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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Cavan Angus is top dairy sire

Published 17/08/2016 | 02:30

The most widely used beef bull on dairy cows, Cornamuckla Lord Hardy, bred in Co Cavan
The most widely used beef bull on dairy cows, Cornamuckla Lord Hardy, bred in Co Cavan
Solpoll 1 Handsome, the most widely used Hereford bull on dairy cows

A County Cavan-bred Angus bull has been identified as the most popular beef AI sire used on dairy cows, according to the official figures for calf registrations for 2015.

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Statistics from the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) confirm a sharp increase in the use of beef breed AI bulls within dairy herds, with usage dominated by traditional beef breeds such as Angus and Hereford. Four beef breeds shared the top 10 sire positions, led by Angus with four, Belgian Blue with three, Hereford with two and one Limousin.

Three of the five most widely used beef AI sires were Angus, with the breed holding four of the positions on the top 10 rankings by popularity with dairy breeders and accounting for more than the total number of calves registered to the listed 10 most widely used beef AI sires on dairy cows. The analysis is based on almost 39,000 registrations.

The list shows the Angus bull Cornamuckla Lord Hardy K222 (KYA) had 12,012 calves registered to him in 2015, more than any other bull. The bull was bred by Albert Magee, Drumcrow, Ballinagh, Co Cavan and has very impressive breeding figures, plenty of stars and very high reliability.

'Lord Hardy' has a replacement index value of €122 and is five star within the Angus breed, with a reliability rating of 77pc. He has a calving difficulty figure of 0.90pc and is five stars on the terminal index within the breed with reliability of 93pc.

Second highest overall was the Hereford sire, Solpoll 1 Handsome {HYC} (SPL) with 6,354 calves registered to him in 2015, one of the two bulls from the breed in the top 10 positions.

'Handsome' has a replacement index value of €103 and is five star within the Hereford breed. He has a calving difficulty figure of 3.60pc and is five stars for gestation.

Three Belgian Blue sire were listed in the top 10. Manitou De Belle Eau (DBZ) was third on the list with 5,174 calves registered to him in 2015. 'De Belle Eau' has a replacement index value €38 and is five star within the Belgian Blue breed.

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He has a calving difficulty figure of 8.90pc and is five stars for gestation. The other Belgian Blues were Concert Du Blofagnu (CFU) and Ballyfin Borat (BBQ).

The other Angus bulls in the list were Jesanna Galaxy (JGY), Birches Littleman (ZLT), and Tubridmore Gizmo (RGZ).

The second Hereford bull listed was Grousehallpoll 1 Premier, and the Limousin on the list was Hauteclair (HCA).

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