Looking at the CBV of my cattle and have a mix but luckily heifers over 300 CBV. How are other lads cattle faring? Hoping new BDGP scheme is a mix of CBV and stars as the heifers which are crackers are only 2 star replacement but make good cows. Home bred and I know breeding going back generations. New scheme is 80% 4 or 5 star when it ends ie 2028 and if is strictly off stars I will not be in it even though in current one.
With the way the stars are rising, a lot of lads are going to struggle to get to the 50% unless using a large chuck of AI. This will have to start early to build up the stars
Even using 5 star AI bulls, there’s no guarantee the heifers will be 5 star in 2028.
Even in current scheme I know of lots who had loads star cows in ordinary years but the same cows dropped to 3 star in the reference years.
I think there should be no star requirement but all cows need to be calved to count
The stars are determined by the euro value. As people are using more and more higher euro value sires, thus lifts the star/euro rating.
Stars are assigned at each icbf evaluation run according to the euro value of all female beef stock
Stars/ euro will have to be assigned to heifers as these are the future cows.
5 years ago an €80 value would land you in the 5 star bracket, now it is in the 3 star bracket due to more an better maternal genetics being used
The key is if you want meet the target for the new BDGP/Suckler scheme, greater use of AI will be needed. I read somewhere that only animals bred will count and this will prevent buying in dairy cross heifers. They are already counted in the euro/ stars so this makes it more imperative that a breeding plan is put in place when signing up. Breeding is about small steps forwards with each calf