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Northern Ireland
DNA tags in cattle to start from 2026
Peter McCann
DNA profiling of cattle, known as genotyping, is needed to build breeding value indexes for livestock in NI
2 May 2024 News
Farmers told to read conditions of Dairy Beef Welfare Scheme
If applying to the Dairy Beef Welfare Scheme, animals purchased must be genotyped, Sean Brosnan, ICOS Mart chair reminds farmers.
21 February 2024 News
ICBF moves to address blue card delays
The ICBF has recognised frustration among some farmers who send away genotype samples, but insists its turnaround times remain generally good.
Watching out for farmers
Farmers getting messages with different sample numbers compared to what they sent away is hopefully just a blip in communications.
21 February 2024 Viewpoints
Demand for SIS hill rams to jump 75% in 2024
Sheep Ireland’s David Coen told farmers at the Teagasc hill sheep conference that more genotyped rams will be required to meet demand.
21 February 2024 Breeding & health
ICBF to iron out calf passport issues
The ICBF has recognised frustration among some farmers who send away genotype samples, but insists its turnaround times remain generally good.
21 February 2024 News
ICBF recognises sample delays but insists average turnaround still quick
The ICBF recognised that some farmers have been hit with delays with postage times and labs.
20 February 2024 News
Protocol for registering calves in genotyping programme
Erin Kennedy from ICBF outlines the protocol for farmers participating in the National Genotyping Programme this spring.
17 January 2024 Calves
Beef Management: DNA calf registration, calving preparation and slurry spreading
In this weeks beef management notes beef editor Adam Woods takes a look at DNA calf registration, calving preparation and slurry spreading
17 January 2024 Management
Tullamore Farm - innovation with the sheep flock
The good, the bad and the costs associated with same will all be displayed.
17 January 2024 Viewpoints
Understanding the makeup of SCEP payments
The cost of genotyping is deducted from the overall payment and is described on the agfood.ie payments portal as an overpayment.
22 December 2023 News
Over 750,000 calves to be DNA-registered in 2024
There is in the region of 550,000 cows across over 3,800 dairy herds and approximately 200,000 beef cows across 6,670 suckler herds participating in the programme.
2 December 2023 News