The Irish Cattle Breeders’ Federation is moving to allay concerns of Kerry dairy farmers due to a change to its genetic breeding index.
The base cow on which the Economic Breeding Index or EBI is being updated by 10 years from 1995 to 2005.
This means the revised index, which covers traits such as fertility and milk production, is more comparable to today’s cows.
The changes mean all cows will be scaled back by €71 on the index.
Chris Daly from ICBF says this won’t leave farmers out of pocket: