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How to Ensure cows are at least 40 days calved and in good condition?
Cattle Breeding is about maximizing genetic gain for the selected traits. Also when crossbreeding hybrid vigor is a bonus. So how do we make best use of both?
Our recent series of meetings in Sligo, Mayo and Roscommon in conjunction with Teagasc and Aurivo we well attended and well received. The discussion centered on the future milk market and producing milk solids to meet this, the science of the EBI and its effect on real cow performance.Thanks to all who attended.
Leading the trade was the Reserve Senior Champion “Roundhill Hot Shot” (pictured below) from the herd of Tim Corridan, Fedamore, Co. Limerick. This very stylish September 2012 born bull is a son of Dollar
We are often asked if daughter proven bulls are superior to genomic proven ones.
We looked at a situation in which we selected only the highest EBI bulls in each year that were either Genomic (GS), Daughter Proven with Irish daughter (DAU Irl) or Daughter proven with foreign daughters (INT dau). We looked at the top 15 bulls in each category, regardless of breed since 2010 and compared the EBI at the time of selection to the current EBI.
We are happy to announce the launch of our new website.
Our new Autumn 2014 dairy catalogue is out now and we have a fantastic range of NEW bulls added to the active line up.
These have all been tested through G€NEIR€LAND so have semen fertility data and will have calving surveys in the spring of 2015.
Diamond Andy YAD is the highest EBI newcomer. He is a great yield improver so has a high Production Index. He is easy to use as not related to Oman or LHZ.
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We have a wide range of high EBI bulls available as sexed semen. It is important to order sexed semen as early as possible to ensure supply for the 2015 breeding season.
The 2014 season saw a large increase in sexed semen usage following from the 2013 trial. While fertility rates are expected to be lower with sexed semen the experince has mainly been positive. We have endevoured to make our best possible bulls availble as sexed.
In order to be eligible for sexing a bull must meet strict criteria.
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A piece by Arthur Bredin – Progressive Genetics Beef Specialist & Field Service Manager in the West of Ireland. A farmer approached me, at the Ploughing match, he was having problems getting cows in calf. I asked him a good few questions to try and get to the root of his dilemma, but it soon became apparent to me what was his problem.
A brief overview of the Suckler Herd pointing out where the National Suckler herd is at, briefly looking at:
- The National Reproductive Figures-Suckler Herd
- Teagasc Profit Monitors - Suckler to Beef & Suckler to Weanling
- The consequences of poor reproduction
- A 5 Star Cow - Thomas Wickham, Enniscorthy, Wexford
- How farmers can improve production
A brief overview of 24 month calving looking at:
- Grange replacement figures(plus costs)
- Calving difficulty figures for the average beef heifer
- USA figures on 24 month calving
- Examples of 24 month calving
What is Milk Value?
The Milk value is a Euro value for the cow, group or herds lactation, It is an estimation of the milk cheque value ofthe lactation.
It is calculated using an average milk price for the year, not the actual price paid, so is based on a base price of 0.33 plus VAT using the A + B - C system.
Safety First is a Must!
We are all familiar with the ads on the radio from the Road Safety Authority, featuring the staggering figures for the week gone by in relation to road deaths, which ends in the question “Do you want to be in next week’s numbers?”
Our roads are indeed very dangerous places and so unfortunately are our farmyards, Irish farms have become increasingly dangerous with a total of twenty seven fatalities on farm this year alone, we all must agree this figure is way too high.
This is a test only
This week we concluded a 4 night series of meetings in the UK with Ireland Genetics UK. The attendees were given updates on grazing research from Brian McCarthy, Emer Kennedy and Michael O’Donovan all from Teagasc Moorepark and on Genetics from Donagh Berry (Teagasc) and Lisa Ring (ICBF). Feedback from those attending was very positive and many attendees commented about the work in Ireland on grazing production being the best in the world.
Beef Heifer Calving
What would you imagine is the average beef heifer calving difficulty?
A look at some bulls in Irish AI of various breeds - Charolais, Aberdeen Angus, Salers and Limousin compared with stock bulls, with the main figure being looked at calving difficulty using the new indexes that will be available from ICBF shortly.
December Dairy AI Bull Evaluations
(IG) RONNOCO EVERAND (RNO) - EBI €352
(IG) LONGVIEW RELIABLE (LWR) - EBI of €347
(IG) CONNIBAR PRINCE (PCZ) - EBI of €333
December Beef AI Bull Evaluations
Lennon Frosty - FTY
Cavelands Fenian - LZF
Lasater Ivan & his continued battle with RIO
& much more.
Dairy Active List- Spring 2015 (December Proofs)
Our Top 10 EBI Bulls have an EBI of €331, Production SI of €104 & Fertility SI of €175.
As well as our Top - High Type, British Friesian, Jersey & Crossbred bulls.
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