UCD Animal Science graduate Melvin Masterson, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford exported one of his home-bred Belgian Blue heifers to the UK earlier this week.
Sired by Mannequin, Boroside Kiss – who was born in September-2016 - is out of Boroside Glenda – a proven breeder of commercial show calves including the €1300 super calf champion at Tinahely Show in 2017.
Kiss – who is a granddaughter of Rosemount Daisy - is a full-sister to Boroside Jagerbomb (Progressive Genetics), Boroside Luxury (AI Services), Boroside Lion (1st-prize winner at Balmoral 2019), Boroside Knight (Male Champion Tullamore 2017) and Boroside Jadore (Female Champion Roscrea 2016).
'A great starting point'
Speaking to That’s Farming, the young breeder said: “This was a very reluctant sale but thankfully we have ET calves due from this heifer and a number of embryos in storage.”
“This is a foundation heifer for a new breeder and I feel it’s a great starting point. I really hope she goes on to breed as well as her dam did for me.”
“Boroside Kiss is everything you could want in a female - size, length, correctness along with style.” he added.
The sale of Boroside Kiss marks another significant milestone for the herd which has “continued to grow” since its establishment in 2010.
“This is approximately the tenth animal that I have exported; this includes AI bulls, show heifers, and commercial show calves.”
“Brexit would be a major concern going forward as the UK is a big market for us.” the young farmer added.
The herd currently has four bulls standing in AI; Boroside Jagerbomb, Boroside Ironman, Boroside Incredible and Boroside Luxury.
Other noted successes include two All-Ireland titles and a number of Reserve All-Ireland rosettes.
“The herd also bred the first Irish bull to be sold for export to France.” concluded the pedigree and commercial cattle breeder.