Pedigree Simmental Breeder

Angela & Gerard Brickley, Coolrain, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Gerard and Angela Brickley pictured with their 5 star cow Celtic Betty ET

Backround of the herd: The herd goes back to 8 heifers imported from Austria in 1975 by Tom Brickley, Gerard’s father, to found the Anatrim Herd.  Further imports have taken place over the years to ensure adequate milk and new traits such as Polled have being introduced. The Celtic herd has now been built up to 52 calving, which starts on 1st December.  The aim is to tighten calving into a 3 month period.  Embryo transfer is extensively used, with 40% of calves born by ET this past season. (more…)

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Pedigree Saler Breeder

Joe and Richard Fortune, Knottown, Co Wexford.

Gene Ireland Maternal Bull Breeder participant Joe and Richard Fortune’s Saler cow Usance, winner of the 2013 RDS Maternal Index Award. She boasts a phenomenal Maternal Index of €367.
Gene Ireland Maternal Bull Breeder participant Joe and Richard Fortune’s Saler cow Usance, winner of the 2013 RDS Maternal Index Award. She boasts a phenomenal Maternal Index of €367.

Background of the herd: The herd was established in 1998, with the first females sourced in Ireland. Cattle were subsequently purchased and imported from France in 2002. The herd now comprises of approximately 100 breeding Salers females.

Maternal Breeding: The herd has an overall replacement index rating of €273, which makes it one of the highest ranking herds in the country, across all breeds.

Top Maternal Cows: One of the top cows in the herd is Knottown Ena (Sired by Gitan). She has a maternal index of €357 (reliability: 46%). She was born on the 17th of November 2004. She has had 7 calves, and is a very hard working cow with an average calving interval of 363 days. A son of this cow, is currently being considered for the Gene Ireland bull breeder program. Another cow of note is the imported French cow, Usance (pictured), who was the winner of the RDS maternal index award in 2013. Again, she boasts a phenomenal replacement index of €375, and is currently with her eighth calf with an average calving interval of 357 days.

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Distribution of sires, based on % PI calves for BVD virus.

BVD Incidence is 10% Heritable

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“Some bulls had 20% of their calves infected with BVD, whilst other bulls had 0% calves infected with BVD. Why is this?” This was the question posed by Dr Donagh Berry, Teagasc, at last week’s ICBF beef and dairy industry meeting in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. (more…)

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