breeding 2021

Monitoring your breeding season strategy

Monitoring your breeding season strategy

The breeding season has started for some and is only beginning for others; however, by now you should have a...

May 14, 2021

How many dairy replacements do you need?

How many dairy replacements do you need?

Increased focus on improving beef traits from the dairy herd has led to a key breeding recommendation to only generate...

May 13, 2021

Maintaining nutrition is critical for embryo survival

Maintaining nutrition is critical for embryo survival

Research by Teagasc has shown that early nutrition is critical for high fertility and embryo survival in replacement heifers. Early...

May 11, 2021

EBI: The key to selecting bulls to boost profitability

EBI: The key to selecting bulls to boost profitability

The Economic Breeding Index (EBI) is a measure of the genetic potential of an animal. Research by Teagasc was undertaken...

May 10, 2021

Lameness can lead to reduced conception rates

Lameness can lead to reduced conception rates

To achieve the best expression of heat and the best conception rates, we need to do everything we can to...

May 6, 2021

Breeding season – identifying cows that need to be culled

Breeding season – identifying cows that need to be culled

As the breeding season begins, it is time to sit up and take notice of the cows currently milking in...

May 5, 2021

ICBF outlines simple steps to manage your breeding season

ICBF outlines simple steps to manage your breeding season

With the breeding season due to start on many farms over the coming days, and with many other farms having...

May 2, 2021

Buying a stock bull for your dairy herd this year

Buying a stock bull for your dairy herd this year

If you are considering purchasing a stock or a vasectomised bull for this year’s breeding season, now is the time...

April 26, 2021

Using heat detection to achieve key reproductive targets

Using heat detection to achieve key reproductive targets

During the recent Teagasc/ICBF (Irish Cattle Breeding Federation) breeding week, three key reproductive targets were identified as being critically important...

April 25, 2021

Are your suckler cows in the right condition for breeding?

Are your suckler cows in the right condition for breeding?

With the breeding season soon getting into action in spring-calving suckler herds, farmers need to look at the condition of...

April 18, 2021

Have you finished selecting your bull teams?

Have you finished selecting your bull teams?

As we approach the beginning of the breeding season, many dairy farmers will have already selected their bull teams, or...

April 18, 2021

Replacement heifers: Have you considered synchronisation?

Replacement heifers: Have you considered synchronisation?

Teagasc recommends that replacement heifers are bred with dairy artificial insemination (AI) because they are the most fertile animals in...

April 17, 2021

Heat detection methods to achieve high submission rates

Heat detection methods to achieve high submission rates

Adequate heat detection is one of the most important components of a successful breeding season and heat detection methods can...

April 11, 2021

Key practices to achieve a 90% three-week breeding submission rate

Key practices to achieve a 90% three-week breeding submission rate

In pasture-based systems of milk production, the three-week breeding submission rate target is 90%, which is critical in order to...

April 8, 2021

Check out the lineup for this spring’s active bull list

Check out the lineup for this spring’s active bull list

This year’s most recent active bull list is now available to view online with the list due to be updated...

April 7, 2021

10 top tips for managing a stock bull this breeding season

10 top tips for managing a stock bull this breeding season

With the breeding season just around the corner for both beef and dairy farms, the issue of managing a stock...

April 5, 2021

Thoughts now turn to dairy breeding season

Thoughts now turn to dairy breeding season

As the calving season begins to quieten down on many farms across the country, focus now turns to getting prepared...

April 3, 2021

Feeding the dairy cow for optimum fertility

Feeding the dairy cow for optimum fertility

The quality of feeding in the dry period and early lactation is important in achieving good herd fertility, according to...

March 30, 2021