March 19 2016 03:07 PM

While all cows eventually leave the herd, groundbreaking research on six critical health issues should lead to healthier cows and fewer earlier-than-necessary herd departures.

by Hoard's Dairyman staff

Genomics has allowed us to learn a great deal about a calf immediately after birth. The amount of information we can glean from one DNA sample has grown greatly compared to just a generation ago via traditional genetic evaluation systems.

This April a whole new era in genetic evaluations will be written after Zoetis released a new genomic test that now includes additional economically-relevant health traits. That new information will give every Holstein breeder the ability to select healthier cows through genetic selection on six traits: mastitis, lameness, metritis, displaced abomasum, retained placenta and ketosis.

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