There was hostility from farmers to the Jersey cow at the ICMSA AGM on Friday in Limerick. Teagasc was criticised by some for its promotion of 'New Zealand-type' dairy farming, as a calf welfare forum became a critique of Jersey breeding in the dairy herd.

Earlier, Teagasc's Laura Boyle had told the large attendance that "bull calves naturally have a higher risk of death and disease in the first few weeks of life. That is true of all species including humans."