The way dairy calves are fed and managed can have lasting effects on their lifelong eating habits and related growth, health and productivity. Dr. Trevor DeVries, University of Guelph Animal Behavior and Welfare Researcher, has studied and researched calf feeding behavior in great depth, and recently shared his findings during the Semex Webinar Series.
Comestar Holstein, Victoriaville, Quebec, is one of the most famous herds of all-time. From humble beginnings, Marc and France Comtois took one cow family, the Laurie Sheiks, and bred and developed a line of outstanding animals that have had an enormous impact on Holstein genetics the world over in the last 30 years.
Genomic testing is becoming a critical part of genetic decision making in progressive dairy operations for these key reasons: Right-Sizing Heifer Inventory, Higher Accuracy of Mating and Immunity Genomic Results.
Genetics for Life means that together, we’re building our client’s best business. We’re results driven, technology first and sustainable, targeting mutual success. In addition to our leading genetic solutions, we have the best product whether you’re talking dairy, beef or embryos.
One of the most modern, intensely managed and successful contract dairy heifer raising facilities in the world today is Rancho Las Nieves (RLN) in Spain. Their attention to detail, and emphasis on the health, welfare and comfort of the animals under their care, has made RLN a trusted provider in the rearing of replacement heifers for their clients.
10 Quick Facts About Semexx™ Sexed Semen
The Bloemen family have been farming in Vredepeel in Holland’s southern province of Limburg since 1955. For more than 35 years, the farm focused on fattening pigs and cows, but that changed in 1992 when Jan and Ria Bloemen took over the farm from Jan’s father.
Building a client index in SemexWorks™ with your Semex Representative will bring far more value to your herd, than using trait thresholds to select bulls.
A host of awards for exceptional herd management and high lifetime production line the walls of the Summitholm Holsteins’ office at Joe Loewith & Sons Ltd., Lynden, Ontario. For more than 70 years this family farm has been profitably producing milk while maximizing cow comfort and following solid management protocols.
Over the last four proof rounds, Semex’s average Sire Conception Rate (SCR) continues to be above industry average. This demonstrates that Semex’s sire fertility selection and its FertilityFirst™ brand can be trusted to deliver fertility results and the resulting pregnancy rates your clients demand.
Stanton Bros. Limited at Ilderton, Ontario, has consistently had animals rank high on Canada’s Lifetime Performance Index (LPI) Holstein lists. In the December 2020 round of genetic evaluations, the Stantons had an astounding 11 homebred bulls in the Top 100 LPI Proven Bull List.
With farm shows, meetings and conferences cancelled, I’ve watched a few agricultural webinars looking for practical information I can apply on-farm. Some were a disappointment, with choppy audio and in one case a panelist driving in his car, struggling with his phone while recording! It was cringe-worthy, as I waited for a crash that thankfully didn’t come.
Where is the value of genomic testing and the subsequent results?
Within Canada’s supply-managed dairy sector, Henria Holsteins Inc. relies heavily on genetic progress, strong management and technology to grow their farm and build a stable future for their family.
August 2020 Calving Traits Will Reflect Lower Breed Averages
At the end of 2019 the dairy world reflected back on a year that gave us volatile global markets, world trade concerns, a changing product mix and evolving consumer demands. It was widely considered to be an anomaly and the ‘perfect storm’ we had all weathered. And then came COVID-19.
It doesn't matter where in the world you farm. If dairy producers select genetics based on capacity of an animal's immune system, they'll have healthier, more productive herds.
That semen tank sitting in the corner of the barn office or vet room generally goes unnoticed except for the times you are pulling out a dose of semen from one of your favourite sires. But with some extra attention, you can obtain the best longevity from your semen storage vessel while ensuring the dose you are about to put in the cow or heifer is as fertile as the day it was processed.
A dozen do's and a few don'ts.
As with any investment in business, correct management is needed to preserve value.
Follow these guidelines to preserve the best possible quality product.
Would your dairy benefit from Semexx™ semen?
Careful handling of the Semex product (semen or embryos) maintains its integrity and quality.