Western Charolais breeders object to national council standing on ICBF animal ranking
Split in Charolais breeders group over support for ICBF Whole Herd Recording
The 'stars' are shinning the way to the future for Charolais breeders in the mid-west region as they unanimously decide on backing the ICBF Whole Herd Recording for animal ranking, against the current policy of the association's governing body, the Irish Charolais Breeders National Council.
The Charolais Council is the only breed society holding back on support for the ICBF Whole Herd Recording for determining the 'Stars'.
The decision taken at the largely attended Annual Meeting of the Limerick-Clare Pedigree Charolais Breeders at Newmarket-on-Fergus after considerable debate on the pro's and con's for breeders of the new system of assessment, is now to be referred to the National Council of the association.
Chairman, Jerry O'Keeffe confirmed that ICBF had declined an invitation to have a representative attend and address the breeders at the meeting on the subject.
Several of the breeders present expressed concerns over the "inconsistency" of the Euro-Star ratings and the "inadequacy" of the breeding information base upon which the 'stars' are awarded, as critical issues which require to be addressed immediately if the system is to be creditable.
"It is most frustrating that a five star bull, goes down to three stars before a sale, and is a five star again when more information is fed in", breeders complained stressing "there has to be more consistency in the rating if it is going to be creditable".
Barry Quinn, secretary said that the cost of the Whole Herd Recording will be an issue for the larger herds, and fluctuating date and the necessity to get more information as quickly as possible "because if we don't get in accurate information we will still be giving out about it in five years time".