Correct bull choice maximises calf benefit

The selection of beef bulls for use on dairy cows that will ensure easy calving and a top quality calf is the foundation of a successful beef cross.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 27th November 2016, 4:27 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 12:41 pm

Cogent’s Beef on Dairy portfolio provides exceptional choice and outstanding value to dairy farmers.

“Maximising the value of the beef calf crop, the ‘thirteenth milk cheque’, should be a business priority for all dairy farmers using beef bulls in their breeding programmes,” says Ashley Fleming, Cogent’s Northern Ireland Regional Sales Manager.

“Using the Beef on Dairy selection we have available allows you to choose sires with confidence knowing they will deliver what you need.”

The specialist team has identified and selected a wide range of sires from all the leading breeds to meet farmers’ needs, delivering:

l Exceptional calving ease

l Short gestation length

l Outstanding calf quality and vitality

l Tremendous growth rates

Current popular sires include:

Auchenlay Islay is a British Blue bull producing easily born and fast growing calves. He scores 95% for both calving ease and calf quality.

With an average British Blue gestation length, his calves are predominantly blue roan colour and are good cattle to take through to finishing.

Farmers looking for a bull to use on heifers need look no further than the Aberdeen-Angus Thrunton Picador.

He is very easy calving Aberdeen-Angus bull with a short gestation length and producing good quality calves.

A very promising young sire with easy calving credentials, Limousin Tomschoice Jet ranks in the top 1% of the breed for Gestation Length, Calving Value, and 200 and 400 Day Growth.

He is an easy fleshed bull predicted to produce low birth weights and early muscle development.

Contact Cogent today to find out more about these and other leading sires in their extensive range of beef bulls that will produce outstanding dairy cross calves.