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Reproduction Tuesday, 01 November 2016

5 fundamentals for improved herd reproduction

In the game of dairy herd reproduction, it’s the simple things that separate the top-performing herds from the rest. If you’re looking to up your game in terms of reproductive performance, get back to the basics with these five fundamental tips.

Dairy Genetics Monday, 31 October 2016

A genetic approach to improved fertility

We’ve all heard the statement, “genetics don’t matter without first creating a pregnancy.”

This insightful truth has shifted our global breeding strategy to a stronger focus on fertility. When improved fertility is one of your ultimate goals, you can use genetics to help get you there – both now and into the future.

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Dairy Genetics Tuesday, 25 October 2016

The high value of low heritability

The brutal fact is that heritability is often misunderstood.

The traits most commonly referred to as low heritability are the health traits – Productive Life (PL), Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR), and Somatic Cell Score (SCS). The most common misconception is that although the predicted transmitting ability (PTA) for PL or DPR is high for particular bulls, the heritability is so low that progress will be minimal in a single generation and slow over time.

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