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The latest HerdPlus EBI reports have been generated and are now available online. They will be dispatched by post to HerdPlus paper customers this week.

EBI is a single figure profit index aimed at helping farmers identify the most profitable bulls and cows for breeding dairy herd replacements.

It comprises of information on seven sub-indexes related to profitable milk production. These are; (1) Milk production, (2) Fertility, (3) Calving performance, (4) Beef Carcass (5) Cow Maintenance (6) Cow Management and (7) Health. A summary of the subindexes, including traits and relative weightings for traits in the EBI are given in Table 1. The economic values in the index are based on data collected from Irish Dairy Farms and the Dairy Industry.

National ranking of herds and cows on EBI

Top 1% Top 5% Top 10% Top 25% Ave. Btm 25% Btm 10% Btm 5% Btm 1%
Herd €125 €104 €95 €82 €67 €48 €21 €-2 €-46
Animal €161 €133 €120 €95 €65 €28 €-20 €-52 €-106

If you’re having difficulty accessing your report, please call the HerdPlus office on 1850-600-900 or 023-8820452.The EBI Reports are available to view on-line. Check out how you compare!