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We are delighted to present you with the latest list of dairy bulls which have been selected for the Autumn Dairy Gene Ireland program.

The dairy breeding program is a key component of the Irish dairy industry with the aim of providing farmers with new genetics and increase the rate of genetic gain in EBI. The programme is designed so that each participant will receive straws from a selection of High EBI young sires. These young bulls are sourced from Irish farms and are all from high genetic merit sires and dams.

Use GENE IRELAND bulls. Why?

  • From 2005 to 2014 they have delivered €203 millionin extra profit to the Irish dairy industry.
  • Compared with 2005, farmers are €550/lactation more profitable– we wouldn’t be in this situation without the contribution of the Dairy Gene Ireland program.
  • €8.50 per straw
  • Average EBI €278

Requirements for herds to participate in the programme involve milk recording, being a member of HerdPlus, recording inseminations, sire and calving ease details, using all allocated straws in the current season and providing health information as it becomes available on daughters of these bulls.

This Autumn the target is to test 5 young genomic bulls and the cost is €8.50 per straw. All packs will contain the 5 pedigree registered bulls. Straws are available in packs of 25 (5 bulls x 5 straws) 35(5 bulls x 7 straws) and 50 (5 bulls x 10 straws).

Excellent customer support is provided including inbreeding reports for your herd, bull information sheets & on-line Gene Ireland® reports and profiles.  The genetic indexes of the bulls on the Autumn program are as follows:

Click here to view more details on these bulls.

If interested in joining the program this Autumn, please do one of the following:

  • Complete the Sign-Up Form and return to Gene Ireland, ICBF, Highfield House, Bandon, Co. Cork
  • Ring ICBF on 023 8820452 to sign up over the phone.
  • Email [email protected] .
  • Contact your Breeding Advisor

Farmer participation in the programme is essential for continued progress to be made. We look forward to working with our industry partners and farmers to continue building on the gains already made.