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ICBF Database in Numbers

1 Million

There are almost 2M Genotypes in the national database and counting. ICBF is the largest Beef Genomics database in the world.

1 Billion

That’s ‘Billion’ with a ‘B’ (Almost 70 times the population of China). SNPs are the most common type of genetic variation between animals.

1 Billion
Pieces of Data

There are over 1 Billion pieces of phenotypic (non genomic) data stored on the ICBF database. 

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Dairy Gene Ireland programme

“Bryan Kingston (ICBF) explains the role of the national breeding programme in the Irish dairy Industry” G€N€ IR€LAND® is the name of the national dairy breeding programme in Ireland and it forms an extremely important part of the Dairy Industry.

ICBF on Mobile

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Access the ICBF HerdPlus service via our new, user friendly app

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Search for EBI and €uro-Star figures on the animals in the ICBF Database

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Record live weights for your cattle on to the ICBF database from your phone.

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