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Selective dry cow therapy could soon be the norm

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

This piece by vet Tommy Heffernan featured in the Farming Independent last year, but is as relevant as ever!

Selective dry Cow Therapy (SDCT) is a process of selecting cows to treat with antibiotics at drying off on an individual cow needs basis. This can be done by carefully planning and using records to select the appropriate cows that need treatment and simply using teat sealants on their own with the rest of the herd.

There are three significant reasons to opt for SDCT.

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Posted on Monday, 28 August 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

New Shorthorn Sire Matrix

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsBeef

STONEYROYD HALCYON MATRIX (P) (Code SH4209) is a new Shorthorn sire, that has been purchased by NCBC.

Matrix is an exceptional quality bull, an outstanding Shorthorn sire, plus he has a really good pelvic structure. And when you see his pedigree it's no surprise! 

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Posted on Monday, 24 July 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Top 10 most used sires in 2017 so far

Posted in Category(ies):  Company NewsDairyBeef


The ICBF have released the bulls with the most serves recorded so far in 2017.

Progressive Genetics (NCBC) are leading the way with 9 of the top 10, Dairy on Dairy, including at No. 6:

Olcastletown Ronaldo FR2298 a nicely balanced bull with a big production sub-index of €97 and over 30kgs/ms.

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Posted on Friday, 14 July 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Polled Bulls

Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

We have a wide selection of polled sires available, some of which feature below:

Ivoire OEO Homozygous Polled - all progeny will be polled. By Fanon P going back to Clovis. Check him out here.

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Posted on Tuesday, 4 July 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Tully Test Centre with Stephen Conroy

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

Five-star bulls performing best in Tully test centre, Darren Carty IFJ chats to Stephen Conroy, Tully Manager. 

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Posted on Monday, 19 June 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Progeny Videos from Tully Test Centre

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

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:


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Posted on Monday, 19 June 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Keltic Handsome sons in high demand at Society Sales

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef
There have been a number of Pedigree Limousin Sales since March, NCBC (Progressive Genetics & Munster A.I.) sires have featured well. 
See some of the NCBC sires progeny below: 
Handsome sons leads the way at annual Athenry Sale
An outstanding Keltic Handsome (OKH) son, 'Oldtown Kenny'  topped the May sale in Athenry, selling for €6,800. Bred by William Hogan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, this outstanding stylish bull came to the ring with five star ratings in each trait, including a Terminal index of €146 and a Replacement index of €130.  

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Posted on Wednesday, 31 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Beef on Dairy Test Bulls

Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

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. 

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Posted on Monday, 29 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Beef on Dairy New Hereford Test Bulls

Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

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). 


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Posted on Wednesday, 24 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Short Gestation for The Dairy Herd

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

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).

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Posted on Monday, 22 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Beef Sires for the Dairy Herd 2017

Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

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! 

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Posted on Thursday, 18 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Website Update with Beef May 2017 Figures

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

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.

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Posted on Thursday, 11 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

80 Cows performing in Dingle

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

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.

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Posted on Thursday, 4 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Limousin Sires for Breeding Replacements 2017

Posted in Category(ies):  Beef

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.

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Posted on Wednesday, 3 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

The Advantage of Good Breeding in the Organic System

Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

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.  

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Posted on Tuesday, 2 May 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics


Posted in Category(ies):  DairyBeef

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. 

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Posted on Monday, 24 April 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Fresh Semen Program 2017

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

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


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Posted on Friday, 21 April 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Improved performance on a rapidly-expanded top EBI herd

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

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

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Posted on Friday, 31 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Dairy Sires Spring 2017 March Proof Update

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

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! 


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Posted on Tuesday, 28 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

Delivering nearly 500kg of milk solids with Holstein Friesian genetics

Posted in Category(ies):  Dairy

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 has an EBI of €149 and is currently ranked 28th on the latest EBI herd ranking (February 2017), with a fertility sub-index of €81, a production sub-index of €36 and +0.08% protein.

The herd is delivering 480kg of milk solids, while maintaining a 365-day calving interval and a 6% empty rate.

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Posted on Monday, 20 March 2017  |  By Progressive Genetics

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