Continuing the tradition for innovation, GENEX published proprietary breeding values for Subclinical Ketosis (SCK), Metritis (MTR) and Foot Health (FH). These values are incorporated into the Ideal Commercial Cow (ICC$) index to provide producers the opportunity to breed for healthier ideal commercial Holstein cows.
The ICC$ index, designed to meet commercial Holstein producers' needs, provides a distinct advantage in breeding for a healthier herd with the inclusion of SCK, MTR and FH.
“These proprietary breeding values were developed because each condition has a profound impact on a dairy,” states Keith Heikes, GENEX COO. “Use of these breeding values within the ICC$ index will enable members and customers to further improve the health and well-being of their cows and positively impact farm productivity and profitability.”
Each breeding value is set to a base of 100, meaning 100 is average. Sires with breeding values above 100 are expected to have daughters with fewer of the specific health issue.