Gate shuts on jer­sey stud

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA RAM­SEY

It was the end of an era for the Madeley Park Jer­sey Stud, which ran its 61st and fi­nal jer­sey sale on April 8.

The en­tire pedi­gree jer­sey dairy herd, in- calf heifers, empty cows, and bulls went un­der the ham­mer at the sale, which was at­tended by hun­dreds of buy­ers from as far away as In­ver­cargill and Kaitaia.

The stud was es­tab­lished by late jer­sey breeder and se­nior judge Rion Belfield, who passed away in Oc­to­ber.

Belfield de­vel­oped the fam­ily farm in Ngarua into a world-lead­ing jer­sey breed­ing stud over many decades.

Fam­ily spokesper­son Richard Smith said it was Belfield’s wish that the herd be sold af­ter he passed away.

‘‘It was Mr Belfied’s dream, it’s a mas­sive job,’’ he said.

‘‘It was time to go, it was time for the cows to move on.’’

Belfied’s wife Tr­ish had been milk­ing on the farm since 1969, he said.

Fam­ily mem­bers were not will­ing to con­tinue with breed­ing or milk­ing the pedi­gree jer­seys but were keep­ing the land, he said.

The fam­ily also re­tained about 40 year­ling heifers, which will be sold next year.

The le­gacy will con­tinue though, with plenty of in­ter­est at the sale from those want­ing to breed pedi­gree Madeley Park stock, Smith said.

One young farmer bought 36 of the cat­tle to start a pedi­gree jer­sey herd in Can­ter­bury.

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of $8500 was paid for an in-calf cow. There were a to­tal of 166 head of cat­tle sold, with an av­er­age price of $2014.

Belfield also trained up­com­ing show judges and was on the Thames Val­ley panel of judges.

Photo: TERESA RAM­SEY

Sales manager Brian Robin­son, left, and auc­tion­eer Alan Jones at the Madeley Park Jer­sey Stud sale.

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