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List: Most popular beef AI sires of spring 2020

The ICBF (Irish Cattle Breeding Federation) has published a list containing the most used beef AI sires in the first half of 2020.

The federation explained that the figures are based on calves born from January to June 2020 with a sire recorded.

647,698 beef calves (beef sire x beef dam) were born on Irish farms in the first six months of this year, with 109,840 are registered to beef AI sires, according to the ICBF.

This represents approximately 17% of all beef calves born, while 55% of progeny were registered to a stockbull with 27% approximately having no sire recorded.

Providing a list of ten sires, it said that these bulls account for 42.6% of progeny born in this period. 

AI Code Name Replacement Index (€)  Breed  Number of Progeny Star Rating (Across Breed) Terminal Index (€) Star Rating (Across Breed) Beef Cow Calving Difficulty % 
ZAG Castleview Gazelle

117

LM

10,438

5 125 4 3.4
FSZ Fiston 133 CH 9,969 5

157

5 5.7
LZF Cavelands Fenian

110

CH

5,131

5 120 4 4.9
EBY Elderberry Galahad

109

LM

4,983

5 124 4 3.1
LM4217 Moondharrig Knell

157

LM

4,512

5 123 4 3.9
LM2014 Ewdenvale Ivor

161

LM

4,318

5 160 5 2.4
FWO Fleetwood

51

CH

2,269

2 136 5 5.6
CH4159 Knockmoyle10 Loki ET

36

CH

1,990

1 157 5 5.8
KYA Cornamuckla Lord Hardy K222

131

AA

1,777

5 63 2 1.3
CH2218 Bivouac

169

CH

1,611

5 155 2 3.8

[Data source: ICBF] 

High genetic merit sires 

“It is evident that beef farmers are focusing on using bulls of high genetic merit combined with a high-reliability figure.”

“The average replacement index of the 10 bulls is €118 (5 stars across breed). Similarly, on the terminal index, the group average is quite impressive at €132 (5 stars across breed).” 

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