Aug. 14 2020
The August 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
July 17 2020
There are two methods that could help generate genetic evaluations for lifetime economic merit. We could directly determine economic merit by tracking income and expenses for all cows. Keeping track of...
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
May 11 2020
“Remember that a cow is a mother, and her calf is a baby.” — W.D. Hoard
April 16 2020
Domestic semen sales of beef breeds skyrocketed 128% in the past two years to reach 5.8 million units. That’s up from 2017’s 2.5 million units
April 6 2020
Animals’ genetic “proofs” will look markedly different with the April 7 genetic evaluations, as it’s time for the every-five-year base change
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
March 10 2020
THe COLLECTIVE dairy world should be shouting acclamations from the mountaintops. We’ve made enormous strides in production per cow and that’s helped us double down on our efforts to reduce
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
Oct. 25 2019
Most breeders have some sense that our current dairy cattle population has undergone a bottleneck due to intensive selection for yield and conformation
Oct. 17 2019
There’s no doubt that inbreeding has been a topic heavy on dairy farmers’ minds as we’ve progressed through the genomic era
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
April 12 2019
“He’s named after Grandpa! The highest bull in the world. How cool is that,” I thought
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. 18 2019
The American Embryo Transfer Association (AETA) held its 2018 annual convention in beautiful Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with veterinarians and embryo transfer practitioners from around the globe in attendance