As reported in Progressive Dairyman (Issue 17, Oct. 19, 2014) Heather White, Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Department of Dairy Science “estimates that 20 to 45 percent of cows in U.S. dairy herds have or will be affected by ketosis – either clinical or subclinical -at some point in their lifetime.” In [...]
The dairy crossbred cow is the “real deal” for commercial operations — even dairy producers with all registered cows are admitting this. Likewise, crossbreeding enthusiasts know they need good purebred AI bulls to be successful at crossbreeding. Here are some comments from visitors [...]
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Could the making of a star (sire) in dairy cattle breeding be changing? More dairy producers, not just crossbreeders, are requiring their “go-to” bulls to transmit competitive production AND sire daughters requiring less inputs.
Inputs are costs and too many inputs unmercifully chisel away at profit. Everywhere a dairy producer turns these days, someone is putting [...]
Here’s a quote/goal from the 2014 Crossbred Cow of the Year contest – - ”A PROFITABLE type of cow that does her job without any problems.” In other words “a cow with more gives and less takes.” Less of these profit-stealers:
Less inseminations per pregnancy – less cost per pregnancy, less days open, less synchronization costs [...]
Recent research results show greater fertility and survival with crossbred cows compared with pure Holstein cows, writes Professor Bradley Heins. His research at the University of Minnesota and his summary of other research trials was published May 20, 2014 at The Dairy Site in the article “
This blog features some excerpts from the February Holstein International and USDA about the status of fitness trait leaders in Holsteins.
Holstein International ranks bulls on their national index in their genetic base, using aggressive minimum criteria for productive life, daughter fertility and somatic cell counts. Here are some quotes from an article entitled ““Triple-Plus” [...]