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WANTED Milk Recorders in Various Locations

Posted in Category(ies):  Other NewsDairy

WANTED: We are currently looking for MILK RECORDERS in three main areas:

1.Clonaslee/Rosenallis/Kilcormac/Birr area
2. Tuam/Cloghans Hill/Claremorris area
3. Inniskeen/Ardee area

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Posted on Thursday, 16 August 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

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

ICBF May 2018 Proofs

Posted in Category(ies):  Other NewsDairyBeef

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! 

Interesting Developments

We have the THREE shortest gestation Hereford sires! Northern Star HE4297 (below) who is -2.99 days PTA, (CD 4.4% at 79%) and Nutcracker HE4298 is -3.49 days PTA, (CD 2.3% at 82%)

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Posted on Friday, 18 May 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Farmer Comment on MILK RECORDING

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy
Farmers views on Milk Recording: 
Brendan Meade, Meath (pedigree herd of 172 Holstein Friesian cows delivered 505kg of milk solids in 2016)
"We record nine months of the year, right up to December." For Brendan milk recording is a hugely useful tool which, for him, “you’re working blind” without. Brendan uses the data to identify problem cows, having SCC issues, but also cows that are not performing in terms milk solids, which is key data for Brendan in terms of selection of cows or heifers to keep.

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Posted on Friday, 11 May 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Fresh Semen Programme 2018

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

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

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Posted on Monday, 30 April 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics


Posted in Category(ies):  TipsDairy

Why use synchronisation programmes?

  • Labour efficiency
  • Potential improved reproductive performance
  • Improved calving pattern
  • Grazing Management

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Posted on Tuesday, 17 April 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Trend in herd performance 2010 to 2016

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

There is a clear trend to higher milk output from higher EBI cows. This is primarily driven by better fertility performance.

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Posted on Friday, 13 April 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Negative Energy Balance & Conception rates

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

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.

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Posted on Tuesday, 27 March 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Delivering over 580kg of milk solids with Irish breeding

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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”.

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Posted on Monday, 26 March 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Basics of dairy cattle breeding

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

Genetic Evaluations

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


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Posted on Thursday, 22 March 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

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

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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

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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

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‘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

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

VJ Hurling first VJ bull bought outside Scandinavia

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

The family has been using genetics from the Viking countries ever since Ben Tyrrell’s grandfather imported the first Danish Jersey bull into Ireland, 50 years ago.

 By Verónica Löfgren, Communicator

In closing a circle that started in 1962, Viking Jersey Woodtown Horn Hurling, VJ Hurling, was born on the same farm that 50 years ago imported the first bull into Ireland from Denmark. VJ Hurling was bred at Richard and Ben Tyrell’s herd at Woodtown Jerseys in Kildalkey, Ireland. Father and son have been using the best of VikingGenetics’ semen for generations; and it was Ben’s grandfather Garret, who changed the course of the farm that celebrated its centenary this September.

The farm became more of a dairy farm in the 1950s. The import of livestock from the Channel Island of Jersey marked the beginning of the use of Jersey cows here, and in the 1960s, Garret Tyrell made an important decision that not only improved the fame but also paved the road to success for other Irish farmers. Together with Jo Bewley, another passionate farmer, these two men imported the first Danish Jersey bull in 1962.

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Posted on Monday, 5 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

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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

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

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