Get the Herd You Want Via Selection

Reproductive efficiency is of paramount importance to the success of a dairy operation. Dairy farmers are often so concerned with getting animals bred that they neglect the genetics of the bull, or leave bull selection solely in the hands of the breeder. However, picking animals for your farm is one of the most important decisions you can make to improve long-term profitability.

Proper consideration to who will become parents and which replacements you should keep are important to giving you the genetics you want.  In the February 2015 Wisconsin Agriculturist article Get the herd you want via selection, UW-Extension Dairy & Livestock Agent Heather Schlesser shares considerations as well as how to position your breeding program for success.

For more information regarding reproduction, please visit UW-Extension Dairy Cattle Reproduction or regarding dairy cattle genetics and breeding, please visit UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science.

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