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BREEDING NEWS Shaker is the Big Daddy


THIS FATHER’S DAY welcomed another celebration for Cogent, as Picston Shaker EX94 celebrated the 150,000 mark for the number of sexed semen straws produced. Shaker, nicknamed ‘the cheese-maker’


for his tremendous components, +0.11% Fat and +0.05% Protein, has impressively now produced over 150,000 straws of sexed semen as his demand remains as strong as ever. Shaker excels for Lifespan (+0.3), Somatic Cell Count (-9) and Temperament (+1.9). At a grand 14 years of age, this 99% reliable bull is still a bovine beauty and in extremely high demand from dairy farmers all over the globe – spanning countries from Italy to Australia, Holland and Ireland. Shaker has bred progeny ranging from newly born calves to 12-year-old cows. In fact, it is estimated he has over 100,000 daughters worldwide. As a Dombinator son, and half brother


to Picston Shottle, Shaker is out of the renowned 60 star brood cow Condon Aero Sharon EX91. This unique outcross sire with no Blackstar, Mascot, Chief Mark or Bell in his pedigree brought something new and refreshing to the dairy industry. Cogent’s Sire Analyst Simon Moseley adds, “Breeders have often commented that his daughters develop into some of the best aged cows they have in the herd today – with fantastic udders and tremendous dairy character.” As an EX94 bull, Shaker’s daughters


are just as good-looking – with an impressive world record of 20 EX first crop daughters and over 1,000 VG or EX registered progeny so far. Shaker is available at just £10 a straw and £19 sexed.


TOYSTORY MAKES AFFORDABLE BREEDING SOLUTION


PROLIFIC SEMEN PRODUCTION from the globally revered Holstein bull Toystory has enabled Bullsemen.com to announce a 35% reduction in price. This, says the company, will provide significantly more UK dairy farmers with affordable access to one of the most complete sires of recent times. Jenny Lou Marshall Toystory,


now with second crop milking daughters enhancing an already strong proof, is available from Bullsemen.com for £19.50/straw for orders of 40 straws plus, down from £29. Continuing prolific semen production is the main reason for a revised pricing strategy for a bull that has now produced and sold over 1.3 million units worldwide. Toystory’s reputation as a bull of the highest calibre has continued to build since his outstanding debut in November 2005. In the latest UK proof run, he showed further improvements to both profitability and conformation with figures of £91 PLI, +2.02 Type Merit, + 476 kg milk, an udder composite of + 1.91 and an impressive ‘no faults’ linear. Toystory has worldwide demand with over 300,000 daughters now bred globally. A Toystory daughter was sold in Pennsylvania for $64,000 and the record to date in the UK came from the Smiddiehill Sale where a Toystory daughter made 27,000gns. His dam is Jenny-Lou Patron Toyane VG89, who boasts impressive production, topping records with 20,787 kg of milk, 793 kg fat and 553 kg protein in 365 days. His maternal grand dam is Jenny-Lou Luke Takia VG86 with top production records of 14,238 kg of milk, 491 kg fat and 451 kg protein in 365 days. Toyane exemplifies longevity, continuing to compete in the same free stall environment as the rest of the herd as an eight-year-old. Toyane is in a herd including Toystory’s full sister, Jenny- Lou Marshall 618, VG88. Her production record is 16,741 kg of milk, 621 kg fat and 472 kg protein.


Marketing Manager for Sterling Sires STERLING SIRES LTD has announced the appointment of John Gardner as National Sales


and Marketing Manager. John has a long and distinguished track record in UK agriculture following over 20 years experience working for Countrywide PLC. He will be responsible for the day to day sales and marketing operation at Sterling Sires and will be based at their office in Gloucester. Commenting on the appointment Paul Westaway, owner of Sterling Sires, said, “We are delighted to welcome John to our team; he is a high calibre man who fully understands and believes in our commitment to supply the best bulls and customer service to UK farmers” John can be contacted on 07578 527107 or john@sterlingsires.co.uk


78 THE JOURNAL AUGUST 2010


ABOVE Toystory daughter Savage-Leigh Lavisha VG89-2yrs sold for $340,000 in 2009.


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