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AI usage increased by 10% from 2020

AI usage increased by 10% from 2020

The breeding season is drawing to a close on most spring-calving Irish dairy farms, with artificial insemination (AI) stopping and...

July 24, 2021

20 years on: How successful has the introduction of EBI been?

20 years on: How successful has the introduction of EBI been?

The economic breeding Index (EBI), launched in 2001, was developed as a way for Irish dairy farmers to determine the...

June 16, 2021

Every Irish cow should be eligible for support payments – ICMSA president

Every Irish cow should be eligible for support payments – ICMSA president

Recent months have seen a number of farming organisations call for the introduction of bespoke suckler cow support payments. However,...

June 3, 2021

EBI: The key to selecting bulls to boost profitability

EBI: The key to selecting bulls to boost profitability

The Economic Breeding Index (EBI) is a measure of the genetic potential of an animal. Research by Teagasc was undertaken...

May 10, 2021

Irish dairy farmers can reduce emissions through EBI

Irish dairy farmers can reduce emissions through EBI

Although Irish dairy farmers are reportedly the most environmentally sustainable food producers in the world, agriculture accounts for 35% of...

April 5, 2021

The key traits in dairy replacements to maximise income

The key traits in dairy replacements to maximise income

On the recent the Dairy Edge podcast, Emma-Louise Coffey was joined by Dr. Joe Patton, a dairy specialist with Teagasc and Kevin...

March 25, 2021

Progressive Genetics publishes its 2021 Dairy Sires Catalogue

Progressive Genetics publishes its 2021 Dairy Sires Catalogue

The latest Progressive Genetics dairy catalogue “Dairy Sires 2021” has just gone to print, the AI firm has confirmed. The...

February 5, 2021

Feeding higher levels of concentrate to dairy cows at grass is sustainable

Feeding higher levels of concentrate to dairy cows at grass is sustainable

Economic modelling has confirmed that farmers operating a highly stocked, low concentrate milking system would be highly impacted by a...

January 18, 2021

EBI can be used successfully in high output dairy herds

EBI can be used successfully in high output dairy herds

Economic Breeding Index (EBI) can be used as an effective herd management tool across all dairy production scenarios, according to...

January 15, 2021

ICBF reveals EBI changes in October 2020 evaluation

ICBF reveals EBI changes in October 2020 evaluation

The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) has implemented a change in how genomics is blended with parental average to calculate...

October 6, 2020

What should I be on the lookout for when choosing bulls?

What should I be on the lookout for when choosing bulls?

At this stage, dairy farmers will be deciding on or, in some cases, will have chosen what bulls they are...

April 29, 2020

New dairy breeding guidelines and Herd EBI Scorecards unveiled

New dairy breeding guidelines and Herd EBI Scorecards unveiled

New dairy breeding guidelines, focused on improving the genetic merit of all calves from the dairy herd – both dairy...

March 26, 2020

Map: Average EBI county-by-county

Map: Average EBI county-by-county

One technology, which is brought up time and time again as a way of improving efficiency, improving profitability and lowering...

February 24, 2020

ICBF to launch improved genetic evaluations this week

ICBF to launch improved genetic evaluations this week

The Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) board has approved the implementation of changes to the dairy Economic Breeding Index (EBI)...

January 20, 2020

New changes to be made to the dairy EBI and calving difficulty evaluations

New changes to be made to the dairy EBI and calving difficulty evaluations

New changes are set to be made to both the dairy Economic Breeding Index (EBI) and the calving difficulty evaluation....

January 10, 2020

A new carbon sub-index to be introduced to the EBI

A new carbon sub-index to be introduced to the EBI

A new carbon sub-index is set to be introduced to the Economic Breeding Index (EBI) in the near future. Some...

January 9, 2020

How can the EBI reduce our environmental impact on Irish dairy farms?

How can the EBI reduce our environmental impact on Irish dairy farms?

Although Irish dairy farmers are the most environmentally sustainable food producers in the world, agriculture accounts for 33% of our...

December 13, 2019

Johnstown study shows what the EBI is capable of delivering

Johnstown study shows what the EBI is capable of delivering

“Some farmers are of the opinion that the EBI is a spring-calving breeding index, but this is not the case.”...

September 15, 2019