Time to get real on good sires
Northern Ireland milk processors produce mainly commodity dairy products destined for export markets, with only 12% to 14% of milk destined for a liquid milk market.
This breakdown of products is similar to the Republic of Ireland. However, the larger split of liquid or fresh milk relative to manufacturing milk in the UK has somewhat skewed the type of milking cow on Northern farms in favour of bigger, larger-volume cows relative to smaller, higher-milk-solids cows in the south.
Northern Ireland dairy farmers don’t have access to information from the Republic’s national cattle database or contact with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation ...