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We are excited to bring you our latest Beef Catalogue (based on the latest proofs from ICBF, July 2019) featuring bulls over 50 bulls plus others on Replacement listings (there are over 200 on our website).
Wondering which sires are used the most this year?
ICBF have released a list of the most serves recorded in the first half of 2019 from 1st January to the 30th June 2019. This does not take into account DIY or AI technicians who do not use the ICBF Handhelds so serves so his actual usage will be higher in reality.
10 of the top 10 Dairy on Dairy Sires are Progressive Genetics (NCBC) bulls.
10 of the top 10 Beef on Dairy Sires are Progressive Genetics (NCBC) bulls.
8 of the top 10 Beef on Beef Sires are Progressive Genetics (NCBC) bulls, including no.1, no.2, no.3 & no.4!
There has been an increase in use of Belgian Blue with Manitou DBZ being the most used BB on dairy cows, with 9,538 AI handheld serves recorded in the first half of 2019.
ICBF have recently published the calf registration of the most popular AI sires in the Dairy Herd in 2018.
We are pleased to say that we had:
7 of the top 10 Holstein Friesian Sires including No.1 (IG) Nextgen Candy FR2385 593 FR2385 (dam pictured below), No.2 (IG) Ardragold Parker FR2371 & No.3 Diamond Anton FR2239 with over 56,000 calves registered between them in 2018! All in all we had 6 of the top 7! In general these sire would have featured as part of our Fresh Semen Programme which allows us to get as much of the highest sires out to as many of our service using farmers as possible.
We really appreciate the time that our customers take to send us in progeny pictures.
Everyone who send us in progeny pictures between the 19th June and the 1st July, will be entered in a draw for a €75 Progressive Genetics Voucher and their progeny pictures will be considered for the next Beef Catalogue.
The calving pattern on farms is what sets the top-performing herds apart from the lower-performing herds, in terms of maximising milk output from grazed grass.
Speaking at a recent breeding information event, Shane Leane – breeding advisor with Progressive Genetics – discussed why having a compact calving pattern is so important for your farm.
With the breeding season fast approaching on most farms, Progressive Genetics sat down with Shane Leane to find out what issues are on the minds of farmers at this critical time of year.
Shane has a PhD in dairy cow fertility and was manager of the Teagasc Curtins farm before joining Progressive Genetics.
A good deal of farmers have picked their bull teams for the coming season.
“EBI and milk solids are the main criteria more than ever,” according to Shane. Farmers are seeing the effects of breeding for better fertility through more cows calving in the first six weeks of the calving season.
The Duggans run a streamlined, low-cost, spring-calving operation on the undulating slopes of south-east Laois.
Eamonn Duggan has been farming full-time here since he was 16 and has witnessed some dramatic changes to the farm over the years.
Eamonn is very focused on his low-cost system, where he grows lots of grass and has a fertile, high-solids cow to enable maximum returns.
The herd boasts an 88% six-week calving rate and 476kg of milk solids sold; when you remove culled cows that are often carried over to June, the figure is 500kg.
The farm is now made up of two main enterprises, the first being the milking cows. The herd will consist of 144 cows and heifers this year – up from the 70 or so cows that would have been milked here in the mid-2000s.
In 2013, Martin Davin’s herd produced 315kg of milk solids; in 2017, 504kg were produced and in 2018, 520kg were. This huge improvement was achieved with a simple grass-based system and moderate meal feeding.
We recently spoke with Martin to get his story.
We have a wide selection of Beef bulls available, across breeds, fulfilling distinct farmer requirements with more and more focus on quality.
- Maximise Calf & Carcass Value - Belgian Blues Rachid BB2083 & Ideal BB4286, Hereford pair Handsome SPL (limited) & Advance HE4291 and Angus sires Master AA2309 & Man Oh Man AA4087 (AA4087 is a double muscle carrier).
Ideal BB4286, is 6.7% CD at 84% reliability, plus he's -0.7 days for gestation.
Phase two of the Irish Johne’s control programme commenced on 1st January 2019.
Milk recording is ideally suited to testing for Johnes as the same milk sample can be used in the laboratory to test for Johnes.
During Phase One of the scheme two test samples were required by the farmer which made it very difficult for the farmer to satisfy the 90 day TB test rule. However, with Phase Two farmers needs only ONE milk sample per animal per lactation to satisfy the requirements of the scheme (the 90 day TB test rule still applies).
Dr. Shane Leane PhD is part of the Progressive Genetics team, in the role of Dairy Specialist, Shane joined Progressive Genetics having completed a PhD in herd fertility, as well as having managed the Moorepark Curtins dairy herd. He has a wealth of knowledge in dairy systems, fertility management and crossbreeding.
Good fertility and compact calving are essential to maximise grass utilisation and farm profit. The target is to have 90% of the herd calved within 42 days from the planned start of calving and all cows calved by mating start date (MSD).
The Myostatin (MH) gene is a recessive gene found in all mammals & influences the production of a protein that controls muscle development. Natural mutations cause a deletion in the bovine myostatin so the muscles keep growing, resulting in the double-muscled phenotype.
Delure BB4498 like most Belgian Blues carries two copies of nt821.
Project500 looks at how cattle breeding can be used to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from dairy production. The aim should be to produce an excellent quality product for the minimum GHG impact.
As one of the biggest emissions from dairy farming comes in the form of methane from rumen fermentation a key target is to get as much output from each cow as possible. However, this needs to be done using the minimum imported meal and silage, both of which have a higher GHG footprint than grazed grass. The keys to achieving this high output is a cow capable of calving early in the spring, having a long and productive lactation and going back in calf easily for next year. This is the essence of a high EBI cow.
The good news for farmers is the cows that are best from a GHG viewpoint are also best for profitability. Calving early, producing high volumes of fat and protein and staying in the herd.
Dam of Waterwheel Winston FR4515
We are excited to bring you our latest Beef Catalogue (based on the latest proofs from ICBF, January 2019) featuring bulls over 50 bulls plus others on Replacement listings (there are over 200 on our website), All Bulls featured in our new catalogue are BDGP qualified for general usage (4 or 5 star, within or across breed for Terminal or Replacement Index).
Featuring top sires:
- No. 1 bull on the Replacement Index, Knottown Roy SA4604 with a Replacement Index, €275
- Castleview Gazelle ZAG, No. 1 Limousin bull available on Replacement Index, €170
- Serpentin ZSD, No. 1 Beef Sire across all breeds on Carcass Conformation
- Lisnacrann Fifty Cent SI2469, the No. 1 Simmental on the Replacement Index
- And Many more!
We have updated all the figures on our website, after the latest proof run (ICBF, January 2019).
After the latest Dairy AI bull proofs, we are delighted to announce we have 5 of the top 6 bulls on the Active Bull List, including number one Nextgen PHC Eimer 557 FR2460.
Beef Sires (Beef Bulls Active List - Replacement Index)
No. 1 Salers sire, Beguin SA4059
No. 1 Limousin sire, Castleview Gazelle ZAG
No. 1 Simmental sire, Lisnacrann Fifty Cent SI2469
Progressive Genetics are supplying the Moocall HEATs, you can order from today (with a deposit). Moocall HEAT is a one stop shop heat detection system for the largest of dairy farms to small scale part-time suckler farms, Moocall HEAT is the complete package from the collar for the bull to the App: Breedmanager, this exciting new system has been designed for Irish farmers.
How does it work?
AgriNet’s HerdApp is now entering its second Spring on the market and already has thousands of Irish Farmers using the app. The true value of HerdApp is really coming to the fore, as HerdApp the New Standard in Farm Management Software, is enabling Irish farmers to farm smart, particularly as they start to prepare for a busy Spring.
Farmer feedback is really important to the AgriNet team, as is continued improvement of HerdApp, looking at the app as it stands currently, Cork dairy farmer Denis Finnegan of Lee Valley Farm (Herd pictured below at grass last June), says that HerdApp is "simple to use" has "excellent reports that you can multi filter on" and a "live link to ICBF which makes it easy to access your milk and EBI data". "I see it (HerdApp) as a management tool on the farm, it's a bonus that it does all your compliance as well!" (follow Denis on Twitter here).
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