Breeding

The economic cost of a ‘missed heat’

The economic cost of a ‘missed heat’

The economic cost of sub-optimal fertility or missed heat in a dairy herd varies between farms, depending on many factors...

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

Breeding management of late-calving dairy cows

Breeding management of late-calving dairy cows

A recent report by George Ramsbottom, a dairy specialist with Teagasc based in Oak Park, Co. Carlow, outlined that almost...

March 13, 2021

Progressive Genetics publishes its 2021 Dairy Sires Catalogue

Progressive Genetics publishes its 2021 Dairy Sires Catalogue

The latest Progressive Genetics dairy catalogue “Dairy Sires 2021” has just gone to print, the AI firm has confirmed. The...

February 5, 2021

Managing cows and fertility this spring in suckler herds

Managing cows and fertility this spring in suckler herds

With calving on a lot of suckler farmers’ minds in the coming weeks, it is important not to forget the...

January 23, 2021

When to end the breeding season on spring-calving dairy farms

When to end the breeding season on spring-calving dairy farms

The primary reason for shortening the breeding season is to tighten up the following calving season. This is to increase...

January 11, 2021

Ag Climatise: Focus on more recording and moving away from dairy stock bulls

Ag Climatise: Focus on more recording and moving away from dairy stock bulls

Emission reduction through animal breeding has been earmarked as a key action under the national climate and air roadmap for...

December 9, 2020

Revealed: The most popular dairy sires used in 2019

Revealed: The most popular dairy sires used in 2019

With the 2020 breeding season fast approaching, the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) have released a list of the most popular dairy...

March 13, 2020

Have you considered a heat-detection system for breeding 2020?

Have you considered a heat-detection system for breeding 2020?

Research shows that less than 60% of the national dairy herd calves in the first six weeks of the calving...

March 5, 2020

Droimeann cattle recognised as ‘Native Rare Irish Breed’

Droimeann cattle recognised as ‘Native Rare Irish Breed’

Droimeann cattle have been officially recognised as a ‘Native Rare Irish Cattle Breed’ by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and...

January 8, 2020

How can the EBI reduce our environmental impact on Irish dairy farms?

How can the EBI reduce our environmental impact on Irish dairy farms?

Although Irish dairy farmers are the most environmentally sustainable food producers in the world, agriculture accounts for 33% of our...

December 13, 2019

Huge scope to improve the longevity of the national dairy herd

Huge scope to improve the longevity of the national dairy herd

There are many things that dairy farmers can do at farm level to make their farm more resilient to the...

October 20, 2019

Johnstown study shows what the EBI is capable of delivering

Johnstown study shows what the EBI is capable of delivering

“Some farmers are of the opinion that the EBI is a spring-calving breeding index, but this is not the case.”...

September 15, 2019

The root of disappointing scan results revealed

The root of disappointing scan results revealed

Embryo deaths due to twinning, along with the dry cow – fresh cow transition, are the two main causes of...

September 7, 2019

Slight drop in the fertility performance of the national herd

Slight drop in the fertility performance of the national herd

The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) has reported a slight decrease in the fertility performance of the national dairy herd....

September 1, 2019

Are your ewes ready for the upcoming breeding season?

Are your ewes ready for the upcoming breeding season?

With the breeding season only around the corner, it’s a critical time for farmers to analyse their ewes’ condition. Ewes...

August 29, 2019

Want to know who the most popular bachelors (sires) were in 2018?

Want to know who the most popular bachelors (sires) were in 2018?

A list of the most popular beef AI sires and dairy AI sires used on dairy herds during 2018 was...

July 31, 2019

A round up of the 2019 breeding season

A round up of the 2019 breeding season

With the breeding season drawing to a close, AgriLand caught up with some of the AI companies to see how...

July 21, 2019