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Alta hosts first Canadian Dairy Manager School

We welcomed 22 progressive Canadian dairy producers from five provinces to the first ever Canadian Dairy Manager School, held January 16-18 in Abbotsford, BC.

Participants from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario enhanced their knowledge on reproductive programs and implementation during the 2.5-day school. They joined Dr. Glaucio Lopes, AltaU Manager, Kevin Muxlow VP of Sales-Americas, and Dr. Paul Fricke, UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science to learn more about what’s new, what’s been improved, and what they can do best to take their farm’s reproductive management to the next level.

The class gained insight during sessions on reproductive fertility programs, data analysis, incorporating electronic activity monitors to manage health and repro, and marginal milk profitability.

An interactive visit to a large-scale robotic farm added to the already high-level discussions that attendees enjoyed inside the classroom.

See how you can take advantage of the Alta Dairy Manager School opportunities HERE.

Article submitted by Dr. Glaucio Lopes, AltaU Manager

Photo of Dr. Paul Fricke sharing insight and the latest research on reproductive management during Canada's January 2018 Alta Dairy Manager School
Dr. Paul Fricke shares insight and the latest research on reproductive management during Canada's January 2018 Alta Dairy Manager School
Photo of the Alta Dairy Manager School participants during a tour a robot facility as part of the 2.5-day class
Alta Dairy Manager School participants were able to tour a robot facility as part of the 2.5-day class
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Go for the gold with Alta’s genomic line-up

Find a group of sires to take your genetics to the top with Alta’s genomic-proven lineup of G-Stars, FutureStars and Alta Advantage bulls

All bulls we bring to Alta are genomic and health tested before joining any line-up. We only bring in the best, and we’re confident these bulls will deliver on their genetic promises, since genomic testing provides an immediate reliability of nearly 70% for production, health and conformation traits.

This proof round, we add 24 brand new sires reserved exclusively for Alta Advantage partner herds. Our G-Star list expands in number and genetic level with 40 new additions, and 15 new sires have received the stamp of approval to be promoted to FutureStar status. Within each of these three genomic-proven groups, you’ll find a variety of bulls to fit any and all unique genetic plans.

The table below illustrates the difference in production, health and conformation values of our three different groups of genomic-proven sires.

2016-08 New Genomic Table

Progressing through the ranks       

Alta Advantage: Once a bull starts making semen, he typically starts his career on the Alta Advantage only list. The newest, youngest bulls simply don’t produce enough semen to be readily available to all farms around the globe. So while we work to build semen inventory on those new bulls, we give our loyal Alta Advantage partner herds priority access to the newest sires that fit their customized genetic plans.

G-Star status: Once a bull has made enough semen he is added to the G-Star sire list. The sires found among the G-Star ranks are readily available to everyone, and provide a wide array of outliers for various production, health and type traits. From this elite list, you can find a great selection of bulls to fit your genetic plan.

FutureStar favorites: About a year after a bull is first released, and after both sire fertility and calving ease information have been gathered, the chosen few that prove themselves to be above average for fertility and less than 8% for sire calving ease and sire stillbirth are added to the FutureStar list.

FutureStars are the way to go if you want the benefits of elite genomics, but prefer the added reliability of proven sire fertility and real daughter observations for calving ease. You may give up some production and health as compared to the available G-Star or Advantage only sires, but you gain peace of mind knowing that you’re upping your chances for a pregnancy and a live calf resulting from an easier calving. Because of the known calving ability, FutureStars serve as ideal options for use on heifers.

Full speed ahead

If you still don’t feel comfortable going all in with genomic-proven sires, check out the comparison between our top daughter-proven versus top genomic sires. Selection from atop the daughter-proven lineup provides you with a highly reliable 2408 average TPI.

Yet, if you’re going for maximum progress, the tables below prove that your fastest path to the top comes from the genomic group of sires, which averages more than 200 TPI points higher than their daughter-proven counterparts.

2016-08 Dtr vs Genomic Tables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To further build your confidence in the genomic-proven groups, it’s important to note that every single one of the current top daughter-proven sires were previously used globally as FutureStars or G-Stars. The track record is significant for these former genomic favorites to deliver on their initial predictions.

With that in mind, go for the gold in maximum genetic progress by using a team of sires from the Advantage, G-Star or FutureStar lists that meet your goals for production, health and conformation.

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