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Sunday 18 February 2018

Cork herd tops ratings

A County Cork herd has bred two of the top four young bulls in the draft list of potential Holstein Friesian bulls for the Gene Ireland dairy programme.

The Springhaven herd of Robert Troy Jnr, at Newtownshandrum, Charleville maintains a remarkable success for breeding progeny with exceptional EBI figures from some of the top Holstein Friesian cows in the country.

The bulls have come from the home of Springhaven Biddy 162 EX90, the top-rated cow in the country in the Summer 2015 listings with an EBI of €382.40. The Holstein cow which was in her 10th lactation had recorded an average calving interval of 367 days.

As well as having an EBI of €382 she also had an average lifetime production of 50,573kgs milk, 4.20pc fat and 3.48pc protein. She was sired by Bagworth Zander Keet (BWZ).

Springhaven Otto, a 78pc Holstein, which has been placed joint third in the 2016 draft young bull listings from the ICBF with an EBI of €418 and 44pc reliability comes from the same Bagworth Zander Keet (BWZ) bloodlines.

From the same herd, the 63pc Holstein Springhaven Wizard, is listed in second place in the ICBF draft with an EBI of €429 at 43pc reliability. Otto is at NCBC and Wizard is with Eurogene.

The top EBI bull in the list is Killavalla Chance, a 59pc Holstein, bred in the Co Tipperary herd of Michael Ryan. He has an EBI of €423 and EBI reliability at 43pc and is at South Eastern Cattle Breeding Society at Dovea, Thurles.

The EBI comprise of €125 for milk and €236 on the fertility side.

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