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Five-star bulls performing best in Tully test centre, Darren Carty IFJ chats to Stephen Conroy, Tully Manager.
The Performance Centre at Tully Co.Kildare is operated by the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation, the test centre has been in operation for over 30 years.
Recently a number of Progressive Genetics (NCBC) Progeny have been through Tully Testing, see some of them below.
Progeny from Heracles HHJ at Tully Test Centre:
We have a number of New Beef sires coming in for testing on the dairy herd, not all are in stock yet but we do have a good selection!
Such as Fabb Northern Starr HE4297, from the Fabb Polled Herd, Starr should provide a good balance of calf quality and calving ease.
We have a number of new Hereford sires coming in for testing on the dairy herd, not all are in stock yet but we do have small amounts of Hollybush Noble and Northern Starr available.
Hollybush 1 Noble HE4266, should provide a good balance of short gestation and calving ease (polled).
For the remainder of the breeding season, farmers are still faced with options:
- Breed more Dairy Replacements
- Add Calf Value
- Use Short Gestation Beef
This is FR2031 Elmo's dam, Tisaxon RUU Elma 1669 (pictured below).
We have a wide selection of Beef bulls available, across breeds, fulfilling distinct farmer requirements.
Ticking various boxes:
- Short Gestation
- Easy calving for Dairy Maidens
- Maximise Calf & Carcass Value
- And MORE!
KYA Lord Hardy, now has over 34,000 calving surveys registered with ICBF!
The latest evaluation figures (Euro-Star) have now been updated and we now have them available to view on our website.
In all 174 Progressive Genetics (NCBC) bulls feature on the Terminal list & 151 on the Replacement list.
Progressive Genetics have 7 of the top 10 Replacement Index sires (priced at €10):
Replacement sire is Beguin SA4059 is number 1 with a Replacement Index of €249, we also have the top Charolais Voimo VMO, top AA KYA, top SH PZT & top Limousin ZAG along with the Limousins ranked 2nd & 3rd Gringo & Frosty, plus the top 2 commercially priced Simmentals Earp SI2469 and Fifty Cent SI2152.
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"
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