By Taylor Connell, LIC Senior Sire
They say breeding is a long game, and that
couldn’t be more-true: The new boys that are making LIC’s best teams have come
from contract matings back in 2014 – and now it’s finally Judgement Day!
As data from sire proving herds flows in from
all corners of New Zealand, LIC’s bull acquisition team starts to build a picture
on what the daughters (from this elite crop of bulls) are producing and looking
There’s plenty of excitement around the
Jersey boys in 2019. While it’s still early days, below are some up-and comers to
keep an eye on.
316038 DEEP RIVER PCG FAVOUR
From Valarie & Ian Cocker’s farm in Manawatu,
this is a bull we’ve been keen to watch ever since he was purchased in
late-2015. Out of one of the very best Integrity cows in the country, this
Goldie son looked set to deliver from the get-go.
Having been utilised in both Alpha Nominated
and Premier Sires Forward Pack as a young sire means a number of farmers will
already have Favour daughters in the pipeline.
Early traits-other-than-production (TOP) information
indicates strong capacious cows that are well liked by farmers; coupled with
253BW, Favour will be one to follow closely in subsequent NZAEL runs.
316009 TIRONUI LT BESIEGE ET
The sire stack of this bull boasts a
number of ‘the greats’: Terrific x Degree x Manhatten x SS Forever provide
serious horsepower to this pedigree.
In fact, looking back, we can see the 2000-born
SS Forever cow sits with a 339 PW, with the 2004-born Manhatten cow coming in
at a massive 493 PW! Clearly this cow
family love to milk.
Some may recognise the name, given this
guy was marketed as a young bull through Alpha, so it’s great to see him come
through with such a well balanced proof.
Initial indications show Besiege daughters
love to milk, are capacious, are well-liked, and have sound udders.
Currently at 243 BW, we’ve seen a massive
56-point gain over the last three NZAEL runs and long may these increases
This bull is an exciting prospect and is hard
to fault. I look forward to tracking Besiege through future NZAEL runs.
Congratulations to Murray and Janet Gibb
for breeding Besiege (and full brother Bossman).
316051 CLUAIN GOLDIE JACOB ET
Looking for an outcross to those Terrific and
Integrity genetics? Then Jacob is your guy.
Sired by Goldie and a maternal sire pathway of Zeus
and Nimrod combined with huge production protein + fat BV of 35kg and milk
volume BV of -32 litres, this is a bull LIC will be following very closely.
To add to his accolades his 34 TOP inspected daughters
are painting the picture of capacious, well liked heifers with sound udders.
At 239 BW Jacob is sitting as one of the top outcross
bulls and is no doubt something to be excited about.
Congratulations to the Emslie family from Norsewood
for breeding a bull of this calibre.