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iML - Independent Milk Laboratories
Bailieborough, Co. Cavan
Despite their name, iML cater for both dairy and suckler farmers alike.
iML have in the last few years obtained international accreditation which assures our customers of the reliability and accuracy of our tests and ensures the quality of the results reported from the lab. for a number of tests offered like; iML are the only Laboratory in Ireland to hold the international standard ISO 17025 for compositional testing of milk. iML have developed their testing with assistance from our sister company NML UK, who test 98% of all payment samples in the UK. The testing at iML never really stops, with proficiency trials on an on-going basis, bringing international standards to our laboratory.
Independent Milk Laboratories is located just outside Bailieborough on the Shercock rd.
A piece by Agriland's Sean Cummins (Agriland is Ireland's Largest Farming New Portal)
The new ICBF replacement index will focus on the profit/lactation of the cow rather than the replacement value of the bull.
The revised index will place more emphasis on the milk and fertility production of females in the herd. This follows recent changes made by the ICBF to reduce the beef weighting for the replacement Euro-Star rating. The revised index will now focus on improving the maternal characteristics of the national herd through the profit generated per lactation. The ICBF and industry stake holders remodeled the existing index to increase the weighting placed on both milk and fertility by 6% each. Maternal traits now account for 41% of the replacement index.
Our Bulls that are BDGP Replacement approved - 40 bulls in total that all feature on the website (with more to follow too)
The BDGP has two main requirements:
- Artificial Insemination (AI) Use (General) - 4 or 5 Star Terminal or Replacement - within or across
- Producing Replacement Females Genotyped 4 & 5 Star Replacement (Across Breeds)
To allow for a change in the index it is advised to use a number (2 or more) high index bulls, to protect against changes in the indexes.
Castleview Gazelle - a well-muscled young bull selected for calving ease and short gestation - 5 Star Replacement
Click more detail for full listing.
Pregnancy Diagnosis from milk samples
1. Simple: uses milk recording or other milk sample
2. Easy: No extra work
3. Effective: Comparable accuracy to scanning
4. Complements scanning and fits into a managed fertility programme.
5. Use from 28 days post breeding
• Pregnancy test without handling cows
• Use from 28 days postbreeding (min 60 days post calving)
• Accurate breeding date important for maximum accuracy of results
• €3.60 per sample incl VAT
• Can use milk recording samples
AgriNet Grass Meeting on Wednesday 29th of July at 8pm in the County Arms Hotel in Birr Co Offaly.
Jim Moyles from Teagasc will present at the same time as Barry Lynch from Agrinet. Barry will start by explaining how to use the smartphone software and some of the nice features such as the "Planner". Barry will then look at the main grass system starting with the grass wedge and ending with the autumn grass budget.
AgriNet's new website:
An insight into Dunboden Estate, a customer of AI tech Orla Hanrahan's, with Christy Maye with his views on AI & some Inverlochy Gurkha - GKA progeny pictures.
Inverlochy Gurkha GKA bull calf out of LIM Cow born in March (dam calved unassisted)
An insight into Walshe's Farm, a customer of AI tech Orla Hanrahan's, with the farm manager Peter, with his views on AI, Milk Recording and a few photos of Progressive Genetics bred progeny.
We Progressive Genetics are holding a Photo Competition - Cow & Calf
All animals must be sired by Progressive Genetics (Munster AI/NCBC) sires.
Entries need to be in before the 15th August with as many details as possible, calving difficulty, calving interval, age of first calving etc, plus Star Ratings for PBR Herds & those signed up to BDGP – they should be out by the start of August, if possible.
Ger Murphy is an AI technician (covering South Wexford Adamstown/Ballycullane/Hook/New Ross), Cow Scanner & Family man based in Clonroche, Wexford.
“For me there are three key parts to being the best AI man I can be after the actual AI’ing of the cow/heifer, they are:
- Time management
- Organisational management
- Customer Care
A normal day for me in April, May & June starts at 7.00 am, drop my kids to the bus at 7.50 am and then I start AI straight away as I would already have calls in.
This week the NCBC Dairy Breeding Programme was joined by Eddie Barrett.
Eddie and his family have one of Ireland's longest established Holstein Friesian herds, the Laurelmore herd, which has won numerous awards. The Barrett’s herd is not just black and white they also have a Jersey herd. Eddie became involved in the AI sector when he established International Livestock Genetics (ILG) which imported sires from France, USA, UK and Holland.
Gareth Davies, NSch, Grassland Consultant & the face of Ireland Genetics UK (NCBC).
On Wednesday this week I joined an estimated 13,000 other people at the latest Moorepark open day. The first thing that strikes you is the fantastic organisation of the day, and it would be wrong of me not to congratulate all concerned for their considerable effort.
Tasmania here we come:
This week Violet Nevin and Kieran Shields, travelled to Tasmania to begin to build a dairy semen business for NCBC/Ireland Genetics UK in Australia with some top-class High EBI Irish Bulls. Violet and Kieran have 40+ years AI technician experience between them, plus experience as breeding advisors. Violet has also worked as an AI Technician in Tasmania for 5 years and Kieran has also worked there previously too.
A full listing of all our BDGP qualified bulls.
Such as: Carrowreagh Honduras - ZCH
- Honduras is a big, powerful, long bull selected for maternal traits
- His sire, On Dit is one of the top proven bulls from the French maternal programme
- The dam was a tremendous breeding cow
- Replacement: 5 Star within & across (31% reliability)
- Terminal: 5 Star across & 4 Star within (32% reliability)
Eamon Cassells is a young farmer from Athboy Co. Meath, Eamon is well known in the community due to his involvement in Macra na Feirme, where he sits on the National Ag Affairs Committee plus on the National Council. Eamon also works for NCBC as a lab technician while running a Suckler to Beef enterprise on 104 acres of heavy but productive land outside Athboy.
Bourvil Son - Hollybank Jabba
Various Blue bulls selected:
- For use in dairy herds.
- White bulls.
- Easy Calving, short gestation pedigrees.
BB2083 - Rachid below:
- Capone himself is an impressive looking bull with size, length, tremendous width, excellent muscle development, and correctness. He has perfect pelvic structure
- Suitable for pedigree breeding and for breeding replacements in the suckler herd
- Keeldrum Capone is 4 star replacement across breeds (28% reliability) (April 2015 proof)
- BDGP qualified (for general use or replacements) (April 2015 proof)
Fiston - FSZ
• A dream bull; small calves at birth that develop into export quality weanlings
Below Fiston himself:
Beef Data Genomic Programme (BDGP) 2015-2020
The new BDGP has been to the front of farming news recently. The BDGP will run for six years, all farmers who sign up will be required to complete actions for the full six years. There are 6 main requirements as part of the BDGP: Calving details, Surveys, Genotyping, Replacement strategy, Carbon Navigator & Training.
Replacement strategy – two requirements
- Artificial Insemination (AI) Use (General)
- Producing Replacement Females Genotyped 4 & 5 Star Replacement (Across Breeds)
Carrowreagh Honduras - ZCH - Replacement Index - €236 - 5 Star Replacement across breeds:
The National Cattle Breeding Centre’s (NCBC) new state of the art laboratory in Naas was recently opened by Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney.
Ten years on from the formation of the National Cattle Breeding Centre (NCBC); a joint venture by the two largest Artificial Insemination companies in Ireland, Progressive Genetics Ireland and the Munster Cattle Breeding Group, the opening is part of a number of recent major investments by the NCBC.
Featuring 12 bulls across 5 breeds - Aberdeen Angus, Charolais, Limousin, Hereford & Simmental
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