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Genomics

In the ICBF’s annual report for 2016, figures show that Irish farmers availed of the opt-out facility when ordering cattle tags, with levy income down 28%.
By Amy Forde on 10 May 2017
April dairy inseminations – 80% to GS bulls
Over 80% of the dairy inseminations during the month of April were to young Genomically Selected (GS) bulls.
By on 03 May 2017
Macra na Feirme has welcomed the reopening of the Beef Data and Genomics Programme.
By Contributor on 27 April 2017
The ICBF seems to have been hit by the perfect storm, but it's important to remember why it was set up in the first place, writes Trevor Boland.
By Trevor Boland on 24 April 2017
€85/cow BDGP scheme to reopen
The scheme will be known as BDGP II and will be available to suckler farmers who are not already members of the current programme.
By Amy Forde on 13 April 2017
Potential for at least 5,000 farmers to get into BDGP
Farming organisations have been reacting to the news that the BDGP scheme is reopening next week.
By Amy McShane on 14 April 2017
Everything you need to know about BDGP II
Last week, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, announced that the Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) is to reopen next week.
By Amy Forde on 14 April 2017
What appears to be a technical problem on a software update has caused some significant changes to the EBI values on some sires.
By Justin McCarthy on 30 March 2017
Aidan Brennan looks at what each of the main AI stations have on offer when it comes to picking bulls for this season.
By Aidan Brennan on 16 March 2017
"BDGP - there should be some form of allowance given to farmers who buy bulls and cows based on their ratings where these ratings subsequently decline." Name and address with the editor.
By Letters to the Editor on 09 March 2017
ICBF chair Michael Doran discusses a cow index, genomic evaluations for crossbred cows and the LIC contracts debate.
By Jack Kennedy on 02 March 2017
IFA president Joe Healy has said the IFA is very strong in its view that vulnerable low-income sectors such as suckler farming must be strongly supported.
By Contributor on 23 February 2017
Having been established in 1955, the Woodtown herd now stands as the oldest and largest purebred Jersey herd in the country, writes Shane Murphy.
By Shane Murphy on 02 February 2017
Work is ongoing to deliver a €30/cow scheme to further improve welfare standards in the Irish dairy sector.
By Patrick Donohoe on 26 January 2017
Top tips to selecting your new stock bull along with management notes post-purchase.
By Shane Murphy on 26 January 2017
Shane Murphy and Adam Woods look into the new Whole Herd Performance recording programme in detail, talking to breed societies and the ICBF.
By Shane Murphy on 12 January 2017
68 marts using new star ratings boards
Since the introduction of the new mart board initiative earlier this year, there have been indexes displayed on over 32,000 animals in around 77% of marts throughout the country.
By Amy Nora Fitzgibbon on 28 December 2016
The structure of who has access to farm and animal data, and on what terms, is too important to be left to a handful of large companies.
By Justin McCarthy on 15 December 2016
Beef specialist Ciarán Lenehan explains genomic testing and outlines why it will become the norm in the near future.
By Ciarán Lenehan on 15 December 2016
With all official tag suppliers offering an electronic tag option, Aidan Brennan finds out what an electronic tag can be used for.
By Aidan Brennan on 15 December 2016
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