While the Hoard’s Dairyman Bull List will be available in the December issue, we are making it available to readers here as well. It can be downloaded by clicking this link.
To makes heads or tail of all those bulls, we sorted through the top bulls and ranked them on nine different traits or indexes in the Holstein breed. In Jerseys, we ranked bulls on two traits and all other breeds on one trait.
There were 3,840 bulls declared active by A.I. marketing organizations. That was up 365 bulls from August 2017. Overall, there were 1,149 bulls available that also have milking daughters.A.I. studs also added more genomic offerings as 2,691 bulls were available this December compared to 2,520 in August. With everything considered, genomics garners the largest portion of the bull rankings. However, for the first time in a number of years, the ratio of genomic bulls declared active fell slightly to 70.1 percent.