Paula Hynes – The power is in our hands to ensure the next generation knows no boundaries

As a mother of three girls, when I took the leap from working in retail to becoming a full-time farmer in late 2014, it certainly was daunting. I had just given birth to our youngest daughter Georgie and whilst I always loved animals, I had no farming experience. (more…)

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DNA based calf registration – Not only possible but also feasible

‘Mark Waters, ICBF goes through the next step for animal traceability’. In 1996, Ireland became world leaders in the traceability of cattle from birth to factory when the Cattle Movement Monitoring System (CMMS) was introduced. This system required all farmers to apply identification tags to each calf at birth and register this unique number in the Animal Identification and Movements (AIM) database. (more…)

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Peter Hynes – Cows grazing daily on 3-hour breaks

The weather certainly is challenging this Spring, week after week of rain and storms. Let’s hope we see a bit of normality soon and in the meantime let’s all stay positive as we get close to March. Cows have been grazing daily but on 3-hour breaks, ground is far from ideal, but we are adamant we want grass in the cows’ diet. (more…)

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Improvements to Genomic Evaluations

“Bryan Kingston (ICBF) discusses the improvements to dairy genomic evaluations this Spring”

Genomic selection has contributed significantly to the increased rate of genetic gain in EBI, through the more accurate identification of genetically elite males and females. The current rate of genetic gain in EBI is €10/year. (more…)

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Looking for love this Valentine’s Day? Check out the ICBF Stockbull finder to find an eligible bachelor for the main ladies in your life.

The ‘Stockbull Finder’ is a sales tool on www.icbf.com designed to help farmers around the country in sourcing Stockbulls from herds with excellent levels of data recording. (more…)

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