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Why beef-on-dairy works for Wulf Cattle PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Friday, 28 March 2014 12:42

beef on dairy bannerCattlemen are leaning on their counterparts in the dairy industry to beef up the supply of quality red meat.

“The beef industry has its eyes on nine million dairy cows,” Jerry Wulf told dairymen at the 2014 World Ag Expo. “Hopefully, you can help us produce high-quality feeder cattle from that cow supply.”

 
Dairymen weigh in on Angus and Wagyu crosses PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Progressive Dairyman Editor Peggy Coffeen   
Friday, 28 March 2014 12:20

0614pd_coffeen_bod_1Two more dairymen joined Wulf in the discussion of breeding dairy cows to beef during the World Ag Expo panel. Find out why they are doing it, how they are implementing a breeding plan and what they do with their calves.
 
Genomic testing: Feeding the world with profitable cows PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Mandy Brazil   
Friday, 28 March 2014 11:33

The dairy industry has greatly evolved over the years with necessity-driven innovation. In order to be efficient in feeding a growing world, it has to.

Dairy producers have to find ways to excel faster and further than they ever have before. Genomic testing, one of the fastest and most powerful breeding tools we have today, does just that.

 
The proof is in the numbers PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Chrissy Meyer   
Friday, 28 March 2014 10:38

Genetics matter. And they are one of the cheapest investments you can make to improve the profitability and efficiency of your herd. While the numbers on a proof sheet may sometimes seem unrealistic or unclear, once you break it down to see how they translate on a herd-level basis, it becomes very real.

Using herd management software programs, we can create a genetic assessment of any given herd to see if their animals truly live up to their genetic potential.

 
Boost component premiums by picking the right bulls PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Matthew Costello   
Friday, 28 March 2014 10:06

The dairy world, both the production industry and the commodity market sides, is at a pivotal moment. No longer is fluid milk the leading driver of milk prices; now, the solids within milk have the power.

Sure, a producer can make a little more money by shipping more hundredweights, but at the cost of the efficiency of the dairy. The good news for the dairy producer is that boosting the premium dollars on their milk check can be as simple as choosing the right bulls.

 
Are you improving the genetics of the next generation of cows? PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Robert Fourdraine   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 14:56

The easy answer to this question is yes, but the deeper question is: How much improvement are you making, and could you be making more?

For the vast majority of producers, improving the genetics of offspring starts with the selection of A.I. service sires. On the sire side, decisions have to be made about which traits to select for, what minimum or maximum values you wish to consider and how much you wish to spend on a unit of semen.

 
Half of Holstein heifer calves could be polled by 2034 PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Ben Dorshorst   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 09:32

Dehorning cattle has become a standard practice in modern dairy operations to prevent injury to humans and animals alike. Dehorning is one of the sometimes unpleasant tasks that must be performed on the average dairy farm.

But what if you could eliminate this task simply by choosing the “right” bull? Selecting genetically hornless or “polled” sires will allow you to incorporate the polled trait into your herd and permanently eliminate dehorning from your to-do list.

 
Monitoring your genetics investment is worth the money PDF Print E-mail
Dairy basics - A.I. and Breeding
Written by Robert Fourdraine   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 09:11

Genetics has historically played a minor role in day-to-day herd management when compared to nutrition, udder health and reproduction. Genetic progress for most dairies consisted of selecting A.I. sires that might improve the herd’s main deficiencies, like production, feet and legs or udder composite.

 


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