Clock ticks down on ICBF bull tender sale
Progeny from well-known herds across a range of breeds are among nine bulls from the ICBF-Gene Ireland AI selection being offered for sale by tender with a reserve of €2,500.
The high-index bulls, which have been primarily selected based on their replacement index, have met their target semen requirement.
Eight of the bulls are five star with indexes of up to €163. "The bulls are designed to breed more milk and better fertility into the national suckler herd," said ICBF breeding analyst Ciaran Costelloe, confirming there has been "very good interest" in the bulls, and several viewings since the announcement of the sale.
He said that the long-term objective of the scheme is to reverse the decline in maternal traits, such as milk and fertility, in the national suckler herd which has become an increasing concern among breeders.
Towards achieving the targets, ICBF have been identifying high Replacement Index bulls in pedigree beef herds and carrying out comprehensive progeny testing on these bulls, the results of which can be viewed on the ICBF website.
The two highest index bulls on offer are an Aubrac, Calverstown Koala, and Shorthorn, Doon Gladiator, each with an index of €163.
The Aubrac was bred by Kim McCaul, Calverstown, Co Kildare, one of the original importers of the breed whose Aubrac cow, Mudgee, lived up the longevity trait the breed is known for as she lived to 19 years and during that time reared 17 offspring, including 11 bulls and six heifers.