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Tips for selecting the right cows, bulls and calving date for your herd

Choosing the right dams to breed replacements makes a huge difference, writes George Ramsbottom

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All about quality: George Ramsbottom says, 'I have a rule of thumb of setting a cut-off of €150 EBI for cows and heifers that you breed your dairy replacements from' Photo: Roger Jones

All about quality: George Ramsbottom says, 'I have a rule of thumb of setting a cut-off of €150 EBI for cows and heifers that you breed your dairy replacements from' Photo: Roger Jones

All about quality: George Ramsbottom says, 'I have a rule of thumb of setting a cut-off of €150 EBI for cows and heifers that you breed your dairy replacements from' Photo: Roger Jones

As thoughts turn to the breeding season once more, our decisions are largely unaffected by the huge rise in input costs.

There is perhaps an increased focus on breeding quality replacements, achieving compact calving and a look again at adding value to beef calves by using quality beef AI, particularly on the second tier of mature cows that aren’t up to the mark as dams of replacement heifers.


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