Wednesday the 3rd  May is the deadline to return DNA samples (tissue/hair) to the lab in order to make the 25th July evaluation. This evaluation is of particular importance to farmers participating in the Suckler Carbon Efficiency Scheme (SCEP) as they will need a genotyped 4 or 5 star bull for the scheme. Where a participants stock bull is not genotyped and has yet to have a sample submitted, a sample must be submitted by Wednesday 3rd May in order for it to receive a genomic evaluation in July.

Sampling bulls

Where farmers have a tissue tag or hair card already on farm for a bull(s) the tissue/hair sample should be taken immediately, and the sample returned in the freepost envelope. Where no sample kit has been issued for the bull, farmers should contact ICBF immediately to order a hair card on 023 882 0452.


Checking the eligibility status of your bull

You can check the eligibility status of your stock bull(s) by logging into your ICBF account ( Enter your username and password and once logged in, go to the ‘View Profiles’ dropdown and select ‘Beef Eurostar’. Alternatively you can email [email protected]