New genetics dairy sire catalogue

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Recently launched was the new dairy sires’ catalogue for the 2014/15 breeding season by Dovea Genetics.

Comprising the most comprehensive list of proven Holstein and British Friesian bulls made available to date by the Tipperary based company, the new listings include an exciting selection of the top available Holstein and British Friesian bulls plus many of the best bulls available across the range of coloured breeds: Norwegian Red, Fleckveih, Normande and Montbelliarde along with a range of easy calving beef sires suitable for the dairy cow

“The bulls in the catalogue represent a selection of the best dairy sires available in Italy, France, Ireland and Scandinavia,” said Dovea Genetics general manager Dr Ger Ryan.

“The sires available combine all of the traits now recognised as being crucially important within any dairy breeding programme. These include production, milk quality and health traits such as Somatic Cell Count, Longevity and Fertility Index.”

Dr Ryan went on to discuss the challenge of the falling milk prices, which is currently impacting on every local dairy farm.

“With milk prices now hitting rock bottom the good news is that our semen charges are among the lowest of any company in Northern Ireland this year,” he commented.

“However, it is worth pointing out that even though the semen prices are among the lowest, the quality of the bulls are among the highest available.”

The 2014/15 catalogue listing contains a number of new bulls never before available in Northern Ireland, providing much need outcross genetics, these include VH Peder, Ross and D Jul.

Grafit – If there ever was a bull that has it all this is him! With a PLI of £587 he excels with high fertility (+8.7) along with low cell counts (-16) without compromising on milk (513kg) and milk solids (0.11%F 0.07%P), he also has a rock solid proof over 2900 daughters milking.

S Ross – An outcross pedigree suitable for breeding to Shottle, Goldwyn and Oman bloodlines, the top fertility and life span sire available in the catalogue. He will leave cows that will last in the herd and also with great components. With over 15000 daughters in his proof he is a bull which can be used with confidence

D Mason is the number one Mascol son for PLI available in the UK. He will reduce the stature of cows and added to this with production of 410kg milk and 39kgs solids this is a bull not to be missed.

VH Peder is another outcross sire. The highest milk bull in the catalogue (680kg) he will breed medium sized correct cows with a very strong udder support.

Blair is an exciting new genomic bull without any Shottle or Goldwyn blood in his pedigree. Not only has he got a great production (499kg) and components (0.04%F and 0.04%P) he is a high type sire coming in at 2.64TM with an outstanding feet and legs score of 3.1.

D Jul – If it’s protein you want this is the one. With a protein percentage of +0.13 he will add pounds to your milk cheque. He is also another of our new outcross sires and an easy calving bull suitable for heifers.

Symbol - This bull has it all. With his great production and excellent components combined with super management traits leaving him with a PLI of £437 he is sure to leave money in the pot at the end of the day.

Classic has really made his mark on breeding in the Republic of Ireland. A full brother to Jancen, the former number one PLI sire in the UK, he will make massive improvements to fat and protein percentages without compromising on production. He breeds stylish daughters and has already three EX classified daughters from his test proof in Ireland.

Legacy – Again another great bull with an Irish proof. Legacy will leave cows with good production and high protein content, and being a bull proven under Irish conditions he can be used widespread with confidence.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact the Northern Ireland Dairy Breeding adviser Gareth Sproule on 07889 548224.