How stable are genomic proofs?

Most progressive dairy producers have now adopted and embraced genomics as the best way to make rapid genetic progress. Yet, we don’t blame you if the recent base change has left you wondering. Are genomic proofs as stable as they once were? Are genomic-proven bulls your best option, even when many daughter-proven sires still offer […]

4-EVENT COW is one you hardly notice. In the span of her lactation, her cow card confirms just four major events:

FRESH BRED Confirmed PREGnant DRY Of course, maintenance events like pen moves, foot trims, vaccinations, and pregnancy re-checks also occur during a cow’s lactation. But what’s really missing in a 4-EVENT COW’S lactation are the setbacks – the costly, time-consuming issues that hinder overall herd profitability. She goes about her business of producing high-quality milk without […]

What you need to know about the April 2020 US Genetic Base Change

A genetic base change is an adjustment of predicted transmitting abilities (PTAs) for all animals in a given breed. This change resets the average PTAs for each trait within a new reference population back to zero. With the April 2020 US genetic base change in mind, here are five key points to remember. 1. THE […]

4 things to know about the new TPI formula update

With April 2020 genetic evaluations comes a newly updated TPI formula. While the changes are not major, it is important for you to stay aware of these updates, especially if TPI is your genetic plan of choice. WHAT ARE THE KEY TPI UPDATES? 1. The fat to protein ratio is now equal Previously, pounds of […]

The timeline of an Alta sire

You might be wondering what the different sire designations mean, and how they fit into the life cycle of an Alta bull. So let’s break them down… Alta ADVANTAGE Most sires begin their journey at Alta among this group of bulls, which is available only to our loyal Alta ADVANTAGE partner herds. Alta ADVANTAGE sires […]

New trait from CDCB: Early First Calving

As part of April 2019 the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) is releasing a newly evaluated trait: Early First Calving (EFC). Because genetics and management both play a role in heifer development, having the ability to select for animals that calve in earlier can help increase your herd’s profitability. Heifer rearing accounts for 15-20% of the total cost […]

New in April 2019: Crossbred evaluations

The Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) will now release genomic evaluations for crossbred animals. In recent years, increased crossbreeding, paired with increased adoption of genomic testing in commercial environments, has led to the demand – and accessibility – to calculate genomic evaluations on crossbred animals. What does this mean for you? You can expect […]