To date, 392 herds are participating in the G€N€ Ireland Programme. Over 6,000 straws have been ordered, with an average of 15 straws per herd ordered.
Top of the list is the Aubrac bull Balinclea Iveco (VEZ) from the Ballinclea Aubrac herd, based in Donard, Co. Wicklow, established in 1999.
Iveco combines five-star replacement and terminal indices within and across breeds, with a calving ease of 1.3%. A total of 475 straws have been ordered for VEZ.
The first calves from Iveco are starting to arrive. He has since been sold on for Breeding.
His dam scooped a prestigious award ‘ RDS Champion of Champion- Top Maternal Cow 2015’ earlier this year.
Only 15 straws remain of Iveco. To order, contact our Society office or ICBF.
Two more bulls have been purchased, as part of this programme and have began testing. Johnstown Ian 1039, from the Johnstown Aubrac Herd, Mullingar Co. Westmeath has been selected. He is already proving him, as he received title ‘Supreme Champion’ at the Irish Aubrac Society Annual Sale, held in Tullamore Mart in October 2014.
Here is sired by Roussel, see his Eurostar Report here.
Also, a second bull, Slaneymill Jack 687 has been purchased, alsosired by French AI Bull Roussel. See his Eurostar Report here.
See Updates and Press Releases of the Programme by the Irish Farmers Journal here.