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Archive May 2017

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The Advantage of Good Breeding in the Organic System

Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

IOFGA (Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association) publish a magazine called Organic Matters, a magazine full of information and articles related to organic farming and the organic food market. Find a link to there website here (view article as a PDF here). 

The below piece by John Fogarty recently featured in Organic Matters.  

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Posted on Tuesday, 2 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Limousin Sires for Breeding Replacements 2017

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

More and more farmers are focusing on sire selection especially when it comes to breeding replacements, matching the bull to the cow (and considering the all important stars in light of the BDGP Scheme, aiming for a replacement index of €74+ in any female progeny).

In many cases, it makes sense for farmers to breed their replacements' out of their top 4 & 5 Star cows and just use a terminal sire on 3 & lower Starred females.

Limousin sires that you should consider using as part of a Replacement team are:

Keltic Handsome OKH: see this OKH daughter below in Trevor Boland's herd (Bunna Agri) off of a Joker cow. OKH's dam line is excellent on all maternal traits.

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Posted on Wednesday, 3 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

80 Cows performing in Dingle

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

Dairy farmer John P. Galvin milks 80 cows in a compact spring-calving system overlooking the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry.

Galvin’s land goes right down to the Atlantic Ocean and receives 1,600-1,700mm of rainfall on an annual basis.

Last year, John sold 477kg of milk solids from each cow in his herd to the Kerry Group at 4.22% fat and 3.62% protein.

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Posted on Thursday, 4 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Website Update with Beef May 2017 Figures

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

The latest evaluation figures (Euro-Star) have now been updated and we now have them available to view on our website.

In all 174 Progressive Genetics (NCBC) bulls feature on the Terminal list & 151 on the Replacement list. 

Progressive Genetics have 7 of the top 10 Replacement Index sires (priced at €10):

Replacement sire is Beguin SA4059 is number 1 with a Replacement Index of €249, we also have the top Charolais Voimo VMO, top AA KYA, top SH PZT & top Limousin ZAG along with the Limousins ranked 2nd & 3rd Gringo & Frosty, plus the top 2 commercially priced Simmentals Earp SI2469 and Fifty Cent SI2152.

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Posted on Thursday, 11 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Beef Sires for the Dairy Herd 2017

Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

We have a wide selection of Beef bulls available, across breeds, fulfilling distinct farmer requirements.

Ticking various boxes: 

  • Short Gestation
  • Easy calving for Dairy Maidens
  • Maximise Calf & Carcass Value
  • And MORE!

KYA Lord Hardy, now has over 34,000 calving surveys registered with ICBF! 

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Posted on Thursday, 18 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Short Gestation for The Dairy Herd

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

For the remainder of the breeding season, farmers are still faced with options:

  • Breed more Dairy Replacements
  • Add Calf Value
  • Use Short Gestation Beef

This is FR2031 Elmo's dam, Tisaxon RUU Elma 1669 (pictured below).

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Posted on Monday, 22 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Beef on Dairy New Hereford Test Bulls

Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

We have a number of new Hereford sires coming in for testing on the dairy herd, not all are in stock yet but we do have small amounts of Hollybush Noble and Northern Starr available. 

Hollybush 1 Noble HE4266, should provide a good balance of short gestation and calving ease (polled). 

 

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Posted on Wednesday, 24 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Beef on Dairy Test Bulls

Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

We have a number of New Beef sires coming in for testing on the dairy herd, not all are in stock yet but we do have a good selection! 

Such as Fabb Northern Starr HE4297, from the Fabb Polled Herd, Starr should provide a good balance of calf quality and calving ease. 

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Posted on Monday, 29 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Keltic Handsome sons in high demand at Society Sales

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef
There have been a number of Pedigree Limousin Sales since March, NCBC (Progressive Genetics & Munster A.I.) sires have featured well. 
 
See some of the NCBC sires progeny below: 
 
Handsome sons leads the way at annual Athenry Sale
 
An outstanding Keltic Handsome (OKH) son, 'Oldtown Kenny'  topped the May sale in Athenry, selling for €6,800. Bred by William Hogan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, this outstanding stylish bull came to the ring with five star ratings in each trait, including a Terminal index of €146 and a Replacement index of €130.  
 
 
 
 

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Posted on Wednesday, 31 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics