June 29 2018
“The 1960’s Holsteins here are basically a herd frozen in time,” said Brad Heins, an associate professor and manager of the University of Minnesota’s Organic Dairy Research and...
Jan. 2 2018
I’ll be the first to admit that my husband and I are “genetics junkies.”
Dec. 12 2017
We all have something that makes our farm unique, and we all have differing ways of accomplishing our goals as dairy farmers
Oct. 31 2017
Most Halloween stories are told to a tune of scary music that leave you feeling frightened and weary. When given the choice of trick or treat, we will all typically choose treat
Aug. 25 2017
The August 2017 Hoard's Dairyman Bull List, with all seven dairy breeds, can be opened by clicking the link below
Feb. 27 2017
“Two of the biggest reasons we are culling in our lactating herd right now are mastitis and feet and leg problems,” shared Luke Haywood, who milks 1,150 cows on his family’s Sand Creek...
Feb. 20 2017
“Prior to genomics becoming available, we would have been 90 percent proven sires,” shared Welcome Stock Farm’s Bill Peck
Jan. 4 2017
Genomic workshops recently held across the country gave dairy farmers, veterinarians, and students the latest information on genomics — past, present, and future
March 25 2016
A twist on pretty will debut at a Canadian cattle show in April. While no beauty pageant exists just for young ladies with IQs above 120, there is a pageant of sorts debuting in Canada next month for heifers...
Oct. 20 2015
Genomic testing can benefit a dairy if the results are utilized; one Idaho dairyman shared his thoughts on the use of this technology on farm. When the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) held its...
Aug. 17 2015
Times have changed. It once took incentives to get farmers to use young sires. Those days have faded into distant memory. These days, dairy producers have been voting with their respective wallets by buying...
July 20 2015
"Some cows need $2 less in feed daily to produce the same amount of product. Can we find these efficient cows?" Michigan State's Mike VandeHaar asked the audience at the joint annual meeting of the American...
July 13 2015
Just as the introduction of genomics - the DNA-based study of genetics - caused many dairy producers not previously interested in genetics to take notice, the government's Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy)...
July 1 2015
Genomic evaluations have become an essential tool in producers' decision-making toolbox. Yet, without type traits, genomics aren't worth much
June 29 2015
"If you are not on DHIA test or contributing other data such as classification or health data, you can use genomics, but submitting data is critical," Dan Weigel (who works in outcomes research at Zoetis)...
April 17 2015
Free event will discuss strategies to improve fertility and profitability of dairy herds
April 1 2015
Genomics is taking away some of the guesswork
March 6 2015
Elite breeders have simple advice for dairies about how to get started. Genomics technology has taken the dairy breeding world by storm, giving milk producers tools to make dramatic improvement in their...
Jan. 25 2015
One of the keys for a breed to remain economically viable is the ability to make genetic progress, and small populations are at a large disadvantage in this respect. Genomic selection may create an even...