The NEW Alta Bull Search App

Download the all-new app today! With more traits, more breeds, more features, more options, and more sorting abilities, the all-new Alta Bull Search app is a more streamlined approach to bull searching. What can you expect? Search and sort dairy bulls industry wide from your mobile device Sort by name, NAAB code, or registration number […]

Your genetic decision today IS your future herd

The future of your herd is more than just your youngstock. It’s found inside your semen tank.

Think about the semen just delivered to your dairy and added to your tank. It’s an investment. And it’s a decision that will impact your operation for years to come. Your genetic decision today becomes the calves, heifers, and milking cows of your future herd.

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 NM$ index has new weights

The CDCB health traits will be added to the Lifetime Net Merit (NM$) formula starting in August. They will be combined into a health trait sub-index called HTH$, which will not be published separately. You can find the relative value (%) for the traits in HTH$ in Table 1. DA, MAST, and METR represent over 80% […]

Genetic indexes: can one size fit all?

Indexes are important genetic selection tools. They combine all significant genetic traits into one package – and get producers away from setting minimum criteria for specific traits. That allows you to focus on creating a next generation of cows that are the right fit for your environment. A global industry standard index like TPI has […]