for Holsteins

Create the Ideal Cows
for Your Progressive Dairy

The ICC$™ index is your tool for identifying genetics that excel on today’s modern dairy farms. It’s comprised of traits that directly impact your bottom line, and its sub-index makeup provides you opportunity to target your genetic selection to specific areas of herd management.

When targeting genetic selection, select bulls on their overall ICC$™ value and then place emphasis on a sub-index.

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The ICC$™ sub-indexes include: Production Efficiency (PREF$), Health (HLTH$), Fertility and Fitness (FYFT$), Milking Ability (MABL$) and Calving Ability (CABL$). Keep in mind you’re building on genetics for the future so consider the genetic needs of your herd for the coming years.

Learn more about each sub-index and its components below:

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ICC$ Sub-Index Pie Chart

Production Efficiency (PREF$)

Pinpoints genetics resulting in high yielding cows with lower feed costs. Emphasis is placed on pounds of protein. Use of PREF$ and the ICC$™ index reverses the trend for taller cows.

Fertility & Fitness (FYFT$)

Emphasizes reproductive efficiency. Bulls with high FYFT$ rankings result in optimal age at first calving, reduced days open and shorter calving intervals.

Calving Ability (CABL$)

Focuses on live calves born without difficulty. High-ranking CABL$ sires with high ICC$™ index values can maximize genetic progress in heifer pens while ensuring an easy transition into the milking string.

Health (HLTH$)

Breeds for improved, sustainable health and longevity. High-ranking HLTH$ bulls have daughters with proper body condition, low somatic cell scores and excellent locomotion. With inclusion of CDCB health traits as part of Transition Health, this sub-index also selects for fewer cases of ketosis, metritis, displaced abomasums and retained placentas.

Milking Ability (MABL$)

Optimizes efficiency with trouble-free milking cows. It includes mastitis resistance, milking speed and temperament, and ideal commercial udder conformation and function. Ideal udders have strong attachments; are above the hock; and include proper teat length.

See How Sires Rank

View the GENEX Holstein lineup here or download the GENEX Dairy Bull Search app, which enables you to search, sort and filter sires according to your criteria!