Breeding for a Healthier Herd

Breeding for a Healthier Herd Through DataDriven Innovation

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.

W-14970-17-Health-Traits.jpgThe 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.

Learn more about SCK, MTR and FH.

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