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ICBF published the first beef evaluations of 2018 on 10th January. This has seen the Euro-Star indexes for all suckler cows, heifers, stock bull and AI bulls updated. The Animal Search, Active Bull Lists, Stock Bull Finder, sales catalogues and all online profiles have now been updated with the new evaluation figures.

Top 10

The Top 10 bulls on the replacement index active bull list include 4 Salers, 2 Simmental, 1 Limousin, 1 Charolais, 1 Shorthorn and 1 Belgian Blue. The top bull on the Replacement Index Active Bull List is Salers bull Beguin (SA4059) with a Replacement Index of €252. The top 10 on the Terminal list is made up of 5 Belgian Blue, 3 Charolais and 2 Limousin. The top bull on the Terminal Index Active Bull List is Belgien Blue bull Giga Du Bois Remont (RGG) with a Terminal index of €185.

Replacement Index

Salers bull Beguin (SA4059) tops the Replacement list with an index of €252 (5 star). Although Beguin has fallen by €21, he still remains the number one Replacement Index sire. Docility and carcass weight are the main traits responsible for this drop (see index comparison tab). Beguin is also a 5 star Terminal bull with a Terminal index of €156. The second highest bull on the Replacement list is Ulsan (SA2189) with a Replacement index of €203. Ulsan has increased by €3 since the last evaluation.

The highest ranked Limousin on the Replacement active bull list is Castleview Gazelle (ZAG) who also ranks third overall with a Replacement index of €191. ZAG also performs well terminally with a Terminal Index of €125. Gazelle’s replacement index has increased by €18 since the previous evaluation. This is mainly due to increases to Feed Intake, Milk and Survival (see index comparison tab). Gazelle has added a lot of progeny records to this evaluation with a further 7,000 calving difficulty records, 2,500 gestation records, 1,500 weaning weights and 300 carcass records being added to name just a few. These can be viewed in the Evaluation History tab.

Top 5 Biggest Risers (Replacement)
AI Code Breed Replacement Index Change Comments
BB4438 BB €113 Calving difficulty and milk – first genomic proof
DX4441 DX €55 Milk -Cow liveweight – Age 1st calving – first genomic proof
S434 LM €47 Age 1st calving – Carcass weight – Cull cow weight – Maternal calving – Increased records on grand progeny (Sire YOB)
CH4320 CH €42 Carcass weight – Milk – foreign data included in eval
CH4321 CH €40 Carcass weight – Milk – Cull cow weight – foreign data included in eval
Top 5 Biggest Fallers (Replacement)
AI Code Breed Replacement Index Change Comments
SI2367 SI -€70 Calving difficulty – Increased number of records – 35% scored 3/4 for calv diff. originally zero. Herd mates also had less 3/4s
LM4066 LM -€67 Calving difficulty – Increased no of births, 20% scored 3/4s for calv diff
LM2302 LM -€49 Cow liveweight – Milk – Calving interval – Genomics included in eval
LM2395 LM -€41 Milk – Sire disimproved – with a lot of records
S1570 CH -€36 Cow liveweight – Foreign data dropped, Increase in progeny records

Please click here to access the active bull lists.