Genomics seems to be taking our industry by storm and we are all on the fast track. Peruse any dairy publication and you are bound to see a variety of genomics-related articles.

Producers are testing heifers at an ever-increasing rate. University and industry researchers are touting the benefits of using genomics as an evaluation tool. Now the question is: What to do with all of this genomic data?

Dairy Records Management Systems has the answer. The Heifer Genomics Guide (DHI-428) is now available to all dairy producer clients on DHIA test who genotype. Genomics results flow from UDSA-AIPL to DRMS and are merged with relevant management information. The result is the Heifer Genomics Guide.

Consultants can receive a copy of the Heifer Genomics Guide and a genomic data offload from their customers. The Guide helps zero in on heifers with the most potential by ranking all genotyped heifers by Net Merit Dollars.

This ranking can assist with culling and flush decisions as heifers are ranked based on their genetic potential when compared to their cohort heifer group and to the current milking herd. To get the greatest benefit from genomics testing, tools such as the Heifer Genomics Guide are becoming increasingly important.

The Guide enables producers and consultants to make informed decisions about heifers from a genomics perspective and will help elevate the value of genetics in U.S. dairy herds.

Contact DRMS at (919) 661-3120 or (515) 294-2526 for more information. A sample report is available at www.drms.org.

Get a better handle on genomics