Archive February 2018
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Progressive Genetics have recently appointed Shane Leane and Kelly Stephenson to add to their advisory and farmer support teams.
Shane Leane come to Progressive having completed a PhD in herd fertility and having managed the Moorepark Curtins dairy herd. Shane has a wealth of knowledge in dairy systems, fertility management and crossbreeding. Shanes role includes advising farmers on breeding strategies for their farming systems and strategies to achieve excellent fertility results.
Our New Beef Catalogue is now available online.
We are excited to bring you our latest Beef Catalogue (based on the latest proofs from ICBF, January 2018) featuring 76 bulls (there are over 180 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 a number of RISING STARS like:
- Liseron CH4320 his pedigree is a stack of proven superior maternal sires; Castor X Tombapik X Poplulair
- Lapon CH4321 a new bloodline for Ireland, Lapon WAS purchased from a French performance test centre where he did an excellent weight gain
- Carrigroe Natiowide AA4375, an Elevator son with exceptional temperament
- And others!
The family has been using genetics from the Viking countries ever since Ben Tyrrell’s grandfather imported the first Danish Jersey bull into Ireland, 50 years ago.
By Verónica Löfgren, Communicator
In closing a circle that started in 1962, Viking Jersey Woodtown Horn Hurling, VJ Hurling, was born on the same farm that 50 years ago imported the first bull into Ireland from Denmark. VJ Hurling was bred at Richard and Ben Tyrell’s herd at Woodtown Jerseys in Kildalkey, Ireland. Father and son have been using the best of VikingGenetics’ semen for generations; and it was Ben’s grandfather Garret, who changed the course of the farm that celebrated its centenary this September.
The farm became more of a dairy farm in the 1950s. The import of livestock from the Channel Island of Jersey marked the beginning of the use of Jersey cows here, and in the 1960s, Garret Tyrell made an important decision that not only improved the fame but also paved the road to success for other Irish farmers. Together with Jo Bewley, another passionate farmer, these two men imported the first Danish Jersey bull in 1962.
Can you change the time of day that cows/heifers calve?
Yes, by merely changing the time you feed your cows/heifers you can directly influence the time of calving. When you feed cows in the evening/night, you simply and most practically reduce the number of night-time calvings.
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