LEADING German breeding company GGI has announced that its renowned bull Leif has died. Northern Ireland producers are being urged to secure his semen as soon as possible because demand is set to be strong across the world.
The 13 year-old bull was involved in an accident before Christmas and had to be put down. He was particularly popular with producers looking to improve their herd’s health and fitness. His father was Lukas and his dam was a daughter of South Wind Zak. This combination makes him an ideal outcross for those who want to strengthen their herds.
“A lot of producers will be saddened by the death of Leif because he was a strong addition to a lot of herds,” explained Ivan Minford of Ai Services, who market GGI bulls in Northern Ireland.
“There is some of his semen in storage, but stocks are limited. There will be demand from producers here in Northern Ireland and anyone wanting to secure some should do so as quickly as possible.”
In the December 2012 Proof, Leif had a PLI score of +155. His lifespan was +0.4 and daughter fertility +6.9. He had a somatic cell count score of -26, while a score of +0.85 for legs and feet and +1.23 for udders contributed to a type merit score of +1.24.
He has more than 20,000 daughters in genetic evaluation around the world and his semen has been sold in the USA, Chile, Costa Rica, Serbia, Russia and Belarus as well as across the EU. In all he produced more than 400,000 doses of semen.
“Producers in Northern Ireland were amongst the first outside Germany to realise the strength that Leif had to offer with many of his daughters now entering their sixth lactation. Daughters of Leif are strong, robust cows with tremendous longevity. They also have excellent daughter fertility, which is one of the most important traits in any dairy herd at this present time,” Ivan concluded.
Farmers can secure Leif semen by calling their locla Ai Services’ representative or technician: Freephone: 0800 171111.