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Hereford and Red Angus Heifers Recruited for Genomics Research

The University of Missouri is recruiting 2,500 Hereford heifers and 2,500 Red Angus heifers to participate in a heifer puberty and fertility genomic research project. Heifers should be registered Hereford, registered Red Angus, or commercial Hereford or Red Angus. Hereford x Red Angus crossbred heifers targeted for the Premium Red Baldy Program would also be a good fit for the research project. Producers must be willing to work with a trained veterinarian to collect the following data: ReproductiveTract Scores collected at a pre-breeding exam 30 to 45 days prior to the start of the breeding season. PelvicMeasurements (height and width) collected at the same pre-breeding exam 30 to 45 days prior to the start of the breeding season. Pregnancy Determination Using Ultrasound reporting fetal age in days. Ultrasound will need to occur no later than 90 days after the start of the breeding season. In addition, heifers must have known birth dates and have weights recorded eithe

BIF 2018: How Does the Dairy Industry Handle Information?

Chuck Sattler
Vice President, Genetic Programs, Select Sires Inc.

Data is fuel for breed improvement programs. Data drives the machine. Noise in the data is like water in the fuel.

Data has value! However, individual records have very little data. We have to share data for it to achieve its value. "We are not good at investing in data. It's not sexy," Sattler said. We need to invest in data collection.

We need to share data thoughtfully. Have a written agreement and think strategically when sharing data.

Genomic evaluations are a big data success story! "We marvel at the technology that makes this all possible," he said. As much as it is a story about DNA technology, it is also a story about bring large amounts of data together. It is also a success of big data.

If we had to do it over again, dairy industry might re-think Dairy Recording Processing Centers. Dairy Recording Processing Centers control the data and sometimes the breeder's voice is not heard.

Stakeholders share data with Council Dairy Cattle Breeding, this is done guided by Material License Agreements. This shared data is used for national genetic evaluations. CDCB can share data but only with stakeholders permission.

Dairy used somatic cell score as an indirect measure of mastitis. In 2000, the genetic trend for mastitis reversed from a negative slope to a positive slope. They are now launching a direct mastitis genetic prediction that will help further reduce the incidence of mastitis.

Operations of CDCB funded by genomic evaluation user fees. Those that collaborate in providing data pay smaller genomic user fees.

Dairy industry is working on new ways of collecting data. They have become complacent and are looking for new opportunities.
One of the areas they need to improve is individual ID. Have to have unique IDs to make the data come together.
They are also working on how they use on-farm computer records in genetic evaluations. Zoetis lead the way in this by collecting data directly off the farm.

They also need to improve in harvesting and using data from automated data collection systems.


Richard Warfield said…
Interesting blog post. Data is the king for any industry. Having information is very important for every business, because it helps you to plan for the future. Therefore by gathering information about you provide, you can identify and then meet the needs of your customers.
Hope for the best.
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