Jersey dominate on £SCI but all breeds represented

Published 8 August 17

Breeders who have now finished serving their spring calving herds can once again feel reassured by the stability in the Spring Calving Index (£SCI) ranking, published today (8 August, 2017) by AHDB Dairy.

Jerseys continue to dominate, as they have done in previous months, reflecting the high milk quality and feed conversion efficiency for which the breed is renowned.

With only two new additions to the otherwise largely unchanged top 10, the bull in number one position, the Danish Jersey, VJ Tester holds his lead with a SCI of £502.

First of the two new entries is the eighth ranking DJ Zuma son, VJ Zlager. A strong milk component sire, he has equally impressive figures for lifespan and fertility.

Also entering the top 10 is the number one £PLI Holstein sire Gen-I-Beq Lavaman.

However, despite the domination by Jerseys, in Catlane Chad and VR Gunnarstorp Backen Gobel we also find the number one Friesian and Ayrshire £PLI sires within the top 20.

“This gives a clear indication that breeders can find what they need for a spring calving herd within a variety of different breeds,” says Marco Winters, head of animal genetics for AHDB Dairy.