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Conservation of Animal Genetic Resource

The management and conservation of animal genetic resources in Ireland is primarily carried out by the relevant breed societies for the different breeds. A list of the addresses, telephone and fax numbers of the breed societies for all cattle, horse and sheep breeds is available on the following link

An inventory and characterisation for all species and breeds was carried out in 1998. Detailed information on the individual species and breeds may be obtained via the Internet on Ireland's national web inventory of animal genetic resources or directly from the relevant breed society.

Assistance and support for the characterisation, utilisation and management of the various cattle breeds is available through the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF), Highfield House, Bandon, Co. Cork. The Kerry, Irish Maol and Dexter cattle, Irish Draught horse, Connemara pony, Kerry Bog Pony and Galway sheep are designated as endangered. In the case of these endangered breeds a number of schemes and measures are implemented directly by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS)

There is a supplementary measure under this scheme to assist farmers participating in AEOS to rear animals of specific breeds native to Ireland, that are in danger of being lost to farming. An annual payment of €200 is made per livestock unit subject to certain terms and conditions. Further details may be obtained from Agricultural Structures Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Johnstown Castle, Johnstown, Co. Wexford or click here to view the AEOS 2011 Terms and Conditions (pdf 504Kb) 

Kerry Cattle Scheme

A grant of €86.18 per calf registered in the Kerry Cattle herdbook is paid to herd owners with 5 or more breeding females that are bred pure. Further details may be obtained from Livestock Breeding Division, Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food, Farnham St., Cavan.

Research/Development Projects

Funding has been provided for a number of research/development projects to aid the conservation of endangered AnGR. These projects are aimed at evaluation of genetic diversity, characterisation, management and utilisation of these endangered resources. Further information may be obtained from Ms. Anne Sheridan, Secretary to the Advisory Committee on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, Crop Production and Safety Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Backweston Administration Building, Stacumney Lane, Celbridge, Co. Kildare.