EBI increases €9/year on average
Over 75% of dairy cows are now displaying an Economic Breeding Index (EBI), according to the ICBF.

The average EBI figure has grown from €17.32 in 2010 to €95.95 in 2018, figures from the ICBF show.

This equates to an average increase of €9/year.

The average EBI figure includes the following:

  • €28.8 for milk sub-index.
  • €37.64 for dairy fertility.
  • €27.52 for calving.
  • -€10.42 for beef.
  • €9.32 for maintenance.
  • €1.37 for management.
  • €1.63 for health.
  • There has been radical improvement in the figures since 2010 on the dairy side.

    “Back in 2010, the milk kg predicted transmitting ability was -11kg; this figure has grown to 51kg in 2018," according to the ICBF.

    "Fat kg and protein kg have also grown from -0.5kg and -0.6kg in 2010 to 5.0kg and 3.9kg in 2018 respectively.”

    However, the beef sub-index has seen a decrease from -€6.94 to -€10.42 between 2010 and 2018.

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    Cork academics researching the potential of recycling waste into fertilisers want to hear from farmers on their requirements for these products.

    Cork Institute of Technology is running an online survey to collect farmers' views on recycling-derived fertiliser, which includes processed animal manure, urban waste including household food waste, catering waste or green cuttings from recreational areas as well as human waste in the form of sewage sludge.

    Import-reliant

    "Currently, crop production in the EU is heavily dependent on the import of P-containing [phosphoros] mineral fertilisers, while the production of mineral N [nitrogen] fertiliser requires large amounts of energy," the academics said.

    "Paradoxically, however, there are several regions with a nutrient surplus in northwestern Europe," the academics said.

    Technologies to recover nutrients from waste are available on the market

    Their research is part of an EU-funded project looking into the potential of recycled fertilisers across Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany.

    Technologies to recover nutrients from waste are available on the market, but researchers said that until now they have remained little-used by farmers.

    Requirements

    "It is essential that the end product fulfils farmers’ requirements," said Cork IT lecturer Niamh Power.

    "The objective of the survey is to determine the desired properties recycling-derived fertilisers are required to have, to encourage their use over mineral fertilisers.

    "This is a great opportunity for the farming community to have their voice heard about what they consider important."

    Click here to take the survey, which comprises of 29 questions and takes around 15 minutes to complete.

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    Here is your news round-up of the five top farming stories and weather outlook for 16 February 2019.

    Weather forecast

    Met Éireann has said that there will be some mist or drizzle at times on Saturday morning, but most places will be dry during the day.

    More general rain is forecast to develop along the west coast by evening.

    It will be mild and breezy, with highs of 10°C to 12°C in southerly winds.

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  • The board of Aurivo met on Friday and increased its January milk price.
  • Farmers are being driven out of business by over-zealous and unaccountable inspectors, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has said.
  • Applications for the BEEP scheme, which has a funding provision of €20m, will be accepted up to and including next Friday 22 February.
  • Some 66 projects from across the country will be allocated funding of €62m under the €1bn rural regeneration and development fund.
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