Management

April 2020

Management

Mitigating Methane: Just Can’t Get Enough of that Pink Puffy Seaweed!

Scientists around the world have been searching for ways to reduce agriculture’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Perhaps the most exciting discovery comes from Australia where researchers have identified a...

April 2020

Management

Which Traits Should You Focus On When Choosing Bulls for Beef-On-Dairy?

The use of beef sires on lower-end genetic-merit cows has become a widespread trend in dairy herds around the world. Extensive use of sexed semen has enabled producers to breed...

March 2020

Management

Fertility: How is it Evaluated in Different Countries?

Throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, the global popularity of the Holstein cow continued to climb in line with her improved performance. Heavy selection emphasis on production resulted in impressive...

March 2020

Management

Slick Gene - The Genetic Answer to Reduce Heat Stress

That heat and humidity cause stress for cows and reduce production is nothing new. But it is a phenomenon whose economic impact even in moderate climates is being ever-better explained...

March 2020

Management

Who Are the UK’s Top Star Brood Cows?

In this investigative article HI explores the UK’s Star Brood system and discovers more about its leaders, as well as some select position holders.

February 2020

Management

Genomics & Genetic Selection: Key Areas in Cattle Breeding, and Corn Breeding too!

We all know that cattle breeding and genetic selection can be complex, but have you ever considered the process outside the Holstein arena? Here we discuss the different breeds of...

February 2020

Management

Blondin Sires: Bringing Reliable, Solid Genetics to the Genomic World

The success of the Ferme Blondin herd in Quebec, Canada is world-famous. Many great type and index cows have passed through its barn including Blondin Redman Seisme, RockyMountain Talent Licorice,...

February 2020

Management

Trend or Purpose Driven? The Good Reasons for a Longer Calving Interval

HI traditionally keeps a close eye on breeding developments and reports on new trends which can be reasonably expected to make a positive contribution to the breed. A trend that...

February 2020

Management

Shocking Drop for DNA Bestseller Ranger: An Analysis

Notable. During the Dutch December release, Double W Ranger plummeted to 288 gNVI (-117). With 110,000 first inseminations during the past two years, he was the most used sire in...

January 2020

Management

SOP Lagoon: Mitigating Greenhouse Gas... and it Gets Rid of the Smell Too

In modern farming, environmental regulations controlling farming practices are becoming more and more restrictive in many regions of the world. Climate change and the contribution of agriculture to global warming...

January 2020

Management

A closer look at milk components When Balance is Bad

Picture a glass of JERSEY milk… rich & creamy! Picture a glass of GUERNSEY milk… golden & flavorful! Now, picture a glass of HOLSTEIN milk… nothing coming to mind yet?!...

January 2020

Management

Heat Tolerance: A Trait That Should be in our Genetic Evaluations

In 2017 Australia became the first country to publish genetic evaluations for Heat Tolerance. At first glance it would seem that a trait such as Heat Tolerance would really only...