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Are you ready for Breeding 2019

Posted in Category(ies):  TipsDairyBeef

With the breeding season fast approaching on most farms, Progressive Genetics sat down with Shane Leane to find out what issues are on the minds of farmers at this critical time of year.

Shane has a PhD in dairy cow fertility and was manager of the Teagasc Curtins farm before joining Progressive Genetics.

Bull Teams

A good deal of farmers have picked their bull teams for the coming season.

“EBI and milk solids are the main criteria more than ever,” according to Shane. Farmers are seeing the effects of breeding for better fertility through more cows calving in the first six weeks of the calving season.

This is pushing output from longer lactations. Shane says this extra volume of cows calving is putting pressure on farmers, but easy calving and a robust cow type helps.
 
 

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Posted on Tuesday, 16 April 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics

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

MooCall HEAT SPECIAL OFFER for February

Posted in Category(ies):  Other NewsTipsDairyBeef
MooCall Heat is a game changer for Suckler & Dairy herds, in terms of automating heat detection in a cost effective & practical way.
 
Moocall HEAT texts when your cow enters a standing heat! Save 100s of hours and know exactly when to perform AI.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Posted on Wednesday, 6 February 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics

Myostatin Gene

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsBeef

The Myostatin (MH) gene is a recessive gene found in all mammals & influences the production of a protein that controls muscle development. Natural mutations cause a deletion in the bovine myostatin so the muscles keep growing, resulting in the double-muscled phenotype.

Delure BB4498 like most Belgian Blues carries two copies of nt821.

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Posted on Tuesday, 5 February 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Catalogue Beef Sire Catalogue January 2019

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We are excited to bring you our latest Beef Catalogue (based on the latest proofs from ICBF, January 2019) featuring bulls over 50 bulls plus others on Replacement listings (there are over 200 on our website), All Bulls featured in our new catalogue are BDGP qualified for general usage (4 or 5 star, within or across breed for Terminal or Replacement Index). 

Featuring top sires:

  • No. 1 bull on the Replacement Index, Knottown Roy SA4604 with a Replacement Index, €275 
  • Castleview Gazelle ZAG, No. 1 Limousin bull available on Replacement Index, €170
  • Serpentin ZSD, No. 1 Beef Sire across all breeds on Carcass Conformation
  • Lisnacrann Fifty Cent SI2469, the No. 1 Simmental on the Replacement Index
  • And Many more!

 

 

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Posted on Friday, 1 February 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics

Beef and Dairy new proofs January 2019

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We have updated all the figures on our website, after the latest proof run (ICBF, January 2019).

Dairy

After the latest Dairy AI bull proofs, we are delighted to announce we have 5 of the top 6 bulls on the Active Bull List, including number one Nextgen PHC Eimer 557 FR2460.

 

Beef Sires (Beef Bulls Active List - Replacement Index)

No. 1 Salers sire, Beguin SA4059

No. 1 Limousin sire, Castleview Gazelle ZAG 

No. 1 Simmental sire, Lisnacrann Fifty Cent SI2469

 

 

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Posted on Tuesday, 22 January 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics

Automate Heat detection with Moocall HEAT

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Progressive Genetics are supplying the Moocall HEATs, you can order from today (with a deposit). Moocall HEAT is a one stop shop heat detection system for the largest of dairy farms to small scale part-time suckler farms, Moocall HEAT is the complete package from the collar for the bull to the App: Breedmanager, this exciting new system has been designed for Irish farmers.

How does it work?

The collar is worn by a vasectomised bull (teaser bull) and Moocall eartags are attached to all cows and heifers. The collar then uses cow/bull proximity, mounting behaviour and bull activity levels to determine to an extremely high level of accuracy when a cow or a heifer is in heat. 
 
Pic: Vasectomised bull fitted with the demo version during trials. 
 
 

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Posted on Monday, 14 January 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics

HerdApp Going from Strength to Strength

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AgriNet’s HerdApp is now entering its second Spring on the market and already has thousands of Irish Farmers using the app. The true value of HerdApp is really coming to the fore, as HerdApp the New Standard in Farm Management Software, is enabling Irish farmers to farm smart, particularly as they start to prepare for a busy Spring.

Farmer feedback is really important to the AgriNet team, as is continued improvement of HerdApp, looking at the app as it stands currently, Cork dairy farmer Denis Finnegan of Lee Valley Farm (Herd pictured below at grass last June), says that HerdApp is "simple to use" has "excellent reports that you can multi filter on" and a "live link to ICBF which makes it easy to access your milk and EBI data". "I see it (HerdApp) as a management tool on the farm, it's a bonus that it does all your compliance as well!" (follow Denis on Twitter here).

 

 

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Posted on Thursday, 10 January 2019  |  By Progressive Genetics

Beef and Dairy new proofs December 2018

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We have updated all the figures on our website, after the latest proof run (ICBF, Dec 2018).

Dairy

After the latest Dairy AI bull proofs, we are delighted to announce we have 5 of the top 6 bulls (7 of the top 10) on the Active Bull List.

 

Beef Sires (Beef Bulls Active List - Replacement Index)

No. 1 Salers sire, Beguin SA4059

No. 1 Limousin sire, Castleview Gazelle ZAG 

No. 1 Simmental sire, Lis-Na-Ri Gucci SI4250

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Posted on Thursday, 20 December 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

The New Standard in Farm Apps Bord Bia Inspections

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AgriNet HerdApp is The New Standard in Farm Apps

The stress and hassle of Bord Bia inspections can be easily avoided with the use of HerdApp from AgriNet. As mentioned previously HerdApp focuses on three main functions – Breeding & AI (which is sponsored by Progressive Genetics and completely free to all Irish farmers), Drugs & Farm reports.

Because HerdApp has a live link with ICBF, all data flows seamlessly throughout all devices associated with your herd number. This means, if you have a relief milker, calf rearer or general labourer on your farm you will always be compliant for inspections. It doesn’t matter who administers an injection to a sick calf, or batch doses the maiden heifers, everyone with access to the app can record these administrations and everyone else will know which animal has received remedies.

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Posted on Monday, 26 November 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

The New Standard in Farm Apps Milk Recording Feature

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AgriNet HerdApp is The New Standard in Farm Apps

AgriNet have launched a brand new farm management app that allows for cross compliance & inspections. Also known as Irish Farm Computers, AgriNet was formed in 1997 and have over 20 years’ experience in Farming Software.

Most dairy farmers across the country at the moment are probably planning their last milk recording of the year in the coming weeks. Decisions will be made on cull cows, perhaps even more under the microscope than in other years with fodder tight for some this winter, for most there won’t be any passengers.

HerdApp's live link between ICBF ensures all information flows seamlessly between the two, meaning all historic & up to date milk recordings come down to HerdApp automatically. The same day you get your text highlighting the high SCC cows in your herd, the milk recording report will be uploaded to HerdApp.

From here you can view and filter all aspects of the milk recording report- for example you can sort by KGs milk solids, % fat or yield. In your ‘jobs list’ menu, cows with SCC over 200 will be highlighted so you don’t have to trawl through reams of information to find problem cows, they are presented to you directly from ICBF. 

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Posted on Friday, 2 November 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

The New Standard in Farm Apps

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AgriNet HerdApp is The New Standard in Farm Apps

AgriNet have launched a brand new farm management app that allows for cross compliance & inspections. Also known as Irish Farm Computers, AgriNet was formed in 1997 and have over 20 years’ experience in Farming Software.

HerdApp focuses on three main functions – Breeding & AI (which is sponsored by Progressive Genetics and completely free to all Irish farmers), Drugs & Farm reports.

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Posted on Tuesday, 23 October 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

NEW Prestige Angus Catalogue October 2018

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef
We are pleased to present to you our new Prestige Angus catalogue, hard copies will be available soon. 
 
The Prestige Selection is a new range of elite bulls which we at Progressive Genetics have chosen for the pedigree breeders. These sires have been carefully selected and represent the best Angus genetics available globally. The catalogue features 12 Angus bulls in total, some of which you will be familiar with like Srv Hedebo Knobel Et, Blackhaugh Time F610, Coonamble Elevator E11, Haymount War Smith, Weeton Diamond Mine P444 and Millah Murrah Klooney plus new sires like Luddenmore Edge S282, HW Farghal T516 and Intelagri Matteo E.T.
 
It is also worth noting that every bull in the catalogue is myostatin tested and none are myostatin carriers. 
 
Featuring:
  • Luddenmore Edge S282, a  new bull for pedigree breeders from two renowned cow families; Evora & Elba

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Posted on Wednesday, 17 October 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

NEW Prestige Charolais Catalogue October 2018

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef
We are pleased to present to you our new Prestige Charolais catalogue, hard copies will be available soon. 
 
The Prestige Selection is a new range of elite bulls which we at Progressive Genetics have chosen for the pedigree breeders. The catalogue features 12 Charolais bulls in total, some of which you will be familiar with like Cavelands Fenian, Bourgogne and Voimo, newer sires like Cavelands Levi and Goldstar Ludwig, PLUS old school legends like Nippur, Hara Kiri, Nelson and Jumper.
 
Featuring:
  • Cavelands Levi, one of the highest index Terminal Charolais available

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Posted on Wednesday, 17 October 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

NEW Prestige Limousin Catalogue October 2018

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef
We are pleased to present to you our new Prestige Limousin catalogue, hard copies will be available soon. 
 
The Prestige Selection is a new range of elite bulls which we at Progressive Genetics have chosen for the pedigree breeders. These sires have been carefully selected and represent the best Limousin genetics available globally. The catalogue features 12 Limousin bulls in total, some of which you will be familiar with like Bavardage AGB (Bavardage is now dead, semen in limited), plus sires featuring in our Prestige Limousin Catalogue for the first time like, Derrygullinane Kingbull, Powerhouse Italic, Tweeddale Lennox & Karlos PP.
 
  • Powerhouse Italic (pictured below), who's son Powerful Louis was first prize winner at the Royal Highland Show 2017

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Posted on Wednesday, 17 October 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Catalogue Beef Sire Catalogue September 2018

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsBeef

We are excited to bring you our latest Beef Catalogue (based on the latest proofs from ICBF, September 2018) featuring bulls over 50 bulls plus others on Replacement listings (there are over 200 on our website), All Bulls featured in our new catalogue are BDGP qualified for general usage (4 or 5 star, within or across breed for Terminal or Replacement Index). 

Featuring top sires:

  • No. 1 bull on the Replacement Index, Knottown Roy SA4604 with a Replacement Index, €273 (NEW)
  • No. 1 Aubrac bull on the Replacement Index, Johnstown AU4563 with a Replacement Index, €192 (NEW)
  • Castleview Gazelle ZAG, No. 1 Limousin bull available on Replacement Index, €186

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Posted on Wednesday, 12 September 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Beef and Dairy new proofs

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsDairyBeef

We have updated all the figures on our website, after the latest proof run.

Dairy

After the latest Dairy AI bull proofs, we are delighted to announce we have 4 of the top 5 bulls on the Active Bull List.

Suckler Sires

No. 1 and No. 2 sires on Replacement Index SA4604, AU4563

Top 4 Limousin on Replacement Index

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Posted on Tuesday, 11 September 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Progeny Pictures

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

We always appreciate getting in progeny pictures for our Social Media (FacebookTwitter & Instagram) pages and from the website.

As September and our next beef catalogue is drawing nearer please feel free to send us on a few snaps, particularly if you have calves by younger bulls. 

TJ Reilly, Ivoire OEO calf, dam is a BBx (OEO is no longer available, LM4360 K7 is an new polled (hetero) alternative).

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Posted on Monday, 23 July 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Triplet FSZ Calves

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Trevor Kelly is delighted with the recent arrival of TRIPLET Fiston FSZ calves, two bulls and a heifer out of a Simmental (IS4) cow.
 
Trevor farms outside Castlerea, Roscommon, where he has nearly 20 suckler cows, he’s a member of the North East Galway Beef Producer Group.
 
 

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Posted on Tuesday, 10 July 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

The Affect of Heat Stress on Bulls

Posted in Category(ies):  Other NewsTipsDairyBeef

Heat stress is a real problem, particularly for stock bulls at the moment.

A report from Kentucky University states that: "Bulls Natural service is still utilized on many dairy farms. Therefore, the importance of maintaining fertility in bulls is important. Bulls can be heat stressed when exposed to temperatures of 80°F (26.7°C) for merely 6 hours a day and the effects can last 9 weeks or more after the heat stress.

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Posted on Thursday, 28 June 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

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