Following a two-year transition, U.S. sire and genomic evaluations are being done by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB), headquartered in Bowie, Md.
The evaluations had previously been done by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory (AGIL) in Beltsville, Md.
The agreement to transfer the evaluations to CDCB was signed in March, 2013, with the goal of having the transfer complete within two years. “After two years of investments and intense preparation, the transition has been completed,” says Joao Durr, CDCB CEO. “Since Friday, December 11th, 2015, all data processing for genetic evaluations is being conducted by six permanent staff and two contractors at the CDCB.”
For its part, AIGL will continue to do research and develop methods to better compute estimates of genetic merit of dairy cattle, Durr says.