Dairy Herd Management

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Dairies Honored for Excellence in Reproduction & Genetics

Join in celebrating the outstanding achievements of GENEX members & customers around the globe, as we announce the winners of this year’s Excellence in Reproduction & Genetics awards. These awards were first handed out in 2012, and each year the caliber of reproduction success and genetic merit have reached new and seemingly impossible levels of …

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Safeguard Your Herd From the Inside Out

Calves have an increased susceptibility to illness. Heifers and cows must maintain proper gut health to achieve feed efficiency and a productive lactation. Cue direct-fed microbials (DFMs). It’s long been proven that particular strains of bacteria support a healthy gut in cattle. Studies of Lactobacillus acidophilus (aka lactic acid bacteria) started in the 1920s, but …

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Celebrating 5 Years of the ICC$™ Index

Progressive producers requested a better way to rank sires that would create cows that excel in commercialconditions. In response, GENEX introduced the Ideal Commercial Cow™ (ICC$™) index for Holsteins in August 2014 and later added the ICC$™ index for Jerseys. While enhanced over time, this global index remains economic based, real-time and flexible. It utilizes …

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Make the Most out of the Most Important Meal Your Calf will Consume

Here are a few tips from SCCL, a leader in developing and producing innovative colostrum products, for knowing when and how to feed calves colostrum.  How do good colostrum feeding practices impact calf productivity? The single, most important meal your calves will consume in their lifetime is the first feeding of colostrum. However, the impact …

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