26 November 1999

SUPERSIRES MOVE MAKES ICARIOS TOP

MAINTAINING his PLI score of £137 is enough for the French bull Icarios to reach the top of the latest UK ranking for bulls available in the UK.

But his rise is partly due to Supersires decision to stop marketing Igale Masc – following four calves born with Bulldog calf syndrome. Igales PLI score of £142 would still put him top of the ranking.

A Mascot son, Icarios also offers £130 PIN, comprised of 1178kg milk 32.9kg (-0.21%) fat and 38kg (0%) protein; and his type merit score is 2.13.

Dutch proven Jabot son, Delta Herald now takes second position having dropped £2 PLI to £135; his PIN is £135 and he offers a type merit score of 2.04.

Fatals climb of 15 places in the UK proven bulls listing sees him reach third position in the ranking, coming from outside the top 30 international bulls available. His PLI has increased by £21 to £135 due to changes to the evaluation procedure, according to the Animal Data Centre.

Fourth placed bull Etazon Addison has maintained his proof at £132 PLI and £129 PIN. This Labelle son offers a high milk value of 1379kg and a large reduction in milk fat content of -0.33% with a reduction of -0.07% protein.

Ricecrest Lantz, in fifth position, also ranks well as a high production and fat reducing sire, scoring 1392kg, -0.36% fat and -0.04 protein; he offers £130 PIN, £130 PLI and 2.6 type merit.

Highest ranking UK bred bull is Genus Townley in sixth position with £129 PLI.

This run also features the first Cogent bull to reach the top 20 UK available bulls ranked on PLI: Beechpike Wintec, a La Poe K Hardtac son, from Lyndon Edwards Gwent herd ranks 18 with £120 PLI and £132 PIN. &#42

Top 20 UK available Holstein Friesian bulls ranked on PLI (November 1999)

£PLI £PIN Type merit Milk (kg) Rel (%) Price(£) Supplier

Icarios 137 130 2.13 1194 74 26 ABS Progen

Delta Herald 135 135 2.04 1261 85 27 Genus

Fatal 135 109 2.51 698 90 28 Supersires

Etazon Addison 132 129 2.2 1379 86 35 Genus

Ricecrest Lantz 130 130 2.6 1392 82 38 ABS Progen

Genus Townley 129 129 1 1134 88 12 Genus

Linde Bartho 128 116 n/a 935 97 15 Avoncroft

Hampton 128 121 1.42 967 71 15 Avoncroft

Jaguar 128 121 1.55 1014 70 30 Avoncroft

Henu Mas 127 123 2.23 969 76 23 Supersires

Olmo Prelude Tugolo 126 126 2.47 1133 80 POA Avoncroft

Etazon Celsius 125 129 2.39 1196 99 40 Genus

All.Nure M.Adam Goodtime 125 122 2.64 1211 87 24 Topline Sires

Cleiber 125 110 1.19 965 94 18 Topline Sires

Dixie-Lee Aaron 124 109 3.09 1087 85 35 Altapon

Ideal Ags 122 114 1.95 766 77 18 Supersires

Gibbon 121 117 1.82 1033 83 29 Supersires

Wa-Del Convincer 121 113 3.19 1293 91 35 ABS Progen

Beechpike Wintec 120 132 1.2 1142 92 14 Cogent

Rosparry Thor 120 116 3.04 1111 90 20 Avoncroft

Jorrielake 120 106 2.79 1256 65 22 Avoncroft

Source: Animal Data Centre and Holstein UK and Ireland.