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We have updated all the figures on our website, after the latest proof run.
After the latest Dairy AI bull proofs, we are delighted to announce we have 4 of the top 5 bulls on the Active Bull List.
No. 1 and No. 2 sires on Replacement Index SA4604, AU4563
Top 4 Limousin on Replacement Index
WANTED: We are currently looking for MILK RECORDERS in three main areas:
2. Tuam/Cloghans Hill/Claremorris area
3. Inniskeen/Ardee area
As September and our next beef catalogue is drawing nearer please feel free to send us on a few snaps, particularly if you have calves by younger bulls.
TJ Reilly, Ivoire OEO calf, dam is a BBx (OEO is no longer available, LM4360 K7 is an new polled (hetero) alternative).
Heat stress is a real problem, particularly for stock bulls at the moment.
A report from Kentucky University states that: "Bulls Natural service is still utilized on many dairy farms. Therefore, the importance of maintaining fertility in bulls is important. Bulls can be heat stressed when exposed to temperatures of 80°F (26.7°C) for merely 6 hours a day and the effects can last 9 weeks or more after the heat stress.
We have a wide selection of Beef bulls available, across breeds, fulfilling distinct farmer requirements plus some of of new beef on dairy test sires.
Ticking various boxes:
- Short Gestation - Christon Elton AA2123 at -4.1 days, Maverick AA4088 -3.6 days, Matteo AA4089 -3.5, Nutcracker HE4298 -3.5, Northern Star HE4297 -3.0, amongst others.
- Easy calving - Maverick AA4088 (1.5% CD at 91% reliability) & Matteo AA4089 (1.4% CD at 90% reliability)
Some of the new beef on dairy test sires available are:
Moorside 1 Panda(P) HE4643, bred for calving ease and short gestation from Moorside 1 Joseph's 3/4 sister. An excellent quality well-muscled thick bull. Selected for easy calving & short gestation with good quality.
A pedigree Limousin heifer bred by Tom Bailey (Bailey Limousins) sired by Goldies Jackpot topped a premium production sale that took place on Monday, June 4, in Roscrea Mart, selling for 5 figure sums.
A total of 51 heifers went under the hammer, 17 in-calf and 34 maidens; these heifers came from the Bailey Limousin, Ballinrahin Limousin and Grangeford Limousin herds.
Described as a “super heifer” with “an outstanding future”, sale-topper Baileys Minnie was sired by Goldies Jackpot and is out of Baileys Irene.
We have semen available from Aherla K7 Pp LM4360, his sire Greensons Howlett (pictured below), had 3 sons in the Top 10, "Leading Young Bulls for Gestation Length" in the Winter 2017/2018 British Limousin Cattle Society, with the three sons averaging over -6.0 days (gestation length) (UK Figures, Taurus, November 2017).
The May 2018 evaluation figures have been made available for all dairy and beef animals by the ICBF.
We have updated all these figures on our website!
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.
Our Fresh panel this year features:
Day 1: FR2298 Ronaldo, FR2460 Eimear & FR2385 Candy
Day 2: FR2239 Anton (dam pictured below), FR4021 Arnold* & FR2371 Parker
Why use synchronisation programmes?
- Labour efficiency
- Potential improved reproductive performance
- Improved calving pattern
- Grazing Management
There is a clear trend to higher milk output from higher EBI cows. This is primarily driven by better fertility performance.
With the late spring there is a possibility of nutrition issues on farms now that could have an effect on conception rates during the coming breeding season. Negative energy balance 4-6 weeks before breeding can reduce conception rates.
Dairy Specialist Shane Leane has but together the below information which may be useful.
Low milk protein
- Low milk protein can be associated with a lack of energy in the diet of the dairy cow.
- Insufficient energy in the milking cow’s diet can result in low milk protein, low milk yields, poor fertility, poor immunity and susceptibility to disease and metabolic disorders as well as loss of body condition.
- Inadequate energy intake in early lactation can cause excessive loss of body condition and significantly impact the success of the breeding season. See graph below highlighting the influence of BCS on 3 week submission rate.
Monitoring milk protein
- Compare current milk protein percentages in the milk tank with the same time last year, use a 10 day average figure. Note when comparing figures with same time last year, account for changes in calving pattern and milk yield. If protein is more than 0.2% below same time as last year consider increasing energy intakes.
South of Nenagh, just over 100m above sea level, Jerry Moloney is now milking nearly 100 cows. This is up from 54 in 2010, when Jerry returned home after 10 years with Procter & Gamble.
Jerry explained: “I walked into the nuts and bolts of a very good farm.”
However, there were some areas that warranted improvement. The herd had “good fertility, but milk was poor”.
Knowing the genetic merit of your herd is a key component to successfully improving traits of importance on your farm. The observed performance (e.g. 305 day milk yield) of an individual cow depends on two things:
a) the genetic merit of the cows
b) the environment in which she is performing
Robert Hovendon and Simon Cantwell, an uncle-and-nephew partnership in the making, farm on the best of ground just outside Durrow, Co. Laois.
Over the past 10 years, their herd has grown significantly – moving from 60 to over 140 cows – and they plan to milk 160-180 in the future.
Quota was a big limitation for Robert in the beginning, he said: “When quota started, we had one of our worst years ever and it kind of crippled us. I bought up more quota as the years went by and we eventually got up to 90 cows.”
Down Slaneyside, Patrick Fortune milks 150 spring-calving cows on his family’s farm just outside Adamstown, Co. Wexford. His Holstein Friesian herd has an average EBI (Economic Breeding Index) of €116 – €30 ahead of the national average.
‘I’m a woman in a man’s world’: Cattle breeding advisor
This piece by Caroline Allen, recently featured on Agriland, here.
“I’m a woman in a man’s world,” acknowledges Deirdre Toal who is a cattle breeding advisor with Progressive Genetics.
“Although the number of women working for Progressive Genetics has increased since I joined, the AI (Artificial Insemination) industry is still predominantly male. This doesn’t bother me at all,” said the Roscommon native.
You will meet an odd farmer who will question what a woman would know about farming, but they are very few and far between. Once you have confidence in yourself and your product, people will have confidence in you.
“I enjoy my work in the AI industry. I enjoy being out and about and meeting people. When you are in a job 16 years you get to know a lot of people and you get to know families. In some cases, I’m now dealing with the next generation of farmers coming on,” Deirdre said.
“Genetics and cattle breeding have always been of interest to me. I love to visit a farm and see progeny from bulls I advised the farmer to use and see the positive impact they have had on his herd.”
Unfortunately due to the adverse weather conditions our offices in Kylemore Road & Enfield are closed. We are unable to gain access to the AI call Centre in Enfield so no AI calls can be logged. The AI Technicians in certain areas may be in a position to give a service subject to the weather conditions in their area and if necessary you should contact your local AI technician directly.The health and safety of our staff is paramount so nobody should take any unnecessary risks.
A listing of the AI Technicians and their respective areas are listed here: https://www.progressivegenetics.ie/location
If you have a Milk Recording query please contact Jackie on 086-3413182
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