Breeding & Genetics
It takes a minute to breed a cow, but a lifetime to breed out a poor mating decision
Designed to give breeding specific information that provides explanations on genetic evaluations, the latest evaluation results and statistics for the major dairy breeds in the United Kingdom. Breeding+ evaluations website has been designed to raise herd profitability through better breeding. Find out about the Latest bull proofs.
Breeding has a considerable impact on profitability, as demonstrated by the fact that 80% of the increase in milk yield over the past 20 years can be attributed to improved breeding - giving a total annual economic benefit of well over £10m per year on all traits evaluated.
Improvements in the way each bull and cow is assessed for its potential to improve dairy herd profitability have been introduced by DairyCo through DairyCo Breeding+.
Management aspects such as feeding, housing, grass production and fertility all contribute significantly to the profitability of a dairy enterprise. But better breeding can greatly increase the effectiveness of all of those.
High quality cattle are at the heart of profitable dairy farming. This requires good quality genetics and without this, however good your management, there is a ceiling to your herd's performance and profitability.DairyCo Breeding+ provides explanations on genetic evaluations, the latest evaluation results and statistics for the major dairy breeds in the United Kingdom.
This isn't just about genetics for milk production. It's also about health, welfare, management and type traits, each one of which can make an important contribution to profitability and each of which can be improved through breeding.
At a time of tight margins, a series of poor breeding decisions can mean the difference between profit and loss; even between a business's survival and failure. Yet the time, cost and effort needed for a good breeding decision to be made is much the same as those needed for a bad one.
Click here for the latest evaluation reports for the major dairy breeds, including available bull lists and herd genetic reports.
Related Links & Publications
- DairyCo Breeding+ Evaluations
- Reliability of genetic indices explained. What and Why
- Breeding+ improvement pack
- Breeding briefs - A quick guide to genetic indexes in dairy cattle
- Genomics, Genomic Evaluations or Genomic Selection. What and Why?
- Beef production from the dairy herd
- Bull Indices - Farmers Weekly