Breeders get set to enter top bulls for Tully testing
Application forms for the next intake of bulls for the Tully Test Centre are being sent to breeders this week. The station is aiming for between 70 and 80 bulls in the spring intake, which is due to start on May 22.
It has also been confirmed that Tully will hold an elite high-health-status bull sale on Monday, May 3. This will be the first sale in Tully in three years and the first high-health- status sale in Ireland.
Bulls for the spring intake are identified based on their €uro-Star values, age criteria and health status. Eligible animals also need to be born between May 1 and October 31 last year.
Breeders who have animals that are eligible for entry to Tully should receive notification, including an application form, of the intake during the next week.
Breeders who wish to apply must send the forms to Tully, at which time an inspection of the bulls by ICBF and the relevant breed society begins.
Breeders who own bulls that have passed inspection are notified by mail. Notification of on-farm health testing is then sent to the breeders and their vet, which includes instructions on testing required. All bulls must come from herds which are clear of IBR, BVD, Johne's and EBL.
The final stage of the evaluation process is the performance test, where the bull is evaluated against other contemporary animals (same age and breed) for a period of 90 days.
During the performance test, bulls are weighed every 21 days and bull-owners and breed societies are updated by post or email after each weighing.
The top-performing bulls in Tully are then eligible to be selected for the Gene Ireland beef breeding programme.
Meanwhile, 105 bulls will be on offer at the May 3 sale. The entry includes 40 Limousins, 26 Charolais, 13 Angus, one Aubrac, four Belgium Blues, five Herefords, four Salers, 10 Simmentals and two Speckle Park.
All bulls are between 13 and 19 months of age on the day of sale, boast high €uro-Star indexes and were pre-selected on-farm for muscular, skeletal and functionality traits.
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