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
April 9 2021
The April 2021 Hoard’s Dairyman Bull List is now available. {link}In this month’s evaluation, Holstein bull Hurtgenlea Richard Charl becomes the first proven sire to reach 3000 TPI
April 5 2021
Dairy producers and genetic enthusiasts eagerly await the next release of dairy genetic evaluations on Tuesday, April 6. These triannual evaluations – on April 6, August 10, and December 7
March 18 2021
A new milestone was achieved on March 5. That’s when the 5 millionth individual genotype was recorded in the national dairy cooperator database
Jan. 6 2021
Are we breeding cows wrong? It is an honest question. Have we lost sight of how or when to breed cows?
Dec. 28 2020
Dairy producers are now able to breed for more feed-efficient cows. The trait — Feed Saved — debuted with the genetic evaluations published on December 1 by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding...
Dec. 4 2020
The December 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
Nov. 30 2020
Dairy producers will soon have two new traits of significant economic value to consider in their breeding programs