Creeting St Mary/Aldeby: Pedigree cattle breeder Andrea wins Swiss travel scholarship

Young Jersey Travel Schene winners, Andrea Vale, fifth from left

Young Jersey Travel Schene winners, Andrea Vale, fifth from left - Credit: submitted

Pedigree cattle breeder and an award-winning calf hander Andrea Vale has won a travel scholarship to Switzerland.

The Jersey Cattle Society held a national competition for a study trip to learn more about the breed.

Andrea Vale, aged 22, who has completed a BSc in agriculture with animal science at Harper Adams, will travel to Zurich in the middle of November to attended an international breed society show and conference.

She started her own Eastpoint Jersey herd and has just one heifer, which is currently run with Jason Salisbury’s Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses herd at Creeting St Mary, near Ipswich. It produced a bull calf and she is now hoping for another heifer to expand her herd.

She is working on the family’s Wheatacre Barns, Aldeby, near Beccles.

“I called the herd Eastpoint because we’re just three miles from the coast as the crow flies,” she added.

The UK Jersey Youth Travel Award gives an opportunity to travel internationally to see Jersey cattle and management systems and this year’s theme was: “How my travel experience would help me, UK Jerseys & the Jersey breed.”