In a first for the prestigious Valden Cow of the Year competition, the 2022 winner may have moved on to greener pastures, but her legacy continues.
Lornlace Mint Deva-ET VG87 23*ET SP, bred by Adrian and Sally Henderson of Ash Farm Ltd, Putaruru, passed away in February 2021 but her overall tally of 205.94 points made her a clear winner in the 2022 competition, presented at the 2022 Holstein Friesian NZ Awards evening held in Palmerston North on Monday, June 20.
The Valden Cow of the Year is awarded to the cow that has completed at least four lactations and is deemed to have, or have the potential to, contribute to the Holstein Friesian breed on a continual basis. All eligible cows are automatically entered, with the finalists sorted from the 2020/21 production season.
2011-born Deva, who was also a Valden Cow finalist in 2020, was sired by popular Holstein Friesian bull Fairmont Mint Edition, and out of Lornlace Extasy Dimple.
At her last classification, Deva had a Production Worth (PW) of 672 and a Breeding Worth (BW) of 240. She did her best milk production as a seven-year-old, producing 10,702 litres and 885 kgMS (fat 444.05 and protein 441.34) in 293 days.
Deva was the top producing registered Holstein Friesian four-year-old for fat in the Waikato in 2015-16, and the top seven-year-old for protein in Waikato in 2018-19.
Eight of her sons have been sold to CRV including Lornlace RMS Demon-ET S2F, Lornlace Mac Duffy-OC S3F, Lornlace EBO Driftwood and Lornlace Free Delsanto-ET who has 2,672 daughters in 379 herds. She also produced a bull that was part of the 2019 Holstein Friesian Genetic Leaders programme, Lornlace Gaunt Denholm.
Deva received her Star Brood Cow and the Superior Production Awards in 2019, which is given to cows whose seasonal production is significantly superior to her age group, or her lifetime production exceeds set limits.