Inbreeding - A consequence of life on the genomic highway?

April 20, 2020

The level of inbreeding is increasing in the Holstein breed. Is this a bad thing? How did we get here and what does it mean?

The April 2020 Genetic Evaluation - A Summary

April 20, 2020

The April 2020 sire evaluation had more changes than usual. This is not coincidental. The most noticeable of changes was the genetic base change.

This article is a summary of all the changes to the genetic evaluation that were implemented in April 2020. While it is impossible to calculate what change caused what PTA to shift, the list below may give you an idea of why a certain PTA on a specific bull changed the way it did.

Is our AI Industry okay?

April 20, 2020

Semen sales are increasing each year; yet, if you’d ask anyone related to the industry how our business is doing (producer, scientist, A.I. rep, classifier, breeder), you are likely going to get a mixture of reactions. You may get anything from “on the verge of collapse” to “better than ever.”

The industry seems to be stirring, and it feels uncomfortable. Is our A.I. industry OK?

What is on your semen straw?

April 20, 2020

A semen straw is full of numbers. What do they mean? All these codes serve the purpose of trace-ability to make sure that the end-user know exactly what is in the straw and where it was produced.

April 2019 proofs review: 10 years of genomics, current genetic trends and what new traits mean for you

July 23, 2019

NAAB International Director Sophie Eagan, PhD, has written this excellent article that looks back over the past 10 years of genomic selection