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1 IRISH CATTLE BREEDING FEDERATION & SHEEP IRELAND The new infrastructure for cattle and sheep breeding in Ireland. Brian Wickham Chief Executive ICBF & Sheep Ireland Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd

2 Content Background Data & Information Sharing ICBF s National Database Genetic Evaluation System Funding Benefits Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd 2010 SLIDE 2

3 Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Society Limited (ICBF) Established with interim Board in 1997 Commenced operations in 1998 Current structure in 2000 Mission: achieving the greatest possible genetic improvement in the national cattle herd - Dairy and Beef Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd 2010 SLIDE 3

4 MEMBERS, BOARD & SHARES - ICBF Board Shares DAFF - 1 AI - 3 MR - 3 HB - 3 AI -18% MR - 18% HB - 18% FO - 6 FO - 46% Stakeholders in cattle breeding control decision making. Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd 2010 SLIDE 4

5 Data & Information Sharing Agreement Contributors retain ownership Farm data through Animal Events Electronic sharing of data collected Data for research Integrated genetic evaluations Herd owner controls access Information for service providers HerdPlus - information of herd owner User-pays & full cost recovery Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd 2010 SLIDE 5

6 Database single source without duplication Source of data Farms DAFF official system Meat Factories Marts AI Milk Recording Laboratories & Milk Processors Linear scoring Genetic evaluations Type of data Animal events birth, calving, weights, docility, Registrations, movements, deaths, exports Slaughter (date, weight, grade ), Images Sale (date, weight, price ) Insemination (date, sire) Milk weight Milk composition, disease test results, genotypes Weights, scores beef & dairy Breeding values, reliabilities, indexes Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd 2010 SLIDE 6

7 Database Information single source to many users Users Service providers: - Milk recording - Herd Book - AI Stud & Field - Advisory - Veterinarians - Milk processors - Researchers Type of Information Customer profiles Service details Genetic evaluations Herd Books Discussion Groups & Farmer Reports Elite animals Research results Active AI bull lists Raw data files for research Farmers direct HerdPlus - genetic evaluations, reports GROW - reports G N IR LAND - progeny test General public: Statistics, Reports, Publications Genetic Evaluations Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd 2010 SLIDE 7

8 Beef Genetic Evaluations ICBF Website bull search Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd 2010 SLIDE 8 CF52

9 Beef Bull uro-star Evaluation Overall Index SBV in Sub Indexes in Key traits phenotype units Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd 2010 SLIDE 9

10 Dairy Genetic Evaluations ICBF Website bull search Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd 2010 SLIDE 10 GMI

11 Dairy Bull EBI Evaluation Overall Index EBI in Sub Indexes in Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd 2010 SLIDE 11 Key traits phenotype units

12 ICBF INCOME SOURCES (million) 4.00 DAFF & NDP 3.50 Farmers via Tags 3.00 Services Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd 2010 SLIDE 12

13 Benefits to Stakeholders State cost savings ( 1.35m) taxation ( 2.27m) research, education, knowledge transfer Community Industry processors, suppliers Consumers Society Farmers Service users now & future Non users of services - now & future Breeding Industry Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd 2010 SLIDE 13

14 Projected Impact of ICBF on Genetic Gain of Dairy & Beef Calves Born in Ireland. 250 Dairy base EBI (1) Profit Index of Calves Born Dairy + ICBF (2) Dairy + ICBF + Genomics (3) Beef base (SBV) Beef + ICBF Dairy 236m Beef 60m Year of birth Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd 2010 SLIDE 14

15 Million Growth of Participation 90% of calves born in 2009 Calf births registered Animal events birth registrations Pedigree registrations Suckler Cow Welfare Scheme Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd 2010 SLIDE 15

16 Conclusions Animal breeding is a unique and powerful tool for improving the profitability of cattle and sheep farming in Ireland. Irish animal breeding has been transformed through a unique partnership between farmers, the breeding industry and DAFF. New technologies, market imperatives and economic pressures are providing the motivation for this transformation to be continued. Continued investment will give excellent returns. The model established for animal breeding has potential to achieve substantial progress areas such as plant breeding, animal health and product quality. Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd 2010 SLIDE 16

17 IRISH CATTLE BREEDING FEDERATION & SHEEP IRELAND Irish Cattle Breeding Federation Soc. Ltd

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