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Our new Coloured Dairy Sires 2019 Catalogue (based on September 2018 Proofs), featuring 41 bulls, from across the world, with top bulls from Viking Genetics, Semex, ABS, CRV, Genetics Austria & others is online now (hard copies also available).
We have EBIs & Country of Origin proofs for most bulls, plus lots of progeny & family pictures.
Dam of Rosehill Manderville, a high PLI sire with super milk solids & udders.
Our new High Type Sires Catalogue (based on September 2018 Proofs) is available online now (hard copies are available now). There is a huge selection of bulls (with 36 bulls featuring) from across the world, from NCBC, Semex, ABS & CRV. We have EBIs & Country of Origin proofs for most bulls, plus lots of progeny & family pictures.
- No. 1 Jersey on EBI, BRADENE PAS TRIPLESTAR JE4289, EBI of €272 plus he has 36kgs of milk solids
Our New Dairy Catalogue is now available online.
Based on the latest ICBF figures, we have 5 of the top 6 Dairy Sires on the active list, the No.1 Jersey available, 10 of the top 15 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!
All bull figures are based on the latest proofs from ICBF, September 2018.
We have the Top 5 of the top 6 bulls on active list, including no.1, no.2 & no.3:
- (IG) DIAMOND ANTON FR2239 with an EBI of €316 (36kgs of m/s)
We have updated all the figures on our website, after the latest proof run.
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.
No. 1 and No. 2 sires on Replacement Index SA4604, AU4563
Top 4 Limousin on Replacement Index
WANTED: We are currently looking for MILK RECORDERS in three main areas:
2. Tuam/Cloghans Hill/Claremorris area
3. Inniskeen/Ardee area
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.
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.
The May 2018 evaluation figures have been made available for all dairy and beef animals by the ICBF.
We have updated all these figures on our website!
In order to meet the demand for the top EBI bulls, we will again be running fresh semen this year through our technician service. Our Fresh Programme allows us to maximise the availability of the highest demand bulls and ensure the very best semen fertility to you the farmer.
Our Fresh panel this year features:
Day 1: FR2298 Ronaldo, FR2460 Eimear & FR2385 Candy
Day 2: FR2239 Anton (dam pictured below), FR4021 Arnold* & FR2371 Parker
Why use synchronisation programmes?
- Labour efficiency
- Potential improved reproductive performance
- Improved calving pattern
- Grazing Management
There is a clear trend to higher milk output from higher EBI cows. This is primarily driven by better fertility performance.
With the late spring there is a possibility of nutrition issues on farms now that could have an effect on conception rates during the coming breeding season. Negative energy balance 4-6 weeks before breeding can reduce conception rates.
Dairy Specialist Shane Leane has but together the below information which may be useful.
Low milk protein
- Low milk protein can be associated with a lack of energy in the diet of the dairy cow.
- Insufficient energy in the milking cow’s diet can result in low milk protein, low milk yields, poor fertility, poor immunity and susceptibility to disease and metabolic disorders as well as loss of body condition.
- Inadequate energy intake in early lactation can cause excessive loss of body condition and significantly impact the success of the breeding season. See graph below highlighting the influence of BCS on 3 week submission rate.
Monitoring milk protein
- Compare current milk protein percentages in the milk tank with the same time last year, use a 10 day average figure. Note when comparing figures with same time last year, account for changes in calving pattern and milk yield. If protein is more than 0.2% below same time as last year consider increasing energy intakes.
South of Nenagh, just over 100m above sea level, Jerry Moloney is now milking nearly 100 cows. This is up from 54 in 2010, when Jerry returned home after 10 years with Procter & Gamble.
Jerry explained: “I walked into the nuts and bolts of a very good farm.”
However, there were some areas that warranted improvement. The herd had “good fertility, but milk was poor”.
Knowing the genetic merit of your herd is a key component to successfully improving traits of importance on your farm. The observed performance (e.g. 305 day milk yield) of an individual cow depends on two things:
a) the genetic merit of the cows
b) the environment in which she is performing
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.”
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.
‘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.”
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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