ICBF and programme partners have recently launched its Gene Ireland panel of high-replacement index beef bulls for spring 2020.
The sires been selected on their potential to deliver in two key areas, according to the ICBF, who stated that the first of which is to produce heifers which are fertile and will have an adequate level of milk.
They bulls have also been chosen to produce a heifer that will deliver a calf with good beef attributes for characteristics such as good growth rate and conformation.
Breeds that are available on this year’s programme include Angus, Aubrac, Charolais, Hereford, Limousin, Parthenaise, Piedmontese, Shorthorn and Simmental.
The ICBF explained that additional breeds may be added to the programme during the year. “The bulls will be chosen by the farmer and may be mixed breeds or single breed.”
“It is not recommended to use G€N€ IR€LAND bulls on maiden heifers.”
|Code||Breed||Name||Replacement €||Across Breed Stars||Beef Cow Calving Difficulty||Nominated By|
|SH5431||SH||Finnlough Finn||€183||5||1.5%||Gene Ireland|
|AU5428||AU||Sliabh Luachra Mario||€177||5||1%||Gene Ireland|
|PT4570||PT||Kilgulbin Parthenaise Logan||€160||5||6.7%||NCBC|
|AA5434||AA||Clara Ronaldo||€128||5||1.7%||Gene Ireland|
|SI5292||SI||Leeherd Jake 319||€123||5||2.2%||NCBC|
|SI4590||SI||Shiloh Hot Rod||€117||5||6.1%||NCBC|
|SI4595||SI||Bearna-Dhearg Honda 50||€108||5||4.5%||NCBC|
If you are interested in particiLM5629pating in the G€N€ IR€LAND Beef programme 2020, please contact ICBF on 023 8820452 or email – [email protected]