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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 Samples for the genotyping process?

When taking hair samples as part of the genotyping process, please take 40-60 root follicles from the tail end of the animal. The root follicles should also be clean and dry.  This will prevent hair samples required to be retested again, which would also delay the turnaround time of genomic results.  The below images will help herd-owners on how to correctly take hair samples for genotyping.

Gene Ireland Focus LM8619 - Castleview Reece

A late entry into the Beef Gene Ireland Terminal panel, Castleview Reece is from the renowned Castleview Limousin herd of Sean O’Sullivan, Castleisland, Kerry. This young bull promises to bring both maternal and terminal qualities to any herd he is used in.

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