Larissa Jones, UK Dairy Product Manager said: “We are delighted to welcome these impressive new additions to our sire line-up. With their collective high type, PLI and exceptional health and fitness traits, our new graduates not only complement, but also build on the strength of our existing stud.”
Some of the highlights from the genomic stud include:
Ballycairn DARIUS – Lexor X Russell enters the line-up from the UK Cornerstone Breeding Programme, hailing from William & Andrew McCollums herd in Co Antrim. With a PLI of £656, this powerhouse is ranked amongst the top ten PLI sires in the world, as well as being the number one genomic SCI (Spring Calving Index) sire. Darius is a calving ease sire (+1.4), that carries type (+1.81) and extreme Daughter Fertility (+14.1) with a 5-Star TransititionRight™ ranking & a score of +0.5 for lifespan.
Wilder DALLIANCE - Silver X Numero Uno with a PLI of £605, a fantastic type score of +3.0, exceptional health (+0.5 Lifespan), fitness (+2.5 for feet & Legs) and fertility (+8.3). He has great production figures carrying +530kgs of milk with over 50kgs of combined fat and protein.
Larcrest CALUMET – Monterey x Numero Uno, scores £669 for PLI with outstanding type (+3.63) and great components with exceptional lifespan (+0.7).
Andrew Rutter, European Sire Analyst comments: “Alongside these fantastic genomic sires, we have a number of outstanding proven graduates to join our line-up, including: Relough GENERATE comes from the outstanding herd of Malcolm & Barry McCleans in Co Tyrone. He is an Iota son, from Relough Laudan Gloriette EX91, that boasts an impressive lineage that includes seven generations of Very Good and Excellent dams from the Gloriette family. This calving ease sire (+1.3) is noted for his milk production and health and fitness. His daughters will also be less extreme in stature and benefit from an easy-to-manage temperament.
Teemar Shamrock ALPHABET is an outstanding Shamrock son and with a PLI score of £519, he is the third highest ranking PLI sire internationally. Shamrock offers exceptional semen and daughter fertility, (+13.3) alongside superb calving ease (+2.3). He also scores 5-Stars on the TransitionRight™ index – the highest possible rating, meaning that his daughters are pre-disposed to progress through the transition period with fewer health problems.
Bilsrow ROULETTE is an impressive component improver from the great Roxy family. With six generations of excellent dams behind him, he is certain to make an impact. Roulette will produce undemanding, easy-to-manage daughters with serious production. Daughters also score highly for fertility index and lifespan. They will have a lower than average stature, with longer teats and steep depth of heel.”