Two of LIC’s artificial breeding bulls were named sires of the season by Jersey and Holstein-Friesian breed societies at their annual conferences last month.
South Land Jericho received Jersey New Zealand’s JT Thwaites Sire of the Season award and San Ray FM Beamer received Holstein-Friesian New Zealand’s Mahoe Trophy.
LIC bull acquisition manager, Malcolm Ellis, said it is an honour for the co-op’s sires to be recognised by the societies again, after LIC sires took out both awards last year also.
“It’s fantastic that two of our top sires have been recognised with these prestigious awards and I know the breeders are equally as pleased.
“These awards acknowledge the enormous contribution that the sires are making to New Zealand’s dairy industry and they also recognise the expertise to breed these elite animals for LIC and our farmers.”
Jericho was bred by Mark and Megan Heslop (Bay of Plenty, recently relocated from Cambridge), and Beamer was bred by Ray and Sandra Hocking (Takaka) with Stewart and Kathryn Anderson (Otorohanga).
Jericho is currently the sixth ranked Jersey bull, with 253 breeding worth (BW) and Beamer is the number one ranked bull across all breeds with 328BW.
The bulls are already proving popular with farmers for this coming mating season, Malcolm said, both sitting high on the industry’s Ranking of Active Sires (RAS) list for their breeds.
Both bulls are expected to form part of the co-op’s Premier Sires teams for 2015, to be confirmed next month. Jericho is also available through the Alpha Nominated frozen service while Beamer has already sold out.
Beamer is a second generation winner of the Mahoe Trophy after his sire, Fairmont Mint Edition, took out the title in 2009.
Last year’s winners of the breed society awards were LIC sires Willand SIA Duetto (JT Thwaites Sire of the Season) and Hazael Dauntless Freedom (Mahoe Trophy).
Jersey New Zealand Sire of the Season:
Awarded to the bull that meets criteria in production and traits other than production (TOP), and has the highest Breeding Worth (BW) after the May Animal Evaluation run.
SOUTH LAND JERICHO ET S3J
253 BW (expected BW late-280s in Feb 2016 from BCS)
Currently sixth ranked Jersey sire
Capacious daughters, fertility, longevity, low somatic cell counts
Sire: Tahau Hank S3J
Breeders: Mark and Megan Heslop, Bay of Plenty (recently relocated from Cambridge)
Holstein-Friesian New Zealand Mahoe Trophy:
Awarded to the New Zealand bred bull with a proof that earned the most points for traits, daughter production, conformation and management.
111037 SAN RAY FM BEAMER-ET S2F
Number one bull across all breeds
Capacious daughters, outstanding udders, fertility and high production
Sire: Fairmont Mint-Edition
Breeders: Ray and Sandra Hocking from Takaka, with Stewart and Kathryn Anderson (Otorohanga).