During a special event at World Dairy Expo, CRV announced the global launch of its new Feed Intake Value for dairy cows. With dairy genetic selection becoming increasingly data driven, this first-of-its-kind value is designed to help producers predict how much feed a cow will need to produce milk over her lifetime.
CRV announced the new Feed Intake Value at the global center of the dairy industry during a breakfast held Oct. 2 at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. Roel Veerkamp, lead researcher for the Feed Intake Value from Wageningen University, located in the Netherlands, spoke about the research and development of the value. Brett Haines, U.S. managing director for CRV, discussed how U.S. dairy producers will be able to utilize the Feed Intake Value for more efficient production.
“At CRV, we believe in Genetics with a Purpose,” says Haines. “With constantly fluctuating feed prices, we know feed efficiency is important to all producers. The Feed Intake Value can help producers select bulls to produce cows that meet a crucial need.”
By combining genomic predictions with yield and type trait values, the research team was able to develop a value to predict a cow’s lifetime feed intake. Utilizing this research, producers can select for cows that are more feed-efficient, saving valuable feed and money. The development of the breeding value for feed intake was possible thanks to feed intake data collected at the Dairy Campus at Wageningen University & Research Centre.
To download the entire global launch presentation, click here. Visit geneticswithapurpose.com for additional information.
The Feed Intake Value from CRV will be available for all bulls starting in December 2014 along with a new breeding value for Ketosis. For more information about the Feed Intake Value, CRV or CRV bulls, contact a CRV sales representative.