A lot of info needed for maximum genetic progress

To make maximum genetic progress, farmers would need to be milk recording and have herd EBI values and a lot of other information about their cows.

The relatively low level of milk recording and dairy AI in this country is a huge barrier to our breeding progress.

Ideally, replacements should be bred from the highest EBI cows and heifers.

However, regardless of EBI, most farmers will need to breed them from most of their earliest calving cows, to get sufficient replacements. Herd owners who supply the necessary information for their cows can get a password for the ICBF website, where they can get individual cow EBIs, as well as individual breeding advice.

All of the advances in breeding technology start with milk recording.

Farmers who are not milk recording will be left behind.

Of course, milk recording is also necessary for carrying out a proper mastitis control programme.


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