The breeding season on Irish dairy farms has become increasingly concentrated in the late April to June period. Teagasc in conjunction with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) will run a dairy breeding week this March. The purpose of the week is to provide timely reminders to farmers on important genetic and technical issues underpinning a successful dairy breeding season. Video clips, webinars and podcasts will be released throughout the week with presentations from dairy farmers, Teagasc Researchers and Specialists and ICBF Geneticists.

See below for registration links and details of the events for the week:

Register Online


Monday, 15 March

Webinar | 7pm

The Breeding Plan
with Stephen Moore & George Ramsbottom, Teagasc


Six point plan to successful breeding
with Andrew Cromie, ICBF

Using teams of bulls equally
with Margaret Kelleher, ICBF & David Hannon, Dairy Farmer, Co. Meath


The Dairy Edge Podcast
presented by Emma Louise Coffey covering topics of:

Nutrition for better breeding
with Joe Patton, Teagasc

Genetics for better breeding
with Kevin Downing, ICBF


Tuesday, 16 March


Breeding maiden heifers on the out farm
with Stephen Moore & Laura Hannon, dairy farmer, Co. Meath

Top results with sexed semen
with George Ramsbottom & Jim White, Dairy Farmer, Co. Tipperary


Wednesday, 17 March


Managing late calving cows to shorten calving interval
with Stuart Childs, Teagasc


The Beef Edge Podcast
Presented by Catherine Egan, Teagasc on the topic of:

Performance of DBI beef cattle at Grange
with Nicky Byrne, Teagasc Grange


Thursday, 18 March


Genomics & EBI Panel Discussion
Facilitated by Jack Kennedy, Irish Farmers Journal

  • Daughter Proven vs Genomic Sires
    with Andrew Cromie, ICBF, Don Crowley, Teagasc & Mark Cassidy, dairy farmer, Co. Meath
  • Sexed Semen
    with Stephen Butler, Teagasc, Don Crowley, Teagasc & guest farmer speaker


Using both dairy and beef AI
with Siobhan Ring, ICBF and Hugh Egan, Dairy Farmer, Co. Offaly


Thursday, 25 March

Breeding Webinar | 8pm

Planning a successful breeding season
with Richie O’Brien, Teagasc, George Ramsbottom Teagasc & Joris Somers, Glanbia
and guest Francis Nolan, Teagasc/Glanbia Future Farmer

Register Online