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
Nov. 16 2020
In December, dairy cattle sustainability will add a genetic tool with the introduction of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding’s (CDCB) Feed Saved trait in Holstein sire evaluations
Nov. 16 2020
Last week, as the North American International Livestock Expo in Louisville, Ky., finished up, it was easy to admire all the beautiful cows
Nov. 10 2020
Getting cows pregnant not only returns them to productivity quicker, the value of those calves can provide a significant revenue stream for the dairy
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
Aug. 10 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