SOME 600 breed enthusiasts from across the British Isles attended the highly-anticipated open day to view the hugely acclaimed Feithy herd of pedigree Holstein cattle at the family run Cilfeithy Uchaf in Carmarthenshire.

The event followed their prestigious Holstein UK Premier Pedigree Herd 2014 win and owners Eifion, Mary, Wyn and Rhys Jones were showered with admiration recognising the family’s remarkable achievements mostly with home-bred animals.

Located in the heart of the Carmarthenshire this one-day event supported by the South Wales area club featured a full herd inspection and an elite TAG sale of their top stock.

Focusing on breeding functional, structurally correct cows, the Joneses have, over a period of years, built up an outstanding herd of deep quality with 84 milkers classified Excellent, a further 102 VG’s and five GP two year olds.

Milked at 12 hour intervals and averaging 10,600kgs (including 45 heifers milking) at 4.52%F and 3.25%P, the well proven policy is to run an all year round calving system on a grass based diet with a TMR ration fed all year round. The farm extends to 205 acres in one convenient block with another 88 acres located a few miles away.

It would appear to be little wonder that the breed now Holstein dominate the UK’s milk production industry as nine of every 10 dairy producers are said to currently milk Holsteins.

With unexcelled production, greater income over feed costs, unequaled genetic merit, and adaptability to a wide range of environmental conditions the reason for their popularity would seem to be absolutely clear. Added up, this is the claim of greater income for the dairy producer who milks Holsteins.

No strangers to success, the Feithy herd celebrated recently by picking up its fifth All Wales Premier Herd title in 2014 and being named a Master Breeder herd in 2013. With leading cow families including the Lilac, Lavender, Lilian, Margaret, Tilly and Portis lines the open day definitely wasn’t one to be missed.

Commenting on the open day, Holstein UK’s non executive director of shows and sales Carl Smith said: “Showcasing the Holstein breed at its best, the Feithy open day lived up to it’s promise to impress. The Jones family have become so well respected in the industry and this event proved to be such a great shop window for their years of very hard work and dedication.”

Eifion Jones said afterwards “It was a tremendous and very proud day for us as a family. The highest commendations of so many of our local friends and enthusiasts for the Holstein breed was affirmed by many from as far away as the north of England and even Scotland. We must express our appreciation and gratitude, especially our sponsors, and to each and everyone who came along for the day – many of whom chose to spend the weekend in south and west Wales”.