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Dairy farmer John P. Galvin milks 80 cows in a compact spring-calving system overlooking the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry.
Galvin’s land goes right down to the Atlantic Ocean and receives 1,600-1,700mm of rainfall on an annual basis.
Last year, John sold 477kg of milk solids from each cow in his herd to the Kerry Group at 4.22% fat and 3.62% protein.
More and more farmers are focusing on sire selection especially when it comes to breeding replacements, matching the bull to the cow (and considering the all important stars in light of the BDGP Scheme, aiming for a replacement index of €74+ in any female progeny).
In many cases, it makes sense for farmers to breed their replacements' out of their top 4 & 5 Star cows and just use a terminal sire on 3 & lower Starred females.
Limousin sires that you should consider using as part of a Replacement team are:
Keltic Handsome OKH: see this OKH daughter below in Trevor Boland's herd (Bunna Agri) off of a Joker cow. OKH's dam line is excellent on all maternal traits.
IOFGA (Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association) publish a magazine called Organic Matters, a magazine full of information and articles related to organic farming and the organic food market. Find a link to there website here (view article as a PDF here).
The below piece by John Fogarty recently featured in Organic Matters.
This bull is currently en route to the stud in Enfield but semen is already available, IDEAL DE PETIT WARET (Code BB4286) boasts 3 generations of easy calving & short gestation, and has been selected for testing on dairy cows.
Our Belgian Blue sires help our customers' achieve premium prices for their beef off dairy calves.
Here are some pictures of him as well as a video.
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.
See below technician service panel with Fresh Bulls (we also have one with frozen only) being FR4020 (IG) KNOCKDOE JACK, FR2385 (IG) NEXTGEN YKG CANDY , FR2239 (IG) DIAMOND ANTON , FR2371 (IG) ARDRAGOLD PARKER, LWR (IG) LONGVIEW RELIABLE & FR4021 (IG) BALLINTESKIN ARNOLD.
Seamus Knox runs a 150 cow spring-calving Holstein Friesian herd in South Kilkenny. Since the end of quotas the Ballygown herd has increased substantially.
Prior to quota removal, there were 60 cows on the farm and since 2015 cow numbers have increased rapidly.
Cow numbers increased to 90 in 2015, 120 last year and 150 this year and Seamus hopes to milk 160 cows in 2017.
Considering the huge “in house” growth in this herd post-quotas, it is unbelievable that 70% of the cows come from three-cow families.
An ABO daughter springing on Seamus Knox’s farm
March Proof Update (plus Active Bull List)
The ICBF has brought forward the publication of the quarterly evaluation for Dairy AI bulls which was not due to be published until May 2017. We have a new flier with the latest proofs and our website has been update dwith the latest figures!
Dam of Anton: DIAMOND GFO AINE
Husband and wife team, Brian James and Lorna Sixsmith, have a 130-cow spring-calving Holstein Friesian herd.
Based in Garrendenny, Crettyard, Co. Carlow, the couple’s herd increased from 115 cows in 2016. And in recent times, their milking platform has moved from about 49ha to 69ha.
The pair have farmed since 2002, after taking over from Lorna’s father, and farming has been a second career for them both.
The herd is delivering 480kg of milk solids, while maintaining a 365-day calving interval and a 6% empty rate.
"The majority of dairy farmers are still in the middle of the calving season, but their thoughts will soon turn to the next breeding cycle. Martin Ryan spoke to..
"My farming goal is to produce more milk solids per hectare utilising more grazed grass from the milking platform," says Galway dairy farmer, Henry Walsh, who milk almost 300 cows near Oranmore. To achieve his objective, Henry focuses on three goals: to grow and utilise more grass per hectare through better soil fertility;
More days in milk through more compact calving and improved cow fertility"
Welcome to our first Prestige Charolais catalogue.
Featuring sires like: Castor. Jason, Levi, Ludwig and more!
Welcome to our first Prestige Limousin catalogue.
Featuring sires like: Jackpot, Cameos, Ice Cream, Hamlet and more!
Welcome to our first Prestige Angus catalogue.
Featuring sires like: Rebel, Diamond Mine, Americano, Kingdom and more!
We at Progressive Genetics (Munster A.I & Ireland Genetics) are proud to announce the upcoming release of our Prestige Catalogue Range for Aberdeen Angus, Charolais and Limousin. This new catalogue range has been developed for pedigree breeders.
The Prestige Selection is a new range of elite bulls which we at Progressive Genetics (Munster A.I & Ireland Genetics) have chosen for you, the pedigree breeder. These sires have been carefully selected and represent the best Limousin genetics available globally.
Brendan Meade’s farm on the Meath-Dublin border is a model spring-calving system built on good breeding, high grass utilisation and a labour-conscious system.
Dairying at Whiteleas since 1981, the farm now consists of 85ha (54.6ha owned, 16.2ha leased and 14.2ha rented annually) with 55ha of that being a milking platform.
Brendan is married to Mary, and they have three daughters Fiona, Grainne and Doireann.
Yesterday, most of the PG Sales-team & a few Pedigree Jersey Breeders, attended a farm walk on Rory & Maura O'Loughlin's Farm, near Rathangan. Rory & Maura imported Danish Jerseys first in 2014 (importing 130). The herd is mainly made up of 370 mainly Jersey Cows bred mainly by bulls from Viking Genetics with Brown Swiss & Rothbunt genetics featuring in the background too.
There are many aids to detecting heat: tail paint; scratch cards; Kamar heat detectors; pedometers and movement collars.
But there is no substitute for the teaser bull, A teaser bull is one that has been vasectomised.
Laboratory Technician (Maternity Leave Cover)
Independent Milk Laboratories (IML) is the first and only independent milk payment testing laboratory in Ireland. IML was established in 2010 as a joint venture between Progressive Genetics and NMR PLC (UK). IML has now progressed to offering a broad range of services to the Food and Agri sectors. We are now looking to recruit a PCR and Disease laboratory technician for maternity leave cover for a 10 month contract.
Jack Kennedy speaks with Padraig Ryan of Cappamore, Limerick a farmer using the Dairygold Milk Recording Service to discuss the benefits of milk recording.
Padraig on Milk Recording: "To know which cows to breed from, to know which cows to cull & to monitor Somatic Cell Count"
We are pleased to present to you our new Spring 2017 Dairy Sires Catalogue. Once again it contains many new bulls which push the advance in genetic merit to new high levels. The August base change is explained in the catalogue and gives us new proof levels and targets to get used to.
Our top 10 Holstein-friesian Bulls reach an industry leading high level of €308 EBI. We can give your herd a huge fertility improvement while also improving output for A+B-C pricing. Alongside the EBI leaders there is a super team of very complete bulls that will reach the fertility targets and bring exceptional production, health & longevity.
Dam of No. 1 EBI Sire
Moocall is the successful Irish calving sensor and you can now order from your local Progressive Genetics representative. Having heard many positive reports about the system and recognising the importance of identifying calving problems we are delighted to be able to offer this product.
All orders will be dispatched straight away from Moocall direct to you. You will also enjoy the superb Moocall support, warranty and 60 day money back guarantee.
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