The recently launched Gene Ireland panel of high-replacement index beef bulls consists of Angus; Aubrac; Charolais; Hereford; Limousin; Parthenaise; Piedmontese; Shorthorn; and Simmental sires.
The programme is a joint initiative between pedigree breeders, commercial farmers, breed societies, AI companies, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) and ICBF.
Bulls on this year’s panel have been selected on their potential to deliver in two key areas, according to the ICBF.
“Firstly, to produce heifers which are fertile and will have an adequate level of milk and secondly, to produce a heifer that will deliver a calf with good beef attributes for traits such as good growth rate and conformation.” the ICBF outlined.
According to the ICBF:
- Straws will be charged at €5/straw delivered to your usual technician;
- Additional breeds “may be added” to the programme during the year;
- The bulls will be chosen by the farmer and may be mixed breeds or single breed;
- It is not recommended to use G€N€ IR€LAND bulls on maiden heifers.
|Code||Breed||Name||Replacement €||Across Breed Stars||Calving Difficulty|
|SH5431||Shorthorn||Finlough Finn (R) (P)||€170||5||2.1%|
|AU5428||Aubrac||Sliabh Luachra Mario||€167||5||1.9%|
|HE4344||Hereford||Allowdale Rambo 475||€164||5||4.2%|
|PT4570||Parthenaise||Kilgulbin Parthenaise Logan||€158||5||4.7%|
|AA5479||Angus||Drumcarbin Prince Mambo||€132||5||1.8%|
|SI5292||Simmental||Leeherd Jake 319||€126||5||3.2%|
|SI4590||Simmental||Shiloh Hot Rod||€108||5||7.6%|
For further information, please contact ICBF on: 023 8820452 or email - email@example.com
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