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Calves, Calves, Calves ...
Triplet Keeldrum Capone Heifer Calves in the Drumnagar Pedigree Simmental Herd! (Chances of having live triplet heifers 1 in 8,000,000). Three generations of Brady men, with triplet heifers in the Drumnagar Pedigree Simmental Herd of Joe Brady.
From left to right: Joe Brady (herd owner), Aidan Brady (son) and Cathal Brady (father). Photo by Seamus Smith - AI Tech.
Congratulations Joe & family, best of luck with them.
A Stock Bull vs. Artificial Insemination Comparison (for the average 14 cow Irish Suckler Herd)
Reliability - Safety - Bio-security - Capital and variable costs - Infertility - Lack of flexibility
Peter Grogan's Super Purebred Curaheen Apostle - APZ Heifer. Peter is an AI man in Offaly, in the Geashill/Portarlington area.
2014 was a horrendous year on Irish farms in terms of lost lives and injuries suffered.
All of us involved in the agri-industry should highlight the risks involved on an ongoing basis, the fact that 176 men, women & children have been lost through farm accidents in 9 years is horrifying. Please highlight on-farm inadequacies to your friends, family, neighbours and perhaps look a little closer yourself when on-farm.
Martin O’Halloran, the CEO of the HSA:
“The rate of fatal and serious accidents on farms is disproportionately high when you consider the numbers employed. Children and older people are particularly at risk.”
This piece is mainly based around an infographic from the Irish Farmers Journal highlighting various statistics - from age of those who suffer on-farm deaths (11% of fatalities are children) to relationship to farm/farmer in relation to injuries (8.6% are spouses).
Gareth “Grassland” Davies NSch
Dairy Farmer Seminar: Maximising profit with grass, soil fertility and the right system.
Horse & Jockey, Monday February 2nd, 7pm
Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, Tuesday, February 3rd, 7pm
From Production to Conception: Quality every step of the way
New Dairy Sires 2015 - Spring Catalogue
Our Top 10: EBI €331, Fertility €175, Production €104, Milk +180 kg, Fat +17 kg .20% & Protein +15 kg .18%
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
Dairy Active List- Spring 2015 (December Proofs)
Our Top 10 EBI Bulls have an EBI of €331, Production SI of €104 & Fertility SI of €175.
As well as our Top - High Type, British Friesian, Jersey & Crossbred bulls.
December Beef AI Bull Evaluations
Lennon Frosty - FTY
Cavelands Fenian - LZF
Lasater Ivan & his continued battle with RIO
& much more.
December Dairy AI Bull Evaluations
(IG) RONNOCO EVERAND (RNO) - EBI €352
(IG) LONGVIEW RELIABLE (LWR) - EBI of €347
(IG) CONNIBAR PRINCE (PCZ) - EBI of €333
Beef Heifer Calving
What would you imagine is the average beef heifer calving difficulty?
A look at some bulls in Irish AI of various breeds - Charolais, Aberdeen Angus, Salers and Limousin compared with stock bulls, with the main figure being looked at calving difficulty using the new indexes that will be available from ICBF shortly.
Safety First is a Must!
We are all familiar with the ads on the radio from the Road Safety Authority, featuring the staggering figures for the week gone by in relation to road deaths, which ends in the question “Do you want to be in next week’s numbers?”
Our roads are indeed very dangerous places and so unfortunately are our farmyards, Irish farms have become increasingly dangerous with a total of twenty seven fatalities on farm this year alone, we all must agree this figure is way too high.
What is Milk Value?
The Milk value is a Euro value for the cow, group or herds lactation, It is an estimation of the milk cheque value ofthe lactation.
It is calculated using an average milk price for the year, not the actual price paid, so is based on a base price of 0.33 plus VAT using the A + B - C system.
A brief overview of 24 month calving looking at:
- Grange replacement figures(plus costs)
- Calving difficulty figures for the average beef heifer
- USA figures on 24 month calving
- Examples of 24 month calving
A brief overview of the Suckler Herd pointing out where the National Suckler herd is at, briefly looking at:
- The National Reproductive Figures-Suckler Herd
- Teagasc Profit Monitors - Suckler to Beef & Suckler to Weanling
- The consequences of poor reproduction
- A 5 Star Cow - Thomas Wickham, Enniscorthy, Wexford
- How farmers can improve production
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 have a wide range of high EBI bulls available as sexed semen. It is important to order sexed semen as early as possible to ensure supply for the 2015 breeding season.
The 2014 season saw a large increase in sexed semen usage following from the 2013 trial. While fertility rates are expected to be lower with sexed semen the experince has mainly been positive. We have endevoured to make our best possible bulls availble as sexed.
In order to be eligible for sexing a bull must meet strict criteria.
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Our new Autumn 2014 dairy catalogue is out now and we have a fantastic range of NEW bulls added to the active line up.
These have all been tested through G€NEIR€LAND so have semen fertility data and will have calving surveys in the spring of 2015.
Diamond Andy YAD is the highest EBI newcomer. He is a great yield improver so has a high Production Index. He is easy to use as not related to Oman or LHZ.
Connibar Price PCZ has ....
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