The Inbreeding Checker is breeding application, that can be found under ‘Applications’ in the HerdPlus menu. As the name suggests, the Inbreeding checker allows herd owners to check up to 10 bulls at a time with their cows and heifers. (more…)
Sire Advice allows the user to select bulls they wish to use for the breeding season and the mating program will match these bulls to cows to maximize EBI, reduce the variation between milk and fertility and avoid inbreeding. This Spring, ICBF has developed new dairy beef mating options in conjunction with Teagasc. (more…)
With Breeding season well under way, now would be the ideal time to be running your weekly fertility reports. The Weekly Fertility report is now available to run and view online under the reports section. (more…)
Using a bull only for his ‘easy calving’ or ‘short gestation’ attributes can result in lighter carcasses. However, incorporating several traits simultaneously into selection decisions using an overall index (i.e., the Dairy Beef Index; DBI) can produce more balanced cattle with more favourable economic returns. (more…)
Reports containing the latest co-op data are now available online and are being posted to farmers over the coming week. These reports include the most up to date calving information taken from the 2021 Dairy Calving Report.
The deadline to apply for the Beef Sector Efficiency Programme is Monday the 25th of April. Applications must be completed online through the Department of Agriculture www.agfood.ie website, applications can be completed by the farmer or their advisor. (more…)
With the 2022 breeding season commencing, we have developed a set of breeding guidelines to improve the sustainability and resource efficiency of your dairy herd in the future which dairy farmers have received in the post recently. (more…)