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The paper deals with the value of phenotypic information obtained from participation in milk recording. Examples are presented of how somatic cell counts are used for benchmarking the herd health and where management interventions are needed to ensure sustainable profit.

Author(s)
Westhuizen, J. van der; Greyling, S.; Francis, S.; Mostert, B. E.; Westhuizen, R. R. van der
Publisher
International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR), Rome, Italy
Citation
ICAR Technical Series, 2017, No.21, pp 19-22
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In the European Union there is a strong increase in labelling systems for branding agricultural products and of course heavy competition in the food market. This has led to some demand-driven changes in agricultural production in general and in the cattle and dairy business in particular. About a...

Author(s)
Zottl, K.; Bucek, P.; Kyntäjä, J.; Westhuizen, J. van der; Onken, F.; Lecomte, Ch.; Kucera, J.; Haase, K.; Lavon, Y.
Publisher
International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR), Rome, Italy
Citation
ICAR Technical Series, 2017, No.21, pp 221-227
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Dairy cattle require healthy, functional udders to produce high-quality food for human consumption. Consumers also expect their food to be produced in a manner that safeguards animal health and welfare. Clinical and subclinical mastitis are the most frequent and costly diseases associated with...

Author(s)
Cole, J. B.; Egger-Danner, C.; Bradley, A. J.; Gengler, N.; Heringstad, B.; Pryce, J. E.; Stock, K. F.
Publisher
International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR), Rome, Italy
Citation
ICAR Technical Series, 2017, No.21, pp 151-156
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Based on the first two years of measuring SCK prevalence rates in over 3,000 Holstein herds, using the KetoMonitor® management tool, a seasonal pattern is observed with highest prevalence rates in the winter and early spring. Considerable economic impact can carry throughout the entire lactation...

Author(s)
Coburn, A. D.; Adams, H. A.; Chandler, T. L.; Oetzel, G. R.; White, H. M.; Fourdraine, R. H.
Publisher
International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR), Rome, Italy
Citation
ICAR Technical Series, 2017, No.21, pp 41-45
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A study of 7 health information systems aimed to analyze the consistency of events recorded by farmers, in order to use them for genetic evaluations or for new herd management tools. From 2007 to 2012, these software were used by 18 303 cattle farmers. The diseases recorded are more or less...

Author(s)
Bourrigan, X.; Mattalia, S.; Bouissel, C.; Dremaux, R.; Dupres, M.; Evard, J. J.; Gouraud, X.; Legay, M.; Maurin, L.; Schmitt, B.; Gautier, J. M.; Roussel, P.; Blériot, G.
Publisher
International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR), Rome, Italy
Citation
ICAR Technical Series, 2017, No.21, pp 177-182
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Continuing price pressures on milk, as well as consumer demands for quality products from healthy animals, result in increasing interest in novel traits for breeding programs but also for optimization of herd management to reduce costs. To facilitate improved herd management, easier access and...

Author(s)
Koblmüller, M.; Mayerhofer, M.; Obritzhauser, W.; Wöckinger, M.; Zottl, K.; Weissensteiner, R.; Fuerst-Waltl, B.; Steininger, F.; Firth, C.; Egger-Danner, C.
Publisher
International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR), Rome, Italy
Citation
ICAR Technical Series, 2017, No.21, pp 197-202
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Breeding goals are revised worldwide according to the needs of farmers but also considering requirements from the consumers. Recently, farmers in Austria expressed their demand for further developments in the areas of metabolism, claw health and feed efficiency. The core challenge is to define...

Author(s)
Zottl, K.; Koeck, A.; Fuerst-Waltl, B.; Pfeiffer, C.; Steininger, F.; Gruber, L.; Ledinek, M.; Fuerst, C.; Egger-Danner, C.
Publisher
International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR), Rome, Italy
Citation
ICAR Technical Series, 2017, No.21, pp 183-188
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Sophisticated statistical methods are used to predict the genetic merit of individuals. By utilizing millions of performance records from daughters, parents and other relatives, genetic and environmental effects are well separated to predict the genetic worth of each animal. Their application has...

Author(s)
Miglior, F.; Finocchiaro, R.; Malchiodi, F.; Fleming, A.; Brito, L.; Baes, C. F.; Jamrozik, J.; Martin, P.; Chesnais, J.; Schenkel, F. S.
Publisher
International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR), Rome, Italy
Citation
ICAR Technical Series, 2017, No.21, pp 23-30
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Delta Instruments, St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Cornell University and Miner Institute research collaboration on milk production efficiency has enabled the development of the first generation mid-FTIR herd management tools. A set of predictive fatty acids (FA) models has been developed to...

Author(s)
Beukema, W.; Santamaria, R.; Gates, T.; Dann, H.; Grant, R.; Barbano, D.
Publisher
International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR), Rome, Italy
Citation
ICAR Technical Series, 2017, No.21, pp 131-136

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