Paul & Christine Frecklington
Paul and Christine Frecklington (farm owners)
Hayden and Tamara Bishop (farm managers)
Farm 80 hectares. Manawatu
Herd 250 Jerseys
Production Average 617kgms per cow
Farm System 5
Until 2007, Paul and Christine Frecklington milked 1000-1100 Jerseys in one operation.
Paul recalls that until he and Christine married “we had run a mixed herd but Christine’s love of Jerseys convinced me to change to an all Jersey herd,” Paul said.
“Christine has a real passion for pedigree Jerseys and wanted a smaller unit where she could focus on breeding and type so we subdivided 80 hectares from the farm, built a new dairy and set it up as an independent winter milk unit running, initially, around 200 Jersey cows from the main herd.
“It was a great initiative - the first year’s production paying the cost of the new dairy.
“When we started this separate herd we began ‘experimenting’ with US genetics and the herd out-produced the average New Zealand Jersey herd by a large margin. We learnt a lot about feeding high performance animals that year – the cows were literally milking off their backs – so we reviewed and upgraded our feeding regime and, since then, run a System 5 operation.
“Our interest in US genetics eventually lead to us meeting Kelly Powell who was working for World Wide Sires. Her commitment to understanding our business and farming goals was so unique that we converted the herd, 100%, to World Wide Sires.
“Today the average condition score for four year olds is 4.6 and heifers 4.5. Contrasting those figures to the average condition score for New Zealand bred Jerseys (3.9) confirms that our cows are better grown, stronger and robust.
"Average per cow production over the last three or four years has been around 6000kgms per cow but has been as high as 648kgms.
“In 2018, for example, we averaged 617kgms winning the Jersey New Zealand award for the country’s highest producing Jersey herd,” Paul said.
Farm Manager, Hayden Bishop, says the cows are a pleasure to milk. “We very rarely have to assist a calving and the calves are strong and easy to rear. Heifers come into the herd well grown and quiet, quickly settling in the shed and producing from day one” Hayden said.