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Beef for the Dairy Herd 2016

Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

Our New Beef for the Dairy Herd 2016 Catalogue (online)- 

Now featuring 21 bulls - 6 Aberdeen Angus Bulls - 7 Hereford Bulls (4 Homo Polled, 2 Hetro Polled & 1 horned) - 5 Belgian Blue Bulls - 3 Limousin Bulls (1 Homo Polled) 

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Posted on Thursday, 12 May 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

Fresh Semen Program 2016 with April Proofs

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

Fresh Semen Program 2016 (April 2015 Proofs)

In order to meet the demand for the top EBI bulls we will run our largest fresh semen program ever this year.
This enables us to maximize availability of the highest demand bulls and ensure the best semen fertility.

The bulls available through the programme via the service will be:

CODE Name EBI Rel Prod Fert Milk Fat Prot Fat% Prot%
YAB (IG) BARTLEMY ANDREW €386 49 €102 €212 269 21.9 15.6 0.21 0.13
LWR (IG) LONGVIEW RELIABLE €347 52 €127 €169 198 16.8 19.2 0.17 0.24
FR2007 (IG) NEXTGEN BRIGADE €344 47 €97 €204 24 16.9 21.2 0.30 0.22
FR2036 (IG) DERRYLAMOGUE VINCENT €330 54 €87 €208 186 9.4 14.2 0.04 0.15
YAD (IG) DIAMOND ANDY €320 58 €128 €159 304 20.9 20.1 0.17 0.19
FR2035 (IG) CREFOGUE SPIDER €314 54 €113 €152 108 11.6 16.7 0.14 0.25
  Team Average €340   €109 €184 182 16.25 17.8 +0.17

 

+0.20

 

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Posted on Tuesday, 19 April 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

April Dairy Proofs

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

ICBF have just published the April Dairy bull proofs and there is lot of good news for the Progressive Genetics farmer shareholders and customers. 

Whisper FR2056 becomes the No. 1 available list sire with the addition of calving data, His EBI even increased to a massive €387. His dam has completed 9 lactations calving in Feburary each time.

Andrew YAB is No. 2 on active list with €380 EBI and is the No.1 heifers bull with 1.5% calvign difficulty. He is available through the fresh semen program.

Luke FR2079 gains on EBI to go to €363, he adds huge production improvement at €121 production and +0.22% Protein.

Below YAB's dam:

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Posted on Thursday, 14 April 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

A.I. on your maiden heifers: The best paid work?

Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

• Heifers typically €50 higher EBI than cows
• Higher Conception Rates
• Possibility of using sexed semen
• Increase number of possible replacements

• A.I. for easy calving
• A.I. for shorter gestation
• Easy calving Dairy or Beef A.I. bulls considerably easier than the national average calving difficulty (typical stock Bulls)

• Heat detection aids make life easier
• Synchronisation programmes for heifers are easy and cost effective (see below)

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Posted on Thursday, 31 March 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

Breeding for higher value milk: Whats possible?

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

The daughters of the bull HMY are achieving an extra 2 cent per litre or €180 per lactation more than the average at current milk prices. The below table compares the protein percentage of HMY (+0.17% Protein) to daughters of KOZ (+0.04% Protein) in third lactations.

 

HMY

0.17% P

Daughters

Protein (%)

-

-

733

3.62

KOZ

0.04% P

Daughters

Protein (%)

-

-

1753

3.50

HMY

0.17% P

Daughters

Protein (%)

-

-

733

3.62

KOZ

0.04% P

Daughters

Protein (%)

-

-

1753

3.50

Data from ICBF shows high EBI cows have 10% higher output per day than average cows due to higher solids and also better fertility performance, which can equate to another 1c/litre.  But what does this mean to farmers

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Posted on Thursday, 31 March 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

Fresh Semen Program 2016

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

In order to meet the demand for the top EBI bulls we will run fresh semen this year.
This enables us to maximize availability of the highest demand bulls and ensure the best semen fertility.

The bulls used will be:

CODE Name EBI Rel Prod Fert Milk Fat Prot Fat% Prot%
LWR (IG) LONGVIEW RELIABLE €352 50 €130 €178 196 16.6 19.7 0.17 0.25
FR2036 (IG) DERRYLAMOGUE VINCENT €345 48 €90 €209 182 9 14.6 0.04 0.16
FR2007 (IG) NEXTGEN BRIGADE €350 40 €103 €206 35 17.7 13.2 0.31 0.23
YAB (IG) BARTLEMY ANDREW €364 43 €102 €214 270 22.8 15.5 0.23 0.12
FR2035 (IG) CREFOGUE SPIDER €311 49 €116 €153 102 11.1 17.2 0.13 0.26
YAD (IG) DIAMOND ANDY €322 57 €125 €161 356 20.6 20.4 0.12 0.16
  Team Average €337   €111 €182 173 17.1 16.4 +0.19 +0.20

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Posted on Friday, 25 March 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

Dairy Management and Breeding Meeting

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

We will be hosting a Dairy Management and Breeding Meeting in the Horse and Hound Hotel (Ballinaboola, Foulkmills, Co. Wexford) on the 11th April at 8pm.

Speakers: Joe Patton Teagasc Dairy Specialist and Seamus Hughes Progressive Genetics Dairy Specialist. 

Topics include:

  • Sire Selection 2016
  • Profit driven breeding
  • Holding on to my milk cheque

A really worthwhile event and we hope to see you there. 

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Posted on Monday, 21 March 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

A view from an excellent SCC herd

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

A short piece by Louise Knight

Ger says the information he obtains from Milk Recording enables him to get that bit more management information on the cows and consequently a few extra cent at the end of the day. Ger in particular highlights the following:

Mobile Phone Text Alert -  listing the 5 highest offending Cows with SCC Readings.

The detailed Animal Report  -  allowing the farmer to see his top performing cows and  more importantly the cows in the herd that are performing badly.

When Adopting a breeding policy for the herd, each cow’s milk solids can be taken into consideration for the sire selection.

 

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Posted on Wednesday, 9 March 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

Only 1 in 4 beef calves are born to an AI sire

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

(23% of beef calves are born to an AI sire)

A piece by Ciaran Moran read the article on Agriland here or more from Ciaran here.

Teagasc’s Mervyn Parr, on Stock Bulls: “With natural service bulls, although the reported incidence of sterility is generally low (<4%), subfertility, at a consistent level of 20-25%" with "semen used in AI is consistently monitored for fertility and is generally of very high quality."

Below: Albert Bailey's FSZ Fiston Heifer with her FL22 dam (5 Star Replacement), sold in Mountrath 310kgs €1510 (in 2015).

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Posted on Wednesday, 17 February 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Beef Bulls February 2016

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

New Bulls (3 New Limousins, 2 New Charolais' & one New Blonde)

Elite Ice Cream LM2206 - excellent quality terminal bull. A son of Ampertaine Elgin X Emerson X Vivaldi. Check him out here.

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Posted on Tuesday, 16 February 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

New BDGP Catalogue for Spring 2016

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

Progressive Genetics are pleased to announce that our new BDGP Booklet is available now, with the latest proofs (December 2015) and featuring 69 High Replacement Index Bulls across 8 breeds, plus lots of information on BDGP targets, heat detection aids, synchronisation and more!    

 

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Posted on Monday, 18 January 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

Highest Replacement Limousin Available

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

Doudou LM2321 (full name DOUDOU.TD) a super bull to use in the BDGP Scheme (as part of a team), Doudou has a Replacement Index of €174 (reliability 24%) making him the highest Limousin bull available on the Replacement Index (on December 2015 Proofs). 

Read more about Doudou and his daughters in full article. 

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Posted on Friday, 15 January 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Catalogue Dairy 2016

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

Our new Dairy Catalogue (based on December 2015 Proofs) is available online now (hard copies will be available by next week).

There is a huge selection of bulls with High EBI, High Type, Xbred, Jersey & British Friesian all featuring (we will have a new coloured breeds catalogue available shortly).

Plus view the bulls that will be available through our fresh programme. 

And info on preg testing, BVD ear-notch testing & more!

Check the catalogue out here (Issuu file) and PDF here.

 

 

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Posted on Monday, 4 January 2016  |  By Progressive Genetics

Some Photos from Recent Shows & Sales

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

Photos from the Christmas Cracker, Carrick Fatstock Show and Sale & the Irish Angus Elite Sale December 2015.

Irish Angus Elite Sale December 2015: Top Priced bull €6400 on the day was Laheens Larry 399, Lot 43 for Cathal Duignan, Leitrim. Sire Friarstown Ideal Pete FPI.

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Posted on Thursday, 17 December 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Progressive Genetics ABS Dairy Catalogue

Posted in Category(ies):  Other NewsDairy

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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Posted on Tuesday, 8 December 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Farmers could be wasting 1500 Euro by not recording dry off dates

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

A piece by Amy Forde, of Agriland, read more on their website here or more from Amy here

Farmers that don’t record dry offs do not receive an accurate annual report for their herd or valid lactations for their animals that they have paid for, according to the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF).

The average herd owner pays €15 per cow per year for milk recording, which the ICBF states, in a 100-cow herd equates to €1500.

It asks why pay €1500 for a service without getting the full benefits? The service is paid for but the ICBF has stated that the farmer misses out on the most valuable part of the service by not recording this simple date.

Dry offs must be recorded to ensure that a cow has a valid lactation, the ICBF advises.

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Posted on Tuesday, 3 November 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Breeding High Index Suckler Replacements for the BDGP Scheme

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

Our Beef Data Genomics Programme - BDGP Booklet has been welcomed by farmers as it is a concise detailed informative booklet, the booklet has been produced in consultation with Teagasc and the ICBF and it details the scheme, successful use of AI, synchronisation programmes, heat detection and more. Our booklet allows farmers to start thinking and breeding high index replacements today. We have: 55 4 & 5 Star Replacement Bulls Across Breeds listed in BDGP Booklet. 

Farmers have until the 31st October 2018 to have 20% of their herd 4 or 5 Star Replacement OR equal or more than a Replacement Index of €74, the youngest of these animals must be a minimum of 16 months old.

 A.I prior to 18th September 2016 for 2018 requirement for Females born prior to 30th June 2017.

Go to full article to watch our video with Rosalish Goulding NCBC Beef Programme Manager.

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Posted on Tuesday, 27 October 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Is late spring calving the future for winter milk production

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

The future of winter milk production has come in for much debate since the removal of milk quotas last spring.

However, at this week’s Winter Milk Conference in Navan, a question from the floor raised the topic once again with one farmer wondering if late-calving spring cows could provide a solution to the systems’ problems.

For Teagasc Dairy Specialist, Joe Patton the answer was categorically – No.

A piece by Ciaran Moran read the article on Agriland here or more from Ciaran here.

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Posted on Tuesday, 27 October 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

IGUK First UK Dairy Farming Conference

Posted in Category(ies):  Other News

Ireland Genetics First UK Dairy Farming Conference

To be held on Wednesday 14th October 2015 (Registration at 9.30am for 10am start)

At The Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Lincoln Green Lane, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 7DN.

Signing up is essential with 75% of places already booked (application form available here).

The conference will cost £80 per ticket which includes tea and coffee at various times throughout the day, along with a hot buffet lunch.

This event has a very exciting line up of highly knowledgable speakers, nine in total and they'll be covering a broad range of topics, such as dealing with heavy soils, the most recent results on EBI (Economic Breeding Index) and the economic barriers to growth within the dairy industry.

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Posted on Tuesday, 6 October 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Suckler and Beef Seminars in the WOI

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

Suckler and beef information seminars in the west of Ireland with Aurivo Co-op Society, in conjunction with Progressive Genetics and the Irish Farmers Journal.

There have been three farm information seminars organised and they will take place next week.

The first seminar is being held in Aurivo Balla mart on Monday evening 5th October , Aurivo Mohill mart 6th October, Aurivo Mart Ballymote on the 7th Ocober.

Topics include:

  • A live demonstration of cattle organised by Progressive Genetics, focusing heavily on breeding and meeting requirements of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) and more.

Richie Smyth's HCA Hauteclair Heifer with her FL21 dam - both 5 Star Replacement.

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Posted on Wednesday, 30 September 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

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