Pedigree Saler Breeder

Joe and Richard Fortune, Knottown, Co Wexford.

Gene Ireland Maternal Bull Breeder participant Joe and Richard Fortune’s Saler cow Usance, winner of the 2013 RDS Maternal Index Award. She boasts a phenomenal Maternal Index of €367.
Gene Ireland Maternal Bull Breeder participant Joe and Richard Fortune’s Saler cow Usance, winner of the 2013 RDS Maternal Index Award. She boasts a phenomenal Maternal Index of €367.

Background of the herd: The herd was established in 1998, with the first females sourced in Ireland. Cattle were subsequently purchased and imported from France in 2002. The herd now comprises of approximately 100 breeding Salers females.

Maternal Breeding: The herd has an overall replacement index rating of €273, which makes it one of the highest ranking herds in the country, across all breeds.

Top Maternal Cows: One of the top cows in the herd is Knottown Ena (Sired by Gitan). She has a maternal index of €357 (reliability: 46%). She was born on the 17th of November 2004. She has had 7 calves, and is a very hard working cow with an average calving interval of 363 days. A son of this cow, is currently being considered for the Gene Ireland bull breeder program. Another cow of note is the imported French cow, Usance (pictured), who was the winner of the RDS maternal index award in 2013. Again, she boasts a phenomenal replacement index of €375, and is currently with her eighth calf with an average calving interval of 357 days.

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Gene Ireland starts purchasing beef bulls

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The Gene Ireland maternal beef breeding program is starting to purchase bulls, which is a major step forward for Irish beef breeding. A total of 20-25 bulls are expected to be purchased over the next number of weeks, with semen then available from these bulls for the 2014 program. (more…)

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BVD Incidence is 10% Heritable
Distribution of sires, based on % PI calves for BVD virus.

BVD Incidence is 10% Heritable

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“Some bulls had 20% of their calves infected with BVD, whilst other bulls had 0% calves infected with BVD. Why is this?” This was the question posed by Dr Donagh Berry, Teagasc, at last week’s ICBF beef and dairy industry meeting in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. (more…)

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Gene Ireland Maternal Bull Breeder Program

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In 2012, ICBF completed a major review of its beef Gene Ireland (GI) program. One of the key outcomes from the review was the need to increase the number of beef bulls being progeny tested on an annual basis. (more…)

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Sexed Semen Field Research Trial
Richard Geary Seamount, Currabinny, Carrigaline, Co. Cork, shares a joke with Munster Cattle Breeding Group AI technician Tom Tobin while he inseminates one of Richard’s cows with sexed semen project semen. Picture by Donal O’ Leary IFJ.

Sexed Semen Field Research Trial

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ICBF, Teagasc and partner AI companies (Dovea Genetics, Munster Cattle Breeding and Progressive Genetics) undertook a major field research trial this Spring, to evaluate the potential benefits of sexed semen under commercial Irish conditions. (more…)

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