The roll out of genetic indexes including genomics is planned for the end of August. With this in mind the Aubrac Society has genomically tested most of the French AI bulls. For the young French bulls with no or a small amount of results on progeny, the star ratings were very low at first. Now that the genomic data will be taken into account, the star ratings of these younger bulls are expected to improve. The ICBF indexes will take into account the genomic data results and combine them with the figures of the progeny on the ground to get to the final index.
ICBF has now launched a female search for the herds in Herd Plus and BDGP. This new ICBF female search will allow the AI Advisory Committee to look up specific females to help choose an AI bull to match them with. It is an important development in that it is difficult to advise the use of a particular bull if the advisor does not know the full pedigree of the female. There has been a lot of AI used on the Irish herd thanks to the Breed Improvement Programme and we must be careful to look up the back pedigrees of the animals before making a decision. Breeders who would like advice on matching cow and bull can now text the tag number of the cow(s) to any member of the AI Advisory Committee if they want the mating to be double checked.
FRENCH SEMEN :There has been some interest shown in the purchase of sexed semen from BayonII. This semen is more expensive than normal straws and will only be brought in on order. There will probably be a new order of straws from France made in the autumn, if anyone wishes to order sexed semen please contact the office before then.
GENE IRELAND BULLS :The new bull for Gene Ireland this year is Calverstown Koala (AU2365). He is a 5 star bull with an index of € 163. His straws are available from ICBF at a price of € 5 per straw (minimum of 5 straws). Ballinclea Iveco and Slaneymill Jack are out of stock except for pedigree breeders who have signed up to the Gene Ireland Programme. These breeders can access the straws of those 2 bulls for free.
OTHER AI :Bulls available through AI companies in Ireland : The stocks of Bison in Dovea have run out. Eurogene has semen from Cesar. He is a bull recommended for cross breeding terminal stock. He is easy calving but does not seem to pass on any milk.