Bull report offers boost to pedigree breeders
Tracker set to maximise data available for stock animals
A new bull report, currently being designed by the ICBF, is set to revolutionise the amount of information available on pedigreebeef stock bulls.
The Bull Tracker report, which is set to be launched next month, is aimed at maximising the number and type of records available for each bull, in the same way as the suckler cow report provides maximum information for a cow.
Beef HerdPlus farmers will receive a Bull Tracker report listing the farm's current stock bulls, past stock bulls and any bulls sold for breeding.
Each bull listed will have his own page, detailing his identity, sire and dam details, €uro Star rating and any performance data available for him. This would include weight recordings and calving surveys, among other records.
The bull's calf crop for each year will be recorded, including the number of heifer and bull calves he sired each year, together with their calving records, including difficulty and mortality. €uro Star ratings and performance data for each calf will be recorded if available.
This will include average daily gain if the calves have been weighed and carcass data for any that have been slaughtered. In the case of heifer calves, their average age at calving will also be recorded.
This comprehensive Bull Tracker report is targeted at pedigree breeders in the main, according to ICBF chief executive Brian Wickham.
"Pedigree breeders breed bulls and sell them on, but they may never know how the bull performs over the years," he said.