General conditions

General conditions Alterations of Herd Book Rules. The Herd Book Rules may be altered by the Board from time to time provided Board Members shall have received notification of the intention to propose an amendment at the same time as notification of the relevant Board meeting is received. Any alterations,

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Star Ratings

The star rating system (1-5 stars) was incorporated into the Euro-Star Index to make it easier for farmers to interpret – 5 stars being good, 1 star being poor. This concept has been largely successful in its adoption by the industry, but there are some important points to remember: There

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Breeding Programme Details

A programme of official scoring has been put in place by the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation and scoring by an ICBF approved scorer is voluntary. Appeals on scoring issues should follow the rules laid by the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation for its scorers. Appeals on breed characteristics issues should be

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Euro-Star Index explained

The Euro-Star Index is a breeding index designed to aid beef farmers in the selection of more profitable breeding animals. Euro-Star Indexes quantify the genetic component of an animal’s performance across all traits of importance for Irish suckler farmers.

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Two Overall Indexes in Beef

The Euro-Star Index has two overall indexes – the Replacement Index and the Terminal Index. This is to facilitate the use of Euro-Star Indexes across different farming systems. Some farmers may breed their own replacements, in which case the Replacement Index is most relevant. Other farmers may sell all of

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Replacement Index

The Replacement Index is a monetary (€) figure which is expressed as profit per calving of each daughter i.e. a bull with a Replacement Index of €150 is expected to produce daughters that will leave, on average, €150 extra per calving over the base animal. There are 17 traits included

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Zootechnical Certificate

The official certificate of registration printed on Society paper with the animal’s ancestry shall be issued to the Breeder by the Society as soon as reasonably possible, when all the registration criteria are met. The onus is on the breeder to verify that all the information on the certificate is

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Animals

Characteristics of the breed: The fawn coloured coat can vary from wheaten to pale grey. The neck is darker in males. The muzzle and the area around the eyelids are black surrounded by some white hair. All the extremities must be black. The extremity of the tail and the outer

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Imported Livestock

All calves born in Ireland must be registered at birth by their breeder with Animal Events (ICBF), for entry in the Main Herd Book (Class 1 and Class 2). To qualify for entry into the Main Section of the herd book an animal shall: -be descended from parents and grandparents entered

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