Tully Open Day to Show-case Top AI Progeny

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The Gene Ireland Beef Open Day taking place on Saturday 12th October, will show-case commercial progeny from some of the top AI sires that have gone through the national breeding program over the past number of years. (more…)

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Gene Ireland Beef Program Launched

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The 2013 Gene Ireland Beef program has just been launched, with over 2,000 catalogues been posted to suckler herds.This initiative is aimed at improving the quality of our National suckler herd. (more…)

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Further fertility improvements in the National Dairy Herd
Dairy Calving Report Calving Interval

Further fertility improvements in the National Dairy Herd

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Following last week’s release of the HerdPlus® Dairy Calving reports, ICBF can report further improvement has taken place in the fertility performance of the national dairy herd,with the average calving interval having improved by 3 days (more…)

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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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