Irish bulls

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. We are teaming up with Irish farmers to produce bulls from leading Irish herds through LIC’s genomic selection breeding programme in Ireland, the Irish Bull Breeding Programme (IBB). The IBB complements our flagship delivery of high quality daughter-proven New Zealand LIC genetics to Irish farmers with an LIC genomic bull offering from within Ireland itself.

As a member of LIC Ireland’s Premier Club, you could be a part of breeding the next generation of elite Irish bulls.

Submit your bull calves to be considered for the Irish Bull Breeding Programme

The Forwards®

The Forwards® bulls are LIC Ireland’s young bulls from the Irish Bull Breeding Programme.

These 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 as well as using LIC’s powerful genomic evaluation tool to provide 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 Forwards® team.

The Forwards®

We are proud to introduce the following Irish-bred bulls to the market.

Beaut (JE4270) x Dam of IBB 2019 12

Ireland Breeding ValuesICBF: Oct 2020NZ Breeding ValuesLIC: March 2019
EBI €230CrossbredF11J5
Reliability %54GBW224
Milk €90Reliability %60
Fertility €96Fat30
Calving €41Protein kg37
Beef €-23Milk kg648
Health €3Liveweight kg48.6
Maintenance €16Fertility %2.5
Management €6Somatic cell count-0.49
Milk kg-64Longevity580
Fat kg / %13 / 0.28Body Condition Score0.19
Protein kg / %10 / 0.21Overall opinion0.48
Calving interval-4.55Capacity0.74
Survival3.15Udders overall0.43
Risk of dairy heifer calving difficultyLowDairy confirmation0.7
Dairy heifer calving difficulty5.26Calving difficulty heifer0.2/33
Dairy cow calving difficulty2.02Calving difficulty cow0.1/33

Order The Forwards® bulls

To order or for advice on how to use The Forwards® bulls as part of your breeding programme, contact your LIC Ireland breeding advisor.

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