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Advancements in Animal Breeding Webinars

In the webinars below Teagasc researchers gave an insight into the modern-day strategies to identify genetically elite farm animals.

Webinar 13 - Achieving Sustainable Genetic Gain in Farmed Animals

Wednesday 3rd March 2021, 9:30 am

The panellists on this webinar gave an insight into the process of how genetically elite parents of the next generation are identified and selected using modern-day breeding tools.


Donagh Berry - Teagasc Researcher & Director of VistaMilk SFI Research Centre


  • Sinéad McParland - Traditional breeding using ancestry information
  • Áine O’Brien - DNA-based breeding
  • Fíona Dunne - Decision support in breeding decisions


Webinar 14 - New Reproductive Technologies to Increase the Sustainability of Milk and Beef Production

Thursday 18th March 2021 at 9.30 am

The panellists on this webinar discussed the development of new reproductive technologies in relation to heat detection, sexed semen, IVF and male fertility.


Pat Dillon - Head of Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Programme



View questions and answers from the webinar here: Questions and Answers (PDF)

Webinar 15 - Increasing the Value of Beef from the Dairy Herd

Wednesday 31st March 2021 at 9.30 am

This webinar is the final of three sessions discussing modern-day strategies to identifying genetically elite farm animals. Teagasc researchers gave an insight into how the co-evolution of breeding and management strategies can deliver on maximising the value of beef from the dairy herd; this can be best achieved by selecting genetically elite beef sires and implementing best management practices in dairy beef systems. Decision support tools such as the dairy-beef index to identify beef bulls suited for mating to dairy females are now being actively used; this index, which is based on the principles of other successful national breeding indexes, attempts to marry the desires of both the dairy and beef producers. Harnessing this genetic superiority through associated optimised grass-based management system will help ensure a return on investment which is resilience to external factors but also responsible in terms of social acceptability stewardship of the environment


Donagh Berry - Teagasc Researcher & Director of VistaMilk SFI Research Centre


  • Alan Twomey - DBI – Selecting the best beef sires for the dairy herd
  • Nicky Byrne - Optimising dairy-beef systems of production 
  • Padraig French - Using dairy-beef genetics to reduce methane output