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Early proven Goldwyn son ONE OF THE first ever Braedale Goldwyn sons to have


real daughter information is now being offered to UK farmers. The bull is expected to have widespread appeal across a broad cross-section of dairy farmers, who have experienced the success of his legendary sire, but have been unable to acquire his genetics for several years. The bull is Glenn-Ann Palermo and although he is


little over four-years-old, he already has an 86% reliable progeny proof in the USA, where 46 of his daughters in 36 herds contribute to his figures. This equates to a reliability of 63% when converted to a UK scale. High on the UK’s Profitable Lifetime Index ranking


with a PLI of £121, Palermo has already been dubbed ‘Bull of the Week’ by breed specialist magazine Holstein International and is being hailed as one of the most complete bulls to come from the USA in recent years. Features of his proof with particular appeal are


his positive fat and protein percentages (+0.03 and +0.02%), an impressive cell count index of -20 and better body traits (more width, more depth and less angularity) than his sire. A ‘no holes’ linear type profile features many other traits for which his sire is known including stature, high and well attached udders, and correct legs and feet. His type proof equates to a UK Type Merit of 2.46 while for those familiar with US figures, he has an impressive TPI (Total Performance Index) of 2008. Palermo’s mother is a VG89 Rudolph who has already completed three lactations, with a best record of 15,490 kg at 4.5% fat and 3.4% protein. Her dam is a VG87 Formation who goes back to a VG85 Blackstar then a VG87 Chief Mark. Palermo is priced at £28.


UK’s top home produced sire now sexed


THE UK’S HIGHEST ranking home-produced dairy bull for PLI - Cogent Elvina - is now being offered as sexed semen, only months after he was launched with his first progeny proof. This move by Cogent reflects the growing demand by UK dairy farmers for sexed semen. The bull’s enormous popularity stems from his unusual outcross pedigree, the world-class cow family from which he is bred and the top quality progeny proof he gained in the last proof run. The combined fat and protein in his proof is 40 kg, he has positive components for both fat (+0.15%) and protein (+0.12%) and his overall Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) is £158. He was featured in the last issue of The Journal - June 2010 pages 74-75. Also scoring well for health and fitness – particularly lifespan


and daughter fertility – as well as overall type, Elvina sires the sort of daughters that are in keen demand by the modern milk producer, with stature close to average, good udders, legs, feet and locomotion, and no extremes in any department. “Farmers with daughters are really pleased with them


and have commented on their great will to produce high yields with excellent components and the ease with which they get back in calf,” said Andy Smith, progeny evaluator for Cogent. “Those I have seen are clean-boned, well-balanced and youthful heifers which have well-attached, quality udders, having outstanding veination and support, with excellent teat placement. “In terms of PLI, Elvina is head and shoulders above any other


bull whose first progeny proof was gained in the UK,” added Mr Smith, “and many of those farmers who have used him have been asking about sexed semen ever since they started milking his daughters.” Elvina semen is available for £18 or £13.50 to Visions customers, £35 sexed or £26 to Visions customers.


Top sires making an improvement on dams


THESE TABLES IDENTIFY which sires have the largest percentage of daughters given a higher heifer classifi cation score than their dams as heifers.


Daughters are only included in the statistics if both daughter and dam calved their fi rst before 30 months of age and were both classifi ed within six months of calving.


Any sire is included in the list irrespective of semen availability, so herd sires may also appear.


Top 10 Sires with 50+ daughters classified in 6 month period (December 2009 to May 2010 inclusive)


Sire Askew Reece


Penn-England Garrison Jocko Besne


Deslacs Milkstar


Canyon-Breeze Axiom-TW Valley-Drive Zesty Alzi Juror Ford Roylane Jordan Moet Nansen Lucky Mike


Daughters classified


93


186 63 64 54 59 56


558 141 67


% higher than Dam


58.1 55.9 55.6 54.7 53.7 52.5 51.8 51.1 51.1 50.7


Daus/Dam Avg. scores


81.5 / 80.1 80.5 / 79.1 80.6 / 78.9 80.9 / 79.9 81.9 / 80.9 81.3 / 80.7 80.3 / 80.2 81.1 / 80.3 79.7 / 78.9 80.7 / 80.4


Top 10 Sires with 20-50 daughters classified in five-month period (December 2009 to May 2010 inclusive)


Sire


Sir Ridgedal Rustler Red Lemington Lucky Bell Lutz-Brookview Burt BBK Affirmed Lystel Lorenzo


Woodmarsh Conformer Galaxy Speed


Sikkema-Star W Modesto Douglas


Gillette Cutler


Daughters classified


21 21 26 36 23 38 30 37 41 43


% higher than Dam


66.7 61.9 61.5 61.1 60.9 60.5 60.0 59.5 58.5 58.1


Daus/Dam Avg. scores


84.5 / 82.8 81.6 / 80.0 82.2 / 80.4 83.0 / 81.9 83.5 / 82.0 80.2 / 78.7 81.2 / 79.1 80.1 / 79.7 82.1 / 80.1 81.1 / 79.7


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