Teagasc Researchers feature in Programme 3 of The Science Squad - Connections - Thursday, 28 June, RTE One at 8.30pm
Tonight The Science Squad investigate innovative breeding technologies which could revolutionise the Irish dairy industry
Genomic Selection is a new technology that helps the dairy industry evaluate bulls on the basis of their DNA profile, allowing breeders to predict, among other things, which animals are going to give higher milk yields in a much shorter time period than previous methods. After the United States, Ireland was only the second country in the world to introduce it. The Science Squad looks at methods that have been developed by Irish scientists from Teagasc that use a lower cost technology with minimal compromise in accuracy, and speak to Dr Donagh Berry, Teagasc, Animal and Grassland Research & Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Cork, who is aiming to make Ireland the first in the world to use genomic selection for beef cows.
“Genomic selection is causing a paradigm shift in dairy cattle breeding across the world including in Ireland, with an increase in genetic gain of 50% which is worth €8 million annually to Irish dairy farmers. The potential of genomic selection in beef is potentially just as large, if not greater,” said Donagh.