Meet Biddy - Ireland's top cow
Springhaven Biddy is the top EBI cow in the country, reports Martin Ryan on the latest rankings
A Holstein in her 11th lactation is the top EBI cow in the country with a rating of €342.
Springhaven Biddy 162 EX92 is owned by Robert Troy from Newtownshandrum, Co Cork and has a lifetime milk production of 56,908kgs, at 4.22pc fat and 3.48pc protein.
Sired by Bagworth Zander Keet (BWZ), she has an average calving interval of 376 days and is a previous holder of the top position on the ICBF rankings.
Signalling a trend which is gaining considerable ground among breeders of some of the top yielding dairy herds, a Jersey cross cow with an EBI of €323 is in second place. The cow is on her sixth lactation and is owned by Rockwell College, Cashel, Co Tipperary.
Third on the list is a first lactation Holstein/Friesian cow, Ballykinash dbw Niamh 1286 G79 with an EBI of €321. She is owned by Jim Delahunt from Carrig in north Tipperary and was sired by Doonmanagh dsu Bowser (DBW).
Eight breeds share the listing of the top 2,000 EBI cows; there are Friesian, Holstein, Jersey, Meuse-Rhine-Issel, Norwegian Red, Rotbunte, Danish Red and Swedish Red.
Kieran Hearne, from the Waterford side of Carrick-on-Suir, whose herd recently topped the Top 200 herds listing, is the leading herd in the 2,000 cow EBI listing with 66 cows making the cut.
The Hearne herd is followed by the Teagasc 'Next Generation Herd' at Moorepark, which was established in 2012, with 47 cows listed. Third is the herd of David Fitzgerald, Lisnabrin, Curraglass, Mallow, with 41 cows on the list.