Quality udders and good feet and legs are a priority for cows at Dave Meyer’s dairy in Summerhill, Pa. To accomplish these goals, he and his genetics representative carefully evaluate and rank the merits of each heifer long before AI breeding decisions are made. This ensures that proper matings occur in the 200-cow herd.

Then, they double-check these rankings right before breeding to make sure the chosen mating will result in genetic improvement within the herd. As a result, Myers’ sand-bedded free-stall facilities are filled with a well-uddered herd of Holstein and Jersey cows with good feet and legs.