Northern Ireland
Scientists searching for wool shedding genes
Peter McCann
Young rams from local Easycare and Wiltshire Horn flocks have been DNA sampled to help identify the genes that lead to wool shedding.
DNA tags in cattle to start from 2026
DNA profiling of cattle, known as genotyping, is needed to build breeding value indexes for livestock in NI
29 April 2024 News
Fewer unknown sires under genotyping programme
The launch of the national genotyping programme has resulted in a 75% reduction in the number of unknown sires in comparison with 2023.
Cladóir sheep breed on the 'crest of a wave'
The wool of the Cladóir was very fine and used to be worn next to the skin.
17 April 2024 News
BVD control is worth the bother
While farmers understandably gripe about increased postage costs, the thousands of BVD cases on farms before AHI worked on behalf of stakeholders were costing farmers tens of millions
3 April 2024 Dealer
Demand for SIS hill rams to jump 75% in 2024
Sheep Ireland’s David Coen told farmers at the Teagasc hill sheep conference that more genotyped rams will be required to meet demand.
21 February 2024 Breeding & health
Mullinahone 'catching up' on tag orders
Mullinahone Co-op said that it couldn't foresee the number of farmers who waited until the first two weeks of January to order their calf tags.
21 February 2024 News
ICBF publishes results of 620,000 cows genotyped last year
The announcement marks another very important day in the genetic improvement journey of the national herd.
27 January 2024 News
Is the Teagasc 10-point plan on dairy beef 10 years too late?
Adam Woods takes a look at the Teagasc 10-point plan on dairy beef and asks the question: is it 10 years too late?
24 January 2024 Calves
Protocol for registering calves in genotyping programme
Erin Kennedy from ICBF outlines the protocol for farmers participating in the National Genotyping Programme this spring.
17 January 2024 Calves
Farmer Writes: an early start to breeding
A few days prior to the new calf arriving, we’d received a phone call from the Department of Agriculture to tell us we’d been selected for a spot check on our stock weights.
17 January 2024 Farmer Writes
Beef Management: DNA calf registration, calving preparation and slurry spreading
In this weeks beef management notes beef editor Adam Woods takes a look at DNA calf registration, calving preparation and slurry spreading
17 January 2024 Management