2014 News

Releagh Herd's 2014 Progeny

Releagh Dot 6 Releagh Dot 6

 Sire: Dovea Jodus DUJ

 Dam: Robel x Trees 20’s Maarten

 Breeder: JP O’Sullivan, Bonane, Co. Kerry

 Born: March 2014, shown at 6 months of age

 

 Releagh Flossie 3Releagh Flossie 3

  Sire: Dovea Jodus DUJ

  Dam: Rudolf DN x Berry

  Breeder: JP O’Sullivan, Bonane, Co. Kerry

  Born: February 2014, shown at 7 months of age

 

 Releagh CobaReleagh Coba

 Sire: Sunnyside Don SJD

 Dam: Dovea Jodus x Peter

 Breeder: JP O’Sullivan, Bonane, Co. Kerry

 Born: March 2014, shown at 6 months of age

A.I. Sire Statistics 2013

Here is the Top Ten of most used MRI A.I. sires in Ireland with live offspring born in the calendar year 2013:-

AI Code

Bull Name

MY %

AI Company

2013 Offspring

S911

Thorgal

96.88

Dovea Genetics

288

S824

Malborix

93.75

Dovea Genetics

92

S1198

Dominic

100

Progressive Genetics

90

RVM

Marvist

100

Eurogene / LIC

78

DOU

Dorus

81.25

Eurogene / LIC

69

DFA

Dafodil

84.38

Eurogene /LIC

44

MNX

Manto

87.50

Eurogene / LIC

35

GOV

Govert

100

Eurogene / LIC

35

PET

Peter

100

Dovea Genetics

27

S677

Rudolf DN

100

Dovea Genetics

24

(Source of data: ICBF)

New CPI Under Development by ICBF and Teagasc

EBI Evolution

EBI current vs new

ICBF in conjunction with Teagasc are developing a new dairy cow production index (CPI) which ICBF hopes to launch as part of their August 2014 genetic evaluation run, according to a recent News item on ICBF's website.

As we know, in 2001 the Economic Breeding Index (EBI) was introduced by ICBF in a bid to provide farmers with a single figure profit index, aimed at identifying the most profitable bulls and cows for breeding dairy herd replacements.

The EBI replaced the RBI (Relative Breeding Index for dairy cattle) which, according to Teagasc, was a relative breeding goal made up of milk yield, fat yield, protein yield and protein percent. The RBI failed to take into account any other important traits such as fertility and locomotion, without which even the highest yielding dairy cow cannot function successfully.

Since its first introduction to the Irish dairy industry in 2001, the EBI has undergone a welcome and much needed evolution. Originally only comprising information on an animal's milk production and fertility, over the years ICBF and Teagasc got to understand and acknowledge that secondary traits such as length of gestation and ease of calving, beef characteristics, health issues and cow management (milking speed, temperament) are all important contributing factors to the profitability and longevity of a dairy cow.

According to ICBF, the new dairy cow production index (CPI) is designed to rank cows on their expected profitability, taking into account not only the genetics of the animal (i.e. EBI) but also the environmental factors which affect farm profit, e.g. mastitis, lameness, etc.

Some past managerial or environmental disturbance can affect an animal's production for the rest of its life but are not transmitted to offspring (for instance, the loss of one quarter due to an injured teat). This fact has been much discussed amongst critics of the EBI. The development of the CPI can therefore be cautiously seen as a step into the right direction; as a potential improvement over the EBI, hopefully more realistically reflecting the on-farm situation compared with the EBI's more theoretical approach. This is, of course, provided that truthful and complete information from farmers will be forthcoming to ICBF, from which to produce CPIs for individual animals. Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing the CPI in operation.

SiryX Sexed Semen

From 2014, Progressive Genetics is able to offer SiryX sexed semen from Dutch MRI sire Marcello (NLDM000549833402). The cost per sexed straw is €45. Marcello's Dutch Data can be found here.

SiryX semen is produced in the Netherlands and offered by CRV, one of the largest A.I. organisations in the world. According to the company, the advantages of using SiryX semen include an assured production of heifer calves for replacement or expansion, due to a 90% or more yield of heifer calves from SiryX inseminations. Disadvantages include lower conception rates due to the lower vitality and shorter lifespan of sexed semen.

Make up your own mind by reading CRV’s following information:-

SiryX Leaflet

SiryX FAQs

SiryX Insemination Advice

If you’re interested in discussing the possibility of using sexed semen from Marcello, please contact Progressive Genetics on 01 4080743, or phone their Marketing Manager Laurence Feeney on 086 8270714. 

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A.I. Sire Statistics 2014

Here is the Top Ten of most used MRI A.I. sires in Ireland with live offspring born in the calendar year 2014:-

AI Code

Bull Name

MY %

AI Company

2014 Offspring

S1485

Biom

93.75

Dovea Genetics

112

S911

Thorgal

96.88

Dovea Genetics

109

S1198

Dominic

100

Progressive Genetics

74

S1537

Meldon

93.75

Progressive Genetics

73

SJD

Sunnyside Don

100

Dovea Genetics

70

S824

Malborix

93.75

Dovea Genetics

64

DOU

Dorus

81.25

Eurogene / LIC

56

RVM

Marvist

100

Eurogene / LIC

51

PIS

Pistill

81.25

Eurogene / LIC

48

PAE

Parole

100

Eurogene / LIC

29

(Source of data: ICBF)

Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) 2015 - 2020

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.

MRI cow with Limousin bull calf

Progressive Genetics’ MRI Sires 2015

Laurence Feeney, Marketing Manager for Progressive Genetics, has confirmed availability of semen from the following MRI sires:-

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’ MRI Sires 2015

Pat O'Connor of Dovea last week confirmed availability of semen from the following MRI sires:-

Please note that there may be limited availability of some of the sires listed above!

To arrange delivery of semen to your local A.I. technician or your own flask, please phone Dovea Genetics on 0504 21755.

Damian DN available from Dovea Genetics

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).