The ICBF has published a list containing the ten most popular dairy and beef sires so far this year.
The most popular dairy sire with 39,055 AI handheld services so far this year, is (IG) Diamond Anton - FR2239.
The ICBF outlined that this figure does not take into account DIY serves and said that his actual usage could be higher in reality.
In second place is IG (Oldcastle Ronaldo) - FR2298, with 38,804 AI handheld serves so far this year.
Following hot on his heels in the third position is (IG)Nextgen YKG Candy 593 - FR2385, with 39,649 handheld serves recorded in 2018.
The fourth favourite is (IG) Longview Reliable - LWR, with 28,888 handheld serves on the database so far this year.
In fifth, with 21,366 AI handheld serves to date is (IG) Nextgen PHC Eimer 557 - FR2460.
The remaining five popular dairy sires are as follows:
- FR2371 - (IG) Ardragold Parker - 18,605;
- FR2236 - Meenascorthy Galtee - 18,389;
- PHC - (IG) - Currihevern Rudolph - 10,800;
- FR4021 - (IG) - Ballinteskin Arnold - 10,405;
- FR4172 - (IG) Nextgen Leroy - 9,641.
The most highly used beef sire so far this year is HE2043 - Solpoll 1 Kentury KID P HYF - HE2043 with 21,475 AI handheld serves to date.
The ICBF once again stressed that this figure does not include DIY serves, meaning that his actual usage could be higher in reality.
Limousin sire ZAG - Castleview Gazelle has 18,892 AI handheld serves recorded on the database in 2018, while the third most popular sire this year is AA2123 - Christon Elton P623 - an Angus sire, with 13,775 AI handheld serves.
Fiston - a Charolais sire claimed the fourth position with 11,581 AI handheld serves to date, while Cornamucklalord Hardy followed in fifth place with 10,559 AI handheld serves recorded to date.
The remaining sires on the list include:
- Maintou De Belle EAU - DBZ - BB - 9,625;
- Solpoll 1 Handsomw (HYC) - SPL - HE - 9,611;
- Cavelands Fenian - LZF - CH - 7,019;
- Turbridmore Gizmo E.T. 9ET) - RGZ - AA - 6,532;
- Elderberry Galahad - EBY - LM - 6316.