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Thursday 23 November 2017

Parthenaise bull climbs ICBF rankings

Parthenaise sire Kyle Herd Ivan is moving up the popularity listings
Parthenaise sire Kyle Herd Ivan is moving up the popularity listings

A Parthenaise bull has become one of the most popular beef sires with breeders on the ICBF Gene Ireland Beef Plus Test Bulls programme.

The 458 herds participating in the programme who have purchased 5,910 straws to the beginning of August have moved a Co Wexford-bred, Parthenaise to second place in popularity with breeders, .

The March 2013-born Kyle Herd Ivan, bred by Pat Doyle, Kyle, Bunclody, has been as popular with farmers during the current breedeing season as the elite Limousin sire, Edakkya, described as "the most complete bull on the maternal qualities traits."

In third place is the Simmental sire, Curaheen Evolution P, with the three sires well ahead of the remaining bulls on the ICBF listing.

Pat Doyle is a well known breeder of Parthenaise in the south east, where the breed has been particularly popular with beef breeders.

His herd includes two of the Top 20 Parthenaise Cows in the country, in the Herd Plus latest ranking on Eurostar value.

Neither of these top-flight cows is the dam of 'Ivan' which has a calving difficulty of 3.9pc against a national average of 5.5pc for the breed.

The sire is three star for replacement and a five star for delivering terminal traits within the breed.

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Kyle Herd Ivan is by the sire, Azimut out of the dam Camelia, a combination that has produced some show ring winners in recent years for the Wexford herd.

The highest concentration of Parthenaise herds are to be found in Co Galway, where there are no less than 10 pedigree breeders.

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