Since its launch in 2014, the Ideal Commercial Cow™ (ICC$™) index has been the go-to index for creating problem-free, highly profitable cows. This week's sire summary included an update to the ICC$™ index for Holsteins allowing it to flex to keep up with industry needs and trends.
The changes concentrated on three main areas.
» Balanced production for maximized profit
- Fat and Protein weightings rebalanced in PREF$ sub-index
»Healthy cows that stay out of the sick pen
- Transition Health component added to HLTH$ sub-index
- Transition Health includes Metritis, Ketosis, Retained Placenta & Displaced Abomasum
- Livability trait added to HLTH$ sub-index
»Fertility and functional udder focused
- More emphasis now placed on DPR and HCR
- Updated functional udder traits within the MABL$ sub-index
21 Elite New Sires Added to Robust Holstein Lineup
Whether you are looking for production, health, fertility or a combination of them all, the GENEX lineup has exactly what you need to create your next generation of commercial cows.
1HO13814 WHISKER is our new-release ICC$™ leader (+1289 ICC$™), and is also a high-ranking production specialist (+2151 Milk), debuting with a +545 rank for our Production Efficiency (PREF$) sub-index. WHISKER offers positive component percentages while improving milk quality (+2.74 SCS). Use WHISKER in your heifer pens to add longevity (+7.0 Productive Life and +3.2 Livability).
1HO13813 BUZZARD joined the lineup at +1228 for the ICC$™ index. With an extremely balanced genetic profile of +921 Net Merit $ and +1532 Milk, BUZZARD will also add great udders (+2.12 Udder Composite) and longevity at +6.9 Productive Life (PL).
1HO13836 WORLD CLASS ranks high on the ICC$™ index at +1216. With an extremely commercial-focused type profile moderating frame size, WORLD CLASS can be used across the board (6.4% Sire Calving Ease) to add extreme daughter fertility (+6.2 Daughter Pregnancy Rate).
1HO13803 HERREN is an A2A2 bull that will add balanced production at +157 CFP and +1115 ICC$™. He will also provide longevity with +6.0 PL and +5.0 LIV. Use HERREN in your heifer pens with his low 6.3% Sire Calving Ease (SCE).
1HO13802 ARKHAM sports a diverse top-side pedigree. ARKHAM offers a balanced genetic rank at +1110 ICC$™, +946 LNM$ and +2806 TPI®. Use this sire in your heifer pens with his 5.6% SCE. He’ll add great udders too at +1.96 Udder Composite (UDC).
1HO13489 PRINGLE is one of the first activated sons of 1HO11905 BLOWTORCH. He comes in at +1055 ICC$™ and +942 LNM$ while offering impressive component percentages and pounds (+126 Fat and +55 Protein).
1HO13818 MAPQUEST is +1064 ICC$™ and +931 LNM$. With an elite DPR value (+4.0), impressive longevity (+6.3 PL, +2.4 LIV) and calving ease (6.4% SCE), MAPQUEST can be used across the board. He will also transmit excellent commercial conformation (+1.47 PTAT, +1.42 UDC).
1HO13475 PLEXUS is +1141 ICC$™ with a high production (+1826 Milk) and impressive udder (+2.05 UDC) combination. He also improves milk quality (+2.69 SCS).
1HO13479 FINLEY-P is new polled option. This Answer PO out of a Yahtzee-P is sure to add pedigree diversity to your herd. He is +956 ICC$™ with +1753 Milk and +152 CFP. At 7.1% SCE, he is an outlier that will also add extremely high and wide rear udders to his daughters.
1HO13840 SIRI-P RED is +776 ICC$™ and also displays a diverse pedigree being a Splendid-P *RC out of an Atwork. He is an exciting new Polled and Red combination that will add balanced production and improve udders (+1.73 UDC).
1HO12996 KANZO earned the leading spot for our ICC$™ index with an impressive +1300. KANZO checks all the boxes with moderate frames, impressive udders (+2.72 UDC) and health traits (+401 for the HLTH$ sub-index).
1HO13805 AVALINO is our lineup’s leading sire for LNM$ at +952. He is also +1201 ICC$™, A2A2 and moved to over +2800 TPI®. AVALINO will add milk to the tank at +2050 Milk with +163 CFP while maintaining a +2.67 SCS.
1HO11376 TABASCO had a great day adding daughters and now sits in the top 10 TPI® at +2715. He is a huge production star at +2263 Milk and +142 CFP. This Jacey son improves milk quality with a low +2.69 SCS while improving daughter fertility (+4.5 DPR). Use this daughter-proven standout with complete confidence.
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