When taking hair samples as part of the genotyping process, please take 40-60 root follicles from the tail end of the animal. The root follicles should also be clean and dry. This will prevent hair samples required to be retested again, which would also delay the turnaround time of genomic results. The below images will help herd-owners on how to correctly take hair samples for genotyping. (more…)
A late entry into the Beef Gene Ireland Terminal panel, Castleview Reece is from the renowned Castleview Limousin herd of Sean O’Sullivan, Castleisland, Kerry. This young bull promises to bring both maternal and terminal qualities to any herd he is used in. (more…)
Genomic Selection (GS) has made a significant contribution to profitability and sustainability on Irish dairy farms. The technology has transformed the genetic improvement in the national dairy herd and how the Dairy Gene Ireland breeding programme operates. Genomic selection refers to selection decisions based on genomic breeding values. (more…)
The drying off process is a very important process that takes place at the end of lactation. By recording a cows’ dry off date you are completing her lactation on your HerdPlus reports. In doing so her lactation details will be available for pedigree certificates, sales catalogues and your Annual Report.
We are pleased to launch the ICBF genomics service for additional Dairy breeds. There are now 16 dairy breeds eligible for a genomic evaluation. The 9 additional dairy breeds are BS, SI, MY, SR, KE, NO, RB, RD and MS. The cost to genotype dairy females as part of a group or individually is €22. Herds participating in the Dairy Gene Ireland breeding programme can avail of the discounted price of €18 for their 2021 & 2022 born females. (more…)
The November 2022 evaluation figures are now available for all dairy and beef animals. The ICBF Animal Search, Active Bull Lists and Stock Bull Finder have all been updated. (more…)
Laurence Shalloo, Teagasc, Michael Doran, Chairman ICBF, Andrew Cromie, Technical Director, ICBF and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie…