Angus gene project
The Aberdeen Angus Society is to reveal details about a new genomic research project being undertaken by the society in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Teagasc and the ICBF at the Ploughing Championships this week.
The project will see all Irish Aberdeen Angus Bulls born between April 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014, genotyped to identify genes and markers that are associated with important economic traits within the breed. Letters are being circulated to breeders explaining how to correctly take the hair samples for the project.
Meanwhile, a more simplified system for the registration of Aberdeen Angus calves has been agreed between the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society, the Irish Aberdeen Angus Association, ICBF and the Department of Agriculture. Details will be distributed to breeders in the coming weeks.
The Aberdeen Angus stand, located at stand Number 27, block 4, row L, will feature a selection of 20 Irish Aberdeen Angus cattle including the All Ireland Champion, prize winners from the summer shows and commercial stock.
The society's chief executive, Ron McHattie, and president, Russell Taylor, will be joined on the stand by Irish Aberdeen Angus Association president Louis Byrne, secretary Kathryn Bradshaw and council members, all of whom will be on hand to answer queries and talk about plans for the future of the breed.
The main focus will be on demonstrating the breed's ability to work for the commercial beef producer, dairy farmer and, of course, the pedigree breeder.
Representatives of Angus Beef Ireland will also be present throughout each day. There will be demonstrations highlighting how different cuts of meat can be best prepared and cooked. As usual, the busy carvery unit will sell certified Aberdeen Angus beef rolls on site.
The breed's long-time sponsors Univet (Ireland) will be at the stand to talk about their products, as will representatives from Agrimin and Ark Animal Health Care.