Gene Ireland Bull Breeders List
Ollie Byrne, Ballyquirke, Gowran, Co.Kilkenny who was the first beef pedigree in Ireland to sign up to the new Beef Gene Ireland Program

Gene Ireland Bull Breeders List

Ollie Byrne, Ballyquirke, Gowran, Co.Kilkenny who was the first pedigree breeder to join the Gene Ireland Maternal Bull Breeder program. (more…)

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Gene Ireland Bull Breeder of the week – Tony O’Leary, Ballincollig, Co Cork

Gene Ireland Maternal Bull Breeder participant Tony O’Leary with ‘Seaview Belle’. She is sired by ‘Seaview Tommy’ (SEV), who was bred by Tony, was progeny tested through ICBF’s Gene Ireland progeny test program and went on to be a successful AI Sire in Dovea AI Centre. (more…)

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Gene Ireland Bull Breeder of the week – Joe Deverell, Ballyaville, Geashill, Co Offaly
Maternal Bull Breeder participant and Hereford breeder Joe Deverell with his best cow Ballyaville Portia and her week old bull calf Ballyaville Hamlet. Portia is 12 ½ years old and has produced 11 calves with an average calving interval of 359 days.

Gene Ireland Bull Breeder of the week – Joe Deverell, Ballyaville, Geashill, Co Offaly

Maternal Bull Breeder participant and Hereford breeder Joe Deverell with his best cow Ballyaville Portia and her week old bull calf Ballyaville Hamlet. (more…)

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Gene Ireland Maternal Bull Breeder Herd of the Week
John Ryan picturedwith one of his best pedigree Limousin cows and her heifer calf by ‘Vision’ (VZN).’VZN’ is a ‘5 Star’ bull for ‘Daughter Milk’ at 68% reliability.

Gene Ireland Maternal Bull Breeder Herd of the Week

The ‘Gurtshane‘ Limousin herd is run by Sean & John Ryan, Gurtshane, Newport, Co. Tipperary. The herd was founded when 8 heifers were purchased from the ‘Cookstown’ and ‘Turraree’ pedigree limousin herds. The Gurtshane herd operates a 100% AI policy.

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Pedigree Aubrac Breeder

Lionel Mackey, Ballinclea House, Donard, Co Wicklow
Lionel Mackey, Ballinclea House, Donard, Co Wicklow

Lionel Mackey, Ballinclea House, Donard, Co Wicklow

Backround of the herd: In calf heifers were initially purchased in France in 1999. The herd now comprises of approximately 30 breeding Aubrac females. (more…)

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Pedigree Simmental Breeder

Angela & Gerard Brickley, Coolrain, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Gerard and Angela Brickley pictured with their 5 star cow Celtic Betty ET

Backround of the herd: The herd goes back to 8 heifers imported from Austria in 1975 by Tom Brickley, Gerard’s father, to found the Anatrim Herd.  Further imports have taken place over the years to ensure adequate milk and new traits such as Polled have being introduced. The Celtic herd has now been built up to 52 calving, which starts on 1st December.  The aim is to tighten calving into a 3 month period.  Embryo transfer is extensively used, with 40% of calves born by ET this past season. (more…)

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Pedigree Saler Breeder

Joe and Richard Fortune, Knottown, Co Wexford.

Gene Ireland Maternal Bull Breeder participant Joe and Richard Fortune’s Saler cow Usance, winner of the 2013 RDS Maternal Index Award. She boasts a phenomenal Maternal Index of €367.
Gene Ireland Maternal Bull Breeder participant Joe and Richard Fortune’s Saler cow Usance, winner of the 2013 RDS Maternal Index Award. She boasts a phenomenal Maternal Index of €367.

Background of the herd: The herd was established in 1998, with the first females sourced in Ireland. Cattle were subsequently purchased and imported from France in 2002. The herd now comprises of approximately 100 breeding Salers females.

Maternal Breeding: The herd has an overall replacement index rating of €273, which makes it one of the highest ranking herds in the country, across all breeds.

Top Maternal Cows: One of the top cows in the herd is Knottown Ena (Sired by Gitan). She has a maternal index of €357 (reliability: 46%). She was born on the 17th of November 2004. She has had 7 calves, and is a very hard working cow with an average calving interval of 363 days. A son of this cow, is currently being considered for the Gene Ireland bull breeder program. Another cow of note is the imported French cow, Usance (pictured), who was the winner of the RDS maternal index award in 2013. Again, she boasts a phenomenal replacement index of €375, and is currently with her eighth calf with an average calving interval of 357 days.

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