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Top 3 August proof takeaways…

…to help you create more Alta 4-EVENT COWS

1. There’s a variety of new Alta bulls that will sire Alta 4-EVENT COWS

No matter your comfort level on sire reliability, we have some impressive new sires atop our marketing lists.

  • Alta ADVANTAGE
    21 new sires are available exclusively for our Alta ADVANTAGE partner herds.
    These sires average an impressive 928 for the 6040 index, 158 CFP & 7.1 PL.

 

  • Alta G-STARS
    You currently have access to nearly 100 G-STAR sires! Among that list are sires that will fit whichever genetic plan is the right one for your operation.

 

  • Alta FUTURE STARS
    6 of the top 8 FUTURE STARS are new to the list. They join this the FUTURE STAR ranks after gaining calving ease observations to pair with their high fertility CONCEPT PLUS ratings. The familiar names in this elite group include AltaRONDON, AltaBUGGY, AltaALTUVE, AltaNITRO, AltaWILLIE, AltaGILMORE.

 

  • Daughter-proven new releases
    11HO11779 AltaTOPSHOT tops the line-up of bulls with milking daughters. With 164 milking daughters, he increased 125 points on the 6040 index and 111 for both TPI and NM$. What makes this even more exciting is that we have numerous AltaTOPSHOT sons at Alta, who gained traction on various rankings to fit your strategic genetic objectives.Other new release sires include popular sire of sons 11HO11778 AltaROBSON, as well as AltaTURNKEY, AltaBAYOU, and AltaAMULET. Learn more about the results from the newest additions to the daughter-proven lineup HERE.
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2. Stability will improve for fertility traits

You can have confidence in the future stability of a bull’s DPR, CCR and HCR values. A new calculation update from CDCB means that previous fluctuations for these female fertility traits should now be a thing of the past. So, with August proofs, keep in mind that industry averages for DPR did change as follows:

  • HO genomic young bulls: ↓0.6
  • HO dtr-proven bulls: ↓0.3
  • JE genomic young bulls: ↓0.3
  • JE dtr-prven bulls: no average change

Looking for more info? Read more about these changes HERE.

3. Focus on sire fertility to create more 4-EVENT COWS

We share your goal – to create more pregnancies on your dairy. Getting cows pregnant on the first service is a key piece to the puzzle of creating more Alta 4-EVENT COWS.

Regardless if you use conventional semen or sexed semen in your strategic breeding plan, we’ve got you covered. You have access to a LOT of sires that have proven themselves with higher conception rates than the norm – on large progressive dairies, just like yours.

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CONCEPT PLUS high fertility sires will help you create more pregnancies with conventional semen.

High Fertility SexedULTRA sires

511 CONCEPT PLUS high fertility sexed sires will help you create more sexed pregnancies.

So if creating more pregnancies is a main goal of yours, be sure to focus on fertility as part of your customized genetic plan.

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New bulls top the Alta daughter-proven ranks

Familiar Alta sire names, now on top of the daughter-proven sire lists, were all previous staples on the G-STAR, FUTURE STAR, and/or Alta ADVANTAGE lists.

As the daughters of these bulls join the milking herd, you gain confirmation that they’re the type of bulls to help you create more productive, healthy, trouble-free cows. With real daughter information on health traits, production values, and sire fertility, our leading sires provide your dairy with traits that create more Alta 4-EVENT COWS.

Bomaz Topshot 277 from Bomaz Dairy, Hammond, WI

Bomaz AltaTOPSHOT
Supershot x AltaEMBASSY
GA6040: 1043 | 2754 TPI | Alta511

  • Impressive 178 pounds combined fat and protein
  • Long-lasting, healthy, trouble-free cows at 7.4 PL
  • Helps you create Alta 4-EVENT COWS with +1043 value on the 6040 index and +2128 PTA Milk
Bomaz Robson 7804 at Bomaz Dairy, Hammond, WI

Bomaz AltaROBSON
Rubicon x Bob
GA6040: 891 | 2713 TPI | Alta511

  • Feed efficient cattle with superior component percentages
  • Very fertile, trouble-free daughters at 2.2 DPR and 7.0 PL
  • Sire of sons, his progeny are favorites on the current Alta G-STAR list
3 Daughters of AltaTURNKEY
3 Daughters of AltaTURNKEY at Boadwine Dairy, Baltic, SD

PEAK AltaTURNKEY
Wickham x Ransom
GA6040: 832 | 2609 TPI | CP, 511CP & Alta511

  • Outstanding sire fertility, with both CONCEPT PLUS and 511 CONCEPT PLUS designations
  • Easy calvings at a 4.8 CE
  • Newly added type daughters prove that he sires deep and open dairy cows with high, wide rear udders
Pine Breeze Craig 9764 from Pine Breeze Dairy in Pine River, WI

No-Fla AltaCRAIG
Stoic x Supersire
GA6040: 786 | 2602 TPI

  • Definite udder improver with high, wide rear udders with strong attachments
  • Deep, strong cows to thrive in progressive environments
  • High quality milk producers with a low SCS of 2.51
Pine Breeze Amulet 9639 from Pine Breeze Dairy in Pine River, WI

PEAK AltaAMULET
Josuper x Mogul
2549 TPI | CP, 511CP & Alta511

  • Elite sire fertility, as a CONCEPT PLUS AND 511 CONCEPT PLUS sire
  • A type and udder specialist at +2.06 PTAT and +2.54 UDC
  • More than 100 production daughters prove his strong focus on production with +2069 PTAM

011HO11784 AltaBAYOU

No-Fla AltaBAYOU
AltaSPRING x Supersire
2583 TPI | CP

  • A Fertility Focus sire at a 5-Star CONCEPT PLUS rating
  • Best used on cows, with 8.7 CE
  • A production specialist at a +1713 PTAM

011HO11781 AltaUPSHOT

Bomaz AltaUPSHOT
Supershot x AltaEMBASSY
GA6040: 891 | 2571 TPI

  • A breed leader for milk production at an impressive +2320 PTAM
  • Sires fertile cows with a +1.4DPR
  • An economic advantage to your 60-40-0 Genetic Plan
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Stability will improve for fertility traits

With the August 2019 proof round comes a complete revision of the fertility evaluations. This means previous seasonal fluctuations in a bull’s value for Daughter Pregnancy Rate (DPR) should now be a thing of the past.

This adjustment will also improve the stability of a bull’s values for Cow Conception Rate (CCR) and Heifer Conception Rate (HCR).

The simple, primary reason that DPR fluctuated from one proof to the next was that seasonal groupings used for the calculations were previously based on heifer breeding dates instead of cow breeding dates.

After correcting the seasonal groupings, CDCB reran the past four proof evaluations and saw a much more stable trend for all fertility traits. This means you can have confidence that the lingering instability should now be resolved.

This means you can trust that selection for DPR, CCR or HCR within your customized genetic plan will help you create more fertile, Alta 4-EVENT COWS.

What does that mean for this proof round?

With this August proof adjustment, the average industry values for DPR, CCR, and HCR did drop slightly. The table below outlines the overall average drop for these fertility traits in the Holstein and Jersey breeds.

Young genomic Holstein bullsDtr-proven Holstein bullsYoung genomic Jersey bullsDtr-proven Jersey bulls
Average DPR change from April to August 2019-0.6-0.3-0.30.0
Image of cows eating as feature image about trait stability for Daughter Pregnancy Rate and other fertility traits

For more information, and to see comparisons between previous and current fertility trait evaluations, find the full article on the CDCB website HERE.

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