Farm Ireland

Friday 23 March 2018

Use bulls with highest EBI values this spring

Donagh Berry

THE choice on whether to use genomic selection, proven bulls or to crossbreed this coming breeding season is easy.

The bulls of best genetic merit should be used. These are the bulls of highest EBI, with the combination of individual traits most suited to the goals of the individual farmer. The added benefit of heterosis, which is not included in the EBI -- and will never be included because it is not passed down through generations -- cannot be ignored but the EBI of that other breed of sire must be good enough to warrant its use.

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