Farm Ireland

Sunday 19 November 2017

Scan to help cow breeding

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

The routine scan used to detect fat and protein content in milk could soon be used to allow farmers to breed for cows that produce more so-called 'good fat' and less 'bad fat'.

A €7.4m international project involving the ICBF, Teagasc and partners in Britain, Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg has been approved for funding by European body Interreg. The OptiMIR project will be run by milk recording organisations in each country that provide advice services.

"It could allow farmers to breed cows for higher unsaturated fat in the milk or determine which cows are losing energy or gaining energy," explained Padraig French, head of Teagasc dairy research.

Around 50pc of the €7.4m cost of the project will be covered by Interreg.

Caitriona Murphy

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