Strategic Breeding Programs
Like many producers, you have likely thought about or are engaging in strategic breeding - strategic use of beef semen and conventional and sexed dairy semen within your herd - to meet your future goals. GENEX offers several options to help ensure you meet those goals.
Think and Act Strategically
Developing a strategic breeding program means examining your options and gaining insight before making decisions. For this purpose, GENEX offers the Calf MathSM program. The program, available through consultation with a GENEX representative, lets you see the impact breeding strategies (or strategy changes) have on future animal inventories, herd genetic improvement and farm financials. This information can help you decide which semen products to use and how much of each are needed to achieve herd goals and maximize farm profits.
Working in Concert
While the Calf MathSM program helps you determine how many replacement females are needed, the Sort-GateSM program helps identify which animals to get replacements from and which to breed for other purposes (or not at all). Through this program, GENEX consultants rank each cow, heifer or calf based on genomic data, pedigree information and/or on-farm performance data. Once ranked on an index that best meets your herd’s needs – i.e., a customized index or an industry index – females can be sorted for different breeding purposes.
Beef x Dairy Breeding
You have years of experience in choosing high genetic merit dairy bulls to sire the next generation of replacements, but what about in choosing beef sires to create cross calves that are of value to beef processors? That’s where the GENEX Beef x Dairy (BxD) program can be of benefit. The BxD program pinpoints the most relevant beef sires to use on dairy animals. The designated sires produce feeder calves that are homozygous polled with homozygous black coat color. The sires possess elite genetic rankings for traits that end-processors require and yet meet your needs through calving ease and fertility. To learn more, download the BxD program catalog or contact customer service at 888.333.1783.