Dovea Genetics have bought pedigree MRI bull “Sunnyside Don” from Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork breeders Robert and Ann Bryan.
Born in December 2010, the Binkart son is out of Sunnyside Jane 2, an outstanding Doris 249 (DSX) daughter. At time of writing, Jane’s Lifetime Production (5th lactation) is as follows:-
37,103 kg (7,926 gallons)
1,359 kg fat @ 3.66%
1,313 kg protein @ 3.54%
Sunnyside Don, who has been allocated A.I. code SJD, is a well marked bull with outstanding conformation. ICBF's August 2013 evaluation shows his EBI rating at 101, with a very strong fertility sub index of 94. Don is expected to deliver big improvements both on the milk as well as on the beef front, with the added bonus of a shorter calving interval and a longer gestation period.
Enda Dooley of Dovea Genetics expressed himself very happy with Sunnyside Don when speaking to the MRI Society in late September 2012. Enda stated that Don is working very well for Dovea and is producing high quality semen which is already in high demand, with 1,000 straws recently ordered from and exported to Chile in South America. The Bryan family had halter-trained Sunnyside Don prior to his move to his new home in Thurles, and according to Enda, Dovea staff charged with handling the bull is very pleased with his placid nature.
The Bryan family of West Cork are understandably proud of having their 100% MRI bull Don now standing at Dovea’s modern facility in Tipperary, and are looking forward to following his progress and success as an internationally sought-after A.I. bull. Robert Bryan states, “Dovea have been very good to the MRI Cattle Society of Ireland for many years now, by actively searching out the best of MRI bloodlines in Holland and northern Germany, for use on the Irish A.I. market. To have one of our bulls stand at Dovea gives us great satisfaction, and we look forward to getting feedback about Don from our fellow breeders in years to come.”
Semen from Sunnyside Don is available at € 15 per straw from Dovea Genetics, ph. 0504-21755.