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Online Dairy Breeding Seminar Series - Selecting your bull team

Event Time 10am
Venue Online

The first in a series of Dairy Breeding online webinars aimed at Irish dairy farmers will take place on Monday 20th April, at 10.00am.

Tom O’Dwyer, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer said: “normally at this time of year, we organise farm walks around the country outlining the best practices for dairy breeding.  Given the current restrictions, we have moved to offer a series of four free webinars as we approach the start of the breeding season for most dairy farmers.  We hope that these webinars will provide an opportunity for dairy farmers to ask questions of Teagasc experts.”

Pat Dillon, Head of the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation programme highlighted the importance of making the right decisions at this time of year: “improvements in both herd fertility performance and future herd production can be achieved through the application of an optimum breeding management plan, including optimum herd nutrition and the use of high EBI and DBI genetics.  In addition, sexed semen is a new technology which can have a role to play on many dairy farms.  All of these topics are covered during the Dairy Breeding online webinars.”

The online webinars are scheduled to take place from Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd April, at 10.00am each day.  The four topics to be covered are:

Wednesday, 22 April  |  10am

Selecting your bull team
Presenters: Donagh Berry & Richie O'Brien
Faciliator: Stuart Childs

In the third of our series of online breeding seminars, Professor Donagh Berry, Teagasc Moorepark will outline the rationale behind selecting a team of bulls for the coming breeding season. He is supported by Richard O’Brien, co-ordinator of the Teagasc-Glanbia joint programme, who will outline the plans that his group of monitor farmers group have used in selecting their bull teams for the coming breeding season.  Once again farmers who log on to the seminar can post their questions for the two speakers to answer.

Thursday, 23 April  |  10am

Increasing the value of your 2021 calf crop: using the Dairy Beef Index
Presenters: Siobhan Ring, ICBF & Noirin McHugh
Facilitator: Stuart Childs

In the fourth of our series of online breeding seminars, Dr. Siobhan Ring, ICBF will outline how the Dairy Beef index is constructed and how the new calving difficulty index has been developed to better reflect calving difficulty in dairy cows and heifers. Dr. Noirin McHugh, Teagasc Moorepark will then discuss the Active Bull List for Beef AI sires. Farmers who log on to the seminar can post questions for the two speakers 


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You should use broadband to join the meeting as mobile data charges may apply if using your mobile device data allowances.  Once you have downloaded the app, you can access the seminars by entering the 
Meeting ID 418531066

If you are having difficulties accessing the meeting please contact: 
Niamh Allen 0761112457
Abigail Ryan 0761112697
Ruth Dunne 0761112768

View past webinars here 

Monday, 20 April  |  10am

Getting more cows in calf during the first three weeks of the breeding season (incl. BCS, Metricheck)
Presenters: Stephen Moore & Donal Patton
Faciliator: Stuart Childs

With the breeding season just about to begin the first of the four topics for discussion at the Teagasc dairy breeding online seminars is ‘Getting more cows in calf during the first three weeks of the breeding season’. Dr. Stephen Moore, Teagasc Moorepark will make a short presentation on recent research in the area of compact calving. Dr. Donal Patton, Teagasc Ballyhaise will outline the plans in place to compactly breed the Ballyhaise dairy herd. Farmers who log on to the seminar can post breeding questions for the presenters.  

View here 

Tuesday, 21 April  |  10am

Tips to maximise conception rate to sexed semen
Presenter: Stephen Butler & Jim White, farmer
Facilitator: Stuart Childs

Renewed interest in sexed semen is being prompted by the difference in value between dairy breed heifer and bull calves and the advantages of rearing a group of dairy heifer calves of similar age.  Following extensive on-farm research, Dr. Stephen Butler, Teagasc Moorepark will make a short presentation on his tips to maximise conception rate when using sexed semen.  Jim White, a dairy farmer from Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary will then outline how he has successfully incorporated the use of sexed semen into his breeding programme for the past number of years. Farmers who log on to the seminar can post questions for the two speakers.