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Christmas gifts for farmers

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While we think the greatest gift a farmer can get is profitable, trouble-free cattle, that is something they can work on themselves during breeding season. AS its Christmas there may be something a little more fitting out there:

The gift of less stress: HerdApp

HerdApp takes the stress out of calf registration, record keeping and Bord Bia inspections. You can order a gift subscription here

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Posted on Friday, 7 December 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

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 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


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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

Limit Night-time Calving

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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

MooCall HEAT

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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

Selective Dry Cow Therapy with Vet Shane McElroy

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Antimicrobial resistance in an increasing problem across the world in both animal and human medicine. Check out this video with Glanbia's Vet Shane McElroy explaining the correct application of Selective Dry Cow Therapy and responsible targeted use of antibiotics helps reduce development of resistance, in a short concise 2 min 30 second video.


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Posted on Thursday, 2 November 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

DIY Bovine AI Training Course

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Progressive Genetics offer Ireland’s most complete and professional DIY Bovine AI Training Course with small groups, personal attention and highly experienced trainers.

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Posted on Monday, 25 September 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Vasectomised bulls - Now is the time

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There are many aids to detecting heat: tail paint; scratch cards; Kamar heat detectors; pedometers and movement collars.

But there is no substitute for the teaser bull, A teaser bull is one that has been vasectomised.

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Posted on Wednesday, 15 February 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Pregnancy Diagnosis from milk samples via post

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We now have Milk Pregnancy Kits for postage available, price per sample €3.60 plus postage with prices of postage ranging depending on the number of bottles posted etc. E.g. Price for 8 samples is €2.80, price for 9 to 23 is €3.50.

Plus results currently going out in post but will be available by text shortly! 

Kits available from your local AI Technician or Salesperson!

Pregnancy Diagnosis from milk samples

1. Simple: uses milk sample (get kit off of local AI Technician or Salesperson or contact us directly)
2. Easy: No extra work
3. Effective: Comparable accuracy to scanning
4. Complements scanning and fits into a managed fertility programme.
5. Use from 28 days post breeding

More details here.

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Posted on Tuesday, 7 June 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

A Day in the life of an AI Man

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Ger Murphy is an AI technician (covering South Wexford Adamstown/Ballycullane/Hook/New Ross), Cow Scanner & Family man based in Clonroche, Wexford.

“For me there are three key parts to being the best AI man I can be after the actual AI’ing of the cow/heifer, they are:

  •         Time management
  •         Organisational management
  •         Customer Care

A normal day for me in April, May & June starts at 7.00 am, drop my kids to the bus at 7.50 am and then I start AI straight away as I would already have calls in.

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Posted on Monday, 6 July 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Moorepark Open Day 2015

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Gareth Davies, NSch, Grassland Consultant & the face of Ireland Genetics UK (NCBC).

On Wednesday this week I joined an estimated 13,000 other people at the latest Moorepark open day. The first thing that strikes you is the fantastic organisation of the day, and it would be wrong of me not to congratulate all concerned for their considerable effort.

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Posted on Friday, 3 July 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Beef Data Genomic Programme - AI Use & Replacements

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Beef Data Genomic Programme (BDGP) 2015-2020

The new BDGP has been to the front of farming news recently. The BDGP will run for six years, all farmers who sign up will be required to complete actions for the full six years. There are 6 main requirements as part of the BDGP: Calving details, Surveys, Genotyping, Replacement strategy, Carbon Navigator & Training.

Replacement strategy – two requirements

  1.       Artificial Insemination (AI) Use (General)
  2.       Producing Replacement Females Genotyped 4 & 5 Star Replacement (Across Breeds)

Carrowreagh Honduras - ZCH - Replacement Index - €236 - 5 Star Replacement across breeds:

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Posted on Thursday, 21 May 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Ag Science Field Trip Artificial Insemination

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A short video (3 minutes) on Artifical Insemination:

by Ag Science teacher James Gilmartin teaching in Magh Ene College in Bundoran on Artificial Insemination - featuring AI man Ciaran McTiernan inseminating a Black Whitehead Heifer:

Sire Used: Lennon Frosty - FTY

Lennon Frosty

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Posted on Monday, 30 March 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Farm Safety A Comparison between Ireland & the UK

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By Ross Hamilton, 25/3/2015.

A family can never recover from a fatal accident, especially when that fatal accident occurs on a family farm.  Safety has been to the forefront of a number of articles recently.

How does Ireland compare to our closest neighbour - when it comes to farm safety?

Farm Safe

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Posted on Wednesday, 25 March 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Farmer Meeting Presentations

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This spring, in the build up to the breeding season, we have presented to many farmer meetings. Our Dairy Product Specialist, Seamus Hughes, has conducted many of these. We also had Gareth "Grassland" Davies address two meetings in Laois and Tipperary that were very interesting.

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Dairy Photo

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Posted on Tuesday, 3 March 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Limiting Night-time Calving FAQs

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Limiting Night-time Calving FAQs

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. 

There are several benefits to eliminating night-time calving:

  • Calving difficulties are easier to manage during daylight
  • Assistance to be given early if neccessary, resulting in fewer deaths and also resulting in healthier more productive cows.
  • Daylight births give calves time to get dry, get fed (Colostrum/Biestings - 10% of calf's bodyweight) & treat their navel with iodine etc.
  • Farmers get more full (or fullish) nights sleep

Oklahoma State University

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Posted on Tuesday, 27 January 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Freeze Branding

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Freeze Branding

Freeze branding is the permanent branding of an animal, which is useful for a number of reasons, primarily animal identification.

The Process - Advantages - Tips

Hair Follicle

Freeze Branding available from:

Micheál Fogarty – Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow - 087 9916132

Pat Byrne – Carlow, Co. Carlow - 087 6292567

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Posted on Monday, 5 January 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Pop Up AI Technicians

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Pop Up AI Technicians

A piece by Arthur Bredin – Progressive Genetics Beef Specialist & Field Service Manager in the West of Ireland. A farmer approached me, at the Ploughing match, he was having problems getting cows in calf. I asked him a good few questions to try and get to the root of his dilemma, but it soon became apparent to me what was his problem.  

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Posted on Tuesday, 11 November 2014  |  By Progressive Genetics

Daughter Proven vs Genomic: what should your policy be?

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We are often asked if daughter proven bulls are superior to genomic proven ones.

We looked at a situation in which we selected only the highest EBI bulls in each year that were either Genomic (GS), Daughter Proven with Irish daughter (DAU Irl) or Daughter proven with foreign daughters (INT dau). We looked at the top 15 bulls in each category, regardless of breed since 2010 and compared the EBI at the time of selection to the current EBI. 

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Posted on Wednesday, 26 March 2014  |  By Progressive Genetics

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