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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.
A pedigree Limousin heifer bred by Tom Bailey (Bailey Limousins) sired by Goldies Jackpot topped a premium production sale that took place on Monday, June 4, in Roscrea Mart, going for €16,800.
A total of 51 heifers went under the hammer, 17 in-calf and 34 maidens; these heifers came from the Bailey Limousin, Ballinrahin Limousin and Grangeford Limousin herds.
Described as a “super heifer” with “an outstanding future”, sale-topper Baileys Minnie was sired by Goldies Jackpot and is out of Baileys Irene.
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!
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”.
‘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.”
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.
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)
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?
‘There could be 15 cows to one call; women are getting the job done’ – AI technician, Nichola (22)
Caroline Allen of Agriland recently spoke with Progressive Genetics staff, Nichola Murtagh (AI Technician) & Larry Feeney (Marketing Manager)
Nichola Murtagh describes herself as “just your average 22-year-old”. Yet, she goes on to tell how she combines a job in AI with running her own suckler enterprise.
Having grown up on the family farm in Co. Westmeath; Murtagh always had an interest in animals and working outdoors.
WE WANT YOU! Fancy becoming an A.I. Technician? Are you in Kilkenny? North Tipperary? Mid Tipperary?
A little about us, Progressive Genetics is a 100% Irish farmer owned co-operative. We are the leading provider of top quality Dairy & Beef genetics, AI Service, Milk Recording & advisory support services to the farmers in the Leinster, North East and West of Ireland regions.
C.O.W. (Cow’s Own Worth) was recently launched by ICBF and Teagasc on the 31st October and was accessed by over 1000 herds in the first two days! The C.O.W. is a new on-line support tool that instantly ranks dairy cows on their expected future profit potential based on the most up-to-date information available. Farmers can quickly identify under-performing cows and choose cull candidates and keep the most profitable cows in the herd. This has the potential to improve herd profitability.
Speaker Dr. Margaret Kelleher, ICBF, at the launch of the C.O.W. decision support tool. Image source: O’Gorman Photography
"Planning for Healthy Profits"
Recently some members of the Progressive Genetics Salesteam (as well as Munster AI Salespeople & NCBC Salespeople) got to a presentation from Stephen Connolly and visted ABP Food Group’s R&D farm in Clonegal, Co. Carlow which is home to a herd of mainly Angus and Hereford steers and heifers. Established in 2015, the farm is the base for the company’s research on dairy-beef systems. This work is carried out in conjunction with the ICBF (Irish Cattle Breeding Federation) and Teagasc. It’s also ABP’s largest Blade Farming operation in Ireland.
Career Opportunities: Sales & Sales Support Roles
Progressive Genetics offer Ireland’s most complete and professional DIY Bovine AI Training Course with small groups, personal attention and highly experienced trainers.
Laboratory Technician (Maternity Leave Cover)
Independent Milk Laboratories (IML) is the first and only independent milk payment testing laboratory in Ireland. IML was established in 2010 as a joint venture between Progressive Genetics and NMR PLC (UK). IML has now progressed to offering a broad range of services to the Food and Agri sectors. We are now looking to recruit a PCR and Disease laboratory technician for maternity leave cover for a 10 month contract.
A piece by Jane Holton, Jane works in the semen store for Progressive Genetics and farms a 100 cow spring calving dairy herd with her father Peter, just outside Longwood, Co. Meath.
The Teagasc National Dairy Conference took place this week in two locations (Cork and Mullingar). I had the opportunity to attend in Mullingar on Wed 7th Dec. The theme for this year was ‘Technologies for Success’ which was stemmed from staying focused on what matters in Dairying not only in Ireland, but in New Zealand and across the industry internationally. There was also a major focus on looking after yourself as a farmer (and others) & getting rid of the stigma surrounding mental health in rural Ireland.
We provide milk recording services to our farmers in Munster, Leinster, Ulster & Connacht.
We currently require new Milk Recording Technician(s) in the East Waterford & South Kilkenny Area.
Progressive Genetics offer Ireland’s most complete and professional DIY AI Training Course with small groups, personal attention and highly experienced trainers.
Plus we offer the best value to the farmer at €380. We conduct DIY training in two locations Kildare Chilling and Euromeats in Duleek, with two very experienced AI men doing the training. This training is fully accredited, takes place under veterinary supervision and is Dept. of Agriculture licenced.
Progressive Genetics is a 100% farmer owned company and is committed to maximizing genetic gain for our customers and offering a wide range of options to suit your breeding goal. We are happy to announce we will now have available the ABS Global (GenusABS) range of bulls in addition to our current offering.
The ABS bulls cover a wide range of high type Holstein, British Friesian, high EBI and sexed semen as well as a range of other breeds. This gives Progressive Genetics the widest choice of sires, assuring you of the best choices for your breeding goal.
When added to the Irish NCBC breeding programme and those of Semex, CRV and others we have a global pool of 8,000 bulls per year either genomic or progeny tested to choose from.
If you require any further details please contact your local breeding advisor or if you would like a catalogue posted to you simply contact the page here.
See our ABS Catalogue here.
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