Top 2,000 Cow Listing

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Springhaven Biddy 162 EX90 (pictured), owned by Robert Troy Jnr. from Newtownshandrum, Co. Cork, is the top EBI cow in the country with an EBI of €382.40. She is a Holstein cow currently in her 10th lactation with an average calving interval of 367 days.  As well as having an EBI of €382 she also has an average lifetime production of 50,573kgs milk, 4.20% Fat and 3.48% Protein.  She is sired by Bagworth Zander Keet (BWZ).

Interestingly, the top three cows are all from different dairy breeds. Second on the list is a Swedish Red cow owned by James Lynch, Cappagh, Co. Waterford with an EBI of €381.91. This cow is also on her 10th lactation. She is sired by Backgard (BGX). Third on the list is an 8th lactation Jersey cow with an EBI of €379 owned by James Murphy, Whitechurch, Co. Cork. This cow is sired by Mitchells Likabull SJ3 (MKU).

Unsurprisingly, the listing included 46 entries from Mooreparks ‘Next Geneation Herd’, a Teagasc herd established in 2012 to evaluate EBI genomic selection. This herd gives a forward view of where the national herd will be 10 years from now.

Other herds that feature strongly include; David Lonergan, Ballyduff, Co. Waterford with 43 cows, Kieran Hearne, Carrick-On-Suir, Co. Waterford, Shane Maxwell, Lismore, Co. Waterford, and Pat Ryan, Cappagh, Co. Waterford with 39 cows each. Table 1 below displays the Top 11 herds.

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The sires most prominent on the list include Hazael Eminence Dano-ET (HZO) with 135 daughters. O-BEE MANFRED JUSTICE ET TV TL (OJI) with 131 daughters and  Caldwells JORDANAIRE (CWJ) with 99. The top 10 represented sires are shown in the table below.

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In total there are 157 cows with an EBI greater than €300. There are 786 cows genotyped which makes up about 40% of all cows listed. Of the 2,000 cows on the list there are 115 classified VG or EX. The average EBI of the Top 2,000 cows is €270 with €72 coming from the Milk Sub-Index and €160 from the Fertility Sub-Index. They have an average parity of 5.2 lactations.  The list contains 10 different breeds including Ayrshire, Friesian, Holstein, Jersey, Montbelliarde, MRI/MRY, Norwegian Red, Rotbunte, Danish Red and Swedish Red.

The Top 2,000 cows cand be found in the Genetic Evaluation – Dairy Results page, or click on the following link to download the file directly – Top 2000 Cows on EBI

Check to see if any of your cows make the list!