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Interview with polled breeders - Lynn Augspurger



Lynn Augspurger
Hopewell Junction NY 12533
Augspurger now relies on friends to board his herd at various  farms
in the USA. The www.PolledDairyCows.com website (as well as  its
discussion group
polleddairycows@yahoogroups.com ) was developed to
provide a reference resource for the dairy breeds when minor breeds
had no easily available bank for the polled gene. Now bulls  have
been collected for Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey,  Holstein,
Jerseyand Milking shorthorn.

Young sires developed and used include (AY) Major-PP, (BS) Jewl-PP,
(GU)Midas-P, (HO) Pinnacle-P, (JE) Perry-P and (MS) Alladan-P.

Q: Explain your background and experience  with polled dairy cattle:

I had to sell my last herd in 1976, but the  dream continued. In 2002
we purchased Midas-P from Randy Boutwell who had saved 8 polled
Guernseys including the Midas bull as the last registered  Guernsey
in North America. In that year also Edwin Johnson showed me  his
HICKORYMEA BWOOD OSSIE P-ET and I learned ABS was going to collect
her  Holstein son Ottawa-P who would be homozygous polled, so I was
able to use  Ottawa-P on Dale Culver's Gay-Ridge A J Pearl cow to
have Pinnacle-P. Bill  Kelly sold me Kelley-View Jade Julie and Elmer
Goff let me have the last  Brown Swiss polled semen he had saved from
sons of Lar-Le Liason Karat  NP.Robert and Bonnie Wentworth sold me
Wentworth-Farm Maverick Parade out of  Anderlini's Maverick-P to use
with James and Rhoda Hein's First-Mate-PP. Melanie Chittendon
allowed me to collect the Jersey Perry-P and some embryos  from a
mating of Dutch Hollow S Joe Mistress-P and the Northcoast bull
Austin-PP. And finally, Vince Ruzic has allowed me to collect
Milking  Shorthorn Alladan-P from his Ali cow.


Q: Do you feel the role of polled genetics has evolved over the past
10 years, stayed about the same, or  decreased in scope?

John Burket's pioneering efforts with MMI Genomics to  allow blood
samples to show whether a calf is homozygous polled directly is  a
breakthrough that, with the help of John Reber of the Jersey breed
and  others who will contribute for the different breeds now, will
allow more progress in identifying polled cows that are homozygous
polled. This will  significantly improve the chances for homozygous
polled offspring for use as  sires. The quality of polled animals now
is competitive with the horned sires. The average production of
polled offspring now matches the best of the horned bulls.

Q: What should breeders and producers realize about the  polled
opportunities available?

As polled is the dominant gene, by selecting a bull in any breed
that is polled, the flushing of the top cows of  the breed to them
will allow sale of the offspring as polled animals, leaders  for a
new generation of outstanding polled dairy cows.

Q: What do you feel are the biggest challenges and/or disadvantages
of using and selecting for polled genetics?


The biggest challenge is to find enough herds to use young sires for
quickly proving the polled bulls are as good as they are.

Another challenge is to identify the top polled cows for use as  dams
for mating.

Q: What strategies or approaches are you considering to address
challenges you have identified?

I collect bulls from polled  to polled matings to provide the chance
for homozygous polled bulls. The homozygous polled bulls can be used
and guarantee the use of a young sire  will produce a polled calf for
the first time user.

Q: Do you feel polled genetics have a stronger presence and/or
greater opportunity in Red cattle?

The availability of RC bulls like Ottawa-P and Pinnacle-P at the top
of the polled sires allow one to flush to Red cows to obtain best  of
breed characteristics. The Red breed can have a higher percentage  of
offspring because of the availability of many different Red and  RC
sires of high quality.

Q: What sire or bloodline do you feel has  had the greatest impact on
polled genetics today?

The sons of  HICKORYMEA BWOOD OSSIE P-ET have raise significantly the
number of polled offspring in Holstein herds of my friends that had a
horned herd before. She  is in the pedigree of all my polled Holsteins
through Ottawa-P.

Q: What excites you the most about polled genetics?

I think we now have  enough diversity, polled sires in each breed
which allow use on any cow of  the various breeds.

And we can now test for homozygous polled cows to use  as flush cows
to have polled offspring of any bull.

A big "Thank you"  to Lynn! Please visit his homepage at
http://www.polleddairycows.com

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