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Beef Sires for the Dairy Herd 2017

Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

We have a wide selection of Beef bulls available, across breeds, fulfilling distinct farmer requirements.

Ticking various boxes: 

  • Short Gestation
  • Easy calving for Dairy Maidens
  • Maximise Calf & Carcass Value
  • And MORE!

KYA Lord Hardy, now has over 34,000 calving surveys registered with ICBF! 

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Posted on Thursday, 18 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Website Update with Beef May 2017 Figures

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

The latest evaluation figures (Euro-Star) have now been updated and we now have them available to view on our website.

In all 174 Progressive Genetics (NCBC) bulls feature on the Terminal list & 151 on the Replacement list. 

Progressive Genetics have 7 of the top 10 Replacement Index sires (priced at €10):

Replacement sire is Beguin SA4059 is number 1 with a Replacement Index of €249, we also have the top Charolais Voimo VMO, top AA KYA, top SH PZT & top Limousin ZAG along with the Limousins ranked 2nd & 3rd Gringo & Frosty, plus the top 2 commercially priced Simmentals Earp SI2469 and Fifty Cent SI2152.

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Posted on Thursday, 11 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

80 Cows performing in Dingle

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

Dairy farmer John P. Galvin milks 80 cows in a compact spring-calving system overlooking the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry.

Galvin’s land goes right down to the Atlantic Ocean and receives 1,600-1,700mm of rainfall on an annual basis.

Last year, John sold 477kg of milk solids from each cow in his herd to the Kerry Group at 4.22% fat and 3.62% protein.

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Posted on Thursday, 4 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Limousin Sires for Breeding Replacements 2017

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

More and more farmers are focusing on sire selection especially when it comes to breeding replacements, matching the bull to the cow (and considering the all important stars in light of the BDGP Scheme, aiming for a replacement index of €74+ in any female progeny).

In many cases, it makes sense for farmers to breed their replacements' out of their top 4 & 5 Star cows and just use a terminal sire on 3 & lower Starred females.

Limousin sires that you should consider using as part of a Replacement team are:

Keltic Handsome OKH: see this OKH daughter below in Trevor Boland's herd (Bunna Agri) off of a Joker cow. OKH's dam line is excellent on all maternal traits.

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Posted on Wednesday, 3 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

The Advantage of Good Breeding in the Organic System

Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

IOFGA (Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association) publish a magazine called Organic Matters, a magazine full of information and articles related to organic farming and the organic food market. Find a link to there website here (view article as a PDF here). 

The below piece by John Fogarty recently featured in Organic Matters.  

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Posted on Tuesday, 2 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics


Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

This bull is currently en route to the stud in Enfield but semen is already available, IDEAL DE PETIT WARET (Code BB4286)  boasts 3 generations of easy calving & short gestation, and has been selected for testing on dairy cows. 

Our Belgian Blue sires help our customers' achieve premium prices for their beef off dairy calves. 

Here are some pictures of him as well as a video. 

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Posted on Monday, 24 April 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Fresh Semen Program 2017

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

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. 

See below technician service panel with Fresh Bulls (we also have one with frozen only) being FR4020 (IG) KNOCKDOE JACK, FR2385 (IG) NEXTGEN YKG CANDY , FR2239 (IG) DIAMOND ANTON , FR2371 (IG) ARDRAGOLD PARKER, LWR (IG) LONGVIEW RELIABLE & FR4021 (IG) BALLINTESKIN ARNOLD


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Posted on Friday, 21 April 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Improved performance on a rapidly-expanded top EBI herd

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

Seamus Knox runs a 150 cow spring-calving Holstein Friesian herd in South Kilkenny. Since the end of quotas the Ballygown herd has increased substantially.

Prior to quota removal, there were 60 cows on the farm and since 2015 cow numbers have increased rapidly.

Cow numbers increased to 90 in 2015, 120 last year and 150 this year and Seamus hopes to milk 160 cows in 2017.

Considering the huge “in house” growth in this herd post-quotas, it is unbelievable that 70% of the cows come from three-cow families.

An ABO daughter springing on Seamus Knox’s farm

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Posted on Friday, 31 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Dairy Sires Spring 2017 March Proof Update

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

March Proof Update (plus Active Bull List)

The ICBF has brought forward the publication of the quarterly evaluation for Dairy AI bulls which was not due to be published until May 2017. We have a new flier with the latest proofs and our website has been update dwith the latest figures! 


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Posted on Tuesday, 28 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Delivering nearly 500kg of milk solids with Holstein Friesian genetics

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

Husband and wife team, Brian James and Lorna Sixsmith, have a 130-cow spring-calving Holstein Friesian herd.

Based in Garrendenny, Crettyard, Co. Carlow, the couple’s herd increased from 115 cows in 2016. And in recent times, their milking platform has moved from about 49ha to 69ha.

The pair have farmed since 2002, after taking over from Lorna’s father, and farming has been a second career for them both.

The herd has an EBI of €149 and is currently ranked 28th on the latest EBI herd ranking (February 2017), with a fertility sub-index of €81, a production sub-index of €36 and +0.08% protein.

The herd is delivering 480kg of milk solids, while maintaining a 365-day calving interval and a 6% empty rate.

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Posted on Monday, 20 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Henry Walsh plans for the Breeding Season

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

"The majority of dairy farmers are still in the middle of the calving season, but their thoughts will soon turn to the next breeding cycle. Martin Ryan spoke to..


"My farming goal is to produce more milk solids per hectare utilising more grazed grass from the milking platform," says Galway dairy farmer, Henry Walsh, who milk almost 300 cows near Oranmore. To achieve his objective, Henry focuses on three goals: to grow and utilise more grass per hectare through better soil fertility;

More days in milk through more compact calving and improved cow fertility"

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Posted on Tuesday, 14 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Prestige Charolais 2017

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

Welcome to our first Prestige Charolais catalogue.

Featuring sires like: Castor. Jason, Levi, Ludwig and more!

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Posted on Tuesday, 14 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Prestige Limousin 2017

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

Welcome to our first Prestige Limousin catalogue.

Featuring sires like: Jackpot, Cameos, Ice Cream, Hamlet and more!

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Posted on Tuesday, 14 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Prestige Angus 2017

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

Welcome to our first Prestige Angus catalogue.

Featuring sires like: Rebel, Diamond Mine, Americano, Kingdom and more!

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Posted on Tuesday, 14 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Upcoming Prestige Catalogue Release

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

We at Progressive Genetics (Munster A.I & Ireland Genetics) are proud to announce the upcoming release of our Prestige Catalogue Range for Aberdeen Angus, Charolais and Limousin. This new catalogue range has been developed for pedigree breeders.

The Prestige Selection is a new range of elite bulls which we at Progressive Genetics (Munster A.I & Ireland Genetics) have chosen for you, the pedigree breeder. These sires have been carefully selected and represent the best Limousin genetics available globally.

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Posted on Monday, 13 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Early adoption of EBI delivering the goods for a pedigree herd

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

Brendan Meade’s farm on the Meath-Dublin border is a model spring-calving system built on good breeding, high grass utilisation and a labour-conscious system.

Dairying at Whiteleas since 1981, the farm now consists of 85ha (54.6ha owned, 16.2ha leased and 14.2ha rented annually) with 55ha of that being a milking platform.

Brendan is married to Mary, and they have three daughters Fiona, Grainne and Doireann.

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Posted on Thursday, 9 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Danish Jerseys on O'Loughlins Farm

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

Yesterday, most of the PG Sales-team & a few Pedigree Jersey Breeders, attended a farm walk on Rory & Maura O'Loughlin's Farm, near Rathangan. Rory & Maura imported Danish Jerseys first in 2014 (importing 130). The herd is mainly made up of 370 mainly Jersey Cows bred mainly by bulls from Viking Genetics with Brown Swiss & Rothbunt genetics featuring in the background too.

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Posted on Thursday, 2 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Vasectomised bulls - Now is the time

Posted in Category(ies):  Tips

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

Laboratory Technician

Posted in Category(ies):  Other News

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.

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Posted on Monday, 13 February 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Dairy Know-How Milk Recording

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

Jack Kennedy speaks with Padraig Ryan of Cappamore, Limerick a farmer using the Dairygold Milk Recording Service to discuss the benefits of milk recording.

Padraig on Milk Recording: "To know which cows to breed from, to know which cows to cull & to monitor Somatic Cell Count"


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Posted on Thursday, 9 February 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

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