Dairy farmer Brendan Hinchion from Kilnamaytra, Co. Cork rejuvenated his farm when he was 18, by adding roads, reclaiming paddocks and upgrading the water system.
Initially, he concentrated on getting good protein and solids from his cows.
When the EBI system was introduced, Brendan decided to keep the very best of his cows as they were; other cows were cross-bred in order to improve some traits such as fertility or size.
The Cork man now uses HerdPlus Sire Advice to help him choose a sire that gets the best results in terms of EBI or targets for breeding.
He uses genomic testing on heifers to select the best from the herd for breeding. At the moment, his cows have an average EBI of €184 and the young stock have an EBI close to €200.
Milk and fertility figures are examined, and targets are then set.
Brendan said the “farmers that used a large range of bulls, had more genetic gain over a 10 year period”.
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