Make sure you breed your best heifers

Every dairy farmer can make better heifer breeding decisions to increase genetic progress and help cut heifer rearing costs.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 20th November 2016, 1:07 pm
Updated Monday, 21st November 2016, 1:27 pm

How? By using Cogent Precision DNA, the individual female genotyping service which unlocks the door to more precise and efficient breeding.

“When you look at a batch of heifers, how do you know which are the highest merit animals, the ones to breed replacements from? Looks can be deceptive,” explains Ashley Fleming, Cogent’s Northern Ireland Regional Sales Manager, pictured.

“Female genotyping now means farmers can get access to the best information on the merit of heifers.”

Cogent Precision DNA is a commercial service, offering farmers a genomic testing service for cows and heifers based on a quick and straightforward test, combined with advice on future breeding decisions. For the first time, heifers can be truly ranked on genetic potential, bringing significant economic advantages.

- Ensure you only produce replacements from the best genetics available to you

- Maximise the return on the use of sexed semen, increasing the number of heifer calves produced from these best animals.

- Serve poorer animals to beef

- Reduce the total number of heifers kept and cut total rearing costs.

“Precision DNA has the potential to deliver huge benefits on dairy farms by bringing a new level of sophistication to breeding decisions. Contact us today to find out more about Cogent Precision DNA.”