Tully Open Day to Show-case Top AI Progeny

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The Gene Ireland Beef Open Day taking place on Saturday 12th October, will show-case commercial progeny from some of the top AI sires that have gone through the national breeding program over the past number of years. (more…)

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Gene Ireland Bull Breeder of the week – Joe Deverell, Ballyaville, Geashill, Co Offaly
Maternal Bull Breeder participant and Hereford breeder Joe Deverell with his best cow Ballyaville Portia and her week old bull calf Ballyaville Hamlet. Portia is 12 ½ years old and has produced 11 calves with an average calving interval of 359 days.

Gene Ireland Bull Breeder of the week – Joe Deverell, Ballyaville, Geashill, Co Offaly

Maternal Bull Breeder participant and Hereford breeder Joe Deverell with his best cow Ballyaville Portia and her week old bull calf Ballyaville Hamlet. (more…)

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Gene Ireland Beef Program Launched

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The 2013 Gene Ireland Beef program has just been launched, with over 2,000 catalogues been posted to suckler herds.This initiative is aimed at improving the quality of our National suckler herd. (more…)

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Gene Ireland Maternal Bull Breeder Herd of the Week
John Ryan picturedwith one of his best pedigree Limousin cows and her heifer calf by ‘Vision’ (VZN).’VZN’ is a ‘5 Star’ bull for ‘Daughter Milk’ at 68% reliability.

Gene Ireland Maternal Bull Breeder Herd of the Week

The ‘Gurtshane‘ Limousin herd is run by Sean & John Ryan, Gurtshane, Newport, Co. Tipperary. The herd was founded when 8 heifers were purchased from the ‘Cookstown’ and ‘Turraree’ pedigree limousin herds. The Gurtshane herd operates a 100% AI policy.

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Pedigree Aubrac Breeder

Lionel Mackey, Ballinclea House, Donard, Co Wicklow
Lionel Mackey, Ballinclea House, Donard, Co Wicklow

Lionel Mackey, Ballinclea House, Donard, Co Wicklow

Backround of the herd: In calf heifers were initially purchased in France in 1999. The herd now comprises of approximately 30 breeding Aubrac females. (more…)

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Further fertility improvements in the National Dairy Herd
Dairy Calving Report Calving Interval

Further fertility improvements in the National Dairy Herd

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Following last week’s release of the HerdPlus® Dairy Calving reports, ICBF can report further improvement has taken place in the fertility performance of the national dairy herd,with the average calving interval having improved by 3 days (more…)

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Pedigree Simmental Breeder

Angela & Gerard Brickley, Coolrain, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Gerard and Angela Brickley pictured with their 5 star cow Celtic Betty ET

Backround of the herd: The herd goes back to 8 heifers imported from Austria in 1975 by Tom Brickley, Gerard’s father, to found the Anatrim Herd.  Further imports have taken place over the years to ensure adequate milk and new traits such as Polled have being introduced. The Celtic herd has now been built up to 52 calving, which starts on 1st December.  The aim is to tighten calving into a 3 month period.  Embryo transfer is extensively used, with 40% of calves born by ET this past season. (more…)

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