A “strong line-up of proven” bulls feature alongside a panel of some new “exciting” sires in Progressive Genetics’ offering for suckler-beef farmers in 2022/2023.
The company released its latest catalogue – which features six new Limousin, five Charolais, four Belgian Blues and two Simmentals amongst others, which Rose Goulding previewed in this news article – earlier this week.
Commenting on the firm’s offering of proven sires, Goulding told That’s Farming:
“In addition to our new stars, the catalogue also features Moondharrig Knell (LM4217) – no. 1 most used Limousin in the suckler herd nationally in 2021, a proven cow maker.”
“We also have Lapon (CH4321) – the no. 1 most used Charolais in the suckler herd nationally in 2021, a proven high-performing easy calver.”
“Then, there is Curaheen Earp (SI2152) – no. 1 most used Simmental in the suckler herd nationally in 2021 and the no. 1 Simmental available on Replacement Index.”
“Knottown Roy (SA4604) is the no. 1 most used Simmental in the suckler herd nationally in 2021 and the no. 1 Salers available on Replacement Index.”
“O’ Mallet & JK Porto are two homozygous polled internationally recognised Limousins. In addition, we have many high-performance Angus sires, including HW Lord Horatio (AA6682),” she added.
“Powerful Proper (LM7416) is the new superstar for maidens. Cloonradoon Ricky (CH7305) and Newton de Fontena (BB7443) are the new champions of the weanling ring.”
“Proven stars” that Goulding previewed in more detail:
- Lapon – CH4321;
- Moonharrig Knell – LM4217;
- Newton de Fontena – BB7443.
Lapon – CH4321
According to Goulding, this bull is only 4.9% calving difficulty on cows, is in the top 1% on carcass weight and the top 3% on carcass conformation across breed.
The Irish Cattle Breeding Centre programme manager explained that progeny are “very functional; correct on legs and their feet. He can only be described as a legend.”
Previously she said: “Lapon is our number one Charolais bull now. People always ask what the replacement for our flagship bull, Fiston is.”
“If you look at carcass weight and carcass conformation, this bull has almost exactly the same profile,” she added.
Moonharrig Knell – LM4217
According to Goulding, Knell is in the top 2% of the Limousin breed on replacement index.
She said that daughters have “exceptional” calving ability – 3.8% at 87% reliability based on over 1,200 daughter records.
“In essence, he is a complete bull, being high in both terminal and replacement traits,” she explained to That’s Farming.
Newton de Fontena – BB7443
According to Goulding, BB7443 is an “outstanding” Belgian Blue that farmers should use to breed “special” weanlings.
She outlined that he transmits heavy muscling with good weight gain and correctness to his progeny.
In his Belgian index, she added, he is average on birth weight, short gestation, high in weight and muscle development.
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