FBD Best Dairy Herd Finalist – Targeting improved output through grass management, use of genomics and compact calving in Co. Tipperary

Jim and Edel Conway along with their children, James and Andrea farm an 80 cow HO/FR herd in Burncourt, Co. Tipperary. The Conway’s are actively engaged in high levels of data recording which can be seen through their participation in milk recording, AI usage, involvement in Greenbreed and the DNA Calf Registration programme. (more…)

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FBD Breeding Competition 2020

We are delighted to announce the 3rd annual FBD Breeding Competition in conjunction with FBD, ICBF and Sheep Ireland. While it is disappointing that we cannot host a physical awards ceremony this year, we will be posting about the 2020 competition over the coming weeks. (more…)

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Peter Hynes – Certainly, I could have made some decisions quicker I also made a few mistakes, but we are still ahead of our target for 2020

We are close to the end of another year of farming which sees me having completed 10 years of farming so far and without doubt we would have to be happy with 10 years of progress. Having completed my paper & presentation for the British Cattle Breeders conference in January it certainly was an eye opener. Genetic gain on farm has been phenomenal. Certainly, I could have made some decisions quicker I also made a few mistakes, but we are still ahead of our target for 2020. (more…)

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New Maintenace Sub index In Brief
Dairy cows grazing in the meadow with farm house buildings in background

New Maintenace Sub index In Brief

Actual on-farm cow liveweights have replaced the use of cull cow weights as a predictor of liveweight. This has resulted in a maintenance sub-index that better reflects maintenance feed intake costs. (more…)

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