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Dr. Shane Leane PhD is part of the Progressive Genetics team, in the role of Dairy Specialist, Shane joined Progressive Genetics having completed a PhD in herd fertility, as well as having managed the Moorepark Curtins dairy herd. He has a wealth of knowledge in dairy systems, fertility management and crossbreeding.
Good fertility and compact calving are essential to maximise grass utilisation and farm profit. The target is to have 90% of the herd calved within 42 days from the planned start of calving and all cows calved by mating start date (MSD).
We are excited to bring you our latest Beef Catalogue (based on the latest proofs from ICBF, January 2019) featuring bulls over 50 bulls plus others on Replacement listings (there are over 200 on our website), All Bulls featured in our new catalogue are BDGP qualified for general usage (4 or 5 star, within or across breed for Terminal or Replacement Index).
Featuring top sires:
- No. 1 bull on the Replacement Index, Knottown Roy SA4604 with a Replacement Index, €275
- Castleview Gazelle ZAG, No. 1 Limousin bull available on Replacement Index, €170
- Serpentin ZSD, No. 1 Beef Sire across all breeds on Carcass Conformation
- Lisnacrann Fifty Cent SI2469, the No. 1 Simmental on the Replacement Index
- And Many more!
We have updated all the figures on our website, after the latest proof run (ICBF, January 2019).
After the latest Dairy AI bull proofs, we are delighted to announce we have 5 of the top 6 bulls on the Active Bull List, including number one Nextgen PHC Eimer 557 FR2460.
Beef Sires (Beef Bulls Active List - Replacement Index)
No. 1 Salers sire, Beguin SA4059
No. 1 Limousin sire, Castleview Gazelle ZAG
No. 1 Simmental sire, Lisnacrann Fifty Cent SI2469
AgriNet’s HerdApp is now entering its second Spring on the market and already has thousands of Irish Farmers using the app. The true value of HerdApp is really coming to the fore, as HerdApp the New Standard in Farm Management Software, is enabling Irish farmers to farm smart, particularly as they start to prepare for a busy Spring.
Farmer feedback is really important to the AgriNet team, as is continued improvement of HerdApp, looking at the app as it stands currently, Cork dairy farmer Denis Finnegan of Lee Valley Farm (Herd pictured below at grass last June), says that HerdApp is "simple to use" has "excellent reports that you can multi filter on" and a "live link to ICBF which makes it easy to access your milk and EBI data". "I see it (HerdApp) as a management tool on the farm, it's a bonus that it does all your compliance as well!" (follow Denis on Twitter here).
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.
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, selling for 5 figure sums.
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.
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