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Robert Prenderville, Simone McCabe and Noirin McHugh take a look at the most recent set of results coming from the maternal herd in Teagasc, Grange.
By Contributor on 23 November 2017
ICBF this week released results from a recent trial comparing high maternal index heifers finished over a 90 day period. Patrick Donohoe takes a look at how the different breeds performed.
By Patrick Donohoe on 16 November 2017
A new scientific paper published by ICBF scientists reveals how many twin calves have different fathers.
By Caitríona Morrissey on 16 November 2017
As revealed by the Irish Farmers Journal, the Tipperary dairy cows had a never-before-seen genetic mutation.
By Caitríona Morrissey on 16 November 2017
The calf is believed to have a genetic mutation which will be studied by ICBF in order to prevent it recurring in the breeding population.
By Caitríona Morrissey on 16 November 2017
This week, beef editor Adam Woods looks at fodder supplies an what farmers can do to stretch supplieses.
By Adam Woods on 16 November 2017
Mastitis could reduce profits by over €180 per cow
For a 100 cow herd, the cost of mastitis for a herd averaging 300-400,000 cells/mL is estimated at €18,626 per year.
By Amy Forde on 13 November 2017
"There is no vision for beef farming in Ireland like the vision for dairy. All the eggs are making their way into the dairy basket" – Alan Wood, West of Ireland Suckler Farmer.
By Letters to the Editor on 09 November 2017
Which county has the highest number of beef cows in Ireland?
Last week, it was revealed that Cork has the highest number of dairy cows in the country - but what county leads the way for beef cows?
By Amy Forde on 06 November 2017
Map: how many dairy cows are there in each county in Ireland?
Cow numbers in Ireland have increased since the end of quotas, but how many dairy cows are there now in each county in Ireland? The ICBF has broken the numbers down.
By Amy Forde on 14 November 2017
Irish Farmers Journal breakfast bulletin: fodder, tractors and ICBF
In the news today; farmers delay buying stock due to fodder price concerns, tractor test shelved and ICBF dismisses speculation on ranking bulls.
By Amy Forde on 01 November 2017
The Dealer has done some investigating into the French-bred Saler bull Beguin.
By The Dealer on 02 November 2017
Rate my COW: a new online tool for farmers
The ICBF and Teagasc are launching a new online tool to help them decide which cows to keep and which cows to cull.
By Caitríona Morrissey on 29 October 2017
The moves follows intervention by the Department of Agriculture earlier this year.
By Caitríona Morrissey on 27 October 2017
A new tool aimed at helping dairy farmers when it comes to culling cows is to be launched next week.
By Jack Kennedy on 26 October 2017
Map: what county has the most fertile beef cows?
New figures released by the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) shows which counties have the best and worst rates of calves per cow per year.
By Hannah Quinn-Mulligan on 23 October 2017
The top five counties with the most fertile cows
Monaghan leads the way for beef calves, while Leitrim trails last on the county map for fertile cows.
By Hannah Quinn-Mulligan on 20 October 2017
With the latest €uro-Star evaluation taking place at the end of September, we take a look at the updated €uro-Star indexes from the 27 BETTER beef farms.
By Ciarán Lenehan on 17 October 2017
With continuous improvement and changing of numbers in the ICBF lists, we reflect on range and targets for sire selection.
By Jack Kennedy on 05 October 2017
New stock bull initiative to help farmers buy and sell bulls goes live
The stockbull finder is a new bull sales section on the ICBF website that is exclusive to bulls from Whole Herd Performance Recording herds that have been weighed and scored.
By Darren Carty on 25 September 2017
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