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Source: Cornell University By: Lorianna Keuhn and Tyler Olson As the field of genetics has advanced, new undesirable haplotypes have been discovered.  Among these are fertility haplotypes and congenital defects.  As genotyping has become more prevalent on farms, the question of...
Source: ABS Global What are polled cows? The polled gene causes cows to be born without horns and is a dominant trait in cows. Additive traits (such as milk production) are those that are built up over time, where dominant and...
Source: Pennsylvania State University With only 3% of the US dairy cow population certified organic, the majority of data underlying national genetic evaluations come from conventionally managed cows. As a result, if the differences in an environment that an organic...
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada The Canadian cattle industry is one of the country’s largest industries and a major economic driver. Canadian cattle and dairy producers hold themselves to the highest standards for quality and sustainability, which is why their...
Source: Lactanet by: Hannah Sweett, Ph. D. and Allison Fleming, Ph. D. The dairy industry has reaped substantial benefits from genomics, including advancements ranging from rapid genetic improvements for essentially all traits to the identification and management of undesirable genetic conditions...
Source: University of Missouri, Ted Probert Regional Dairy Specialist The commodity produced on a dairy farm is milk. The production unit is the cow. For a pasture-based dairy to maximize profits, the cow needs to be able to efficiently convert...
Source: University of Wisconsin-Maddison, Heather Schlesser Picking animals for your farm is one of the most important decisions you can make to improve long-term profitability. Whether it is choosing replacements, or deciding who will become parents, without proper consideration the decisions...
Source: The Pennsylvania State University With only 3% of the US dairy cow population certified organic, the majority of data underlying national genetic evaluations come from conventionally managed cows. As a result, if the differences in an environment that an...
Source: University of Minnesota With high feed costs, improving whole-farm feed efficiency is crucial for maximizing herd profitability. The most important metric for determining your herd’s whole-farm feed efficiency is feed cost per hundredweight of energy-corrected milk sold. Data from the...
Source: Lactanet, Allison Fleming, Ph. D. To aid in the understanding of sire proofs for type traits and their relationship with the expected average daughter classification scores in first lactation, Lactanet created interpretation tables for all seven breeds. The updated tables...