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The New Standard in Farm Apps Bord Bia Inspections

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AgriNet HerdApp is The New Standard in Farm Apps

The stress and hassle of Bord Bia inspections can be easily avoided with the use of HerdApp from AgriNet. As mentioned previously HerdApp focuses on three main functions – Breeding & AI (which is sponsored by Progressive Genetics and completely free to all Irish farmers), Drugs & Farm reports.

Because HerdApp has a live link with ICBF, all data flows seamlessly throughout all devices associated with your herd number. This means, if you have a relief milker, calf rearer or general labourer on your farm you will always be compliant for inspections. It doesn’t matter who administers an injection to a sick calf, or batch doses the maiden heifers, everyone with access to the app can record these administrations and everyone else will know which animal has received remedies.

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Posted on Monday, 26 November 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

The New Standard in Farm Apps Milk Recording Feature

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AgriNet HerdApp is The New Standard in Farm Apps

AgriNet have launched a brand new farm management app that allows for cross compliance & inspections. Also known as Irish Farm Computers, AgriNet was formed in 1997 and have over 20 years’ experience in Farming Software.

Most dairy farmers across the country at the moment are probably planning their last milk recording of the year in the coming weeks. Decisions will be made on cull cows, perhaps even more under the microscope than in other years with fodder tight for some this winter, for most there won’t be any passengers.

HerdApp's live link between ICBF ensures all information flows seamlessly between the two, meaning all historic & up to date milk recordings come down to HerdApp automatically. The same day you get your text highlighting the high SCC cows in your herd, the milk recording report will be uploaded to HerdApp.

From here you can view and filter all aspects of the milk recording report- for example you can sort by KGs milk solids, % fat or yield. In your ‘jobs list’ menu, cows with SCC over 200 will be highlighted so you don’t have to trawl through reams of information to find problem cows, they are presented to you directly from ICBF. 

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Posted on Friday, 2 November 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

The New Standard in Farm Apps

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AgriNet HerdApp is The New Standard in Farm Apps

AgriNet have launched a brand new farm management app that allows for cross compliance & inspections. Also known as Irish Farm Computers, AgriNet was formed in 1997 and have over 20 years’ experience in Farming Software.

HerdApp focuses on three main functions – Breeding & AI (which is sponsored by Progressive Genetics and completely free to all Irish farmers), Drugs & Farm reports.

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Posted on Tuesday, 23 October 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Coloured Dairy Sires 2019

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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.

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Posted on Tuesday, 16 October 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

High Type Sires Sept 2018

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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. 

 

 

 

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Posted on Friday, 12 October 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Catalogue Crossbreeding Sires September 2018

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Progressive Genetics 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), top Beef sires (Angus, Hereford, Belgian Blue, Limousin & Simmental sires), plus additional products and services like HERDAPP from AgriNet, Heat Detection Aids including MOOCALL HEAT!
 
Featuring
  • No. 1 Jersey on EBI, BRADENE PAS TRIPLESTAR JE4289, EBI of €272 plus he has 36kgs of milk solids 

 

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Posted on Wednesday, 12 September 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Dairy Sires Catalogue September 2018

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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.

High EBI

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)

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Posted on Wednesday, 12 September 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Beef and Dairy new proofs

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We have updated all the figures on our website, after the latest proof run.

Dairy

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.

Suckler Sires

No. 1 and No. 2 sires on Replacement Index SA4604, AU4563

Top 4 Limousin on Replacement Index

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Posted on Tuesday, 11 September 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

WANTED Milk Recorders in Various Locations

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Synchronisation

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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

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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

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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

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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

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