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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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New panel of 12 €5/straw beef bulls

ICBF and industry partners have launched its new Gn Ireland panel of high-index beef bulls for spring 2021.

In autumn 2012, pedigree breeders, commercial farmers, breed societies, AI companies, DAFM & ICBF joined forces to launch the programme to improve breed efficiency at farm level.

The primary aim of the programme is to progeny test high-index beef bulls, which will “produce profitable cows for the suckler beef industry”, according to ICBF.

The minimum criteria for a bull to be included on the panel is 5 stars across breed on replacement index.

In a brief statement, a spokesperson for the ICBF, said: “This year, we have also added a section dedicated to high terminal index bulls which are selected to produce profitable animals for sale or slaughter.”

“The minimum criteria for a bull to be included in the terminal section is 5-stars across breed on terminal Index.”

“In order to avail of straws from the terminal bulls section, a herdowner must order the same number of straws from the replacement section.

Breeds that are currently available on the spring panel include Aubrac, Belgian Blue, Charolais, Limousin and Salers.

The federation confirmed that additional breeds may be added to the programme at a later stage.

Benefits as outlined by the ICBF:

  • Access to the “highest index” new beef bulls in Irish AI at €5 per straw (technician charges may apply);
  • Straws will be delivered to your own tank or the technician of your choosing;
  • Potential to sell some progeny back to ICBF for future performance testing at the Tully Beef Test Centre;
  • Freedom to choose the bulls and breeds that you require from the catalogue.
ICBF beef bulls 2021
Code Breed Name Breeder Replacement Index Beef cow calving difficulty Nominated by
AU6685 AU Mountcain Ondee Denis Linehan, Co. Cork €167 1.8% NCBC
LM3713 LM Nebbiolo N & R Desseauve, France €158 2.6% NCBC
CH6996 CH Jogging Jean Remy Floquet, France €132 1.4% NCBC
LM6370 LM Ildira M Leonard, France €127 4.6% NCBC
LM3716 LM Nut N&R Desseauve, France €119 2.3% NCBC
CH6493 CH Omega Earl Toillon Didier, France €119 5.2% NCBC
SA7044 SA Haltere Gaec Crevecoeur, France €119 1.6% NCBC


Code Breed Name Breeder Terminal Index Beef Cow Calving Difficulty % Nominated by:
BB6883 BB Tullamoylan Max Daniel Duigan, Co. Tipperary €181 NCBC
CH6490 CH Orbi Michel Bouchot. France €144 NCBC
LM6313 LM JK Porto Jean Kirsch, Luxembourg €141 NCBC
LM5608 LM Noob Anthony Guillot-Patureau, France €140 NCBC
BB6865 BB Villablues Nixon ET Michael Tierney, Co. Tipperary €138 NCBC


Further information

You can find more information on the bulls currently available and a copy of the order form which must be signed to avail of the straws, are here.

If you are interested in participating in the G€N€ IR€LAND Beef Programme 2021, or have any questions in relation to the program, please contact ICBF on 045 521573 or email – [email protected]

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