The G€N€ Ireland Progeny test centre at Tully, Co. Kildare recently slaughtered 57 bulls sired by 22 different sires across 8 different breeds at Slaney Foods International - Bunclody, Co. Wexford.
The group - which comprised of 57 June; June and August-2017-born bulls - killed out at an average carcass weight of 352kg, with kill-out averaging 57%, ranging from 51% to 61%, according to the ICBF.
1 of the bulls grading E; 47 of the bulls were of U grade conformation and 9 fell into the R grade class; 100% of the 57 bulls met the carcass fat specifications of 2+ or higher.
The average daily gain for the group during their 84-day performance test period was 2.20 kilos/head/day, while the average growth rate within the group ranged from 0.86 kilos to 2.84 kilos/head/day.
The average dry matter intake (DMI) per day for the group was 14.1 kilos, with bulls consuming from 12.2 to 15.5 kilos/head/day on a DMI basis, the ICBF stated.
The bulls were fed hay and ad-lib concentrates over their 84-day finishing period.
"Overall, the bulls performed exceptionally well for their age and were gaining 1.25 kilos of carcass for each day they were on test at Tully." The ICBF outlined.
"The data demonstrates the large variation in performance between progeny in a young bull system."
[Tag: 372215078110796 - Breed: CH (sired by PDR) - Age: 15-months - Carcass weight: 322kg - Kill-out - 58% - Grade: U-3- ]
[Tag: 372217770120574 - Breed: SH (sired by EMS) - Age: 15-months - Carcass weight: 380kg - Kill-out - 59% - Grade U+3+ ]
[Tag: 372222689640229 - Breed: LM (sired by LM2395) - Age: 15-months - Carcass weight - 411kgs - Kill-out - 61.8% - Grade: E-2+ ]
[Tag: IE221194781215 - Breed: CH (sired by CH2154) - Age: 13-months - Carcass weight: 391kgs - Kill-out - 57.8% - Grade: U+3+ ]
[Tag: 372225516340928 - Breed: SI (sired by SI2363) - Age: 13-months - Carcass weight: 365kg - Kill-out - 56% - Grade: U=3= ]
[ Tag: 372218134821309 - Breed: LM (sired by KZH) - Age: 15-months - Carcass weight: 355kgs - Kill-out: 61.8% - Grade: U+3- ]
[ Tag: 372225516320926 - Breed: SI (sired by S12469) - Age: 13-months - Carcass weight: 404kgs - Kill-out: 57% - Grade: U+2+ ]
[Tag: 372222128841547 - Breed: SA (sired by SA2366) - Age: 13-months - Carcass weight: 327kgs - Kill-out: 60% - Grade: U=3- ]
[ Tag: IE311026430996 - Breed SI (sired by SI2469) - Age: 15-months - Carcass weight: 371kgs - Kill-out: 58% - Grade: U-3 ]
All individual data on animals slaughtered recently can be found under the ‘Gene Ireland’ section of the ICBF website, which you can access here.
Bi-monthly Genetic Evaluations
In other news, the ICBF has announced that it will publish bi-monthly genetic evaluations commencing in January, meaning that evaluations will be published six times per year, rather than three times per year.
The runs will be published in January; March; May; July; September and November. A list of publication dates and cut-off dates for submission of data can be found on ICBF's website.
Image source: ICBF \ Website.