The Hazard family of Grantham, Lincolnshire-based Mereside herd have announced this week the private sale of the young bull Mereside Jester to one of the UK’s leading AI studs, Cogent.
Jester is a son of French sire Armstrong and is out of Mereside Dawnmarie, an Alaska daughter and dam of the 40,000gns bull Mereside Goldolphin.
January 2014-born Jester carries an impressive set of performance figures to back up his exceptional pedigree, carrying a gestation length EBV in the top 1% of the breed coupled with a 200-day growth figure of +36, putting him in the top 10% of the breed.
On top of this he has a muscle figure of +5.2, again in the top 10% of the breed and an overall calving value of +7, in the top 1% of the Limousin population.
Speaking about the purchase, Cogent beef sire analyst Boomer Birch says Jester was a standout choice for the company’s Signature range of beef bulls. “Jester is the complete package, combining excellent figures with a great pedigree and an exceptional female line.
“Jester will be an easy choice for many herds due to his top end gestation figures and calving ease figures inside the top 25% of the Limousin breed. This, coupled with his excellent muscle and growth data make him a true curve bender, combining easy calving and relatively low birth weights with growth and muscle figures which will result in easily born, quick growing calves,” he explained.
Armstrong calves have been short gestation and easily born and Jester has always been good from an early age, showing a superb top and correctness.