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How many times have you gone looking for your cows due dates or spent time figuring out what cows were not bred yet?
Thanks to a live link between ICBF and AgriNet HerdApp all your herd information is easily available on your phone. Calving date, facility to record a heat, serve date, due pregnancy test date, calving date & dry date. All these dates update as soon as data is entered.
Are you making the most of milk recording?
AgriNet HerdApp won't quite tell you when you need to milk record but it will have the results easily displayed as soon as you get the text with your 5 highest cell count cows. Some of you may be used to recieving print outs in the post in the past. These print outs were highly anticapated, studied in detail on arrival & then left somewhere with the rest of the post. Then after the next recording we go through the same process again.
Imagine having access to ALL your milk recording data ALL the time on your phone, enter AgriNet HerdApp which has ALL of that.
Breeding season is a busy time for farmers. Recording serves is a process that can be streamlined. This is key to Lean Farming as it simplifies the workflow.
All this information in your pocket and access it immediately!
Now that the bulk of calving is over the focus will quickly shift to preparing for the upcoming breeding season. At a time where farmers are considering Sire Advice & bull selection it is also a good to keep a record of the cows activity.
Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
As a precautionary measure and part of the national effort to minimise the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and to protect both herdowners and A.I company staff and contractors the following protocols are being implemented for the AI Technician service.
Our AI service will continue operatingas normally as possible under the HSE hygiene guidelines.
Eddie O'Byrne is one of our dedicated 150 AI Technicians on the road.
During this difficult time and ever-evolving situation, as we all face the COVID-19 pandemic, we want you to know that Progressive Genetics is taking a prudent approach while remaining committed to you, our customer.
We will continue to serve you in whatever capacity possible, whilst maintaining the health and safety of your operation, your employees and our staff. All of our staff have been issued with a standard operating procedure designed to protect staff, customers and the general public, as directed by the HSE.
We have made the decision to temporarily suspend our manual milk recording service until the 30th March 2020, the EDIY milk recording service will continue.
Our breeding advisors will continue deal with customers either by pre-arranged visit (if required) adhering to strict hygiene protocols or remotely via phone (or other digital means). Our AI Technicians will continue to visit farms, as will our delivery and our nitrogen servicing drivers.
We would be grateful if you could please alert us immediately if you yourself, a member of the farm household or farm staff has a confirmed or suspected case of Corona Virus or is in self-isolation, ideally we would ask that you would use one of these three preferred methods of contact, contact your local Progressive Genetics Representative, call the call centre on 1850 20 20 50 or email Emma Behan on firstname.lastname@example.org.
In accordance with HSE guidelines if any of our staff develop any symptoms they will immediately self-isolate. The welfare of our staff and customers, and that of their families, is the top priority.
In these unprecedented times we will continue to review and update all our customers, but if we can help you in any way please do not hesitate to contact your local Progressive Genetics representative.
Thank you for your support and co-operation in these extraordinary times.
(PDF version of this article here)
An app from your smart phone can tell you when your cow is going to calve.
Register your calves birth in under 1 minute using AgriNet HerdApp
From 2022, dairy farmers will no longer be allowed to use blanket dry-cow treatment across all the cows in their herd – without evidence that they require them. For this reason, milk recording will need to become common practice on dairy farms.
Milk recording results will allow farmers to identify animals suitable for selective-dry cow therapy (SDCT); in other words which cows meet the criteria for no antibiotic treatment at drying-off.
In the ‘Ag-Climatise’ – A Draft National Climate and Air Roadmap for the Agriculture Sector to 2030 and Beyond – a figure of 75% is quoted for the target number of herds to be milk recording by 2030.
Figures from the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) show that just 44% of herds milk recorded last year, up to December 27; so there is still a long way to go.
AgriLand spoke with Stephen Connolly – the newly appointed milk recording manager at Progressive Genetics – to find out what Progressive Genetics is doing to get prepared for this influx of farmers and, also, why it is so important that farmers take up this technology.
He commented: "There is a lot going on in Progressive Genetics at the moment to make the service better for farmers."
We are currently looking for a MILK RECORDER (Part-time work on a number of farms) in two areas Cavan/Monaghan area & the Kilkenny/Waterford area.
Applicants should be:
> Familiar with dairy farming
> Willing to work at milking times
The role entails:
Visiting numerous dairy farms (this is something that the recorder organises between themselves and the farmer)
Collecting milk samples and yields from each cow (morning and evening).
Recorders are paid based on the number of cows recorded, there can also be additional payments for certain tests outside of milk recording etc.
The position(s) would suit a somebody from an agri-background looking for an additional income as a the position(s) is part time (but also suits students etc.).
Progressive Genetics is an equal opportunity employer.
If you have any questions email Stephen Connolly milk recording manager email@example.com
Our Sexed Semen Sires for 2020 is now available online.
This catalogue is based on the latest figures (ICBF, November 2019) and features 20 bulls that will have Sexed Semen available of from March (some are available now).
Including Sires like:
(IG) RONNOCO MILAN FR4510 with an EBI of €288 and +0.23% Protein!
(IG) CLORANE DANDYMAN FR4600 with an EBI of €281, a PSI of €124 and almost 40 kgs milk solids!
And many others!
We are excited to bring you our latest Beef Catalogue (based on the latest proofs from ICBF, July 2019) featuring bulls over 50 bulls plus others on Replacement listings (there are over 200 on our website).
Wondering which sires are used the most this year?
ICBF have released a list of the most serves recorded in the first half of 2019 from 1st January to the 30th June 2019. This does not take into account DIY or AI technicians who do not use the ICBF Handhelds so serves so his actual usage will be higher in reality.
10 of the top 10 Dairy on Dairy Sires are Progressive Genetics (NCBC) bulls.
10 of the top 10 Beef on Dairy Sires are Progressive Genetics (NCBC) bulls.
8 of the top 10 Beef on Beef Sires are Progressive Genetics (NCBC) bulls, including no.1, no.2, no.3 & no.4!
There has been an increase in use of Belgian Blue with Manitou DBZ being the most used BB on dairy cows, with 9,538 AI handheld serves recorded in the first half of 2019.
ICBF have recently published the calf registration of the most popular AI sires in the Dairy Herd in 2018.
We are pleased to say that we had:
7 of the top 10 Holstein Friesian Sires including No.1 (IG) Nextgen Candy FR2385 593 FR2385 (dam pictured below), No.2 (IG) Ardragold Parker FR2371 & No.3 Diamond Anton FR2239 with over 56,000 calves registered between them in 2018! All in all we had 6 of the top 7! In general these sire would have featured as part of our Fresh Semen Programme which allows us to get as much of the highest sires out to as many of our service using farmers as possible.
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