5 Easy Ways to Record Dry Off Dates

The drying off process is a very important process that takes place at the end of lactation.  By recording a cows’ dry off date you are completing her lactation on your HerdPlus reports. In doing so her lactation details will be available for pedigree certificates, sales catalogues and your Annual Report.

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Updated Gestation Length figures

Gestation length refers to the number of days that the fetus is developing between insemination and calving. ICBF have recently updated the gestation length figures based on insemination and calving data recorded over the past number of years. These updated figures will result in more accurate expected calving dates for animals going forward. (more…)

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Black Friday Deal – Sign up to HerdPlus for 12 months and get an additional 6 months Free

Black Friday Deal – Sign up to HerdPlus for 12 months and get an additional 6 months Free.
To avail of this offer, simply contact the HerdPlus team on 023-8820452 and quote ‘Black Friday Deal’
Offer valid from 24/11/2020 – 01/12/2020 for new customers paying by either Direct Debit or Credit/Debit Card.

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Peter Hynes – “It has been our best breeding season yet”

It’s the time of year when planning is crucial on farm. Decisions we make now will have the greatest impact on farm performance for 2021. We had a super scanning result with only 7% of cows empty and 100% of heifers in calf, with 68% in calf to first service. 145 animals will calve in February 2021. It has been our best breeding season yet. Synchronising the heifers on fixed time AI really works for us and it also shows the in-calf rate for first lactation cows. I feel it just allows them time to recover after calving to prepare for the breeding season. (more…)

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Genomics Service for dairy crossbreds launched

We are pleased to launch the ICBF genomics service for across breed dairy evaluations. The genotype ordering screens has been updated to allow DNA sampling kits for multiple dairy breeds to be ordered online. The ordering menu has also been upgraded which will make it more user friendly to order genotypes, particularly for a group of females. The cost to genotype dairy females as part of a group or individually is now €22. (more…)

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Dairy Gene Ireland programme now in it’s 16th year

Gene Ireland is the name of the national dairy breeding programme in Ireland and it forms an extremely important part of the Dairy Industry. The aim of the programme is to provide dairy farmers with the best genetics through a coordinated progeny test programme. Now in its 16th year, the program has delivered over €200 million to Irish dairy farmers through increased genetic gain. (more…)

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