The Data Quality Index (DQI) is a new 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 there data recording needs the most attention in the year ahead. Each LambPlus member can now access their DQI through their Sheep Ireland login, they will find the score on their homepage.
The target DQI score is 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?
It is Sheep Ireland intention to publish flock DQI next year along with animals evaluations in order to better promote the breeders that have complied with the three points above. All of these points are essential to the breed improvement strategy in order to generate the most accurate evaluations we can, and to help minimise the movement of evaluations later in the year during sales season.
How do I improve my DQI?
There is a helpful 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