In the MRI's home country, Holland, many top chefs, not just in high-end restaurants, insist on working with MRI meat similar to chefs in Ireland and the UK preferring Angus beef. In the Netherlands, MRI meat fetches premium prices and is specifically requested by restaurant patrons.
Donegal breeders Anne and Billy McMahon of Ramelton, Letterkenny, are delighted to have sold their pedigree MRI bull "Ramon Thorin" to Dovea Genetics of Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Anne says, "With the sale of Thorin to Dovea, Billy and I have achieved one of our long-term aims for our Ramon herd. We are really pleased that we now have a bull standing at Dovea as we have found that they are extremely helpful in sourcing desirable bloodlines for the MRI breed in Ireland. We hope that Thorin does well for them!"
Ramon Thorin has been given A.I. code ZRT. The 87.5%, pedigree MRI bull was born in February 2012 and is a Hero (S1013) son out of Ramon Holly 2, an impressive Pedro 2 (PEZ) daughter.
At time of writing, Holly 2's lifetime production (4th lactation) is 27,580 litres (5,892 gallons) at 3.60% fat and 3.49% protein, 1,957 kg milk solids.
Thorin's EBI currently stands at a whopping 152, and, typical for his breed, he is predicted to improve both the dairy character of his progeny as well as the beefiness of his calves.
Semen from Ramon Thorin (ZRT) is available from Dovea Genetics, ph. 0504-21755.
When speaking to Robert and Ann Bryan of Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork recently, they expressed great pleasure at their 2011 crop of pedigree replacement heifers which are calving down and joining their milking herd this spring (2013).
The Sunnyside Herd has produced yet another group of strong yet stylish pedigree MRI heifers which are expected to follow in their ancestor’s “hoof” steps and produce high yields with great milk solids.
Robert and Ann are particularly pleased with a close relative of their bull Sunnyside Don’s (SJD) who was sold to Dovea Genetics last year for A.I. purposes. “Sunnyside Susie 3” was sired by Rudolf DN (S677) and Robert and Ann are proud to publish photos of her below. Susie has calved since those pictures were taken and is milking well, recently recording a daily milk yield of 22kg (4.7 gallons).
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are currently posting the application form for the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) 2015 - 2020 to herd owners. By entering into the programme farmers are committing to meet the requirements of the BDGP for a full six year period. The closing date for applications is 29 May 2015.
We would like to remind all keepers of MRI cows for suckling purposes, that - as a true dual purpose breed - the MRI are eligible for inclusion in the BDGP as well as all other beef payment schemes.
Laurence also confirmed that SiryX sexed semen from Dutch MRI sire Marcello is still available at a cost of €45 per straw. Due to the high cost and low usage of sexed semen Progressive Genetics do not carry stock of sexed Marcello semen. Progressive Genetics therefore require intended users to order some weeks in advance, to enable the company to import the semen.
For more information about SiryX sexed semen click here.
To arrange delivery of semen to your local A.I. technician or your own flask, please phone Progressive Genetics on 01 4080743.
Dovea Genetics of Thurles, Co. Tipperary are introducing straws from Dutch MRI bull "Damian DN" for the 2015 spring A.I. season.
Born in Holland in 2007, this Duisenberg x Guido bull's bloodlines may suit many Irish breeders. Damian is classified 100% pedigree MRI, and at time of writing, the following production values apply: Irish EBI 152 (Milk 49); Dutch NVI 162 (Milk 197); German RZG 119 (Milk 121).
According to the German RSH (Rinderzucht Schleswig-Holstein), Damian DN daughters have proven to be well built, with a wide pelvis and sound, well positioned feet and legs. In Germany and Holland, Damian DN is considered easy calving and suitable for heifers. His Dutch ratings for somatic cell count are excellent, no doubt aided by his daughters lengthy teats, however, teat placement is not always ideal. The RSH suggests to pay attention to the udders' comparatively weak central ligament and the slightly low rear udder height.
Official breeding values show Damian DN's daughters to be blessed with immense longevity in Dutch dairy herds, the rating of 251 vastly surpassing the advised average value of 100.
ICBF has issued Damian DN with A.I. code S2301, and any enquiries and orders should be addressed to your local Dovea area representative or their head office (ph. 0504 21755).