Last week, I was talking about cow families that have made an impact in the world of dairy. Sure, we are all about the cows in the dairy industry, but there are some farm names that are just as memorable as the cows; farms that have prefixes that every dairyman recognizes instantly. Many farms come to mind, but I want to talk about the farm that produced a pair of half brothers available through Global. That farm is Savage-Leigh Holsteins in Knoxville, Maryland.
Savage-Leigh is owned and operated by Wayne and Cindee Savage and their family. The farm milks around 250 registered Holsteins and focuses on breeding strong cow families with high transmittance of their genes. Savage-Leigh has bred and raised more than 200 excellent cows and has raised more than 40 additional excellent cows. The farm now has two locations, with Wayne and Cindee’s son Chip running the second farm in Libertytown, MD. The Savage-Leigh farms are proud to be milking a herd that is more than 80% home bred and were the recipients of the 2012 Progressive Breeder’s award.
The Libertytown farm operated by Chip Savage is home to the Savage-Leigh Licorice family. This family gave way to two bulls that made there way to the Midwest to become Global studs.
Licorice is an EX 92 cow that has been named both a Gold Medal Dam and a Dam of Merit. She was nominated All-American in 2006 and also took Grand Champion at the New York Spring International Show that same year. One year earlier, as a 4-year-old, she set her record production, producing 51,219 pounds of milk, 2178 pounds of fat, and 1693 pounds of protein in a 365 day lactation. She has also produced many excellent daughters, many of which have been nominated as All-Americans or have show winnings of their own. Of theses daughters is Savage-Leigh Lavish-ET.
Lavish is the Dam of Savage-Leigh Ludwig ET and Savage-Leigh Golden Luck ET, both available through Global Genetics. Lavish is scored EX 94 with a 95 point mammary system. She was nominated for All-American Senior 2 year old in 2007, and took Grand Champion at the Maryland Spring Show in 2009. In 2011, she competed as a 125,000 pound production cow and was second at the Eastern Fall National Show and first at the Maryland State fair. She was also named 1st place longtime production cow at the Maryland Spring show in 2012. In addition to her impressive show winnings as an individual, she also received All-American nominations in produce of dam and best three female categories. As a production cow, her best record was as a 6-year old, producing 44,250 pounds of milk with 1857 pounds of fat and 1329 pounds of protein in a 338 day lactation. Her lifetime production record in 146,700 pounds of milk, 6259 pounds of fat, and 4526 pound of protein.
Her two sons, Luck and Ludwig, came to Global as yearlings in 2009. The bulls are maternal half-brothers that carry the same amount of type as their dam and granddam.
Ludwig is a Shottle son scored at VG 88. He became a popular bull for global in both the United States and Canada. He currently has 176 daughters, including more than 60 in Canada, in 91 different herds. Many of his daughters score excellent or very good in both countries. He is an A2A2 phenotype bull and has a high adjusted age score (82.8). He also brings high type and strongly attached udders through to his daughters. In addition to the type that is transmitted, Ludwig daughters are well-tempered in the parlor.
Luck is a Goldwyn son out of Lavish. He is scored VG 85 and compares well with his brother. He also transmits high type and solid udders and also brings high components to the mix. He currently has 81 daughters in 43 herds, many of which score excellent or very good. He has a strong pedigree and is the product of a strong mating.
Both of these brothers available through Global bring forward some of the best traits of their family and make strong, dependable daughters.