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Delivering over 580kg of milk solids with Irish breeding

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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”.

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Posted on Monday, 26 March 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Basics of dairy cattle breeding

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Genetic Evaluations

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


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Posted on Thursday, 22 March 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Tight calving pattern drives over 500kg of milk solids for an expanding herd

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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.”

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Posted on Monday, 12 March 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Efficiency at breeding is key for compact calving and high solids

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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.

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Posted on Monday, 5 March 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Progressive Genetics Saleperson Deirdre Toal

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‘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.”

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Posted on Monday, 5 March 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Storm Emma Announcement

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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:

If you have a Milk Recording query please contact Jackie on 086-3413182

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Posted on Friday, 2 March 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

Limit Night-time Calving

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Can you change the time of day that cows/heifers calve?

Yes, by merely changing the time you feed your cows/heifers you can directly influence the time of calving. When you feed cows in the evening/night, you simply and most practically reduce the number of night-time calvings. 

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Posted on Tuesday, 6 February 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

VJ Hurling first VJ bull bought outside Scandinavia

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

The family has been using genetics from the Viking countries ever since Ben Tyrrell’s grandfather imported the first Danish Jersey bull into Ireland, 50 years ago.

 By Verónica Löfgren, Communicator

In closing a circle that started in 1962, Viking Jersey Woodtown Horn Hurling, VJ Hurling, was born on the same farm that 50 years ago imported the first bull into Ireland from Denmark. VJ Hurling was bred at Richard and Ben Tyrell’s herd at Woodtown Jerseys in Kildalkey, Ireland. Father and son have been using the best of VikingGenetics’ semen for generations; and it was Ben’s grandfather Garret, who changed the course of the farm that celebrated its centenary this September.

The farm became more of a dairy farm in the 1950s. The import of livestock from the Channel Island of Jersey marked the beginning of the use of Jersey cows here, and in the 1960s, Garret Tyrell made an important decision that not only improved the fame but also paved the road to success for other Irish farmers. Together with Jo Bewley, another passionate farmer, these two men imported the first Danish Jersey bull in 1962.

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Posted on Monday, 5 February 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Catalogue Beef Sire Catalogue January 2018

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Our New Beef Catalogue is now available online. 

We are excited to bring you our latest Beef Catalogue (based on the latest proofs from ICBF, January 2018) featuring 76 bulls (there are over 180 on our website), All Bulls featured in our new catalogue are BDGP qualified for general usage (4 or 5 star, within or across breed for Terminal or Replacement Index). 

Featuring a number of RISING STARS like:

  • Liseron CH4320 his pedigree is a stack of proven superior maternal sires; Castor X Tombapik X Poplulair
  • Lapon CH4321 a new bloodline for Ireland, Lapon WAS purchased from a French performance test centre where he did an excellent weight gain 
  • Carrigroe Natiowide AA4375, an Elevator son with exceptional temperament 
  • And others! 

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Posted on Friday, 2 February 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Appointments to our growing team

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Progressive Genetics have recently appointed Shane Leane and Kelly Stephenson to add to their advisory and farmer support teams.

Shane Leane come to Progressive having completed a PhD in herd fertility and having managed the Moorepark Curtins dairy herd. Shane has a wealth of knowledge in dairy systems, fertility management and crossbreeding. Shanes role includes advising farmers on breeding strategies for their farming systems and strategies to achieve excellent fertility results.

new staff

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Posted on Thursday, 1 February 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Catalogue Crossbreeding Sires January 2018

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We are pleased to present to you our new Xbred catalogue, "Crossbreeding Sires January 2018", hard copies are available now and if you would like one posted out to you please feel free to get in touch. 
The "Crossbreeding Sires January 2018" features a wide range of bulls, from across the globe, primarily New Zealand, Denmark and Ireland. 
Including sires like Superstition the sire of Triplestar. Superstition has over 3,700 daughters across 677 herds.

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Posted on Wednesday, 24 January 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Catalogue Dairy Sires Jan 2018

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Our New Dairy Catalogue is now available online. 

Based on the latest ICBF figures, we have the top 4 Dairy Sires on the active list, the No.1 Jersey available, 5 of the top 10 daughter proven sires (Hoslteins & Friesians), featuring top sires, bull teams, high EBI sires, British Friesian sires, High Type sires, Jersey sires, Crossbred sires, Sexed semen sires, Beef sires (Angus, Hereford, Belgian Blue, Limousin & Simmental sires), Heat Detection Aids including MOOCALL HEAT (more here) & more!

All bull figures are based on the latest proofs from ICBF, December 2017.

High EBI

We have the Top 4 bulls on active list including:

  • (IG) DIAMOND ANTON FR2239 with an EBI of €320 (32.4kgs of m/s & +0.03 for udder) (dam below)

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Posted on Monday, 15 January 2018  |  By Progressive Genetics

The ICBF have Published New Dairy AI Bull Proofs

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New Proofs

The full latest Dairy AI bull proofs are now available to view now. Please note, the Beef AI bulls will also be available on the 10th January.

We are pleased to reveal that 5 of the top 5 bulls are our bulls (NCBC):

CODE Name of Bull Euro REL
FR2239 (IG) DIAMOND ANTON 319.62 59
FR2460 (IG) NEXTGEN PHC EIMER 557 311.02 56
FR2385 (IG) NEXTGEN YKG CANDY 593 308.31 58

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Posted on Wednesday, 20 December 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

MooCall HEAT

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Progressive Genetics will be supplying the Moocall HEAT (as soon as they come available - early next year: January/February) but you can order from today (with a deposit). Moocall HEAT is a one stop shop heat detection system for the largest of dairy farms to small scale part-time suckler farms, Moocall HEAT is the complete package from the collar for the bull to the App: Breedmanager, this exciting new system has been designed for Irish farmers.

How does it work?

The collar is worn by a vasectomised bull (teaser bull) and Moocall eartags are attached to all cows and heifers. The collar then uses cow/bull proximity, mounting behaviour and bull activity levels to determine to an extremely high level of accuracy when a cow or a heifer is in heat. 
Pic: Vasectomised bull fitted with the demo version during trials. 

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Posted on Wednesday, 6 December 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

AI Technician Profile Nichola Murtagh

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‘There could be 15 cows to one call; women are getting the job done’ – AI technician, Nichola (22)

Caroline Allen of Agriland recently spoke with Progressive Genetics staff, Nichola Murtagh (AI Technician) & Larry Feeney (Marketing Manager)

Nichola Murtagh describes herself as “just your average 22-year-old”. Yet, she goes on to tell how she combines a job in AI with running her own suckler enterprise.

Having grown up on the family farm in Co. Westmeath; Murtagh always had an interest in animals and working outdoors.

She now looks after her suckler cow herd separate to the family farm, while also working for Progressive Genetics in Mullingar.

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Posted on Tuesday, 5 December 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

National Dairy Conference 2017

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This is a complete chronological summary of the first of the National Dairy Conferences which was held in the Lyrath Estate on Tuesday, 28th November (the second one being in The Kilmore Hotel in Cavan Wednesday, 29th November), with the day kicking off at 8.30am and running right through to 4.30pm. 

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Posted on Wednesday, 29 November 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

AI Technicians Wanted

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WE WANT YOU! Fancy becoming an A.I. Technician? Are you in Kilkenny? North Tipperary? Mid Tipperary?

A little about us, Progressive Genetics is a 100% Irish farmer owned co-operative. We are the leading provider of top quality Dairy & Beef genetics, AI Service, Milk Recording & advisory support services to the farmers in the Leinster, North East and West of Ireland regions.

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Posted on Wednesday, 29 November 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

NEW Prestige Angus Catalogue November 2017

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef
We are pleased to present to you our new Prestige Angus catalogue, hard copies will be available at the Irish Angus Elite Show & Sale on the 9th December (or you can request one to be posted before if you wish). 
The Prestige Selection is a new range of elite bulls which we at Progressive Genetics have chosen for the pedigree breeders. These sires have been carefully selected and represent the best Angus genetics available globally. The catalogue features 13 Angus bulls in total, some of which you will be familiar with like Te Mania Berkley B1 and HF Rebel 53Y, but we also have some older sires that are new to us, like SRV Hedebo Knobel ET and Blackhaugh Time F610.

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Posted on Friday, 24 November 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Coloured Dairy Sires 2018

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We are pleased to present to you our latest dairy catalogue, "Coloured Dairy Sires 2018" catalogue", hard copies will be available in a week or so, if you would like one posted out to you please feel free to get in touch. The "Coloured Dairy Sires 2018" features a wide range of bulls with 8 breeds featured in total, Jerseys, Ayrshires, Scandinavian Reds, Shorthorns, Montbelairdes, MRI/Rotbunts, Fleckviehs and a Brown Swiss bull too, from across the globe; Denmark, Canada, the United Kingdom, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the United States of America, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Ireland. 

 Bulls that feature:

17 Jerseys featured two that stand out are:

VJ Quintana, who will be available sexed and is the No. 1 NTM Genomic sire in Denmark! 

VJ Huzar, who will be available sexed and is the No. 1 NTM Daughter Proven sire in Denmark, daughter pictured below.

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Posted on Tuesday, 21 November 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Winter Milk Conference 2017

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The Winter (Liquid) Milk Conference was held in the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan on the 26th October, headlined as ‘Winter Milk in an Expanding Dairy Industry’. The programme really 'ticked all the boxes', covering a board range of topics. Larry O'Loughlin, Teagasc Regional Manager, chaired the morning presentations his final Winter Milk Conference, summarising and highlighting core issues throughout.

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Posted on Friday, 17 November 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

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