Gene Ireland starts purchasing beef bulls

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

“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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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

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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