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The death has occurred of Cornelius (Curley) Keohane, Midleton, Co. Cork

The death has occurred of Cornelius (Curley) Keohane, Midleton, Co. Cork on August 24th 2013 at Cork University Hospital. Deeply regretted by his devoted wife June (nee Browne) also his loving sons and daughters, grandchildren, brothers, sister, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. House private, please.

Reposing at the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Midleton. Rosary on Sunday August 25th at 8pm. Requiem mass on Tuesday 27th at 2pm followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu will be appreciated to Our Lady of Lourdes Community Hospital, Midleton.

"Safe in the arms of Jesus and Mary"

 Hyde's Funeral Directors, Drury's Avenue, Midleton, Co. Cork

Ph. 021 4631233, Mobile 086 8375204

Dovea buys MRI bull from West Cork breeder




SUNNYSIDE_DON_SJDDovea 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.


Bay Lough Traditional Irish Farmhouse Cheese

Anne and Richard Keating originally began making cheese more than 20 years ago in an attempt to increase the income from their circa 50 acre disadvantaged farm near Clogheen, Co. Tipperary. Early experiments in the kitchen of their home lead to what was to become a well-known, multiple award winning brand of Irish farmhouse cheese.

In 1987, the Keatings' 17,000 gallons of milk quota were filled by 19 cows. Originally milking Holstein-Friesians, Richard not only complained about the cows' frequent foot problems but found their milk too low in solids for successful cheese making. To increase milk quality by raising protein and lactose, he decided to move to MRI cows.

Apart from now getting excellent milk for their budding business, Anne and Richard found the MRI ideally suited to their farm. They were hardy cows, didn't suffer from any foot problems and had a good temperament. Richard recalls, "The most magical thing compared to the Holsteins was, that the MRI were easy calvers."

MRI Society Open Day 10th May 2008

MRI Cattle Open Day - Cows at grassOn 10th May 2008, Robert and Ann Bryan, together with their sons Frank, Eric and Trevor extended an invitation to an Open Day on their farm near Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork.

The mild, dry weather facilitated a good attendance of Society members and their families, interested farmers and guest of honour, Mr. Pat O'Connor of Dovea AI, who has been supplying our members with quality MRI semen for many years.

Robert and Ann Bryan are running a herd of 40 pure and crossbred MRI cows, plus followers. In 2007, their herd milked on average:-

  1. Winter calving cows: 1,404 gallons (6,572 kg) at 3.57% Protein and 4.00% Butterfat.

  2. Spring calving cows: 1,302 gallons (6,093 kg) at 3.58% Protein and 3.77% Butterfat.

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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




Dovea Genetics





Dovea Genetics





Progressive Genetics





Progressive Genetics



Sunnyside Don


Dovea Genetics





Dovea Genetics





Eurogene / LIC





Eurogene / LIC





Eurogene / LIC





Eurogene / LIC


(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).