Modest beginnings to Happily Ever After!
Once upon a time, Stadacona Outside Abel VG-88-4YR-CAN 26* was purchased for $5200 by Bloyce Thompson of Eastside Holsteins and Jamie Lewis of Lewisdale Holsteins. In 2002, they were mainly considering her for the show ring says Bloyce. “Abel was bred by Stadacona Holsteins of Quebec and had had some early show success. We were looking to build on that at the fall shows.” Until then this big, strong calf’s future value had been discounted because she had two GP cows behind her VG dam. However, soon enough, they could see that Abel had potential. “She calved out with an Integrity heifer that was a successful show calf and then a Champion heifer that was nominated All-Canadian.” Her brood cow career which didn’t begin until she was three years old was largely an “after-thought” says Thompson. Today, he would probably call it a happily-ever-after-thought.
Abel Goes From “Nearly Missed” to “Never Misses!”
Looking back, it is hard to imagine Abel as anything but the belle-of-the-ball. With 26 VG 2-year-old daughters, she is leading a super-princess lineup that includes 11 VG 88 daughters, 2 VG 89 daughters and an amazing 3 EX daughters. Her proud owners foresee that “Abel could challenge for the title of the most EX daughters in Canada.” Having said that, there is no need to wait to start recording Abel’s outstanding lineage. Her daughter, Eastside Lewisdale Gold Missy EX-95-CAN, hasn’t missed a step in her year-after-year march to the podium.
- 2008 Missy undefeated on the show circuit
- 2009 Missy first junior 3 at Madison and Reserve Intermediate Champion
- 2009 Missy sold for 1.2 million in November
- 2010 Missy produces 30 daughters and 24 sons from IVF flush program
- 2011 Missy Grand Champion in Madison
- 2011 Missy Grand Champion at Royal Winter Fair
Abel has the Formula for Mating Magic
There are many reasons that Thompson and Lewis love the success they have had with Abel. High on the list they point to her breeding ability. “She just one of those cows that has been able to mate to any bull and throws a good one.” The numbers certainly support this claim. Abel has sixteen high scoring daughters scoring from VG-88 to EX-95. Four Champions; Three Goldwyns, Three Dundees; Two Damions; Two Astronomicals; one Integrity and one Magical. Currently they have a sire plan they are using on the Abel family. “Stanley Cup on the Goldwyns. Numero Uno to add some index. And we’re adding Goldwyn on the members that don’t have Goldwyn in it.”
Abel is always in Demand. Perfectly Amazing Internationally Too!
Abel’s success story has been shared with many very happy cattle breeders. “As embryo producers, the family has been phenomenal. Abel produced over 150 embryos while she was alive. Since the border was closed we sold most of them throughout Canada. There is huge demand these days for Missy’s full sisters Eastside Lewisdale G Perfect, and another full sister Lewisdale Eastside Gold Amaze.” Amazing is right! Bloyce continues “Amaze embryos have been sold to more than 20 countries around the world. We have had over 350 embryos from her and just had 23 in a flush last week. She came along when Missy started gaining notoriety and has ridden that wave.” Of course he adds, “Perfect took up where Amaze left off.”
A Crowning Achievement for Abel
Looking back at Abel, who passed last year, Bloyce says “She is every dairyman’s dream cow. She could have been in anyone’s barn and she would still have achieved what she has accomplished. She has so many offspring all across Canada in many, many different herds. Her legacy was totally out of our hands and yet the success achieved in all those herds, attests to Abel’s breeding ability.” With so many successes already in the record books, Bloyce and Jamie agree, “It’s an honour to have Abel nominated for Cow of the Year. This will be the last jewel in her crown. We are very proud of her. She has a lot of friends out there so we are hoping for the best.” It would be a classic fairy tale ending.
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Over the next few days we will be profiling the nominees and encourage you to get your vote in before Fridays deadline. There are 4 ways of voting— Voting options include mail in ballot; faxing your ballot; emailing your vote to firstname.lastname@example.org; or voting online through your Holstein Canada account. Check out the other nominees; Gillette Blitz 2nd Wind, Smithden Allen Alison and Lindenright Morty Delicio.