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ICBF Database in Numbers

1 Million

There are over 2.5M Genotypes in the national database and counting. ICBF is the largest Beef Genomics database in the world.

1 Billion

That’s ‘Billion’ with a ‘B’ (Over 80 times the population of China). SNPs are the most common type of genetic variation between animals.

1 Billion
Pieces of Data

There are over 1 Billion pieces of phenotypic (non genomic) data stored on the ICBF database. 

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How to Take a Hair Sample?

  1. Please ensure the tag number printed on the card matches the animals Official tag number.
  2. Hair samples should be pulled from the end of the tail, it is the root follicles that are analysed.

Beef Gene Ireland Focus CH8334 - Corbaun Rory

This Longford bred bull is from the Corbaun herd of Liam Keogh. A lovely long bull with fantastic muscling and great power. Sired by Blelack Digger from a Clyth Diplomat dam, this bull is in the top 1% across all breeds for carcass weight (44.2kg).

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