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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

Final call for Dairy Gene Ireland and Sire Advice submission

Final call for Dairy Gene Ireland and Sire Advice submission

According to the Irish Cattle Breeders’ Federation (ICBF), this year’s spring Dairy Gene Ireland programme now has over 800 herds...

April 2, 2021

Guidelines for using a team of bulls equally

Guidelines for using a team of bulls equally

Teagasc and the Irish Cattle Breeders’ Federation (ICBF) recommend that teams of bulls are used when breeding dairy cows. Margaret...

March 28, 2021

Six guidelines to ensure a successful breeding season

Six guidelines to ensure a successful breeding season

As the spring calving season begins to wind down on farms across the country, many farmers will now begin planning...

March 18, 2021

Which AI bull sired the most beef calves in autumn/winter last year?

Which AI bull sired the most beef calves in autumn/winter last year?

The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) has released the rankings of bulls that sired the most calves born from July...

March 13, 2021

New beef sires added to Gene Ireland Programme

New beef sires added to Gene Ireland Programme

With the breeding season on the horizon, the ICBF (Irish Cattle Breeding Federation) has released its new Gene Ireland panel...

March 9, 2021

Gene Ireland Programme: Breed packs for 2021

Gene Ireland Programme: Breed packs for 2021

The Gene Ireland Programme is run by the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) in conjunction with several of the national...

March 7, 2021

How has the suckler herd performed over the past 5 years?

How has the suckler herd performed over the past 5 years?

As the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) has been sending out ‘5 Year Trend Reports’ to participating suckler farmers in...

February 21, 2021

County breakdown: How have beef cow numbers changed in the last decade?

County breakdown: How have beef cow numbers changed in the last decade?

The decade from 2011 to 2020 witnessed a decrease in the number of beef cows in the Republic of Ireland...

February 16, 2021

Table: How have dairy cow numbers changed per county from 2011 to 2020?

Table: How have dairy cow numbers changed per county from 2011 to 2020?

The decade from 2011 to 2020 witnessed a continuous year-by-year increase in the number of dairy cows in the Republic...

February 15, 2021

Calving statistics: 11% increase in dairy calf births

Calving statistics: 11% increase in dairy calf births

The recent weather makes it hard to believe that spring is just around the corner, and over the next few...

January 27, 2021

Tables: ICBF updates beef and dairy gestation length figures

Tables: ICBF updates beef and dairy gestation length figures

The ICBF has updated its gestation length figures for both the major dairy and beef breeds based on insemination and...

December 4, 2020

ICBF launches BEAM calculator for HerdPlus

ICBF launches BEAM calculator for HerdPlus

The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) has launched a Beef Emergency Aid Measure (BEAM) calculator for its HerdPlus platform. Announcing...

December 2, 2020

ICBF publishes updated active bull lists

ICBF publishes updated active bull lists

The breeding season for autumn calving herds is well underway on suckler farms. For farmers using artificial insemination (AI) sires...

November 29, 2020

Health data recording: The cost of high cell count cows on farm profit

Health data recording: The cost of high cell count cows on farm profit

The importance of recording health data for breeding better dairy cows has been highlighted in stark terms by the Irish...

November 6, 2020

Selective dry cow therapy: Simple steps to get it right

Selective dry cow therapy: Simple steps to get it right

Taking some simple steps can make selective dry cow therapy (SDCT) common practice in one’s herd, according to the Irish...

November 3, 2020

Improvement seen in the fertility of the national herd

Improvement seen in the fertility of the national herd

The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) has reported an improvement in the fertility performance of the national dairy herd. This...

October 7, 2020

ICBF reveals EBI changes in October 2020 evaluation

ICBF reveals EBI changes in October 2020 evaluation

The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) has implemented a change in how genomics is blended with parental average to calculate...

October 6, 2020