Application of Genomics on Dairy Farms

Genomics has contributed significantly to the increased rate of genetic gain within the Irish dairy cow population and has transformed how the Dairy Gene Ireland breeding programme operates. Genomic selection (GS) is a tool to help more accurately identify genetic elite animals. (more…)

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Sustainable Breeding through EBI

It is well documented that Irish dairy farmers are among the most environmentally sustainable food producers in the world. However, the very significant targets that the EU have set us makes it necessary for all farmers to achieve GHG reductions.  Agriculture accounts for 33% of Ireland’s GHG emissions. (more…)

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Beef Sector Efficiency Programmes Time Running Out to Record Weights

The Beef Sector Efficiency Programmes include the Beef Environmental Efficiency Programme Sucklers (BEEP-S) and the Dairy Beef Calf Programme.  The closing date for completion of the weighing is fast approaching in both schemes as 5:30 on Monday November 1st is the deadline for having weights recorded onto the ICBF database. (more…)

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