What qualifications must a dairy cow have to be eligible for a special mating?
A dairy bull?
She must have high levels of production, conformation, classification score and PTAs for type, a positive relative ranking in the national selection index, a relative ranking in the ABS proprietary index, and performance from A.I. proven males in the cow family. The bull will be one of the most superior A.I. bulls available, and will have a high PTA.
Name the requirements for Dairy Progeny Test herds?
A Progeny Test herd must have: 1. Good management 2. Good identification 3. Good record keeping 4. Participate in Official DHI Testing Program with records used in USDA Sire Summaries 5. Use semen promptly and randomly 6. Report all calving ease and identification information to DHI
ABS compares the bulls based upon the following eight measures: EPDs, Pedigree, Phenotype, Individual Performance Information, Ultrasound/Carcass Data, Dam’s Production Record, Cow Family Convenience Traits and Accuracy Values. They then select a variety of bulls that will produce Pasture to Plate™ genetics in different environmental and management situations.