Holstein Sire Evaluations to Change by April 2018

Holstein sire evaluations will change by April 2018, according to an article I read in Dairy Herd Management. There will be six health traits added. These are ketosis, metritis, hypocalcemia, retained placentas, and displaced abosamus, in no particular order.

These evaluations are to be presented as percentages. A higher positive value will indicate greater resistance than breed average, according to Council for Dairy Cattle Breeding geneticist Kristen Gaddis.

These health traits are to be incorporated into indexes so dairy farmers can estimate the total economic value. Preliminary evaluations of health traits will be performed in December 2017. These will be released to AI organizations, Dairy Records Processing Centers, and also to breed associations. However, these will be non-official and will not be released to the public. Here is a link to the full article.

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