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New Catalogue Dairy Sires Jan 2018

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Our New Dairy Catalogue is now available online. 

Based on the latest ICBF figures, we have the top 4 Dairy Sires on the active list, the No.1 Jersey available, 5 of the top 10 daughter proven sires (Hoslteins & Friesians), featuring top sires, bull teams, high EBI sires, British Friesian sires, High Type sires, Jersey sires, Crossbred sires, Sexed semen sires, Beef sires (Angus, Hereford, Belgian Blue, Limousin & Simmental sires), Heat Detection Aids including MOOCALL HEAT (more here) & more!

All bull figures are based on the latest proofs from ICBF, December 2017.

High EBI

We have the Top 4 bulls on active list including:

  • (IG) DIAMOND ANTON FR2239 with an EBI of €320 (32.4kgs of m/s & +0.03 for udder) (dam below)

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Posted on Monday, 15 January 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

The ICBF have Published New Dairy AI Bull Proofs

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New Proofs

The full latest Dairy AI bull proofs are now available to view now. Please note, the Beef AI bulls will also be available on the 10th January.

We are pleased to reveal that 5 of the top 5 bulls are our bulls (NCBC):

CODE Name of Bull Euro REL
FR2239 (IG) DIAMOND ANTON 319.62 59
FR2460 (IG) NEXTGEN PHC EIMER 557 311.02 56
FR2385 (IG) NEXTGEN YKG CANDY 593 308.31 58

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Posted on Wednesday, 20 December 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

MooCall HEAT

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Progressive Genetics will be supplying the Moocall HEAT (as soon as they come available - early next year: January/February) but 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 Wednesday, 6 December 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

AI Technician Profile Nichola Murtagh

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‘There could be 15 cows to one call; women are getting the job done’ – AI technician, Nichola (22)

Caroline Allen of Agriland recently spoke with Progressive Genetics staff, Nichola Murtagh (AI Technician) & Larry Feeney (Marketing Manager)

Nichola Murtagh describes herself as “just your average 22-year-old”. Yet, she goes on to tell how she combines a job in AI with running her own suckler enterprise.

Having grown up on the family farm in Co. Westmeath; Murtagh always had an interest in animals and working outdoors.

She now looks after her suckler cow herd separate to the family farm, while also working for Progressive Genetics in Mullingar.

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Posted on Tuesday, 5 December 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Services affected by Storm Ophelia

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Due to the arrival of storm Ophelia today we will be operating a reduced service.

Our Enfield and Dublin offices will close at 12 noon, we will endeavour to have phone line forwarded in cases of emergency.

Our delivery service will not be operating today which may cause delays in semen delivery or milk recording reports.

Our field staff (including AI technicians) have been instructed to avoid travel for the duration of the storm.

We hope no inconvenience is caused by the storm and urge all our staff and customers to take the utmost care and wish everyone the best of luck.

Please be safe!

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Posted on Monday, 16 October 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Career Opportunities

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Career Opportunities: Sales & Sales Support Roles

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Posted on Tuesday, 10 October 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Shorthorn Sire Matrix

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STONEYROYD HALCYON MATRIX (P) (Code SH4209) is a new Shorthorn sire, that has been purchased by NCBC.

Matrix is an exceptional quality bull, an outstanding Shorthorn sire, plus he has a really good pelvic structure. And when you see his pedigree it's no surprise! 

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Posted on Monday, 24 July 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Top 10 most used sires in 2017 so far

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The ICBF have released the bulls with the most serves recorded so far in 2017.

Progressive Genetics (NCBC) are leading the way with 9 of the top 10, Dairy on Dairy, including at No. 6:

Olcastletown Ronaldo FR2298 a nicely balanced bull with a big production sub-index of €97 and over 30kgs/ms.

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Posted on Friday, 14 July 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Moocall now available from Pregressive Genetics

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Moocall is the successful Irish calving sensor and you can now order from your local Progressive Genetics representative. Having heard many positive reports about the system and recognising the importance of identifying calving problems we are delighted to be able to offer this product.

All orders will be dispatched straight away from Moocall direct to you. You will also enjoy the superb Moocall support, warranty and 60 day money back guarantee.


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Posted on Thursday, 22 December 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

2015 AI Bull Usage Lists

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The 2015 Top Beef and Dairy AI bull usage lists have now been released.

Beef Usage: 9 of the top 10 are Progressive Genetics Bulls

Dairy Usage: 8 of the top 10 are Progressive Genetics Bulls

Beef on Dairy: 8 of the top 10 are Progressive Genetics Bulls


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Posted on Wednesday, 20 July 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

Holstein International May 2016

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In May's Holstein International Edition, there was an interview with Larry Feeney:


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Posted on Monday, 13 June 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

BDGP Breeding Guide 2015-2016

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Breeding Profitable Replacements with The Beef Data & Genomics Programme Guide

Over the past number of months the BDGP programme has be the focus of a huge amount of talk & confusion, Progressive Genetics, in consultation with Teagasc & the ICBF have created their BDGP Breeding Guide which will be launched at the Ploughing Match, with 55 bulls across various breeds.

Download the full booklet here or view here (including bull listing).


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Posted on Saturday, 19 September 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Milk Recorders Wanted

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Milk Recording Technicians (Part Time Contract Positions)

We provide milk recording services to our farmers in Leinster, Ulster & Connacht.

We require new technicians in Newbawn, Enniscorthy, Ballywilliam (Wexford) and Mullinahone, Killenaule (Tipperary).

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Posted on Wednesday, 9 September 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

The Leading DIY AI Training Course in Ireland

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Ireland’s Leading DIY AI Training Course.

Progressive Genetics offer Ireland’s most complete and professional DIY AI Training Course with small groups, personal attention and highly experienced trainers.

Plus we offer the best value to the farmer at €380.

We conduct DIY training in two locations Kildare Chilling and Euromeats in Duleek, with two very experienced AI men doing the training.

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Posted on Thursday, 3 September 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Holstein Haplotype Discovered

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New Holstein Haplotype Discovered

Very recently, a group of research scientists in Germany discovered a new haplotype in the Holstein breed. Unlike the previously found “Haplotypes Impacting Fertility”, this particular genetic anomaly was found to be associated with calf survival in the first months of life. For calves that inherited the undesirable gene from both parents, it was found that they had an increased incidence of chronic/prolonged diarrhea that was untreatable, as well as other illnesses. Examination of blood samples from affected calves showed a cholesterol deficiency that prevented the normal deposition of fat in body tissues. Over the course of months after birth, the affected calves lost all body reserves and it appears that all eventually died.

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Posted on Monday, 24 August 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

NCBC Appoints a Dairy Breeding Programme Manager

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This week the NCBC Dairy Breeding Programme was joined by Eddie Barrett.

Eddie and his family have one of Ireland's longest established Holstein Friesian herds, the Laurelmore herd, which has won numerous awards. The Barrett’s herd is not just black and white they also have a Jersey herd. Eddie became involved in the AI sector when he established International Livestock Genetics (ILG) which imported sires from France, USA, UK and Holland.

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Posted on Friday, 3 July 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Irish High EBI Bulls Head to Tasmania

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Tasmania here we come:

This week Violet Nevin and Kieran Shields, travelled to Tasmania to begin to build a dairy semen business for NCBC/Ireland Genetics UK in Australia with some top-class High EBI Irish Bulls. Violet and Kieran have 40+ years AI technician experience between them, plus experience as breeding advisors. Violet has also worked as an AI Technician in Tasmania for 5 years and Kieran has also worked there previously too. 

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Posted on Friday, 26 June 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

NCBC Opening of New Laboratory

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The National Cattle Breeding Centre’s (NCBC) new state of the art laboratory in Naas was recently opened by Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney.

Ten years on from the formation of the National Cattle Breeding Centre (NCBC); a joint venture by the two largest Artificial Insemination companies in Ireland, Progressive Genetics Ireland and the Munster Cattle Breeding Group, the opening is part of a number of recent major investments by the NCBC.


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Posted on Wednesday, 20 May 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

New CEO At Progressive Genetics

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The Board of Progressive Genetics Co-op Society are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive. Effective 13th July 2015 Brendan Scanlon will take over the reins from Denis Guilfoyle who is retiring.

Photo of Brendan Scanlon & Denis Guilfoyle at the recent opening of the New NCBC Offices & Laboratory in the M7 Business Park, Naas, Co. Kildare.

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Posted on Friday, 15 May 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Board Reunion 20 years on

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Progressive Genetics was launched on 28th April 1995, a 20 year reunion of the board was held recently, on the 28th April 2015. 

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Posted on Tuesday, 5 May 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

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