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Beef
Are we burying our head in the sand on calf issues?
Adam Woods
Adam Woods takes a look at this week’s calf focus and asks why more progress isn’t being made on DNA calf registration.
25 January 2023 Breeding & health
DNA calf registration can be scaled up – ICBF
Adam Woods takes a look at the results of the ICBF DNA pilot calf registration programme.
21 December 2022 Breeding & health
Top third of CBV cattle deliver €31/head more profit
The introduction of the Commercial Beef Value (CBV) has the potential to deliver for both beef farmer and dairy farmer in the future.
Q&A: Sheep Improvement Scheme
The Department of Agriculture has published a list of the most commonly asked questions and answers for the new scheme ahead of the closing date of 19 December 2022.
2 December 2022 News
New technologies offer huge opportunities
From robotic milking and automatic feeding systems to early identification of health issues and fast-tracking advancements in breeding, animal identification technologies are a key part of efficiency.
30 November 2022 News
Department confirm SIS-genotyped ram requirements
For hill breeds a ram needs to be DNA sire-verified by Sheep Ireland rather than the initial requirement listed of purchasing a genotyped four- or five-star ram.
30 November 2022 News
Department confirms SIS-genotyped ram requirements
For hill breeds a ram needs to be DNA sire-verified by Sheep Ireland rather than the initial requirement listed of purchasing a genotyped four- or five-star ram.
26 November 2022 Management
Sire verified Cheviots sell to €3,000 in Donegal
There was a vibrant trade for top-quality rams at last week’s sale, with eight of the 49 rams entered topping €1,000, while rams traded on the day recorded a fine average of €839 per head.
5 October 2022 Pedigree
Guarding against inbreeding in hill sheep flocks
Eamon Wall, Sheep Ireland, outlines the steps that breeding groups and ram breeders can take to reduce the risk of inbreeding and reassure customers they are not purchasing any such issues.
21 September 2022 Breeding & health
ICBF hits over 3m beef weight records
A huge amount of data comes out of cattle weighing schemes to further the accuracy of breeding indexes.
7 September 2022 Dealer
Thrive: open day summary and booklet
Over 2,000 people attended the Thrive dairy calf-to-beef open day on Tuesday. Declan Marren outlines some of the key messages from the day.
13 August 2022 Breeding & health
Thrive open day: dairy beef risk and return
A black coat on the calf at three weeks of age is no longer enough to differentiate good potential from a much lesser potential.
10 August 2022 Viewpoints