Breeding to Feeding

Maximizing the Profit Potential of Every Pregnancy
Select Sires is Here to Help

Today's successful dairy producers have superior reproductive performance and calf livability. This creates new opportunities worth considering. It can also yield either too many animals in inventory and/or pregnancies that are not needed to maintain herd size. The correct inventory/pregnancy plan coupled with a solid genetic development strategy can maximize the profit potential of each and every pregnancy on your dairy. Your Select Sires representative can help develop a strategy.

Through an Inventory Profit Potential Audit, Select Sires' experts will analyze all factors leading to the best breeding solutions for your operation. This is not a one-size-fits-all program. We start with understanding what each producer has in mind: herd size now and in the future, replacement strategy, genetic development optimization and marketing or raising excess bull or heifer calves. A key consideration includes each animal's genetic ranking within the herd. Once genetic merit has been determined, a genetic development plan will be established and may include: gender SELECTed™ semen use on the top 25 percent of the heifers, use of superior genetic sires on the top females within the herd for faster genetic gain and potential use of beef semen on lower merit cows to produce a more valuable calf for market.

Making sure you understand your herd inventory is the critical first step in the Inventory Profit Potential Audit. Using the Dairy Herd Inventory Tool from Penn State Extension below, you can determine if your heifer production is in line with your future herd growth plans. If the difference is in the red, a Select Sires representative can help you increase your heifer production.

*(sum of animals died or left in the past year) ÷ average population for past year. Click here to view a pdf file that helps you find this information in PC Dart or Dairy Comp. 1 Oconnor. 2005. Checklist for Reproductive Management. Penn Sate Extension publication DAS 2005-62. 2 Gold Standards I. Dairy Calf and Heifer Association. 3 Fetrow, J. et al. 2006. Invited Review: Culling: nomenclature, Definitions, and Recommendations. J. Dairy Sci. 89:1896-1905. Released 7/2014 by R. Goodling and H. Weeks, Penn State Extension with support from Select Sires Inc.

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