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Stackyard News Nov 07

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holstein links Tops Value-For-Money Holstein Rankings

Four bulls in the first six places of Dairy Farmer magazine’s latest “Best Buy” rankings make the undisputed best value-for-money semen supplier in the UK.

A daughter of the Jocko Besne son Jackpot, who maintains a strong position in the Best Buy sire rankings.

daughter of the Jocko Besne son Jackpot is also celebrating a “hatrick” of first places in the list, with Jesfa taking top spot in the latest calculations, following on from Jurus and Manager.

The list uses the Holstein UK and MDC Breeding + website search facilities to compile a ranking, using £20/straw as the maximum price and setting minimum values for key criteria such as PLI, milk yield, type merit, udder and feet & legs composites, and lifespan scores.

According to managing director Nick Kirby, the rankings show clearly how high value bulls are now available at very affordable prices and underline the impact being made by online suppliers.

“This is an independently compiled ranking system based on fully verified information, and as such is a very useful tool for dairy farmers planning their breeding strategies,” he says. “The minimum criteria for this list are quite stringent and allow no room for anything other than outstanding all round figures, and five of the top eight are supplied by

“Success in the value for money rankings mirrors the current dominance of sires in the overall proof listings, where we have 8 of the top thirty ranked for £PLI, which is twice as many as our nearest competitor.”

In order to qualify for the list, bulls must be more than +1.00 type merit, over 300kg milk, and have positive scores for udder and feet & legs composites and lifespan; they must also have CVM negative status.

Topping the list is German Jesther son Wylannas Jesfa, with production at almost 1000kg and over +2.00 on udders, feet & legs and overall type merit. Only one star ranking point behind is Bobas, a new bull from Germany by the American sire Sildahl BW Dutch Boy and out of a Delta Novalis dam. Bobas was the highest new sire on the revamped PLI rankings in August with an index of £209 PLI.

Keeping his place in the top five value-for-money list from May is Jocko Besne son Jackpot. He is a good all-rounder offering above average levels of production at 600kg milk and just over 40kg CFP, as well as +2.75 for udders and +2.11 for feet and legs. At number six, Juwel is the second Jesther son in the rankings, bred this time from a Mandel dam. He is a high milk bull at over 850kg, scores well on udders, and is the best widely available bull when it comes to improving feet and legs.’s fifth bull in the list is another Jesther son, Jurus, who topped the previous list. He is exceptional on components and is also the best bull on the value-for-money list for cell count improvement with an SCC PTA of –22%.

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