Keep up-to-date with the latest news from us and our farmers.

LIC's collection centre for European markets, located in Awahuri, NZ

Top team delivering results for Irish producers

LIC’s collection centre for European markets, located in Awahuri New Zealand, could not have been in better hands under the 90-year combined expertise of Susan Paul and Lance Pettigrew. Read more about how the small team strives to ensure the very best product is exported, while complying with stringent export requirements.

LIC Holstein Friesian bull Shortlist

The team’s top picks this season

The LIC Ireland team tell you which bulls are their favourites this season and why they could make a positive difference on your farm.

Irish dairy farmer Jamie Costin with LIC Ireland's David Power

“We’re not chasing figures, what we’re chasing is profit.” On farm with Jamie Costin

Recently, LIC Ireland had the pleasure of taking part in the “New Zealand Agritech, Making Life Simple” event. The farm open day, run in association with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise (NZTE) and Waikato Milking Systems (WMS), was a day for Irish dairy farmers to learn and share knowledge on how NZ agritech can make life on farm simpler and more efficient.

From the breeding desk

One of the highlights of the year for LIC’s breeding team is the recent rounds of on-farm inspections of potential bull dams throughout New Zealand. Following closely is the hosting of our breeders in May (who had a bull included in one or more of the 2022 Premier Sires teams) in Hamilton, New Zealand.

The Rogers on their New Zealand dairy farm in Taupiri, Waikato

On the fast track

A programme of consistent genetic gain, recording accuracy, and calf quality is the key to success on the Rogers’ Taupiri Farm in Waikato, New Zealand.

There’s no ‘I’ in team

LIC Herd Improvement Analyst Jayden Calder discusses the benefit of genomics when making breeding selections and the role of bull teams to help fulfil herd improvement goals.

LIC Ireland breeding advisor Eoin Kennedy

A day in the life of breeding advisor Eoin Kennedy

Eoin joined the LIC Ireland team a year ago, and is loving every minute of his job. He says the quality of the bulls on offer puts him in the ‘best’ position to help grassland farmers improve the productivity and efficiency of their herds.

Irish dairy farmer Simon Breen aims to breed high EBI cows

No square on the milk cheque for EBI

The idea of picking low economic breeding index (EBI) bulls will be a foreign idea to many, but for one farmer, picking these bulls is resulting in high EBI cows. Farming near the village of Emly in Co. Tipperary, Simon Breen milks 250 Jersey-cross cows in a spring-calving grass-based system.

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