There are currently over 70 marts throughout the country that are displaying Euro-Star and EBI figures on their mart boards. These provide real-time information on animals for sale thus allowing farmers ringside in marts to view the ICBF Euro-Star ratings for beef breeding stock and also EBIs for dairy stock.
There are currently 72 marts displaying Euro-Star/EBI figures on animals. The installation of these mart boards is still an on going process so there may be more marts displaying figures in the future. In order for animals to have figures displayed on the mart boards they must:
- Reside in a herd that is currently taking part in the Beef, Data and Genomics Programme or a herd who is currently subscribed to ICBF’s information service ‘HerdPlus‘
- They must have an index that is above average for EBI or for beef animals they must be either 4 or 5 stars on either within or across breed stars
Of the herds currently in the BDGP/HerdPlus member herds, there are 54% of these animals currently being displayed on the mart boards. While this is positive, there is still only 9% of all animals being displayed in the ring. With the re-opening of the BDGP scheme and more and more herds signing up to HerdPlus, we would expect to see the number of animals being displayed increase at a steady pace in the future.
How can I get my animal’s figures displayed on the mart boards?
If you are currently participating in the BDGP programme or a member of HerdPlus, your animals are currently eligible provided they meet the index criteria. If you are not participating in the BDGP programme, you will have to sign up to HerdPlus in order to have your animals figures displayed.
The following are the list of marts which are currently displaying Euro-Star and EBI figures on animals.
|BALLINAKILL LIVESTOCK MART|
|BALLYBAY LIVESTOCK SALES|
|BALLYBOFEY AND STRANOLAR MART|
|BALLYJAMESDUFF COOP MART|
|CASTLEISLAND CO-OP MART|
|CASTLEREA COOP MART|
|DONEGAL CO-OP LIVESTOCK MART|
|DOWRA MART LTD|
|HEADFORD COOP MART|
|KENMARE LIVESTOCK MART|
|KIERAN AND MCGEE - ARDEE MART|
|MID KERRY COOP MART|
|MID TIPP MART|
|RAPHOE LIVESTOCK MART LTD|
|ROSCOMMON CO-OP LIVESTOCK MART|
|WATERFORD ROSS CO-OP LTD.|
|WEXFORD FARMERS COOP|