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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?
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.
Progressive Genetics offer Ireland’s most complete and professional DIY Bovine AI Training Course with small groups, personal attention and highly experienced trainers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Artificial Insemination (AI) Use (General)
- Producing Replacement Females Genotyped 4 & 5 Star Replacement (Across Breeds)
Carrowreagh Honduras - ZCH - Replacement Index - €236 - 5 Star Replacement across breeds:
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
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?
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.
Check out the videos...
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
Freeze branding is the permanent branding of an animal, which is useful for a number of reasons, primarily animal identification.
The Process - Advantages - Tips
Freeze Branding available from:
Micheál Fogarty – Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow - 087 9916132
Pat Byrne – Carlow, Co. Carlow - 087 6292567
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.
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.
Cattle Breeding is about maximizing genetic gain for the selected traits. Also when crossbreeding hybrid vigor is a bonus. So how do we make best use of both?
How to Ensure cows are at least 40 days calved and in good condition?
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