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Triplet FSZ Calves

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsBeef
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

Beef on Dairy May 2018

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsDairyBeef

We have a wide selection of Beef bulls available, across breeds, fulfilling distinct farmer requirements plus some of of new beef on dairy test sires.

Ticking various boxes: 

  • Short Gestation - Christon Elton AA2123 at -4.1 days, Maverick AA4088 -3.6 days, Matteo AA4089 -3.5, Nutcracker HE4298 -3.5, Northern Star HE4297 -3.0, amongst others. 
  • Easy calving - Maverick AA4088 (1.5% CD at 91% reliability) & Matteo AA4089 (1.4% CD at 90% reliability) 

Some of the new beef on dairy test sires available are:

Moorside 1 Panda(P) HE4643, bred for calving ease and short gestation from Moorside 1 Joseph's 3/4 sister. An excellent quality well-muscled thick bull. Selected for easy calving & short gestation with good quality.

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Posted on Thursday, 14 June 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Goldies Jackpot daughters selling for 5 figure sums

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsOther NewsBeef

A pedigree Limousin heifer bred by Tom Bailey (Bailey Limousins) sired by Goldies Jackpot topped a premium production sale that took place on Monday, June 4, in Roscrea Mart, going for €16,800.

A total of 51 heifers went under the hammer, 17 in-calf and 34 maidens; these heifers came from the Bailey Limousin, Ballinrahin Limousin and Grangeford Limousin herds.

Described as a “super heifer” with “an outstanding future”, sale-topper Baileys Minnie was sired by Goldies Jackpot and is out of Baileys Irene.

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Posted on Friday, 8 June 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Tight calving pattern drives over 500kg of milk solids for an expanding herd

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsDairy

Robert Hovendon and Simon Cantwell, an uncle-and-nephew partnership in the making, farm on the best of ground just outside Durrow, Co. Laois.

Over the past 10 years, their herd has grown significantly – moving from 60 to over 140 cows – and they plan to milk 160-180 in the future.

Quota was a big limitation for Robert in the beginning, he said: “When quota started, we had one of our worst years ever and it kind of crippled us. I bought up more quota as the years went by and we eventually got up to 90 cows.”

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Posted on Monday, 12 March 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Efficiency at breeding is key for compact calving and high solids

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsDairy

Down Slaneyside, Patrick Fortune milks 150 spring-calving cows on his family’s farm just outside Adamstown, Co. Wexford. His Holstein Friesian herd has an average EBI (Economic Breeding Index) of €116 – €30 ahead of the national average.

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Posted on Monday, 5 March 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Progressive Genetics Saleperson Deirdre Toal

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsOther NewsDairy

‘I’m a woman in a man’s world’: Cattle breeding advisor

This piece by Caroline Allen, recently featured on Agriland, here

“I’m a woman in a man’s world,” acknowledges Deirdre Toal who is a cattle breeding advisor with Progressive Genetics.

“Although the number of women working for Progressive Genetics has increased since I joined, the AI (Artificial Insemination) industry is still predominantly male. This doesn’t bother me at all,” said the Roscommon native.

You will meet an odd farmer who will question what a woman would know about farming, but they are very few and far between. Once you have confidence in yourself and your product, people will have confidence in you.

“I enjoy my work in the AI industry. I enjoy being out and about and meeting people. When you are in a job 16 years you get to know a lot of people and you get to know families. In some cases, I’m now dealing with the next generation of farmers coming on,” Deirdre said.

“Genetics and cattle breeding have always been of interest to me. I love to visit a farm and see progeny from bulls I advised the farmer to use and see the positive impact they have had on his herd.”

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Posted on Monday, 5 March 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Storm Emma Announcement

Posted in Category(ies):  Company News

Unfortunately due to the adverse weather conditions our offices in Kylemore Road & Enfield are closed. We are unable to gain access to the AI call Centre in Enfield so no AI calls can be logged. The AI Technicians in certain areas may be in a position to give a service subject to the weather conditions in their area and if necessary you should contact your local AI technician directly.The health and safety of our staff is paramount so nobody should take any unnecessary risks.


A listing of the AI Technicians and their respective areas are listed here:

If you have a Milk Recording query please contact Jackie on 086-3413182

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Posted on Friday, 2 March 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Limit Night-time Calving

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsTipsDairyBeef

Can you change the time of day that cows/heifers calve?

Yes, by merely changing the time you feed your cows/heifers you can directly influence the time of calving. When you feed cows in the evening/night, you simply and most practically reduce the number of night-time calvings. 

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Posted on Tuesday, 6 February 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Catalogue Beef Sire Catalogue January 2018

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsBeef

Our New Beef Catalogue is now available online. 

We are excited to bring you our latest Beef Catalogue (based on the latest proofs from ICBF, January 2018) featuring 76 bulls (there are over 180 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 a number of RISING STARS like:

  • Liseron CH4320 his pedigree is a stack of proven superior maternal sires; Castor X Tombapik X Poplulair
  • Lapon CH4321 a new bloodline for Ireland, Lapon WAS purchased from a French performance test centre where he did an excellent weight gain 
  • Carrigroe Natiowide AA4375, an Elevator son with exceptional temperament 
  • And others! 

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Posted on Friday, 2 February 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Appointments to our growing team

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Progressive Genetics have recently appointed Shane Leane and Kelly Stephenson to add to their advisory and farmer support teams.

Shane Leane come to Progressive having completed a PhD in herd fertility and having managed the Moorepark Curtins dairy herd. Shane has a wealth of knowledge in dairy systems, fertility management and crossbreeding. Shanes role includes advising farmers on breeding strategies for their farming systems and strategies to achieve excellent fertility results.

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Posted on Thursday, 1 February 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Catalogue Crossbreeding Sires January 2018

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsDairy
We are pleased to present to you our new Xbred catalogue, "Crossbreeding Sires January 2018", hard copies are available now and if you would like one posted out to you please feel free to get in touch. 
The "Crossbreeding Sires January 2018" features a wide range of bulls, from across the globe, primarily New Zealand, Denmark and Ireland. 
Including sires like Superstition the sire of Triplestar. Superstition has over 3,700 daughters across 677 herds.

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Posted on Wednesday, 24 January 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Catalogue Dairy Sires Jan 2018

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsOther NewsDairy

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

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsDairy

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

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsOther NewsTipsDairyBeef

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

Posted in Category(ies):  Company News

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

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsBeef

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

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsDairyBeef


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

Posted in Category(ies):  Company News

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

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