Management

March 2019

Management

Mastitis – The New Heavyweight Among Health Traits

Theoretically, a breeding value for somatic cell score (SCS), as is routinely calculated in most countries around the world, could continue to serve as a genetic indicator for udder health...

February 2019

Management

“Beef on Dairy”: Significant Increase in the Use of Beef Bulls on Dairy Cows

In HI, we seldom or never write an article about the beef breeds. Nevertheless, there is a good reason to do that now, because the use of beef bulls on...

February 2019

Management

Wellness Traits: Building a Healthier Herd

Use of genomics in official genetic evaluations has transformed the dairy cattle breeding industry over the past decade. Now genomics is being used to offer breeders new options when it...

January 2019

Management

Preventing Holsteins from Becoming Too Tall

The breeding of tall, impressive looking cows has been the goal for many a breeder down through the years. Now, slowly the tide of opinion is changing and many believe...

January 2019

Management

TPI and Net Merit: Do You Know Exactly What They Include?

With US Holstein genetics playing a major role on the international scene, the TPI is widely recognized and has become a common language understood in many different countries around the...

December 2018

Management

Cow Comfort: What Are the Main Options for Bedding Material?

Improved cow comfort is often listed as a major contributor to increased milk production. Improved barn design, increased air flow and ventilation, better access to the feed bunk, and more...

December 2018

Management

Lepoint: ‘Genomics Overestimates Popular Families. That Needs to Change.’

France has two large breeding companies: Evolution and Gènes Diffusion. At the latter, Frédéric Lepoint has already been employed for 28 years and thus is both a genetic manager and...

November 2018

Management

Bull Fertility - Much Consulted Trait in Sire Selection

Timely pregnancy of heifers and cows is critical to the economics of dairy farms. That is the reason why during the past number of years, fertility has received increased attention...

October 2018

Management

Arnout Dekker about the Positive Effects of OmniGen-AF

‘Stress reduces the resistance of cows, causing the likelihood of infections to increase. And the number of stress moments is quite high actually; cows are like people with autism, they...

August 2018

Management

10 Years of Revolution: Paul VanRaden Looks at the Evolution of Genomics

It is now almost 10 years since the arrival of the genomics. In that time it has evolved into the biggest revolution the cattle breeding industry has seen. To look...

August 2018

Management

Growing Demand for AI Equipment

A common sight on many farms around the world is the arrivial of the AI technician to breed cows. Now the number of farmers with their own tanks and doing...

July 2018

Management

Pieter Karst Bouma: Get the Most from the Cows with a Milking Robot and Extra Information

A daily production of 40 kg/cow; Pieter Karst Bouma wants to reach this goal within two years. ‘After raising the roof on the old barn, that is certainly realistic,’ says...