Recording Birth Events
Pic 2: The chest girth being measured on a new-born calf.

Recording Birth Events

By recording birth event information on your HerdPlus, you are contributing vital data to genetic evaluations. You can record extra birth data on you newborn calves such as calving ease, malpresentation, birth size, calf vigour, birth weight and birth measurements which will directly impact the Euro-Star and EBI indices. (more…)

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Top Dairy Bulls of 2019

With the 2020 breeding season on the horizon, now is a good time to look back at the previous breeding season. Below, we display the top 10 AI bulls used in 2019 based on the data recorded on the ICBF database. (more…)

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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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