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This time of year sees LIC’s livestock selection and genetics teams eagerly awaiting each weekly animal evaluation run to see who’s lining up to be future Premier Sires.

By Taylor Connell, LIC Senior Sire Analyst

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 like.

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 continue!

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.

Other jersey bulls to watch:

AB Code

Bull Name

Breeding Worth/Reliability

316007

TIRONUI LT BOSSMAN ET

229/68

316016

CARATACUS DANSBY ET S2J

223/67

316042

KERRS GOLDIE LAD ET S2J

212/68

316036

FOXTON PG COYOTE ET S2J

206/67

These figures were correct at the time of publishing. For updated BW's please visit the RAS list.