FBD Best Dairy Herd Finalist – Data recording, genomics and bull selection are large contributors to the success of the high EBI Coolentallagh herd

Pierce and Mary Delaney from Kilmallock, Co. Limerick operate a herd of 70 pedigree HO/FR cows under the prefix of Coolentallagh. Their overall herd EBI is outstanding at €189 and ranks in the top 1% of herds nationally. The herd’s Fertility sub-index also lies in the top 1% nationally at €91. Pierce and Mary have been working on the herd’s fertility over the past number of years and feels that his efforts are now paying off. (more…)

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FBD €uro-Star €200-Commercial Beef Finalist – Increased AI usage having a positive impact on the genetic merit of Co. Galway herd

Raymond Hanrahan along with his son Christopher run a 20-cow suckler to weaning enterprise near Gort, Co. Galway. The overall herd Replacement Index has made steady strides in the last 5 years from €79 in 2016 to €110 in 2021. (more…)

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FBD Best Dairy Herd Finalist – Genomics Improving Selection Intensity in West Cork Herd

Don & Michelle Crowley with herdsperson Pat Coakley and Don’s parent’s Denis & Helen farm a 140 cow HO/FR herd in Ballineen, Co. Cork. The Crowley’s are actively engaged in high levels of data recording which can be seen through their participation in milk recording, AI usage, involvement in Greenbreed and the DNA Calf Registration programme. (more…)

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FBD €uro-Star €200 Commercial Beef Finalist – AI usage has played a pivotal role in increasing the herd Replacement Index in Co. Carlow

Thomas Bolger runs a 40-cow suckler to beef enterprise in Borris, Co. Carlow. Males are slaughtered as steers at 24 months. Steers are purchased in and finished alongside homebred animals. Surplus heifers are slaughtered at 22 months. (more…)

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FBD Best Dairy Herd Finalist – Maximising genetic gain in the Fortfergus herd through genomics and the Dairy Gene Ireland programme

Tom Garry runs a pedigree HO/FR cow herd under the Fortfergus prefix in Ballynacally, Ennis, Co. Clare. Tom is actively involved in high levels of data recording as seen through his participation in milk recording, AI usage, involvement in Greenbreed and the DNA Calf Registration programme. (more…)

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Suckler 5 year trend reports now live

The latest new 5 Year Trend Report is now live for all HerdPlus suckler farmers. This report allows you to assess the breeding performance of your suckler herd over the last five years (2016 – 2020) on six Key Performance Indicators (more…)

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FBD €uro-Star €200 Commercial Beef Finalist – Replacement Index makes significant gains in Westmeath herd

Kevin Browne operates a suckler to beef and sheep enterprise near Athlone in Co. Westmeath. Males are slaughtered as bulls U24 months. Surplus heifers are sold in-calf. The traits of most importance in this herd are easy calving, docility and milk. (more…)

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