With the interest in Polled Genetics growing from farmers, milk buyers and retailers, Cogent are delighted to offer a dedicated range of Polled bulls that can cater for nearly every situation.
Following the AHDB Proof release in April 2021, Cogent can now offer 6 of the best Homozygous Polled Sires on the market. When a bull is Homozygous Polled, or PP, all of his progeny will be Polled regardless of the dam. If a sire is Heterozygous Polled, or Pp, only half of his progeny will be polled if we assume they are used on non-polled dams.
“Up to now, the uptake of Polled genetics in the AI industry has been slow as they simply haven’t been able to compete with the mainstream population” explains Andrew Holliday, Genetics Manager for Cogent. “Now we are able to offer an exciting range of bulls that can earn their place in any farm flask on their own Genetic merit”.
At £726 PLI, New Release sire Vogue Spicy PP is the number 2 PLI PP sire available, as well as being the number 2 GTPI Sire available at 2649. “Spicy PP is a phenomenal package offering huge components (+0.11% Fat and +0.13% Protein), extreme Fertility (+13.9) and fantastic mammary systems (+2.02) with added teat length (+0.28). We expect Spicy PP to be extremely popular with a wide selection of customers here in the UK” continues Andrew, “his ability to make every calf born polled, tick a lot of boxes for farm genetic criteria, and come from a phenomenal cow family is pretty special”.
Wilder Dynamite PP RC has already been one of the most popular young sires at Cogent since his August 2020 release, and he shows no sign of slowing down following the latest Proof run. At £719 PLI, Dynamite is the number 3 ranked PP sire in the breed and owes his popularity to his Strength (+0.49), Teat length (+1.56) and Fertility (+8.5). “Dynamite PP is a stand out individual in the barns” explains Andrew, “He is a really striking young bull being jet black, extremely square framed and walking on a correct set of feet and legs”.
“In anything we offer as a company, we feel it is important to be able to cater for the variety of different farming systems in the UK, and our Polled line up is no different” outlines Andrew, “Farm profitability is driven by putting the right type of cows in the right system, and we feel we have something for everyone”.
Two very exciting additions from Canada are Vogue Nipit PP and Vogue A2P2 PP, who both offer incredible pedigrees, great udders and phenomenal production. “Nipit PP is the No.1 GTPI PP sire in the breed, so is no stranger to being in the spotlight and he really compliments the other bulls in the Cogent catalogue, whilst A2P2 PP will please customers looking for Strength and Width in their cows”.
“All six of the PP sires in our catalogue are A2A2, come from strong maternal lines and offer something a little bit different to each other”, concludes Andrew, “If a customer wants to start moving to Polled Genetics, they can now do it in one generation without sacrificing genetic progress”.
For more information on Polled Genetics from Cogent, please visit www.Cogentuk.com, or contact your local Genetic Consultant.