Getting a genomic evaluation on a bull – It doesn’t happen overnight.

It can take anywhere from 10-18 weeks for a bull to receive a genomic evaluation from the time of ordering a sample kit. If you have a pedigree bull aimed at the autumn sales, it is likely that you will be required to get him genotyped. (more…)

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Peter Hynes – “It is important we look out for each other”

Whilst life on the farm has been quiet in the last month, life in general has kept us well occupied. Daily chores are limited to milking, checking stock and some fertiliser once a week. The dry weather hasn’t affected us too much and we would hope to mow our second cut in a little over two weeks. (more…)

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Ireland Reaches 2 Million Genotype Milestone

ICBF recently passed an important milestone with over 2 million cattle having a valid genotype. It only seems like yesterday that we were reporting on passing the 1 million genotype milestone in 2017. This represents an increase of 1 million valid genotypes in less than 3 years. (more…)

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ICBF reaches 2 Million Genotype Milestone

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ICBF reaches 2 Million Genotype Milestone

Increase of 1 million valid genotypes in 3 years

May 21st, 2020: Late last week, ICBF announced the passing of another significant milestone with over 2 million cattle in Ireland having a valid genotype, an increase of 1 million in just 3 years. (more…)

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Breeding for low heritability traits can achieve real results

A common misconception is that breeding should not be pursued as a method for improving health or fertility traits due to their low heritability. Low heritability does not mean the trait cannot be improved. Low heritability simply signifies that much more records are required to achieve the same rate of genetic gain as high heritability trait (e.g., carcass weight or milk yield). (more…)

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Progeny of Genomic AI Bulls are more profitable, compared to Daughter Proven or Stock Bulls.

One of the popular myths presented at this time of the year, is that proofs for young genomic AI bulls don’t stack up and that as a result, farmers would be better to stick to using daughter proven or even stock bulls when breeding dairy female replacements. (more…)

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