Scheme offers £5-a-straw sires
YOUNG sire semen is now available from ABS Progen at £5 a straw as part of its new Elite progeny testing scheme.
Announcing the scheme at the Holstein Show last week, product manager, Simon Gee, said incentives to take part included a cash-back credit of £10 for all completed calving survey returns for heifers, and £5 for bull births. To encourage rapid use of young bull semen, he said a sliding scale of cash credits – from £50 to £30 a heifer – would be issued for early milk record returns.
Mr Gee says participating herds must be milk recorded, but will have priority access to proven bulls, young bull-sired daughters will be eligible for free herdbook registration, and participating herds receive free use of the companys computer mating program.