One of the UK’s top Holstein PLI sires is now available to customers through the company’s sexed-semen product range Cogent announced this week.
Cogent Desmond is the latest sexed-semen sire to be launched by the Cheshire-based cattle breeding company having previously graduated through the company’s Visions Young Sire Programme. The bull is the highest available PLI sexed-semen sire in the world and offers a PLI of +£201.
Cogent Desmond is one of the first UK proven sons of Ricecrest Marshall and offers significant improvements on production and type. His April 2008 UK production proof offers increases of +508 kgs milk, +30.8 kgs fat and +24.9 kgs protein. The bull also offers the rare combination of increasing milk components by +0.14% fat and + 0.11% protein according to the company’s Sire Analyst Craig Davidson.
“Desmond is one of Cogent’s most popular sires and the bull is now available to our customers on a sexed and non-sexed-basis. The bull transmits the complete genetics package by offering customers increases on milk, fat and protein as well as, fat and protein deviations. Desmond also delivers increases on health traits and offers a minus 10 Somatic Cell Score; +0.1 Lifespan, a 7% calving-ease and +.01 on Body Condition score,” he says.
“The bull has a modern day pedigree and his proof reflects a highly desirable sire-stack that contains many of the Holstein breed’s most popular sires. We’re delighted to launch a plus +£200 PLI bull into our sexed semen product range and Desmond has been accordingly priced to appeal to commercial and pedigree breeders,” he states.
Cogent Desmond is available to customers on a sexed-product basis of £37 The bull is available to members of the company’s Visions Young Sire Programme at a rate of £28 Conventional semen is available at £13 per dose with a concessionary price of £9 per dose for members of the Visions Programme. For more information contact Cogent on 0800 783 7258 or your local breeding advisor.
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