Michele van der Aa, LIC sire analyst

I could be biased, but this must be one of the strongest line ups of Friesian graduates in quite some time! Acknowledgement must be given to our breeders for delivering such a suite this spring.

The 2019 cohort sees no fewer than 13 Friesian graduates selected for a Premier Sires team.

Sired by eight different bulls, half of which were genomic sires at the time of mating, this impressive line-up of graduates holds true to the value of genomics-on-genomics - illustrating the gains that can be made with successive reduction in generation intervals.

If choice is what you’re after, we have it in abundance! No longer needing to choose one trait over another, for example fertility or udders, this line up of graduates offers the complete package.

119018 Pemberton MA Potion S2F:

Poppy, the dam of Potion
Poppy, the dam of Potion

Coming in hot at 470 gBW, Potion is our most-potent new Friesian graduate!

This Asset-ET son offers a dollar-each-way for fat and protein, at 56 kgs and 57 kgs respectively.

Delivering these solids with a 61 kg liveweight gBV and positive fertility, Potion daughters are sure to add solid production to any herd.

Bred in Matamata by Sandra and Stephen Pemberton, LIC offers its congratulations on such an achievement.

119041 Royson MG Currency S3F:

As a Gauntlet son, it should come as no surprise that Currency boasts an udder overall gBV greater than 1.

This Gauntlet x Hothouse combination ensures that Currency isn’t type-cast, delivering enormous production and an A2A2 status to go with it. Thank you to Eddie and Kath Lambert of the Royson stud in the Bay of Plenty for providing such a combination.

An outcross option for many, farmers who utilise the Forward Pack team can expect daughters that will deliver on the whole package: production, fertility, udders and type. Currency is a sire you certainly do not want to go past!

119014 Buelin BM Equator S2F:

Used generously as a sire-of-sons and no stranger to Premier Sires, Equator has more than cemented his place in the Forward Pack team.

Erica, the dam of Equator
Erica, the dam of Equator

A Maxima son, Equator comes in solid at 459 gBW, bringing absolutely everything to the table. F16, strong production, high fertility, good somatics, stable type – the list simply goes on!

Coming from a dam carrying a whopping Production Worth of 928, it’s easy to see where Equator daughters get their commanding production from.

Hailing from the CView stud owned by Stefan Buhler, compliments to you for breeding such a balanced sire.

119034 Tafts RHD Officer-ET S2F and 119035 Tafts RHR Ordain S3F:

A round of applause to Geoff and Lynette Taft of Seaspray in Te Puke, who have given us a double-dose of graduates this year in the form of Officer and Ordain, both of who are A2A2.

Dam of Ordain and Officer
Dam of Ordain and Officer

A Dude son, Officer has quite the story to tell when it comes to efficiency.

Delivering 128kg combined solids through more than 1500 litres milk, you can have confidence in the udders to support such production with a gBV of .98!

Offering a healthy dose of sibling rivalry, maternal half-brother Ordain provides similar accolades.

Bringing a very credible 414 gBW to the table and sacrificing nothing to do so, this Rogue son was a no-brainer for inclusion!

119064 Meander MG Arena-ET S3F:

Rarely profiled is a bull who is unavailable in any capacity, but given the strength of the proof coming through, Arena was impossible to omit.

For those of you lucky enough to have used Arena when he was alive, you’ll be relishing the rewards of taking a punt on him early, as is Livestock Selection.

Used extensively as a sire-of-son, we take comfort knowing he has 11 active sons in the pipeline.

One of the four Gauntlet sons graduating in this line up, Arena brings balanced fat and protein via his 1600 volume gBV with udders that will stand up to that pressure at .99.

Robert and Annemarie Bruin of the Meander stud should be justifiably proud.

Animal Evaluation figures quoted are from the October AE run.