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Archive March 2019

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Quality Beef Sires for the Dairy Herd 2019

Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

We have a wide selection of Beef bulls available, across breeds, fulfilling distinct farmer requirements with more and more focus on quality.

Sires like:

  • 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. 



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Posted on Thursday, 14 March 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics

How this Co. Laois farmer went from 315kg to 520kg of milk solids in 5 years

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

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.

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Posted on Friday, 15 March 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics

Achieving 2,000kg of milk solids per ha with a low-cost system in Laois

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

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.



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Posted on Wednesday, 27 March 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics