ICBF and the program partners, have recently launched the exciting new Gene Ireland panel of high index beef bulls for Autumn 2021. The breeding program is a joint initiative between Pedigree Breeders, Commercial farmers, Breed Societies, AI Companies, DAFM & ICBF. The primary aim of the program is to progeny test high index beef bulls which will produce profitable cows for the suckler beef industry. The minimum criteria for a bull to be included on the panel is 5 Stars across breed on Replacement Index.

This year we have also added a section dedicated to high Terminal Index bulls which are selected to produce profitable animals for sale or slaughter. The minimum criteria for a bull to be included in the Terminal section is 5 Stars across breed on Terminal Index. In order to avail of straws from the Terminal bulls section, a herdowner must order the same number of straws from the Replacement section.

The Benefits:

  • Access to the highest index new beef bulls in Irish AI at only €5 per straw (technician charges may apply).
  • Straws will be delivered to your own tank or the technician of your choosing.
  • Potential to sell some progeny back to ICBF for future performance testing at the Tully Beef Test Centre.
  • Freedom to choose the bulls and breeds that you require from the catalogue.

If you are interested in participating in the G€N€ IR€LAND Beef program 2021, or have any questions in relation to the program, please contact ICBF on 045 521573 or email [email protected]