At a time when the industry is on the back foot, managing the efficiency of your dairy herd has never been more important.
There are many ways in which a farm business can increase efficiency such as reducing costs and streamlining various parts of the enterprise. However, when it comes to bull selection, savvy dairy producers know that a bull with a legendary genetic background is a wise choice for future generations as well as farm profits.
From one of the most respected lineages in Europe, Sahara Jacob is backed by several generations of elite genetics and comes from a pedigree that boasts type, milk and high components.
His dam, Hood ATM Jessica EX93, is arguably the finest Jeeves daughter on the planet. She combines type and index, to create an extremely exciting package. Jessica has produced numerous progeny that have sold in some of the UK’s top sales with a full sister to Jacob topping the Genetic Elite Sale (2014) at £15,750. On the production side, Jessica has a best record to date of 13,111kgs at 4.55% fat and 3.3% protein.
Jacob’s sire is the world renowned sire of sons, Seagull-bay Supersire. Supersire transmits fat, protein and extreme amounts of milk to his progeny and Jacob is no exception to the rule.
Jacob is one of the most complete genomic sires in the Cogent line-up. He combines high fertility (+4.4), fat (+0.15%) and protein (+0.02%) with exceptional milk production (551kgs). Jacob’s daughters are expected to be moderate in stature, with added strength and depth, and very good legs and feet.
“When I think of Jacob, I think of quality,” says Ashley Fleming, Cogent’s Northern Ireland regional sales manager.
“He originates from one of the best cow families in the world and the genetics he has inherited means he is tailor-made for the modern, Northern Irish dairy farmer.”