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Using beef AI on the dairy herd


As we progress through the breeding season Teagasc recommends moving from selectively using beef AI on the dairy herd to fully using beef AI on the cows once the target number of inseminations to dairy AI has been achieved. Nicky Byrne, Teagasc Grange has more advice in a video here

As we progress through the breeding season Teagasc recommends moving from selectively using beef AI on the dairy herd to fully using beef AI on the cows once the target number of inseminations to dairy AI has been achieved.  According to Nicky Byrne, Teagasc Grange, high merit beef cattle can contribute to meeting our greenhouse gas reduction targets. Indeed studies at Grange have shown that high merit beef cattle are more efficient producers of beef than Holstein steers. Such cattle can be slaughtered two months earlier, with half the number of expensive indoor finishing days, and still achieve the same carcass weight but with better carcass conformation than their dairy bred counterparts.

Nicky advises farmers to be very selective about the beef AI bulls that they use. There are huge differences between beef AI bulls in terms of their progenies performance. Look at the carcass traits and ensure that 50% of the DBI is coming from beef. Ideally select bulls that are as close as possible to +10kg for carcass weight and +1.0 for carcass conformation. The progeny of such bulls will be the most efficient producers of beef from the dairy herd.

A short video of Nicky Byrne, Teagasc discussing the use of beef sires can be viewed below 

Read more at Dairy Breeding Policy

You might also be interested in watching The Signpost Series Webinar - The added value of using high merit beef sires on the dairy herd

The Teagasc Dairy Specialists issue an article on a topic of interest to dairy farmers every Monday here on Teagasc Daily. Find more on Teagasc Dairy here