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RDS Livestock Awards

The RDS Livestock Awards are the only awards of their kind in Ireland that recognise the genetic merit of animals based on scientific indexes. The awards are linked to the Irish Cattle Breeders Federation (ICBF) and Sheep Ireland databases. ICBF and Sheep Ireland base their decision on the data available to them so the RDS are truly celebrating and highlighting the most productive, most efficient farmers and livestock in the country.

There are five awards presented in this category:

  • Economic Breeding Index (EBI) Award - Best Dairy Cow
  • Euro-Star Index Award - Best Beef Cow
  • Dairy Herd Index Award
  • Beef Herd Index Award
  • LambPlus Breeders Index Award


The goal of the RDS Agriculture and Rural Affairs work programme is to promote best practice and efficiency in farming to ensure farm household profitability and sustainability in Ireland; a work programme now influenced by the RDS / IIEA work on Climate Smart Agriculture. The Awards, which encourage innovation and improvement in the Irish cattle breeding sector have grown into one of the most prestigious awards in the cattle breeding calendar.


For further information, please contact:

Paul Farrelly
RDS Agriculture Programme Manager
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7215
Email: agriculture@rds.ie

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