Jersey breeder re­mem­bered

Stratford Press - - What's On - By BRAD MARKHAM

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.

Mal­colm Mug­geridge.

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