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The gains of genomics are real

Genetic selection is a powerful tool to make changes in a population, and in dairy cattle, that has proven true many times over. One illustration of this is that, even when considering all of the farm management improvements made in recent generations, 60% of the rapid climb in milk production per cow since 1957 is due to genetic selection.

Genetics provide an industry with a cumulative and permanent way to make change, explained Francisco Peñagaricano during the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council Annual Meeting. They allow farmers the ability to improve traits that boost revenue or reduce expenses.

Since 2009, that opportunity has been shifted into overdrive with the insights gained from genomic data.

Katelyn Allen

Decamber 18, 2023


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