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Archive February 2019

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New Catalogue Beef Sire Catalogue January 2019

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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!



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Posted on Friday, 1 February 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics


Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

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

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Posted on Monday, 4 February 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics

Myostatin Gene

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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.

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Posted on Tuesday, 5 February 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics

MooCall HEAT SPECIAL OFFER for February

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MooCall Heat is a game changer for Suckler & Dairy herds, in terms of automating heat detection in a cost effective & practical way.
Moocall HEAT texts when your cow enters a standing heat! Save 100s of hours and know exactly when to perform AI.

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Posted on Wednesday, 6 February 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics

Management of Dairy Cows from Calving until Mating Start Date

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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).



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Posted on Friday, 8 February 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics

Phase Two Johnes Control Programme 2019

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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). 




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Posted on Wednesday, 20 February 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics