28 August 1998

Gibbon top of ITEMlist but Masc ready to show

By Jessica Buss

FRENCH bull Gibbon is the top international bull ranked on UK index ITEM with over 65% reliability. But the next proof run may see Gibbon overtaken by French bull Igale Masc who doesnt feature in this list.

Gibbons UK converted proof is £133 ITEM and £126 PIN (see table). However, his figures are exceeded by Igale Masc who offers £152 ITEM and £147 PIN, but a reliability of just 62% puts him outside the Animal Data Centres minimum reliability of 65%.

Igale Mascs proof also shows 1162kg of milk, 36.4kg (-0.15%) fat and 39.6kg (0.03%) protein and UK converted type merit of 1.71. His reliability should improve in the next French proof run, putting him onto the list potentially in first place.

German sire Basar is in second place for available bulls with £130 ITEM. He also offers high UK type merit at 2.57.

CORRECTION

Etazon Celcius was bred in Holland, not as stated last week.

Igale Masc could top the ITEMranking after the next French proof run – a daughter is seen above. His semen costs £50/straw from Supersires.

Top 10 Holstein Friesian bulls available in the UK ranked on ITEM Aug 98

Bull Supplier Rel Milk Fat Fat Protein Protein PIN ITEM Type Semen

(%) (kg) (kg) (%) (kg) (%) (£) (£) Merit (£/straw)

Gibbon (Fr) Supersires 77 1128 24.8 -0.3 35.8 0.00 126 133 1.75 29

Basar (G) Supersires 80 1089 37.7 -0.09 34.5 -0.01 129 130 2.57 34

Henu Mas (Fr) Supersires 74 988 33.2 -0.09 32.3 0.01 121 127 2.16 27.50

Pen-Col Decision (US) ABS Progen 77 1115 32.8 -0.12 34.4 0.02 125 126 2.23 45

Rosparry Thor (UK) Avoncroft 87 1142 31.3 -0.24 33.9 -0.05 121 126 2.69 20

Holim Apollo (H) Genus 80 730 48.8 0.3 28.5 0.08 123 125 1.7 TBC

Holim Boudewiin (H) Genus 85 755 48 0.27 29.3 0.07 125 124 1.79 35

Etazon Celsius (UK) Genus 98 1140 30.2 -0.25 34.5 -0.04 123 124 2.55 38

Fatal (Fr) Supersires 78 824 23.9 -0.15 31 0.06 115 124 2.75 34

Ha-Ho Cubby Manfred (US) Avoncroft 78 1288 35.6 -0.16 35.2 -0.05 125 123 1.01 POA

* All foreign proofs converted to UK equivalents using the latest Interbull conversions. Source: ADC and HFS

*POA price on application *TBC price to be confirmed