This piece by vet Tommy Heffernan featured in the Farming Independent last year, but is as relevant as ever!
Selective dry Cow Therapy (SDCT) is a process of selecting cows to treat with antibiotics at drying off on an individual cow needs basis. This can be done by carefully planning and using records to select the appropriate cows that need treatment and simply using teat sealants on their own with the rest of the herd.
There are three significant reasons to opt for SDCT.
There have been a number of Pedigree Limousin Sales since March, NCBC (Progressive Genetics & Munster A.I.) sires have featured well.
See some of the NCBC sires progeny below:
Handsome sons leads the way at annual Athenry Sale
An outstanding Keltic Handsome (OKH) son, 'Oldtown Kenny' topped the May sale in Athenry, selling for €6,800. Bred by William Hogan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, this outstanding stylish bull came to the ring with five star ratings in each trait, including a Terminal index of €146 and a Replacement index of €130.
The latest evaluation figures (Euro-Star) have now been updated and we now have them available to view on our website.
In all 174 Progressive Genetics (NCBC) bulls feature on the Terminal list & 151 on the Replacement list.
Progressive Genetics have 7 of the top 10 Replacement Index sires (priced at €10):
Replacement sire is Beguin SA4059 is number 1 with a Replacement Index of €249, we also have the top Charolais Voimo VMO, top AA KYA, top SH PZT & top Limousin ZAG along with the Limousins ranked 2nd & 3rd Gringo & Frosty, plus the top 2 commercially priced Simmentals Earp SI2469 and Fifty Cent SI2152.
More and more farmers are focusing on sire selection especially when it comes to breeding replacements, matching the bull to the cow (and considering the all important stars in light of the BDGP Scheme, aiming for a replacement index of €74+ in any female progeny).
In many cases, it makes sense for farmers to breed their replacements' out of their top 4 & 5 Star cows and just use a terminal sire on 3 & lower Starred females.
Limousin sires that you should consider using as part of a Replacement team are:
Keltic Handsome OKH: see this OKH daughter below in Trevor Boland's herd (Bunna Agri) off of a Joker cow. OKH's dam line is excellent on all maternal traits.
IOFGA (Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association) publish a magazine called Organic Matters, a magazine full of information and articles related to organic farming and the organic food market. Find a link to there website here (view article as a PDF here).
The below piece by John Fogarty recently featured in Organic Matters.
This bull is currently en route to the stud in Enfield but semen is already available, IDEAL DE PETIT WARET (Code BB4286) boasts 3 generations of easy calving & short gestation, and has been selected for testing on dairy cows.
Our Belgian Blue sires help our customers' achieve premium prices for their beef off dairy calves.
In order to meet the demand for the top EBI bulls, we will again be running fresh semen this year through our technician service. Our Fresh Programme allows us to maximise the availability of the highest demand bulls and ensure the very best semen fertility to you the farmer.