breeding 2021

Number of calves born in 2021 up by over 40,000

Number of calves born in 2021 up by over 40,000

The total number of calves born on Irish farms in 2021 has increased by over 40,000 when compared to figures...

January 7, 2022

Have you organised for your cows to be scanned?

Have you organised for your cows to be scanned?

Breeding 2021 has come to a conclusion on most spring-calving dairy herds, with the next task being to get cows...

August 29, 2021

Breeding 2021: Are you still breeding cows?

Breeding 2021: Are you still breeding cows?

The 2021 breeding season has drawn to a close on the majority of spring-calving dairy herds across the country, with...

August 22, 2021

Who were the top ten most desirable bachelors in 2021?

Who were the top ten most desirable bachelors in 2021?

The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) has released figures showing the top ten dairy-on-dairy and beef-on-dairy bulls for the 2021...

August 20, 2021

AI usage increased by 10% from 2020

AI usage increased by 10% from 2020

The breeding season is drawing to a close on most spring-calving Irish dairy farms, with artificial insemination (AI) stopping and...

July 24, 2021

Breeding season: Time to ‘pull the bull’

Breeding season: Time to ‘pull the bull’

The 2021 breeding season is approaching its conclusion on spring-calving Irish dairy farms, as we approach the end of July....

July 20, 2021

Breeding season: Determining its success

Breeding season: Determining its success

The 2021 breeding season is drawing to a close on the majority of spring-calving dairy herds so now is a...

July 16, 2021

When to ‘pull out the bull’ and end your breeding season

When to ‘pull out the bull’ and end your breeding season

The latest episode of the Dairy Edge podcast was hosted by Emma Louise Coffey who was joined by George Ramsbottom,...

June 30, 2021

7% increase in the use of sire advice facility in 2021

7% increase in the use of sire advice facility in 2021

The 2021 spring-calving breeding season is entering the closing stages on most dairy farms; as we enter these stages, the...

June 29, 2021

Jersey sires remain popular with customers – LIC

Jersey sires remain popular with customers – LIC

Breeding 2021 on the majority of spring-calving herds is now six or seven weeks in, with many farms now switching...

June 19, 2021

Bull safety: why and how you should put it to practice

Bull safety: why and how you should put it to practice

With many farms now at the point of the breeding season where the stock bull has been introduced to the...

June 19, 2021

Breeding 2021: What is happening on the ground?

Breeding 2021: What is happening on the ground?

The weather seems to have finally improved, with growth rates finally beginning to reach the levels that are expected for...

June 8, 2021

Is your stock bull fit for purpose?

Is your stock bull fit for purpose?

Most spring-calving dairy herds typically start breeding in early May, so by now most farmers should have completed four weeks...

June 1, 2021

Using tail paint for heat detection

Using tail paint for heat detection

Heat detection plays a crucial part in determining the number of cows submitted, and the number of cows correctly submitted...

May 29, 2021

Using the DBI for beef sire selection

Using the DBI for beef sire selection

Sire selection is a crucial aspect of herd management that sufficient time needs to be allocated to. In terms of...

May 23, 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