Saturday July 4th 2015
The day will include the chance to view the entire herd, along with a small, elite sale of some of the best genetics in the herd, followed by a social evening and party. This is an opportunity to visit a herd which is viewed by many as one of the best breeders herd’s of current times
The Richaven herd was founded in 1993 by Richard Bown with the goal of breeding the best pedigree Holsteins. The herd has been founded through developing strong maternal lines, with sires primarily of Canadian breeding alongside the use of some home bred bulls.
The depth of cow families is something Richard and his family pride themselves on, but the stand out family is easily the Squaw family who originates from the Ex93 classified Severnvales Chief Squaw who was purchased as a calf. More than 30% of the herd now carry Squaw blood, either from the maternal line or through the herd sire Richaven Squawbuck or other Squaw sires which consistently transmit the frame, power and great feet, legs and udders that define this family.
Sires used in the herd are Explode, Doorman, Glauco, Shadow, Goldwyn, Atwood, Saviour, Resolute, Smokin and Sid, with home-bred sire Richaven Squawbuck also being used.
Highlights for the herd have been winning Holstein UK’s Premier Herd Award in 2009, as well as numerous successes in the show ring. More recent highlights have included winning the highly regarded Supercow Interbreed at Agri-Scot in 2011 with Richaven Shottle Squaw. In the past three years they have had four home bred three year old cows receive All Britain nominations, winning the section all three years. In 2013 Richaven Goldwyn Adrienne Ex95 was champion All Britain Mature Cow, winning by a record margin with the highest number of votes in any category.
Stockmax are delighted to be supporting the Richaven Holstein open day by providing the bedding for all cattle in the show.