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Breeding decisions made easy


DairyCo has produced a new booklet, Breeding Briefs, to help farmers prioritise the information and figures they need to make good breeding decisions.

Breeding Briefs helps farmers to identify the key tools for genetic improvement for their setup, and provides information about using these tools in practice.  

Topics covered include:

  • Genetic indexes, why we need them, what they mean and how to use them in practice.
  • Heritability of traits
  • Indexes from other countries
  • Genomics

Breeding Briefs includes a frequently asked questions section as well as tips on where to find further information and useful contacts.  

When it comes to genetics you can sometimes be confronted with an overload of information, says DairyCo product manager Kate Cross. It doesnt matter how good your management, there will always be a ceiling on your profitability if you dont use the right information. 

Its not just about using genetics for better milk production, its also about health, welfare, management and type traits. Each one can be improved through better breeding and can make an important contribution to profitability.

To order your print copy please call DairyCo publications office on 02476 478702, email or order on the website.

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