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November 2013: Bulls from high-ranking PLI Froukje family catalogued for Moira sale

Next week’s Holstein NI sale at Moira offers breeders and milk producers a unique opportunity to acquire bulls from one of the UK’s high ranking genomically tested PLI cow families.

The Froukje family, owned by Robbie and Stuart Smith from Londonderry, is internationally recognised, and is heavily contracted for bulls and embryos, with several bulls already sold to leading AI studs throughout Europe.

Members of the Froukje family dominate six of the eleven top spots in the UK’s genomic PLI rankings. At number one, number two and number four, are the O-Bee Manfred Justice daughters, Prehen Oman Froukje VG85 (£232),Prehen Justice Froukje VG85 (£231), and Prehen Oman Froukje 2 GP82 (£227).

At number six is the Ensenada Taboo Planet daughter, Prehen Planet Froukje 2 GP84 (£222); while number ten in the rankings is Prehen Mascol Froukje GP84 (£214).

Currently ranked at number 11 is Prehen Goldwyn Froukje EX91, a former number two PLI cow (April 2013), who has featured in the UK’s top ten for the past two years. She is the dam of Prehen Freud PLI £176 (lot 4) and Prehen Frederick PLI £178 (lot 5) featured in the catalogue for next week’s Moira sale (November 6).

Born in March 2012 they are full ET brothers by Charlesdale Superstition ET, and are backed by eight generations of cows producing in excess of 10,000kgs at over 4.5%fat and 3.65% protein per lactation.

The bulls on offer are maternal brothers to Prehen Omen EX94 (PLI £238) available through AI Services, whose first four daughters have all classified VG; and Prehen Franco sold for a top price of 5,000gns at Holstein NI’s February show and sale at Moira.

Prehen’s high ranking Froukje family offers the complete package, production, high components, type and index.

Stuart Smith said:”The Froukje family has been very successful over many generations. Prehen Altabarney Froukje PLI £240 is the current number four calf in the UK; and we also have the number two and three calves on the index league table “.

Prehen Freud (lot 4) has been genomically tested and his results include SCC-24, lifespan 0.6, fertility 4.3. L/F 1.69 and Mammary 1.43. His GTPI 2145 +766kgs milk at +0.03%fat and +0.07% protein.

For further information, or to inspect the bulls prior to the sale, contact Stuart Smith on mobile: 07799 605798. Catalogues can be viewed by logging on to www.taaffeauctions.com.

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Prehen Goldwyn Froukje (EX91) - the No 11 PLI cow in the UK (£213). Her Superstition sons Prehen Freud PLI£176 (lot 4) and Prehen Frederick PLI£178 (lot 5) sell at Holstein NI's premier autumn bull sale at Moira on Wednesday, November 6.

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Prehen Oman Froukje VG85 (PLI £232) is number one in the UK's genomic PLI rankings.

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