Bayern Genetik, Europe’s largest Fleckvieh stud, has launched its 2013/14 brochure which contains a selection of sires specially selected for the UK and Ireland market.
David Hazelton, the company’s agent for Ireland, Scotland and northern England commented: “The sires featured in this year’s catalogue have been specially selected to produce strong milky dual-purpose cows suitable for different management systems, milk payment systems and pedigree and cross breeding programmes.
“Bayern Genetik prides itself on producing true dual-purpose bloodlines, and the recent proof run is testimony to the success of the company’s breeding programme. Currently Bayern Genetik has 12 bulls in the top 50 (August 2013), which ranges from a total merit index of 138 at the top, down to 127 for the number 50.
He added: “Four of these high ranking bulls, Walbrand, Zauber, Winsler and Witzbold, are included in the new UK and Ireland brochure. Individual bull breeding values, fitness and type traits published in the catalogue have been taken from the official August 2013 proof run.”
The new 2013/14 brochure features 12 bulls to suit all requirements, with six of these boasting plus percentage figures for both fat and protein.
Walbrand, the current number four bull, boasts a total merit index score of 137 – just one point behind the three bulls which share the joint number one position. One of these, Rotglut, also owned by Bayern Genetik, is not featured in the catalolgue as his reliability score is not deemed to be high enough.
David Hazelton remarked: “I am often asked what my best bull is, to which I reply, the one that matches the farmers requirements. To claim that any one bull has all the answers is misleading.
“For example, take Walbrand, the number four bull on the Austrian and German system. Under the EBI system (Estimated Breeding Index) in southern Ireland, Walbrand is left well behind Wyoming who has high percentages for fat and protein (+0.72% fat and 0.12% protein).
“It is unreasonable to claim that any bull of any breed is a world-beater, as the weightings of the various traits used to make up the index vary greatly from country to country.”
The UK and Ireland brochure also includes a selection of bulls with superior muscularity, legs and feet, and udders, ideal to produce first crosses from frail cows. One of the favourites is Round-Up with many excellent daughters already in-milk in Northern Ireland and Scotland, and also several seen on a recent trip to Holland. Round-Up is also making a name for himself as a sire of sons – the afore mentioned Rotglut.
Wyoming is another sought-after sire, having produced several record priced genomically tested sons which sold at auction to other European AI studs.
Old favourites such as Ilion, Ettal and Don Juan are also included in the new catalogue.
Ettal was re-instated last year, and Don Juan has been re-introduced this time because of farmer satisfaction with the many in-milk daughters both here and in Scotland.
David Hazelton concluded: “Bayern Genetik sires are tried and tested and are worthy of careful consideration in any breeding programme. As the breeding season gets underway I would be only too glad to call on-farm to discuss individual herd requirements.”
For a free copy of the latest edition of Fleckvieh World, and to obtain a copy of the 2013/14 Bayern Genetik brochure, contact David Hazelton on mobile: 07841 748764.