Suddenly on Friday August 30, 2013. Ken Rose age 50 of Rosayre Ayrshires, Mountain, Ontario. Beloved husband of Shirley. Loving Dad of Jeremy and Geena. Cherished son of Elizabeth (Bobbie) and the late Donald Rose and dear son-in-law of Ted and Lois Ray. Dearly loved brother of Eileen (Phil), Janice (Todd), Marjorie (Scott) and brother-in-law of Susan (Keith), Roger (Diane), Barry (Sherri) and Bob (Margie). He will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Fondly remembered by the Ray and Rose Families.
Ken was able to achieve what many farmers talk about doing but hardly ever do – combine high-end type with championship production. Officially, he has the best producing Ayrshire herd in Ontario and unofficially the best all-round herd in Canada.
His Fairburn Blackeyed Susan is All-Canadian three-year-old while the eight cows he took to the Royal last fall all finished in the top five, with one winning her class. He has had so many all-Canadian cows and premier breeder awards from the Toronto Royal he has lost track.
But what distinguished his herd for high-end producers is high milk production and his ability to turn his cows into money makers. Each cow, based on 54 records, produced $5,821 worth of milk and components. Last year, his cows produced an average of 9,937 kilograms of milk, 407 kilograms of fat and 328 kilograms of protein.
What’s more, his Rosayre Heligo’s Jess and Lake Verde Prudence lead every Ayrshire in the province on test with Dairy Herd Improvement, producing 16,254 kilograms of milk and 15,647 kilograms respectively.
Ken will rest at the Byers Funeral Home, 2990 Church Street, South Mountain (613-989-3836) from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. A Funeral Service will be held at the Mountain Township Agricultural Hall, 2967 Lough Road, South Mountain on Wednesday September 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. Interment Knights Cemetery.
By family request, donations may be made to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online condolences may be made at www.byersfuneralhomeinc.com