Thursday 29 September 2016

High EBI dairy bulls are headed 'down under'

Published 06/01/2016 | 02:30

Dovea Genetics hopes to raise awareness of Ireland's high EBI bulls.
Dovea Genetics hopes to raise awareness of Ireland's high EBI bulls.

A dairy and beef genetics company is hoping to cash in on the number of Irish people working in New Zealand to raise awareness of Ireland's high EBI bulls.

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Dovea Genetics has made Irish-bred bulls standing at AI in Ireland commercially available to dairy farmers on both the North and South islands of New Zealand.

So far semen from five bulls have been exported in the first consignment, including semen from Gaddagh Cuddy Reeks (GZY) and Aghawadda Arthur (AGH), explained Dovea's export sales manager Conor Ryan.

Mr Ryan said they expected demand to grow within two to three years up to 100,000 doses, with more than four million cows in New Zealand.

"They are looking for similar bulls - those with short gestation, easy calving and with good milk solids," he said. "They operate a similar grass-based system to here."

Mr Ryan said the move was a clear indication of the improvements in the EBI system in Ireland.

He said the number of Irish people now working on large-scale dairy farms down under would also an advantage to Dovea as they would be familiar with the breeding and the EBI system.

Profile

Mr Ryan said that many of those gone abroad would be familiar with Gaddagh Cuddy Reeks (GZY) which topped the the ICBF Active Bull List in 2014.

"That'll give him some profile in New Zealand," he said, with a group from AI firms in China due to visit Dovea this month.

The company, which currently exports to 20 countries, believes the growth will lie in New Zealand, Australia, East Africa and South America.

"We've sent a good volume to Chile every year for the last 12 years. We'll be targetting Columbia and Brazil over the next 12 to 18 months.

"We feel our cows would fit in well," he said. "They are paid on solids so any bulls we have producing good solids will attract attention," added Mr Ryan.

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