Last week’s Irish Farmers Journal carried a report published by the ICBF on the performance of different breeds in the Irish dairy herd. The ICBF concluded farmers should ignore breed and pick bulls based on EBI. The methodology used to come to this conclusion will be examined later. Over the past week I have been in contact with geneticists from around the world, asking them about breeding in their countries. The purpose of this is to get an international perspective of breeding programmes and to help inform the debate in Ireland.

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