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Our Sexed Semen Sires for 2020 is now available online.
This catalogue is based on the latest figures (ICBF, January 2020) and features 22 bulls that will have Sexed Semen available of from March (some are available now).
Please see our Sexed Semen Sires for 2020 Catalogue HERE
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
For the second installment in the series: ‘George goes dairy farming’, Co. Wicklow based farmer George Beattie has to quickly register a calf and then he’s on the road to Slane, Co. Meath, where he meets with Peter Mongey.
Peter – who was a finalist in Teagasc’s Grass10 Programme two years ago – has moved from a winter milk production system to 110-cow, spring-calving operation.
In the video (below), Peter explains the system on the farm and what was involved in the transition from one system to the other. He also provides his top tips on what direction George should take his farm in.
Prior to the visit, George explains how HerdApp has greatly reduced the pressure and paperwork when it comes to registering his calves during the busy calving period.
To find out more about HerdApp, just click here.
The abolition of milk quotas in 2015 was a turning point for the Irish dairy industry. Since then, cow numbers on Irish dairy farms have increased dramatically which, in turn, has lead to an increase in milk production.
While higher cow numbers are a contributing factor to this increase in production, individual farm efficiencies have also improved. These include: better breeding strategies; superior genetics; improved grassland management; and the introduction of on-farm technologies.
There are many systems operated across Ireland; these range from high-input operations to robotic indoor enterprises, and from spring-calving, grass-based farms to winter milk production herds.
In part one of the series – ‘George goes dairy farming’ – Co. Wicklow dairy farmer George Beattie visits the farm of Larry Hannon, who is currently milking a herd of 220 high-EBI cows under a split-calving, grass-based system.
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!
Progreesive Genetics and AgriNet will be present at the Irish Farmer’s Journal Dairy Day, tomorrow, next Tuesday 19th November stand D31, where we will be taking general queries and discussing our full suite of services, latest catalogues and much more available on the day, PLUS from an AgriNet or HerdApp point of view their will be a key focus on selective dry cow therapy & recording dry off dates as well as the benefits range of other benefits that HerdApp brings to the table.
Our latest "Coloured Dairy Breeds 2020" Catalogue featuring 47 bulls across 8 breeds: Fleckvieh, MRI-Rotbunt, Jersey, Montbelairde, Brown Swiss, Swedish Red, Ayrshire & Milking Shorthorn is available online now, with bulls coming from Viking Genetics, Semex & others.
Our new Type Sires 2020 Catalogue (based on September 2019 Proofs) is available online now (hard copies are available now). There is a huge selection of bulls (with 50 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.
Our New Crossbreeding Sires 2020 & High Maintenance Index B&W Sires is now available online.
Our New Dairy Catalogue for Autumn Herds is now available online & in print.
Based on the latest figures (ICBF, September 2019), we have the No. 1 bull on the active bull list, the No.1 Jersey available, plus lots more!
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.
The calving pattern on farms is what sets the top-performing herds apart from the lower-performing herds, in terms of maximising milk output from grazed grass.
Speaking at a recent breeding information event, Shane Leane – breeding advisor with Progressive Genetics – discussed why having a compact calving pattern is so important for your farm.
With the breeding season fast approaching on most farms, Progressive Genetics sat down with Shane Leane to find out what issues are on the minds of farmers at this critical time of year.
Shane has a PhD in dairy cow fertility and was manager of the Teagasc Curtins farm before joining Progressive Genetics.
A good deal of farmers have picked their bull teams for the coming season.
“EBI and milk solids are the main criteria more than ever,” according to Shane. Farmers are seeing the effects of breeding for better fertility through more cows calving in the first six weeks of the calving season.
The Duggans run a streamlined, low-cost, spring-calving operation on the undulating slopes of south-east Laois.
Eamonn Duggan has been farming full-time here since he was 16 and has witnessed some dramatic changes to the farm over the years.
Eamonn is very focused on his low-cost system, where he grows lots of grass and has a fertile, high-solids cow to enable maximum returns.
The herd boasts an 88% six-week calving rate and 476kg of milk solids sold; when you remove culled cows that are often carried over to June, the figure is 500kg.
The farm is now made up of two main enterprises, the first being the milking cows. The herd will consist of 144 cows and heifers this year – up from the 70 or so cows that would have been milked here in the mid-2000s.
In 2013, Martin Davin’s herd produced 315kg of milk solids; in 2017, 504kg were produced and in 2018, 520kg were. This huge improvement was achieved with a simple grass-based system and moderate meal feeding.
We recently spoke with Martin to get his story.
We have a wide selection of Beef bulls available, across breeds, fulfilling distinct farmer requirements with more and more focus on quality.
- Maximise Calf & Carcass Value - Belgian Blues Rachid BB2083 & Ideal BB4286, Hereford pair Handsome SPL (limited) & Advance HE4291 and Angus sires Master AA2309 & Man Oh Man AA4087 (AA4087 is a double muscle carrier).
Ideal BB4286, is 6.7% CD at 84% reliability, plus he's -0.7 days for gestation.
Phase two of the Irish Johne’s control programme commenced on 1st January 2019.
Milk recording is ideally suited to testing for Johnes as the same milk sample can be used in the laboratory to test for Johnes.
During Phase One of the scheme two test samples were required by the farmer which made it very difficult for the farmer to satisfy the 90 day TB test rule. However, with Phase Two farmers needs only ONE milk sample per animal per lactation to satisfy the requirements of the scheme (the 90 day TB test rule still applies).