We decided to have most of our girls re-classified yesterday to get them all onto the new electronic format.
Almost all of them have improved their scores, with some notable increases.
Kirup Park Ulinzi is now VG88 along with Rawlings Bohemian Rhapsody. Rawlings Apricot Ice, Rawlings Delta Blue and KP Angelica all are now rated at VG87. Rawlings Absolute Gem and Rawlings Chariot of Fire have moved to VG86. Our first lactation Blueprint daughters all classified highly, Rawlings Emerald Skye at GP82 and Rawlings Ellie Mae and Rawlings Eva Diva both scored GP83. Along with one in Victoria who scored GP84, it just shows the consistency which is coming through in his genetics.
But most pleassing for us is that 11 of the 23 girls have a score of 90 or above for Dual Purpose Character, with 8 of the others having a score of 87 or above for this same trait.
The bulls results were also very pleasing with Rawlings Blueprint going to VG87, Rawlings ET who is just over 2 and a half scored VG85 and KP Esquire who is a month over two was rated with VG86 scoring highly for feet and legs which is an area we need to improve.
All in all I am very pleased with the outcomes, particularly when you can see the focus we have had on width, length of rump, udders and our dual purpose character is being reflected in the scores.
Just a quick note to let all know that we have a new cow-girl in the family. Graeme and Jessica have just had a precious little girl - Sophie Ella-Maree, born 13 February. She is our first grandchild.
I will be going to WA on Friday and will not be back for a month. So doubt very much Mark will post any blogs, he struggles to turn the computer on.
Lots of news to share when I get back.
Sophie Ella-Maree Morris
We have had to laugh over the last couple of weeks, our 5 female piglets have learnt how to climb. They run up the slope of their shelter and have now discovered that the corn growing in the raised boxes next to them is delicious. The things that go on at our place, life is never dull, I can assure you of that.
Also Mark has started on our stone barn conversion. The barn nearest the house was in desparate need of some TLC and we thought it would make awesome barnstay accommodation. So we have had to replace the walls which were just rotten timbers somehow miraculously still holding up the roof. Mark thought of blocks for the structural walls and then they will be faced with stone. I was lucky to find a matching set of character windows in a salvage yard, so the project was set to go ahead. Can you picture the end wall with the roof just on props and the news of an approaching cold front coming, I have never seen Mark work so fast. Blocks are back up on the end wall, so all is good which was a great relief. I think this is going to be a longer term project than he thinks, but will ultimately give us two units for when friends come to stay or for paying guests down the track. One year is the timeframe to complete the exterior and one unit inside, we will see how it goes!!