FBD Breeding Awards Winners

ICBF and FBD would like to congratulate and thank this year’s winners and all the finalists involved in the 2020 FBD Breeding Awards. The hard work and determination shown by all the finalists across the beef, dairy and sheep categories will lead to a more profitable and sustainable future at both an individual and a national herd level. (more…)

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FBD Best Dairy Herd Finalist – “Milk recording is an essential tool for managing SCC and identifying poor performing cows in the Knockmullane herd”

Brendan Brady operates a 130 pedigree HO/FR cow herd under the Knockmullane prefix in Innishannon, Co Cork. The overall herd EBI has seen a steady increase from €133 in 2016 to €189 in 2021. (more…)

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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 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 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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