Irish Bull Breeding Programme
Benefit from bulls born in Ireland, bred for Irish farmers. Bulls that are the result of high EBI cows and LIC’s premier genetics.
For over 20 years, Irish farmers have been using our high-quality pasture-based genetics to help build some of the finest herds in Ireland. Now LIC is teaming up with Irish farmers to produce bulls from these leading herds. LIC’s genomic selection breeding programme in Ireland, the Irish Bull Breeding Programme (IBB), complements our flagship delivery of elite daughter-proven genetics to Irish farmers.
Farmers that are members of LIC Ireland’s Premier Club can be a part of breeding the next generation of elite Irish bulls.
The Forwards® genomic bulls
The Forwards® bulls are LIC Ireland’s young bulls from the IBB.
By using the latest genomic technology to select the bulls, we narrow the 5-year wait that occurs when using daughter proofs. Ultimately, this fast-tracks genetic improvement on your farm.
The Forwards® bulls are bred from cows that rank favourably on EBI, most with strong LIC pedigrees, and the very best of LIC’s daughter proven bulls available through the Premier Club. Their sires are graduates of our rigorous four-year Sire Proving Scheme (SPS) that produces many of New Zealand’s top bulls.
Our breeding experts examine the bulls’ pedigree, physical attributes and dam performance to help confirm the bloodlines will improve the genetic merit of your herd.
Using both EBI genomic evaluation and LIC’s powerful genomic evaluation tool, the Single Step Animal Model (SSAM), provides a more accurate estimate of each bull’s genetic quality at a young age.
Uniquely, these bulls have both gBW and gEBI figures, with the very best picked for the team.
Help fast-track genetic gain in your herd by using The Forwards® genomic bulls as part of your breeding programme.