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ICBF Database in Numbers

1 Million

There are over 2M Genotypes in the national database and counting. ICBF is the largest Beef Genomics database in the world.

1 Billion

That’s ‘Billion’ with a ‘B’ (Over 80 times the population of China). SNPs are the most common type of genetic variation between animals.

1 Billion
Pieces of Data

There are over 1 Billion pieces of phenotypic (non genomic) data stored on the ICBF database. 

Latest from Blog

Why Use the Dairy Beef Index (DBI)?

Using a bull only for his ‘easy calving’ or ‘short gestation’ attributes can result in lighter carcasses. However, incorporating several traits simultaneously into selection decisions using an overall index (i.e., the Dairy Beef Index; DBI) can produce more balanced cattle with more favourable economic returns.

New Bull Team Usage Report

ICBF HerdPlus has just launched a new dairy bull usage report for dairy farmers. This report is an additional page to the weekly fertility report. The report outlines the main breeding guidelines on the minimum number of bulls to be used in your herd and the maximum bull usage recommended for individual bulls during the breading season.

Sire Advice Addition-Female selector screen

From feedback we received from users of Sire Advice, we have made an improvement to the female selector screen. If females are selected for beef, culling, or crossbreeding this is now saved and retained for multiple Sire Advice runs throughout the current breeding season.

ICBF on Mobile

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Access the ICBF HerdPlus service via our new, user friendly app

animal search

Search for EBI and €uro-Star figures on the animals in the ICBF Database

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Record live weights for your cattle on to the ICBF database from your phone.

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