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Teagasc/ICBF Breeding Week 2021

The breeding season on Irish dairy farms has become increasingly concentrated in the late April to June period. Teagasc in conjunction with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) will run a dairy breeding week from Monday 15th to Thursday 18th March 2021 on important genetic & technical issues

The purpose of the week is to provide timely reminders to farmers on important genetic and technical issues underpinning a successful dairy breeding season. Video clips, webinars and podcasts will be released throughout the week with presentations from dairy farmers, Teagasc Researchers and Specialists and ICBF Geneticists.

See below for registration links and details of the events for the week:

Monday, 15 March

Webinar  - 7pm

The Breeding Plan

with Stephen Moore & George Ramsbottom, Teagasc


  • Six point plan to successful breeding  with Andrew Cromie, ICBF 
  • Using teams of bulls equally with Margaret Kelleher, ICBF & David Hannon, Dairy Farmer, Co. Meath 


The Dairy Edge Podcast 
presented by Emma Louise Coffey covering topics of: 

  • Nutrition for better breeding
    with Joe Patton, Teagasc 
  • Genetics for better breeding
    with Kevin Downing, ICBF  

Tuesday, 16 March


  • Breeding maiden heifers on the out farm  - Video with Stephen Moore & Laura Hannon, dairy farmer, Co. Meath 
  • Top results with sexed semen - Video with George Ramsbottom & Jim White, Dairy Farmer, Co. Tipperary  

Wednesday, 17 March


  • Managing late calving cows to shorten calving interval with Stuart Childs, Teagasc


The Beef Edge Podcast Presented by Catherine Egan, Teagasc 

Performance of DBI beef cattle at Grange
with Nicky Byrne, Teagasc Grange

Thursday, 18 March


Genomics & EBI Panel Discussion
Facilitated by Jack Kennedy, Irish Farmers Journal

  • Daughter Proven vs Genomic Sires
    with Andrew Cromie, ICBF, Don Crowley, Teagasc & Mark Cassidy, dairy farmer, Co. Meath
  • Sexed Semen
    with Stephen Butler, Teagasc, Don Crowley, Teagasc & guest farmer speaker


  • Using both dairy and beef AI
    with Siobhan Ring, ICBF and Hugh Egan, Dairy Farmer, Co. Offaly

Thursday, 25 March

Breeding Webinar  |  8pm

Planning a successful breeding season
with Richie O'Brien, Teagasc, George Ramsbottom Teagasc & Joris Somers, Glanbia 
and guest Francis Nolan, Teagasc/Glanbia Future Farmer