Create the Ideal Cows
for Your Progressive Dairy
The ICC$™ index is your tool for creating Jersey cattle that maximize component yields and are healthy and reproductively efficient.
The index is comprised of traits that directly impact your bottom line, and its sub-index makeup provides you opportunity to target your genetic selection to specific areas of herd management.
When targeting genetic selection, select bulls on their overall ICC$™ value and then place emphasis on a sub-index.
The ICC$™ index for Jerseys includes three sub-indexes: Cheese Maximizer (ChMAX$), Sustainability (SUST$) and Fertility (FERT$). 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:
Cheese Maximizer (ChMAX$)
Focuses on component yields and provides equal weightings on both Fat and Protein. Unique among Jersey indexes, the ICC$™ index is neutral on milk and instead focuses on the total Combined Fat and Protein yield.
Contains five measures of cow and heifer fertility. Selection of bulls with high FERT$ rankings results in optimal age at first calving, reduced days open and shorter calving intervals.
Comprised of traits for improved, sustainable health and longevity. Among the traits is a proprietary trait called Calf Survivability (CSRV). Also included are udder traits that have an impact on culling rate. Selection for the SUST$ sub-index emphasizes udder health, longevity, functional udder traits and calf survivability. These are all critical to keeping animals healthy and in production.