Genetics

Genex launching new Holstein sire index

With the August dairy sire summary, Genex Cooperative, Inc. will rank Holstein bulls with a new genetic index called the Ideal Commercial Cow (ICC$) index. FULL STORY »

Select Sires acquires GenerVations and Sire Lodge

Select Sires has reached an agreement to purchase GenerVations Inc. and their bull housing and production facility, Sire Lodge Inc. FULL STORY »

Taurus Service announced as CRV USA distributor

CRV USA and Taurus Service have partnered to provide grazing producers with a wide portfolio of genetics proven successful in grazing systems around the world. FULL STORY »

AgSource Genetic Selection Guide accelerates herd improvement

With the availability of sexed semen, genomically proven cows and bulls, and the increased value of beef animals, producers have more choices to make in managing dairy genetics than ever before. FULL STORY »

The value of a herd mating program

There are several reasons why a dairy producer might decide to utilize a herd mating program, inbreeding management being just one of them. FULL STORY »

Drought increases importance of selection decisions

Genetic technologies, used early in an animal’s life, are important tools that can help you manage feed costs and assure genetic progress for future profitability. FULL STORY »

Cow of the Future: Breeding for reduced methane output possible

Careful breeding could result in an 11-26 percent reduction in methane emissions from dairy cows. FULL STORY »

Upcoming webinar on genomics

Mark your calendar for Jan. 14 to hear Chad Dechow, Pennsylvania State University, review genomic technology and how genomics can be used as a herd management tool. FULL STORY »

Selective dairy breeding may prevent lameness, boost productivity

Dairies could increase their efficiency and improve the health of their herds if they considered lameness and hoof health when they develop breeding plans, suggests a new study led by UC Davis researchers. FULL STORY »

Genomics: Creating opportunities for all dairies

Genomic technology currently holds its greatest stakes within elite dairy cattle breeding programs, but many commercial dairy operations are finding tremendous value and return from mass genomic screening. FULL STORY »

Reduce sick cows through breeding

Traditionally, the dairy industry has focused on proper nutrition and management practices to prevent disease. Another method that is gaining popularity is the use of genetics to select for healthier cows with naturally superior immune responses. FULL STORY »

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