AI company Dairy Daughters is celebrating its best ever Holstein
bull proof run on 1st April, having taken the number one position
in both the PLI and Type Merit rankings.
Ralma Christmas Cookie - a Justice daughter
The bulls O-Bee Manfred Justice and Markwell
Marsh Braveheart take number one positions for Profitable Lifetime Index and Type
Merit respectively, adding to the company's growing reputation
as a supplier of well balanced, all-round bulls.
In addition to these front runners, Dairy Daughters has four
bulls in the top 10 for type, three in the top 10 for udders,
two in the top 10 for PLI, the number one feet and leg bull and
the number six milk bull.
The headline bull, O-Bee Manfred Justice, is no stranger to the
top position, having taken this place on previous occasions.
But now with several thousand daughters in his proof world-wide – including
many currently milking in Britain - he strengthens his claim
as the 'bull of the moment' with a massive £249 PLI.
Justice has all the credentials of a modern bull, transmitting
low cell counts (SCC -20), good fertility (Fertility Index +1)
and positive herdlife (Lifespan +0.6), which he manages to combine
with good legs, feet and udders, strength through the chest and
average stature – a combination which has not only put
him in heavy world-wide demand as a sire of sons, but which also
has widespread appeal amongst modern dairy farmers who want their
cows to thrive in cubicle systems.
Justice semen remains available through Dairy Daughters in limited
quantities due to his widespread demand.
For those seeking the highest possible type proof, Markwell Marsh
Braveheart will fit the bill. With an overall Type Merit of 3.85,
he excels for legs, feet and mammary traits – earning the
number one place in the UK for feet and legs by at wide margin
with a score of 4.12 – while he also improves cell counts
Semen from Braveheart remains available but supplies are limited.
Another high-flier with Dairy Daughters is the exceptional all-rounder,
Heather Holme Velvet. Ranking close to the top of both PLI and
type lists, with a PLI of £180 and a Type Merit of 3.14,
he offers an exceptional balance of qualities – excelling
above all for mammary traits - and is also a cell count and lifespan
Semen from Velvet is reasonably priced at just £15 a straw.
Commenting on the company's successful proof run, managing director,
Evans Drayton observes: "We are not aware that any other
company has ever before taken the top PLI and Type Merit positions
simultaneously with two different bulls and we're particularly
delighted to have done so on this occasion. The number of bulls
we have which feature high in the rankings reflects our constant
endeavours to bring commercially relevant, well-balanced bloodlines
to UK farmers, which we always aim to achieve at a reasonable
"Our stud overall reflects this policy and we have a range
of bulls which closely meet these objectives for those who don't
want the headline bulls. We plan to release several more in the
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