May 23 2024
After years of back-and-forth between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and USDA about which group should regulate these animals and how, the FDA announced guidance that it will lead the charge and...
April 1 2024
New genetic evaluations will be available April 2, 2024, with the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) publishing updates for 50 traits and four selection indices on 82 million dairy animals
Dec. 8 2023
This month’s tri-annual genetic evaluations have been released, and they feature important updates for both the industry at large and individual breeds
Dec. 6 2023
This week, the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) published updated genetic evaluations for 50 traits and four selection indexes for more than 81.5 million dairy animals
Dec. 4 2023
In the U.S. dairy genetic evaluations that will be published on Tuesday, December 5, three changes have been implemented — all involving the use of haplotypes
Nov. 22 2023
On December 5, and for the first time, the evaluation will include a haplotype call for early onset muscle weakness syndrome
Nov. 20 2023
There is a lack of research — especially in the U.S. — to support how a herd of cows with high health due to quality genetics can help reduce a farm’s environmental footprint
Oct. 23 2023
The national cooperator database, managed by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB), is the largest record of dairy genetic material in the world. It allows breeders from all over access to high-
Oct. 19 2023
More than 150 dairy genetic enthusiasts gathered on October 4, 2023, at World Dairy Expo for the ninth annual Industry Meeting of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB)
Oct. 11 2023
Dairy producers today have more genetic tools today than ever before. Genomic testing is the big player, and there are also new selection traits and indices, better methods to track and interpret data,...
Sept. 27 2023
The weather is cooling, the leaves are starting to turn, and football is back. For dairy enthusiasts, that all means two things: corn silage harvest is underway or complete, and World Dairy Expo will be...
Sept. 7 2023
Dairy farmers, and particularly Holstein breeders, have become familiar with recessive genes and haplotype conditions in recent decades
Aug. 11 2023
Though few changes were implemented in this month’s proofs by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding, there is no shortage of re-ranking
Aug. 7 2023
New genetic evaluations for dairy animals will be released on Tuesday, August 8, by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB)
May 22 2023
Selective breeding has delivered benefits that are part of our industry’s rich history of effective farming. These breeding methods have improved productivity while using fewer natural resources
April 3 2023
New genetic evaluations will be published Tuesday, April 4, for dairy producers to make breeding, culling, and other management decisions with updated predictions of animals’ genetic merit. Nearly...
Dec. 9 2022
The official December genetic proofs are now available. In the Holstein breed, STgen Cowen Thorson-ET again retained the top spot in the genomic Net Merit (NM$), Cheese Merit (CM$), and TPI
Aug. 10 2022
DURING the past year, the U.S. genetics community identified a challenge and came together to create a solution that will benefit breeders of Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, and Milking Shorthorn
Aug. 8 2022
Genetic evaluations to strengthen resistance to six health disorders are available for Brown Swiss animals beginning August 9, 2022
June 13 2022
Genetic selection for improved hoof health is one opportunity to reduce lameness, which affects about 50% of dairy cows and results in economic losses, poor health, and suboptimal animal welfare