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Genetic improvement of Animals

The objective of this sub-programme is to undertake research studies and innovation activities focusing on identifying genotypes that have greater profit potential under grass-based systems of production using both quantitative and molecular genetic approaches.

Potential Impact Indicators:

  • Incorporation of genomic selection into dairy cattle programmes.
  • Improved reproductive and health performance of national dairy cow herds.
  • Increased use of AI.

Ongoing projects

GenTORE – GENomic management Tools to Optimize Resilience and Efficiency 
Precision cattle breeding using precision genomics (PDF) 
Improvement of the national dairy cow breeding programme (PDF) 
Long term sustainable breeding strategies (PDF) 
Development, calibration and validation of feed intake methodology (PDF) 
Genetic selection for improved milk and meat product (PDF) 
Global cooperation to develop next generation whole genome (PDF)

Completed projects

Genomic strategies for animal and meat provenance (PDF) 
Multi breed genomic selection in dairy and beef cattle (PDF) 
National breeding strategies for cattle and sheep (PDF) 
OptiMIR: new tools for a more sustainable dairy sector (PDF) 
Development of a new index to improve female voluntary culling (PDF) 
Evaluation of Norwegian Red and Norwegian Red x Holstein-Friesian (PDF)  
Genetics of predisposition to tuberculosis in Irish dairy cattle (PDF) 
National breeding objective and breeding programs (PDF) 
Developing Genetic Tools to Mitigate (PDF) 
Improving performance, animal health & welfare (PDF) 
Whole Genome Selection (PDF)