Farm Ireland

Monday 23 April 2018

Last of NCBC's infected bulls slaughtered

Darragh McCullough

Darragh McCullough

The two surviving bulls from the National Cattle Breeding Centre's IBR outbreak have been slaughtered.

In total, 81 top sires and teaser bulls have been culled since the discovery of the disease at the Enfield bull stud in Meath one month ago.

Many of the top sires in the country, including the two top bulls in the ICBF's 2011 rankings, were victims of the outbreak.

Semen stocks of some of these top bulls have already sold out, according to Progressive Genetics' Laurence Feeney. "SOK is effectively sold out in every area around the country," said Mr Feeney, referring to the number one ranked bull that was housed at the Enfield stud at the time of the outbreak.

"GVV is beginning to run out because we had only been collecting him since last September. But we still have good supplies of the number two bull, KOZ, and plenty of other bulls with EBIs well over €200."

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