Huge emphasis placed on PLI 
of dairy sires

Gareth Bell, Genus ABS chats to Robin Orr, Cloughmills on the Genus stand at the RUAS Winter Fair. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Gareth Bell, Genus ABS chats to Robin Orr, Cloughmills on the Genus stand at the RUAS Winter Fair. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Current milk price and the fact that milk production in Northern Ireland could face a volatile market in the future has prompted a surge of interest in PLI figures of dairy sires according to Ervin McKinstry, Ireland manager for Genus ABS

He said: “Dairy farmers are looking at ways of improving the efficiency of the enterprise in order to cope with the lower returns.”

Pictured on the Genus ABS stand at the RUAS Winter Fair were from left: Russell McCourt, RMS Trainer, Genus ABS; Timothy Moore, Fintona; Andrew Thompson, European Manager, Genus ABS and Desmond Moore, Fintona. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Pictured on the Genus ABS stand at the RUAS Winter Fair were from left: Russell McCourt, RMS Trainer, Genus ABS; Timothy Moore, Fintona; Andrew Thompson, European Manager, Genus ABS and Desmond Moore, Fintona. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The Genus ABS stand at the Winter Fair certainly reinforced this comment as it remained packed with interested farmers throughout the day who questioned the team on every aspect of cost saving including pregnancy detection, analysis of production figures, RMS services , Genomate, fertility and PLI figures.

One visitor who had a very worthwhile visit to the stand was Connor Casey who runs the 150 cow Carnhill herd at Cloughmills with his father Cahal. Connor was the lucky winner of the Genus ABS draw which entitled him to 50 straws of Topcroft Pesky Trix, the highest rated UK bred Holstein for PLI who has only been bettered by three International bulls.

Connor has been concentrating on PLI figures for a number of years so this prize was a very welcome boost for the dairy business.

He said: “These are the figures that indicate the economic features and possible profitability that the sire and his cow family will contribute to the enterprise and thus provide you with a worthwhile base on which to build your management skills.”

Ervin McKinstry, Genus ABS with John and Lorraine Hanratty, Ballybay , Co Monaghan, on the Genus ABS stand at the RUAS Winter Fair. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Ervin McKinstry, Genus ABS with John and Lorraine Hanratty, Ballybay , Co Monaghan, on the Genus ABS stand at the RUAS Winter Fair. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The Casey philosophy has obviously worked well in practice as they have sold a number of bulls to breeding companies over the past six years, the latest being Carnhill Acer.

Connor added: “We have a number of Acer family members in the herd and they are high producing easily managed cows.”

Farmers at the Winter Fair were keen to study the figures for Trix, this leading UK sire. He has a huge PLI of £660 which reflects strong components (0.18% fat and 0.12% protein); high daughter fertility (11.6); improved lifespan (0.4) and low SCC (-18). These great production and fitness figures are backed up with a two point type merit score and a great linear.

Ervin McKinstry concluded: “Trix is the first Pesky son on the market and is backed by a true British cow family which is not only standing the test of time but flourishing with each generation, chalking up great lifetime yields and proving that fertility promise each year.”

John Martin, Secretary, Holstein NI makes the draw on the Genus stand at the RUAS Winter Fair while Richard Walker, Genus ABS looks on. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

John Martin, Secretary, Holstein NI makes the draw on the Genus stand at the RUAS Winter Fair while Richard Walker, Genus ABS looks on. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

For more details on this outstanding sire and other special sires call Genus ABS on 028 3833 4426 or contact your Genus ABS rep.

Gary Bryson, Scarva talks to James Woods, Genus ABS on the Genus Stand at the RUAS Winter Fair. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Gary Bryson, Scarva talks to James Woods, Genus ABS on the Genus Stand at the RUAS Winter Fair. Photograph: Columba O'Hare