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” [...]
You undoubtedly have more than one crossbred cow that you could nominate, but nominate one – – right now – – since SHE could be the winner!
Go to The Dairy Crossbred Blog for more details. Here is
2014 reality: It is possible to implement a systematic crossbreeding system to dramatically increase fertility and to equal or increase component yields and, therefore, maintain or increase income from milk.
2014 excuse: Believe the statement “Crossbreeding with nontraditional dairy breeds has allowed some producers to address the problem [of fertility], but it typically comes [...]
Thanks, Dennis Halladay, Western Editor of Hoard’s for sharing the 2012 rate of cows leaving production by breeds – – including 2 categories of crossbred herds. His Hoard’s Dairyman Intel 2014 article is entitled Which breeds stay in herds longer?. The 2012 source data for this Intl [...]