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Cattle

Approved Testing and Genetic Evaluation Organisation:
The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) is the approved body in Ireland - www.icbf.com

CATTLE BREEDING

DIY A.I. LICENCES

Persons wishing to practice artificial insemination in their bovine herd must be appropriately trained and licensed and ensure that only semen from approved sources is used in the process. No person other than the herdowner, or his/her nominee, who has satisfactorily completed an approved programme of training in the practice of artificial insemination, can be approved by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to carry out the inseminations within that herd.

Table of DIY A.I. Training Courses (doc 33Kb) 

FIELD SERVICE LICENCES

Field Service Licence holders provide a year round quality bovine artificial insemination service (A.I.) to farmers through a network of trained A.I. technicians. Each Field Service Licence must:

  • Ensure that good veterinary practices and procedures are adhered to;
  • Utilise semen only from approved sources;
  • Maintain satisfactory records; and
  • Facilitate the recording, testing, genetic evaluation and publication of results of bulls used for test purposes.

A.I. TECHNICIANS LICENCES

The provision of a quality bovine A.I. service is ensured through the licensing of A.I. technicians employed by, or contracted to, Field Service Licence holders.

LICENCES TO DISTRIBUTE BOVINE SEMEN

Organisations or individuals must be appropriately licensed by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to engage in the distribution of bovine semen thereby protecting animal health and welfare and traceability of the product.

APPROVAL OF BOVINE SEMEN STORAGE CENTRES

Premises where bovine semen is stored must meet specified EU standards and must be placed under the permanent supervision of a centre veterinarian approved by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Please note persons intending to apply for an approval for a bovine semen storage centre are advised to contact the Department at the outset so as to obtain full information on the approval process.

APPROVAL OF BOVINE SEMEN COLLECTION CENTRES

Premises where semen is collected must meet specified EU standards and must be placed under the permanent supervision of a centre veterinarian approved by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Please note persons intending to apply for an approval for a bovine semen collection centre are advised to contact the Department at the outset so as to obtain full information on the approval process.

APPROVAL OF BOVINE OVA/EMBRYO COLLECTION OR PRODUCTION TEAMS

Only teams approved by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for the purpose of producing and or collecting bovine ovas/embryos can operate such a service.

ON-FARM COLLECTION OF BOVINE SEMEN

Herdowners can preserve the bloodline of their bovine herd by having semen collected from their own herd for use within their own herd. Applicants or their employees for on-farm collection must have a D.I.Y. A.I. licence to store semen and they can only store a quantity of semen (collected on-farm or otherwise) to the maximum allowed by his/her D.I.Y. A.I. licence.

Where an applicant does not have a D.I.Y. A.I. licence the semen collected on-farm must be stored in an approved centre and released only for use in his/her herd to a licensed A.I. company inseminator.

PRE-ENTRY HEALTH TESTS FOR BULLS TO A.I. CENTRES

The aim of the scheme is to ensure that bulls must pass a number of specified health tests before they can be allowed into an A.I. Centre.

Application Forms and further information on the above can be obtained from Livestock Breeding Section, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Farnham Street, Cavan. Tel: 049 4368293, Fax: 049 4361486

OTHER SERVICES

KERRY CATTLE PREMIUM SCHEME

The Scheme encourages the maintenance of a number of separate herds of Kerry Cattle in Ireland and the creation and maintenance of a sufficient reserve of pure bred breeding stock. An applicant is eligible to participate in the scheme if:

  • he or she is a member of the Kerry Cattle Society Ltd;
  • his or her herd is located within the territory of the State and contains at least five breeding females registered in the Herd book of the Kerry Cattle Society Ltd;
  • all Kerry cows in the herd are served by bulls of the Kerry breed, either by natural service or artificial insemination;
  • all progeny of Kerry cows in the herd are submitted for birth notification or registration in the Kerry Cattle Herd Book and are registered with ICBF and the Department through the Animal Events system; and
  • each animal, on which premium is being applied for, was born in the applicant's herd and is alive on the date of application.

A premium of €120.00 per eligible calf is payable.

HERD BOOKS APPROVALS

A herd-book is any book, register, file or data medium, which is maintained by a recognised organisation and in which animals are registered with reference to all their known ascendants.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is the Competent Authority for granting approvals under this legislation subject to the applicant having complied with the criteria for approval.

Application Forms and further information on the above can be obtained from Livestock Breeding Section, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Farnham Street, Cavan. Tel: 049 4368293, Fax: 049 4361486

CENTRAL PERFORMANCE TESTING

The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) operates a bull performance testing station at Tully, Co Kildare. The primary objective of the service is to identify top quality beef bulls for progeny testing through A.I. The best of these are for widespread use through A.I by pedigree breeders as sires of replacement pedigree cows and as sires of stock bulls for use in commercial suckler herds. The test period lasts approximately 120 days during which the young bulls are fed and housed under uniform conditions. Bulls are assessed for growth rate, feed conversion, body measurements and conformation. The fees payable are available with the terms and conditions on request from ICBF.

Further information can be obtained from The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation, Highfield House, Bandon, Co Cork. Tel: 023 8820222 Fax: 023 8820229. Website: www.icbf.com