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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Beef breeding webinar to focus on export markets & sire selection

Dovea Genetics webinar

Sire selection and producing progeny for export markets will be among the focuses of Dovea Genetics’s forthcoming beef autumn breeding webinar.

The bovine genetics company will run the virtual event on the popular video streaming platform, Zoom, on Thursday, November 24th, 2022, at 8 pm.

Guest speakers on the night include Adam Woods, beef and sheep farmer and journalist, who will discuss market demands in recent times and the weanling export trade and James Alexander from the Jalex Herd, Co. Antrim.

Alexander previously ran a suckler herd before switching to his current enterprise.

The Jalex Herd consists of, at times, 1,000 head of commercial breeding heifers for distribution across Ireland and the UK.

There is a variety of heifers on-farm so, in his experience, “matching easy calving sires to these heifers is of huge importance while aiming to produce a good calf for the customer”.

Dovea Genetics beef programme manager, John Lynch, accompanied by, Enda Dooley (lab manager), will discuss a variety of topics such as sire selection (including easy-calving bulls for heifers), sexed semen, producing export weanlings and weanling markets.

You can access the webinar via this link.

Dovea Genetics’ bulls

Earlier this year, we featured an article with Lynch’s terminal sire choices for breeding 2022, which included:

  • Ballym Rocco – Charolais;
  • Bud Orpheus – Charolais;
  • Clenagh Jasper – Charolais;
  • Pottlereagh Mark – Charolais;
  • An De Beauffaux – Belgian Blue
  • Negrita Du Lac – Belgian Blue;
  • James Bond VD – Belgian Blue;
  • Ernevalley Madison – Limousin;
  • Haltcliffe Newton – Limousin;
  • Wilodge Joskins (LM2188).

You can read this article in full to find out more about each bull.

He also suggested 3 easy-calving bulls to use on suckler heifers, which included ZEP, EBY and LM2014, which you can read.

Some of these bulls are among the most popular sires used in Irish beef herds this spring, which we feature in this article.

In a previous article, we featured the Berkery family, who are taking advantage of top beef genetics from Dovea Genetics to boost the quality of calves produced from their cows on their Limerick-based enterprise.

For them, “the name of the game on this farm is selling weanlings and to get the most money out of these calves by October”.

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