Win 50 units of Ballycairn Pello worth £1,000

The busy Genus ABS stand at which won the " Best Large Stand" at the 2013 Winter Fiar.
The busy Genus ABS stand at which won the " Best Large Stand" at the 2013 Winter Fiar.

The opportunity to win 50 units of Ballycairn Pello; details of the most comprehensive breeding programme in the world; achieving independent responsibility for reproductive management and expert advice on mastitis – it’s all in one location at the Winter Fair – the Genus ABS stand.

And to add to the excitement Steph Whittaker, European dairy brand manager, will be announcing the winner of the Facebook competition to win two straws of the world’s number one, GTPI sire, Seagull Bay Silver.

Ervin McKinstry, Ireland manager, Genus ABS said: “While everyone who visits the stand will welcome the opportunity to partake in the draw for 50 units of Ballycairn Pello, one of the top ranked sires on HUKI’s PLI ranking, they will also have the opportunity to gain a wealth of information regarding their dairy unit.”

Ervin went on to explain that Genus ABS is the world’s largest cattle breeding company, testing nearly 500 bulls per year, and marketing more than 12 million doses of semen in over 80 countries. Dairy farmers will therefore welcome the opportunity to discuss their breeding programme with European Sire Analyst, Andrew Rutter, who is visiting the Winter Fair specially to talk to local breeders about mating decisions for the coming year and possible bull contracts.

The opportunity to gain information on the most comprehensive breeding programme in the world today will allow farmers to select matings that are specific for their herd and their particular goals and development plans for their enterprise.

The GMS (Genetic Management System), database 
contains details of over 450,000 sires and is the only programme in the world to look back over seven generations.

The Genomate programme allows farmers to make their breeding decisions, removing the chance of inbreeding and increasing profitability. Just ask for Ian Watson at the Genus ABS stand.

James Woods, RMS (reproductive management systems) manager will also be available on the stand to discuss how to improve profit margins by increasing pregnancy rate. James explained: “RMS is our unique fertility management service for large herds, whereby full responsibility for reproductive management is contracted out to Genus/ABS.”

So go along to the Genus stand, enjoy a cup of tea and “interrogate the team” on their catalogue which features over 30 specially selected dairy sires including their line up of sexed bulls (ABS Sexation). The line up represents great value for money, and has something to suit all breeding goals.

The information is not confined to genetics – Dr Dave Davies, of Silage Solutions Ltd will be present to discuss and answer queries on the making of quality silage. Dr Davies will be hosting a seminar at 3:30pm detailing the latest research to show the impact of silage quality on dairy cow fertility.

There will also be detailed information on the company’s range of udder care and foot bath products which have been proven to be effective against all of the major strains of bacteria that can cause infection in these areas.

All farmers are very welcome to visit the stand, to partake in the free draw, and talk to the Genus ABS specialists about the extensive range of products and services.