Genetics

Teagasc keeps gene-editing under review

Teagasc keeps gene-editing under review

Gene-editing has been hailed by many scientists as representing a quantum leap forward in the field of plant and animal...

April 26, 2021

UFU highlights concerns regarding animal movements from GB to Northern Ireland

UFU highlights concerns regarding animal movements from GB to Northern Ireland

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) is very concerned about Northern Ireland (NI) farmers being able to access genetics which they...

December 15, 2020

‘Achieving high performance will be difficult without the right genetics’

‘Achieving high performance will be difficult without the right genetics’

With a host of breeding sales set to take place over the coming weeks, attention will quickly turn to buying...

July 22, 2020

‘How many lambs are too many?’ – Sheep Ireland conference

‘How many lambs are too many?’ – Sheep Ireland conference

Lambs – and how they are the key driver of profitability – was the key focus of Noirin McHugh of...

January 17, 2020

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

Get priority access to the next generation of genetics

Get priority access to the next generation of genetics

Get priority access to the next generation of genetics through the national dairy breeding programme – Gene Ireland. Gene Ireland,...

March 16, 2019

‘Genetics is a key tool to help improve fertility’

‘Genetics is a key tool to help improve fertility’

Speaking at the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation’s (ICBF’s) Genetics Conference on December 5, the ICBF’s Francis Kearney highlighted that “we...

December 16, 2018

Breeders ‘joining off their own bat validates Sheep Ireland’

Breeders ‘joining off their own bat validates Sheep Ireland’

The increase in sheep breeders joining the Sheep Ireland initiative of their own accord, without any direct industry incentive, validates...

December 5, 2018

€uro-Star Indexes: How do I apply them to my herd?

€uro-Star Indexes: How do I apply them to my herd?

There has been a lot of confusion surrounding the €uro-Star Indexes in recent times. Some farmers argue that they have...

July 5, 2018

TV tonight: Could genetics hold the key for Irish farming?

TV tonight: Could genetics hold the key for Irish farming?

Two Teagasc researchers – Dr. Noirin McHugh and Dr. Ewen Mullins – will be appearing on RTE One tonight to...

December 11, 2017

World Dairy Summit: The Co. Down herd in the top 1% of £PLI rankings

World Dairy Summit: The Co. Down herd in the top 1% of £PLI rankings

The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) in Hillsborough, Co. Down is home to one of the UK’s top £PLI ranking...

November 6, 2017

Breeding goals: ‘There’s no point breeding a 12,000L cow if she’ll not last’

Breeding goals: ‘There’s no point breeding a 12,000L cow if she’ll not last’

Milk volume is no longer the driver of dairy breeding in Northern Ireland, with attention now turning to lifetime productivity...

November 6, 2017

‘Joined-up thinking’ needed between dairy and beef

‘Joined-up thinking’ needed between dairy and beef

The value of beef output from the dairy herd will equal 60% of the total Irish beef output in years...

October 23, 2017

Daughter-proven bull selection sees LIC enjoy record year of growth

Daughter-proven bull selection sees LIC enjoy record year of growth

A move by farmers to select daughter-proven sires has seen LIC Ireland experience one of its most successful years in...

September 6, 2017

Looks or paper – how should I select my ram?

Looks or paper – how should I select my ram?

The breeding season on many sheep farms is fast approaching and ram choice can have a lasting impact on any...

August 14, 2017

‘I’m not in the business of breeding bulls for AI’ – Farmers hit back at LIC/ICBF saga

‘I’m not in the business of breeding bulls for AI’ – Farmers hit back at LIC/ICBF saga

Dairy farmers have expressed their disappointment and feel their sire choices have been limited for the upcoming breeding season. This...

March 14, 2017

LIC won’t be asking its Irish farmer customers to sign a contract this year

LIC won’t be asking its Irish farmer customers to sign a contract this year

LIC Ireland has today announced that its Irish customers will not be required to sign a new contract in 2017....

February 10, 2017

How one bull cost the dairy industry millions due to reduced conception rates

How one bull cost the dairy industry millions due to reduced conception rates

One Holstein bull, Pawnee Farm Arlinda Chief (Chief), has cost the dairy industry millions, recent research from US has shown. Research...

November 28, 2016