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
April 15 2022
The April 2022 Hoard's Dairyman Bull List is now available. Initially delayed, this report has the complete and accurate listing of all seven breed's leaders and top Holstein and Jersey bulls, proven and...
April 11 2022
The new, official U.S. genetic evaluations will be arriving one week later than expected. This change unfolded after the April 5 release of genetic data
April 4 2022
Three times a year, genetic evaluations are calculated for all the dairy animals in the U.S. database
Dec. 10 2021
Pine-Tree-I Pursuit became the top proven bull in the Holstein breed for Total Performance Index (TPI), with August’s leader, Hurtgenlea Richard Charl, dropping into a tie for third
Sept. 16 2021
About 50% of dairy cows will be affected by lameness during their productive life, resulting in economic losses, poor health, and suboptimal animal welfare
Aug. 13 2021
This month’s evaluation features the most recent update to the Net Merit (NM$) formula since 2018, when Heifer Conception Rate, Cow Conception Rate, Cow Livability, and a Health Trait subindex were...
May 13 2021
Once the new Net Merit (NM$) formula gets implemented this August, dairy farmers from across the U.S. and around the world will have the opportunity to breed more feed-efficient cows
May 11 2021
Capturing full value for Holstein and crossbred steerspresented by Dan Schaefer, University of Wisconsin-Madisonsponsored by Neogen
May 10 2021
For those of us on dairy farms, the thought of artificial insemination becoming illegal sounds like a dreadful story straight from the spooky plotlines of the “Twilight Zone.”
April 16 2021
When I was 8 years old, a tiny, premature calf was born that I absolutely fell in love with. Her body was somewhat average in size, but her legs were short and stubby