Focusing on elite index rank, these 14 new sires are sure to check all the genetic boxes for members and customers. Eleven of the new releases are over +900 Lifetime Net Merit (LNM$) and eight are over +1150 for the Ideal Commercial Cow™ (ICC$™) index.
Dam of GAMECHANGER: Regan-Danhof Jedi Cashmere
A leading new sire is 1HO13844 GAMECHANGER. He offers an industry-leading +2841 TPI® and debuts at +1193 ICC$™ and +967 LNM$. This elite sire of sons carries impressive type traits at +2.10 Udder Composite (UDC) and +2.21 Foot & Leg Composite. He can be used everywhere (5.5% Sire Calving Ease) and will add yield (+93 Fat and +62 Protein).
1HO13855 LIVIUS is the highest new release for the ICC$™ index at +1230. He is also +933 LNM$ and carries impressive health traits at +2.61 SCS and +7.8 Productive Life. He can be used confidently in your heifer pens (6.5% Sire Calving Ease) and is an udder improver at +1.75 UDC.
1HO13862 BOUNTY, 1HO13857 LOWBOY and 1HO13895 MAMBA are all outstanding Achiever sons at +1212, +1198 and +1191 ICC$™ respectively. This trio will add Fat pounds and sire daughters with great udders (all three are over +1.50 UDC).
1HO15058 SURLY and 1HO14135 FREEZE are both new release Frazzled sons that check all the boxes for elite production. Both are over +2000 Milk and +135 CFP. Complementing this, both possess great health traits reflected in their +1167 and +1099 ICC$™ values respectively.
1HO15059 DOGE will add pedigree diversity being a Duke out of a Silver. He is +1112 ICC$™, +969 LNM$ and transmits over +120 pounds of Fat. He will also sire daughters with great udders (+1.75 UDC).
1HO13867 LYFT is an early 1HO12433 ROCKSTAR son. He offers a combination of elite udders (+2.50 UDC) and excellent genetic rank (+1050 ICC$™ and +911 LNM$). Additionally, LYFT improves daughter fertility and longevity and is calving ease (6.1% SCE).
1HO14131 LIT PP-RED is an exciting homozygous Polled, Red sire! He is a Lucky PP-RED son that carries the unique combination of elite udders (+1.50 UDC) and calving ease (5.4% SCE). He debuts at +870 ICC$™, +640 LNM$ and +2387 TPI®.
1HO12786 PILEDRIVER had an impressive day. He added daughters and jumped to +965 ICC$™, +894 LNM$ and +2648 TPI®, putting him the breed’s top 20 TPI®. An elite production bull (+2807 Milk), he also adds total component pounds at +185 CFP. This TROY son is +1.46 UDC and, with his low 5.3% Sire Calving Ease, can be used in any breeding program.
1HO13408 CRANE, a PILEDRIVER son, moves to the top of the GENEX LNM$ list at +982. He is also +1022 ICC$™ and +2768 TPI®. Just like his sire, CRANE adds yield at over +1700 Milk, +193 CFP and is +1.66 UDC.
1HO11376 TABASCO continues to rank well on the TPI® list at +2690. This highly reliable JACEY son will add Milk (+2386) while moderating frame size. Pictured is Darlington Ridge Tabasco 11848.
Balanced production. Healthy cows that stay out of the sick pen. Cows that breed back quickly, and cows that are the right size for facilities. This is what you’ve asked for, and this is what GENEX strives to provide.
Feedback from you – GENEX members and customers – formed the foundation of the Ideal Commercial Cow™ (ICC$™) index. Originally launched in August 2014, the ICC$™ index has been proven the go-to index for creating problem-free, high-profit animals for commercial operations. It’s comprised of five easy-to-use sub-indexes driven by science-based data and directly tied to dairy economics.
“The ICC$™ index is probably the largest step forward we have seen in meeting the commercial producers’ needs,” comments Don Bennink of North Florida Holsteins. “The index really looks at the characteristics commercial producers – those making a living from their dairy herd – need from their cattle for maximum profit.”
With the December proofs, the ICC$™ index for Holsteins was updated to meet your needs. Changes included a renewed focus on healthy cows through the transition period, a re-balancing of Fat and Protein weightings and an updated focus on fertility and functional commercial conformation.
The sub-index weightings shifted slightly with the Production Efficiency (PREF$) sub-index now at 47% (previously 46%) and the Fertility & Fitness (FYFT$) sub-index now at 14% (previously at 15%).
Down to the Details
One benefit of the ICC$™ index is its ability to flex to meet the evolving needs of your commercial dairy. Based on current milk markets and customer feedback, the PREF$ sub-index had a significant shift in weightings, namely increasing the importance of Fat. Fat is now weighted at 29% (an increase of 10%) and Protein at 26%.
The other big update was in the HLTH$ sub-index where a Transition Health component was added, emphasizing the importance of breeding healthy cows. Transition Health encompasses four critically important health traits: Metritis, Ketosis, Displaced Abomasum and Retained Placenta. These four traits come from the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) and are proven to be economically important to your operation. Livability, also from CDCB, was added to the HLTH$ sub-index too.
Rounding out the changes are slight re-weights within the FYFT$ sub-index and a refocusing on functional udder traits within the MABL$ sub-index. The Calving Ability (CABL$) sub-index did not change.
The updates made to this proprietary GENEX index are an exciting reflection of its ability to evolve to meet your ever-changing needs. This commercially driven index and economically driven sub-indexes are the ideal combination for any operation.
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