Five of the top ten AI sires on the ICBF Replacement Index Active Bull List are graduates of the Gene Ireland Programme. This is after the latest evaluation publication on Tue 27th July. These sires were identified by breed committees over the last 8 years and were tested in commercial suckler herds. The five Gene Ireland sires have an average Replacement Index of €211 at 72% reliability and have sired a total of 14,500 progeny. This is testament to the importance of a strong domestic breeding programme with continued collaboration between ICBF, breed societies, all AI companies and the wider industry.
The top ten sires is made up of four Saler, three Simmental, two Aubrac and one Belgian Blue. The average Replacement Index is €214 at 80% reliability with a combined total of 26,807 progeny. There are three newcomers to the list with Vaillant (VTA), Gunshot (SI4147) and Majestic (AU4836) moving into the top 10.
The Saler breed still dominates the top of the list. Beguin (SA4059) holds onto the top spot with his son Knottown Roy (SA4604) in second place and Ulsan (SA2189) in third.
The full ICBF Beef Active Bull List is available here