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Manawatu breeds next big thing in bull industry
Thursday, 13 July 2017

Maire IG Gauntlet, winner of the 2017 Mahoe Trophy and Next Big Thing. Image courtesy of LIC.

The next big thing in the bull industry has arrived. Maire IG Gauntlet-ET has beaten 17 of the country’s top registered Holstein Friesian sires to win the much-coveted Mahoe Trophy at the Holstein Friesian New Zealand (HFNZ) Awards evening in Cromwell recently.

Bred by Craig and Chantelle Rowe of Maire Farms Ltd in Palmerston North, and marketed by LIC, Gauntlet stormed the Mahoe scoreboard with 587 points, putting 274 points between him and the 18th place-getter. 

This puts Gauntlet in good stead and great company as the Mahoe Trophy winners have typically gone on to find success in the industry.

Craig and Chantelle Rowe have had their eye on the Mahoe Trophy for a while, and Craig says they’re very proud to win.

“We see the Mahoe Trophy as the pinnacle of bull breeding recognition and have had the ambition of breeding a bull good enough to win this trophy for some years,” says Craig.

“Gauntlet optimises what we are trying to breed for ourselves and the industry, and I think he’ll be of interest to most people no matter what their farming system.”

The Rowes expressed regret at not being able to receive the award in person, however “the opportunity to watch our daughter play in the Cricket World Cup in England was too good to miss!” he says.

Simon Worth, LIC Livestock Selection Manager, says Gauntlet is one to watch.

“This guy is simply outstanding. Bulls such as Gauntlet do not come along very often at all,” says Simon. 

“It is the fact he offers so much in the one package – being outcross, index, protein, udders and all-round dairy conformation. I have seen a number of the Gauntlet daughters and they really are something special,” he says.

“I believe we will be talking about Gauntlet for many years to come.”

A sire can only win the Mahoe Trophy once. The award is calculated from a formula including Breeding Worth (BW), Longevity, and Protein, Fat, Overall Opinion, Udder Overall, and Dairy Confirmation Breeding Values (BVs).

The Mahoe Trophy was first awarded in 1971, and was donated by the late Mrs Hilary (RHA) Haylock MBE. Eligible entrants are automatically entered.

Previous winners of the Mahoe Trophy include such bulls as Fairmont Mint-Edition, Telesis Euon Firenze, Top Deck KO Pierre, SRC Hibi Secret Skelton, Valden Curious Paladium, Athol Famous Prefect, Gunn Sovereign Baron, and Manuka Brabazon Royal.

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