the protein percentages clearly above average and the good fertility belong to the most important strengths of the D family: “Our herd is currently made of 60 – 70 % of this family which established itself also through good ET results. The cows have a good temperament and very good persistency. Because of the extended lactation curve they are easy to feed, which also has a positive influence on protein and fertility.”

Jardin had his first appearance in front of a big audience at the Excellent Show in 2006. He was sup-ported by a family member, too, because his half sister Dema won the Grand Champion title. He would have also done well on his own though. The Champion progeny heifer was a Jardin-daughter. His entire progeny group left a very positive impression.
Jardin has proved doubtlessly his qualities with lots of national and foreign second crop daughters.
“Jardin’s biggest plus is the protein strength”, Dr Eiso Busemann comments. “Regarding conformation, he offers an outstanding combination of strength and dairy type with enough depth and very wide rumps. While the correct feet & legs and hoofs meet the expectations, the udders are a real positive surprise. They are high in the rear, firmly attached at the front with a strong suspensory ligament. Of course, you will probably find a Jardin-daughter with a somewhat bigger udder, but this is rather an exception. Indeed you have to keep in mind the shorter teats which are positioned closer in the rear.”

Jardin’s biggest and for the most people only handicap was his average breeding value for cell count. “There has never been any problem at our farms, but it took long though until he was able to shake off Jocko’s pedigree influence”, Dr Eiso Busemann says. According to him, the great satisfaction of the owners with the daughters speaks in this bull’s favour. Jardin, in his opinion, could be mated best on stylish, dairy cows. “He should leave the best results in the combination with blood of Lee, Lentini or Rudolph.”
The VOSt has tested nine Jardin-sons so far; the highest is Juno who was raised in Denmark out of a Zenith-daughter. Dr Eiso Busemann confirms that the Jardin-offspring in total come up well regarding genomic tests. Therefore and because they offer an alternative for the many Goldwyn and Shottle-daughters, the good Jardin-daughters are also intensively used as bull dams now.  



The breeders thoughts 

Hermann Grünefeld himself is milking five Jardin-daughters from second crop at the moment. “The heifers show what you expect from this bull. They all have clearly above average protein percentages, durability, very good hoofs and a strong suspensory ligament.” He also confirms that they tend to have somehow short teats which are positioned more tightly in the rear: “In fact you should keep this in mind when mating, but at least our robot can deal with this quite well.”  

 Peter Blake
                               Daughter - Gushi

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