Margaret Pinny with daughter Megan Browning and grandson Nicholas at the family farm Totara Dale Stud

Celebrations for Jersey breeders

by Ann van Engelen

The Jersey NZ Association’s Distinguished Member Award was presented to Kaipara resident Margaret Pinny recently while her grandson Nicholas Browning received the Semex Type and Production Award for the second year running.

The family Jersey herd is at Totara Dale Stud. Margaret has held several positions in Jersey NZ and was secretary to the private Jersey members sire proving scheme. This scheme proved to be a forerunner to what is now Jersey Future.

In 1996 Margaret and Rex moved with their daughter Megan and family to a farm in the Waihue Valley. They joined the Northern Wairoa Jersey Club, and in 2000 Margaret became secretary/treasurer, a position she holds to this day.

Along with Megan, she has been running a youth section in the club bringing in new young members from Jersey and all breed backgrounds and giving help and encouragement in all aspects of stock presentation.

The family also took out places in the World Wire Sires Jersey Photo Competition.

“The Semex competition was against other Jersey NZ members right through the country. We won it last year and never thought we would get it again this year. That is very difficult to do,” says Nick.

“My parents began the stud, and I took over from them. They are still a big part of what we do. The secret is breeding good cows, and I still have a few of my grandmother’s stud genetics. I like to breed a pure, straight cow, not a crossbred.

“Taking out the award twice was amazing, I was stoked receiving it last year and never thought we would do it again this year.”