The new G€N€ Ireland panel of high replacement index beef bulls for Winter 2018 was recently launched by the ICBF and programme partners.
Building on the success of previous programmes, these bulls have been selected on their potential to deliver in two key areas, according to the ICBF (Irish Cattle Breeding Federation).
The first objective is to produce heifers which are fertile and will have an adequate level of milk, while the second key area is to produce a heifer that will deliver a calf with good beef attributes for traits such as good growth rate and conformation.
In 2012, the focus moved to selecting bulls with more maternal traits, in response to a decline in milk and fertility in the Irish Suckler herd, the ICBF said.
This latest panel of 16 bulls comprises of 10 beef breeds and the average Replacement Index of the panel is €147.
The bulls listed in the Gene Ireland Sire Directory Winter 2018:
- Salers - Knottown Roy;
- Limousin - Corcamore Lorcan;
- Aubrac - Johnstown Lloyd 1039;
- Angus - Dunard Navigator;
- Salers - Spiddal Pat;
- Limousin - Cross Liam;
- Limousin - Kilmagemogue Leo;
- Simmental - RubyJen Here's Johnny;
- Charolais - Drumdiffer Napoleon;
- Piedmontese - Sandymount Nordic;
- Charolais - Culkenny Murry;
- Simmental - Bearna-Dhearg Hatchet;
- Limousin - Montclare Lopez;
- Hereford - Arlinstown Hotspur 4th;
- Charolais - Lapon;
- Parthenaise - Leacan King.
Orders have continued to roll in, with 243 signed-up herds taking 3,670 straws so far, the ICBF said; AA4603 - Dunard Navigator is the most recent bull to reach the 500 straws target.
"Very positive" early results
Early results are "very positive" for the bulls which had semen dispatched in Spring 2014, the ICBF claims.
It says that these were the first bulls selected by the Gene Ireland breed committees and are now reaching the >60% reliability mark for Replacement Index.
"They are proving to have produced profitable females retained by farmers for breeding and in many cases, the calves on-farm performance has led to the sire's indexes increasing." The ICBF outlined.
The ICBF stressed that these sires have, at this early stage, a lot of key data collected on their progeny such as calving records and weaning weights.
Straws cost €5/unit and are delivered directly to a farmer's DIY tank or to the AI technician of their choice.
To order straws call ICBF on 023 8820452 and you can find more information here.
Image source: ICBF \ Website - Photo of Rubyjen Here’s Johnny -SI4350 - Credit: Alfie Shaw.