EBI cows all the talk after discussion group result
Survival rates are shown to be vastly superior with Deise 1250
Published 13/09/2011 | 05:00
High EBI cows are demonstrating their value on the farms of one of the top discussion groups in the country.
Survey figures from the 17 farms in the Deise 1250 group show that the top 20pc of EBI cows were almost twice as likely to survive beyond their third lactation compared to the bottom 20pc of EBI cows.
In addition to their vastly superior survival rate, high EBI cows also went back in-calf quicker and produced more milk.
The figures were just part of a wide-ranging set of data on display at an open day on one of the member's farms in south Waterford. Hundreds of farmers attended the event at the farm of Liam and Matthew Budds who milk 83 cows in a spring calving system on their 128ac farm.
Their discussion group proved themselves to be one of the best in the country last year when they won the national EBI discussion group competition.
Much of their success is attributed to the high level of grass utilisation achieved on each farm. The group's average of 10.3t dry matter per hectare is 30pc higher than the national average.
The in-depth survey that the group members conducted among themselves also revealed the true extent of the disease issues facing the dairy industry.