Dairy herds whose EBI puts them in the lowest 40% of herds nationally have been advised to use beef straws on all cows and buy in replacement heifers from higher-EBI herds.

Many of these herds at the lower end of EBI herd rankings are too far behind the country’s top cows to catch up, even if only the best AI bulls are used across the herd, Munster Bovine CEO Doreen Corridan has stated.