The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation is a non-profit organisation which provides cattle breeding information services to the Irish dairy and beef industries.
The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation is not a State body but it does a number of activities which were previously carried out by the department.
The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation is made up of organisations involved in breeding improvement work - such as A.I. services, herd book societies and milk recording societies - and the main farm bodies IFA and ICMSA.
The department's funding helps finance the following work:
providing genetic evaluations for beef and dairy cattle in Ireland
operating and maintaining the ICBF database and animal events recording system
operating the bull performance and progeny test centre at Tully
establishing and supporting the breeding programmes for Irish dairy and beef breeds
The programme also assists Sheep Ireland
in its work which includes:
providing genetic evaluations
operating and maintaining the Sheep Ireland database
For further information on ICBF contact:
The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation, Highfield House, Bandon, Co Cork P72 X050