We purchased Cooper in Janurary 2011 from The AI company DOVEA, based in the South Of Ireland, they had origionally puchased the bull in partnership with Belgian A.I. Company ‘Genetique Avenir Belgimex’. Unfortunatley for them Cooper did not pass all the required tests to become an AI Stud bull and we got the oppourtunity to purchase the bull. We had seen Cooper on the show circuit in the summer of 2010 and we were blown away by the sheer proportions of the bull, he has great mobility and power to him, extreme but well balanced muscle and a terrific head. Purchased more to try and breed fat stock type cattle than females – we think he will do both.
Unfortunately we lost Cooper in August 2011 ue to an accident whilst he was working, thankfully we have a small amount of semen collected from him.
Below is the article from the sale when the bull was sold……
The top price of €8,100 was achieved by Thomas Fitzgerald, Garryheather, Clonaslee, Co. Laois with his 25 month old bull Heatherview Cooper. This impressive bull has been jointly purchased by Dovea Genetics and Belgian A.I. Company ‘Genetique Avenir Belgimex’. A group from Genetique Avenir Belgimex was present at the Beef Expo as guests of Dovea Genetics. The group visited a number of Belgian Blue breeder farms after the Beef Expo, on one of which they saw Heatherview Cooper. Mr. Pieter Freson of Genetique Avenir commenting on their new purchase said ‘Heatherview Cooper is an exceptional bull – he has a unique combination of size, colour, ideal type for Belgium, super shoulder and backend muscle. The pedigree is very interesting for Belgian breeders (Empire x Vigoreux x Unique). This is only the second bull our company has purchased outside of Belgium and we are very excited about this new purchase’. Dr. Ger Ryan, General Manager of Dovea Genetics said ‘Heatherview Cooper is a super new addition to the Dovea bull stud. He is a powerhouse of a bull from the best selection of Belgian Blue bulls at the Roscrea sale ever seen in Ireland. The interesting pedigree, high indexes (five stars within and across breeds for most traits) and visual appearance means he is one to watch for the future. This purchase with Genetique Avenir Belgimex strengthens our relationship with them for the future’. Heatherview Cooper will now undergo health testing before entering Dovea Genetics bull stud where semen will be collected for the Irish & Belgian market from him.
Shes a Diamond Sired by Cooper, Champion at Leyburn- £7300