HI Weekly Newsletter #37 | 2018
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2018-09-12  •  Doug Savage

Impact of Eternity

Six sons of the Nr.1 CTPI cow of the US, Sandy-Valley Eternity, are being used by bull-studs as mating sires. They are among 21 progeny of Eternity that are over 2800 gTPI, and include Sandy-Valley Fullmarks at 2913 gTPI (by Fortune), Eisaku at 2892 (by Samuri), Emerald at 2887 (Fortune) and Embellish at 2878 (Fortune). Eternity classifed VG-87 as a 2-year-old and is linebred: Both her sire (Rubicon) and dam are from Robust daughters of Sandy-Valley Plane Sapphire.


The Welsh agricultural television program Ffermio last week included a segment on the Brynhyfryd herd from Pembrokeshire following the herd’s success in being named as having the most EX cows of any herd worldwide. The TV show displayed the cover of Holstein International along with the article that listed the top herds from around the world.


Over the last 12 months, 35 cows have classified EX-95 or higher in the US. Leading the list is Weeks Dundee Anika who scored EX-97 in August for owners MilkSource. A total of 14 cows scored EX-96, including such well-known animals as Apple-Red, while Katrysha, Subliminal and Monique are among 5 Goldwyns also at 96.


The highest gPLI heifer ever born in the UK has been purchased by Cogent. Islandpride Riverdane Agronaut Zoe 2 was bred by Richard Lloyd and Mark Nutsford and has a gPLI of 855, more than 80 points ahead of her closest rival. Zoe 2 is a daughter of Mr Rubi-Agronaut, who topped the bull listing in the UK for more than a year.


At the Canfield Fair in the US, judge Adam Liddle awarded the Supreme Champion Dairy Cow honours to the Holstein, Kiko Gold Chip Maddie, owned by R & P Kiko Family Farms of Ohio. The 3-year-old Gold Chip daughter is from an Aftershock dam. Reserve went to the Jersey cow Marhaven Request Addie.

Quick notices:

  • LIC in New Zealand has introduced daily testing of semen to help combat Mycoplasma.
  • With 6 of the top-10, Progenesis Fabulous dominates Canadian heifer list.
  • ....he is a Jett-Kingboy from Mogul Fuzzy Navel from the Raven family.

FOCUS: Hotspot P

The easy way to remove horns – use Hotspot! And at 160 gRZG, he is among the very best genetic packages available. Expect tall, angular framed daughters with shallow, well attached udders with lots of milk and exceptional components (+.42% fat +.31% protein). Hotspot is a Superhero out of a Powerball from a Saloon and scores 115 for daughter fertility.

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