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What is my actual Data Quality Index (DQI) score and how to improve it?

The Data Quality Index (DQI) is an index that rates flocks based on the quality and quantity of the data recorded on the flock over the previous year.

This index can be used to help LambPlus farmers identify the areas where their data recording needs the most attention in the year ahead. Each LambPlus member can access their DQI through their Sheep Ireland online services and find the score on their homepage.

The target DQI score is at least 80% or higher

The DQI reflects three aspects of your data recording:

  • Completeness — Have you recorded all available information on the Sheep Ireland database?
  • Timeliness — Have you recorded this data in a prompt manner?
  • Quality — Have you accurately recorded this data?

Where can I find my DQI score?

Once you access your Farmer Homepage, your DQI score will be visible on the top left hand of your screen.

How do I improve my DQI?

Just press “Click here for more details” below your DQI score and a graph will be displayed with the last years’ evolution. The Pedigree DQI and the Commercial DQI are calculated and will be displayed separately.

Below each DQI graph, you will find a list of the areas to work on for improving your score.

There is also a “Help” note on the right hand side of the DQI screen listing the areas where your DQI could be most improved.

Why has my DQI not changed after I entered more information?

The DQI will be periodically updated, however, it can be updated manually at any time by simply clicking on the Recalculate button below your DQI score. This will then give you your most current DQI.

For more information click here What is the DQI and why it is important? – Sheep Ireland and watch this video with a short and simple explanation about it: