Deadline for Sire Advice Submission 5th April

The deadline for the submission of HerdPlus Dairy Sire Advice for inclusion in the HerdPlus Breeding Chart is Monday 5th April. Herd-owners will have until this date to run the dairy sire advice for their herd so that the chosen matings can be included in the Breeding charts before they are printed. (more…)

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Managing Your 2021 Breeding Season
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Managing Your 2021 Breeding Season

With the 2021 breeding season on the horizon, now is a good time to start planning. To help support this, we have developed a set of breeding guidelines to improve the sustainability and resource efficiency of your dairy herd in the future which dairy farmers have recieved in the post this week (more…)

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Breeding Week – Using both dairy and beef AI

In herds where the number of dairy breed replacements required has reduced due to cows being more fertile and surviving longer in the herds or where expansion targets have been achieved, there is the oportunity to use both dairy and beef AI from the start of the breeding season. (more…)

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Has your dairy herd improved over the last 5 years?

The latest 5 Year Trend Report is now available for all HerdPlus Dairy farmers. This new report allows you to assess the genetic gain and breeding performance of your dairy herd over the last five years on the Economic Breeding Index (EBI) and six other Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) listed below. (more…)

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Breeding Week – Six Point Breeding Plan

New dairy breeding guidelines have been sent to herd owners for Spring 2021 season. The guidelines have been developed by a Department of Agriculture working group involving key stakeholders such as the Department of Agriculture, Teagasc, ICBF and the broader industry. The guidelines include six simple steps which if followed will ensure the continued improvement of your dairy herd into the future. In this short clip, Andrew Cromie of ICBF outlines these six steps. (more…)

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Breeding Week – Using teams of bulls equally

Invariably bulls are only proven for milk traits and not for female fertility traits which remains a key issue for dairy farmers. If you want to improve fertility and other traits related to fitness on your farm then you need to use teams of bulls. In this short clip, Margaret Kelleher from ICBF speaks about when planning what bulls to use this breeding season, also plan how to use each bull equally across your herd. (more…)

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