High production and long daughter lifespans in new number one bull

Published 6 December 11

There's been change at the top of the Holstein bull proof rankings published this week (6 December 2011) by DairyCo Breeding+, with the high production bull, ALH Dakota moving up to number one position.

Ranked on Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) and demonstrating exceptional all-round performance, this Oman son manages to combine high daughter production (Predicted Transmitting Ability for milk, 1035kg and protein, 33.5kg) with outstanding health and fitness traits. Daughters continue to demonstrate low cell counts, although it is improvements in their fertility (Fertility Index 0.8) and lifespan (LS 0.5) which have elevated Dakota from second position. This Lifespan Index is amongst the best of the top 50 PLI bulls, and his PLI is now an impressive £258.

Dakota is proven in The Netherlands and is out of the well-known Markwell Durham Daisy EX92.

Former number one sire, Lynbrook Jancen, shares Dakota's exceptional transmission of longevity although is edged into second position with a PLI of £242.

Best for daughter fertility

Climbing into third position is Oman grandson, Morningview Levi, who made his debut in April 2011. Sired by Buckeye and out of Morningview Oman Libby, he is the best daughter fertility improver (FI 5.1) in the top 10.

Full brothers

In fourth place we find one of two full brothers (Oman x BW Marshall) to feature in the top 10. Co-op Oman Logan (PLI £227) just outperforms his brother, Co-op Oman Loydie, ranked ninth (PLI £217) and at -23 SCC, Logan is a strong cell count improver.

Timmer Tyson (PLI £224) and Mainsteam Manifold (PLI £222) are familiar names in the top 10 and retain their positions. Both bulls have strong showings for the all important fitness traits of SCC, lifespan and fertility and Tyson (only available in Northern Ireland) continues to feature as a milk quality improver.

UFM-DUBS AltaEsquire moves up and into seventh position, gaining 13 points PLI to £220. He transmits extreme fat yield (PTA fat 37.2kg) for which trait he is the highest available in the UK. He stands one PLI point ahead of Long-Langs Oman Oman at PLI £219.

Best of the British

Best of the British breeding and convincingly earning his place in the top 10 is Ballycairn Tiergan, who is establishing himself amongst the very best bulls worldwide. Now with 71 UK daughters milking in 47 herds, he improves his SCC Index to -18 and with a Type Merit of 1.8, he is the highest type transmitter of the top 10 PLI bulls. Also the highest ranking Goldwyn son and the highest ranking bull without Oman blood, he weighs in with a PLI of £216. Bred by Andrew McCollum in Northern Ireland, Tiergan is out of the UK's former number one PLI cow, Ballycairn Garter Tinnie VG87.

Other high ranking UK bulls are Cogent Twist (by Shottle) at £199 PLI, and Ballycairn Linus (Oman x Jocko), the highest ranking newcomer. From the same herd as Tiergan but bred from a different cow family, he combines good production figures with solid fitness indexes and reaches a PLI of £192.

Ranking fourth, fifth and sixth amongst the UK top bulls, are Sinatra son, Bidlea Padbury (PLI £157), standing out for his good daughter fertility (FI 5.1); Goldwyn son, Abbeyhouse Mr Gold (PLI £156) with 2.1 Type Merit; and Mascol son, Moet Baldric (PLI £155), a newcomer out of a Lookout dam from the famous Cadet's family.

"British bulls have performed particularly well in this proof run," says Marco Winters, head of genetics with DairyCo. "We have a genuinely world class performer in the shape of Tiergan and others hard on his heels.

"Progeny testing is a numbers game, and although good breeding decisions need to be made at the outset, it's commendable that the UK companies, aided by the support of the UK dairy farmers taking part in progeny testing and milk recording, are faring so well.

"In the context of the thousands of Holstein bulls tested around the world, to have three UK bulls in the top 30 demonstrates a good return to AI from the bulls tested in the UK."

Tables of the top 20 availableHolsteinbulls (and top five UK-tested bulls) ranked on the latestPLI(December 2011)appear below. Type Merit is supplied byHolsteinUK.

Ends

For further information:

N:    Helen Fina                         T:     02476 478696             E:     helen.fina@dairyco.ahdb.org.uk

N:    Marco Winters                 T:     01978 760797             E:     marco.winters@dairyco.ahdb.org.uk

 

 

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See tables below.

 

TABLE 1: TOP 20HOLSTEINBULLS RANKED ON PROFITABLE LIFETIME INDEX (PLI) DECEMBER 2011

Rank

£PLI

Bull Name

Rel%

Milk(kg)

Fat(kg)

Prot(kg)

Fat(%)

Prot(%)

SCC

LS

FI

dCE%

TM

Sire

Avail from

GB/(NI)

1

259

ALH DAKOTA

79

1035

34

33.5

-0.08

0

-11

0.5

0.8

1.7

0.6

Oman

DD

2

243

LYNBROOK JANCEN BLF CVF

74

461

31.4

24.4

0.16

0.11

-11

0.5

0.4

 

0

Oman

BUL (AIS)

3

233

MORNINGVIEW LEVI BLF CVF

74

665

28.5

25.2

0.03

0.04

-20

0.3

5.1

1.3

0.9

Buckeye

GEN

4

228

CO-OP OMAN LOGAN BLF CVF

73

956

34.8

29.5

-0.03

-0.02

-23

0.3

-0.9

0.5

0.6

Oman

BUL (AIS)

5

225

TIMMER TYSON BLF BYF CVF

78

119

31.3

16.8

0.33

0.16

-17

0.3

3.6

2.6

-0.5

Oman

(AIS)

6

222

MAINSTREAM MANIFOLD BLF CVF

74

877

33.9

26.6

-0.01

-0.02

-8

0.3

3.5

2.8

0.8

Oman

SMX

7

220

UFM-DUBS ALTAESQUIRE *TL *TV

76

497

37.2

23.1

0.21

0.08

-3

0.2

-0.1

1.9

0.5

Oman

ALT (GG)

8

219

LONG-LANGS OMAN OMAN BLF CVF

73

704

29

29.6

0.01

0.08

-1

0.2

-1.2

1.7

1.6

Oman

WWS

9

217

BALLYCAIRN TIERGAN BLF CVF

92

397

31.3

18.6

0.19

0.07

-18

0.2

1.7

0.8

2

Goldwyn

COG

9

217

CO-OP OMAN LOYDIE

73

472

28

24

0.11

0.1

-15

0.2

1.4

2.2

0.8

Oman

BUL (AIS)

11

213

D OMAR

77

485

29.4

23.5

0.12

0.09

-22

0.1

2.9

0.3

0.3

Oman

VIK

12

212

GRAN-J OMAN MCCORMICK BLF CVF

74

320

28

15.2

0.19

0.06

-21

0.3

6

1.6

1.3

Oman

GEN

12

212

CROCKETT-ACRES EIGHT BLF CVF

74

582

24.4

24.1

0.02

0.06

-19

0.3

3.4

1.3

0.4

Oman

SMX

14

211

COLDSPRINGS GARNER CRI BLF CVF

74

529

27.7

18.4

0.08

0.02

-22

0.4

4.6

0.9

0.9

Oman

BUL (AIS)

15

207

D OBLAT

76

810

33

26.1

0.01

0

-12

0.1

4

1.1

0.6

Oman

VIK

15

207

MORNINGVIEW LEGEND

74

534

23.8

24.2

0.03

0.08

-13

0.3

2.1

0.8

0.4

Oman

GEN

17

206

PIROLO GOLDWYN WYMAN

70

287

23.5

17.9

0.15

0.11

-24

0.1

4.6

0.4

2.1

Goldwyn

WWS

18

203

LYNBROOK CLASSIC ET

68

585

34

24

0.13

0.06

-17

0.2

-1.2

1.9

-0.8

Oman

(DOV)

19

201

WOUDHOEVE 1042 IMPULS BLF BYF CVF

78

599

27

25

0.04

0.07

-14

0.2

0.9

0.2

0.2

Oman

AV (AIS)

20

200

REGANCREST ALTAIOTA

73

585

29.2

21.1

0.07

0.03

-11

0.2

2.4

0.7

1.6

Oman

ALT (GG)

TABLE 2: TOPFIVEUK-TESTEDHOLSTEINBULLS RANKED ON PROFITABLE LIFETIME INDEX (PLI) DECEMBER 2011

Rank

£PLI

Bull Name

Rel%

Milk(kg)

Fat(kg)

Prot(kg)

Fat(%)

Prot(%)

SCC

LS

FI

dCE%

TM

Sire

Avail from

1

217

BALLYCAIRN TIERGAN BLF CVF

92

397

31.3

18.6

0.19

0.07

-18

0.2

1.7

0.8

2

Goldwyn

COG

2

199

COGENT TWIST BLF CVF

93

603

36.9

22.9

0.16

0.04

-13

0.1

-3.8

-0.8

1.3

Shottle

COG

3

192

BALLYCAIRN LINUS

93

540

27.3

23.2

0.07

0.07

-4

0.2

1.3

0

0.4

Oman

GEN

4

157

BIDLEA PADBURY BYF

96

102

11.8

14.1

0.1

0.14

-10

0.1

5.1

-0.1

1.6

Sinatra

GEN

4

157

ABBEYHOUSE MR GOLD BLF BYF CVF

94

755

17

19.3

-0.15

-0.06

-24

0.3

1.2

0.3

2.1

Goldwyn

GEN

4

157

MOET BALDRIC

92

673

23.1

25.1

-0.04

0.04

-12

0.2

-8.1

1.6

0.7

Mascol

GEN

AIS = AI Services;ALT= Alta; AV= Avoncroft; BUL = bullsemen.com;DOV= Dovea;COG= Cogent; DD = Dairy Daughters;GEN= GenusABS; GG = Global Genetics; SMX = Semex; SRL = Sterling Sires; WWS = World Wide Sires UK; VIK = UK Viking Genetics. PLI= Profitable Lifetime Index; FI = Fertility Index; LS = Lifespan Index;SCC= Somatic Cell Count Index; dCE% = direct Calving Ease; TM = Type Merit.

6 December 2011