37,000gns Fieldson Alfy selected for MLC/Signet Young Bull Promotion Scheme
Limousinbull Fieldson Alfy, owned by David Kelly, Nether Hall Farm Ltd, Monsergh, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth,Lancashirehas been selected for inclusion in the MLC/ Signet sponsored Young Bull Promotion Scheme. The general aim of the scheme is to promote the use of genetically superior bulls across herds within a breed.
Fieldson Alfy, bred and sold by JW Fieldson, Poplar Farm, Corringham, Gainsborough,Lincolnshire, was purchased atCarlisle’s October Limousin Sale for the top price of 37,000gns. A March 2005 born bull, Fieldson Alfy was sired by Gunnerfleet Plunas, a Tunnelby Monkeytricks son that the Fieldsons purchased fromCarlislein 2000 for 7000gns. Out of Eden Natasha, Alfy features the prolific Broadmeadows Cannon on both sides of his pedigree and carries an excellent Beef Value of LM+33.
In the traits for Muscle Score and Muscle Depth respectively, Alfy ranks in the top 1% of recordedLimousincattle. His 400-day growth EBV of 63 also places him easily in the breed’s top10% for that trait.
At the time of sale, October Carlisle Show judge Brian Jones of the noted pedigree Bailea herd, Heol Senni, Sennybridge, Brecon, had awarded the Supreme Championship to Fieldson Alfy and was full of praise for the bull’s qualities . “He is a terrific bull, just like aLimousinshould be. A tremendous carcase animal with a great top and back end, he is also ultra clean. Really he had no faults and pedigree or commercial this is a bull whose progeny should be top earners,” he said.
The YBPS sees the selection of a promising young bull to a set criteria and the distribution of at least 100 straws of semen, free of charge, to at least 20 herds. All participating herds must be a member of the Beefbreeder service operated by Signet.
The two principal aims of the scheme are; to promote rapid genetic improvement via reduced generation intervals and improved selection differentials and secondly, to improve the accuracy of EBVs by increasing the connectedness (related animals) amongst herds. To be considered for selection, bulls must ideally be in the top 1% of the breed for both Beef Value and Calving value as calculated in the BLUP evaluations at the time of selection. Bulls must be under 30 months old on the date of submission and must have 200 and 400 day weights and scans recorded to be considered.
The Society is responsible for arranging collection and distribution of the semen. All BLCS members who are performance recording are eligible to apply for an allocation of straws.