A new tool is available at the Holstein Association USA Web site to help you evaluate the impact of inbreeding on prospective matings.

The tool, known as the Inbreeding Calculator, allows you to evaluate inbreeding percentages, the economic impact of inbreeding and the parent averages - adjusted for inbreeding - for a prospective mating.

To use the calculator, you will need to enter the registration number or NAAB code of the bulls you are evaluating and the registration number of the cow being mated.

You can find the calculator at: http://www.holsteinusa.com. Once there, click on the "Free Stuff" button in the left menu to access the calculator.