New lists will be published starting in July 2018 that will recognize high-ranking females for the Dairy Wellness Profit Index (DWP$). Similar to the top-ranking DWP$ bull lists, the high-ranking female lists identify animals with strong genetic potential for combinations of high production, reproduction and longevity traits, plus reduced risk for cow and calf diseases.
The lists are the result of a partnership between Zoetis and Holstein Association, USA.
DWP$ is a genetic selection index only offered with Clarifide Plus, available through Zoetis. Producers must opt in for their animals to be included in these new lists. They can opt in by visiting www.enlightdairy.com, operated by the Holstein Association.
“These lists can make it easier for Holstein producers striving to improve their herd’s health, performance and profitability to identify and benchmark their females against other elite cattle in the breed,” said Cheryl Marti, associate director, U.S. Marketing, Dairy Genetics and Reproduction, Zoetis.
The following high-ranking female lists will be made available through the Holstein Association USA website:
- Monthly, beginning July 2018: Top 200 Basic ID and Registered females newly evaluated for DWP$ for that month
- Three times/year, beginning August 2018: Top 100 DWP$ for Registered females younger than 6 months old
- Three times/year, beginning August 2018: Top 100 DWP$ for Registered females 6 to 24 months old
- Three times/year, beginning August 2018: Top 100 DWP$ for Registered females older than 24 months
How Dairy Producers Can Participate
Starting in June, producers who are testing with Clarifide Plus can visit EnlightDairy.com and opt in for their herd data to be eligible for these high-ranking female lists. Opting in authorizes Holstein USA and Zoetis to publish a producer’s genomic information if an animal qualifies for the list. Lists will be made available to producers at HolsteinUSA.com.