Jersey breeder remembered
One of Taranaki’s most respected purebred Jersey breeders has died.
Malcolm Muggeridge died on Monday after a long illness. He was 69.
“Malcolm’s death will touch dairy farmers across New Zealand. He was a real stalwart of the purebred Jersey breed,” says close friend Allan Jenkins.
Malcolm and his wife Judith founded the Truday Stud at Ngaere near Stratford in 1971. They previously milked 180 cows.
The couple could trace the breeding of their herd back to 1914. One of their prizewinning cows Truday Lens Kola was a descendant of Homebush Wild Flower, which was bred by Malcolm’s grandfather Frank Muggeridge.
Malcolm and Judith exhibited cattle for more than 50 years. They competed at the Auckland Easter Show and at A&P shows around the lower North Island.
In 2014 more than 50 of the couple’s cows had been champions or reserve champions at A&P shows in Taranaki.
“Jerseys were in Malcolm and Judith’s blood. They’d take more than 20 animals to some shows,” says Allan.
“Malcolm was also a huge advocate for getting junior members involved in showing cattle and breeding. He enjoyed passing on his knowledge and dedicated countless hours to teaching others what to look for in a good cow.”
The Purebred Jersey Breed Society honoured Malcolm with a Distinguished Member’s Award and a Lifetime Member’s Award.
Malcolm is survived by his wife Judith and their four children Kelvin, Lyndon, Carinne and Petrina.