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BDGP Breeding Guide 2015-2016

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsBeef

Breeding Profitable Replacements with The Beef Data & Genomics Programme Guide

Over the past number of months the BDGP programme has be the focus of a huge amount of talk & confusion, Progressive Genetics, in consultation with Teagasc & the ICBF have created their BDGP Breeding Guide which will be launched at the Ploughing Match, with 55 bulls across various breeds.

Download the full booklet here or view here (including bull listing).

 

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Posted on Saturday, 19 September 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Progressive Genetics New Suckler&Pedigree Beef Catalogue 2015-2016

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

New Beef Catalogue 2015/2016

Based on the Replacement Index on the active bull list we currently have:

  •        Seven of the top 10 Limousins’
  •        Eleven of the top 11 Charolais’
  •        Five of the top nine Simmentals’
  •        Three of the top five Salers’
  •        Five of the top ten Angus’ 

Available to view online here or download here

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Posted on Friday, 18 September 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Breed for Replacements in the BDGP

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

Over the past few months there has been a lot of talk and indeed confusion about the Beef Data Genomics Programme (BDGP).  And in particular in the past few weeks, since farmers received their indices for their herds, cows and heifers, my phone has been very busy with questions on the indices that individual farmers have received, with queries focusing mainly on how they will go about breeding the required percentage of replacements needed to meet with the scheme targets. Progressive Genetics will be launching a detailed BDGP booklet at the Ploughing Match, explaining the BDGP scheme to you and enabling you to make the right decisions.

Based on the Replacement Index on the active bull list we currently have:

  •        Seven of the top 10 Limousins’
  •        Eleven of the top 11 Charolais’
  •        Five of the top nine Simmentals’
  •        Three of the top five Salers’
  •        Five of the top ten Angus’

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Posted on Thursday, 17 September 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Our Latest Dairy Autumn Catalogue 2015

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

Check out our New Dairy Autumn Catalogue with High EBI Bulls, High Type Bulls, plus some super Jerseys, Xbreds and British Friesians.

And with info on preg testing & more!

Check out our New Dairy Autumn Catalogue download here or view here

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Posted on Thursday, 17 September 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Milk Recorders Wanted

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsDairy

Milk Recording Technicians (Part Time Contract Positions)

We provide milk recording services to our farmers in Leinster, Ulster & Connacht.

We require new technicians in Newbawn, Enniscorthy, Ballywilliam (Wexford) and Mullinahone, Killenaule (Tipperary).

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Posted on Wednesday, 9 September 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

The Leading DIY AI Training Course in Ireland

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsOther News

Ireland’s Leading DIY AI Training Course.

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

Plus we offer the best value to the farmer at €380.

We conduct DIY training in two locations Kildare Chilling and Euromeats in Duleek, with two very experienced AI men doing the training.

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Posted on Thursday, 3 September 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Changing of Replacement Index for Sucklers

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

There have been some significant changes to the new indexes, due principally to a number of improvements implemented by ICBF, following a comprehensive review of the indexes:

Changing the definition of the index: The new replacement index is based on the performance of a cow per calving (which includes the performance of any progeny born from that calving). It is expressed on a per calving basis. Thus a cow with a replacement index of €100 is expected to leave €100 more profit/calving (including her progeny performance from that calving), compared to a cow with a value of zero. This is in contrast to the previous index, which was based on the performance of a breeding bull, including male calves (destined for slaughter), female calves (retained for breeding) and all of her subsequent progeny (both male and female). This index was also expressed over the lifetime of the breeding female.

Alan Twomey Cow is a Nino (NIN) X Tintin De My (TIY) Dam born on 01/02/2009. Replacement index- €122 (5 star) calving interval average 343 days. That is her 5th calf.  Calf is a ADAJIO DE BRAY (AJY) Born on the 25/01/2015. Born unassisted. Weighing 350kg on the 14/08/15.

 

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Posted on Thursday, 3 September 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Holstein Haplotype Discovered

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsDairy

New Holstein Haplotype Discovered

Very recently, a group of research scientists in Germany discovered a new haplotype in the Holstein breed. Unlike the previously found “Haplotypes Impacting Fertility”, this particular genetic anomaly was found to be associated with calf survival in the first months of life. For calves that inherited the undesirable gene from both parents, it was found that they had an increased incidence of chronic/prolonged diarrhea that was untreatable, as well as other illnesses. Examination of blood samples from affected calves showed a cholesterol deficiency that prevented the normal deposition of fat in body tissues. Over the course of months after birth, the affected calves lost all body reserves and it appears that all eventually died.

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Posted on Monday, 24 August 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

iML Independent Milk Laboratories

Posted in Category(ies):  Other News

iML - Independent Milk Laboratories

Bailieborough, Co. Cavan

Despite their name, iML cater for both dairy and suckler farmers alike.

iML have in the last few years obtained international accreditation which assures our customers of the reliability and accuracy of our tests and ensures the quality of the results reported from the lab.  for a number of tests offered like; iML are the only Laboratory in Ireland to hold the international standard ISO 17025 for compositional testing of milk.  iML have developed their testing with assistance from our sister company NML UK, who test 98% of all payment samples in the UK.  The testing at iML never really stops, with proficiency trials on an on-going basis, bringing international standards to our laboratory.

Independent Milk Laboratories is located just outside Bailieborough on the Shercock rd. 

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Posted on Tuesday, 18 August 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

The old replacement index was too beef orientated

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

A piece by Agriland's Sean Cummins (Agriland is Ireland's Largest Farming New Portal)

The new ICBF replacement index will focus on the profit/lactation of the cow rather than the replacement value of the bull.

The revised index will place more emphasis on the milk and fertility production of females in the herd. This follows recent changes made by the ICBF to reduce the beef weighting for the replacement Euro-Star rating. The revised index will now focus on improving the maternal characteristics of the national herd through the profit generated per lactation. The ICBF and industry stake holders remodeled the existing index to increase the weighting placed on both milk and fertility by 6% each. Maternal traits now account for 41% of the replacement index.

 

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Posted on Monday, 10 August 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Proofs & Indexes for BDGP Replacement Bulls

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

Our Bulls that are BDGP Replacement approved - 40 bulls in total that all feature on the website (with more to follow too)

The BDGP has two main requirements:

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

To allow for a change in the index it is advised to use a number (2 or more) high index bulls, to protect against changes in the indexes. 

Such as: 

Castleview Gazelle - a well-muscled young bull selected for calving ease and short gestation - 5 Star Replacement

 

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Posted on Monday, 10 August 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Pregnancy Diagnosis from milk samples

Posted in Category(ies):  Other NewsDairy

Pregnancy Diagnosis from milk samples
1. Simple: uses milk recording or other milk sample
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

Highly accurate
• Pregnancy test without handling cows
• Use from 28 days postbreeding (min 60 days post calving)
• Accurate breeding date important for maximum accuracy of results
• €3.60 per sample incl VAT
• Can use milk recording samples

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Posted on Monday, 27 July 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

AgriNet Grass Meeting

Posted in Category(ies):  Other News

AgriNet Grass Meeting on Wednesday 29th of July at 8pm in the County Arms Hotel in Birr Co Offaly.

Jim Moyles from Teagasc will present at the same time as Barry Lynch from Agrinet. Barry will start by explaining how to use the smartphone software and some of the nice features such as the "Planner". Barry will then look at the main grass system starting with the grass wedge and ending with the autumn grass budget.

AgriNet's new website:

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Posted on Monday, 27 July 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

A Farm Overview with Dunboden Estate

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

An insight into Dunboden Estate, a customer of AI tech Orla Hanrahan's, with Christy Maye with his views on AI & some Inverlochy Gurkha - GKA progeny pictures. 

Inverlochy Gurkha GKA bull calf out of LIM Cow born in March (dam calved unassisted)

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Posted on Tuesday, 21 July 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

A Farm Overview with Walshes Farm

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

An insight into Walshe's Farm, a customer of AI tech Orla Hanrahan's, with the farm manager Peter, with his views on AI, Milk Recording and a few photos of Progressive Genetics bred progeny. 

SLP Heifer

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Posted on Tuesday, 21 July 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Cow & Calf Photo Competition

Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

We Progressive Genetics are holding a Photo Competition - Cow & Calf

All animals must be sired by Progressive Genetics (Munster AI/NCBC) sires.

Entries need to be in before the 15th August with as many details as possible, calving difficulty, calving interval, age of first calving etc, plus Star Ratings for PBR Herds & those signed up to BDGP – they should be out by the start of August, if possible. 

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Posted on Thursday, 16 July 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

A Day in the life of an AI Man

Posted in Category(ies):  Other NewsTips

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

NCBC Appoints a Dairy Breeding Programme Manager

Posted in Category(ies):  Company News

This week the NCBC Dairy Breeding Programme was joined by Eddie Barrett.

Eddie and his family have one of Ireland's longest established Holstein Friesian herds, the Laurelmore herd, which has won numerous awards. The Barrett’s herd is not just black and white they also have a Jersey herd. Eddie became involved in the AI sector when he established International Livestock Genetics (ILG) which imported sires from France, USA, UK and Holland.

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Posted on Friday, 3 July 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

Moorepark Open Day 2015

Posted in Category(ies):  TipsDairy

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

Irish High EBI Bulls Head to Tasmania

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsDairy

Tasmania here we come:

This week Violet Nevin and Kieran Shields, travelled to Tasmania to begin to build a dairy semen business for NCBC/Ireland Genetics UK in Australia with some top-class High EBI Irish Bulls. Violet and Kieran have 40+ years AI technician experience between them, plus experience as breeding advisors. Violet has also worked as an AI Technician in Tasmania for 5 years and Kieran has also worked there previously too. 

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Posted on Friday, 26 June 2015  |  By Progressive Genetics

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