June 18 2020
Calving ease evaluations have evolved immensely over the decades. When first released in 1977, 28% of heifers and 15% of cows needed help calving
April 10 2020
The April 2020 Hoard’s Dairyman Bull List can be downloaded. The list includes the top bulls for Holsteins, Jerseys, Brown Swiss, Red and Whites, Guernsey, Ayrshire, and Milking Shorthorns
March 27 2020
If there are any skeptics that do not believe in the power of genetic selection, then they have been ignoring the facts. The magical history of genetic selection has translated into more milk per cow
March 16 2020
Several enhancements will take effect for the April 7 triannual dairy genetic evaluations, with the most noticeable update being the genetic base
Dec. 12 2019
Many scientists and animal breeders are keenly interested in directly altering a portion of an organism’s genome to incorporate specific traits
Sept. 6 2019
There is no doubt that genomics has made significant inroads with over 3 million dairy animals being tested in the past decade
Aug. 19 2019
It’s been 10 years since genomic testing was introduced to the dairy industry. This valuable tool has provided breeders across the globe the opportunity for much faster genetic progress
Aug. 16 2019
The August 2019 Hoard’s Dairyman Bull List can be downloaded. The list includes the top bulls for Holsteins, Jerseys, Brown Swiss, Red and Whites, Guernsey, Ayrshire, and Milking Shorthorns
June 24 2019
“The dairy industry has led the agri-genomic revolution with the implementation of genome-enabled genetic predictions,” wrote the 23 authors in a recent paper published in Frontiers in Genetics
April 5 2019
The April 2019 Hoard’s Dairyman Bull List can be downloaded. The list includes the top bulls for Holsteins, Jerseys, Brown Swiss, Red and White Holsteins, Guernseys, Ayrshires, and Milking Shorthorns
Feb. 25 2019
Genomic evaluations were first released to dairy producers a decade ago. The genomic revolution has changed a lot when it comes to dairy selection programs
Jan. 15 2019
Just like the early European explorers who made the first maps, every world map improved with each expedition. The same case applies to studying DNA
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