Setting a specific genetic foundation for a productive herd, by reducing mis-parentage and optimizing culling rate, improving milk production and protein contents.

In collaboration with Neogen

Why does it matter?

Milk production is a partially inherited trait. Poor matching between cows and sires results in less healthy and less productive cows, increasing costs overtime. By contrast, setting tailored breeding strategies improves controlling for specific genetic traits.

How did we solve this?

Genetic testing on characteristics of the herd (e.g. milk and fat protein, polled carriers etc.) allows for implementation of a specific breeding and reproduction strategy. Annual sampling of new animals also enables better monitoring of the herd and implementation of breeding plans.   

The farm sampled all heifers, newborn females and first lactation cows, identifying their genetic conditions. It enabled implementing a dairy dashboard, with tailored breeding strategic plans. After 4 years of implementation, the culling rate decreased by 2%, which enables to always bring in new genetics. Also it reduced to 0 the misidentification of calves and it allowed for reaching a production level of 2.54 (kg/day/cow).

Opportunities for other farms?

Efficient breeding strategies can be implemented on all farms. It helps to valorise the animal value of dairy heifers or beef market and provide greater insights on poll breeds or genetically inherited diseases.  

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