Alta Genetics Sire SelectionUW-Madison Dairy Cattle CenterJacob Brey, Christine McFarland,Daniel Peterson, Jordan Simonson
The AltaAdvantageAltaAdvantage® marks the most revolutionarychange in progeny testing to dateThe dairy industry has changed much faster andhad become more innovative than the AI industryFive years ago we took the necessary steps toensure we could market a product that met theneeds of the growing number of progressiveherds around the world.The AltaAdvantage® program is perfectly alignedwith our progressive herd focus
Features of AltaAdvantage• DNA verification to ensure accuracy• Testing exclusively in commercial herds• Comparison to large contemporary groups allowsestimates of true genetic merit• Source of unique, highly valued and accurateevaluations• On-Farm Data Capture• Consultant Assigned to Dairy• National Sampling Program• Evaluate Daughters through Life Cycle
Your HerdStrengthsDairy Form: The herd has good openribbed cows.Body Depth: The herd is deep, whichallows to hold the internal organs.Stature: The herd is tall, but not tootall.Rear Udder Width: The herd has goodrear udder width, which promotes milkproduction.WeaknessesRear Legs Side View: Sickled legs canlead to poorer health and issignificantly related to culling.Strength: Most of the cows have anarrow chest, which leads to lessability for the cow to hold her internalorgans.Udder Depth: This trait is the closestrelation to overall udder composite.Fore Udder Attachment: The loose foreudder attachments are importantbecause it is related to milk production.
Breeding GoalsAlta’s goal for the Dairy CattleCenter is to improve your herd’stype, while retaining the productionneeded to have your herd berepresentative of a typical Wisconsinherd.
Sire Selection CriteriaSelected Items ValueStud Code 11PTA Milk > 500PTA PL > 1Udder Composite > 1.5Feet and Legs Composite > 1.5Sire TPI > 1600•We want a sire that givesgood feet and legs and udder.•We want a sire that promotesgood milk components.•We want a sire that promoteslongevity because theseanimals are used in researchand need to live long,productive lives.•We want a sire that gives agood total performance.