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Genomax intoduces four new young bulls
From the famous Gypsy Grand family Rietben Tee Off makes
his debut in the August proof run as Semex’s highest ranked type sire
at 3.59 UKTM (+16 Conformation in Canada).
“Tee off daughters are very consistent and uniform.” according
to Willie Tait, Semex Genetics Manager. This son of Titanic, out of a
VG88-4yr Gibson dam delivers big scores for Mammary (+16 CAN and
+ 3.25 UK), Feet & Legs (+13 CAN and + 2.56UK). “With an extremely
consistent breeding pattern, backed by one of the most prolifi c cow
families Tee Off is a combination that will make a big impact with UK
dairymen,” adds Mr Tait.
Tee Off specializes in both udders and feet and legs, siring shallow
udders very reminiscent of those from his maternal grandsire, Gibson.
His daughters walk on exceptionally deep-heeled feet and have great
mobility. The rumps are also very good, with ideal pin setting and Tee
Off has the added benefi t of being a high fertility Repromax sire.
Also making his debut this proof round is the latest true red son from
the renowned Pursuit September Storm, La Presentation Picolo Red
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Picolo Red enters the Semex line-up with an impressive +13
Rietben Tee Off daughter Kelderview Teeoff Mandy
Conformation and +2.27 UKTM and double digit scores in his Canadian
Proof for Mammary, Feet & legs and Dairy Strength.
“This is a sire that excels in dairy strength, “says Willie Tait. “Picolo
daughters track well on solid feet and legs. They are stylish with great balance siring tall, long-bodied cows with deep open
ribs, strong toplines and udders that are silky and well-attached.”
Continuing Semex approach to introduce bulls that work across different systems, the Semex line-up is further strengthened
with a new high ranking O-man son ideal for commercial dairymen, Mainstream Manifold. With multiple O-man sons in the
top rankings, Manifold will offer Semex customers an extremely balanced proof, backed by a deep pedigree.
“Manifold daughters are cows for the commercial sector with desirable production and pleasing functional type, “says
Willie Tait. “They are medium-sized, strong cows, with sound feet and legs for excellent mobility making them ideal for UK
systems. He is a very easy-calving sire and is positive for both fat and protein % with over 800kg Milk as well, making up a very
profi table package”.
Spooky - 9 days shorter gestation length DairyCo’s new look website
Early indications show that one of Cogents most popular bulls, DairyCo has launched a New Farm Information Centre,
Huddlestone Spooky – is cutting a remarkable nine days off average changing the way it communicates online with its new
gestation length.
website at www.dairyco.org.uk. The re-designed website
His low calving ease fi gure of 4% is clearly infl uenced by the shorter
aims to become a one-stop shop for farmers and industry
gestation lengths with data from NMR reporting the average to be 275
professionals wanting the latest up-to-date advice and
days, compared to the national average at 284 days.
information on all things dairy.
With this shorter gestation, a cow carrying his calf has, on average,
The popular Datum website now sits alongside the
nine extra days to return to cycling activity, which puts her in a very
Farming Information Centre, an area which has information
good position to recover from calving, and potentially gives her a full
and details on all DairyCo activity, from practical aspects of
90 days to get in calf, and still remain within a 365 day calving interval.
If the cost of one day open is £5 per cow per day, reducing days open
farm management, DairyCo tools, information on current
by nine days has the potential to save £45 per cow per lactation, or
research projects, business and labour management, and
£4,500 per 100 cows.
animal health and welfare.
Spooky transmits many other desirable traits for production,
“Our aim is to be the fi rst place that farmers can come
management, fi tness and type. He offers average stature combined with
to fi nd information on any aspect of dairy farming that
strength through the body as well as strongly attached udders with good they need,” explains Philippa Stagg, DairyCo head of
milking speeds and low cell counts. PTAs for production are also good at communications. “We know the web is becoming an
341kg milk with 34.7kg fat plus protein and big positive percentages for important tool for many of our levy payers and the new site
both components. Daughter lifespans are unsurprisingly positive and his
should make it even easier to access our information. We
Profi table Lifetime Index (PLI) is £160.
have an ongoing plan of adding to and improving the site so
“We are absolutely delighted to have received this new
we’re always open to suggestions and feedback!”
information about Spooky, which makes him even more of a
Farmers can use the interactive map on the home page
complete package than even we had realised,” says Cogents Hugh
to fi nd their nearest extension offi cer and see what events
Pocock. “Anyone using him within their herd stands to benefi t from
a win-win situation. They will not only get the genetic benefi ts he
and open meetings are taking place in their area, the online
transmits to his daughters, but they also have the potential to make
library makes downloading DairyCo publications fast and
signifi cant fi nancial and welfare gains through better reproductive
simple, and ordering publications that can’t be downloaded
performance by the cows carrying his calves.” a straightforward process.
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