The bull proofs have been published by DairyCo breeding+ this week and have reaffirmed the dominance of the
remarkable O-Bee Manfred Justice (O-Man).
Golden-Oaks Oman Allie,
an O-Man daughter
The bull himself – which first appeared on
the UK active list ranked on Profitable Lifetime Index in 2003 and has featured
in the top five for the ensuing six years - retains his grip on the number one
position, even slightly increasing his lead.
Behind him are a staggering seven of his sons in
the top 10 alone – including two which are brand new this August - so
increasing the domination of his bloodlines to an unprecedented level in the
history of the Holstein breed.
“I don’t recall ever seeing domination by one
bull to this extent before,” says geneticist Marco Winters, director of DairyCo breeding+.
“But it’s a reflection of the fact that he transmits the ability to produce
good volumes of milk, without compromising on essential fitness traits. As
such, his genes are a welcome arrival for the modern dairy producer.”
Now with over 700 daughters milking in the UK
and many thousand world-wide, O-Man’s PTA (Predicted Transmitting Ability) features
734kg milk as well as improvements in cell count (-21), fertility (+2.5), feet
and legs (+1.15) and lifespan (+0.6). His PLI is £286.
“In fact, the PLI revamp in 2007, which was
designed to identify bulls with these types of trait, is now proving its
worth,” says Mr Winters. “And if you look at the top 10 bulls ranked on PLI as
a group, they average no less than -14 SCC, +1.2
Fertility Index, +1.53 Feet and Legs and +0.34
Lifespan, combined with nearly 600kg of milk.
“These are scores which any dairy farmer would
be pleased to have across his herd and anyone who wants to make money in the
current economic climate, would be well advised to be guided by PLI as a
primary selection filter.”
The three bulls which follow O-Man – Long-Langs Oman Oman (solid type), Morningview Legend (now +0.4 Lifespan), Crockett-Acres Eight (outstanding
cell counts) and Macomber O-Man Bogart (exceptional
fertility at +5.1) – all made their debut in last April’s proof run while
the long-serving Braedale Goldwyn, now
ranked sixth, solidifies his position with further improvement to his already
impressive SCC and fertility ratings, and an additional 500 UK daughters.
After Goldwyn come the top 10’s two newcomers,
with UFM-DUBS Ellrod and Timmer Tyson ranking seventh and
eighth. With Klassic Merill Lynch and Delta Novalis as their maternal grandsire
respectively, these bulls bring some genetic variation to the O-Man sired
Of the two newcomers, Ellrod offers higher
production (510kg milk) and exceptional fertility (FI +4.8) while Tyson is a
big cell count improver (-21) and high for components, but may have less appeal
Oman Dotson by O-Man sits ninth
on the list with the highest milk transmission at 1108kg of any bull in the top
300 on PLI.
the top 10 with a breed-leading PTA for kg fat.
Highest new entries for British proven bulls are Bidlea Padbury from the well know
Papoose family and Cogent Mordor who
is the first son of Picston Shaker to make the available bull list with PLIs of
£152 and £149 respectively.
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