Do you make use of Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI)? Do you understand how to use PLI?

Dr Alistair CarsonDairy farmers planning to breed more profit into their herds are urged to attend a ‘PLI for Profit’ conference in Cookstown next month.

Taking place in the Glenavon Hotel on Tues, 18 October, this AgriSearch sponsored event will focus on the vital role breeding can play in optimising the performance of your herd and the role of Profitable Lifetime Index, PLI.

“The aim is to help producers make informed decisions about using PLI for sire selection. It can put money in your pocket,” says AgriSearch dairy committee chairman, Gary McHenry. “It will highlight the benefits to be gained, no matter what production system you use.”

McHenry and vice chairman, Drew McConnell, will relate personal experience of using PLI to guide breeding decisions in their own herds at Aghalee and Omagh.
David Mackey, CAFRE, will present results showing how PLI has been used to good effect in those herds and in the Future Herd at Greenmount. He will demonstrate the importance of lifetime performance in figures and will outline how to use PLI and its sub-indices on your farm.

Dr Alistair Carson, from AFBI, Hillsborough will outline how using the Profitable Lifetime Index benefits producers in Northern Ireland.

Lucy AndrewsOther guest speakers include Lucy Andrews from Holstein UK, who will examine breeding for longevity, sustainability and profitability. Lucy, a graduate of Harper Adams University College, has gained a national reputation for her ability to help research scientists communicate their findings to busy farmers.

The final speaker will be NI representative on the UK Genetic Advisory Forum of DairyCo, Gary Watson, who will outline the tools farmers have available to help achieve genetic progress.

DairyCo head of genetics Marco Winters will then chair a panel bringing together guest speakers and PLI users Drew McConnell and Gary McHenry, giving you an opportunity to ask, listen and learn about the practical benefits of putting PLI into use in your herd. The proceedings will be summarised by Dr Sinclair Mayne.

The conference begins at 10am on 18 October and the nominal charge of £10 includes lunch. To ease catering on the day conference places must be booked in advance through AgriSearch, tel; (028) 8778 9770. 


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