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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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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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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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