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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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).
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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