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Archive March 2017

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Danish Jerseys on O'Loughlins Farm

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

Yesterday, most of the PG Sales-team & a few Pedigree Jersey Breeders, attended a farm walk on Rory & Maura O'Loughlin's Farm, near Rathangan. Rory & Maura imported Danish Jerseys first in 2014 (importing 130). The herd is mainly made up of 370 mainly Jersey Cows bred mainly by bulls from Viking Genetics with Brown Swiss & Rothbunt genetics featuring in the background too.

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Posted on Thursday, 2 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Early adoption of EBI delivering the goods for a pedigree herd

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

Brendan Meade’s farm on the Meath-Dublin border is a model spring-calving system built on good breeding, high grass utilisation and a labour-conscious system.

Dairying at Whiteleas since 1981, the farm now consists of 85ha (54.6ha owned, 16.2ha leased and 14.2ha rented annually) with 55ha of that being a milking platform.

Brendan is married to Mary, and they have three daughters Fiona, Grainne and Doireann.

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Posted on Thursday, 9 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Upcoming Prestige Catalogue Release

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

We at Progressive Genetics (Munster A.I & Ireland Genetics) are proud to announce the upcoming release of our Prestige Catalogue Range for Aberdeen Angus, Charolais and Limousin. This new catalogue range has been developed for pedigree breeders.

The Prestige Selection is a new range of elite bulls which we at Progressive Genetics (Munster A.I & Ireland Genetics) have chosen for you, the pedigree breeder. These sires have been carefully selected and represent the best Limousin genetics available globally.

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Posted on Monday, 13 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Prestige Angus 2017

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

Welcome to our first Prestige Angus catalogue.

Featuring sires like: Rebel, Diamond Mine, Americano, Kingdom and more!

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Posted on Tuesday, 14 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Prestige Limousin 2017

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

Welcome to our first Prestige Limousin catalogue.

Featuring sires like: Jackpot, Cameos, Ice Cream, Hamlet and more!

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Posted on Tuesday, 14 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Prestige Charolais 2017

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

Welcome to our first Prestige Charolais catalogue.

Featuring sires like: Castor. Jason, Levi, Ludwig and more!

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Posted on Tuesday, 14 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Henry Walsh plans for the Breeding Season

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

"The majority of dairy farmers are still in the middle of the calving season, but their thoughts will soon turn to the next breeding cycle. Martin Ryan spoke to..

HENRY WALSH

"My farming goal is to produce more milk solids per hectare utilising more grazed grass from the milking platform," says Galway dairy farmer, Henry Walsh, who milk almost 300 cows near Oranmore. To achieve his objective, Henry focuses on three goals: to grow and utilise more grass per hectare through better soil fertility;

More days in milk through more compact calving and improved cow fertility"

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Posted on Tuesday, 14 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Delivering nearly 500kg of milk solids with Holstein Friesian genetics

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

Husband and wife team, Brian James and Lorna Sixsmith, have a 130-cow spring-calving Holstein Friesian herd.

Based in Garrendenny, Crettyard, Co. Carlow, the couple’s herd increased from 115 cows in 2016. And in recent times, their milking platform has moved from about 49ha to 69ha.

The pair have farmed since 2002, after taking over from Lorna’s father, and farming has been a second career for them both.

The herd has an EBI of €149 and is currently ranked 28th on the latest EBI herd ranking (February 2017), with a fertility sub-index of €81, a production sub-index of €36 and +0.08% protein.

The herd is delivering 480kg of milk solids, while maintaining a 365-day calving interval and a 6% empty rate.

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Posted on Monday, 20 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Dairy Sires Spring 2017 March Proof Update

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March Proof Update (plus Active Bull List)

The ICBF has brought forward the publication of the quarterly evaluation for Dairy AI bulls which was not due to be published until May 2017. We have a new flier with the latest proofs and our website has been update dwith the latest figures! 

Dam of Anton: DIAMOND GFO AINE

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Posted on Tuesday, 28 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Improved performance on a rapidly-expanded top EBI herd

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Seamus Knox runs a 150 cow spring-calving Holstein Friesian herd in South Kilkenny. Since the end of quotas the Ballygown herd has increased substantially.

Prior to quota removal, there were 60 cows on the farm and since 2015 cow numbers have increased rapidly.

Cow numbers increased to 90 in 2015, 120 last year and 150 this year and Seamus hopes to milk 160 cows in 2017.

Considering the huge “in house” growth in this herd post-quotas, it is unbelievable that 70% of the cows come from three-cow families.


An ABO daughter springing on Seamus Knox’s farm

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Posted on Friday, 31 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics