BDGP eligibility now defined on mart screens

ICBF has just released an update to the Euro-Star details on mart screens for beef females. With the deadline for BDGP on 31st Oct in mind, ICBF is now defining whether the female will be eligible for BDGP if purchased. This removes the need for the purchaser to worry about date of birth, star rating and genomic status. (more…)

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Who sired the beef calves of Spring 2020?

647,698 beef calves (beef sire x beef dam) were born on Irish farms in the first 6 months of 2020. Of these, 109,840 are registered to beef AI sires. This represents approximately 17% of all beef calves born. 55% of the calves were registered to a Stockbull with 27% approximately having no sire recorded.

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Getting a genomic evaluation on a bull – It doesn’t happen overnight.

It can take anywhere from 10-18 weeks for a bull to receive a genomic evaluation from the time of ordering a sample kit. If you have a pedigree bull aimed at the autumn sales, it is likely that you will be required to get him genotyped. (more…)

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