ICBF and Teagasc expects that beef AI usage in the dairy herd will grow significantly over the next number of years, due to an expanding dairy herd, demand for more beef from the dairy herd, and potential application of sexed semen technology.
Irish dairy farmers are very risk averse in relation to using beef AI on the dairy herd. Unless they are confident that the bull is easy calving and short gestation bulls, they will not make the switch to beef AI.
The Gene Ireland Dairy Beef Program seeks to ensure more accurate genetic evaluations for beef traits related to the dairy herd, most notably calving difficulty (%), gestation length and calf quality and to help AI partners & breeders identify new beef bloodlines that will be suitable for the dairy herd.
To date there is 173 herds taking a total of 7,382 beef straws. There are currently 15 beef bulls on the program. All bulls are selected for their short gestation and easy calving indexes.
Teagasc/ABP R&D purchase a percentage of the calves born for subsequent growth, carcass and meat eating quality analysis. Some health and disease data is also be collected on these purchased animals. A proportion of these calves also enter ICBF Tully performance test station for feed efficiency analysis.
Bulls available on the program
|AA4375||CARRIGROE NATIONWIDE 1450||€77|
|AA4323||TREE BRIDGE POWYS S589||€84|
|BB4324||BOROSIDE JAGERBOMB ET||€133|
|HE4291||ALLOWDALE ADVANCE 573 ET||€80|
|HE4292||ALLOWDALE RORY 594||€103|
|HE4537||SOLPOLL 1 POUNDER||€79|
|LM4360||AHERLA K 7 P||€119|
|SH2360||DOON GIORGIO (W)(P)||€92|
The semen is priced at €6/straw, with this money collected by the AI service provider that is dropping the semen to the farmer.
Farmers are offered four pack options:
(i) AA Pack
(ii) HE Pack
(iii) Continental Pack
(iv) Multi-Breed Pack
If you would like to order straws, please call ICBF on 023 882 0452