Applications are continuing to come in for the spring G€N€ IR€LAND programme, with 392 herds now taking part. A total of 6,000 straws have been ordered, at an average order of 15 straws per herd.

Topping the list is the Aubrac bull Balinclea Iveco (VEZ). This bull combines five-star replacement and terminal indices within and across breeds, with a calving ease of 1.3%. A total of 475 straws have been ordered for VEZ, not far ahead of Angus bull Steil Jacob (JBS) on 450 orders. A mix of breeds seems to be taking off, with a Blonde d’Aquitaine SGA on 440 orders, while Angus bull JJC and Partenaise bull ZYH both have 435 clocked up.